Earlier this week saw a press conference featuring Juiki Tatsuyoshi (7-0, 5) [辰吉寿以輝], who announced his next contest.
The second generation fighter, the son of the iconic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, revealed he would be returning to the ring on April 30th to take on fellow Japanese fighter Shun Ishibashi (10-22-1, 4) [石橋 俊], who he was originally down to fight last February before an injury forced him to pull out.
The bout will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will see Juiki fight his first domestic opponent since OCtober 2016, when he stopped Monkey Shuhei at the Korakuen Hall.
Incidentally Juiki's father actually won his first world title in what was his 8th professional bout, back in September 1991 when he defeated Greg Richardson to claim the WBC Bantamweight title. Whilst Juiki is aware of the history there, and didn't seem to be comparing himself to his father, and it seems more like he's going to be having a longer caeer, and take more time building towards his first title fight, and building even longer for any potential world title fight.
A win here would likely see Tatsuyoshi push towards the rankings, though it's clear that he's a long way from being ready to fight any of the top domestic talent.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka were expecting to see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿以輝] return to the ring, for his first bout of 2017. Sadly an injury forced him out of the bout and resulted in a main event between former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Satoru Sugita (13-4-1, 8) [杉田 聖] and Indonesian Egy Rozten (5-16-2, 3).
The bought might not have had fan appeal of a bout with Tatsuyoshi but it was still a good chance to see a notable name fighter get his career back on track, with Sugita stopping the visitor in 5 rounds.
The bout began with Sugita trying to control the distance and tempo of the bout, but before long Rozten was ignoring the shots at him and swinging for the fences. At times the Indonesian was having success, and Sugita had to be mindful. That success however came at a cost for the Indonesian who looked liek he was emptying his tank in round 3.
With Rozten's output dropping significantly it seemed only a matter of time before Sugita would close the show, which he eventually did when he unloaded on Rozten in the corner, in the final seconds of round 5.
The win for Sugita was a confidence building ring return, after a very close loss to Kenichi Ogawa in a Japanese title fight, and we suspect we'll see him back in title contention sooner rather than later, without needing many bouts like this.
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It's fair to say that Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿以輝] has had a frustrating 2017 in terms of his boxing career, however earlier today the youngster became a father as his wife gave birth to a baby daughter at a hospital in Moriguchi City, Osaka.
The fighter recently cancelled a bout, which was due to take place tomorrow, due to a rib injury that will keep him out of training for about a month. Whilst some will suggest that the fighter wanted time off to spend with his child, especially given that his daughter was born a day before the fight.
Whilst we suspect that Juiki will remain out of the ring for a while, we would liek to say congratulations to the youngster, and we're glad to report that both Juiki's wife and daughter are healthy and that there has been complications.
Juiki's father, the insanely popular Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, spoke to the media following the birth of his grand-daughter and described the child as cute, though at 47 he's certain a young grandfather. Juiki also spoke to the media, suggesting that he was going to try and keep his daughter away from competing in boxing.
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Japanese youngster Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿以輝] has had a frustrating 2017 in terms of his boxing career, and today saw that frustration grow as he, along with Osaka Teiken chairman Hiroshi Yoshii, took part in a press conference.
Sadly the press conference was to announce that Tatsuyoshi's injury woes were continuing, and that he was being forced to cancel a scheduled July 9th bout Jundullah M Fauzan (3-1)*. Not only is the bout off but Tatsuyoshi has been told to spend the next month resting, and will not be back in training until August, meaning that he may not actually fight at all in 2017, following 3 fights in both 2015 and 2016.
This is the second bout this year that Tatsuyoshi, the son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, has had to pull out of a contest, having had to pull out of a scheduled February bout with Shun Ishibashi [石橋 俊] due to another injury. And it's a shame to see his career hit a wall in what was supposed to be a big year for him professionally.
Despite the professional frustration the youngster is an expectant father and his first child is expected to be born in the coming weeks, so resting from training may be a little bit easier for the youngster.
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The early morning papers in Japan have reported some happy news for the Tatsuyoshi family, with Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿] reportedly expecting his first child in the summer!
The fighter got married at the end of 2016 after having lived together for a few months. They were married early during the pregnancy but kept it quiet until this weekend when the story began to hit the Japanese press. The press has reported that it will be a daughter and that both Juiki and his wife are seemingly very happy and so to is the soon to be grandfather Joichiro Tatsuyoshi [辰吉丈一郎], himself a boxing icon in Japan.
As for fighter Tatsuyoshi did have plans for a bout early in the year and although he had to cancel a bout in February, due to an injury. It now seems like things are healed and although we've not yet had much news of Juiki's ring return, we do know that he will be in an 8 rounder in the summer, with the timing of the bout likely to be around the same time as the birth of his daughter.
Interestingly Juiki admitted that his injury, suffered earlier this year, lead him to tears due to the disappointment. Those were tears he shed in front of his wife and it seems like he has felt much happier having the support of his wife there. It seems like that support has helped Tatsuyoshi with his recovery and it seems like he has been working incredibly hard to get back to full fitness as soon as he can.
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