Over the last few years the Kadoebi gym has been piling up a lot of notable talent, that has transferred from other gyms. Today they've announced that their acquisition spree isn't over, and in fact they may have signed the pick of the bunch, as Japanese Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] joins the stable.
The heavy handed, exciting and aggressive Tsutsumi was a stand out amateur, going 84-17 (40) in the unpaid ranks, before turning professional at the Watanabe gym in 2018 and debuting in March with an opening round win over a Thai visitor Alongkon Kaisi.
Less than 6 months after Tsutsumi's debut he stopped Junpei Inamoto to claim a B class tournament win and was 4-0 (3) at the end of 2018, with experience of bouts in Thailand and China.
So far this year Tsutsumi has fought only 112 seconds, blasting out Filipino foe Ryan Rey Ponteras back in April, but his next bout will be on November 9th, as he takes on Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉] in the God's Left Tournament semi-final. A win there will put him in the final next year against either Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] or Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁].
Having been huge fans of Tsutsumi, his style and his aggression since his debut, and would suggest others take note of this incredibly exciting young fighter.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi Gym)
Several weeks ago we were informed that Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) would defend the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] on August 23rd. Today that bout was officially confirmed with Kadoebi announcing that the bout will be the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" show.
The bout will see Raquinel seek his third defense of the title, and bounce back from a loss in September to Wulan Tuolehazi, in a bout that wasn't an OPBF title defense. The Filipino fighter won the belt in Japan in March 2018, when he stopped Keisuke Nakayama and then defended it 2 months later against Shun Kosaka, stopping him as well.
For Kogawa the bout is a chance to claim a second weight OPBF title. The Japanese veteran claimed the OPBF Super Flyweight title way back in 2010 and has twice been the Japanese Flyweight champion since then. Sadly in recent bouts he has looked like a fighter coming to the end of his career, and has failed to look himself against the likes of Naoto Fujimoto, Yusuke Sakashita and Hideyuki Watanabe.
At the moment no other bouts have been confirmed for this card, though with it being a Kadoebi show we're expecting several other notable names to be announced in the coming days.
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