A group of 5 Japanese youngsters have travelled to the mountainous region of Kuruyama to begin a week long training camp. By it's self that's bit news but the fighters involved are themselves pretty big news.
The most notable of the fighters involved in the camp is OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉大吾], who we suspect will have his next bout announced in the coming weeks, another notable youngster their is amateur star Keisuke Matsumoto [松本圭佑], who has just come runner up in a national tournament.
Whilst those two are perhaps the most notable others at the camp include Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1, 7) [前川龍斗], who faces Rex Tso (19-0, 12) in October, Riku Nagahama (5-0-1, 1) [長濱陸] and Rookie of the Year competitor Yoshimitsu Kimura (5-0, 3) [木村吉光].
The camp started on August 22nd and will run to August 29th with the focus then returning to training closer to home for bouts before the end of the year.
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Over the past few days Japanese fight fans had the opportunity to see a number of the inter-scholastic tournaments, including the boxing which was streamed online. Among those in action was Keisuke Matsumoto [松本 圭佑], who lost a split decision in the final at Flyweight to Asian Youth Games gold medal winner Hayato Tsutsumi [堤駿斗].
Despite that competition finish just days ago Matsumoto has already returned to the Ohashi gym where he has started to work on the flaws that Tsutsumi exposed in his ability.
The popular teenager, who is hoping to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, seems to know the way to improve is to get back on the horse and has seemingly shown a determination to become better and to avenge in the future. Then against losing to Tsutsumi is nothing at all to be ashamed by and he too is expected to have a very bright future ahead of him.
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Earlier today saw the finals of the Japanese High School tournament. Among the tournament winners was the very promising Keisuke Matsumoto [松本 圭佑] a youngster tipped for a place at Tokyo 2020 and a potential star of the future.
Matsumoto, who has been in the gym with Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue, claimed the Light Flyweight crown and continued to build on his burgeoning reputation as a genuine one to watch. He claimed the crown with a decision win over Takumi Tamura [田村拓実].
Other winners at the event included-
Ginjiro Shigeoka [重岡銀次郎] at Pinweight,
Hayato Tsutsumi [堤駿斗] at Flyweight, who also built on his success from last year,
Taiga Imanaga [今永虎雅] who claimed the Bantamweight crown, and built on his own success
and Light Welterweight Issei Aramoto [荒本一成].
Whilst the competition doesn't also lead to stars of the future it does tend to highlight the top young teenagers in the Japanese amateur scene and these young men will all be worth following over the coming years. The continued success of a number of these fighters does suggest a very promising future and don't be surprised to see them at Tokyo 2020, or in fact turning professional by the 2020 Olympics.
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We admit we don't cover amateur boxing in the way we should, though we are hoping to change that in the coming year or so, however there is an amateur who has caught our eye. That is teenage sensation Keisuke Matsumoto, a man who some in Japan believe is a major contender for an Olympic medal in the 2020 games.
Earlier today we were informed that Matsumoto has moved in to the semi finals of the Japanese High School championships, which will take place tomorrow.
The youngster, who competes as a Light Flyweight, over-came Tatsuya Sakamoto in the quarter final of the competition with a clear 3-0 win and is now being tipped as one of the favourites.
Whilst Matsumoto is incredibly young he has already been featured in a couple of notable TV segments and has trained alongside a number of major names at the Ohashi gym, including Naoya Inoue. His career has also been guided by his father, Koji Matsumoto, himself a former world title challenger. It's thought that the level of training and the guidance of his father will help him become a star of the future and we've been continually advised to keep a close eye on the teenager.
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Touted Japanese teenager Keisuke Matsumoto might not be a fighter who is familiar to many but the youngster has been tipped as one the many "ones to watch" from the Japanese amateur scene. For fans who haven't seen or heard of him it may be worth noting that TV Tokyo will be running a short piece on him at 22:54, local time, on Thursday.
Matsumoto is the son of former world title challenger Koji Matsumoto and has been in the Ohashi gym alongside the sensational Naoya Inoue and the hugely popular Akira Yaegashi. According to some in the know the young Matsumoto combines the "genius" of Inoue and the "heart" of Yaegashi with sparring sessions between him and Yaegashi making him look like an exceptional talent.
This isn't the first TV special on Matsumoto who was part of a 24 minute segment last year, which show cased his talents with footage from training sessions with his father and comments from Inoue, who spoke very highly of the youngster.
It's clear, from the footage in that previous TV segment, that Matsumoto is one of the brightest prospects in world boxing. As opposed to racing to go professional however the youngster has been tipped for success at the 2020 Olympics, which is set to be held in his native Japan. Admittedly that's a long way off though from what we've seen and read about him there is real potential for him to be a medal winner in 5 years time.
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