Takeshima, the newest professional at the Matsuda gym, took his protest by sparring with former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (16-4, 13) [坂晃典] in a rare public pro-test. He really shined by showing off his skills, movement and energy, and despite actually being disappointed by his own performance he passed with no issues at all.
As an amateur he ran up an impressive 82-19 record, came second in one of the highly regarded High School tournaments, captained his university team and came third in a national tournament. Although not a huge amateur star, despite his impressive credentials, the belief is that he has the talent to go very far, and is likly to be matched aggressively from the off.
Although he's in his early 20's we've seen Japanese fighters with similar amateur backgrounds being moved quickly and we see Takeshima as put on a similar race to domestic and continental honours.
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