Yesterday fight fans in Japan had the first chance to see a Dangan card in 2017. The show, Dangan 173, was a small Rookie based show with no major names on it, but did feature several fighters with genuine promise.
One of those was youngster Mirai Naito (2-0, 1) [内藤 未来], who scored a 3rd round victory over the previously unbeaten Seika Mifune (0-1-1) [三船 世翔]. Whilst Naito isn't a big name he does come from goodpedigree with his father being Cassius Naito, a former OPBF and JBC Middleweight champion, and his older brother being Rikki Naito, a former Japanese Super Featherweight champion.
Whilst it seems few are viewing Mirai as a fighter with the potential of his brother he is showing some promise and these low profile bouts will help develop that potential whilst keeping him out of the limelight and away from the pressure that that his brother was under during his early career.
For fans who missed this one but are interested in seeing the bout, and the rest of the show, the card is featured in the boxingraise subscription and is already online for those that subscribe.
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