Earlier today the Muto gym announced their next big show, which is now set for December 22nd at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center.
The main event will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] defending his belt, for the first time, against South Korean Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
On paper this should be an easy win for Kobayashi, given that Chang was stopped in 2018 by Masahiro Sakamoto.
Kobayashi won the title earlier this year, with an upset stoppage of Ben Mananquil, and few will complain about him getting an easy defense after recent bouts against the likes of Vincent Astrolabio, Keita Kurihara and Mannaquil. Though this is a bit too easy if we're being totally honest.
Also confirmed for the card were a trio of young Muto gym prospects. These were Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑], Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生]. At the moment none of this trio have had opponents announced for the card, though Mine and Kuwabata did seem to hint that their team were hunting for ranked fighters to face to test them.
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Earlier today in Bangkok, Thailand, the local fans had the chance to see a number of low profile bouts. Among the most notable bouts on the card were two featuring touted Japanese prospects from the Mutoh Gym, who both scored quick wins over their over-matched foes.
One of those was the debuting Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑], who made light work of 21 year old Sakol Ketkul (0-6-1). The bout was put together at relatively short notice but that didn't effect Nishida who looked crisp and sharp from the opening, and dropped Ketkul twice in around 2 minutes to force the early win.
The talented Nishida only took part in his pro-test in September but is regarded very highly by those in Osaka following a solid, if unspectacular, amateur career. He is expected to be moved quickly by the Mutoh gym and could end up being a ranked fighter by the end of 2020, if not earlier, in the stacked Japanese Super Bantamweight scene.
The other Japanese prospect of note on this show as Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔], who made his debut back in July against Jesel Guardario of the Philippines. Following a tough looking debut he really had an easy task today as he took out 40 year old Thai Kamon Singram (0-29) in just 2 rounds. Prior to the stoppage Singram had been down several times, though they were ruled slips by the referee.
Although this was a 29th straight loss for Singram he has really had a rather interesting career sharing the ring with the likes of Kohei Kono, Nawaphon Por Chokchai and Sho Kimura, among others.
Mine, like Nishida, is regarded as a real prospect to watch and although today's win did little to back that up, it did get him something of a work out, and a chance to fight on foreign soil at a very early stage in his career.
Earlier today former Japanese amateur fighter Ryosuke Nishida [西田 凌佑] took part in his pro-test bout as he becomes the latest notable Japanese amateur to turn to the pros.
The 23 year old from Kashiba, has become the latest notable amateur fighter to join the Mutoh Gym in Tokyo, following the likes of Yusuke Mine (1-0) [峯 佑輔], Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生], as the Mutoh gym prepares for the future.
As an amateur Nishida was well regarded, despite not winning national tournaments. His style is supposed to be one that will translate very well over to the professionals and he is tipped to be one of the faces of the Mutoh gym over the coming years.
Nishida's protest saw him sparring with the aforementioned Yusuke Mine at the work out, before Takashi Edagawa revealed that both men would be in action on October 3rd, in Thailand. Both men will be up against Thai locals in 6 round bouts at Super Bantamweight.
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