Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see Japanese prospect Seiya Tsutsumi (4-0, 3) [堤聖也] Jiaqi Yu (0-2)* in a 1-sided 6 round bout that saw Tsutsumi dip his toes at Featherweight.
The bout was put together on short notice though that hardly seemed to matter to Tsutsumi who looked full of energy and continually forced Yu backwards. To his credit the Chinese local really showed fantastic survival instincts but gave little in terms of offense with Tsutsumi continually chasing him.
After 6 rounds credit needed to be given credit for surviving, but was beaten 60-54, twice, and 60-52 on the judges score cards.
Tsutsumi's next bout is currently set for December 1st against with Matcha Nakagawa (13-1-1, 5) [武田航] at the Korakuen Hall, in what will be Tsutsumi's first bout against a Japanese ranked foe and should be a much stiller test than today's win.
*Denotes assumed record.
Earlier this year we saw Seiya Tsutsumi (3-0, 3) [堤聖也] win a B class tournament in Tokyo, stopping Junpei Inamoto [稲元 純平] in the final. Following that bout his next bout was announced as being a December clash with Matcha Nakagawa (13-1-1, 5) [武田航].
It's now being reported that Tsutsumi will have an interim bout this coming weekend, as he fights in China against Jiaqi Yu (0-1)* in a 6 round bout at Featherweight.
We were really impressed by Tsutsumi's win over Inamoto, and suspect that he's travelling to China, on such short notice, to stay busy with a tick over fighter. Especially given that he has the Nakagawa bout set for December 1st. For Yu on the other hand this is a great opportunity to take on one of the top youngsters in Japan.
Interestingly the other 3 bouts on the poster for this show are all-Chinese 4 rounders.
*Assumed record based on a fighter named Jiaqi Yu form China of the same age, though it's unclear if it's the same Jiaqi Yu.
Earlier this year we saw former amateur standout Seiya Tsutsumi (3-0, 3) [堤聖也] score a sensational and action packed win over the touted Junpei Inamoto [稲元 純平] to claim a B Class Tournament win. Following that bout Tsutsumi stated that he wanted to fight a Japanese ranked opponent before the end of 2018.
At the time it seemed plausible, but still very ambitious from the Watanabe gym fighter.
Today however it was confirmed that he's a man of his word and his next bout has been announced for December 1st and will see him taking on Japanese ranked Bantamweight Matcha Nakagawa (13-1-1, 5) [武田航], a former Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion and 2015 Bantamweight Rookie of the Year.
Tsutsumi, pictured above, is an exciting pressure fighter who looks to get in an opponent quickly and is very heavy handed, applying smart pressure to get inside. Although he's untested at this level as a professional it's hard not to imagine him making a mark on the higher echelons of the domestic, at the very least, and we regard him as one of Japan's brightest prospects.
Nakagawa began his career with 9 straight wins, before losing a competitive decision loss to Ryohei Takahashi in October 2016. Since then he has impressed claiming the Japanese Youth crown last year and recording 4 straight wins. The most recent of those was against Filipino foe Marzon Cabillo on G+ in Japan.
The styles of the men should gel well and give us a brilliant match up.
For those interested in watching this bout, it's going to be shown on G+ alongside the return of Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] and the Japanese Light Welterweight title bout between Valentine Hosokawa (23-6-3, 10) [細川バレンタイン] and Takashi Inagaki (20-17-2, 9) [稲垣孝].
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Earlier this week we saw Seiya Tsutsumi (3-0, 3) [堤聖也] score his career best win, breaking down Junpei Inamoto (2-1, 1) [稲元 純平] to claim a B Class Tournament win and put the Japanese scene on alert.
At the time it seemed like Tsutsumi had made an impact, and could really rely on his laurels to the end of the year. He however seems to have a different idea, and after the fight he spoke to the press revealing that he still had plans for 2018.
Tsutsumi, who said he was comfortable fighting at either Super Flyweight or Bantamweight, stated that he was wanting to face off with a Japanese ranked fighter next time out, to build on the win over Tsutsumi and put himself into the Japanese rankings before the end of the year.
It's unclear which division he would prefer to chase his first title at but it's clear that the Watanabe Gym fighter is another in the ever growing line of Japanese fighters who want to prove themselves and do so quickly. In that manner he appears to be following the likes of his stable mate Hiroto Kyoguchi as well as Kosei Tanaka and Naoya Inoue, with all 3 having increased their profile internationally by showing drive and ambition to make a name for themselves. Something Tsutsumi certainly has the skills and style to do as well.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got the chance to see a number of B Class tournament final bouts.
The most interesting of those was the Bantamweight bout, which pitted unbeaten novices against each other, with Seiya Tsutsumi (3-0, 3) [堤聖也] battling against Junpei Inamoto (2-1, 1) [稲元 純平]. On paper the bout may not have seemed like much to those who don't follow the Japanese scene but both of these men were amateur standouts, tipped for big things and both had look fantastic in their each professional bouts.
Whilst we expected something special when Tsutsumi and Inamoto got in the ring together we didn't expect anything half as thrilling as what we got. From the opening seconds both men looked like they had a point to prove. Both circled at mid range, looking for opening before Tsutsumi began to the distance and land some thunderous hooks and powerful jabs. Inamoto looked to return fire and it wasn't long until the two men began to trade. Inamoto often looked like the one who wanted to back off, but kept getting dragged back in as the two found themselves up close and unloading on a regular basis.
In round 2 Inamoto was caught by a brutal right hand that sent him down. He got back to his feet, impressively, but began to fight more cautiously when he got back to his feet. He began to wrestling and attempted to clear his head for the remainder of the round. Tsutsumi however wasn't there to wrestler and he seemed to hurt Inamoto later in the round before Inamoto began to trade with him, seemingly realising that backing off was a terrible idea.
Inamoto did brilliantly to recover from the knockdown and fight back but was looking like a fighter who was fighting out of desperation as we finished the round and was badly swollen under the left eye. Tsutsumi on the other hand looked like a fighter who was enjoying himself in the ring, and went out for round 3 with a seek and destroy mindset. With destruction on his mind Tsutsumi managed to have some short aggressive bursts, which resulted in a cut around Inamoto's left eye. It was a bad one and as soon as the referee spotted it he took him to the referee who stopped the bout.
Given the performance Tsutsumi looks like he's on course to be a star. He's exciting, aggressive, and looks to be the sort of fighter than every fan can get behind. Inamoto looked like he simply came up against some one too. He's a talent himself, but he looked a level below Tsutsumi who looks like he's going to be a major star for the Watanabe over the coming years.
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