Earlier today we saw two of Teiken's hottest young prospects having their next opponents name, with both set to face Filipino fighters in July.
One of those prospects is Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太], who will be in action on July 6th at Korakuen Hall as part of a Dynamic Glove card. The talented and highly touted Lee, who hardly broke a sweat in his debut earlier in the year, will be up against a much better opponent than his debut foe.
The announced opponent for Lee is unbeaten Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (9-0-1, 5). The unbeaten Paniamogan is a 24 year who made his debut around 5 years ago and has fought his entire career in Paranaque City against Filipino domestic level novices and journeyman. Despite limited competition he does have 46 rounds of professional experience behind him and an unbeaten record should serve up a much better test for Lee than Aphisit Namkhot did back in February.
The other young prospect to have his next opponent named is Shokichi Iwata (2-0, 1) [岩田翔吉], whop fights 6 days later on a stacked card in Osaka. The talented Iwata will, like Lee, take on a Filipino foe, but one who has a less impressive record. His opponent will be 23 year old Paolo Sy (6-3-1, 3).
Like Paniamogan we've yet to see Sy fight outside of the Philippines, or fight above domestic novice level, though hopefully he will ask some questions of Iwata, who is already being groomed as a very special fighter, following amateur wins over the likes of Kosei Tanaka and Takuma Inoue.
Please note - Lee's name is transcribed as Kuntae Lee on the Teiken site, though Boxrec continue to refer to him as Gonte Lee
Unbeaten Japanese prospect Shokichi Iwata (2-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] made his Japanese debut in May, when he easily beat 2018 Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year at Daiki Kameyama (7-3-1, 2) [亀山大輝]. We now been informed that he will be back in a Japanese ring in July.
The talented former amateur standout has become the latest fighter to find himself added to the July 12th card in Osaka, headlined by Ryota Murata's (14-2, 11) [村田 諒太] rematch with WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Rob Brant (25-1, 17).
At the time of writing his opponent for the show hasn't been announced, though we have been told the bout will be a 6 round bout at Light Flyweight, with the possibility that this will be his last bout over the 6 round distance before he moves onto 8 rounders.
Iwata's inclusion on the card gives the show a solid under-card bout to go with the three title bouts. Those include the Brant Vs Murata bout as well as the WBC Light Flyweight title bout, pitting unbeaten champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] against mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22) and a WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout between Filipino champion Joe Noynay (17-2-1, 6) and Japanese challenger Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw the Japanese debut of touted youngster Shokichi Iwata (2-0, 1) [岩田翔吉], who debuted in the US last year defeating Joel Bermudez.
Today's bout was a tough one on paper for Iwata, who took on southpaw foe Daiki Kameyama (7-3-1, 2) [亀山大輝], who had won the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Light Flyweight and had proven to be a very good southpaw hopeful.
Despite looking like an interesting test Iwata made things look relatively straight forward as he took a clear win over Kameyama.
Iwata took the first round, looking quick on his feet and sharp with his left hook which helped neutralise Kamayama's southpaw stance. Not only was the left hook landing well, but so was the right hand, which landed cleanly at the end of the round. Kameyama bounced back well in the second round, using his own speed and right hook, but he was caught by hooks himself and was dropped in round 3, as Iwata landed a great right hand. Kameyama got up from the knockdown, but it put him in a hole, and left him needing to really chase the fight.
Kameyama, knowing he was behind, tried to up the tempo in round 4, but Iwata moved around the ring, using his speed and footwork to avoid the pressure of Kameyama. The footwork from Iwata continued in the final rounds as he landed on Kameyama and got out of range, showing a good boxing brain, great speed and fantastic ring control.
After the 6th and final round there was no debating the winner, with Iwata taking the bout on all 3 scorecards. Two of the judges had it 59-54 to Iwata whilst the other judge had it 58-56.
With this win it's clear Iwata can be moved quicker than most prospects and we're going to look forward to see what's next for him.
Last December fight fan had the chance to see Japanese youngster Shokichi Iwata (1-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] make his professional debut, doing so in the US where he defeated novice Joel Bermudez. Since then the youngster has acquired a B class Japanese license and revealed that his second professional bout would be in his native Japan.
Over the weekend we were informed of all the details of his Japanese debut, which we can confirm will take place at the Korakuen Hall in May.
The youngster is set to be part of the May Dynamic Glove card, on May 4th, a show that will be headlined by Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his title against Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳]. Iwata's opponent for the bout will be domestic foe Watanabe gym's Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝], who won the 2018 Rookie of the Year and will be looking to build on his his own success from last year.
On paper the Iwata Vs Kameyama bout is a really hard one to call, and should be a test of fire for the two men involved, both of who will have ambitions of doing big things in 2019.
Back in December Shokichi Iwata (1-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] made his professional debut, and defeated novice Joel Bermudez, in the US. Today Iwata was in a Japanese ring to take part in his B Class pro-test.
The youngster is reported to have looked sharp, relaxed and calm whilst sparring with Kenji Ono (11-2-2, 6) [大野兼資], who he had sparred with in the past and seemed very comfortable around.
Following his protest he spoke with Nikkan sports and is quoted as saying
"If there are people who want to see games in Japan and can compete in Japan and the US" and "I would like to do something different from Japanese boxers I have ever done. I am looking forward to the domestic debut game decision that I am happy if it can be shown"
It's clear that Iwata wants to make his mark globally, and according to Nikkan Sports Iwata is looking to have a big 2019, with the fighter likely to try and get into the world rankings by the end of the year.
Interestingly the JBC website currently states that Iwata has passed the test, though Nikkan sports do state that it wouldn't be confirmed until February 1st.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
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