One of the many exciting fighters who was scheduled for the September 25th show at the Korakuen Hall was Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀], who was scheduled to face Filipino Ivor Lastrilla (10-4-1, 5). Sadly however that bout has been cancelled due to issues with Lastrilla.
The bout was expected to be Utsuki's first test as a professional, and was scheduled to be fought over the 8 round distance.
As an amateur Utsuki was a real stand out, going 81-27 (23) and was looking to take a huge step up here. Lastrilla on the other hand was coming into the bout on the back of a 3 fight winning run, including a notable win in Japan against Takahisa Nayuki.
The match up falling through is a real disappointment for Utsuki and for fans, though those in attendance will still get to see a number of young and talented fighters, including former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who takes on Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8), and the debuting Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗].
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Earlier today the Watanabe gym held a press conference to announce the next bout of Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], the former IBF Minimumweight champion who has vacated due to outgrowing the 105lb weight division.
As has long been rumoured he will be back in the ring on September 25tth at the Korakuen Hall but unlike many fighters when they move up in weight he will be taking on a top contender and a series threat immediately, with his return bout being set against world ranked Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
For Kyoguchi the bout will be his first as a fully fledged Light Flyweight and will serve as a tough tune up before a potential December show down with WBA Light Flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10). Budler was the man who took the WBA title from Kyoguchi's stable mate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一], who is expected to fight in December in a Flyweight contest.
As for Monabesa the bout will be his first outside of Indonesia and will serve as a massive test of what the Indonesian really has. So far Monabesa has looked like the best prospect in Indonesia with notable wins against the likes of Rene Patilano and Lester Abutan, but this will be his first bout outside of his homeland and his first against a former world champion.
At the moment the under-card hasn't been fully announced, but it is slated to feature a strong support including world ranked Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本京太郎], former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (10-3-2, 4) [中山佳祐], fighting for the first time since losing the OPBF title to Jayr Raquinel in March and former amateur standouts Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀] and Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗], with Shigeoka reportedly having only lost once in over 50 amateur contests. At the time of writing none of these supporting fighters have had their opponents announced for the card.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see two former amateur stand outs make their professional debuts, as both fighters kicked off their professional careers under the Watanabe gym banner.
One of those debutants was Seiya Tsutsumi (1-0, 1) [堤聖也] who made an almost instant impact on the professional ranks, stopping Thai foe Alongkon Kaisi (0-1) in just 91 seconds. The win was no surprise for the 22 year old Japanese fighter, who went 84-17 (40 ) in the unpaid ranks with several wins coming over current WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa, but was a statement of intent from the Super Flyweight prospect. His intention continued in comments made after he fight, which suggested he wanted to be fast tracked, and kept busy, in a similar vein to stable mate Hiroto Kyoguchi.
The other was 23 year old Shu Utsuki (1-0, 1) [宇津木秀], who took 3 rounds to defeat Thai Meechaiya Kaewkwanresort (0-1). Us an amateur Utsuki went an incredible 81-27 (23) and although not quite as impressive today as his stablemate he two has high hopes, aiming to break into the domestic rankings this year and win a national title in 2019.
Utsuki was certainly forced to work harder for his win, but both men shined and both look like they are going to have very exciting futures.
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Earlier today a trio of notable Japanese amateur fighters took part in their B licenses tests, with all 3 fighters passing the tests and beggining their professional boxing journey.
One of those fighters former female standout Eri Matsuda [松田 恵里], who has turned professional with Team 10 Count. The 23 year old went 21-12 (9) as an amateur and was involved in a number of national tournaments. Despite failing to truly shine in the unpaid ranks the general view was that she was better suited to the professional scene, and that showed today as she showed brilliant technique in her test against world champion Kayoko Ebata. The hope is that Matsuda will be raced to a world title, and there is suggestions she could take a belt in double quick speed, even for a Japanese prospect.
Another of those fighters is Seiya Tsutsumi [堤聖也], who has signed with the Watanabe gym following a long and extensive amateur background. The 22 year old Light Flyweight ran up an excellent amateur record of 84-17 (40) and fought a relative who's who of Japanese boxing as an amateur. Given his strong back ground in the unpaid ranks there are huge expectations on his shoulders, though Watanabe gym guiding him he shouldn't struggle too much to make his mark on the sport.
The final one is Shu Utsuki [宇津木秀], who ran up an excellent 81-27 (23) record and was one of the key boxing figures at his university. Like Tsutsumi Utsuki has signed with the Watanabe gym, and is expected to make his debut later this year, whilst promising to make a name for himself among the bigger weights than his younger stablemate.
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