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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