When we heard Takaaki Kamikawa (0-1) was making his debut against the Japanese and OPBF ranked Shoma Fukumoto (5-1, 5) we had immediately expected a lot from Kamikawa. His amateur credentials, his association with Misako Gym and his "straight in to it" match making had gotten us very excited. There word from Japan was that the 23 year old Middleweight hopeful was one to watch, potentially a national champion and certain a man with serious potential.
Sadly that promise wasn't shown today as Kamikawa was effectively made to look like a man so badly out of his depth that there will have to be a serious look at what went wrong and even whether professional boxing is the right career choice for him.
Kamikawa looked nervous and worried from the off, holding regularly and having no idea of what to do when the heavy handed Fukumoto tagged him. The nerves could have been due to Fukumoto though as the fight progressed there appeared to be another reason he was nervous, his stamina. Round after round he was looking more and more exhausted. It was almost as if he had trained for a 3 or 4 round fight, not a 6 rounder.
Sadly is was that exhaustion, in round 6, that forced the referee to step in and stop the debutant who will have to go back to the gym and work big time on sorting things out with his fitness. He's young so a loss shouldn't be a huge problem but there was big expectations of him to do much better than he did here.
Interestingly it's worth noting that Misako stablemate Keita Obara also lost on his debut as he came up short against Kazuyoshi Kumano. At the time Obara was a 23 year old, was highly touted and ran out of steam, since then though Obara has won Japanese and OPBF titles and really come good to forge an excellent career and earn a world ranking. That will give Kamikawa someone to talk to and someone to use as an inspiration if he wishes to continue in the sport.
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Earlier today saw the officially weigh ins for Dangan 113. Although we,sadly, don't have the complete weigh in number we do have some details from the weigh in.
Firstly the two men in the main event, Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (10-0, 5) and challenger Shingo Eto (14-2-1, 9), both made weight for their title fight. The bout will be Naito's second defense of his title whilst Eto will be having his first title bout as he attempts to follow in the foot steps of older bother Koki Eto, the current OPBF Flyweight champion. Our preview of this contest can be found here.
The chief support bout, a contest between former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino (11-3, 10) and the once beaten Hideo Sakamoto (14-1-2, 4), also saw both men making weight. Whilst this is clearly a bout at a lower level than the main event it's an interesting contest all the same and we do like watching Shiino in action, a lot.
Big name debutant Takaaki Kamikawa (0-0) looked rearing to go as head weightin beside the heavy handed Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4) in what is possibly the shows most interesting match up. Whilst it may seem strange to rate a debut as a more interesting bout than the main event we have heard so many good things about Kamikawa from his days as a debutant that it's hard not to be excited, especially given how dangerous Fukumoto is.
We've also been informed that Ben Watanabe (0-0-1) was significantly shorter than his debuting opponent Daijiro Umemoto (0-0). Although a novice we're fans of Watanabe who has made a great effort to connect with Western fans via Reddit and will actually be offering a free and legal stream of his contest on the show. To watch Watanabe's fight, and possibly some others we would suggest visiting his ustream channel and getting the local time of his contest and then checking back on Monday to watch it live.
(Images courtesy of boxingnews.jp, top is Naito and Eto, bottom is Kamikawa and Fukumoto)
We feel that the future of boxing is really, really promising. We know that some fans are on a downer after seeing a bad fight here and there but we're looking forward to the future and to see how fighters like Naoya Inoue, Stamp Kiatniwat, Kosei Tanaka, Jack Tepora and John Vincent Moralde all develop. In fact since we've started this site we've become more and more interested in the developing talent than the established talent. Fighters looking to break through seem happier to take risks than those already at the top.
With that in mind we'd like to bring you details one two upcoming debuts. We've mentioned both in the past but we've started to edge towards both of the fights and would like to just help fans make a mental note of them both.
The first takes place on October 13th as Takaaki Kamikawa (0-0) kicks off his career with a 6 round contest against the ranked Middleweight Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4). Fukumoto comes into this bout ranked #5 by the JBC and #8 by the OPBF and although we admit the Middleweight division is relatively thin in both Japan and the Orient this is still a baptism of fire for the 23 year old Kamikawa who was apparently a fantastic amateur on the Japanese university circuit.
Kamikawa is a member of Misako Gym, a gym which currently has a number of touted fighters including current OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara, former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe and former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino. If he can develop from sparring with those guys then his future is really, really bright.
What makes this even more notable is that even Boxrec.com have recognised the bout on their schedule, something they very rarely do for Japanese debutants. That alone should tell you something.
The second notable debut comes on November 3rd when Kazuma Yokota (0-0) makes his professional debut in a 6 round bout at Bantamweight. The full details of this bout have yet to be fully announced though we have seen the young fighter, a 2-time under 15 MVP, dubbed as the "Secret Weapon of the Takasago boxing gym". Although the details aren't full announced what we do know is that the youngster has had extensive one-to-one trainer with former Japanese Bantamweight champion Masayuki Mitani who appears to have taken the promising fighter completely under his wing.
Whilst it's far too early to say just how good these youngsters are, their camps have been saying all the right things and both men do have huge expectations on their shoulders. If they can meet those expectations expect to see them both competing at world level before their careers are over
At the beginning of August we reported that Takaaki Kamikawa, a former Japanese amateur standout at Middleweight had passed his license test for a B license. At the time we weren't sure when he'd be debuting or who he would be debuting against. We now have that information.
It was announced earlier today that Kamikawa will be making his professional debut on October 13th at the Korakuen Hall against the big hitting Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4). Going into the bout Fukumoto is ranked #5 by the JBC at Middleweight, though of course the Middleweight scene in Japan is thin behind Ryota Murata and Akio Shibata.
The bout will be part of the under-card for Rikki Naito's (10-0, 5) upcoming Japanese Super Featherweight title defence against Shingo Eto (14-2-1, 9).
At the moment full details of the bout are unavailable though we understand the bout will be a 6 rounder and will be a vry interesting test for the 23 year old debutant.
(Image courtesy of Misako Gym)
Former Japanese amateur standout Takaaki Kamikawa has been awarded a professional B license ahead of his proposed debut.
Kamikawa, who was various domestic competitions, hasn't yet got a date for his debut though we do have some pretty expectations for him given that he's got very good amateur experience. That experience is not just domestic but is also international and in 2008 he competed at the Youth World Championships in Mexico. Although Kamikawa was eliminated in his first fight at that tournament he'll still have had the experience of fighting at that level.
Not only was Kamikawa interesting for his amateur success but also because he's a "bigger" fighter having competed in the amateurs as a Middleweight. With the domestic scene at Middleweight being thin there is every chance Kamikawa could be "fast tracked" into the domestic rankings after just 2 or 3 fights.
Kamikawa is one of two high profile fighters to have passed their license tests recently alongside Kohei Kashino who is set to debut on September 17th. We'll admit we don't know much about Kashino but he has been making headlines in Japan over the last few days, likely due to the fact he is highly educated.
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