Earlier today Yuichiro Kasuya (11-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎], who hadn't been seen in a ring in over a year, return to action and did so successfully as he stopped Adisai Chantan (6-5, 2) in the second round of a scheduled 6 round bout.
The Japanese youngster, 22, had looked like a notable prospect in 2014, when he won the Super Featherweight Rookie of the Year. Sadly losses to Spicy Matsushita and Izuki Tomioka, as well as a draw with Masaski Sato, slowed his rise.
After scoring a quick blow out of a Thai foe in January 2018 Kasuya would be our of the ring for a while, and would transfer to the Kadoebi gym late last year. Today's bout was his first as a Kadoebi fighter and he shook some rust, forcing a stoppage in round 2, with Adisai being saved by the referee at 2:14 of the round.
Interestingly this bout was fought at Light Welterweight and Kasuya looked much bigger, physically, than he had in early bouts, suggesting that maybe is set to make a permanent move up in weight with his body maturing and developing into a 135lb or 140lb fighter.
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Earlier today the news broke that another notable fighter had transferred to the Kadoebi Gym, following Yuichiro Kasuya (10-2-1, 2) [粕谷雄一郎] and Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝], who both joined the gym in recent weeks.
The notable fighter in question is Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], who is a former 2-time world title challenger and has also held OPBF and JBC titles.
At the age of 33 Kogawa likely sees his career as having 1 more big run in it, though will know that a loss would likely spell the end of his hopes to be a world champion. Kogawa was last seen in the ring in July, narrowly earning a draw with Yusuke Sakashita, and it seems like he believes a change in environment and culture will be what he needs to have another run.
At his best he was an all action fighter, who has had great contests with the likes if Suguru Muranaka, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Masayuki Kuroda, Hiroyuki Kudaka and the legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. At the 33 years old and with his hard career behind him however it's unclear what he still has left to offer the sport.
Interestingly it's also been revealed that Kasuya will be fighting on January 31st, Tyson in April and Kogawa in either April or May.
It's fair to say that Japanese youngster Yuichiro Kasuya (10-2-1, 2) [粕谷雄一郎] had a 2017 to forget, losing his two bouts from the year and coming into 2018 with a 0-2-1 record in his previous 3 bouts. It was a run that could have derailed his career, and broke his confidence at such a young age.
Today Kasuya proved that he was still a hungry fighter as he returned to the ring to begin 2018, and he made a quick and impressive cameo, as he blew away Katika Saithonggym (0-3) in just 88 seconds.
The 21 year old Japanese fighter was under pressure early on but used his feet well to counter the preassure and landed a brutal right hand, which dropped the Thai hard. To his credit the visitor got up, but was wobbly on his feet, and forced the referee to stop the contest.
After the bout Kasuya showed his ambition by stating he wanted to raise up the rankings this year, and get a chance to avenge his second loss, which came in a Japanese Youth title fight. It was clearly a mismatch, but a much needed confidence booster for Kasuya.
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In the Lightweight final of the innaugural Japanese Youth Tournament fight fans saw Izuki Tomioka (4-0, 1) [富岡樹] face off with the light punching Yuichiro Kasuya (9-2-1, 1) [粕谷雄一郎] in a really well fought technical bout that saw both men show off their boxing skills.
It was a really closely contested bout through the first two rounds, with neither man really getting much control of the early stages, every time one guy landed the other would fire back and it made those early rounds tit for tat. That tit for tat action continued through the fight with Kasuya taking a narrow lead on two cards after 5 rounds, before Tomoioka cloed strongly to edge out the narrow win.
The scorecards at the end of the 8 round contest had Tomioka winning 77-76 and 77-75 to take a split decision, with the third judge scoring it to Kasuya 77-76.
The bout proved that both men were almost perfectly matched. Their lack of power made for a tough bout for both men, and although both were rocked they never looked like being stopped. The shots left both with cuts around their left eyes, and left both men likely looking to have a rematch down the line to claim a clearer result.
For Tomioka the win is an amazing one for a fighter this early in his career, and it's clear he has the potential to be fighting for more senior titles in the very near future. His lack of power will hopefully change as he matures and if that happens he can go a very long way. For Kasuya the bout shouldn't be seen as a major set back, but he is now 0-2-1 in his last 3, and he really needsa confidence building easy win before he slides any further.
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