Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (1-0) [峯 佑輔] make his professional debut, and claim his first win.
Mine, who went 51-12 (10) in the amateurs, was up against Filipino foe Jesel Guardario (8-4-1, 4) in what looks liked a pretty tough debut. In the end however it was just a frustrating one for the youngster, who took home the win, but not the way he would have wanted.
From the opening seconds Mine's jab looked sharp, he seemed crisp and moved well, landing some good body shots. Sadly Guardario looked clumsy and out of his depth, and after being hurt in round 2 Guardario looked like he was not going to be there for the scheduled 6 rounds.
Sadly for Mine a clash of heads in round 3 left him with an horrific cut around his left eye and although the fight was allowed to continue it did cause an early conclusion just after mid way point of round 4, with blood streaking from Mine's face.
The conclusion of the bout mid way through the 4th round took us to the score-cards that were all 40-36 in Mine's favour.
Whilst he did net the win, and looked good, Mine will not have been happy at the way the bout played out, or the cut, which could delay any planned return to the ring. He's clearly a talent, and we're looking forward to seeing him again, but this will not be how he wanted to win his debut.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
At the end of May we reported that Mutoh gym had revealed their latest prospect, former amateur standout Yusuke Mine (0-0) [峯 佑輔].
Today Mine took part in his pro-test and looked amazing whilst impressing all in attendance whilst passing his tests.
Some have suggested that he's the biggest hope at the Mutoh gym since former world champion Nobuo Nashiro, and it seems clear that Nashiro is a big inspiration to the youngster who had a very impressive amateur career.
In the unpaid ranks Mine recorded a 51-12 (10) record whilst winning an international tournament in Taipei in 2015 and placing in the top 3 of several national tournaments.
According to sources he will debut on July 26th in a 6 round bout at the EDION Arena Osaka.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
This past weekend in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see the Mutoh Gym put on their latest show, with two notable regional title bouts.
Those bouts ended in mixed fashion for the Gym's fighters, with one fighter picking up a huge win, whilst the suffered a big loss.
Today the team at the Mutoh gym held a press conference and spoke, in part, about those bouts at the weekend, as well as introducing their newest signing, a former top amateur fighter.
At the press conference Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] was presented with a sizable financial reward for his shock win over Filipino fighter Ben Mananquil (17-2-3, 4) to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight crown. Kobayashi had been the big under-dog but actually secured himself a stoppage of the the Filipino, and really did earn the financial reward with his performance and result.
Sadly new was less good when it came to former world title challenger Masahiro Sakamoto (13-3, 9) [坂本真宏], who has reportedly retired following his TKO loss to Yusuke Sakashita (18-8-3, 13) [阪下優友] in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title. That bout ended with Sakanmoto's face a swollen bloodied mess, for the second fight in a row, and we did suspect that Sakamoto would walk away from the sport.
Today's press conference also saw the Mutoh gym introduce Yusuke Mine [峯 佑輔], who ran up an impressive 51-10 (12) amateur record and has won international tournaments. The 23 year old will take his pro-test on July 7th with his debut expected later in the month, and is said to have had some amateur training under former world champion Nobuo Nashiro, himself a former fighter at the Mutoh gym.
(Imagge courteys of boxingnews.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!