Earlier today we were informed that the all action Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] would be back in action on December 11th, as part of the Over Heat Boxers Night 92.
The incredibly fun to watch Sato was supposed to fight for the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title in July before suffering an injury, scuppering that planned fight with Rikito Shiba (4-0, 2) [芝力人]. The injured has been responsible for keeping him out of the ring, but it is great to see his return has now got a date.
The 22 year old Sato, who turns 23 on December 16th, will be up against former 2-time Japanese challenger Masashi Tada (13-6-3, 8) [多田雅], in what is a very good step up in class.
Although we did want to see Sato Vs Shiba, this is not a bad bout at all, especially given that Tada is a legitimately notable domestic level fighter, ranked #6 by the JBC at Light Flyweight and fought for the Japanese title back in May.
This bout will be the show's chief support bout, with the main event being a contest between Zirolian Riku (9-3, 9) [高橋陸] and Ikemen Atsushi (7-4-2, 2) [鈴木淳], in what could be a very explosive fight thanks to the power of Riku.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got a small, but notable, card with several interesting match ups.
One of those bouts saw 21 year old Ryuki Ishii (9-3, 5) [石井龍輝] battle against the heavy handed Zirolian Riku (8-3, 8) [高橋陸].
The talented Ishii, who had come runner up in the 2016 All Japan Rookie of the Year, where he lost in the final to Shawn Oda, showed how good he was today.
From the opening round Ishii was too quick, using his sharp southpaw jab and smooth boxing. He was however caught at times by the power of Riku, who looked dangerous despite being out boxed. Ishii realised how much danger Riku's power had, and began to box smartly, countering the slower man.
In the end there was no debating the winner, with Ishii taking the clear unanimous decision after the 6th and final round.
Sadly for Riku, who lost in the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Musashi Mori, he is now over a year removed from his last win. At 30 years old he can bounce back from this loss, but will need to make a big impact in 2019 if he's going to compete for any form of a title.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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