Tuesday was a strangely busy day in Japan with a number of notable announcements. One of those announcements regarded the next highly touted Japanese hopeful, Hinata Maruta (0-0).
The 18 year old Maruta is regarded by some as the most exciting "pre-debutant" in Japan since the likes of Kosei Tanaka and Takuma Inoue.
The good looking youngster is described as "The number 1 Hope" and is expected to be put on an extreme fast-track following a successful amateur career and intensive training, which has seen him spar with numbers highly regarded Japanese fighters.
Today's announcement was one we'd been anticipating for a while, the announce of Maruta's debut.
We now know that Maruta will be making his professional debut on November 22nd in Osaka City. At the moment no opponent has been set though Maruta's team are said to be looking at world ranked opponents in both the Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight division for what will be a 6 round debut bout.
Prior to his debut Maruta will be heading to the US where he is expected to take part in a training camp in Los Angeles. Full details of the training camp weren't released though we have been advised that it will be a month long camp and will see him sparring with some notable American fighters.
The aim, from what we heard today, was to take Maruta to a world title in 4 fights. To say that's ambitious is an under-statement, but his team have been confident of his ability and it seems very clear that they believe they have, possibly, the brightest young talent in world boxing on their hands.
We hope to be able to follow Maruta's US training camp later this year, and hopefully we'll know who he's making his debut against sooner rather than later. For now however we're glad to know when he's going to begin his very promising professional career.
(Image courtesy of Maruta's blog)
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