Earlier today we were informed that Japanese teenage sensation Riku Kano (5-1-1, 3) is set to make Japanese domestic debut next June with the aim that that bout would be his 9th contest as a professional fighter.
So far in his career Kano has fought completely over-seas with his first 3 bouts coming in the Philippines and his 3 most recent bouts all coming in Thailand. It was in Thailand earlier this month that he claimed the WBA Asia Minimumweight title and he's expected to return to a Thai ring in March to defend that belt before finally making his mark on a Japanese ring. Its thought that that bout in June, in Japan, may come against a world ranked foe as Kano looks to be fast tracked to the top.
Having just 17 turned in November Kano has only just turned old enough to be licensed in Japan, where the minimum age is 17. Despite that he has carved out a nice start to his career despite losing on his debut and suffering a subsequent draw in his first 3 bouts.
Although Kano will have to pass the JBC's tests for becoming a licensed Japanese professional boxer that shouldn't be an issue for the youngster who has already proven his ability and his recent win over Madit Sada showed what he is capable of already.
Despite his age Kano is a prodigious talent and the aim seems to be for for him to set a new Japanese national record for the youngest world champion from the country. The current record is held by Hiroki Ioka, who was just 18 years and 9 months when he claimed the WBC Minimumweight title with a 12 round decision against Mai Thomburifan in October 1987.
(Image courtesy of Taisei Marumoto's blog)
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