Boxing fans often talk about tournaments and how good they are, or at leats how good they can be. Things like the Super 6 and the Super Bantamweight tournament from a few years ago were great success in terms of raising the profile of the fighters involved, even if the Super 6 was plagued by various other issues, whilst one night tournaments like the Prizefighter touraments are a good night of entertainment even if the quality isn't always the best.
Despite boxing tournaments being held through there globe it's probably fair to say that king of boxing tournaments is Japan, who have various minor tournaments along side their nation wide Rookie of the Year tournament, which has helped bring through the future of Japanese boxing and developed numerous top fighters from the Japanese domestic scene.
Today saw the announcement of another Japanese boxing tournament, a small one for the newly announce Japanese Youth titles.
Today's announcement revealed that there would be 21 fighters involved. As a result As a result thhe competition isn't exactly a simple on bracket wise. At Flyweight we have two semi finals, making it the only division with 4 fighters involved. At Super Flyweight, Featherweight, Super Featherweight we have one semi final, and one fighter recieving a bye to the final, whilst at Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight, Lightweight and Light Welterweight we'll go straight to the finals.
The semi finals will be fought over 6 rounds with the finals over 8 rounds, though the 140lb final is rumoured to possibly be fought over 6 rounds.
All the participants were announced today with arguably the most interesting single match up being a Super Flyweight semi-final bout between Naoto Iwai (3-0, 1) [岩井 尚斗] and Kenya Yamashita (9-3, 6) [山下 賢哉], with the winner of that bout facing Joe Tanooka (13-3-4, 1) [田之岡条] in the final. For those wondering about the quality of the competitors that should tell you something about the level of competitors.
For those unaware the Japanese Youth title is a title open for Japanese youngsters, who are under the age of 24 but do have A class licenses. The tournament will take place from Flyweight to Light Welterweight with the qualifying rounds on some of the weight classes taking place on May 16th with the finals taking place in August. At the moment full details haven't been confirmed, and it's unclear if their will be a physical title, or a defendable belt, but the tournament was confirmed to day, with more details to be revealed on April 1st.
For those wondering, we will report the full brackets in the near future.
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