On October 1st Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get their first chance to see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3) [辰吉寿以輝] in the flesh, as he makes his Tokyo debut. That isn't news, as we reported it 2 weeks ago, however we now know that his opponent will be domestic foe Money Shuhei (6-8-1, 2) [田村 修平], in a bout set for 6 rounds as part of the under-card for the Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] and Gakuya Furuhashi (18-7-1, 8) [古橋岳也] rematch.
The bout will be Tatsuyoshi's second 6 rounder and sees him taking a step up from the from the frankly clueless Rio Nainggolan, who posed next to no threat in the ring for Tatsuyoshi. Although it's a step up in class the pressure is all on the youngster who needs to continue shining due to the giant shadow his father's name casts on him. Of course when your father is Jocihiro Tatsuyoshi and you look to follow in his footsteps there will always be attention on him.
It's fair to say that Shuhei will be the under-dog, especially given that he has lost his last 5 bouts, however he is better than his record suggests and he could well be a banana skin to Tatsuyoshi, who hasn't looked particularly great when fighters haven't just fallen over in front of him.
Tatsuyoshi won't be the only unbeaten hopeful on the card with Kenshin Oshima (1-0, 1) [大嶋 剣心] looking to extend his unbeaten record as he faces Yuki Iriguhi (5-1-1, 3) [入口 裕貴] in a 6 rounder. Oshima was a good amateur but is a very untested professional, having fought just 68 seconds as a professional. With 24 rounds Iriguchi does have much more experience than his foe, though hasn't won either of his last 2 bouts, which include a stoppage loss to Hibiki Jogo back in April.
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