At the end of August we saw Takasago Boxing announce that their super prospect Kazuma Yokota was going to debut on November 2nd. At the time of the announcement we decided not to bring the story to our readers, instead we felt the need to wait for the show to be confirmed and for at least 1 other bout to be added to the show. Today it appears that had happened, in fact 2 other bouts have been added to the show.
Before we get on to those we'll share some of what we know about Yokota. The youngster, who is a B license holder, is widely seen as a super prospect. He has been tipped as a future boxing star since he was extremely young, in fact there was talk about him going on to become a world champion as far back as 2008.
As an amateur Yokota made a mark on the youth tournaments and was a 2-time MVP for his age group helping to grow expectation on the youngster and although he didn't win anything major on the international stage it appeared clear that the youngster was heading to the professional ranks and way back in 2011 he was spending time in the the ring with former Japanese Bantamweight champion Masayuki Mitani. To say we are excited about this kid is a huge under-statement.
At the moment Yokota hasn't had his opponent announced though he will be fighting in the 6 round main event, a lot of pressure for the youngster who has "star" written all over him.
As for the other bouts on the show the most notable is the chief support bout which will see OPBF female Light Flyweight champion Kei Takenaka (7-0, 3) defending her belt against #1 contender Krikanok Islandmuaythai (4-4-1, 2). It's Takenaka that is the feature fighter on the poster though from what we've been told it'll be Yokota that fans will be wanting to see.
The other bout announced for the show will see Shinichiro Morikawa (16-4-1, 11) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've not yet received the name of the Thai though it appears that this will be an easy match up for the Japanese fighter considering his role on the show seems more about filling out the card as opposed to really advancing his own career. Ranked #10 in Japan at Super Flyweight he likely knows there is a queue forming ahead of him for title fights and he might as well get experience rather than moving into bouts against some exceptionally gifted fighters like Ryo Matsumoto or Yohei Tobe.
We're glad that this card has really taken shape and we honestly cannot wait to see if the hype about Yokota is right. If it's all honest then Japanese boxing may have another superstar on it's hands.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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