The Japanese boxing scene is typically viewed as one where the stars are at the lower weights, in fact Super Featherweight is typically as "big" as they go. Every so often however a "bigger" fighter can get the attention of fans, one such fighter is Olympic champion Ryota Murata, who many are pegging as a potential world champion.
Another who may be worth making a mental note of is Kazuto Takesako (2-0, 2) who claimed the B Class MVP award at a Dangan show earlier today with an incredibly impressive blow out win over Elfelos Vega (5-2, 3).
Takesako, tipped by some to be one of the most promising fighters in the Middleweight ranges in Japan, was fighting like he was needing to make a statement. It was as if he had a point to prove, despite being a professional novice. That point was made in just 92 seconds as he destroyed Vega.
Following the win Takesako made two things clear. He's always going to chase the KO when he steps in the ring and, more excitingly, he wants to fight with Murata. Essentially the talented youngster isn't just looking for bigger fish than Vega, but he's looking for arguably the biggest name in Japanese boxing in, and around, his weight.
It's unlikely Takesako will face Murata any time soon, but if he keeps impressing then it's only a matter of time before he faces a real test. Given how he's looked so far however, he really does look like a fighter to keep a real eye on going forward.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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