The past few days saw Japanese youngster Kenshiro Teraji pass his B license test in Japan ahead of a proposed debut later this year.
Kenshiro had a stand out year in the amateurs last year. He won a title at the National Athletic meet and was the runner up in the Japanese amateur championship in what was really a break out year. It's due to that success in the amateur ranks that he is highly touted to be a very successful professional. Unfortunately however he isn't expected to make his debut until summer.
For those who recognise Kenshiro's surname, Teraji, he is the second son of former Japanese Middleweight and OPBF Light Heavyweight champion Hisashi Teraji. A very successful fighter in the 1990's.
As part of Kenshiro's license test he had to undergo an opening sparring session with Yuma Iwahashi, Japanese #1 ranked Minimumweight. The reports are that he was very impressive and held his own with the experienced and highly regarded Iwahashi, if he can use that as the basis of his professional career then he really could go a long way.
Aged 22 we're going to be very excited to see Teraji in action later this year. From what we under-stand he will be trained and managed by his father though details are still a bit incoherent at the moment.
(Photo courtesy of http://boxingnews.jp)
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