Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see a number of Japanese Youth tournament bouts. Included in them is a Featherweight bout between Retsu Kosaka (8-2, 3) [小坂烈] and Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-3-2, 11) [溜田 剛士]. The bout will see a talented boxer take on a heavy handed banger, in what will be the final bout by a Yonekura Gym fighter, with the gym closing at the end of August.
Kosaka comes into this bout following a stoppage win over Ryo Sagawa in May, in what was a semi-final bout for this contest. Kosaka came in well under the limit, at around 125.25lbs, but towered over Tameda. Although he won last time out, it does need to be noted that he did lose his two previous bouts and it's hard to know whether the win over Sagawa said more about Sagawa than it did Kosaka.
As for Tameda the bout will be his first since losses to Simpiwe Vetyeka and Reiya Abe, and he's had a good 10 month break from the ring following those hard bouts. He came in at 125.5lb for the bout and looked in great shape. Although he has been training hard it's notable that there is huge pressure on his shoulders as he essentially becomes the last fighter to fight for the Yonekura Gym. After this bout he will become an Ohashi Gym fighter, and will be hoping to transfer as a Youth tournament winner.
For those wanting to watch this it will be available on Boxingraise.
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