Yesterday we reported that Japanese teenager Riku Kano (5-1-1, 3) was to make his Japanese debut next year. What we didn't know at the time was that the "debut" part of the story was to developed hours later.
When we reported that he would be debuting we weren't aware of his purse for the bout. It's now been reported by multiple sources that he will end up receiving around ¥5,000,000. To put that into perspective it's the equivalent of £27,000 or $42,000. It's a figure that's said to be massive for a Japanese fighter, even more so for one making their "debut" and is several times more than what some domestic champions get paid.
Although the bout will technically be his 8th as a professional Kano has been too young to receive a Japanese license so far and has plied his trade in Thailand and the Philippines. He'll be back in Thailand in March to defend his WBA Asia title then is targeting a world ranked foe for his Japanese debut.
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