Earlier today in Osaka saw two young fighters take part in a press conference ahead of bouts officially announced recently.
One of those men was teenager Juiki Tatsuyoshi (0-0) who had his debut announced yesterday, with his fight being announced as a 4 rounder against Tadao Iwaya (1-2), why the other was the hotly tipped Sho Nakazawa (5-0, 4), who hasn't yet had his opponent announced.
Both men will be featured on the undercard of Shinsuke Yamanaka's (22-0-2, 16) upcoming WBC Bantamweight title defences against Diego Ricardo Santillan (23-0, 15) on April 16th.
Tatsuyoshi, the son of former world champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, has said he's wanting to score a KO and make a statement on his debut. Although some in Japan are skeptical about his future Nakazawa has said that he's been impressed by Tatsuyoshi in the gym. As for Nakazawa he seemed confident of winning his upcoming bout as he continues his development in the professional ranks.
Interestingly a report in some papers suggests that Tatsuyoshi may have his fight shown on tape delay on TV, a real rarity for a debutant in Japan, if Yamanaka can dispose of Santillan inside the distance. Knowing how heavy handed Yamanaka is there is a good chance we may get that chance to see Tatsuyoshi in action come April 16th.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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