Although Tomoki has made a name for himself he isn't actually alone in being a Japanese boxing carving out a career in the west, and this past weekend American fans got their first chance to see Shoki Sakai (21-5, 13). With Sakai winning his US debut with an 8 round win over Carlos Villa (11-3-1, 6) in Texas on Saturday.
Whilst Sakai made his US debut this past Saturday it was actually his 26th bout in the West, with 24 bouts already on his record from Mexico and one from Argentina.
Although not known as well as Tomoki Kameda Sakai has been a fixture on Mexican cards for about 6 years now and has acquitted himself well, win or lose. That has included a win over the then 10-0 Omar Barajas, a very competitive loss to Nery Saguilan and a recent win over Javier Mercado.
Although not a big name Sakai has started to attract a growing buzz and 25 has time on his side, and is a former WBC Youth champion at 140lbs. His win over Villa may help him create a buzz in the states, and if so we'd not be shocked to see him on some bigger US cards in the future.