Back in December Shokichi Iwata (1-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] made his professional debut, and defeated novice Joel Bermudez, in the US. Today Iwata was in a Japanese ring to take part in his B Class pro-test.
The youngster is reported to have looked sharp, relaxed and calm whilst sparring with Kenji Ono (11-2-2, 6) [大野兼資], who he had sparred with in the past and seemed very comfortable around.
Following his protest he spoke with Nikkan sports and is quoted as saying
"If there are people who want to see games in Japan and can compete in Japan and the US" and "I would like to do something different from Japanese boxers I have ever done. I am looking forward to the domestic debut game decision that I am happy if it can be shown"
It's clear that Iwata wants to make his mark globally, and according to Nikkan Sports Iwata is looking to have a big 2019, with the fighter likely to try and get into the world rankings by the end of the year.
Interestingly the JBC website currently states that Iwata has passed the test, though Nikkan sports do state that it wouldn't be confirmed until February 1st.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
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