When we heard Takaaki Kamikawa (0-1) was making his debut against the Japanese and OPBF ranked Shoma Fukumoto (5-1, 5) we had immediately expected a lot from Kamikawa. His amateur credentials, his association with Misako Gym and his "straight in to it" match making had gotten us very excited. There word from Japan was that the 23 year old Middleweight hopeful was one to watch, potentially a national champion and certain a man with serious potential.
Sadly that promise wasn't shown today as Kamikawa was effectively made to look like a man so badly out of his depth that there will have to be a serious look at what went wrong and even whether professional boxing is the right career choice for him.
Kamikawa looked nervous and worried from the off, holding regularly and having no idea of what to do when the heavy handed Fukumoto tagged him. The nerves could have been due to Fukumoto though as the fight progressed there appeared to be another reason he was nervous, his stamina. Round after round he was looking more and more exhausted. It was almost as if he had trained for a 3 or 4 round fight, not a 6 rounder.
Sadly is was that exhaustion, in round 6, that forced the referee to step in and stop the debutant who will have to go back to the gym and work big time on sorting things out with his fitness. He's young so a loss shouldn't be a huge problem but there was big expectations of him to do much better than he did here.
Interestingly it's worth noting that Misako stablemate Keita Obara also lost on his debut as he came up short against Kazuyoshi Kumano. At the time Obara was a 23 year old, was highly touted and ran out of steam, since then though Obara has won Japanese and OPBF titles and really come good to forge an excellent career and earn a world ranking. That will give Kamikawa someone to talk to and someone to use as an inspiration if he wishes to continue in the sport.
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