One of the many interesting under-card bouts taking place in Osaka tomorrow is the features debutant Shuya Masaki (0-0), who is tipped as a really promising prospect in and around the Lightweight division.
The 20 year old Teiken hopeful recorded an excellent 54-8 amateur record before taking his pro-test and turning to the paid ranks.
Tomorrow Masaki will be fighting Panthong Por Panya (0-0) from Thailand in what looks to be the beginning of a very, very promising career of a man who perhaps has been over-looked so far this week.
On the scales Masaki was 134½lbs whilst his Thai foe was 132½lbs, that weight difference is a slight advantage to Masaki but it's not expected to be the major difference when the men step into the ring. Instead we suspect the ability, skills and power of the 5'8" Japanese young will be too much for the Thai visitor.
It's fair to say that Masaki's debut has been over-shadowed by that of Juiki Tatsuyoshi however we suggest that Masaki is the one that fans should be excited about. His amateur credentials are strong, he's starting his career in a 6 round bout and he's a man who really could go all the way if Teiken handle him properly.
Shuya poster a picture of himself from the weigh in and it's fair to say that his body certainly isn't struggling at Lightweight but also looks like he's not fully matured and could well end up as a very strong Lightweight or even as a Light Welterweight depending on how his 5'8" fill out in the next few years.