We feel that the future of boxing is really, really promising. We know that some fans are on a downer after seeing a bad fight here and there but we're looking forward to the future and to see how fighters like Naoya Inoue, Stamp Kiatniwat, Kosei Tanaka, Jack Tepora and John Vincent Moralde all develop. In fact since we've started this site we've become more and more interested in the developing talent than the established talent. Fighters looking to break through seem happier to take risks than those already at the top.
With that in mind we'd like to bring you details one two upcoming debuts. We've mentioned both in the past but we've started to edge towards both of the fights and would like to just help fans make a mental note of them both.
The first takes place on October 13th as Takaaki Kamikawa (0-0) kicks off his career with a 6 round contest against the ranked Middleweight Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4). Fukumoto comes into this bout ranked #5 by the JBC and #8 by the OPBF and although we admit the Middleweight division is relatively thin in both Japan and the Orient this is still a baptism of fire for the 23 year old Kamikawa who was apparently a fantastic amateur on the Japanese university circuit.
Kamikawa is a member of Misako Gym, a gym which currently has a number of touted fighters including current OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara, former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe and former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino. If he can develop from sparring with those guys then his future is really, really bright.
What makes this even more notable is that even Boxrec.com have recognised the bout on their schedule, something they very rarely do for Japanese debutants. That alone should tell you something.
The second notable debut comes on November 3rd when Kazuma Yokota (0-0) makes his professional debut in a 6 round bout at Bantamweight. The full details of this bout have yet to be fully announced though we have seen the young fighter, a 2-time under 15 MVP, dubbed as the "Secret Weapon of the Takasago boxing gym". Although the details aren't full announced what we do know is that the youngster has had extensive one-to-one trainer with former Japanese Bantamweight champion Masayuki Mitani who appears to have taken the promising fighter completely under his wing.
Whilst it's far too early to say just how good these youngsters are, their camps have been saying all the right things and both men do have huge expectations on their shoulders. If they can meet those expectations expect to see them both competing at world level before their careers are over
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