Whilst this weekly "Introducing..." section has become a chance to highlight a prospect, or a debutant, the idea wasn't meant to be looking at pure novices, but instead the idea was to shine a light on youngsters who were worth watching. Today we get to go back that original idea was we introduce Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3), a 22 year old who is much better than his record suggests, is very entertaining and someone we advise fans to make a real note of.
Unlike many of the fighters we mentioned in this feature Sadatsune doesn't have the backing of a big gym, instead he's with the T&T Boxing Sports Gym in in Kanagawa, a rather small an unremarkable outfit. He is however of the few fighters who has made the most out of being with a smaller gym, working there as a trainer and being able to stay in shape and active since his debut in September 2015, when he was 17.
In his first 12 months as a professional, from the day of his debut, Sadatsune fit in 6 fights and went 5-0-1. That run of form saw him reach the East Japan Rookie of the Year final in 2016, losing to Tatsuya Matsumoto in November that year. The loss to Matsumoto slowed Sadatsune who's return to the ring in 2017 ended in a draw against Wataru Yokoyama.
Since the Rookie of the Year loss Sadatsune has had some up and down results, including a loss to Kai Chiba on a Dynamic Glove card, though the young showed great toughness to give the then unbeaten Chiba a real test. It's been the ups however that have been really notable, with wins against Ryo Suwa, Tatsuya Takahashi and Isao Aoyama being really good wins for the youngster. Those wins saw Sadatsune enter 2019 with real momentum, though sadly we've seen that momentum falter, with 2 losses this year. The first of those came in an ultra-close bout against Kenshin Oshima, again in a bout televised on G+, and the second saw him losing to former world title challenger Sho Ishida, in Ishida's home area of Osaka.
Had a big promoter been behind Sadatsune we suspect he would have got the decision, or a least a draw, in his last 2 bouts. Both were really close, competitive and tight bouts against fighters who are more highly regarded than himself. In fact in a different world, and with only a slight tweak to his match making, Sadatsune could still be unbeaten. There was only a single point on 2 cards in his first loss, no notable promoter would have willingly matched him with Chiba, when he was 19, and his last two bouts saw judges really struggle to split him from the winners.
On October 5th Sadatsune will return to the ring looking to end his 2 fight losing run. He will be up against Filipino Robin Langres in what looks like an excellent match up on paper. We suspect Sadatsune's tougher competition will prove to be the difference here, though it should still be a great bout, and another hard bout for the young Sadatsune.
If you've never seen Sadatsune before he's an aggressive, cocky, tough, confident fighter. He's rough around the edges, a little messy, but very much a fighter worth watching and well worth following, despite his blotchy record.
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