This week we're doubling up on our "One to Watch" with two different ones too watch, one today and one tomorrow, on our usual Tuesday slot! The reason for the extra one this week is the fact that we have the two God's Left Tournament semi finals and both deserve a deeper look, and both look like incredible bouts!
The one to watch?
Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) vs Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11)
November 9th (Saturday)
The God's Left Tournament is a really good tournament and the semi-finals both look like they are great fights, meaning the final will be brilliant when that comes around too. For this bout we have two guys who love to fight. Both share the same mentality, both come forward, both throw bombs and both come to the ring looking for a knockout. Neither guy likes doing over time so we should get a super explosive bout, for as long as it lasts.
Thge 23 year old Seiya Tsutsumi was a former amateur standout who turned professional with with the Watanabe gym before transferring over to the Kadoebi gym recently. Every since turning pro he has been a wrecking ball, winning a B class tournament early in his career adding a win over Ryan Rey Ponteras this past April, becoming the first fighter to stop the experienced Filipino journeyman. He's aggressive, heavy handed and has under-rated defensive skills.
Kenya Yamashita, also aged 23, is a fighter who made his mark very early on, winning the Rookie of the Year in in 2014, just a year after his professional debut. At the time he was just 18 and being tipped for huge success, Things haven't gone swimmingly for him since then but he has remained a super aggressive and exciting fighter, and win or lose he comes out pressing the fight, throwing bombs and looking for early wins. He lacks the polish of Tsutsumi, but certainly has the style and aggression to meet fire with fire.
What to expect?
Given that both men are going to come forward and meet in center ring it's hard to imagine this one going long, and being anything less than a short, thrilling, bombs away war. Both will meet quickly in the middle of the ring, both will look to trade and both will go hell for leather. Sadly for Yamashita he has things a little bit stacked against him here. Although Yamashita has the edge in professional experience he doesn't have the amateur background of Tsutsumi, nor the defensive skills of Tsutsumi, and he's also naturally smaller than Tsutsumi. That's not to say we expect to see Yamashita fight like a smaller fighter, but he is the smaller man, and that will likely prove to be the difference in an all fire fight.
The bad news?
The bout will only be available for those who subscribed to Boxing Raise, and it's a shame that so many fans will miss out...though again this is a great reason to try Boxing Raise! And this is only 1 of the 2 amazing semi finals on the same show!
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.