When a prospect turns professional in the west we often see them start their career with fights against a series of "bums", "Tomato cans" and "jobbers". It can take years before they fight an opponent with a winning record and can take just as long for them to fight someone who actually tries to beat them rather than just collect a pay day for turning up.
In Japan things are a little bit different with a number of prospects being given baptisms of fire. Sometimes they backfire, such as in the case of Keita Obara, who lost on his debut by stoppage, but other times they get the prospect off to a great start and puts them on to an immediate fast track to success, such as in the case of Kosei Tanaka.
The most recent "super prospect" to have been given a solid opponent on debut was Ken Shiro who, this past Sunday, dominated Indonesian veteran Heri Amol in a very one sided contest that showcased everything that a prospect needs to show and it was mostly based on he tremendous jab, sharp body punching an exceptional speed. It may be too early to proclaim Ken Shiro as a future world champion but not many prospects look this good on debut against such an experienced opponent and from what we've been told the kid is expected to be fats tracked so we assume we will know exactly how good he is in the next 12-24 months.
(Note, for those who first stumbled on this page, we need to apologise, our "video master" made a mistake of putting the fight together and slipped in a round from a different fight. We are VERY sorry the confusion)
(Video courtesy of Nov K)
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