We've got to be honest but 2013 was an amazing year for Japanese boxing. They had numerous world champions a host of top prospects and a huge selection of emerging prospects, including a trio of debutants who are all expected to become world champions. The most high profile of that trio is Ryota Murata the Olympic champion who has massive appeal on both sides of the Atlantic, another is Takuma Inoue the younger brother of Naoya Inoue.
In this video we look at the other debutant from that trio, Kosei Tanaka, a man some are viewing as the best of the trio and potentially the next man to break the Japanese record for fewest fights to a world title.
Tanaka made his debut on November 10th 2013 in a 6 rounder against the then world ranked Indonesian Oscar Raknafa. Although relatively unknown Raknafa was ranked in the top 10 by the WBO at Minimumweight and was also the WBO Oriental champion though was no match for Tanaka who scored a clear decision victory to begin his career. The Japanese youngster, despite only making his debut, showed every trait a fighter could possibly wish to show with speed, movement, timing, defensive awareness and even a bit of power in what could only be described as a perfect debut.
Although it's still early there are already talks about Tanaka fighting in a world title fight in the next 12 month and on this performance he seems to have all the tools to become a champion. We wouldn't quite suggest he's as good as Naoya Inoue, though he's not far behind him in terms of pure skills and his potential really is limitless.
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