Earlier this year Ioka prospect Masayoshi Hashizume came to our attention as he claimed the Rookie of the West crown with a great win over Takeshi Kajikawa. Just weeks later he was in another important bout as he fought for his place in the All-Japan Rookie of the Year final. In Hashizume's way was Eita Sakurai and unfortunate for Sakurai he was just blown away by Hashizume who made sure he left a lasting impression with an offensive showcase.
We won't say Hashizume is even close to being the complete article but it's clear that this young southpaw is going to be very fun to follow and very exciting, and if he can improve at the gym he may end up being yet another Ioka fighter to win a title.
(Video courtesy of nov K)
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