December 9th 2018-EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Tatsuya Ikemizu (19-2, 8) vs Sonin Nihei (8-3-2, 1)
Yesterday fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka saw once touted fighters Sonin Nihei [仁平 宗忍] and Tatsuya Ikemizu [池水達也] face off in a very intriguing match up.
(Video courtesy of nov K)
July 29th 2018-EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Tatsuya Ikemizu (18-2, 7) vs Conrado Tanamor (10-1, 4)
Earlier today in Osaka fans saw Tatsuya Ikemizu [池水達也] took on Filipino Conrado Tanamor.
April 16th 2015-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Mark John Yap (19-12, 10) vs Tatsuya Ikemizu (12-0, 5)
In April 2015 Japanese based Filipino veteran Mark John Yap took on unbeaten Japanese hopeful Tatsuya Ikemizu [池水 達也]
March 27th 2016-Towa Pharmaceutical Ractab Dome, Kadoma, Osaka, Japan
Tatsuya Ikemizu (13-1, 6) Vs Jonas Sultan (9-3, 5)
In late March fans in Osaka got a show with several promising Japanese fighters, one of whom was Tatsuya Ikemizu [池水 達也] who battled under-rated Filipino Jonas Sultan, who had proven his worth in Japan last year when he had a very competitive bout with Go Onaga.
Note-From what we understand this bout has been aired on G+, in what would be a TV version of the fight. Sadly G+ fights are notoriously difficult to find.
April 16th 2015- Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Mark John Yap (19-12, 10) Vs Tatsuya Ikemizu (12-0, 5)
When it comes to "journey men" we've got to admit we're fans of the ones who enter the ring looking to score the win and looking to upset the prospects they are up against. They impress us so much more than the ones who merely try to make prospects aware of issues they may have. That's why we're big fans of Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap who always comes to win. He showed that willing spirit recent when he fought the unbeaten Tatsuya Ikemizu, a touted and talented prospect.
(Footage courtesy of nov K)
*Prior to this fight Yap had gone by the name "Marjohn Yap"
In 2013 Japanese fans saw promising youngster Tatsuya Ikemizu win the All Japan Rookie of the Year in the Bantamweight division. It was a great achievement for the 20 year old and showed that he had real promise. In 2014 he continued his development and in July he scored his most impressive victory so far as he over-came the experienced Satoshi Niwa.
On paper the bout was a mismatch with the unbeaten, then 10-0, Ikemizu fighting against the then 15-17-3 Niwa however Niwa boasted one of the sports great misleading records and was much better than the numbers suggested with many close losses.
In this bout Niwa showed why his record was so misleading as he ran Ikemizu very close in a competitive 8 rounder that will have served the youngster very well whilst also maintaining Niwa's reputation as a tough and competitive fighter. It was, in some ways, perfect for both men.
(Video courtesy of Nov K)
Sometimes when a fighter makes a debut you can see they are something special sometimes however it's obvious they are just a young kid beginning their journey through the professional ranks in the hopes of one winning a title or making their name in the sport. A fighter who falls into that second category was Tatsuya Ikemizu who showed nice potential but nothing that made him a must watch on his debut against Kenya Ono.
The then 18 year old Ikemizu showed some lovely speed and a wonderful variety of shots though like many debutants he had a lot of holes. Since this fight however he has stepped up significantly in class and in 2013 he won the All-Japan Rookie of the Year and it appears that he is a fighter going places in the Bantamweight or Super Bantamweight division.
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