In Osaka tomorrow fans will be able to see second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (12-0, 8) [辰吉寿以輝] take his next step up in class as he battles against Japanese ranked Bantamweight Masayasu Nakamura (7-3-1, 6) [中村誠康].
Today, ahead of their bout the two men took part in their weigh in for that contest, and both men comfortably made the Super Bantamweight limit with no issues at all.
Tatsuyoshi, who genuinely looked in the best shape of his career, was 121lbs, a full 1lb under the limit, and really did look in amazing condition, likely knowing that this was a huge step up from the level he has been fighting at. Nakamura on the other hand was 121.5lbs, still well under the but notably heavier than the local star.
At the weigh in both men sounded really confident and both will know that a win here will take them to within touching distance of a Japanese title fight in the next year or two.
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Last week we saw the announcement for the ring return of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (8-0, 5) [辰吉寿以輝], with the unbeaten second geeneration fighter getting back in the ring on July 27th to face off with Indonesian veteran Noldi Manakane (32-24-2, 18).
Today, to prepare for that bout, the Japanese fighter took part in a public sparring session with former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8), who was there to teach Tatsuyoshi a lot of tricks and help tweak the tools of the hard hitting Japanese hopeful.
The session seems to have been organised as Tatsuyoshi tries to develop his skills and relationship with new trainer Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也]. The trainer stated that he wanted Tatsuyoshi to develop his combination punching from sharing the ring with Gasca, and seems to be aware that Tatsuyoshi has really shown a lack of combos, relying more on single heavy shots rather than combinations and free flowing offense.
The 29 year old Gasca was last seen in action back in November and will likely be looking to retun to the ring shortly. This will be a great chance to him to shake some ring rust before getting backing into fighting shape and and returning for another charge towards becomign a 2-time OPBF champion.
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Earlier this week it was announced that Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿] would be making his long awaited ring return on December 24th, after a year which has almost seen his boxing career put on ice due to injuries, which has forced cancellations.
Out of the ring things have been great for the young Japanese fighters, who celebrated the birth of his first child back in Summer and is clearly proud and happy to be a father.
During 2017 he has had to pull out of two bouts, and hasn't fought since late 2016, though has shown some real fire to get back into the ring, despite the issues with injury.
At the moment there is no named opponent for Tatsuyoshi's ring return though there is some reports of other fighters on the card, with the most notable of those being former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (31-4-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋], who will fight in the chief support bout, against a yet to be announced opponent.
The card will take place at the Namihaya Dome in Osaka, and should see more opponents announced for both Tatsuyoshi and Osawa in the near future.
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The early morning papers in Japan have reported some happy news for the Tatsuyoshi family, with Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿] reportedly expecting his first child in the summer!
The fighter got married at the end of 2016 after having lived together for a few months. They were married early during the pregnancy but kept it quiet until this weekend when the story began to hit the Japanese press. The press has reported that it will be a daughter and that both Juiki and his wife are seemingly very happy and so to is the soon to be grandfather Joichiro Tatsuyoshi [辰吉丈一郎], himself a boxing icon in Japan.
As for fighter Tatsuyoshi did have plans for a bout early in the year and although he had to cancel a bout in February, due to an injury. It now seems like things are healed and although we've not yet had much news of Juiki's ring return, we do know that he will be in an 8 rounder in the summer, with the timing of the bout likely to be around the same time as the birth of his daughter.
Interestingly Juiki admitted that his injury, suffered earlier this year, lead him to tears due to the disappointment. Those were tears he shed in front of his wife and it seems like he has felt much happier having the support of his wife there. It seems like that support has helped Tatsuyoshi with his recovery and it seems like he has been working incredibly hard to get back to full fitness as soon as he can.
Over the weekend we were informed of a new movie based on the career of the charismatic, and exciting, Joichiro Tatsuyoshi [辰吉丈一郎].
The iconic Tatsuyoshi was a man who helped revitalise Japanese boxing during a 20 year career that saw him run up a 20-7-1 (14) record. On paper his record wasn't the most impressive, but what he did for Japanese boxing was remarkable and he really did bring in a whole new generation of fighters from the Land of the Rising Sun and was a former 2-time world champion with notable wins against Greg Richardson, Victor Rabanales, Sirimongkol Singwancha, Paulie Ayala and Saen Sor Ploenchit.
Blessed with natural charisma and character whilst fighting in a unique, exciting style Tatsuyoshi inspired many of the top Japanese fighters of the last decade, including the likes of the Kameda's, Hozumi Hasegawa and Shinsuke Yamanaka.
The interest in Tatsuyoshi has continued long after his last fight, back in 2009, and that interest now follows his son, unbeaten prospect Juiki Tatsuyoshi (3-0, 2) [辰吉寿].
That same interest is part of the theme of the upcoming movie will which be released in February and will be a look back over the last 20 years in Tatsuyoshi's life, featuring interviews from 1995 to 2014.
For those interested in knowing more about the movie the official website is here http://www.joe-tomorrow.com whilst we have featured the trailer below.
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