A few days ago Kadoebi prospects Teruya Iimura [飯村 樹輝弥] and Jun Ikegawa [池側 純] passed their B license tests in Japan. The plan, we assume, is to have both men make their professional debuts later in the year as part of a future Kadoebi promoted "Slugfest card". Despite needing to wait for their professional debuts Kadoebi have announced that we will see both me in the ring sooner rather than later.
By saying that we mean Kadoebi have announced that the two men will be in the ring on October 14th as part of Slugest 15, where they will engage in a public exhibition against each other.
The exhibition will be a 2 round spar, with both rounds being set for 2 minutes, and will see the two men show off what they can do at Korakuen Hall. In fact they will be showing off their skills just before the co-feature as Kadoebi look to get their two talented youngsters a little bit of experience in front of a crowd.
Of course there was actually 3 Kadoebi youngsters who passed the B License pro-test recently, with the other being 20 year old Yugo Kon [今 優吾]. He's expected to be showcased in front of fans in the near future.
All of this was revealed earlier today by Kadoebi in a tweet that we've included below.
Earlier today a trio of Kadoebi Gym fighters pass their B license protests, becoming the latest string of promising former Japanese amateurs to turn to the professional game.
One of the trio was 22 year old Teruya Iimura [飯村 樹輝弥], who went 68-13 in the amateurs and came runner up in the 2018 National Sports Festival, at Flyweight. Set to fight at Light Flyweight, and with Ricardo Lopez regarded as an influence Iimura was a very talented amateur and the captain of his university boxing team.
Another 22 year old was Jun Ikegawa [池側 純], who went a similarly impressive 51015 in the unpaid amateurs, and came 3rd place in a National Athletic Meet. As with Iimura he was also the captain of his University team and will be competing as a Bantamweight, or Super Bantamweight, in the professional ranks. He's a southpaw who is expected to settle in to the professional ranks quickly.
The youngest of the trio was 20 year old Yugo Kon [今 優吾], who was also the least experienced of the trio, by far. As an amateur Kon went 23-11 and really shined in 2016, when he was in High School. Like Ikegawa he's going to be fighting at Bantamweight, but his development in the professional ranks is likely to be much slower than his stablemate.
After the trio had passed the test a press conference took place with the trio speaking to the press.
Iimura looked incredibly impress in the sparring part of his test, with high level skills and brilliant body shots. He spoke like a man who wanted to be moved quickly and aggressively.
Ikegawa also spoke about wanting to move quickly and seemed to praise the conditions at the Kadoebi gym, explaining that the training environment is good, and that there is a number of good fighters, essentially explaining why he joined the gym despite previously being based in Osaka.
Kon revealed that his aim is win a Japanese title before progressing to world titles. He dropped out of university to turn professional and we wouldn't be surprised to see him perhaps go for the Japanese Youth title at some point as he probably does need more time than the other two men.
The string of Japanese amateurs turning professional keeps on coming with a fourth fighter announcing he was turning professional in the space of 48 hours!
This time it was Jun Ikegawa [池側純], who announced he was leaving the amateur vests behind, as he joined Ryutaro Nakagaki [中垣 龍汰朗], Toshihiro Suzuki [鈴木稔弘] and Keisuke Matsumoto [松本圭佑] in announce he was turning professional.
Ikegawa will be joining up with Toshihiro Suzuki as new Kadoebi gym fighter.
Ikegawa was the former captain of a top Japanese university boxing team and a close friend of current 2-weight world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
Unlike Nakagaki and Matsumoto, who both turned professional with the Ohashi Gym. it's not totally clear when Ikegawa will make his debut, but like the Ohashi gym pair we him, and Suzuki, to be moved very quickly and aggressively over the next couple of years.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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