Back in January Hideyuki Ohashi announced that 21 year old amateur stand out Kaiyu Toyoshima [豊嶋海優] was turning professional and would be one of the latest amateurs to join up with the Ohashi stable. Today Toyoshima took the next step towards making his professional debut.
Toyoshima took part in his pro-test bout yesterday, sparring with Taku Kuwahara (8-0, 4) [桑原拓]. Today it was confirmed that he had passed the tests required of him to earn a B class license. This means he'll be able to compete in 6 round bouts from his debut.
The talented Toyoshima was the captain of the Toyo University team as an amateur and at 21 years old is still a very young prospect who turns professional with quite a lot of expectations on his shoulders.
Toyoshima wasn't the only member of the Ohashi gym to move his boxing career on to the next chapter recently. He was actually joined by former professional soccer player Dan Howbert [ハウバート・ダン], who passed his test to gain a C class license, letting him box in 4 round bouts.
Dan, who is half Liberian by birth, played professional football in Japan before later becoming a model.
Whilst the long term prospect in boxing of Dan is less exciting than it is of Toyoshima it is interesting to note that Dan is a big lad for a Japanese fighter, standing at around 6'2", and is expected to compete at Middleweight.
On Friday the official blog of Hideyuki Ohashi announced that 21 year old amateur stand out Kaiyu Toyoshima [豊嶋海優] had decided to turn professional and would do so at the Ohashi Gym, following a very impressive run as an amateur.
Although not one of the biggest names in amateur boxing in Japan Toyoshima competed in numerous notable tournaments, he was the captain of the Toyo University team and even featured on some of the posters used to market some of the university league shows.
At the moment it's unclear when he will begin his professional journey, with the date of his debut yet to be decided, though it's expected that he will begin climbing up the professional ranks before the end of 2021.
Interestingly the amateur boxing record site on Strefa sadly only has 1 recorded bout for him, and incidentally that's a loss against Ryutaro Nakagaki (1-0, 1) [中垣龍汰朗] in the 2018 Japanese National Championships. Going forward the two men will now be Ohashi Gym stablemates and it'll be interesting to see if that bout plays as something of a factor in the two youngsters trying to out do each now they are both professional fighters.
Notably that fight between Toyoshima and Nakagaki can be seen below thanks to the brilliant sakana 1976, who uploaded the bout after it took place in 2018, and who should be subscribed to by every fan who wants to get an insight in the Japanese amateur scene. For those wanting to watch Toyoshima is in red and Nakagaki is in blue.
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