We feel that the future of boxing is really, really promising. We know that some fans are on a downer after seeing a bad fight here and there but we're looking forward to the future and to see how fighters like Naoya Inoue, Stamp Kiatniwat, Kosei Tanaka, Jack Tepora and John Vincent Moralde all develop. In fact since we've started this site we've become more and more interested in the developing talent than the established talent. Fighters looking to break through seem happier to take risks than those already at the top.
With that in mind we'd like to bring you details one two upcoming debuts. We've mentioned both in the past but we've started to edge towards both of the fights and would like to just help fans make a mental note of them both.
The first takes place on October 13th as Takaaki Kamikawa (0-0) kicks off his career with a 6 round contest against the ranked Middleweight Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4). Fukumoto comes into this bout ranked #5 by the JBC and #8 by the OPBF and although we admit the Middleweight division is relatively thin in both Japan and the Orient this is still a baptism of fire for the 23 year old Kamikawa who was apparently a fantastic amateur on the Japanese university circuit.
Kamikawa is a member of Misako Gym, a gym which currently has a number of touted fighters including current OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara, former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe and former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino. If he can develop from sparring with those guys then his future is really, really bright.
What makes this even more notable is that even Boxrec.com have recognised the bout on their schedule, something they very rarely do for Japanese debutants. That alone should tell you something.
The second notable debut comes on November 3rd when Kazuma Yokota (0-0) makes his professional debut in a 6 round bout at Bantamweight. The full details of this bout have yet to be fully announced though we have seen the young fighter, a 2-time under 15 MVP, dubbed as the "Secret Weapon of the Takasago boxing gym". Although the details aren't full announced what we do know is that the youngster has had extensive one-to-one trainer with former Japanese Bantamweight champion Masayuki Mitani who appears to have taken the promising fighter completely under his wing.
Whilst it's far too early to say just how good these youngsters are, their camps have been saying all the right things and both men do have huge expectations on their shoulders. If they can meet those expectations expect to see them both competing at world level before their careers are over
At the end of August we saw Takasago Boxing announce that their super prospect Kazuma Yokota was going to debut on November 2nd. At the time of the announcement we decided not to bring the story to our readers, instead we felt the need to wait for the show to be confirmed and for at least 1 other bout to be added to the show. Today it appears that had happened, in fact 2 other bouts have been added to the show.
Before we get on to those we'll share some of what we know about Yokota. The youngster, who is a B license holder, is widely seen as a super prospect. He has been tipped as a future boxing star since he was extremely young, in fact there was talk about him going on to become a world champion as far back as 2008.
As an amateur Yokota made a mark on the youth tournaments and was a 2-time MVP for his age group helping to grow expectation on the youngster and although he didn't win anything major on the international stage it appeared clear that the youngster was heading to the professional ranks and way back in 2011 he was spending time in the the ring with former Japanese Bantamweight champion Masayuki Mitani. To say we are excited about this kid is a huge under-statement.
At the moment Yokota hasn't had his opponent announced though he will be fighting in the 6 round main event, a lot of pressure for the youngster who has "star" written all over him.
As for the other bouts on the show the most notable is the chief support bout which will see OPBF female Light Flyweight champion Kei Takenaka (7-0, 3) defending her belt against #1 contender Krikanok Islandmuaythai (4-4-1, 2). It's Takenaka that is the feature fighter on the poster though from what we've been told it'll be Yokota that fans will be wanting to see.
The other bout announced for the show will see Shinichiro Morikawa (16-4-1, 11) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately we've not yet received the name of the Thai though it appears that this will be an easy match up for the Japanese fighter considering his role on the show seems more about filling out the card as opposed to really advancing his own career. Ranked #10 in Japan at Super Flyweight he likely knows there is a queue forming ahead of him for title fights and he might as well get experience rather than moving into bouts against some exceptionally gifted fighters like Ryo Matsumoto or Yohei Tobe.
We're glad that this card has really taken shape and we honestly cannot wait to see if the hype about Yokota is right. If it's all honest then Japanese boxing may have another superstar on it's hands.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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