Last year a lot of fighters caught our eye and made us want to keep close tabs on them for the future. One of these was Celes gym prospect Kenya Noguchi (2-0, 1), a teenage prospect from the same camp as Ryosuke Iwasa, Tetsuma Hayashi and Koki Koshikawa. Sadly after scoring his second win last August Noguchi seemed to vanish off our radar. Thankfully we've been informed that Noguchi is set to return to the ring as he attempts to move to 3-0 and following in the footsteps of Iwasa.
At the moment details of Noguchi's upcoming bout are scarce though we have been told that he will be back in the ring on February 24th in a show at the Korakuen Hall. The bout is scheduled for 5 rounds and will see Noguchi battling against a Thai opponent as part of the Dangan 123.
The rest of the show is February 24th in a show at the Korakuen Hall and will feature a further 10 bouts on it, including a number of B class tournament bouts, one of which will feature the highly touted Daisuke Watanabe (1-0, 1), who battles Ryuto Araya (7-2-1, 1) in an excellent match up.
We have been informed that Japanese teenage hopeful Kenya Noguchi (1-0) will return to the ring on August 8th and face a Thai opponent in a second successive 6 rounder.
The talented and hotly tipped Noguchi, who debuted back in May when he defeated Hideharu Takahashi, will be fighting the wonderfully named Yodarewut Torpran 49 (0-1) who returns to Japan some 5 months after his debut loss, a 3rd round TKO loss to Kensuke Sasaki.
Although Noguchi is some way away from a major fight it's great to see youngsters fighting in 6 rounders this early in their careers and we'd advice that Noguchi is a fighter you put on your "watch list" as from what we've heard this kid has major potential.
The show on August 8th will be headlined by a bout between the talented Tetsuma Hayashi (24-2-1, 8) and the limited Hideyuki Watanabe (7-6-2, 5) though we can't hide the fact that we're more interested in the development of Noguchi tha the main event.
We were informed earlier today that two of the top Celes Gym prospects will return to the ring in August.
The first of those will be Koki Koshikawa (1-0) who will be in action, at the Korakuen Hall, on August 2nd. His opponent has been named as Yujiro Nakamura (4-7-1, 2). Although this seems like a backwards step, considering he made his debut against Quaye Peter we'd, it's all about developing on the flaws that were shown up in the Peter fight. From what we understand Koshikawa is very highly regarded by many in the know and there is many viewing him as title level fighter in the near future though bouts like this are needed for him to hone his skills.
Just 6 days after Koshikawa's bout fans, again at the Korakuen Hall, will see his stable mate Kenya Noguchi (1-0) return to the ring. Noguchi has not had his opponent named as of yet though his debut victory over Hideharu Takahashi was highly impressive and many are tipping the 18 year old not just as a title level fighter but as someone who could win world titles in multiple weights. There is real expectation that this kid could be very special and we'd not be shocked if he faced a very good opponent,possibly even an international one, in his upcoming fight.
Earlier today saw former amateur stand out Kenya Noguchi (1-0) make his professional debut with a solid and impressive 6 round decision victory over the far more experienced and significantly older Hideharu Takahashi (6-10, 2).
Noguchi, who was the runner up in the 2013 inter-scholastic tournament, is either 17 or 18, depending on the source, and is tipped to be the next star from the Celes gym.
Fighting from the southpaw stance Noguchi looked sensational early on with an aggressive mindset that seemed to be be all about stopping Takahashi. In the middle rounds he seemed to realise that Takahashi was a tough, tough foe and decided to rely on his boxing, countering and moving against the more experienced man.
Although it was clear that Noguchi went out with the intention of scoring a knockout he'll have been more than happy to have come home with the 6 round shut victory over Takahashi who has been stopped just once in his 16 fight career.
Although its far, far too early to describe Noguchi as a super prospect, such as Takuma Inoue and Kosei Tanaka, there is certainly some expectation on his shoulders and with a debut victory like this there is little doubt that he has the natural ability to be excited about.
(Photo courtesy of http://www.celes-gym.com)
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