Former 5-time Japanese Amateur Light Heavyweight champion Mitsuro Tajima [但馬ミツロ] was one of a number of top Japanese amateur fighters to turn professional this year. He showed what he could do back in the Spring, when he passed his B-Class test bout at the Kaneko Gym.
Yesterday Makoto Okaniwa, the matchmaker for Midori Promotions, announced that Tajima will be participating in a public work out on November 1st in Aichi, giving the press and fans, a chance to see what he'll be bringing to to the ring in his long awaited professional debut.
Tajima himself, a Japanese Brazilian, is a big fighter for the Japanese scene, standing at around 6" tall and will be expecting to fight as a Heavyweight in the professional ranks. Given that the Japanese Heavyweight ranks are relatively weak the expectation is that he will be moved quickly, and could end up fighting for a Japanese title sooner, rather than later. He had previously stated, in an interview with Boxmob, that he wished to fight for the Japanese title on debut, though seems to willing to wait until his second bout for such a fight.
Of course given his wish to move quickly it should be no surprise that Tajima has got lofty aspirations in the sport, and has recently told the Japanese press that he "wants to be a living legend".
On November 1st we expect to not only see how Tajima's transition to the professional scene looks, and how his training is going but also hear plans about his future in the professional ranks.
At the moment the Midori Gym is going through a really exciting time, thanks to the rise of fighters like Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (11-3, 11) [佐藤政道] and Masanori Rikiishi (8-1, 4) [力石 政法]. With Tajima also in their ranks, it seems like the gym is set for real success in the near future.
Back in October we reported that Tomomi Takano (11-5, 8) [高野人母美] would be fighting in a Japanese ring on December 15th, her first bout in Japan in more than 2 years.
Today we were sent the full details of the bout thanks to Makoto Okaniwa., who is the a manager and matchmaker at Midori promotions.
Mr Okinawa informed us that Takano's opponent for her return to Japan will see her take on Sachiko Kondo (2-4-2) [近藤佐知子], who is ranked 4 in the JBC's female Flyweight rankings.
The 31 year old Kondo, who is a school teacher, is 1-1-1 in her last 3, and has been pretty active in 2019, with this being her 4th bout of the year.
Takano on the other hand is 32 years old and has one 1-3 in her last 4, with only a single bout in the last 12 months, and that was a 4 rounder in Mexico.
This bout, which will take place in Kariya City, is scheduled to be a 6 rounder contest.
(Photos courtesy of Makoto Okaniwa., midori promotions matchmaker &manager)
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