Back in February Japanese-Brazilian amateur Mitsuro Tajima [但馬ミツロ] took part in his B license pro-test at the Kaneko Gym and the news set some real excitement through the Japanese scene. Whilst not an Olympian or a World Amateur Championship contender an amateur he was a naturally bigger fighter, making his name as fighting at 81KG's in the amateurs, around the same as a professional Light Heavyweight.
Sadly with what has happened with the world since February news on Tajima went a bit quiet, and there was little revealed about when he was going to begin his assault on the professional ranks, other than he was going to campaign as a Heavyweight.
Today however all that changed and Japanese match maker Makoto Okaniwa has now mentioned that Tajima's professional debut will take place "on November 3rd in Kariya City, on a Midori Promotions show".
More details of Tajima's debut are experienced to be made at a press conference in the next few days.
As an amateur Tajima was a standout, going 42-9 (20), he was a 2-time All Japan Light Heavyweight champion, and stands at 180cm, very tall for a Japanese fighter. At just 25 years old the youngster has got real promise and time on his side.
For the fifth time in just three days we're reporting on a former Japanese amateur stand out turning professional!
This time it's the turn of Mitsuro Tajima [但馬ミツロ], who will be heading to the professional ranks as a Heavyweight.
Today Tajima took part in his pro-test bout at the Kaneko gym and passed, with a B class license. The plan now is to make his debut in June or July and he will likely be rushed through to a Japanese title fight.
Tajima, who is a Japanese-Brazilian, was a dominant force on the Japanese amateur scene. He won a number of domestic titles in the unpaid ranks whilst amassing a 42-9 (20) record whilst typically fighting at 81KG's, just above the pro limit of Light Heavyweight.
As a result of there being a lack of Japanese fighters at Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight he'll be bulking up to Heavyweight and pursuing Ryu Ueda for the national title.
Although's Tajima's amateur career came to an end recently, he hadn't really fought since 2018, allowing his body to heal up from injuries.
Interestingly he's actually signed a pro contract with a gym that has a history of promoting Heavyweights, signing with the Midori gym which had also managed Peter Okello.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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