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)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!