Earlier today the twitter account for the Suruga Boys Boxing Gym linked to a blog post to announce that they would be guiding the professional career of Narumi Yukawa [湯川成美], who is looking to have his protest this coming summer before making his debut sometimes afterwards.
Yukawa was a heavy handed and solid amateur, who ran up a 38-13 (22) amateur record, and had big expectations on his shoulders even when he was an amateur. Sadly however he was given a 3 year ban from boxing, whilst still an amateur, for possession of marijuana, with that ban delaying his debut.
He did apologise and try to prove that it wasn't proof of him being a bad person. Those things however didn't see his punishment change.
Last week, at a meeting in Japan, it was decided that Yukawa could participate in his test bout in July and would be able to make his debut after August 17th.
From what we gather the plan is to fast track Yukawa, who is looking to fight for titles as early as his 4th bout. Whilst that would be impressive, it would seem like he is perhaps attempting to make up for lost time, having essentially lost 3 years of his career. We will however see what he does, and hopefully he will prove to be a success in the professional ranks, repaying the gyms trust in him.
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