On Friday news broke form Japan that two talented former amateur standouts were set to begin their professional careers with Teiken, after passing their B-license Pro-tests.
The two men in question were Reo Saito [齋藤麗王] and Riki Masuda [増田陸], who are both expected to make their professional debuts this year, and race through the ranks following very solid amateur careers.
The 22 year old Saito won 6 amateur titles at high school level en route to compiling a stellar 70-11 amateur record. As an amateur he fought as a Lightweight though going forward he will begin his professional career at Super Featherweight.
As an amateur Saito had a style that looked like it was going to be easy to adapt to the professional ranks, and he was compared to Roy Jones Jr by some in Japan due to his flashiness and speed.
Aged 23 Masuda is the older of the two and had a solid amateur career himself, going 52-14 in the unpaid ranks. He's a southpaw who has honed his skills for 10 years in the unpaid ranks though seems to be aware that he still has a lot of work to do.
Despite his amateur experience Masuda did reveal that he was nervous and and didn't sleep well the day before his test. He seemed a lot less confidence that Saito, but certainly has the skills to go a long way, if he can keep on top of his nerves and worries.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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