Heavy handed Japanese prospect Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] made a huge statement earlier today, taking out experienced Filipino tough guy Ryan Rey Ponteras (22-14-3, 11) in the opening round!
On paper Tsutsumi was always expected to win, but he wasn't expect to stop Ponteras, who has never been stopped in his previous 38 bouts, over the last 10 years. Although the Filipino had picked up losses he had gone the distance in all but one of those losses, including defeats to the likes of Gideon Buthelezi, Jelbirt Gomera, Jomar Fajardo, Rommel Asenjo and Froilan Saludar. The one loss that failed to go the distance was a highly controversial DQ loss, where those in attendance suggested that Ponteras should have had a TKO win, against Go Onaga.
Ponteras came out looking to jab whilst Tsutsumi cut the distance, landing a dynamite hook mid way through the round that dropped Ponteras hard. The Filipino would fail to beat the count, and from what we've been told by sources, very, very few would have gotten up from the shot. It was a frightening knockdown and one that fighters don't beat the count from.
Although Tsutsumi did have a bout cancelled in December, and had been out of the ring for quite a while, this win today will have put the Super Flyweight division, at least regionally, on notice and will likely see Tsutsumi move into some of the regional rankings.
We've known for a while that the April 14th card in Kumamoto, headlined by Musashi Mori (8-0, 5) [森 武蔵] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title against Richard Pumicpic (21-9-2, 6), would feature a host of exciting prospects. Those prospects now appear to have had their opponents named.
One of our most reliable and trusted sources have reported the opponents for Ginjiro Shigeoka (2-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗], Seiya Tsutsumi (4-0, 3) [堤聖也] and Sora Takeda (4-1,1) [竹田宙].
Shigeoka, who is regarded by many hardcore followers of the Japanese scene as one of the best prospects in the country, is listed as being up against Filipino Joel Lino (10-1-1, 3), in what is a brilliant match up.
Shigeoka, who turned professional last year, has looked sensational so far, but this is a worthwhile step up and sees him up against a man who took Masataka Taniguchi 12 rounds last year in a WBO Asia Pacific title bout. This is a real test, and a really tough bout for Shigeoka, who may be able to open eyes in a big way if he forces another stoppage. For Lino this is a chance to make his mark, but it is a very tough match up against one of the best young fighters on the planet.
Tsutsumi is listed as being up against experienced Filipino tough guy Ryan Rey Ponteras (22-13-3, 11), who has never been stopped in his 38 fight career. Given Tsutsumi's aggressive style and Ponteras's toughness this could be an amazingly exciting bout. Ponteras is no world beater, but is much better than his record suggest, whilst Tsutsumi has been out of the ring for a while, due to an injury that saw him cancel a bout in December.
As for Takeda his bout will see him going up against Thai Sanchai Yotboon (4-2, 4), who was stopped in September by a then debuting Shigeoka. The talented Takeda won the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight and he should be far too skilled for the Thai visitor here.
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