Last week All Star Boxing announced that they had signed a co-promotional deal with Teiken to promote Mikito Nakano (5-0, 4) [中野幹士], Kenji Fujita (1-0, 1) [藤田健児] and Subaru Murata (0-0) [村田昴], with the hope being for the trio to be in action in the near fuutre.
Now it's been reported that the trio will be fighting on May 21st on an All Star Boxing show set to take place on May 21st, as part of the "Boxeo Telemundo" series.
At the moment none of the trio have got opponents confirmed for the show, though the event it set to be staged at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, in Tampa, Florida.
For Murata this will be his professional debut, following a long and successful amateur career, whilst Fujita will be looking to build on an impressive performance back in his debut, which took place in March, whilst Fujita will be looking to move his career forward with his 6th professional bout.
Whilst none of the Japanese trio have had their opponents announced the main event of the card is known, and that will see former world title challenger Jonathan Gonzalez takes on Mexican veteran Armando Torres. Incidentally both of these man are known in Japan. Gonzalez famously challenged Kosei Tanaka, who was the WBO Flyweight champion at the time, whilst Torres fought his first 13 bouts in Japan, and later returned to the country for a one off bout in 2009.
Miami, FL; On early Thursday morning President of All Star Boxing, Inc Felix "Tuto" Zabala Jr has announced he has signed a trio of Japanese prospects to an exclusive multi-year promotional agreement. Mikito Nakano (5-0 4 KO's), Kenji Fugita (1-0 1 KO) & Subaru Murata (Pro Debut) will look to invade the U.S this coming spring where they will make regular appearances on Zabala's long running hispanic boxing series " Boxeo Telemundo" which is slated to commence May 7th in Kissimmee, FL.
Mikito Nakano, 25, of Hiroshima, Japan but now residing in Tokyo were he represented Tokyo University of Agriculture during his amateur career, compiling a record of 68 wins with only 8 loses and multiple amateur crowns. Nakano has jumpstarted his career displaying great power with 4 knockouts in 5 fights, his trainer Carlos Linares of Venezuela has nicknamed the young phenom "Manos De Acero" meaning "Iron Fist".
"I am ready to invade the U.S and be Japans biggest boxing star" stated a Jubilant Mikito Nakano "Soon the World will see my Iron Fist"
Kenji Fujita, 27, of Kurashiki, Okoyama, Japan but also residing in Tokyo were he trains under the Teiken Boxing Gym. Fujita, is one of Japans best amateurs out of the bantamweight division were he had accomplished over 150 wins and traveled to multiple boxing tournaments including countries like Kazakhstan, Philippines and Aremnia amongst others. Fujita made his much anticipated pro debut at the famed Korakuen Hall this past March, stopping Motosuke Kimura in the 6th round.
"We are happy with our pro debut win this past march under Teiken promotions" noted Kenji Fujita " I am excited to soon be able to fight and train in the United States were I can acquire great experience for my professional career.
Subaru Murata, 23, from Iwade City, Japan represented Nihon University as a boxer were he has much success as an amatuer, in 2018 he won the All Japan Championship and the following year he took the "Excellent Fighter" award in Japans annual boxing award ceremony. Murata also fought in AIBA Youth Championships amongst other competitions where he finished 68-12 as an amateur and will now make the leap into the pro ranks.
"It is truly an honor for me to continue my career as a professional with such a legendary promotional company in Teiken" stated Murata " I can't wait to fight in the United States and show my skills at the International level"
We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Mr. Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions as we welcome this new generation of Teiken fighters" stated Felix Zabala " We look to showcase these prospects on our Boxeo Telemundo series which will help them grow a fanbase in the United States" Zabala added " The goal is for them to become International stars"
Teiken is the oldest Boxing club in Japan dating back to 1926, some of its world champions are Ryota Murata, Shisuke Yamanaka, Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, Toshiyuki Igarashi, Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez RIP, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Takahiro Ao, Jose Luis Bueno, Takashi Miura, amongst others.
Yesterday we, finally, saw the official announcement that unified Super Bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6) [Муроджон Ахмадалиев] would be facing off with mandatory challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑] on April 3rd at the Humo Arena in Tashkent.
Today, following that announcement, Iwasa and promoter Celes Kobayashi held an online press conference to talk about the contest and their plans.
Iwasa explained that he managed to endure the wait, and made it clear that waiting well over a year to fight was frustrating and that he had lost motivation during some of the wait. That was notable when a scheduled date in November vanished. Since February however he has found his hunger and been sparring at the Teiken Gym against the likes of Yamato Hata (11-1, 10) [波田 大和], Mikito Nakano (5-0, 4) [中野幹士], Kenji Fujita [藤田健児] and Subaru Murata [村田昴]. He explained the reason for sparring those 3 in particular was their speed and their styles. When sparring stops he will be training alongside Celes gym stablemate Jin Minamide (4-1, 3) [南出仁], with the two focusing on weight loss and staying sharp.
Talking about the contest Iwasa openly stated "I have a special feeling. It will be the biggest match in my boxing life so far." He also explained that he has no anxiety about fighting away from home, something he's done several times now, with bouts in the UK and the US.
In regards to his approach to the bout, Iwasa stated "I won't let my opponent get into the rhythm." Kobayashi added that the key was to start fast and not lose the early rounds against Akhmadaliev, who they seem to see as a momentum fighter, and they need to stop the momentum from forming early on in the bout.
If he wins Iwasa has his "Eagle Eye" on one man, and that's a bout with WBC Super Bantamweight champion Luis Nery, who he wants to face due to Nery's two wins over Shinsuke Yamanaka. He added that Nery had to be "blown away".
Interesting more TV details regarding the fight became available. It was known that DAZN would be airing the bout, and will be in Japan as well, but for those in Japan without DAZN the bout will be shown on Tape Delay on BS NTV, though the date of that replaying airing wasn't announced.
Last year Japanese amateur standout Kenji Fujita [藤田健児] turned professional, signing with Japanese promotional powerhouse Teiken. It was a signing that created a lot of buzz, with Fujita being a genuine amateur star and someone expected to go a very, very long way in the professional ranks.
As an amateur Fujita was a 3-time All Japan champion and also won a bronze medal at the Asian Amateur Championships, showing just how good he was in the unpaid ranks.
Sadly after signing with Teiken Fujita, along with fellow Teiken signees Subaru Murata [村田昴], Junya Shimada [嶋田淳也] and Kota Kaneko [金子虎旦], he didn't actually get a chance to debut in 2020, in part due to the on going Covid19 pandemic.
Earlier today however it's was revealed that Fujita has got a date, venue, and opponent set for his debut, and thankfully it's not going to be too much more of a wait.
Today it's been revealed that Fujita will debut on March 25th in a 6 round bout against Motosuke Kimura (3-5-2, 1) [木村元祐] on a Dynamic Glove show.
The 34 year old Kimura has lost his last 4, and 5 of his last 6, though he never been stopped and did give the highly touted Shigetoshi Kotari a very good test last October. Given that performance, rather than his results, we do expect him to ask questions of Fujita here and to serve as something of a test. Though a test Fujita should pass with out too many problems.
Sadly this is only bout for the show that has been officially announced so far, though we are expecting a lot of news about this March event to come through in the next week or so, potentially including one of the other amateur standouts that turned professional at the same time as Fujita.
Back in June we reported that Kenji Fujita [藤田健児], Subaru Murata [村田昴], Junya Shimada [嶋田淳也] and Kota Kaneko [金子虎旦] had all left the amateur ranks and signed up with Teiken, with the plan being for all 4 men to turn professional.
Sadly due to the on going situation the 4 men were forced to wait until today to take part in their pro-tests. Delaying the hope of an early debut after signing with the Japanese promotional power house.
The 4 men all passed their B License tests today and all intend to debut before the end of 2020.
Following their tests today all 4 men gave some comments to the media.
Fujita, who is probably the most notably of the foursome, was humble in his comments, explaining that he was relieved to have passed his test, but also sounded confident of rapidly rising through the ranks. That rising through the ranks should be no surprise however, as he was a very experienced amateur fighter, winning multiple domestic championships and running up an incredible amateur record of 153-21.
Murata also stated that he was glad he passed, and it seemed like his goal was to continue having success. He spoke becoming a fighter who can make a mark at Bantamweight and it seems clear that he wants to follow in a long line of top Japanese fighters at 118lbs.
Shimada explained that he's glad to finally be at the starting line of his professional career, and that he has long dreamed of being a world champion. He explained that he doesn't yet feel that he's had a real fight, and it seemed clear that he was rearing to go and get his professional debut under his belt.
Kaneko explained that he has also dreamed of being a professional fighter, and wanted to thank those who have supported him, and that continue to support him.
With Teiken having several more shows set this year the hope will be for all 4 men to get their debuts out of the way this year before progressing in 2021. The hope will be that all 4 men will make a big mark on the sport, and help rebuild the Teiken stable, which has struggled in recent years due to big retirements of the likes of Shinsuke Yamanaka and Takashi Miura.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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