Earlier today news broke that former amateur stand out, and very promising professional prospect, Masahiro Suzuki (4-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] has transferred from the World Sport Boxing Gym and signed with the Kadoebi Gym.
Suzuki, who impressed massively on debut when he stopped Antonio Siesmundo, is tipped for major success and we expect this move to be a good one.
Interestingly this sees Suzuki joins the gym that also manages his brother, Toshihiro Suzuki [鈴木 稔弘]. Toshihiro is a Youth Olympic Silver Medal winner and as we often see when fighters fight in the same gym it can help both improve their performances and moral, with a bit of friendly competition.
Of course with the Japanese boxing scene currently on hiatus it's unclear when either of the Suzuki brothers will be in action, though we're looking forward to seeing both, when we finally see the suspension of boxing lifted in the country.
It seems like this week could end up being, low key, one of the most significant weeks of the year for what happens outside of the ring in Japan.
That's not due to any rule or new titles or anything political, but instead the sheer number of top amateur fighters announcing their transition to the professional game.
Yesterday both Ryutaro Nakagaki [中垣 龍汰朗] and Toshihiro Suzuki [鈴木稔弘] saw their professional ambitions being confirmed and today we saw another notable name make the move.
Today we saw former Japanese amateur Keisuke Matsumoto [松本圭佑] hold a press conference at the Ohashi gym to announce that he, like Ryutaro Nakagako, would be taking part in his pro-test bout in March with his debut taking place in May.
Matsumoto, the son of former world title challenger Koji Matsumoto, came to the attention of the Japanese public after winning 5 consecutive Under 15 titles en route to running up an 80-15 (30) amateur record. Like Nakagaki he missed out on the potential to qualify for the Olympics late last year, when he lost in a tournament to decide Japan's representatives for the international qualifying competitions, and chose not to wait another 4 years for the opportunity.
At today's press event he explained that a conversation with Ohashi gym star Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] influenced his decision. Incidentally Matsumoto's father stated that he would be heading to Shingo Inoue for advice on training the youngster.
Matsumoto will be fighting as a Super Bantamweight when he makes his debut, and spoke about wanting to fight in Las Vegas and at the Tokyo Dome. Before then however he's expected to be busy and there's a possibility that he will fight in May, July and September this year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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