Earlier today news broke from Japan that WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] had become the latest fighter to join the Misako gym in Tokyo, leaving the less established EBISU K's BOX gym.
Yoshida won her title in summer 2019 and defended it on New Year's Eve. She's been out of the ring since since then but few will doubt her ability, and she has proven to be a very, very talented boxer, who keeps things at range.
The fighter released a statement thanking EBISU K's BOX for helping her develop her career, become a world champion and support her career. It seems clear however that EBISU K's BOX is more limited on what they can do for the fighter going forward, whilst Misako are a larger, more financially well backed gym with the ability to help her further her career.
Interestingly it seems that Misako's plan is for Yoshida to potentially fight over seas.
Since the new year Misako have made a few transfers and Yoshida follows OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶], who signed with the gym just a couple of weeks ago, and the exciting Yasutaka Fujita (5-1, 5) [藤田裕崇], who transferred there earlier this year.
The gym seems to be stacking it's ranks, and may end up having more fights transfers to it's ranks in the coming months and is certainly having a rich run of form, with a number of champions now at the gym.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Over the last few years the Kadoebi gym has been piling up a lot of notable talent, that has transferred from other gyms. Today they've announced that their acquisition spree isn't over, and in fact they may have signed the pick of the bunch, as Japanese Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] joins the stable.
The heavy handed, exciting and aggressive Tsutsumi was a stand out amateur, going 84-17 (40) in the unpaid ranks, before turning professional at the Watanabe gym in 2018 and debuting in March with an opening round win over a Thai visitor Alongkon Kaisi.
Less than 6 months after Tsutsumi's debut he stopped Junpei Inamoto to claim a B class tournament win and was 4-0 (3) at the end of 2018, with experience of bouts in Thailand and China.
So far this year Tsutsumi has fought only 112 seconds, blasting out Filipino foe Ryan Rey Ponteras back in April, but his next bout will be on November 9th, as he takes on Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉] in the God's Left Tournament semi-final. A win there will put him in the final next year against either Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] or Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁].
Having been huge fans of Tsutsumi, his style and his aggression since his debut, and would suggest others take note of this incredibly exciting young fighter.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi Gym)
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