Earlier today much of the focus in Hyogo was on 18 year old Riku Kano, who fought for the WBO Minimumweight title. He wasn't however the only teenager on the card as his stablemate, and fellow teen, Futa Akizuki (7-0, 6) [秋月 楓大] was also in action, in action Akizuki was making his belated Japanese debut.,
Akizuki, like Kano, began his career away from home debuting at the age of 16 in Thailand, where he ran up up his first 6 wins and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Bantamweight title, stopping Kichang Kim in 4 rounds to claim that title.
On his Japanese debut Akizuki, scheduled for 6 rounds, battled against Saijuea Tosandet (10-7, 3).
From the opening moments the Japanese "debutant" took control, using his 1-2 to establish his range and getting inside soon afterwards to crack at the body of the Thai. It was the body that was targeted again in round 2 and in fact it was a body shot that seemed to break Saijuea who went down and took the 10 count.
Although it's unclear at the moment where Akizuki's next bout will be held he's certainly another interesting addition to the Japanese scene at Bantamweight and it seems likely that he could be yet another young Japanese prospect worth keeping a very serious eye on in the coming years.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!