Whilst we admit, regularly, that we over-look the amateur boxing scene we do know that it is a really important part of the sport and helps the next generation of fighters learn their trade before turning to the professional ranks. Some of that next generation will be in action on Monday morning in Japan when fans get the chance to see the finals of the 2015 High School tournament.
In the past the High School tournaments have been the launch pad for many successful fighters, including current stars Naoya Inoue and Kazuto Ioka. They have become one of the key competitions to spotting the next great talents in Japanese boxing and have helped numerous gain attention ahead of their professional debuts. We can't promise that the fighters in action on Monday will be stars but the odds are that at least one of those young men will go on to become a name of note in the near future.
Among those in action in the finals is the very highly regarded Keisuke Matsumoto, a man who is widely tipped as "one to watch" for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, who will be in the Light Flyweight final, and the promising Ren Umemura, a Middleweight who has impressed in the past. There will also be a pair of Inoue brothers
in the form of Takeshi Inoue, at Flyweight, and Hayate Inoue, at Bantamweight.
Whilst the finals promise a lot of excitement we are also proud to report that fans outside of Japan will be able to watch them via an official ustream channel which has been streaming the competition so far. For fans wanting to tune into the finals they will begin at 10:30am Japanese time and will be available here, where we expect to see all 8 bouts screened for free!
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