Every boxing fan likes a puncher with heart and it's fair to say that Shuhei Tsuchiya (17-4, 15) fits that description to a tee. Tsuchiya isn't the most skilled, he isn't the toughest and he isn't likely to ever make an impact in the world level. He is however highly entertaining, heavy handed and gutsy.
He's also back in the ring in July.
This morning Tsuchiya's gym announced that he would be fighting on July 4th in a bout against the heavy handed, but limited, domestic foe Kazuya Soma (7-7-2, 6).
Soma, like Tsuchiya, is a flawed fighter though he has mixed it against capable opposition, such as Yuya Sugizaki and Masanobu Nakazawa. Unfortunately he's lost his biggest bouts to date though will be coming in to this bout with the hopes of scoring a career best win.
Tsuchiya came to the attention of the hardcore boxing fans back in back in 2010 when he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year at Lightweight. By April 2012 he was 12-0 (12) and looked to be a promising future contender, at least domestically, though unfortunately he's gone 5-4 since then included losses to the then unknown Masayoshi Nakatani, in what was Nakatani's first real win of note, and Australian Leonardo Zappvigna, in what was a bloody clash last year.
We'll not pretend this is a great match up, but it is always a pleasure to see Tsuchiya in action and he'll make for a great supporting bout to the recently announced Japanese Light Welterweight clash between his stablemate Hiroki Okada and Masayoshi Kotake.
Hiroki Okada to defend Japanese Light Welterweight crown on July 4th!
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