It's rare for a debutant to get newspaper headlines and and a lot of attention but that's what Japanese youngster Juiki Tatsuyoshi (1-0, 1) had ahead of his debut, which took earlier today on the under-card of the Shinsuke Yamanaka Vs Diego Santillan fight.
Unlike many “big debuts” Tatsuyoshi wasn't a former amateur star, he wasn't someone with a gold medal or a world class pedigree in the unpaid ranks. He was simply the son of a legend, the son of Japanese great Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
For those who are unaware Joichiro Tatsuyoshi was essentially the Oscar De la Hoya of Japanese boxing, a massive star and the face of the sport, and Juiki is essentially boxing in the limelight of the Tatsuyoshi name.
Although the attention Juiki got pre-fight was due to his father there is no doubting that he left a solid impression of himself in the ring as he destroyed the over-matched Tadao Iwaya (1-3) in just 2 rounds.
The fight started in exciting fashion with Juiki standing and trading in the early moments. From then on it seemed clear that Juiki was going to be too strong and too good for his foe who was dropped at the end of the opening round.
The second round saw Juiki turning up the heat and hunting a stoppage which ultimately came towards the end of round 2 when the over-matched Iwaya was really getting battered by the aggressive and exciting looking Juiki who showed some of the traits that made his father so popular. The wreckless aggressive nature of the Tatsuyoshi gene pool certainly seemed to have rubbed off on the youngster.
Whilst Juiki certainly looked in a different league to Iwaya it was hard to read too much into this bout. Juiki handled the pressure of his debut, in front of a large crowd, very well but we'll see more questions asked of him when he faces an opponent capable of hitting him back.
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