When we talk about Japanese prospects we tend to talk about the very young fighters such as Kosei Tanaka and Takuma Inoue who are both still teenagers. There are a few older prospects however such as the 24 year old Hikaru Marugame and the 25 year old Kenta Onjo (3-0, 3) despite their slightly more advanced ages however both are expected to achieve plenty due to their ability.
Onjo had began his professional career by blasting away two Thai fighter in double quick fashion. It would have been easy for others to have beaten the Thai's that Onjo had taken care of but the manner with which Onjo did it, especially against Tanut Sitmanopchai, was impressive.
In his third fight Onjo showed his ability against fellow Japanese fighters and quickly dispatched Ryuji Ikeda to further enhance his reputation as a heavy handed and promising prospect capable of leaving a mark at either Super Featherweight or Lightweight.
This coming November will see Onjo, now ranked #12 by the JBC at Lightweight, return to the ring and take another slight step up in class as he battles against the heavy handed 34 year old Kazuya Soma (7-5-2, 6) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds. On paper the hope should be that we can get to see Onjo given a chin check in reality however we imagine that Onjo will be too quick, too sharp and too powerful for his more experienced foe to deal with.
If Onjo wins again here he is likely to move into the JBC top #10 ranked Lightweights. Whilst a top 10 ranking doesn't sound amazing it would actually put him in a great position to fight for the domestic title considering that many of those ranked above him have no interest in fighting for a Japanese title, fighters like Jorge Linares and Takahir Ao for example who have eyes on world title aspirations.
Whilst Soma is a step up we actually think that Onjo is so sensationally talented that only a handful of men in the country could actually give him a good test.
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