Unbeaten Celes Gym prospect Koki Koshikawa (4-0, 2) has been impressive so far though has yet to really step up. That all changes on June 8th when he takes a massive step up in and class and takes on former Japanese and OPBF Welterweight title challenger Koshinmaru Saito (20-7-1, 11).
Koshikawa, a former amateur stand out, debuted in March 2014 to little fanfare though has looked fantastic so far losing just a couple of rounds through his first 4 bouts. From those bouts the most notable was his debut, a decision win against the OPBF ranked Quaye Peter. Aged 24 and fighting in the Welterweight division Koshikawa is a fighter with the potential to makes waves not just domestically but also on the international stage.
In Saito we have a true veteran. He's a 36 year old who has faced the likes of Daisuke Nakagawa, Akinori Watanabe and Suyon Takayama, all in title fights, though was memorably blown out in the second round by Arnel Tinampay last December. He's certainly on the slide but it clearly the best test for Koshikawa so far and may well be able to ask serious questions of the unbeaten youngster.
This bout is one of the leading support bouts for Dangan 130, a card that is quickly becoming a must watch for fans in Tokyo.
(Image courtesy of Celes Gym)
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