We are glad to report that Japanese 17 year old Riku Kano (5-1-1, 3) has passed his B grade license ahead of his Japanese debut.
Kano, the current WBA Asia Minimumweight champion, made his debut way back in December 2013 in the Philippines though was previously too young to make his Japanese debut. As a result of his age Kano has fought his previous 7 bouts in Thailand and the Philippines where he had developed the natural talented that he showed off winning a number of amateur tournaments as a youngster.
From what we've been told Kano really impressed in his public pro-test bout which saw the youngster fight 3 rounds of 3 minutes against Junya Nishikawa (7-5-2, 2) though specific details haven't been that widely reported.
It now seems set that Kano will make his debut on June 7th in Hyogo, though no opponent has yet been announced. It looks almost certain that that bout will be a 6 rounder and that Kano will be progressed quickly over the next year with his team hoping to make him the youngest ever world champion from Japan, breaking the current record set by Hiroki Ioka, the uncle of Kazuto Ioka.
This news has come only a few short weeks after the death of Kano's close friend Kaito Hattori who sadly passed away from leukemia. Hattori and Kano both debuted on the same card and it was expected that both would become stars together. Hattori's death, at just 17, sadly robbed the world of a great talent and left Kano without his best friend. We suspect that Kano's first match will be fought in honour of his good friend and former stablemate.
Below we've included the video of Kano's WBA Asia title win against Madit Sada.
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(Image courtesy of Taisei Marumoto's blog)
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