Usually when a fighter makes their debut they make it at home, and if talented enough, they may well get some fan fare ahead of their first bout. Debuts of fighters like Naoya Inoue and Ryota Murata have been televised whilst others have garnered serious attention.
Teenager hopeful Riku Kano (6-1-1, 4) is a little bit different however and he actually made his debut more than a year ago, fighting in the Philippines in December 2013. His first 7 bouts were all away from home, with Thailand and the Philippines playing host to his in ring activity.
Earlier today however Kano got his long awaited, and much anticipated, Japanese debut and showed off why some are tipping him as a future world champion.
Kano was facing soft opposition int he form of Indonesian Marihot Hutajulu (1-3), though the pressure was on the young Japanese fighter to shine. And shine he did, stopping Hutajulu in the 3rd round of the bout.
Whilst Kano is inexperienced we do understand that the idea is to rush his development along and his team believe their man could break the Japanese record for the youngest world champion, a record held by Hiroki Ioka. That record isn't going to be broken immediately but they have got a while to take their prodigy to the top. NExt time out however he will have to be matched tougher than this
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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