Japanese teenager Riku Kano (5-1-1, 3) might not be the youngest fighter on the planet but some do view him as a sensational prospect and at 17 years old the hope is that he will become another of the extremely successful young fighters that Japan appears to be developing regularly.
Kano's record isn't perfect, he has already suffered a loss and a draw, however he's not yet made his Japanese debut. Instead he's been fighting on the road in Thailand and the Philippines due to the minimum licensing age in Japan. It's been on the road that he's fought all 7 of his bouts and won the WBA Asia Minimumweight title.
Now however Kano is set to make his Japanese debut the with an upcoming bout on June 6th at the Bunka Center in Sanda, Hyogo. That bout is scheduled for 8 rounds and will see Kano battle against Indonesian visitor Marianus Miran (0-2).
Although Kano wasn't an elite level amateur he is managing to get his debut televised, with NHK said to be the channel that has got the rights to his debut. At the moment however the full details have been kept under wraps with neither a date nor time being released, or from what we understand even agreed. It would however seem clear the bout will not be aired live, sadly.
(Image courtesy of Taisei Marumoto's blog)
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