Earlier today Taisei gym held a major press conference which featured a number of interesting announcements regarding a June 7th show that is being dubbed as a "Kaito Hattori Memorial" show, after the recent death of Kaito Hattori, who passed away from leukemia.
A major part of the announcement regarded promising youngster Riku Kano (5-1-1, 3) who we now know will be making his Japanese debut on the card. The 17 year old southpaw has, so far, been fighting in other Asian countries due to his age and has gone 1-1-1 in the Philippines and 4-0 (3) in Thailand. It was in Thailand that he acquired the WBA Asia Minimumweight and although that title won't be on the line it's clear that the youngster is expecting to be fast tracked to a world title fight. From what we understand Kano will be up against Indonesian foe Melianus Mirin (4-2, 2) in what should be a straight forward 6 round win for the Japanese youngster.
Another part of the announcement concerned the Hattori family, and it's been announced that Kaito's 20 year old brother Rikito Hattori (2-0, 1), will be on the card as he hopes to continue the Hattori fighting name and the promising Hikaru Matsuoka (8-1-3, 1) is also expected to be in action, with Matsuoka hoping to get an OPBF title prelude.
From the information we received the show will go ahead at the Bunka Center in Hyogo. a venue that is known to Taisei gym chairman Taisei Marumoto, who fought his final bout at the venue back in 2012.
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(Image courtesy of Taisei Marumoto's blog)
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