Japanese youngster Riku Kano (5-1-1, 3) may not have made his Japanese professional debut yet but the talk of him becoming a world champion before he turns 19 is serious talk from his gym. They have eyes on the Japanese record of taking their man to a title at a younger age than any previous Japanese world champion.
Aged just 17 Kano debuted in the Philippines back in December 2013 and since then has carved out a small but notable career on the road, settling most notable in Thailand where he claimed the WBA Asia Minimumweight title. The experience of fighting on the road has given the youngster a stronger footing and under-standing of the sport ahead of his Japanese debut.
Of course before Kanu can make his Japanese debut he needs a Japanese license and to do that he will need to pass a pro-test bout.
Today it was announced that Kanu's protest would be held on April 19th at the Sumiyoshi Ward center and will see Kano attempting to claim a B license. The test will come before a Muto promotions card which is headlined by a contest between Yuki Nonaka (27-8-2, 9) and Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-3, 9) which will see Nonaka defending his Japanese Light Middleweight title against the former champion.
We've not yet been told who Kanu will be sharing the ring with for his pro-test bout though it's clear that the youngster is serious about racing to a major world title and it's clear that his next big step towards his goal is getting a Japanese license. With his experience that shouldn't be a problem.
(Image courtesy of Taisei Marumoto's blog)
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