Earlier this month we saw Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa (19-2, 12) suffer his second professional defeat as he was stopped, in 6 rounds, in England by the tricky Lee Haskins. That bout, for the IBF "interim" Bantamweight title, was Iwasa's first at the world level and showed up a lot of his flaws.
Some seemed to hint that that could be the end of the Japanese fighter however he has announced that he will continue his career and will continue chasing the dream of, one day, becoming a world champion.
Unfortunately for the Celes gym fighter it does seem like he will have a lot of rebuilding to do and he'll, obviously, have fallen behind a number of other top contenders, including fellow Japanese fighters Shohei Omori and Ryo Matsumoto, both of whom have really impressed in recent bouts.
Aged just 25 Iwasa has got time on his side, especially when you consider it took Haksins until he was 31 to win a title, though we do think he needs to go back to the drawing board and really work on his defense and changing the pace of a fight. We also wonder if his future actually lies at Super Bantamweight and not at Bantamweight, which is a weight he has claimed to have struggled with in the past.
Maybe, with a growing and maturing body, we will see Iwasa make the move up on his return later in the year though at the moment there is no set date for his comeback bout. Hopefully it will come against a solid level of opponent though we wouldn't be surprised to see him taking a relatively simple comeback before facing a test at some point in 2016.
(Image courtesy of Celes gym)
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