Earlier today Japanese sources reported that 2013 Lightweight All Japan Rookie of the Year Ryuji Ikeda (11-3-2, 7) [池田竜司] has transferred gyms, moving to the Muto gym.
The talented 21 year old was tipped for big things when he beat Ryosuke Takami in the final, and also notched a notable win over Cristiano Aoqui on route to his All Japan crown. Sadly since winning his Rookie crown Ikeda has faltered, going 5-2-1 (5), with a stoppage loss to Kenta Onjo in 2014 and a forgetable 2016 which saw him go 0-1-1.
The move to the Muto gym sees Ikeda linking up with a gym that has a good reputation and seems to be going through a good run at the moment, a run that has seen fellow 2013 Rookie of the Year winner Koki Tyson (11-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] claim the OPBF Middleweight title, and has also seen Mark John Yap (23-12, 11) and Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3) [向井 寛史] claim regional honours.
It's currently unclear when Ikeda will fight for the first time as Muto gym fighter, but it's not likely to be too far off with Muto looking to hold a number of significant shows during the next few months.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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