Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo got their first chance to see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿以輝], as he fought his maiden fight at the Korakuen Hall and over-came Monkey Shuhei (6-9-1, 2) [田村 修平] in what was a genuinely enthralling contest and a real test for the unbeaten novice.
Tatsuyoshi had been under pressure to perform, partly due to it being his debut in the hallowed venue of Japanese and partly due to his father, Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, still being one of the most notable faces in the Japanese fight scene. That pressure seemed to show early with Tatsuyoshi making a mistake in the opening round and being punished by Shuhei, who landed a sweet shot on the button to drop Tatsuyoshi.
The knockdown, the first of his career, seemed to in still in him a realisation that this was a real fight, and a big step up in class, and he answered by taking the fight to Shuhei. Unfortunately for the upset minded Shuhei he really had little answer to the physicality and power of Tatsuyoshi and was dropped himself in round 3, and then shaken badly in round 4. Despite the early success Shuhei was beginning to struggle and in round 5 that struggle was finished off by Tatsuyoshi who closed the show in vicious style beating down Shuhei until the referee stopped the contest.
Although he was dropped the win was one of the best of Tatsuyoshi's career. He over-came real adversity, had a fighter wanting to beat him and dug down to bully his man. It was a tactic won't work when he steps up in class further but it worked here and he'll have learned so much from the experience that it will have helped him much more than a blow out. For Shuhei the bout was a really credible performance and no one can take anything away from his for the effort he put forth.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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