Recently we reported the unfortunate retirement of Korean Light Welterweight hopeful Min Wook Kim, who had long been the outstanding fighter from the Korean penisula. Despite that hard hit to Korean boxing it does seem like the country now has several fighters to get behind. They obviously include the adopted Muhammad Waseem and the world Ye Joon Kim, but also the Japanese based Teiru Atsumi (12-1, 6) [テイル渥美].
Today fight fans in Yamaguchi saw Atsumi continue his good run of form, and secure a 6th straight win, as he scored an 8th round TKO win over Burning Ishii (7-4-1, 2) [バーニング石井].
Atsumi, who was fighting in Japan for the 4th time, secured a 4th straight stoppage as he broke down Ishii and forced the corner team to save their man, who had been under immense pressure through the final round.
For Ishii this was a third stoppage loss, and comes straight after a 7th round TKO loss to Kosuke Saka back in June. Although promising it now seems like he, and his team, need to take a long hard look at their next move. As for Atsumi the future must lead to a title fight following recent wins over Sho Nakazawa, Dennis Tubieron and now Ishii. The Korean looks to be a hidden gem and hopefully he will get the chance to show his talent in bigger bouts in the very near future.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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