Earlier today it was announced that a trio of former amateur fighters had passed their B-license tests ahead of upcoming debuts. The trio, all signed to Watanabe, took their tests together and all have been tipped for great success.
The first of those to debut will be Masataka Taniguchi (0-0) [谷口将隆] who will be in action on April 3rd at the EDION Osaka. Taniguchi went 55-19 (16) in the amateur ranks and was expected to sign with an Osaka based promoter, but instead decided to sign with the Tokyo based Watanabe outfit. He's a southpaw who was the captain of his university and is aiming to win a world title before his career is over.
The second man to debut is expected to be Hiroto Kyoguchi (0-0) [京口紘人], the younger brother of Ryuto Kyoguchi. Kyoguchi went 52-14 (8) in the amateurs and fought on the international as well as being a star at home on the domestic amateur scene. The 22 year old will debut on April 17th at the EDION OSaka and again has picked Watanabe over an Osaka based promoter, citing a chance to show his self reliance and essentially to grow as a person. He's aiming for titles at Minimumweight and sounds incredibly confident ahead of his debut.
The other fighter to pass a test was Motoki Osanai (0-0) [小山内幹]. He went 56-17 (10) in the amateur ranks and, like Taniguchi he's a southpaw. At the moment his debut hasn't yet been announced, though it's expected to come in April in Tokyo, possibly on the under-card of the April 27th show at the Ota City Gymnasium that WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi will be defending his title on.
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