It's fair to say that Japanese Welterweights don't get much attention, either domestically or internationally. It is worth noting however that the very heavy handed Yuki Beppu (10-0, 10) is starting to get attention and is getting it for all the right reasons.
The heavy handed fighter first came to the fore last year, when he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year crown and moving to 7-0 (7). It was an impressive run against other rookies but nothing that had convinced the media or fans to get too excited.
This year he has scored a trio of further victories with the most recent of those coming this past Sunday against Indonesian visitor Yasmet Star (3-5, 3) who lasted just 70 seconds with Beppu.
The fight didn't last long but it did see Beppu going for the kill from the off, dropping Star twice, with the Indonesian taking the 10 count following the second knockdown.
Fans who are following Beppu will be glad to hear that he'll be in action again before the year is over as he faces 3-time Korean title challenger Jin Soo Kim (6-5, 2). Kim, a southpaw, shouldn't test Beppu too much but it is another step in the right direction from the Japanese fighter who is likely to really step up the levels in 2017.
(Image courtesy of boxingews.jp)
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