We regularly see a pair of brothers battling through the pro-ranks together in some way. Whether they are as publicly close as the Inoue brothers or not we have a lot of brother pairings in boxing.
What is less common, although certainly not unheard of, is a brother-sister partnership making a mark in Japan. This has certainly been done in Argentina, with the Matthysse clan who had two brothers and a sister all fighting at a high level. In Japan this year we saw the first brother-sister pairing of professionals when Ayato Hiromoto (1-0, 1) joined his sister Eruka Hiromoto in the pros. With Eruka already holding an OPBF title, it makes sense for us to introduce her big brother, ahead of his November 17th bout in Yamaguchi.
The 22 year old Ayato Hiromoto isn't a big name prospect who had the press raving about him when he turned professional, but he's certainly one to keep a very, very close eye on. He's talented, patient, has the backing of Kadoebi and looks like a fighter who could go on to do big things in the pro ranks.
As an amateur Hiromoto went 31-17, though was unfortunate to be part of the talent laden 52KG division on the Japanese amateur scene. The Japanese amateur scene might not be something you're too familiar with but being in the same division as Ryomei Tanaka, Tosho Kashiwazaki and Tomoya Tsuboi was never going to be easy and losses were going to happen.
Whilst his amateur record didn't scream quality his performances and ability did and he signed up with the Kadoebi gym earlier this year. Back in July he took part in his test bout, sparring with another of the many boxing brother's in Japan Yuki Nakajima. During that test bout he impressed, and looked sharp, accurate and moved well, and obviously showed more than enough to get excited about.
Just a few weeks after he had claimed his B class license Hiromoto made his professional debut, stopping Suriyo Chonlathan in 2 rounds. The bout was one sided from the off and the Thai was down multiple times before the referee pulled the plug on the bout and stopped the contest.
Hiromoto's second bout comes on November 17th when he takes on Filipino foe Romel Oliveros in a scheduled 6 rounder at Super Flyweight. Despite being less experienced than Oliveros it's hard to see anything but a win for the Japanese youngster, who will be looking to develop over the next year or two before heading towards potential title fights.
Whilst we don't expect Hiromoto to be in big fights by the end of 2020 there's a real good chance that he will be in the title mix by the end of 2022, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him against notable regional fighters over the next 18 months or so.
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