The name "Tatsuyoshi" is synonymous with exciting fights thanks to the iconic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, who had some absolute thrillers in his heyday including his timeless classic with Sirimongkol Singwancha. Now his son, Juiki Tatsuyoshi, is making his mark on the sport. Although not the natural showman of his father, though very few are, the younger Tatsuyoshi was recently in a bout with an amazing first round.
That bout saw Tatsuyoshi take on Japanese ranked fighter Masayasu Nakamura. We expected a decent fight, but nothing too exciting. Instead we expected that it was going to be another straight forward win for Tatsuyoshi, who has been matched smartly since his debut. We were, however, pleasantly surprised as Nakamura had not read the script at all, and instead of making Juiki look good, he tried to take him out.
From the opening seconds Nakamura was pressing the action, forcing the fight and pushing Tatsuyoshi onto the back foot. Sooner or later however the Tatsuyoshi blood was going to kick in, and the two were going to trade big shots. That took around 90 seconds to happen, and then we saw violence in the ring as both men set their feet and began a sensational battle to prove their machismo.
This bout, sadly, never reached the exciting heights we saw in this round again but for 3 minutes we had something very exciting and special.
Give the bout only took place on December 17th it's pretty clear that neither man has fought since, but we are expecting a big step forward from Tatsuyoshi in 2020, with his father seeming to suggest he needs to be facing better opponents going forward.
The end of July is upon us and we see another surge in action, especially in Japan, with tournaments, titles, prospects and a touted debutant!
On July 23rd we get something a little bit different as Dangan put on the quarter final bouts for their God's Left Bantamweight tournament:
Gaku Aikawa (9-7-1, 3) Vs Kenya Yamashita (13-5, 10) - Tokyo, Japan
Kazuki Nakajima (6-0, 5) Vs Kenichi Watanabe (8-4-1, 4) - Tokyo, Japan
Jin Minamide (3-0, 3) Vs Tetsu Araki (14-1-1, 2) - Tokyo, Japan
The three matches above are all part of the God's Left tournament and on paper the stand out match up is the Minamide Vs Araki bout, pitting one of the most touted prospects against the man with the most success at title level, with Araki having been a Japanese Youth champion. It's hard to imagine anything but a win for Kazuki Nakajima in his bout with Kenichi Watanabe, with Aikawa Vs Yamashita has the potential to be an all out thriller.
It's fair to say that March was a spotty month, with some real ups and downs, and little in terms on consistency. April however looks to be a month packed with great fights through the month, particularly in Japan where things really are a bit crazy!
April 6th-Naoya and Takuma. The champion is a true veteran, who won the Rookie of the Year more than a decade ago, and has battled through the Japanese scene the hard way. Inoue on the other hand was a touted amateur who has been avoided at times on the domestic stage, but will see this as a great chance to announce himself as a rising star. The styles of the men should make for a very special fight.
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