On October 26th we get to see a talented prospect return to the ring after more than 2 years out of action. With that in mind we have decided to give the prospect in question the "Introducing..." treatment this week
The fighter in question is Ryuto Owan (5-1, 3), who seemed likely to go a long way when he burst on to the professional in 2017, but failed to live up to the early expectations on his shoulders. Despite that it's far, far too early to write off Owan, who has a lot still to give the sport, and could well "come good" with a new found hunger and training environment.
Owan began boxing as a child and made an impact on the amateurs at a young age, winning the Under 15's national Championship before later coming third in the National High School championships. He was regarded well as an amateur, but his full amateur record doesn't seem to be available anywhere, and it's hard to know just how many fights he had in the unpaid ranks.
In 2017 Owan turned professional, doing so under the watch of Yoko Gushiken at the Shirai Gushiken Sports Gym (SGS). At the time he was just a teenager, but he was joining a solid stable, including the always exciting Koki Eto and the then unbeaten Daigo Higa, a close friend of Owan's from Okinawa.
Owan would go on to debut in May 2017, on the same card that Higa won his WBC Flyweight title with a TKO win over Juan Hernandez. Although Owan's bout got little attention he looked impressive, stopping Samphan Choksukanan in 2 rounds. Just weeks later Owan was back in the ring, where he demolished Oatthaphon Kruaisawat in just 71 seconds at Korakuen Hall.
The youngster would continue to be busy and jut 2 months later Owan picked up his third win, dominating Filipino Alvin Medura over 6 rounds in a clear step up. Although Medura is no world beater he was very much a dangerous opponent so early in Owan's career, however the Japanese youngster dealt with him with ease, whilst taking a 6 round shut out.
Having raced to 3 we would then see Owan take another step up in class as he took on the hard hitting Jun Blazo in February 2018. At this point in Blazo's career he had earned a reputation as a limited, but tough and heavy handed fighter. He had dropped Koki Eto just a few fights earlier and had asked questions of Hayate Kaji. He was, however, no problem at all for Owan who took a clear 6 round decision over him. Owan then built on that win with a blow out win over domestic foe Takuma Matsushita in what was essentially a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title eliminator.
Following his win over Matsushita we saw Owan get a fight with Tetsu Araki for the vacant Japanese Youth Bantamweight title. That bout came in October 2018 and was a close and competitive bout through out, however Araki did enough to take the close decision and the title.
Sadly following the loss to Araki we haven't seen Owan in the ring.
In the two years since his loss to Araki we have however seen a lot happen outside of the ring. We won't go into everything however the gym he was fighting out, the Shirai Gushiken Gym, has closed, and he has followed Daigo Higa to the newly set up AMBITION Gym. It's with them that he will be making his ring return on October 26th against Tomoya Kishine in a bout that Owan is expected to win as he restarts his career at the age of 22.
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