Introducing... Dominique Kenshin
Over the years we have seen a number of Japanese based American fighters, who are in Japan for various reasons. These have included fighters like Mark Anthony Brooks, aka Mark Horikoshi, the wonderfully personable Brandon Lockhart Shane, Charles Bellamy and the truly thrilling Rick Yoshimura, who is the most successful of the Japanese based Americans.
At the moment there isn't too many young Japanese American fighters making a mark, but teenager Dominique Kenshin (3-0, 1), is certainly someone worthy of attention as he begins his career.
Kenshin, also known as Dominique Wallace, is a 19 year old with promise and is actually guided by the aforementioned Yoshimura. Wallace fights out of Yoshimura's Ringside Fitness Gym in Yokota, and despite only making his professional debut earlier this year has already shown real potential. A lot more potential than some would have expected given he had had only a handful of amateur bouts.
Aged 18 when he debuted in February 2019 Kenshin looked strong and athletic when he out pointed, Takuya Kanda over 4 rounds. He looked very unpolished, but had a busy jab, some nice uppercuts to the body and a willingness to respond every time he was hit. There was a clear rawness about him, and his lack of amateur background showed it's self regularly as he put himself off balance, and even got caught clean by a hard hook when he dropped his defenses in the first round. As the fight went on however you could visibly see the youngster calming down, improving and using his physical tools more and more effectively.
In his second bout, just a few months later, Kenshin stopped Hiroto Watabe and further showed some signs of polish. He was still more reliant on physical traits and athleticism than his boxing ability, looking bigger, stronger and faster than Watabe, but there was again signs of development, growth and promise.
Back in July Kenshin took his third professional win narrowly over-coming fellow youngster Hyoga Taniguchi. This was the first southpaw to face Kenshin and he pushed the teenager all the way in a very close bout, that was even closer when Kenshin had a point deducted in round 4, making things super close on the score-cards.
Away from the ring Kenshin graduated high school in 2018 and with Yoshimura guiding his career there is some genuine hope that he can make the most of his natural traits. There is a lot of polishing to do with youngster, but there's also no pressure on him to be rushed. He'll be having his 4th professional bout on November 22nd, on the upcoming "Genkotsu" card where he will face Hiro Ichimichi. A win there would continue his rise, though it's clear that he will need to really improve his boxing skills if he's going to continue to have success going forward.
It's hard to class Kenshin as a prospect right now, but he is certainly someone worthy of some attention, and an ideal fighter to be given the "introducing..." treatment, especially given his age, his rather unique background and the fact that he appears to be Rick Yoshimura's current protege.
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