Introducing... Hiroto Yashiro
Fans who followed the Japanese boxing scene in the 00's may be able to recall Yoshimitsu Yashiro. The Teiken promoted Super Featherweight fought as a professional from 2001 to 2009 and ran up a solid 21-1-2 (12) record, whilst winning the Japanese Super Featherweight title in 2008 and making 2 defenses, before losing to Takashi Miura in 2009, then retiring. Whilst not a huge name he certainly played his part in the sport on the domestic scene.
Now there is another member of the Yashiro family set to make their name in the sport, Yoshimitsu's cousin Hiroto Yashiro (1-0, 1), who has also signed up with the Teiken Gym and is expected to have a very, very fruitful career.
The 22 year old Yashiro, who celebrates his 23rd birthday in December, went an 75-19 in the unpaid ranks. Whilst he failed to really take home the big tournament wins he was a key figure in the teams for both his High School and University, and had began boxing way back in elementary school.
Unlike many amateurs in Japan Yashiro's style was a more technical one, something that likely that comes from being a big Guillermo Rigondeaux fan, and his patience likely cost him bouts over the short amateur format, where every round is important. Despite not having a style suited to success in the amateurs he still managed to notch up his impressive record and develop some excellent skills, including a sharp jab, a solid right hook and a stinging straight left hand.
Back in September Yashiro made his professional debut at Korakuen Hall and looked fantastic as he dismantled Thai foe Adundet Khonwong in 2 rounds. From the opening bell he looked sharp, relaxed and comfortable, like a man who knew his amateur background would give him the foundation to shine. And shine he did! He dropped Adunet twice to force the referee to stop the bout, giving Yashiro a stoppage win on debut. Whilst not a massive win on paper this was still a victory against the #7 ranked Thai and a man who had lasted into round 3 with Shingo Wake less than 2 years ago, and nearly survived 3 rounds with Yuta Uetani, in early 2017. It was impressive without being big for Yashiro, and was certainly something should have raised a few eye brows given his name and amateur pedigree.
At the moment Yashiro's second bout isn't yet confirmed, though we suspect that the plan is for him to be very busy in 2020 with reports from Japan suggesting that he is wanting to win a Japanese Youth title as soon as he can. He obviously has eyes on more established titles but did seem to suggest that the Youth title was going to be his first focus.
With talent, patience, skill and a strong team behind him Yashiro has the ability to go a very long way. The key is really his desire and his ability to take a shot. If he's tough enough then the future is very, very bright for Yashiro.
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