On August 31st we'll get a show being made available over the A-Sign Youtube channel. Whilst the card isn't a big one it does feature a number of things of note, including Shoki Sakai's Japanese debut and a bout featuring teenage Lightweight hopeful Jin Sasaki (7-0, 6). With that in mind we thought this would be a great time to introduce the youngster to fans who are looking to for someone new to follow in the "new normal".
Born in 2001 Sasaki isn't a big name, he didn't have a great amateur background, but since turning he has been turning heads and has been impressing creating a small, but notable, buzz.
As mentioned Sasaki was a great amateur. In fact it appears that his amateur record was a very unflattering 1-3. That's not the sort of record which would have anyone excited about him. Despite that poor amateur record Sasaki turned professional aged 17, fighting out of the Hachioji Nakaya Gym. It was clear, very quickly, that he was much more suited to the professional ranks than he was to the amateurs.
In his debut, in August 2018, Sasaki kicked things off with a 2nd round TKO win over Tsuyoshi Kato at Korakuen Hall, on a card that was shown on Boxing Raise. Sasaki looked confident, powerful, quick and exciting through out, though very unpolished as he wore down Sato with heavy hooks. There was defensive holes in what he did though it seemed like he was perhaps showing some nervous energy. Despite that he he looked fun, and very much the type of fighter worthy of making a note of.
Sadly Sasaki's second bout doesn't seem to be available, but it saw him defeat Ryo Kasai in, 3 rounds, just weeks after his debut. He then returned to the ring in February 2019 stopping Naoyuki Tsumoto on a Dangan 4 round card, that was again made available through Boxing Raise. By now Sasaki was starting to look more composed and like he was starting to control the nervous energy that was visible in his debut.
Sasaki remained busy in 2019, making his international debut in April 2019, when he travelled to Thailand and stopped Sirisak Pimpasitta in 2 rounds. He returned to a Japanese ring in June when he stopped enigmatic veteran Bejita Ishikawa. The win again showed there was areas for Sasaki to develop, especially defensively, but was again a good win for the youngster who continued to move in the right direction.
In August 2019 Sasaki took part in the East Japan Rookie of the Year, winning a quarter-final bout against Hikaru Sato. That bout saw Sasaki going the distance for the first time, but taking a clear decision over Sato before fighting in the semi-final of the East Japan Rookie of the Year. In that bout Sasaki took on Tetsuya Kondo, who came out swinging in a very entertaining effort, before being back up and then being taken out late in then first round by the powerful and promising Sasaki.
Sadly Sasaki failed to take his place in the East Japan Rookie of the Year final, and hasn't fought since his September's win over Kondo.
At the time of writing Sasaki's opponent for his August bout hasn't been named, but we do know that he will be competing in a 6 round bout, his first 6 rounder, and that it will be at 140lbs. He's certainly someone who looks very promising, and at just 18, turning 19 shortly, he's someone who has a bright future ahead of him.
We've included his thrilling win over Kondo below, thanks to the A-Sign channel, and we would suggest people subscribe to their channel, as that will be the same channel that will be showing Sasaki's August bout.
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