Introducing... Toshiki Kawamitsu
Sometimes it can be tricky to get a read on a young fighter who hasn't signed with a major promoter and is fighting in relatively obscure shows, however every so often one such fighters turns out to be a diamond in the rough. We're hoping that this week's introducing may be about one such fighter, Toshiki Kawamitsu (3-0). The unbeaten 24 year old is a really obscure prospect, even by typical Japanese standards, but he looks like he certainly has something about him.
The youngster, originally from Okinawa, hasn't got one of those mega strong amateur pedigrees we usually see with Japanese prospects we get excited about but Kawamitsu certainly has a stronger amateur background than many would suspect. He was ranked #9 in Japan in 2013 at Light Flyweight. Not great by it's self but the men above him included Shokichi Iwata (the champion), Takuma Inoue (#1), current multi-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka (#2), the very highly regarded Seiya Tsutsumi (#3) and current amateur star Tomoya Tsuboi (#7). The depth in that division in 2013 was just insane.
Notably he was coming through the amateur ranks from the same geographical area as Daigo Higa, with both being promising fighters in Okinawa, from what we could find both went to the same high school and were in the same year. Notably both had to go through similar struggles and both managed to have success despite those struggles.
Unlike Higa, who turned professional in 2014 at the age of 18, Kawamitsu didn't rush to the professional ranks, instead he turned professional in November 2018, when he was 23. He also didn't show the ferocious power that made Higa such a must watch coming through the ranks. What he did show early on however was a gritty determination, a fun style, with a combination of technical ability and exciting battling.
In his debut, last November, Kawamitsu defeated Junichi Itoga in a bloody bout, which ended 20 seconds early with a technical decision. Accidental headclashes had left Itoga's face streaming with blood and he was way behind when the bout was stopped, with Kawamitsu seeming to find a new gear during the round anyway.
Sadly none of Kawamitsu's following fights have been made available, though his debut is available on Boxing Raise, however shut out wins over Yasushi Handa and Kosuke Fukuda have seem him build his record to 3-0.
With no footage of his last two bouts being available we're looking forward to November 9th when Kawamitsu will fight on the Dangan card featuring the semi-finals of the God's Left Tournament. This should be a great chance to see what Kawamitsu has learned in the last year, and how his aggressive style holds up against Yuni Takada in an 8 round bout. We suspect he'll be too good for Takada, but how he looks here, in his first step up, will be really important going forward.
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