In the coming days we'll get the chance to see a potentially brilliant Light Flyweigth bout from Tokyo, which hasn't got much attention, but given the fighters involved we are are expecting a very, very fan friendly bout. In one corner we see an all action youngster who looks to press and over power opponents whilst his opponent is a 2-time Japanese title challenger. The bout might not be a high profile one, but it promises to deliver real action!
The One to Watch?
Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) Vs Masashi Tada (13-6-3, 8)
December 11th (Wednesday)
We get the chance to see a rising prospect taking on a man who is recognised on the domestic title scene and has twice challenged for domestic honours. Add that to the styles of the two men and we are potentially set for a very, very fun bout.
Sato is one of the fighters that has really caught our eye in 2018 and 2019 with a string of really exciting and aggressive performances. The 22 year old, who turns 23 just days after this fight, is the next in a long line of all action fighters from Japan and is a genuine must watch action fighter. He's flawed, and not even close to being the best Light Flyweight in Japan, but his awkward southpaw stance, added to his power and pressure make him someone we always love to see in action.
The 30 year old Tada, who debuted more than a decade ago, has had a bit of a stop star career but has mixed with good company and proven his toughness. He first fought for a Japanese title back in 2014, when he lost to Go Odaira, but came again and challenged Kenichi Horikawa earlier this year. Whilst he's certainly no world beater he's a very good domestic fighter and his only stoppage loss so far came to big punching Flyweight Masamichi Yabuki. He's a fully grown man and might be able to stand up to Sato's pressure in.
What to expect?
We are expecting to see Sato's pressure and aggression go up against Tada's toughness and experience. Sato should, if he's as good as we believe, take home, the win, but we'd be very surprised if he didn't have to really earn it. With only 8 rounds from his last 3 bouts combined Sato does need to have his stamina tested, and he's yet to go beyond 6 rounds, so this should see questions answered about his gas tank.
Tada might not be invincible but it's hard to imagine him folding quickly to Sato, and if he can take Sato deep there is likely to be opportunities for him to turn things around and over-come his young foe. He will however need to get Sato's respect early and make sure not to to let the younger man build too much momentum before fighting back.
If Sato doesn't break down Tada inside 4 this could have a very interesting final 4 rounds. On the other hand a quick blowout for Sato would be a huge statement for the youngster.
The bad news?
At the time of writing this hasn't been confirmed as a Boxing Raise show, and we'll likely need to wait for Kadoebi to release the fight on Youtube.
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.