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WE were so im­pressed with ris­ing Ja­panese tal­ent Joichiro Tat­suyoshi’s fourth pro­fes­sional win that we head­lined our re­port, “The New Olivares” – liken­ing him to the dy­namic Mex­i­can puncher Ruben Olivares, who was world ban­tam and feather cham­pion in the 1960s/1970s.

Tat­suyoshi ham­mered Shigeru Ok­abe to win the Ja­panese 118lb ti­tle in Tokyo. We noted that he “out­jabbed and out­punched Ok­abe, and had him on the floor three times be­fore the ref­eree stopped the fight after two min­utes and 31 sec­onds of the fourth.”

The plan was for a Ja­panese ti­tle de­fence in De­cem­ber, then a world-rated op­po­nent, be­fore a world ti­tle bid in his sev­enth pro bout. Tat­suyoshi would ac­tu­ally win the WBC ban­tam belt in his eighth fight, top­pling Greg Richard­son in Septem­ber 1991.

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