THE NEW OLIVARES
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.