Kanta “Kan” Sato, who became the very first DEEP men’s strawweight champion in last October, is confirmed to take on Tetsuo Ishitsune in a non-title bout.
This will take place in DEEP NAGOYA IMPACT Koubudo Fight.
Naogya is where Kato is based out of, and so as Ishitsune so both fighters will be fighting in the front of hometown fans.
Ishitsune is 26 years old with pro MMA record of 4-3-3. But Ishitsune has never been finished. All of his losses were against solid veterans in decisions. And, his four wins were in two KO’s and two submissions.
Ishitsune is a solid young talent who can finish the fight.
Although its a non-title bout, being able to fight the champ in front of hometown fans must be extra motivating for Ishitsune.
The pressure should be more on Kato.
He is the champ so he really is not supposed to lose a non-title bout to begin with.
On top of this, he is taking on a solid youngster with 10 pro fights under his belt.
Yet Sato, still, has to be the clear favorite of this fight.
DEEP NAGOYA IMPACT Koubudo Fight
Sunday, April 9th, 2017
At Hotel Plaza Katsukawa, Aichi, Japan
Doors Open – 12:30
Fight Starts – 13:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Strawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kanta “Kan” Sato (Japan / Grappling Shoot Boxers) vs Tetsuo Ishituna (Japan / ISHITSUNA MMA GYM)
Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Ippei Takase (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs “Scramble” Yusuke (Japan / Club Barbarian)
report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)