22-year-old prospect Shokichi Iwata of Tokyo, Japan has signed a multiyear promotional agreement with All Star Boxing, Inc and Teiken Promotions and will jump start his career in the United States.
Iwata won several amateurs titles in Japan and compiled a record of 59 wins, with only 12 losses while representing Waseda University in Tokyo where he is also a student. “I want to be the next Mayweather of Japan, for this reason I’m going to be campaigning in the US, I’m very excited and want to thank All Star and Teiken for this opportunity to achieve my dreams” said a jubilant Iwata.
His US debut is slated for November 16 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on the undercard of Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez Vs. Juan “Pinky” Alejo fight as part of the Boxeo TELEMUNDO fall series. Iwata will be a regular on the series where he will appear at least 3 times a year. He will be campaign in the jr. flyweight division.
“We are very happy to be working again with Mr. Akihiko Honda and the Teiken Promotions Family with this new prospect, we have had a long-standing relationship and together we will bring Shokichi to a world title and help make his dreams come true, he is very talented and charismatic” said Zabala President of All Star Boxing, Inc.
Teiken is the oldest Boxing Club in Japan dating back to 1926, some of its world champions are Ryota Murata, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Toshiyuki Igarashi, Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez RIP, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Takahiro Ao, Jose Luis Bueno, Takashi Miura, Akifumi Shimoda and Tsuyoshi Hamada amongst others.
All Star Boxing, Inc is the exclusive promoter of the successful Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series, the #1 Boxing Program on Spanish television in the US.