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Tenkaichi Super Fight to set rankings

Date Posted: 2012-04-13

The upcoming Tenkaichi Super Fight is more than a test to see who’s Okinawa’s strongest fighter; this time top rankings will be established based on the outcome.

Pitted in the main event will be All Okinawa Heavyweight Champion Mr. Kamikaze, and All Okinawa Middleweight Champion Hiroto. Hiroto comes to the match after beating Kawabata last December and Korean fighter Cho in the February event. Hiroto’s reputation centers on never having lost to a mainland fighter or a foreigner.

No, nobody really wants to fight him. Says Hiroto: “There is only one fighter who’s stronger than me in Okinawa, and I want to fight him,” calling out Mr. Kamikaze. Kamikaze has held the distinction in the past of being Okinawa’s strongest fighter. Hiroto says he’s not scared. “I want to try how well my talent matches Mr. Kamikaze’s, who I respect. Of course,” he adds, “I will not lose. With this match I will get the title of strongest fighter in Okinawa.

Mr. Kamikaze is undefeated in his 200+ fights in Okinawa, a real feat because he’s 46 years old. Having moved his home base to Kumamoto Prefecture, he deals not only with events promotions LEDGEND, but still fights himself. In a LEDGEND 2 fight last December in Kumamoto, he fought kick boxer Peter Aerts, who’d built up a generation of K-1 victories and was called “the strongest kick boxer in the 20th century.” Mr. Kamikaze lost that fight although he endured Aerts’ low kicks, but succeeded in exciting the audience.

Asked what’s next after losing to Aerts, Mr. Kamikaze vowed “I will fight until I am 50 years old.”

Now the questions are looming: Can his toughness and unbelievable strength as a heavyweight let him out perform the younger middle weight Hiroto? Will he be able to keep up with Hiroto’s speed? Can Mr. Kamikaze’s karate low kick training match a speedy fighter like Hiroto?

Hiroto’s background is in boxing, so tghere are expectations he’ll pummel away with punches combined with his pivot. If Hiroto can stay away from Mr. Kamikaze’s kicks, and if the match is short, Mr. Kamikaze advances because of his power. On the other hand, if the match goes long, Hiroto has the advantage because he’s the speed.

The answers will be determined Sunday, April 22nd, at Koza Music Town. Doors open at 4 p.m., with the Super Fight at 5 p.m. A Challenge match takes place at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mail Centers at Kadena Air Base and Camp Foster Concession Malls. General tickets are $45 or ¥3,500, Ringside tickets are $60 or ¥4,500,and Special Ring Side Seats are $75 or ¥5,500.

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