Japanese Sunday will see Floyd Mayweather return, in another of his dual-purpose gimmicks. On the one hand there is the desire to continue fighting of “Money”, while the other side is that of a boxing advertisement that is at least difficult to understand. After all, facing Mikuru Asakura he does not challenge a real boxer, but a man from mixed martial arts.
Born in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture (where Nagoya is located), on July 15, 1992, Asakura, precisely in terms of martial arts, has always been able to know his stuff. After all, his first interest was karate. But his career could have taken a different turn if he had dedicated it to volleyball, a sport in which he has been involved for three years.
As he and his brother Kai they often ended up involved in street fights, including those with each other, it was suggested that the parents route them to boxing. Which, however, was not their destination, because at the Zen Dokai Toyohashi Dojo they were introduced to mixed martial arts.
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While the two’s careers have been broadly similarly rich, it’s on Mikuru’s that the focus is here. Together they entered the Fighting Network Rings under the Outsider brand. Of particular relevance is the amateur record: out of 10 fights, 9 wins and only one defeat before going pro in 2012.
And to say that Mikuru Asamura could have fought pro once and never again. After beating in 53 seconds Morikazu Itagaki, stopped until 2015, when he returned to the Outsider (he had moved upstairs with the Deep). His climb was very quick, in which I conquered the Rings 70 kg and Rings 65 kg titles by going up and down between feather and light.CopyAMP code.
Passed in the Road share (with an attached first defeat) and then Deep again, he has been performing for the recent (and lucky) Rizin Fighting Federation since 2018, in which he has sustained 13 fights with 11 wins and 2 defeats. One of these was particularly painful: it was November 21, 2020 in Osaka, and in between was the Rizin featherweight championship, with Yutaka Saito who beat him by unanimous decision. He then took revenge against him on the last day of 2021 in Saitama.
In substantial parallel with Rizin’s career, since 2018, he has set up a YouTube channel, which is very close to 2,750,000 subscribers, with total views that have currently exceeded one billion. His brother Kai also followed this path, although after more than a year and with quite lower numbers (1,180,000 subscribers, just under 420,000,000 views overall). However, these are very important numbers for Japan, which still has a total population capable of exceeding 125 million.