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the debut of the boxer Taihei Sato

The Boxing Night (Saturday 23, Mateu Cañellas sports center, 8:00 p.m.) proposes a luxury program. An exceptional poster with fighters who anticipate a show without precedent and in an innovative setting. And one of the proper names will be that of Taihei Satō (Palma, 1990), a Mallorcan boxer, although of Japanese origin, who will debut in Spain as a professional and as a super lightweight. At 31 years old, Sato already knows what it is to win in this field, although he did it on Japanese soil, in 2020 and by KO. Now, he seeks to take a step forward in his sports career and has placed himself under the command of Manuel Sánchez to make his goal a reality.

Although he started playing soccer, “in Santa Catalina and San Cayetano”, Sato has a history in this type of modality in the family. «My father and my uncle, in the 80s, set up a judo and karate gym in Son Rapinya. But I didn’t want to do martial arts… », he recalls. And he goes on to say that “I looked for a gym, and I went to Sang Nguyen, when I was 16 or 17 years old.” There he began a path that will take him in a few days to fulfill a dreamto debut as a professional.

Although he has Spanish nationality, “for bureaucratic reasons I was able to fight like a Japanese. And I won my first professional fight in Tokyo by KO, in 2020, just before the pandemic, “explains Sato, who has not been back in a ring to fight since that date.


«Two fights were canceled in Japan, but now I have this second opportunity», says the island boxer motivated, who has marked next Saturday as a vital date for his sports career, a night that can mark a before and after. “I believe in myself and I’m not going to leave anything out. I know it’s a great occasion and I don’t want to miss it at all. My maxim is that you can be whatever you want”, says the athlete, one of the proper names of that promising Inca Boxing Night, with figures like him in contention, although the presence of Taihei Sato, who although as a child spent time in Japan, studied on horseback between Madrid and Mallorca, are another stimulus for the fans, who will have before them a exception posterin which along with the professional premiere of Taihei Sato, Cristina Navarro will also make that leap at the evening in the capital of es Raiguer.

Sato is defined as an “opportunistic” boxer in the ring. Of course, he makes it clear that he is “very selective with the blows… But they tell me that I have to change it. They ask me to be more aggressive, and I am aware that I must get wet more in the combats, everything will come with time, ”says a boxer who points out good manners and who does not rule out, if the victories accompany him, positioning himself in the hunt for a title or a higher occasion. The first stone in this long road, yes, will arrive in a few days in Inca.

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