Prospect Watch: Japanese Featherweight Hayato Tsutsumi

Keep An Eye On Japanese Prospect Hayato Tsutsumi

Japanese featherweight prospect Hayato Tsutsumi climbs the ranks
Japanese prospect Hayato Tsutsumi tracking towards a world title at featherweight

Prospect Hayato Tsutsumi Tracking Toward a World Title at 126

The country of Japan has had quite a successful run of local fighters who make the jump from amateurs to become very successful in the professional ranks. Featherweight prospect Hayato Tsutsumi (5-0, 2 KOs) hopes to become the latest example and rise to the level of winning a world title.

After a highly successful amateur career, including a featherweight title at the 2019 All Japan Championships, Tsutsumi turned pro in July 2022. His debut fight as a professional was an eight-round unanimous decision win over Jhon Gemino, a fighter known throughout Asian boxing circles as being a spoiler for highly touted, unbeaten prospects.


In December 2023, the resident of Tokyo, Japan was impressive during a third-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Luis Moncion Ventura. The most recent fight for Tsutsumi was a third-round stoppage over former WBA featherweight champion Anselmo Moreno on April 17.

Patience, boxing smarts, and combinations are what have been impressive about the rising prospect. While he doesn’t have one-punch power, he has enough kick in his shots to earn a fighter’s respect. You can tell that he’s well-schooled and confident in his abilities.

The only downside is his battle with the scales. Tsutsumi failed to make weight for his win over Anselmo. As a result, Tsutsumi is in danger of being suspended by the Japanese Boxing Commission.

Other than that potential roadblock, he wants to win a world title as soon as possible. Tsutsumi is quickly shooting up the world rankings. He is already ranked eighth by the WBC and tenth by the WBA at 126. If the 24-year-old keeps progressing and winning at this rate, a world title fight seems inevitable.

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