Cork's Ryan Sheehan will return to Japan on May 20th to take on superstar Tenshin Nasukawa under K1 rules for the RISE World Title in the Korakuen Hall at the legendary Tokyo Dome City.
Respected combat sports journalist Lawrence Kenshin stated that Nasikawa "is the next Japanese fighting superstar. At 18 years old, while still in high school, he defeats a prime Lumpinee stadium champion in an extraordinary fashion under Muay Thai rules" and that he "boasts an amateur record of 99W-5L, and now a professional record of 17W-0L with 13 KO. With an extremely high fight IQ, relentless pacing and KO power, he is the next big thing."
Nasukawa is also an MMA fighter is 2-0 after winning two fights in three days this past December in the famous Rizin promotion in Japan.
This will be a massive fight for Ryan Sheehan. The Siam Warriors Cork fighter is no stranger to Japan as he made the trip there last May and fought ISKA World Champ Chi Lang to a draw.
Since then he has notched up notable victories over the likes of Hiroyuki Moji to become the WKA World Muay Thai champ, Vyorel Vintu in Italy and, most recently, Spain's highly ranked Nestor Rodriguez.