On October 1st Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也] will challenger WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人], in what will be Hisada's biggest fight, by far.
Today Hisada and his team revealed that the plan is for him to take part in a public work, for the Kyoguchi bout, next Monday.
Typically the work outs in Japan are done on their own at the fighter's gym. This however will be different for Hisada, who's work out will be held at the EDION Arena Osaka as part of the "REAL spirits vol.64" show. In fact it's essentially in the chief support status of the show, being held not long before the main event which will be a bout for the OPBF female Featherweight title.
For fans in Japan wanting to see a public work out this is a great opportunity to see what they are about and it's a great chance for more people to see what Hisada can do before he takes on Kyoguchi just over a week later.
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Earlier today Thailand local fans had the chance to see the once beaten Kongfah CP Freshmart (29-1, 15) [ก้องฟ้า ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] pick up his latest win, as he stopped Japanese visitor Hyuma Fujioka (10-10-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬] in a pretty compelling bout for the WBC Asian Diamond Super Bantamweight title.
Early on the visitor managed to apply pressure. It was a good game plan, but he lacked the skills needed to make the most of it and all too often he was following Kongfah without really letting his hands go. The ineffective pressure showed that Fujioka was there to win, but lacked the ability to really close the distance, whilst Kongfah was able to smartly box on the back foot and win the rounds.
After 4 rounds we had the open scoring, which had Kongfah leading 40-36, twice,and 39-37.
The pressure of Fujioka, and the lack of success it had, began to get turned around and it wasn't long before it was Kongfah pressing the fight, backing up Fujioka. When that happened the Japanese fighter really began to get beaten up. He had a torrid round 8, before the pressure and power of Kongfah broke down the Japanese fighter in the 9th round.
With the win Kongfah is now riding a solid 15 fight winning run, albeit at the lower end of the regional scene. Fujioka on the other hand has now lost 3 in a row and 5 of his last 6, however this is only the second time he has been stopped in his 21 fight career.
Tomorrow in China fight fans will see hard hitting local hopeful Jun Zhao (11-2-1, 8) [赵君] battle against under-rated Japanese fighter Sonin Nihei (9-4-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍] in Diaobingshan.
The bout, which will see the two men battle for the the WBA Asia Bantamweight title, had it's weigh in earlier today and both men comfortably made the 118lb limit.
The Chinese fighter came in at 117.75lbs and looked good on the scales, though looked somewhat nervous at times.
Nihei was slightly lighter, weighing in at 117.5lbs, and whilst he looked more confident he also looked just a touch fleshy for what is his second bout outside of Japan.
Tomorrow subscribers to the Boxing Raise service will get the chance to see an excellent Japanese title eliminator, as the exciting Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] takes on former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. The winner of the bout will enter 2020 as the mandatory challenger, and will compete in the Champion Carnival next year.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both looked in amazing condition for the bout, with both looking genuinely shredded.
On the scales Ishizawa, the short of the two men, was bang on the 105lb limit whilst Taniguchi was a little bit lighter, coming in closer to 104.7lbs for the contest.
At the weigh in Taniguchi revealed his weight loss had gone better this time than it had earlier in the year, when he lost to Vic Saludar. He seemed to be driven by his loss to Saludar and was determined to get back to winning ways. Ishizawa described his condition as perfect and whilst he added he wasn't too bothered about the perfect KO record he's got, he was focus on having an exciting fight, and doesn't want to be involved in a boring contest just because it's at Minimumweight. Having watched Ishizawa's rise it's fair to say he's yet to have a boring fighter thank to his aggression, power and style, and we don't see that changing here.
Related - Taniguchi and Ishizawa meet in Japanese title eliminator
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Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title title bout, as Japanese pro-novice Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] takes on former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21).
The bout is a huge step up in class for Murachi, who fights in his first title fight, whilst Saludar can't afford another loss if he's to ever reach the heady heights once expected of him. In fact a loss for Saludar here would see him suffer a 4th loss in 15 bouts.
The Japanese fighter, who was the clearly taller man at the weigh in, was around 114.7lbs on the scales. He looked in good shape, but like a youngster who was perhaps still maturing into a man with a rather slim torso. Given the way he looked there's a good chance he will bulk up in the future and make a mark at higher weights down the line.
Saludar, who looked much more filled out, was around 114.4lbs and looked good on the scales. He seemed confident and looked like a man who had been in these types of fights before, after all he has fought at world level before and did take on Sho Kimura only a few fights ago.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be available live on subscription service Boxing Raise.
Related - Murachi goes for gold in 5th fight, takes on Saludar for WBO regional title!
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