On Monday Japanese promotional outfit Green Tsuda announce a show set for August 7th at the EDION Arena Osaka, a card that gained quite a lot of attention for a mouth watering main event and a very notable support bout.
That really good looking main event was announced as being a bout between touted prospect Kazuki Tanaka (5-0, 4) [田中 一樹], who is currently ranked inside the top 10 by the OPBF, and Japanese ranked Hideo Sakamoto (16-2-3, 5) [坂本 英生]. For Tanaka the bout is a huge step up in class, but shows the confidence he has in himself, and his team has in him whilst Sakamoto will be looking to get back on the winning way after a stoppage loss to current Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda.
As for the supporting bout, it was announced that would be the debut of school girl boxer Fuko Komura [小村楓香], who turned heads back in March when she impressed everyone during her pro-test bout. Although she impressed she isn't being matched hard here, with her debut set to take place against the limited Kaori Nagai (0-1) [長井 香織], in what is a 4 rounder. Although the bout looks an easy one on paper, it does need to be said that this bout will be the chief supporting contest for the card, dubbed "Crash Boxing Vol 9".
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In mid-May we reported that Suyon Takayama (24-1, 8) [高山 樹延] would face Australia Jack Brubaker (10-1-1, 5) for the OPBF Welterweight title on July 25th at the Korakuen Hall. Now we are able to confirm that that bout won't be the only title bout on the show, with the promoter also announcing that Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (12-0, 10) [岡田 博喜] would also be defending his title on the show, with the heavy handed and unbeaten national champion set to defend against Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (11-4-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ].
The bout between Okada and Aoqui will act as the co-main event for the card and could see Okada extending his reign and recording a 5th title defense. The champion has looked fantastic already this year, with two stoppage wins, and will know that a win over Aoqui could see him move towards a potential OPBF title fight later in the year.
For Aoqui the bout is a chance to claim a Japanese title, and build on a thrilling win over Ryosuke Takami earlier this year.
Interesting Aoqui was once lined up to fight Takayama for a Japanese Welterweight title, though this bout seems a much more interesting one one than that would have been with Aoqui unlikely to be competitive at 147lbs.
The last few weeks have been interesting ones outside of the ring for former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (8-2, 5) [高野人母美]. First she had a bout announced for June 6th, on a under-card of another world title fight, then she announced that that bout would be her final bout win or lose. That was followed by her manager essentially reading her the right act in private before the two made up, seemingly accepting that the way things were communicated were wrong, but that the idea of Takano retiring wasn't worth ruining their friendship for.
On Monday it was announce that Takano will not be competing in a competitive bout on the June 6th card, but will continue to feature on the show with a planned exhibition against former world champion Tenkai Tsunami (22-11, 11) [天海ツナミ].
Whilst some may feel that the whole thing has been rushed it does seem like a more interesting outing for Takano than the originally announced bout, which would have seen her taking on a very limited Korean opponent in what was supposed to be little more than a show case. Of course the exhibition with Tsunami won't go on either fighters record, but should provide some thrills and spills for the fans at the Korakuen Hall for the "Guts Fighting" card.
On Monday Japanese sources reported that female fighting icon Momo Koseki (21-2-1, 7) [小関 桃] was no longer the WBA-WBC unified Atomweight champion.
The talented Japanese warrior has, from what we under-stand, chosen to vacate the WBA title, a title she won last year when she over-came Ayaka Miyao, and will be continuing to defend her WBC title going forward.
The long reigning WBC champion has made a Japanese record setting number of defenses, with 16 successful defenses uder her belt. She'll be looking to extend that record in the near future, however her next bout hasn't yet been announced. What is known is that her next bout announcement will be just around the corner, especially given the way this news has broken and it seems likely that her team has got an opponent lined up for her already.
On Tuesday we were informed that Morioka Boxing, the gym managing the sensationally talented Japanese prospect Hinata Maruta (2-0, 1) [丸田 陽七太], would be holding a press conference on June 2nd.
At the moment little is known about that press conference but the rumours are swirling that the press conference will announce Maruta's third professional bout.
At the moment the rumours are varied but it seems likely that Maruta will be fighting in either an 8 round bout or a 10 round bout, with a 10 rounder for a WBC Youth title looking the most likely.
So far there has been no leak in regards to the opponent for Maruta but we're expecting to see a regional opponent from either Thailand or the Philippines being announced for the youngster who has been linked with a WBC youth title bout since his last bout.
Sadly other than the news that Maruta's next bout would be mentioned at the press conference, very little is known about what Morioka will be sharing, and there is no indication of who would be on the card along with Maruta.
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