Over the last 12 months or so we have seen Japanese youngster Daigo Higa (9-0, 9) [比嘉 大吾] build a growing fan base, who have warmed to him to his aggressive style and exciting in ring performances. Those fans will be happy to know that Higa's up coming bout, this Saturday for the OPBF Flyweight title, will be aired live.
The bout, which will see Higa battle OPBF champion Ardin Diale (31-9-3, 15), will be screened on G+ with the broadcast set to start at 17:45 Tokyo time, the same time as the card starts in the arena.
The broadcast will not only showcase the Higa Vs Diale bout, which we know many fans are very excited about, but will also air the entire show, which features 5 other televised bouts before the main event. Those bouts may not be mouth watering but they should act as a nice starter before the potentially explosive main event.
For fight fans who haven't seen Higa Saturday should be a brilliant opportunity to see him against a fringe world class opponent in Diale, who is a former world title challenger and is a very experienced and criminally under-rated boxer. For those same fans we have included Higa's "break out win" over Kongfah CP Freshmart below, for those who haven't seen that one we really recommend giving it a watch.
Of course it's not a one man fight and Diale is himself known for being in a war not too long ago, losing to Higa's stablemate Koki Eto. Since that bout he has been in great form and may well see a win over Higa as his revenge for the Eto bout, just to be fair we have also included that bout below, and again suggest watching it, particularly the crazy 8th round that saw Eto come from the brink of defeat to stop Diale.
Diale and Higa set for war!
Earlier today we were informed that Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (34-0, 25) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], who now goes by his birth name of Tewa Kiram on boxrec.com, would be back in action on July 8th as he takes on Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez (21-2-2, 19), aka Destino Japan, who will be fighting in Thailand for his second successive bout.
The unbeaten, and world ranked Thai, will be looking to continue his long reign as the PABA Welterweight Super Champion whilst continuing to pile up wins in the hope of getting a potential world tile fight in the near future. Given his home advantage, unbeaten record, natural size and more proven opposition he will be favoured coming into this bout, and potentially scoring win #35.
For Baez the bout will see him moving up to Welterweight to challenger for the PABA "Super" title and will see him face his "third name" opponent, having previously lost to Victor Manuel and Jason Pagara the only men to have beaten him so far.
Earlier today Japanese fans saw Welterweight hopeful Yuki Beppu (13-0, 13) [別府 優樹] continue his destructive run as he easily saw off Thai visitor Wajana Kiewon (8-5-1, 2)* inside a round.
The big punching Japanese youngster needed just 176 seconds to see off the Thai who simply couldn't take Beppu's power when the Japanese puncher let his shots go, mid way through the opening round. As soon as Beppu found his range that was essentially the start of the end for Kiewon.
Beppu is now just 2 wins away from the Japanese KO run records, held by Akinori Watanabe and Tsuyoshi Hamada who both ran up 15 successive stoppage wins. Not only is he running up an impressive KO run but he's now made it clear that he also wants to chase a Japanese title with talk that he may well get a title fight in the next 2 fights. Potentially he could tie the Japanese KO record in his title fight.
On the same card today fights fans also saw former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (24-6-4, 16) [高橋 竜也] claim a 3rd round stoppage win over a very limited Thai foe. This win is likely to help move Takahashi to a second title fight though we suspect that he is still a few fights away from that shot.
*Boxrec list Kiewon as being 0-2
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today we were informed that Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (35-18-5, 18) was set to have one of his most important bouts on July 29th, as he travels to South Africa to face former world champion Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2, 17).
The Filipino fight will be travelling to defend his IBO Super Featherweight title against Klassen after seeing a bout with Vyacheslav Gusev fall apart, with Gusev suffering an injury.
Asis isn't a big name by any means but he has become a bit of a modern day Cinderella man turning around a 21-18-4 (10) record, which had included a 0-5 run, courtesy of a 14-0-1 (8) run over the last 5 years. That run has included wins over the likes of Brett William Smith, Josh King, Ryusei Yoshida, Kye MacKenzie and Maxsaisai Sithsaithong and has seen him move on to the verge of world rankings with the big 4.
Klassen on the other hand was once a solid name and is a 2-time IBF Super Featherweight champion. The 34 year old from Gauteng made his debut in 1999 and won his first world title 7 years later, out pointing Gairy St Clair, though lost in his first defense to Mzonke Fana. In 2009 he had his second brief reign as champion, beating Cassius Baloyi before losing the belt to Robert Guerrero. Since losing to Guerrero Klassen has gone 8-1, including a win over Paulsus Moses.
The bout will be a tough ask for Asis but he seems confident of scoring a win here and moving towards a "proper" world title fight.
Back in 1976 a farce took place in Japan as boxing greatest ever star Muhammad Ali took on Japanese wrestling icon Antonio Inoki. The idea was to find out if boxing was better than wrestling and whether the top boxer would beat the top wrestler in a fight. The farce occurred because of the bizarre rules that the fight was held under, which essentially limited Inoki's strengths and wrestling holds. As a result Inoki kicked Ali's for the better part of 15 rounds, whilst Ali tried to dance and avoid the power foot of the Japanese wrestler.
Sadly Ali's recent passing has seen the bout get a lot of coverage as Japan paid it's respects to Ali, and Inoki himself said some lovely words about the former boxing great.
Today it was announced that another bout would be held under the same sort of rules.
The bout this time will see Japanese MMA fighter Kiyoshi Tamura face off against boxer Elvis Moyo (4-5-2, 1), from Zimbabwe. The fight, of course won't have the intrigue of the Ali Vs Inoki fight but will almost certainly be less of a farce than the original bout, which was viewed by an incredible audience.
For those who haven't seen some of the Ali Vs Inoki bout, there is some footage below
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