Right now there's a big card taking place in Chiba, Japan. The card is a very good one, with 3 world title bouts, but before those the fans in attendance have had the chance to see two notable Japanese prospects in action.
The first of those prospects was Shisui Kawabata (2-0, 2) [川畑嗣穂], who faltered on debut but shined today as he stopped Mongkol Kamsommat (5-5, 4). The talented Kawabata, who has sparred with a number of top Japaneses professionals, was dropped back in his debut, by Natchaphon Wichaita at the end of March, but had no such troubles here.
The youngster from the Watanabe gym found the range for his straight shots, whilst making the Thai visitor miss with his wild, yet heavy looking blows. In the second round uppercuts from Kawabata cut the eye of the Thai. The cut was a bad one and despite passing one doctors inspection he was stopped by the doctor on a second inspection.
The other was the very highly touted Shu Utsuki (5-0, 4) [宇津木秀], another rising hopeful of the Watanabe gym. Utsuki was stepping up to take on his first Japanese ranked opponent, Japanese based Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (8-2, 3), and stopped him in 3 rounds.
Bolivar started well, having a good opening round but Utsuki began to turn it on from the second round, cutting the distance and working the body really well. By the end of the second round Bolivar looked like a beaten man, with the bell seemingly saving him. Sadly for Bolivar the bell didn't so much save him, as just delayed the inevitable, and he was down very early in round 3, taking the 10 count afterwards.
With the win Utsuki is expected to get a JBC and OPBF ranking, and be put on the road to his first title bout. Sadly for Bolivar second stoppage loss in 5 fights.
Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (1-0, 1) [Изим Избаки] has had a frustrating time since making his professional debut last November.
Since his first pro bout he has had two bouts cancelled on medical ground, both in the US, once due to his opponent and once due to himself failing medicals. Now however it seems like things are ready to get going at last.
According to Vesti, who have spoken with the fighter's promoter, Izbaki is looking like he will make his US debut in August, as part of the under-card for Claressa Shields (9-0, 2) bout with Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7) in Flint, Michigan. Although Vesti didn't report on an opponent, boxrec list Izbaki as being on the card against Troy Albring (0-2).
The promoter also suggested that Izbaki might be in the ring even sooner than that, with the potential to fight in July in Kazakhstan, though didn't go too much into detail on what the details were for that bout, and whether that would prevent the US bout, which would be taking place on August 17th. What was made clear is that the Kazakh bout has no contract yet, and time is clearly running out on a July date.
According to Kazakh sources Dastan Saduuly (3-0, 3) [Дастана Садуулы] will be returning to the ring for his next fight on July 5th as part of a stacked Kazakh card.
The unbeaten teenager, who who made his debut last September, hasn't yet had his opponent named, though we would suspect a novice or regional journeyman will be in the ring with him.
The talented youngster was last seen in action back in March, when he defeated veteran Alexander Saltykov. That was a clear step up for Saduuly and an appearance on this big card would really help generate more buzz in his career, even at this early stage.
The main event of this July 5th card will be the return of Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат], though rumours of Islam's opponent have died down since he was linked to popular American Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 14), and an announcement on who he will face is likely to be made in the coming days.
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Tomorrow we'll see a new WBO Super Flyweight champion being crowned, as Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔] and Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) battle for the currently vacant title.
Today one UK betting company priced up the bout, and listed a "To Win" market for the contest, which is a really intriguing match up pitting Ioka's experience against Palicte's size and physical power.
The betting company have priced Ioka as the favourite, with odds of 2/5 on the Japanese fighter to win, and become the first Japanese man to become a 4 weight world champion. They are pretty interesting odds, though we feel they are short given how much of a size disadvantage he's at and with questions about how his power will hold up against a big, strong Super Flyweight.
Palicte, the under-dog, is priced at 2/1 to win, and to win a world title in his second shot following his draw with Donnie Nietes last year. He is, rightfully, the under-dog, but for us he's the value bet and he has looked confident and sharp since arriving in Japan last week.
The draw is a very 18/1, showing just how competitive the betting company see the bout.
Sadly we've yet to see other bookies price the bout up, though it's assumed others will, and potentially with more markets, with the method of victory market for this one being something we'd love to see.
Related - Ioka and Palicte vie for vacant WBO crown!
Tomorrow is a big day for Japanese fight fans, with a triple header in Chiba. Among the bouts on that card is the first defense of the WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight titles by unbeaten champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人], who takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon.
Interestingly, as we write this, one UK betting company have priced the bout up, and despite both men being unbeaten they have priced it up as a total mismatch., and sadly have only priced up the "To Win" market.
The unbeaten Japanese fighter, who is now a 2-weight world champion, has been priced as a 1/50 favourite, making him totally unbackable coming in to the fight. Despite the champion being unbackable the challenger is only a 10/1 under-dog, a price that is pretty unattractive given the low price for the champion. The draw on the other hand is 28/1.
Sadly with no other markets available, other than the "To Win" market, there really is no value, at all, in this bout for UK gamblers.
Related - Kyoguchi takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek
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