Today fans in Incheon saw the 6 semi-finals in the female boxing with the bouts taking place at 51KG, 60KG and 75KG.
51kg Chungneijang Marykom IND (3:0) Le Thi Bang VIE
51kg Jaina Shekerbekova KZK (3:0) Nandintsetse Myagmardulam MGL
In the 51KG division we've seen Vietnam and Mongolia pick up Bronze medals whilst Indian superstar Marykom will be fighting for gold against Kazakhstan's Shekerbekova.
60kg Park Ji-Na KOR (3:0) Sarita Devi Laishram IND
60kg Yin Junhua CHN (3:0) Luu Thi Duyen VIE
At 60KG we've again seen Vietnam pick up a bronze along with India with Laishram unable to equal the feat of Marykom. The final will be between South Korea and China in what could be a very, very good bout.
75kg Jang Un-Hui PRK (3:0) Marina Volnova KZK
75kg Li Qian CHN (2:0) Pooja Rani IND
In the 75KG division we will a Chinese fighter fighting a North Korea fighter in the final whilst Kazakhstan and India picked up the bronze medals.
(Results courtesy of http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl)
Earlier today saw the next set of bouts in the 2014 Asian Games. These included 5 sets of quarter final bouts in the men's boxing.
The quarter finals were in the 49KG, 56KG, 75KG, 91KG and unlimited weight class divisions. These results are listed below:
49kg Birzhan Zhakipov KZK (3:0) Fuad Mohd Redzuan MLZ
49kg Turat Osmonov KIR (3:0) Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene MGL
49kg Shin Jong-Hun KOR (3:0) Laishram Devender Singh IND
49kg Mark Anthony Barriga PHI (2:1) Khasanbay Dusmatov UZB
These results assured Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea and the Philippines of medals. In theory we could end up with a repeat of the 2010 bout between Zhakipov and Hun in the final which would certainly sit well with Hun who would likely love a chance avenge that defeat.
56kg Kairat Eraliyev KZK (3:0) Mohamed Abdelaziz al-Wadi JRD 3:0
56kg Han Sang-Myeong KOR (3:0) Tugstsogt Nyambayar MGL 3:0
56kg Zhang Jiawei CHN (2:1) Omurbek Malabekov KIR 2:1
56kg Mario Fernandez PHI (3:0) Shiva Thapa IND 3:0
As with the 49KG division we again see a Kazakh, a Filipino and a South Korean assured of a medal with a Chinese fighter also in on the podium positions.
64kg Wuttichai Masuk THA (2:1) Dostonbek Turdyev UZB
64kg Aziz Bebitov TRK (3:0) Sahm Qarrar Khadim el-Ezirej IRQ
64kg Lim Hyun-Chul KOR (3:0) Ermek Sakenov KIR
64kg Masatsugu Kawachi JPN (2:1) Battarsukh Chinzorig MGL
Chul made it 3 from 3 for South Korea whilst fighters from Thailand, Japan and Turkmenistan all joined the South Korean fight in the semi finals.
75kg Vikas Krishan IND (3:0) Hurshid Normatov UZB
75kg Zhanibek Alimkhanuly KZK (3:0) Sajad Mehrabi IRN
75kg Odai Alhindawi JRD (3:0) Zhou Di CHN
75kg Wilfredo Lopez PHI (TKO1 -Injury) Narmandakh Shinebayar MGL
Instead star Krishan guaranteed India with another medal whilst Alimkhanuly became the third Kazakh qualifier for the day, Lopez was the third Filipino for the day to reach the semi finals whilst Jordan also have a semi finalist...
91kg Ali Mazaheri IRN (3:0) Daivii Otgonbayar MGL
91kg Ihab Almatbouli JRD (2:1) Dzhakhon Kurbanov TDK
91kg Anton Pinchuk KZK (3:0) Rustam Tulaganov UZB
91kg Park Nam-Hyeong KOR (3:0) Sanaullah PAK
...in fact Jordan have 2 fighters who have moved to the medal stages today whilst Kazakhstan and the Korea notched up their 4th. Iranian Mazaheri became his country's first qualifier of the day
+91kg Satish Kumar IND (2:1) Hussein Eshaish Iashaish JRD 2:1
+91kg Ivan Dychko KZK (KO1) Batmunkh Enkhbayar MGL KO 1
+91kg Mirzokhid Abdullayev UZB (3:0) Mohammad Ghosoun SYR 3:0
+91kg Jassem Delavary IRN (2:1) Kim Do-Hyeon KOR 2:1
India got their second qualifier of the day as did Iran whilst Uzbekistan had their only qualifier of the day, in fact Uzbekistan had a night mare in the quarter finals for the day going 1-4. The much fancied Ivan Dychko got through as many suspected he would.
(All results from http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl)
Earlier today Kadoebi announced that the Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight between Yukinori Oguni (13-1, 4) and Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-7, 7) will take place on December 6th giving fans a third notable bout on the already very interesting Korakuen Hall show.
The first bout announced for show was the rubber bout between Nihito Arakawa (25-4-1, 16) and Yoshitaka Kato (28-5-1, 9). This 10 round bout scheduled for a little over the Lightweight limit seemed to be a great bout for any domestic card. Soon afterwards the Arakawa/Kato bout was joined by a contest between OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9) and former champion Makoto Fuchigami (21-9, 12). Again this bout looked sensational and in terms of it's importance both in Japan and Asia it's a major bout and may well set the stage for Ryota Murata's final Japanese bout, if he fights at home in 2015.
As for the Ishimoto/Oguni bout, the men will be competing for a title which became vacant yesterday when Hidenori Otake vacated the belt to focus on a world title bout. On paper it's another great bout and one that will certainly push the winner towards a more significant contest in 2015. That's despite the fact that both men have been shown to be well below world level, at least at the moment. Oguni is probably best known as a former OPBF champion who upset Roli Gasca before losing his own belt, via stoppage, to the excellent Shingo Wake. As for Ishimoto he's best known for upsetting Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and the losing in an IBF world title eliminator to Chris Avalos.
The fans who can make it to the Korakuen Hall for December 6th are now clearly in for a treat whilst those who have access to NTV G+ can also view what looks to be one of the best domestic cards of the year. Well done to all the fighters involved as well as Hachioji Nakaya for putting the show together, it's just a shame that so few shows are this good on paper.
Just moments ago Teiken announced a world title double header for November 22nd and in all honesty the card, although not fully announced, should get every boxing fan excited.
The main contest for the card was announced as a WBC Super Featherweight title fight between current world champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20) and Mexico's highly ranked Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19). The bout, which looks likely to be an explosive encounter between two heavy handed fighters, will be Miura's first since the very end of last year and will also mark his third defense of the WBC title. Interestingly Puerta will be Miura's 4th successive Mexican opponent following impressive victories over Gamaliel Diaz, Sergio Thompson and Dante Jardon, all last year.
Puerta will enter the bout as the WBC's #1 ranked contender and although many fans may disagree with the ranking Puerta is a dangerous fighter and is riding an impressive winning streak of 12 wins, with 9 of those coming inside the distance.
The other world title bout wasn't fully announced though Teiken did say that WBC Flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (40-0, 34) would be defending his title for the first time since he claimed it from Akira Yaegashi in early September. At the moment Gonzalez's opponent hasn't been officially named and it was first suggested that he would be fighting Luis Concepcion. Now it appears likely, though still only rumoured, that he will be fighting Filipino veteran Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20) who last fought in a losing IBF title effort to Amnat Ruenroeng.
As well as the two world title bouts we were also informed that Ryo Akaho (24-1-2, 16) will feature in a 10 round bout in the Super Flyweight division. As with Roman Gonzalez we've not yet been informed of Akaho's opponent.
For fans wanting to watch this we've been informed that the show will be televised on one of the WOWOW channels. The broadcast will be free to air in Japan though international fans may find viewing the fights difficult unless a Mexican broadcaster, or the WBC themselves, decides to air the show. As for the venue the show will be held in Yokohama though we've not had specifics of the actual venue as of yet.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Over this past weekend Ohashi Gym published the poster for their upcoming show at the end of October. The show, "Phoenix Battle 52" is one we've been excited about the moment we knew of it's main event, in fact it's a show that excited us the very second we stumbled on Ryuji Hara's blog post about the main bout.
The exciting main event will see aforementioned Hara (18-0, 10) defending his OPBF Minimumweight title against compatriot, and super prospect, Kosei Tanaka (3-0, 1). The risk for both is huge with Tanaka obviously taking a huge step up in class from his previous 3 bouts whilst Hara is risking his belt and world rankings, with all 4 organisations. It is one of those rare bouts that combines danger from both men with real electricity and excitement from the hardcore boxing community, and of course Japanese fans who know how good of a match up this is with out us needing to say a word.
Since turning professional late last year Tanaka has always been on the fast track and his manager, Kiyoshi Hatanaka, seemed to suggest that Tanaka could get a world title as quicker than Naoaya Inoue. As we all know Inoue took 6 fights to win a world crown, stopping Adrian Hernandez for the WBC Light Flyweight title, and if Tanaka beats Hara, incidentally a stable mate of Inoue, then it would the rising teenage could well be able to win a world crown in fight #5 a very impressive feat.
Hara himself will of course have something to say about Tanaka's rise to the top. Afterall Hara has worled extremely hard to get where he is in the sport winning both the Japanese and OPBF titles en route to claiming his world rankings. A loss here for Hara would be a huge set back given that he has already been a professional for 4 years.
For fans who want to see prospects tested this bout should be right down your alley and has the potential to really help make a star and to finish October in sensational fashion.
For those wondering our preview of this bout will be up about a week before the bout, which is now just a month away. Between now and then however we have a lot to be looking forward to as the sport seems to really go into over-drive during an incredible October!
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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