Late yesterday we reported that Japanese sources had began to report that a deal was in place for Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] to fight IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22) on New Year's Eve. That bout was confirmed several hours later by Oguni's promoter Kadoebi, who have released a poster for the bout and stated that it is signed and sealed.
Interestingly whilst the bout is made there is strangely still a lack concrete details in regards to the contest with the promoter themselves admitting that they don't know where the bout will take place, though the expectation is either Tokyo on a Watanabe promotion to be televised on TV Tokyo, or Osaka, on an Ioka card televised by TBS. There is however a chance they will run it by themselves, or even sell it to another TV company all together, which would really make the end of the year a bit too crazy.
The poster released by Kadoebi shows the two fighters, with Kadoebi posing with his Japanese and OPBF belts, and features the date of the bout along with the fighters names in front of an ominous looking background, a background that perhaps sums up the fear that Guzman brings to the ring.
Although a poster for the bout has been released the general feeling is that the show it's self will have a different poster, and that this effort will be forgotten come December, with even Kadoebi likely to forget about it. Saying that we rather like it, though it does perhaps lack in the fact that it doesn't feature Guzman's IBF title, which is the belt the two men will actually be fighting for at the end of the year, a big over-sight if you ask us.
Yukinori Oguni Vs Jonathan Guzman set for December 31st?
Whilst Japanese and Thai results are typically easy to get a hold of, in fact many times we can get those results almost as they happen the same sadly can't be said of bouts in the Philippines with results sometimes going days without being reported.
Thankfully today we were sent some the results from a notable show at the Strike Coliseum in Bacoor.
That show saw a new OPBF "silver" Flyweight champion being crowned, as former world title challenger Richard Claveras (16-2-2, 13) took a decision victory over the previously unbeaten Jeronil Borres (7-1-1, 5) to claim the crown. Details on the specifics were scarce though we have been informed that the bout was a "great fight" and Borres didn't embarrass himself in a good effort. In credit to Borres he was taking a huge step up in class against a big puncher and to see out the bell certainly doesn't hard the youngsters prospects,in fact if anything he is likely coming out of this loss with a new found belief.
Sadly we have been informed that no new OPBF "silver" Super Flyweight was crowned as the bout between Ardin Diale (31-10-4, 15) and Ryan Lumacad (11-0-2, 6) ended in a draw. Again details have been limited, though we understand that it was 4th round technical draw.
Another notable fighter on this card was 2012 Olympian and former amateur star Mark Anthony Barriga (2-0) who took a unanimous decision win over Powell Balaba (8-20-1, 5) to extend his perfect start. From what we understand this was an 8 rounder, though again a lack of details is a problem here in getting correct information, and shows that Barriga has the stamina to do that type of distance going forward.
One other bout on this card featuring a promising novice saw 19 year old Naoto Iwai (2-0, 1) [岩井尚斗] defeat Juan Purisima (11-10-1, 4). Whilst this wasn't huge news or anything it is worth noting that Iwai is a stablemate of Hinata Maruta and is likely to be moved quickly in the coming years.
Earlier this year we saw China's exciting, but limited, Qiu Xiao Jun (21-3, 10) [裘晓君] fight in his first wold title bout, losing by stoppage to Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno. Today the "Dragon" returned to the ring, for his first bout since that loss, and looked like a much improved fighter as he dismantled over-matched Filipino Robert Udtohan (23-2-3, 15) in the main event event of a card in Thailand.
From the opening round Jun looked hungry to prove himself and never looked like a fighter doubting himself. He quickly established his dominance in the contest, backing Udtohan up at will and in round 3 found a home for his right hand, landing it so frequently that it seemed obvious the end was neigh.
After a barrage of shots Udtohan eventually went down and failed to recover giving Jun a straight forward 3rd round win, and one that will clearly boost his confidence following the loss to Cermeno.
Incidentally Jun's bout actually played live on Chinese TV and was above the card despite the fact that Jun's conqueror Nehomar Cermeno (25-5-1-1, 15) defended the WBA Super Bantamweight title on the same show, stopping Nop Kratingdaenggym (17-1, 5) [ณพ ฐิติพงศกร] in 3 rounds.
On the same show we saw 3 other bouts, all streamed online. One of these saw Can Xu (10-2) [徐灿] score a decision win over the very spirited Ramiro Blanco (14-1-3, 7), with Blanco pushing the action through out but never hitting with the force needed to hurt Xu, who retained his WBA International Super Featherweight title. Despite failing to make weight Blanco showed great stamina and he would make for an interesting opponent for other prospects in and around the Lightweight division.
Another saw Zhilei Zhang (12-0, 8) stop the hilarious bad Georgian Gogita Gorgiladze (32-14, 27) in about 70 seconds. The Georgian, who suffered a 7th stoppage loss, was down in the first 30 seconds or so and never looked comfortable afterwards with "Big Bang" hardly breaking sweat. It should be noted that the visitor is a natural Cruiserweight and was giving away close to 40lbs at the weigh in and it does leave us wondering if that was supposed to be merely a showcase for Zhang.
A much more interesting China Vs Georgia bout saw Fanlong Meng (9-0, 6) getting the rub of the green to over-come the very hungry Zura Mekereshvili (18-6, 14). Meng was down in the opening round and again in round 4 as Mekereshvili put him under immense pressure from the opening moments to the final bell. The Chinese fighter, who was 1' taller than his opponent, could never establish distance and had to put up with the Georgian forcing him back through out. Had this been outside of China we genuinely think Meng would have suffered his first defeat.
In some countries strict rules apply on the ages of professional fighters, of course other countries have a more lax approach to things with Thailand being notoriously light on the rules and regulations. As a result of Thailand being the "wild west" of boxing we've seen numerous young fighters head out there to begin their career.
One such fight is 15 year old Kazusa Arai (2-0, 2) who debuted this past April with a second round TKO win.
Arai return to the ring earlier today on a Thai under-card and continued his perfect start with an opening round stoppage over a very poor opponent who turned his back on the youngster.
Prior to the stoppage Arai was tagged himself by a counter right hand but quickly recovered and forced his Thai foe on to the retreat with the stoppage coming soon afterwards.
We admit the bout wasn't anything special but it does appear that Aria has potential and given his age he may well become the next fighter to challenge Hiroki Ioka's long standing Japanese record.
(Video courtesy of Nyoma Kyoko's twitter Image courtesy of ryuuji0807)
Earlier this week we reported that the JBC had ordered a Japanese Middleweight "interim" title fight between Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 13) [淵上 誠] and Tomohiro Ebisu (16-4, 16) [胡 朋宏], due to the recent injury suffered by Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光].
Today we were informed that that interim title bout will take place on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and will take place at the Korkuen Hall, with those details being confirmed by Fuchigami's promoter and Nakaya Hachioji.
Sadly details regarding who, if anyone, is showing the bout haven't been revealed but it's an interesting way to celebrate Christmas eve if you're a fight fan in Japan.
Tomohiro Ebisu to fight Makoto Fuchigami for interim title
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