This past weekend we saw 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1) [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] make his professional debut, stopping Mexican teenager Jesus Cervantes Villanueva (9-8, 5) in 2 rounds. Following that win Dusmatov spoke to members of the Uzbek press, and revealed his plans going forward.
The immediate plan for Dusmatov is to head back to Uzbekistan until the new year before returning to the US, to fight in either January or February.
The longer term plan is to then begin a pursuit of WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7), who he hopes to fight in his 3rd or 4th bout.
According to Olamsport, who he had the interview with, the hope is to land that world title fight before the end of 2020, which if it's only going to be in his 3rd or 4th fight shouldn't be an issue. It should be even less of an issue given that his management have reportedly already reached out with the Thai's team.
With his amateur credentials and ambition it's hard to not be excited about Dusmatov, and fingers crossed he can race away to a world title, though there will be real competition for a shot at Knockout given their are a number of fast tracked young fighters who will all be jostling for a title fight in 2020.
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Earlier this month we reported that WBO female Light Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (26-12-1, 15) [天海 ツナミ] would be defending her title in December against a then un-named opponent. At the time we had the when, December 16th, and the where, Kagoshima, but not the who.
Today that changed with sources informing us that Tsunami's opponent for the bout would be 2-time world title challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (12-1-1, 5) from the Philippines.
The 35 year old Pagaduan has twice failed in world title challenges in Japan, losing widely to the then WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama in 2014 and suffering a technical draw against Kumiko Seeser Ikehara in a WBO female Minimumweight title bout in 2015. Those two set backs aside she's 12-0 though has been picking up wins against mostly abject opposition.
Although her competition hasn't been great Pagaduan does enter this bout unbeaten in 7, and riding a 5 fight winning run, which has included wins over domestic foes Aisah Alico and Charimae Salvador.
For Tsunami this will be her second defense of the title, as she looks to build on a July 2018 win over Gretchen Abaniel. The Japanese veteran was last seen in the ring fighting to a split decision draw in a 10 round thriller against Naoko Fujioka this past July in a bout for Fujioka's WBO female Flyweight title, though will be moving back down in weight for this bout at 108lbs.
As well as the world title fight the show will also see 30 year old Japanese stalwart Naoya Haruguchi (15-11, 6) [春口直也] take on Thai foe Sanchai Yotboon (6-3, 6) and 2018 Rookie of the Year Sora Takeda (5-1, 1) [竹田宙] will be up against unbeaten Thai teenager Phanuwit Siriwong (7-0, 6)
Earlier today in Tokyo fight fans saw talented Japanese fighter Ryusei Kawaura (7-0, 4) [川浦 龍生] score his latest win, as he defeated Filipino foe Joy Joy Formentera (11-4, 7) with an 8 round decision at Korakuen Hall
Kawaura, a protege of former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, is incredibly well regarded in Japan though has been lacking in terms of activity, despite every fight being a step forward for the talented "Untouchable II", and today was another step forward.
The unbeaten Japanese fighter was pushed hard at times here in what was a really good technical battle and a fantastic test, as both men tried ti counter each other counters in a high skilled battle.
Formentera had come to win, and not just make up the numbers. He showed off quick hands and nice skills, having real moments of success, but he was often just coming off second best, despite drawing blood from Kawaura.
Formentera's success saw each of the judges find something to give him, but it wasn't close to enough, with the scores all reading 79-73 to Kawaura, who now looks likely to fight for a Japanese title in 2020. As for Formentera this loss is a set back, but one that he can take a lot of positives from and he has shown his ability against a top prospect.
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Back in October we saw Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] score his biggest win to date, as he stopped former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-5, 13). Today Nakatani was honoured for what he's done in sport, at a local event in Kanagawa.
The fighter won the Sagamihara City Culture and Sports Award.
The fighter, from the MT Gym, has had a stellar year this year. He has not only scored the huge win over Melindo, but also won the Japanese Flyweight title and became the WBA #1 ranked Flyweight.
At the event today he was awarded a commendation letter from the local mayor who congratulated the 21 year for his promotion of sport in the city. That promotion looks likely to continue in the new year with Nakatani likely to fight for a world title in 2020.
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Earlier this year we saw Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12) [田口良一] lose in a WBO Flyweight world title bout against the excellent Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]. After that bout it was unclear what Taguchi was going to do next, thought it seemed obvious that a rest was needed before any decision was made.
Today Taguchi finally announced what he was going to do, holding a press conference with promoter Hitoshi Watanabe, and he has chosen to retire from the sport. With the Tanaka bout, back in March, being his final contest.
Taguchi made his decision just 2 months after the loss to Tanaka, and explained that “I felt like I couldn’t raise my motivation as before, and I thought I d done boxing. I don’t think I should be in the ring if I don’t have the mental skills." [Translated]
As well as explaining his reason for retiring Taguchi also spoke about his career “At first, I thought there was too little stamina and it was difficult to go up to Class A, but it was a strange feeling that I was able to fight at the world level.” “I wanted to be a world champion, but I never dreamed of defending it seven times and becoming a unified champion. It was too good,” [Tranlated]
Taguchi has been working as a trainer at a friends gym recently, and despite previously stating that he wanted to open a restaurant after retiring he has now stated that he's wanting to open a gym instead, too share his experienced and knowledge of boxing. Though he did add that he would still like to open a restaurant one day.
At today's event Taguchi spoke about his contest with Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥], a bout that saw him losing the Japanese Light Flyweight title and his very high world ranking at the time. He explained “It was a match where I lost everything I had, but I think I was able to become a world champion because of that game. After that, I came to think that “I won't fight anyone stronger than Inoue, so I was able to relax. I was really happy to be able to fight without running away.” [Translated]
Taguchi's retirement ceremony will take place on December 10th at "Guts Fighting & DANGAN231" at the Korakuen.
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