Earlier today we saw the main bouts for February Dynamic Glove card being released, one of which is a bout for the vacant Japanese Flyweight, between #1 ranked Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and #6 ranked Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹].
The unbeaten Nakatani earned his shot at the Japanese title when he beat former OPBF title challenger OPBF title challenger Shun Kosaka [小坂駿] back in October. At that time the reigning champion was Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], though Kuroda has recently vacated the title to pursue an IBF title fight in the new year, and will not be competing at the Champion Carnival, where Nakatani will fight for the belt.
So far Nakatani has won the Rookie of the Year, the Japanese Youth title and broken into the world rankings in what has been a very impressive and exciting climb up the rankings.
Mochizuki has gotten this shot somewhat down to circumstances as opposed to merit. Recently the #2 ranked Katsunori Nagamine (15-2-1, 11) [長嶺克則] announced his retirement and the others in the top 5 , including Kosaka, are either unavailable or not wanting to fight Nakatani for the belt with such a short notice period. This leaves Mochizuki as the top willing contender. Coming into this the 24 year old from the Yokohama Hikari gym has had a string of tough fights, including a barn burn in October with Seiya Fujikita, and holds notable career wins over Fujikita as well Yusuke Sakashita.
Despite not being the top contender Mochizuki has proven to be tough, going 12 hard rounds with Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking, aka Komgrich Nantapech, last year in an IBF Pan Pacific title fight.
The bout is set to be the chief support bout on the card, below Kenichi Ogawa's (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] bout with Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6), which will be Ogawa's first bout since failing a drug's test in December 2017.
The bout will take place on February 2nd at the Korakuen Hall and will be broadcast by G+, with a live broadcast currently being expected.
On December 12th Japan's Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] finished his 1 year suspension from the JBC for failing a drug's test in December 2017, following his IBF title bout with Tevin Farmer. He made it clear that he would be returning to the ring when that suspension was served, but it wasn't unclear on when he would be back in action.
Today things have been made clear, with Ogawa being announced as the headliner for February's Dynamic glove card, being held on February 2nd at the Korakuen Hall.
Ogawa's return will be taking place at 132lbs and will see the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion battle against 24 year old Filipino southpaw Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6), who won the GAB Lightweight title this past February.
The Filipino is coming into this bout on the back of successive losses, coming up short to Shawn Oda and Xiangxiang Sun, but proved his toughness in both of those bouts by not only going the distance but also pushing both men in competitive bouts. Ogawa on the other hand is coming into the fight having not fought since the Farmer bout, and hasn't fought in Japan since July 2017, when he defended the Japanese title against Hirotsugu Yamamoto.
The bout will be shown on G+, along with the whole card which is currently expected to be broadcast live.
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Earlier today several Thai sources reported that talks were on going for a Super Flyweight unification bout between WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, and IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2, 20), with a March date being eyed for the bout.
According to the reports their are multiple parties involved in the negotiations, meaning that the talks are more complex than usual, but both fighters are wanting the bout.
The sources are reporting that Srisaket will begin preparing for a March bout in January. Ancajas is his preferred option, but if that's not able to be sorted then he will look else where for the best deal he can get.
It should be noted that both champions do have mandatory defenses looming, with Srisaket to face Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26) in a WBC mandatory title fight and Ancajas to face Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22) [船井 龍一] in a mandatory. The unification bout would take precedence over mandatory fights, but will need to be sorted.
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Today we were informed that we would be seeing the rematch between Singaporean hopeful Muhamad "The Chosen Wan" Ridhwan (11-1, 8) and former WBO Bantamweight world champion Paulus "The Rock" Ambunda (27-2, 11) on March 29th!
The two men fought this past September, with Ambunda giving Ridhwan his first defeat, via split decision in a bout that really should have been a clear decision to the Namibian veteran.
With the loss serving as a learning experience Ridhwan will be seeking revenge and a chance to claim the World Boxing Council silver Featherweight title, which will be up for grabs here.
The card will feature a number of other notable Asian fighters, with the most attractive bout on the show being an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8).
For those who missed the first Ridhwan Vs Ambunda bout we've include the official video from Ringstar below.
This past Sunday the KBA put on a low key card in Gimhae. Although the card was low key it did feature two WBF title fights, which in fairness are regarded about as highly as the KBA at the moment.
The first of those bouts saw Seung Ho Lee (5-0, 5) [이승호] claim the WBF Asia Pacific Welterweight title with a 2nd round KO of Thai visitor Girapan Boonpeng (4-2, 4). Sadly specific details are scarce, though our understanding is that the Thai was dropped in the first round being being stopped.
It should be noted that the records both men are credited with by the KBA are a lot different to the Boxrec ones, with Lee now being listed as 5-2 and Girapan being 13-14-1.
The second title fight saw Hee Jung Yuh (21-3, 11) [유희정] score a 5th round win over Thai visitor Saowaluk Nareepangsri (7-15, 1) to retain the WBF International female Super Flyweight title, with these records matching up to those given by the KBA. Prior to the stoppage the scores 40-36, twice, and 40-37, all in favour of Yuh who is now 6-0 (4) since losing to Naoko Fujioka in October 2015.
Given the quality of the Thai opponents it sort of sums up the level of a WBF title fight, and how disappointing the KBA match making is at the moment, though there it does seem like the KBF and BoxingM are taking things in right direction and hopefully pressure will force the KBA to pick up it's quality from these sorts of shows.
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