An important part of the Japanese boxing calendar is the Champion Carnival, which takes place in the first half of the year. The fighters who compete in the Champion Carnival are the national champions and the leading domestic contenders.
In August we a number of bouts to decide the top contenders being announced, with 6 such bouts being set for October 12, on a stacked card at the Korakuen Hall.
For those missed that report those bouts on October 12th will be:
Light Flyweight - Kenichi Horikawa (37-15-1, 11) [堀川 謙一] Vs Koji Itagaki (18-12-3, 7) [板垣幸司]
The Super Flyweight - Yuta Matsuo (14-3-1, 7) [松尾雄太] Vs Rey Orais (20-17-2, 5)
Super Bantamweight - Mugicha Nakagawa (23-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] Vs Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也].
Super Featherweight - Ken Osato (14-2-1, 4) [大里拳] Vs Satoru Sugita (14-5-1, 9) [杉田聖]
Light Welterweight - Koki Inoue (11-0, 10) [浩樹井上] Vs Marcus Smith (5-0-1, 5)
Light Middleweight Koshinmaru Saito (24-9-2, 13) [斉藤伸介] vs Hironobu Matsunaga (13-1, 7) [松永 宏信]
As well as the October 12th card we also, recently, saw the confirmation that the Flyweight bout would see Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] battle against Shun Kosaka (15-4, 4) [小坂駿], which that bout now set for October 6th as part of notable Japanese domestic card which is set to be televised on G+.
Today saw the rest of the bouts being announced.
On October 21st we'll have two of them take place in Fukuoka. One of those is the Minimumweight bout, which will see Takumi Sakae (19-2-1, 13) [榮拓海] take on Norihito Tanaka (16-7, 9) [田中教仁], in what could end up being one of the surprise contests from these eliminator style contests. On the same card will be the Welterweight clash between Yuki Beppu (18-0-1, 18) [別府優樹] and Yuki Nagano (14-2, 11) [永野祐樹], in what we are expecting to be a very explosive and exciting encounter between two fighters with very solid power at this level.
A week later, October 28th, we'll get the Lightweight bout, which will see Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] face off with Tatsuya Yanagi (15-5-1, 6) [柳達也]. This bout will take place in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture, which should favour Sumiyoshi but given the styles of the two men this has the potential to be very exciting.
On November 7th we'll get the Middleweight bout as former champion Hikaru Nishida (17-9-1, 8) [西田光] takes on Shuji Kato (9-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], with this bout taking place at the Korakuen Hall.
The only bout with out a set date so far is the Bantamweight bout. Despite no set date we do know that Hayato Kimura (27-10, 18) [木村隼人] facing off with Seizo Kono (19-10-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what is a bit of an under-whelming contest given some of the Japanese domestic talent in the division. This bout is expected to have it's date and venue announced in the coming weeks.
Last month we reported that Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介] would be facing off with former world title challenger Suguru Muranaka (26-3-1, 8) [村中 優] for the vacant Japanese Bantamweight title in April. Ysterday saw alot more details about that bout being revealed, and we now know that it will be part of a very interesting triple header.
It was revealed that the bout would take place on April 12th, at the Korakuen Hall and would be joined by two WBO Asia Pacific title bouts.
One of those regional title contests will see Richard Pumicpic (20-8-2, 6) defending the Featherweight title against Yoshimitsu Kimura (9-0, 6) [木村吉光], with Kimura taking a massive step up in class to face "The Beast". Although the bout is likely made to be a coming out fight for Kimura the reality is that Pumicpic is a total nightmare for anyone.
The third title bout will see former world title challenger Keita Obara (19-2-1, 17) [小原 佳太] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title for the second titme. At the moment Obara's opponent hasn't been named, but the bout is expected to help Obara move towards his second world title fight, potentially later this year.
The show is being held under the "Diamond Glove" banner, so should have some delayed television coverage on Fuji TV.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Kaikyo Messe saw the latest of the Kanmon Japan shows, headlined by an excellent match up between the battle hardened Accel Sumiyoshi (9-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] and the previously unbeaten Naotoshi Nakatani (10-1, 6) [中谷 有利].
The bout looked a cracking one on paper and it proved to be an interesting one in the ring.
To begin with Nakatani showed his boxing ability and looked to control the tempo of the bout behind his jab. It was a tactic that saw him have plenty of success early but in round 3 Sumiyoshi began to get closer, upping his pressure and begin to have more frequent moments. That success of Sumiyoshi grew again in round 4 when the two traded blows in a thrilling moment for the fans. Although Nakatani landed the better shots from the exchange it seemed to show that Sumiyoshi had the chin take the best his foe could throw.
In round Sumiyoshi finally landed a bomb, a thunderbolt of a left hook right on to the chin of Nakatani. Nakatani ended up face planting the canvas in a dramatic knockdown, but remarkably recovered to his feet looking to fight on. Sadly for the youngster it wasn't to be as Sumiyoshi raced in and unloaded forcing the referee's hand, as he saved Nakatani.
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Earlier today fight fans in Yamaguchi had the chance to see an intriguing card at the Kaikyo Messe.
The main event of the card saw former OPBF Lightweight title challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (8-4-2, 2) [アクセル住吉] battle against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-6-1, 6) [中川 祐輔] in a contest between two men who were Japanese ranked contenders at the start of the day.
On paper the bout didn't scream "immediate classic" but fans who follow the Japanese scene in detail will have known that both men are better than their records suggest and both were going to give their all here. With that in mind there was little surprise when the two men enggaged in a brilliantly competitive bout.
From the opening moments the bout was competitive with a wonderful back and forth swing that culminated in an all out war in the 8th and final round, as both men knew how important winning that round was to the over-all result.
In the end there was very little to separate the two men and that was shown on the score cards that read 77-76, twice, and 77-75 all in favour of Sumiyoshi. Whilst there was some that felt Nakagawa deserved the decision there won't be many who will argue too strongly about the result in what was a razor thin contest that deserves a rematch in 2017.
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Earlier today Kanmon Japan Promotions announce their next show, set for December 4th at the Kaikyo Messe in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. The card isn't a massive one, but does feature two really intriguing headline bouts which are worthy of some attention.
The main event, according to today's news, will see Accel Sumiyoshi (7-4-2, 2) [アクセル住吉] battle against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-5-1, 6) [中川 祐輔] in what should be a really fun bout.
For Sumiyoshi the bout sees him looking for a third win of the year and continues his rebuilding after a 0-2-1 run between April 2014 and April 2015, which included a loss in an OPBF Lightweight title fight against Masayoshi Nakatani. For Nakagawa the bout sees him fighting for the first time since he was stopped in August by Daiki Kaneko, and he'll be looking to avoid a third loss in 5 bouts. Coming in to this both fighters are JBC ranked, with Nakagawa ranked #2 at Super Featherweight and Sumiyoshi ranked #7 at Lightweight, and Sumiyoshi also holds an OPBF #2 ranking, which Nakagawa will be hoping to claim if he can claim the win here.
The other co-feature bout will see OPBF ranked fighters colliding as Burning Ishii (7-3-1, 2) [バーニング石井] faces Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (11-1, 5) [テイル渥美], who was of course pulled from a Korean card at the end of the month, likely being offered this fight instead.
The hard matched Ishii will be looking to bounce back from a loss in June to the wonderfully promising Kosuke Saka, who stopped Ishii in 7 rounds, and a win could open up doors for a potential title fight in 2017. For Atsumi the bout will see him looking to extend several runs, including a 5 fight winning run dating back more than 2 years, and a 3-fight Japanese stoppage run, which has already included wins over Sho Nakazawa and Dennis Tubieron.
Also confirmed for this show are Jump Ikeo (5-4-2, 3) [ジャンプ池尾] and Fever Maki (8-4-1, 2) [フィーバー真木], though neither fighter has yet had his opponent announced.
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