Back in September we revealed that Japanese Welterweight Yuki Beppu (20-1-1, 19) [別府優樹] was going to be back in the ring on December 8th, to fight for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title against former Japanese national champion Ryota Yada (19-5, 16) [矢田良太].
Today that bout was officially announced, along with 2 other title bouts, as Green Tsuda confirmed a December card under their "Crash Boxing" banner at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The card, "Crash Boxing vol 19", will be headlined by a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, as Takayuki Okumoto (23-8-4, 11) [奥本貴之] defends his belt for the 4th time, and takes on former champion Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川 健太], in an all southpaw bout.
For Okumoto the bout will see him looking to build on an excellent win over Dynamic Kenji earlier this year, and go into 2020 as the champion ahead of the Champion Carnival.
The Beppu Vs Yada bout will be the main support bout, and pits two wonderfully nicknamed fighters against each other. Beppu is known as the "Kyushu Tyson", after the region he's from the knockout's he's scored, whilst Yada is the "Naniwa Terminator", also due to where he's from and his style.
The third title bout will see Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴] make his first defense of the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title. At the moment his opponent hasn't yet been named but will be in the coming weeks.
This show might not be a huge one, despite the three titles title bouts, but again it adds to what is becoming a very, very packed December for Japanese fight fans. They have started to see more and more cards being announced for the month, and there's now two set for the EDION Arena Osaka on December 8th. We're also expecting a huge announcement later this week as the month's scheduled continues to be put together.
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Over the last few days the Kyodo News revealed that there is set to be changes in the safety procedure of boxing at the Higashi-Fukuoka High School following some rather incidents involving the boxing club.
According to the reports from Kyodo News a "high level member" has injured 4 students from June to September this year, giving at least student a broke nose and another some injured ribs.
The "high level member" is said to be one of the prefectures top prospects, though wasn't named in any of the reports we could find. Whilst those injured included at least one young boxer who had only been boxing for a few months.
Worst of all it appears there was an instructor at the club whilst this went on, showing little regarded to the younger trainees, with the director of the boxing team stating as much.
At the moment it appears new measures will come in to try and prevent novices from taking such damage to more experienced fighters in training.
Whilst there is nothing to suggest the young hopeful acted illegally, it does seem very much like the coach turned a blind eye to certain activity.
Earlier today an official press conference in Japan saw Hiroki Okada (19-1, 13) [岡田 博喜] have his next bout announced, and as previously reported, back in September, it will take place on November 2nd against Javier Molina (20-2, 8).
For Okada the bout will be his third in the US and follows his February thriller with Raymundo Beltran, a now forgotten bout but one of the hidden gems of 2019. The bout saw Okada loss, via stoppage, but put on a hell of a fight, rocking Beltran in what was a genuinely exciting back and forth bout.
For Molina, a 2008 Olympian, the bout will see him looking to build on momentum from 3 straight wins, including one over Abidel Ramirez back in March. He's a very technically and skilled fighter, but hasn't managed to live up to expectations of those who thought he'd make a mark at a much higher level following his amateur career.
This bout is one of the supporting bouts to a card that features Miguel Berchelt (36-1, 32) defending his WBC Super Featherweight title against Jason Sosa (23-3-4, 16) and an IBF Super Flyweight title bout between Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21) and Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (21-1, 15), and will be shown on ESPN+ in the US.
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Hanoi Vietnam Oct 14, 2019
Victory 8 – Legends of Hoan Kiem is to be held in the nation’s capitol of Hanoi on October 19. The event will put the spotlight on 12 of Vietnam’s best boxers, who will take on an outstanding group of “World team” fighters from Australia, Philippines, and Korea.
The main event will be a WBA sanctioned Asia East title at super middleweight featuring the country’s boxing “King” - Truong Dinh Hoang.
The Government run Vietnam Sports Administration (VSA) have been quoted as saying they want the Victory 8 boxing to be accessible to all sports and live entertainment fans, and it is anticipated that more than 20,000 people will attend the Legends of Hoan Kiem show. Ms Luu Huyen, a strategic director for Victory 8 endorsed those numbers. “This will be our biggest and best show yet! We are holding it in the most famous and historic part of Hanoi, and everyone is aware of the legends surrounding the sword and the turtle lake. We are honoured by the central government approving us to create history in such a special place, and we will get to show the people of Vietnam exactly how good their fighters are! We will also televise the matches live, and we expect that the free to air and live stream will get more than 10 million views. This will be an amazing event for Vietnam! ”
Victory 8 – Legends of Hoan Kiem will start at 5pm with the main card commencing at 7.30pm (Hanoi time – GMT +7)
How to view:
Vietnam: HTV (free to air) and Victory 8 facebook https://www.facebook.com/victory8boxing/
Philippines/Asia: Pow Cast Sports
World: Epicentre TV https://epicentre.tv/live-events/legends-of-hoan-kiem
The fight card for Victory 8 Legends of Hoan Kiem will see 12 Vietnamese National or potential champions look to repel what is an ominous line up of talented and power laden World team fighters from Australia, Philippines and South Korea.
The squad comprises: Charly Suarez(PH) Jenel Lausa(PH) Michael Pengue(Aust) Virgel Vitor(PH) Gyu Hyun Lee(SK) Billy Cliff(Aust) Claudevan Sese(PH) Jye Lane Taylor(Aust) Gretel De Paz(PH) Emmet Brown(Aust) and top class amateurs Jayden Buan(Aust) and Jasmeen Hudson(Aust)
Charly Suarez is a freak boxer and definitely the best yet seen in Vietnam. He was an Olympian and a stalwart of the Philippines National team before turning pro. He is fabled for his epic encounter with Vasyl Lomachenko (regarded by many as the world’s best boxer) – a fight that he accepted on five days notice while battling a severe arm injury. Charly Suarez is a highly regarded talent in his country, often training with the Philippines most famous export Manny Pacquiao. He has fought three times as a professional for three knockout victories.
Jenel Lausa the “Demolition Man” Jenel is a “beast” at the weight, and is super experienced in various fight forms. He is 10 for 10 as a pro, smashing his opponents senseless and recording 6 knockouts. Jenel has also competed in the UFC where his striking skills are sublime. He scored a massive win in Australia against Yao Zhikui in front of more than 20,000 people. Jenel Lausa is a power laden fighter that loves to land the right hand, and when he does, it’s lights out!
Mickey Pengue is a class boxer that came to Vietnam in November 2018 and showed his skills with a dominant win over the courageous Vo Hong Dat. He has had five wins as a professional – four of those ending in knockout. His most recent performance was undoubtedly his best – a dominant display ending in stoppage against the very strong Isaac Buckley. The win earned Mickey Pengue the Australasian title, and he ventures to Vietnam in October in top form.
Virgel “Valiente” Vitor is a powerhouse boxer from the island of Bohol in the Philippines. Virgel turned pro in 2014, and has been a wrecking ball since, winning 15 fights - 9 by way of knockout. He has scored heavy wins against a wide range of opponents which has developed him into a class boxer that knows how to land power shots. He is a front foot fighter who generally gets the better of heavy exchanges, and is quick to take a knockout opportunity if it presents.
Billy Cliff – its hard not to like everything about Billy Cliff! He comes to fight, box, bang, and entertain. This man is a great athlete who is rapidly improving as a boxer. An ex ice hockey champ, Billy has turned to boxing and is unbeaten as a pro with three wins – two by knockout. He is a tall and strong southpaw, and has been sparring with the likes of Mateo Tapia in preparation for this. Billy has a love for competition and will really come to life with the big Hanoi crowd.
Jye Lane Taylor is a top shelf Aussie who is unbeaten as a pro. Jye has had two Victory 8 encounters with National Champ Nguyen Van Hai in bouts that were too close to call. He is a super composed and classy fighter, who picks shots really well and can deliver power when needed. He has the ability to land lead right hands at will, and this spells danger for any southpaw opponent. Jye Lane Taylor is coming down in weight to 61kg for this event, and it looks as though this weight class will produce the most formidable version of this top young fighter.
Claudevan Sese is a decent level filipino who’s only pro losses have been to top class unbeaten opponents. Claudevan Sese has fast hands and good boxing skills that have seen him win 7 pro outings. He is an entertaining fighter but not renowned as a power puncher. There is no doubt he will put on a show for the big Hanoi crowd and the fighter known as Mr. Heart throb will win lots of fans – especially females!
Gyu Hyun Lee is a promising fighter who was narrowly beaten for the South Korean middleweight title earlier this year. He has had two professional wins in 2018 against useful opponents, and the move to super middleweight should suit and give him more firepower. Gyu Hyun Lee is more of a boxer than a puncher, who will try to catch and counter off the back foot and make angle. The task of him executing his style in this fight is in question. TDH is a master of cutting off the ring, and he brings so much pressure that Gyu Hyun Lee will need to stay composed and select his shots carefully. If not, TDH will KO him as he LOVES to counter his opponent’s counterpunch.
Emmet Brown is a super strong Aussie fighter with good endurance. Emmet fought at Victory 8 in March, where he lost narrowly to the talented Bui Phuoc Tung. Many thought Emmet was unlucky that night as he finished over the top of his tiring opponent. That was Emmet Brown’s first fight back in more than two years, so expect a much sharper version in Hanoi. He has really good ring craft, and he likes to mount physical and mental pressure on his opponents.
Gretel De Paz is a strong, come forward action fighter. She has a low centre of gravity, and her ability to work the body whilst marching forward makes her difficult to defy. Her hands are deceptively quick, and she lands shots well if able to achieve close range. She competed at Victory 8 in March against Nguyen Thi Tam, taking the fight at short notice. There is no doubt we will see a vastly improved version of Gretel De Paz come October 19.
Jayden Buan - incredible to think that Jayden Buan competed in his first Victory 8 at the age of 16! After winning the early exchanges of his debut, Jayden was eventually beaten narrowly by the older and stronger Pham Duc Doan. He now returns one year later – bigger and more powerful, and still only 17, making him the youngest fighter at the Hoan Kiem event!! Jayden is super talented and definitely the fastest of the Aussie boxers in the World team. His nickname is “Bullet”, and whilst possessing electric hands, he is also has great head movement, and is a difficult fighter to land heavy shots on.
Jasmeen Hudson is a high pedigree amateur with fast hands and aggressive style. She loves to bring the fight to the opponent, so is well suited to professional style boxing. She is short and closes distance very well, and has the hand speed to provide trouble from close range. Jasmeen is a high energy fighter who is a 3x golden gloves and 3x Australian title winner.
Victory 8 – Legends of Hoan Kiem October 19 - Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Back in September we got a FOTY contender as Batyr Akhmedov (7-1, 6) and Mario Barrios (25-0, 16) put up a thriller for the WBA "regular" Light Welterweight title. The bout resulted in a unanimous decision win for Barrios, and gave fans a really amazing contest, which swung one way, then the other, with a final sting in the tail thanks to a final round knockdown by Barrios.
The bout started with Barrios looking in control and scoring a knockdown before Akhmedov moved through the gears and took the fight to Barrios through the middle and late rounds. It seemed the bout was going down to the final round, a round that saw Barrios pull out a final minute knockdown, but in the end the scorecards meant the final twist in the bout didn't actually matter and that Barrios would have won regardless of the knockdown.
After the bout Akhmedov's team petitioned for a rematch and on October 10th their request was answered with the WBA making a decision to re-run the bout.
On their own website World of Boxing, Akhmedov's promoter, revealed the two teams have 30 days to negotiate a deal before purse bids would be called on the bout, which would favour Barrios in 75/25 split, recognising him as the champion and essentially making this similar to mandatory title bout.
Despite World of Boxing pushing for the rematch they have made it clear that it was an issue with the judging that they had and not Barrios, with Andrei Ryabinsky stating "I want to emphasize that we have no complaints about Mario Barrios. He is a real fighter. I’m sure that the guys will please the audience with another great fight and let the strongest win. ”
Given how badly Barrios' eye was swollen after the fight it would seem likely the bout wouldn't be taking place for a while, but if it's half as good as their first one, we'll have another FOTY contender on our hands.
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