Earlier today the Boxing Raise service announced their line up for December, and sadly it has no live show available this month. Thankfully however the service is still set to get a lot of action during the month, ranging from some great fights at domestic level, to a world title eliminator, and various things in between.
Firstly they will get the On Demand rights of the November 17th Sanei Pro Fight Boxing, which will be uploaded on December 5th.
The next show they have is the December 8th Real Spirits card, headlined by a brilliant WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title bout, pitting champion Musashi Mori (10-0, 6) [森 武蔵] against once beaten challenger Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉]. The card after that will be the Green Dream show on December 15th, headlined by a bout between Kotatsu Takehara (15-12-3, 8) [竹原真敬] and Ryu Ueda (8-1-1, 5) [上田龍], who battle for the Japanese Heavyweight title.
The next card they will have will be the Kadoebi card from December 16th, headlined by OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32) [渡部あきのり] defending his title against Thai challenger Sitthidet Banti (12-5, 6).
Unsurprisingly the December 22nd Muto card will also be available on tape delay, with the card actually clashing with the Rookie of the Year final. This show is headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹]defending his title against South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
After Christmas we'll see a late present with the service bringing up the IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator between Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] and Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11).
While it's disappointing to not have a live card this month, the quality of shows, overall, is solid and with all the other shows on television in December we are set to have a great run in to the end of the year!
Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fans will be able to see former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battle against the limited but heavy handed Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔] in a Lightweight bout.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weight in, and both came in dead on the 135lb Lightweight limit.
For Hosokawa this will be his first bout since losing the Japanese title, 5lbs north, to Koki Inoue earlier this year. Despite dropping down in weight Hosokawa seemed strong and very comfortable at the weight. He didn't look like a man who had drained hard to make 135lbs but more like a man fighting at his natural weight. Surprisingly however it seems the original plan was for him to come down to 130lbs for his return!
As for Arioka this will be his first bout since being stopped by Masahiro Suzuki this past August. He sounded confident and hungry coming into this fight, stating that he was aiming to fight for a title next year. He was also significantly bigger than Hosokawa.
For fans outside of Tokyo wanting to watch this, it will be made available, in the coming days, on Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today fights fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those who subscribe to Boxing Raise, saw the quarter finals of Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament, with 3 quarter finals taking places to see who joined Filipino veteran Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6) in the final 4.
The first of the quarter finals saw Korean fighter Jae Woo Lee (7-2, 6) [이재우] score a big upset as he stopped local puncher Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士] in a fire fight of a bout. From very early on the two men were standing at mid-range and unleashing bombs at each other. The opening round was an intense back and forth tear up as both men looked to prove their toughness, rather than their technical skills.
This was an opening round that would have been raved about had it been shown on UK or US TV and left Tameda with a bloodied nose. the hot action continued in to 2 round, as the men began to mix more body shots into their intense and brutal exchanges. This was wild, entertaining and absolutely sensational stuff from both men, who were showing their will to win and incredible desire. That desire finally began to track in round 3, as the tempo and damage to began to take a toll on both men, with Tameda showing the scars of war, with a huge cut over his left eye. That cut seemed to spur him on and he took more risks, but was dropped hard as a result He got up, now a bloodied mess after an exchange the referee jumped in to save the local. With the 3rd round TKO win for Lee he progresses to the tournament, and given his performance he is going to be a very, very hard man to beat.
In the second bout local fans were given something to celebrate as Shingo Kusano (12-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟] stopped Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-2-2, 3) [马强], in an up and down battle. Kusano was dropped in the opening round, twice, as he fell to the wrong end of a 10-7 round. Ma continued to pressure through the round and seemed on the verge of a stoppage win at one point. Sadly for Ma his opportunity slipped away and Kusano managed to settle to his rhythm, and he hurt Ma early in round 5. Ma never really managed to recover, tiring instead as he lost his form and was dropped. Although he got back to his feet Kusano refused to let off and forced the referee in to save an exhausted looking Ma.
The third of the bouts looked the best on paper, but was somewhat under-whelming as Koshin Takeshima (4-0-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-2, 6) [渡部大介] saw their bout end in a technical draw. On the paper this had the makings of an excellent bout, but the two men had styles that that never quite gelled, and in the opening round we managed to have a head clash. It was exciting, but always a touch wild and clumsy from both, with the two men seemingly wanting to out-excited the fans who had been on the edge of their seat for the Tameda Vs Lee bout. It only took until round 2 for a time bomb to be put on the fight as Takeshima suffered a cut. The cut didn't force an immediate halt but did worsen as the bout went on and forced the referee to stop the contest in round 4.
With the bout being stopped we went to the scores cards, with scores of 38-38, 37-39 and 39-38 causing a technical draw. Due to the scoring rules of the tournament it was Watanabe, who had the 39-37 card in his favour, that advances to the final 4.
The semi finals for the tournament will take place on February 27th at Korakuen Hall, with the the final set to take place in May at the Sumida Ward General Gymnasium.
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall, and live on Boxing Raise, fans will get the chance to see the next round of the God's Left Bantamweight tournament.
Today, ahead of the tournament action, we saw Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] and Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁] take part in their weigh in, with the two men facing off in a semi-final as they look to book their place in January's final.
Both men made weight at their first attempt with out any issue.
On the scales Minamide was the slightly lighter man, coming in at 117.5lbs for the contest, whilst Nakajima was bang on the Bantamweight limit.
The winner of this bout now knows that their opponent in the final will be Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也], after Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉] was forced to withdraw from their semi-final due to health issues.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be live on Boxing Raise and then left on demand some time after the event.
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Tomorrow's show at the Korakuen Hall, which will be streamed live on Boxing Raise, was supposed to feature two semi-finals for the God's Left Bantamweight tournament. Sadly however one of those bouts has now been cancelled.
That was the excellent match up between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉], which had the recipe to be a genuine shoot out.
Although we've not been told the specifics we have been informed that Yamashita has had to pull out of the bout due to medical issue. He was, from what we've been told, taken to hospital last night due to his health, which suggests issues making weight.
Sadly this is disappointing news all round. For fans it denies them what should have been an instant classic, for Yamashita it denies him a chance to move his career forward and it also denies Tsutsumi a chance to get back in action, having been inactive since April.
Thankfully for Tsutsumi he will take part in a public spar tomorrow, an given his style we still expect the spar to be an enjoyable and fun watch.
Today Tsutsumi still went through a weigh in process, ans stated "I would like to see tomorrow ’s bout between Minamide vs. Nakajima and concentrate on the final match in January next year" [Translated]
Thankfully there has been issues with the other semi final, between Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] against Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁].
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