On Sunday we get the conclusion of the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament. One of the finals, the one at 60KG's, will see Filipino Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling Japanese veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望].
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both men mad weight with room to spare.
On the scales Takahata was 59.7KG's, or 131.6lbs, whilst Esquierdo was slightly lighter at 59.6KG's, or 131.4lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this bout but don't have tickets to the venue, the entire show will be live streamed on the excellent Boxing Raise.
For those unaware the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament, is a prize match tournament, where fighters are given a bonus if they stop their opponent. The quicker they get a stoppage the bigger their bonus.
In the first stage of the competition Esquierdo scored an opening round win over Koichi Ito, to bag the biggest bonus available, whilst Takahata failed to secure a stoppage bonus as he took a decision over Mongolian novice Bat Ireedvi Tsendsvren.
Related - One to watch - Ribo Takahata vs Marvin Esquierdo
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall, and on the excellent Boxing Raise service, we'll see the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament come to an end. One of the two finals on the show, up at 65KG's, will see Mongolian fighter Tuguldur Byambatsogt (1-0) taking on Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the weight with no issue.
The experienced Baez, also known as "Destino Japan", was just over 143lbs for the bout, making the tournament weight limit with some room to spare, whilst Tuguldur was bang on the limit, coming in at 143.3lbs.
The Knock Out Dynamite Tournament, for those unaware, is a prize match tournament, where fighters are given a bonus if they stop their opponent. The bonus is bigger if they score a stoppage earlier rather than later. In the first stage of this tournament Baez took out Tatsuya Miyazaki in the opening round, whilst the Mongolian fighter took a 5 round decision over veteran Shusaku Fujinaka.
Related - Introducing... Tuguldur Byambatsogt
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Yesterday we reported that former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] had had his bout, set to take place tomorrow, cancelled due to visa issues with his opponent. Thankfully however Tsuchiya will still be on the show.
The fighter, who took part in a weigh in this morning, was bang on the 135lb Lightweight limit and looked to make a point about being a professional. Despite his role on the card being reduced to a spar with OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎].
At the weigh in Tsuchiya spoke about wanting to make 5 round fights popular, something that the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament is doing. It seemed he was suggesting customers want shorter bouts, like they get in K1 and RIZIN, rather than the longer bouts we get in boxing.
As for the actual spar tomorrow Tsuchiya promised to make it interest due to the fact customers had paid. It seems despite spending more than 2 years away from boxing the heavy handed Tsuchiya is back with the same mentality he had in his prime. To be fun to watch!
For fans unable to make it to the Korakuen Hall tomorrow but want to watch this spar it will be available live on Boxing Raise.
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The excellent streaming and Video on Demand service Boxing Raise announced their January line up early today an confirmed they would have 2 live shows and would add 3 old shows to their Video on Demand library.
The first of the live shows will take place on January 12th and will be the Knock Out Dynamite final show. It's sadly not the show that was announced originally, with 2 bouts falling through completely and one need a replacement opponent. It is however the first Japanese show of 2020 and features Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望] and Mongolian fighter Byambatsogt Tuguldur (1-0) taking on Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24), in a tough looking match up.
The other live show takes place on January 28th, despite the banner stating the 31st, and will be the God's Left Bantamweight tournament final. This features the tournament final, between tournament final between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) [中嶋一輝], as well as a WBO female Minimumweight title fight between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) [多田悦子] and a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight between Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) [湯場海樹] and Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [竹中関汰].
As for the old shows these are Dangan 127, Dangan 131 and Dangan 134, all from 2015.
These shows include bouts featuring the always exciting, though now retired, Shinya Iwabuchi, a then unknown Sho Kimura, a brilliant clash between Ryoichi Tamura and Yusuku Suzuki and a Japanese title fight featuring Takuya Kogawa
It's not the strongest month from Boxing Raise, but it's not terrible, with both live cards expected to give us some thrills and a nice selection of action from the back catalogue.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans got the latest show from Kadoebi.
Whilst not a bumper show, it was a card with several notable fights on it, with a particularly interesting trio of under-card bouts.
The first of that trio saw talented youngster Yuki Nakajima (3-1, 3) [中嶋憂輝] bounce back from his August loss to Ryu Horikawa by destroying the brave, but out-gunned Yasuhiro Tanaka (6-5-2) [田中康寛]. Nakajima really did as he wished he, and although he was caught quite a few times by Tanaka it really seemed like Tanaka was fighting a tank with a pea shooter. Tanaka never got Nakahjima's respect and instead took a bit of a shellacking from Nakajima, who stopped his man in round 3. Tanaka was dropped by a beauty of a left hook, and although he got back to his feet a follow up forced the referee to jump in.
The second of the bouts saw touted novices clash, with Mikio Sakai (2-0) [酒井幹生] doing enough to take a narrow decision over Ran Tomomatsu (1-1) [友松藍]. These two were incredibly well matched, despite having very different styles. Of the two Tomomatsu always appeared the stronger man, and was the one marching forward, but Sakai's more polished boxing, and smart ring craft was certainly able to neutralise a lot of Tomomatsu's pressure. The boxing of Sakai seemed to be more impressive to the judges who had him edging out a majority decision. Given the lack of professional experience these two had this was a fantastic bout, and is well worth checking out if you have a Boxing Raise subscription.
The third of the notable under-card bouts saw Yuichiro Kasuya (13-2-2, 4) [粕谷雄一郎] and Satoru Sugita (15-6-2, 10) [杉田聖] battle to an 8 round draw. Despite the two men having different strengths and styles, they actually matched up perfectly and made for a very entertaining fight, with Kasuya being the quicker fighter and Sugita having that bit more power on everything he landed. We didn't expect much here but the two men really delivered a very good and engaging 8 round battle which ended in split decision draw.
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