Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those with G+, got the latest Dyanmic Glove card. The card's chief support bout was one of the standout contests of the show and saw Charles Bellamy (28-3-2, 18) go toe-to-toe with Yuto Shimizu (12-4-2, 5) [清水優人] in a hotly contested back and forth war.
Bellamy applied pressure from the off, and although it was a touch on the clumsy side, it was exciting and made it clear that he wasn't in the ring to box cutely, instead he was there for a war. Shimizu on the other hand tried to use his significant reach and height advantages to box on the outside, using his jab and straight shots and keep Bellamy at range.
The styles, although polar opposites, gelled marvelously with Shimizu having regular success on the outside, and landing some really eye catching 3 and 4 punch combinations, and Bellamy neutralising that success when he got on the inside and landed 2 or 3 thumping power shots.
At several points during the fight Shimizu was staggered, particularly by the left hook of Bellamy, and it's likely that those moments proved to be the difference between the two men in the eyes of the judges, with 2 of them favouring Bellamy 77-76, whilst the dissenting judge had it 77-76 in favour of Shimizu.
With the win Bellamy has kept his career alive and moved towards another potential title fight, and given his desire and toughness we wouldn't rule him out of winning another title before his career is over. Shimizu on the other hand proved he can hang tough with Bellamy and we hope to see him in another notable fight in the near future.
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At the end of June we were informed that Yuta Saito (10-9-3, 7) [齊藤裕太] would face off with Eita Kikuchi (21-5-4, 8) [菊地永太] to fill the vacancy of the Japanese Bantamweight champion, with that bout taking place on September 1st. At the time there was no details on the under-card, though with it being the headline bout of an A-sign Bee card we did expect something of quality on the show.
This morning A-Sign took to twitter to confirm some of the details of the card.
The chief support bout was confirmed as being a contest between Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也] and Masashi Noguchi (12-10-1, 6) [野口 将志]. Originally the hope had been for Abe to fight in a Japanese challenger decision bout, a Japanese title eliminator, sadly however none of the ranked challengers wanted to face Abe so instead the Noguchi bout will take place above the divisional limit. From what we understand Abe however will not miss out on a Japanese title fight, and will instead got a shot at the Japanese Featherweight title next year at the Champion Carnival.
Another bout on this card will feature popular American born Japanese based fighter Charles Bellamy (27-3-2, 18) facing off with Yuto Shimizu (12-3-2, 5) [清水優人]. The 36 year old Bellamy has been out of the ring since January, when he took out a Thai visitor in 2 rounds, and will be looking to get his career back on track after some recent bouts of inactivity. Interestingly Shimizu has been out of the ring a little long, after having last fought in December 2017. This bout is a must win for both and should prove pretty entertaining given the styles of both fighters.
The card will also feature Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平], though his opponent is yet to be announced and will be confirmed closer to the date of the card.
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will see Charles Bellamy (26-3-2, 17) headline the first televised Japanese card of 2018. Originally he was supposed to be in the main supporting bout but due to a health issue with Ryo Akaho (31-2-2, 20) [赤穂 亮] we've seen Bellamy put into the main event position.
Today he weighed in for the bout, along with his Thai foe, and both fighters managed to make the contracted weight, in fact both men came in under the limit and weighed at around 146.4lbs for the bout.
Interestingly the bout will be Bellamy's first since his 2017 draw with Yuki Beppu, 53 weeks ago. That bout saw Bellamy extend his current unbeaten run to 3 bouts, though frustratingly he has only once in each of the last 3 years, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Thankfully however it does seem like he ios going to be much busier now that he has signed with Yokohama Hikari, who will likely be looking at Bellamy as one of their focal points following a number of recent retirements.
For fans wanting to watch the bout, it will be televised on G+ from the Korakuen Hall, and although it should be a straight forward win for Bellamy we're still looking forward to seeing the former OPBF and JBC champion in action.
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Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo had their first show of 2017, and it was a genuienly interesting one with two major bouts, the most significant of which featured a big puncher taking a major step up in class.
That big puncher was the unbeaten Yuki Beppu (14-0-1, 14) [別府 優樹], who was looking to tie the Japanese KO record. Beppu was battling against former OPBF and JBC unified Light Middleweight champion Charles Bellamy (26-3-2, 17) in what was a massive step up in class for the youngster.
On paper the bout was a test of two things, whether or not Beppu really was a dynamite fisted monster, or whether he was a man simply slicing through over-matched foes. As it turned out Beppu isn't the next Gennady Golovkin, but he also isn't a terrible fighter. In fact today Beppu proved he was a fighter with potential as he fought to a draw with Bellamy.
The fight started well for Beppu who took the first two rounds on all 3 card. From then on though the youngster began to struggle, with one judge giving all 6 other rounds to Bellamy. Despite one judge strongly favouring Bellamy the other two judges had it close, with Beppu doing enough on one card to eek a one point win whilst the third judge had the bout even.
The youngster showed real hunger early but his aggression was blunted by the tough and talented Bellamy who saw out the early storm and fought back hard. Although Beppu did fail to tie the Japanese record the youngster did appear to not be too disheartened with his performance, taking a lot of positives from it and seemed to be aware of the learning aspects of the bout, including proving he can fight for 8 round and can take a good shot. The result might not set the world alight, but for the youngster it was a result that proved he could go places.
For Bellamy the result won't have been the best, but he showed he can still hang, and he will feel perhaps that two of the judges were watching a different fight to the one he was in. He'll be back, and he'll be back to winning ways soon, but will have nothing to regret here with this set back.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo get their first show of the year, and it's a genuinely interesting double header headlined by a brilliant match up between the heavy handed Yuki Beppu (14-0, 14) [別府 優樹] and former OPBF and JBC unified Light Middleweight champion Charles Bellamy (26-3-1, 17). Today those two men took part in their weight in for the bout, a bout that both will see as a major contest.
On the sclaes Beppu was the lighter man, coming in at 145.5lbs for the bout, well under the contracted limit of 146.8lbs, but looked in great shape. He's looking to score a 15th straight stoppage which would tie the Japanese record for most successive stoppages, though Beppu will have a tainted record given that his recent competition has been heavily criticised.
Bellamy was just under 146.4lbs for the bout, it's the lightest he's been in some time and it seems like he is well aware of Beppu's power, taking the youngster's KO power as something to be taken seriously. Although wary he should feel confident given his huge gulf in experience, and the fact he has never been stopped, whilst beating other punchers such as Koji Numata.
The bout doesn't appear to have any official video coverage but there are hopes that the bouts will be posted online after taking places.
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