Earlier today fans at Korakuen Hall had the chance to see a really interesting card put on under the Dynamic Glove banner.
On of the most notable bouts saw big punching Minimumweight prospect Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] continue his rise through the ranks with his 6th straight stoppage win, stopping Indonesian journeyman Silem Serang (13-20-2, 1) in 4 rounds.
The hard hitting Ishizawa applied his trademark pressure from the off and seemed intent on seeing off the visitor as soon as possible. He would drop Serang early in the bout, showing his power, but failed to stop the Indonesian. Serang showed his bravery by getting back to his feet, but he couldn't handle the power of Ishizawa who drop him again and again. In total the Indonesian would recover from 3 knockdowns, getting applause from the crowd for his bravery, before being stopped after a 4th knockdown with just 8 seconds of round 4 remaining.
As well as Ishizawa there was a number of other notable bouts on the card. Among those a narrow decision win for the 2018 East Japan Featherweight Rookie of the Year Hikari Mineta (6-1, 3) [峯田光], who narrowly over-came Motosuke Kimura (3-2-2, 1) [木村元祐] in one of the most competitive bouts on the card. This 6 rounder was saw Mineta win with two scores of 58-57 and one of 59-56, though Kimura did have a strong argument for a draw, at the very least.
Another notable bout on the card Ryota Toyoshima (11-2-1, 8) [豊嶋亮太] score a 3rd round win over Korean Woo Min Won (10-2, 6), in a bout that looked really competitive on paper. Coming in to this Won had stopped 3 Japanese foes, to boast a 3-0 (3) record against Japanese fighters, but Toyoshima ended that run when he forced the referee to step in and save Won when he was trapped in the corner taking shots. The bout had started slowly but warmed up in round 2 and then Toyoshima got the big break through and secured one of the best wins of his career so far.
One other bout that took place here saw former Japanese and OPBF champion Charles Bellamy (28-4-2, 18) come up short against Yuto Shimizu (13-4-2, 5) [清水優人], in an 8 round contest. These two had fought last year, with Bellamy taking a very hotly contested decision and this immediate rematch was equally as competitive as their first. Shimizu, at times, looked unorganised, off balance and sloppy,but out worked the hard hitting Bellamy to take the decision, and avenge his 2018 loss. It's worth noting that this leaves Bellamy's career in a worrying position, with the 37 year old Japanese based American likely considering retirement sooner rather than later. As for Shimizu the win puts him in the mix for a potential title fight later in the near future.
Yesterday we saw the announcement of two Japanese title bouts which are now both set to take place in the summer, in fact they are set to take place within in the space of 2 weeks of each other, in June.
The first of those will take place on June 1st and will see Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] make his first defense of the title he won earlier this year. The talented Nakatani will be up against #3 ranked JBC contender Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠]. On paper this is a mismatch, and should serve as little more than getting the first defense on the board for Nakatani, who is likely to move on to bigger and better things in the near future.
The Nakatani Vs Nakano bout will be on a Dynamic Glove card and we've been informed that the chief support bout will be a rematch between Charles Bellamy (28-3-2, 18) and Yuto Shimizu (12-4-2, 5) [清水優人], who had a great bout earlier this year.
The other title bout will take place on June 13th and will see Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (18-7, 10) [田中教仁] make his first defense, as he takes on Naoya Haruguchi (15-10, 6) [春口直也], in what looks like a pretty competitive bout on paper. Tanaka won the title in January, stopping Shin Ono and looked better than ever, but Haruguchi is better than his record suggests and should put up a decent effort.
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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