Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
Earlier today fight fight fans at the Sangyo Shinko Center got the latest show in the Gouken series of cards. It wasn't a huge card but it was an interesting one, and will be added to the Boxing Raise archive of videos in the coming days.
The main event of the card saw talented youngster Daiki Tomita (13-1, 5) [冨田大樹] bounce back from a 2018 loss to Tsubasa Koura, as he stopped former WBC Minimumweight world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (17-7, 8) in 3 rounds. This bout marked a move up in weight for Tomita, to Light Flyweight, and he looked really good, Tomita looked sharp from the off, landing some solid body shots earlier before closing the show with a hard right hand in round 3, that dropped Galero for the 10 count.
The chief support bout saw former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (35-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] score an easy win over Indonesian foe Ahmad Lahizab (4-8-1, 1), in what was a clear stay busy fight. Osawa, the #1 ranked WBA Super Bantamweight...somehow, landed a big right hand in round 2, that left the Indonesian down for the 10 count.
A third bout of note was an all Japanese clash, which ended when Daisuke Watanabe (8-4-1, 5) [渡部大介] stopped Yu Konomura (9-9-2, 3) [此村勇] in the 7th round. This was much more competitive, and Konomura gave a game effort, before being dropped from a body shot, he would get up but the referee wouldn't let him continue.
Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (34-5-4, 20) [大沢宏晋], best known for his bout with Oscar Valdez, would be back in the ring on April 7th.
Originally the full details of the bout weren't revealed, though now know that the bout will take place at the Sakai City Industry Promotion Center, Sakai City, Osaka and would see him facing an Indonesian foe.
The opponent will be 19 year old Ahmad Lahizab (4-7-1, 1), who has fought outside of Indonesia twice, losing both of those bouts by stoppage. Despite those losses he has managed to hold the KTI/IBC Featherweight title, though he did lose it in his first defense.
As well as Osawa's bout we have also been informed that the main event on this card will see Daiki Tomita (12-1, 4) [冨田大樹] take on Filipino foe Jeffrey Galero (17-6, 8), himself a former WBC Minimumweight world title challenger.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall, and on Boxingraise, fans saw the talented and heavy handed Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] successfully defend the OPBF Minimumweight title for the third time, over-coming Daiki Tomita (12-1, 4) [冨田大樹].
On paper this was an excellent match up. Both were young talented and unbeaten fighters looking to make a statement. Sadly though the bout really wasn't as competitive as we'd have expected.
Early on Tomita fought well, using his sharp jab to control the range. That worked well in the first couple of rounds though it seemed like Koura was almost taking his time suss out what Tomita had in his arsenal.
From round 3 onwards the bout turned in favour of Koura who used excellent footwork, great punch variety and some lovely combinations to control and outbox Tomita.
After 4 rounds one judge, bizarrely, had the fight 40-36 to Koura, another had it 39-37 in the champions favour whilst the third had the bout even, the same as us. That was the last time the bout looked competitive however, as Koura figured out the challenger, who had little more than a jab at his disposal.
Koura really began moving through the gears in the middle rounds. He started to really punish Tomita for his weak defense and predictable offensive, landing some really punishing shots to the head and body. To his credit Tomita wasn't showing any quit, but was taking a bit of a beating at times, and was down 79-73 on two cards and 78-74 on the third when the scores were announced at the end of round 8.
Koura began to hunt a stoppage in the later rounds, hurting Tomita in round 10 and dropping him in round 11. The challenger however gutted things out and in the final round showed what he was really capable off, through body shots and uppercuts as well as his jab. It was as if he had really learned on the job and had developed in front of our eyes. By then however it was too little too late.
After the bell there no questioning the winner, with the judges scoring the bout 119-108, twice, and 117-110 to Koura who spoke about fighting for a world title in the near future.
For Tomita this bout has seen him lose his unbeaten record but prove that he is a tough fighter, who has a lot of room to improve, a real grittiness and the potential to win titles in the future. If his team develop him following this set back we genuinely believe he will go on to win titles in the coming years. Koura is on a different level, but this loss is not one to be ashamed by.
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Tomorrow fight fans in at the Korakuen Hall as well as those who subscribe to the excellent Boxingraise service will get the chance to see a brilliant looking Dangan card.
The show has several notable contests on it, with arguably the best of them being an OPBF Minimumweight title bout.
That bout will see Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] defending his belt for the third time, as he takes on talented and unbeaten challenger Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹], in what looks to be a genuinely mouth watering contest.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales Koura was in great shape, coming in at 104.7lbs and looked very relaxed. Despite being calm and collected at the weigh in he'll know that not only could he lose his regional title but also, potentially, his world rankings if he loses here. There's a lot on the line for the youngster, but a win will further establish him as one of the leading contenders and could help secure him a world title fight in 2019.
Tomita was slightly lighter, at 104.5lbs, and he also looked in terrific condition. This will be a huge step up in class for him, but a win immediately puts him in the mix for a world title, gives him his major silverware and acts as a big wake up call to the division.
As mentioned this bout will be on boxingraise, and is in fact part of a live stream from the service.
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