Back on August 10th we reported that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] would be making his next defense on October 11th at the Korakuen Hall against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士] at a Diamond Glove card.
Following that we reported a second title bout had been a added the October 11th card, making the show a double header. That second title fight was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout between the unbeaten Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] and the once beaten Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲], in what looks like a great match up, and a chance for the two youngsters to get their first taste of gold.
Now we've been informed the show will actually be a triple header! The third title bout set for this show will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] moving up in weight to face off with Filipino Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, which has been vacated by former champion Hidenori Otake.
For the 28 year old Teshigawara the bout will see him return to the Super Bantamweight division, a division that he has flirted with but never really committed to. Despite never being a fully fledged Super Bantamweight he has stated problems making 118lbs in the past and a move up may well bee the best idea for his career going forward.
As for the Filipino he has actually fought as high as Super Featherweight, but achieved his most notable results at Bantamweight, claiming the GAB Bantamweight title in 2016 and making a defense of the title last year. Notably he doesn't appear to have any problems making 118lbs, 130lbs or anything between them.
This is arguably the best of the bouts now set for the show, which will also feature the hard hitting Ryosuke Takami (12-2, 11) [高見 良祐] though his opponent is yet to be announced, and promises to be a thrilling contest.
At the moment it's unclear whether Teshigawara is looking to make the move up in weight permanent, but if he does there is a very possible rush for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title that he'll be leaving behind featuring the likes of Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太], Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介] and Kyosuke Sawada (12-2-1, 6) [澤田京介], who would all be very interested in claiming a notable title in the near future.
Earlier today we were informed that fast rising prospect Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] would be returning to the ring on October 11th to take on Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] in a bout for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title, as part of an upcoming Diamond Glove card.
The 20 year old Owan, from the Shirai Gushiken Sports gym, has impressed ever since making his debut, in May 2017, and has already scored notable wins over the likes of Alvin Medura and Jun Blazo, both from the Philippines, and Japan's very own Takuma Matsushita. Although still a novice big things are expected of Owan, who had trained alongside Daigo Higa and is managed by Japanese legend Yoko Gushiken.
Araki, who has previously fought as Takahiro Araki, is a 23 year old who debuted back in July 2014 when he fought to a draw with Koichi Uryu. Since then he has lost just once, a narrow defeat to Tenta Kiyose, and since then he has reeled off 7 straight wins, including a good victory last time out against Yuto Nakamura. That win saw Araki secure himself JBC and OPBF rankings and take a big step foward.
On paper this looks like a really good fight, and should see both men having a chance to shine. The winner wouldn't just score their best career win, but also claim, their first title
The only other bout announced for this card, so far is an OPBF Light Welterweight title bout, which will seed champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] defending his belt against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士].
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Yesterday at the Korakuen Hall the fans in attendance got the chance hear a public announcement in regards to the next defense by OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹].
The champion, who really was pushed all the way back in May by Jheritz Chavez, announced that he would be back in the ring on October 11th to defend the belt against fellow Japanese fighter Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士].
For Naito this will be his second defense, following the aforementioned defense against Chavez which saw Naito in all sorts of trouble late on and only just managing to make it to the final bell. This is his second reign as a title holder, following a notable reign as the Japanese Super Featherweight champion which included a successful defense against Masayuki Ito.
As for Nagata this will be his first shot at a title shot, though he did come up short in a Japanese title eliminator last year, suffering a stoppage loss to Vladimir Baez. It's worth noting that Nagata was a very solid amateur and will look to rely on that experience to over-come Nagata.
At the moment the rest of the card is yet to be announced, though we're expecting the under-card to feature several fighters of relevance on it.
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Earlier this year we saw Daishi Nagata (9-1-1, 4) [永田 大士] suffer his first professional defeat, as he was stopped in 7 rounds by "Destino Japan". Today the former amateur stand out returned to the ring for the first time since that loss and took on Korean visitor Yong In Jo (7-3-2, 2), in what looked like a well matched bout bout on paper.
Although well matched on paper the differences in ability between the two men was stark, with Nagata taking a clear decision win over the visitor, to get his career back on track.
Jo pressed the fight in the early going, puttingNagata under pressure. That pressure however was ineffective as Nagata used his skills, speed and ring craft to hit and not get hit early on, showing real skills and movement to control the bout with his jab. In round 4 Jo's pressure began to have some success, as he cut the distance and took Nagata to the ropes, it was however a rare success for the visitor, with Nagata picking up the pace again in round 5 and stopped the moment of Jo.
To his credit Jo refused to accept the loss and continued pressing in the final stages, but couldn't match Nagat, who took the win in the 8 round bout with scores of 79-73 and 79-74, twice. Despite the loss Jo impressed with his aggression and toughness, and hopefully we will see him in a another fight of note in early 2018. For Nagata it was a good win on his ring return and will hopefully help him kick on.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be added to the Boxingraise service as a video on demand in the very near future, along with the rest of the card.
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Last year Dominican fighter Vladimir Baez (22-3-2, 20) relocated to Japan to restart his boxing career. His restart really began with fights in Thailand, including a 2016 loss to Teerachai Kratingdaenggym, but today he finally made his Japanese debut and did so in impressive fashion with a 7th round TKO win over the previously unbeaten Daishi Nagata (8-1-1, 4) [永田 大士].
The heavy handed Baez looked sharp from the opening moments and although Nagata had skills to compete he lacked the fire power needed to gain respect from Baez, who took his shots before firing backs with heavier, more hurtful blows.
The shots of Baez, also known in Japan as Destino Japan, took their toll on Nagata's face, leaving him swollen and marked up before Nagata's team threw in the towel in round 7, saving their man mid-way through the round. Although no fighter likes to be saved by the towel it did seem like Nagata was starting to take a bit too much punishment and his team certainly did right by him, saving him here.
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