Over the last few days we've seen details emerge, almost being drip fed in fact, for the January 19th "Dynamic Glove" show.
First we were informed that world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be facing Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in an attempt to avenge a loss from years ago. Then we were informed of a mouth watering clash between Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who will face off in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
Today we saw another fantastic bout being confirmed for the card, with Japanese #1 ranked Featherweight contender Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
The bout is scheduled to be a 8 round bout at a contracted 57.8KG, around 127.4lbs, and should be a really special bout, with Abe taking on his most skilled opponent so far, and Sugita taking on his most accomplished foe by far.
From what we understand Abe's Japanese Featherweight title fight, during the Champion Carnival, will not be at risk if he losses, unless he suffers an injury which may rule him out. Regardless, it's a very risky fight for him to be taking so close to such a significant contest.
Over the last week or saw we've seen a rumour of Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) defending the WBO Minimumweight title against Masataka Taniguchi (10-2, 7) [谷口 将隆] on New Year's Eve in Macau. It now seems like there's another twist in that story, with Japanese sources now reporting that Taniguchi will actually be fighting on November in 13th in Thailand. Not only that but he will be up against an unbeaten man in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title, almost certainly ruling him out of a December world title fight.
The Watanabe gym fight will be battling against 23 year old Filipino Joel Lino (10-0-1, 3) in Bangkok, on the same card as the previous reported ABF Featherweight title bout between Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐] and Worawatchai Boonjan (12-17-1, 11).
Coming in to the bout Lino will have a #5 ranking whilst Taniguchi will be ranked #6 by the WBO Asia Pacific, whilst the title is currently vacant.
Whilst this is expected to end speculation on a possibly Taniguchi world title bout in December it should be noted that if he can win, and win quickly, he would find himself in the world rankings and it would opening up the Saludar fight for him. It would however be a very quick turn around to prepare for Saludar on a few weeks later. Likewise a win for Lino would push him up the world rankings towards a possible world title shot of his own.
Japanese policeman-boxer Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐] is set to get his first professional title bout in the near future, though is going to have to travel for it.
The talented Watanabe gym hopeful, who was a stellar amateur with a record of 110-31 (47) amateur record, is going to be fighting for the Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) Featherweight title in Thailand. According to the sources the unbeaten man will be up against Worawatchai Boonjan (12-17-1, 11), aka Phupha Por Nobnom on November 13th.
The ABF title isn't recognised in Japan, but the JBC do allow fighters to fight on foreign soil for bouts they don't recognise. What this essentially means is that if Sugita wins, he would have to travel to defend the belt, though it seems more like Sugita is focused on getting a championship title rather than defending it anyway. The belt may also, potentially, help with world rankings and will speed up his ascent into bigger and better fights.
Sugita is a peculiar case of a boxer in Japan given that as a police officer, or more specifically as a public servant, he can't receive a purse for his fighting career, and his training time is limited to just 3 days a week. He seems content with this at the moment and is hungry to take the title home, but there is likely a burning desire to see what he can do as a fully fledged professional fighter and we do wonder if he ever will leave the police force to pursue professional boxing success.
Earlier today touted Japanese fighter Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐] scored a stoppage win over the horribly over-matched Somphot Seesa (2-2, 2) in 2 rounds.
Sugita boxed behind the jab to begin with but in round 2 he began to cut the distance and dropped the visitor with a right hook. The Thai recovered to his feet but taken down again, and again as Sugita showed his dominance and forced the referee to save the Thai, who looked totally out classed. Notably though Sugita did land a shot when Seesa was on his knees, and he will have to avoid doing that in the future, when he steps up in class.
After the bout Sugita took took to the microphone and suggested that his future opponents would be strong whilst he looked to build a fan base and that he was hunting title fights and fights overseas. Sadly though this wasn't a strong opponent, and it wasn't on a particularly good show. Interestingly though this was Sugita's 4th bout in the space of 6 months and it's clear that he's valuing activity as his career continues to build.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Masaaki Serie (27-10, 10) [芹江 匡晋] take on Daisuke Sugita (3-0, 2) [杉田大祐]. The bout was set to be Serie's final bout, and was a return to action for the former champion who had been away from the ring for over 2 years.
Sadly the ring return was to be a short and unsuccessful one for Serie who was stopped after just 116 seconds.
The fight started perfectly for Serie, who connected a a left hook and dropped the Sugita, who seemed to be caught cold. Sadly for the veteran however Sugita recovered and would land a brutal right hand that dropped Serie, who was unable to beat the count and suffered his first stoppage defeat.
The former champion apologised following the defeat, but the reality is that he had had a great career today and was well deserving of the 10 bell salute that he received after the bout.
Also on this card was a split decision draw between Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] and Yusuke Sakashita (16-8-3, 11) [阪下優友]. The fight was a thrilling war and saw men needing to grit their teeth through the contest.
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