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.
In the last few weeks we've seen a number of notable draws. The fight fans in Osaka also got the draw treatment today, as judges were totally unable to split Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] and Daisuke Watanabe (7-4-1, 4) [渡部大介], with all 3 judges scoring their 8 round bout 76-76.
The bout saw Watanabe coming forward early on whilst Shimomachi boxed well off the back foot, making the most of his southpaw stance. The southpaw boxing of Shimomachi worked well, in terms of accuracy, but Watanabe managed to cut inside quite regularly, especially late on.
At the end of the 8 rounds it seemed clearly that neither man had done enough to clearly win. Watanabe had started and ended well, but Shimomachi had real success in the middle of the fight, and the draw does seem rather fair here, though is obviously disappointing for both fighters.
For Shimomachi this result ends a 7 fight winning streak, but now sees him extend his unbeaten run to 9 bouts. For Watanabe this sees him ending the year with a bit of momentum with this draw following a low key win in July, following a decision loss in March to Reiya Abe.
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Earlier today Green Tsuda held a press conference to announce their next big show "Crash Boxing 19", and revealed that it would be a triple title show, with a very good non-title supporting bout as well.
The main event will see Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (17-4, 14) [矢田良太] make his second defense of the title, as he takes on Shusaku Fujinaka (16-9-2, 10) [藤中 周作]. This promises to be an explosive contest but one where the champion will be heavily favoured to retain his title.
A better looking national title fight will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-3, 10) [奥本 貴之] defending his title against the unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (16-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義]. Okumoto won the title earlier this year, outpointing Hiroyuki Kudaka, and will be favoured here given his experience. Hashizume was highly touted a few years ago, following success in the Rookie of the Year, but hasn't really built on that early success, and this is a big step up for him.
A Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title bout will see Ryosuke Nasu (9-3-3, 2) [那須亮祐] take on Yuto Nakamura (8-5, 7) [中村祐斗]. This is a really interesting match up between talented youngsters. Nasu comes into the bout following a good decision win over Kenta Matsui, and he has been hard matched through his career with bouts against the likes of Masamichi Yabuki and Naoto Iwai. Nakamura on the other hand is 2-3 in his last 5, but did score a huge win last time out over Futa Akizuki and this could be a really exciting fight.
Another potentially thrilling match up will see Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-1, 5) [下町俊貴] battle Daisuke Watanabe (7-4, 4) [渡部大介]. The once beaten Shimomachi is on an 8 fight unbeaten run with 7 straight wins. Those wins saw him claim the Rookie of the Year title in 2017 at Super Bantamweight and has scored a couple of wins already this year, including a good one over Renan Portes. On the other hand Watanabe has been matched incredibly hard, facing the likes of Sho Nakazawa, Gakuya Furuhashi and Reiya Abe in his short career.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got the latest in the A-sign Bee shows. The card had a number of notable fighters on it,and was a pretty notable domestic level card for the local fans.
The main event was a very technical affair between the in form Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也] and the very-rated Daisuke Watanabe (6-4, 3). The talented Abe, who had won his last 8, showed a little bit too much class and skill for Watanabe, but certainly didn't dominate the bout, with Watanabe often holding his own on a round by round basis. Sadly for Watanabe he wasn't ever able to shine above Abe, and in the end Abe took a clear 8 round decision, with scores of 79-73 and 78-75, twice.
Abe is now expected to move towards a Japanese title fight, and it likely to get his opportunity before the end of 2018.
Another notable fighter picking up a win here was recent world title contender Akihiro Kondo (30-7-1, 17) [近藤 明広], who scored a 4th round TKO win against Rikhit Thunritsa (0-1), and stated he wanted to work towards getting a second world title fight.
One other notable fighter picking up a win was Ryohei Takahashi (14-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平], who scored a 7th round TKO win against Tetsuya Koyama (7-10, 2) [小山哲也].
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