Earlier today at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center fight fans saw Japanese based Korean Ta Il Kim, who fights as Teiru Atsumi (11-1, 5) [テイル渥美], score his third win in the country and continue his rich vein of form since relocating last year.
The talented and promising 23 year old, who upset the very highly touted Sho Nakazawa back in March, was up against experienced Filipino Dennis Tubieron (19-8-2, 8), who is of course well known in the UK for taking Josh Warrington 12 rounds and for being blasted out in a round by Mitchell Smith.
On paper the bout looked like a test for Atsumi, despite the fact that Tubuieron had lost his last 4 including the bouts with Warrington and Smith along with a 7th round defeat to Ryosuke Iwasa. Instead however the bout proved to be a huge mismatch with Atsumi taking control early before sinking the Filipino in round 2 with a body shot, which left Tubieron down for the count.
Now 0-5-1 in his last 6 Tubieron's future is looking bleak however the win for Atsumi may well have proven that he's capable of fighting for either an OPBF or a JBC title in the every near future, and seems to further strengthen his claim as being one of the top Korean prospects, along with Ye Joon Kim. He is however some distance behind Min Wook Kim who continued to impress last night with an opening round victory in the US.
For fans interested in watching this one, it will be aired tomorrow on Boxingraise.
We've known for a while that Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (10-1, 4) [テイル渥美] would be in the co-feature bout of "Art of Boxing 2", a card headlined by a WBC Youth Bantamweight title clash between mega touted Japanese youngster Hinata Maruta (2-0, 1) [丸田 陽七太] and unbeaten Filipino Wilbert Berondo (10-0, 4). It wasn't until today however that we learned who Atsumi would be up against.
The under-rated Atsumi, arguably the best young Korean in the sport, will be facing off against well travelled Filipino Dennis Tubieron (19-7-2, 8), who has lost his last 4 but is more proven than anyone Atsumi has faced so far.
The Korean made his Japanese debut last year, beating Thailand's Songkhramchai Ektinakorn, though really came to prominence this year when he stopped the much touted Sho Nakazawa in 4 rounds. That win over Nakazawa is, by far, the best win that he has scored, however Nakazawa was more rated on his potential and his amateur pedigree rather than professional achievement.
When it comes to Tubieron he's well know by British fans for being a 12 round punch bag against Josh Warrington back in April 2015 and being stopped inside a round by Mitchell Smith. He has however frequented Japan losing to Hiroki Shiino, Takafumi Nakajima and Ryosuke Iwasa in the last 3 or so years. Despite those losses he is a step up for Atsumi who will know that a win here could potentially move him on to an OPBF title fight, whilst Tubieron will be in the ring looking to give his career a much needed shot in the arm,
Earlier today in Japan fans saw former world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13) [岩佐 亮佑] shine with a brilliant, and one sided, win over Filipino visitor Dennis Tubieron (19-6-2, 8), in a bout being fought at a contracted 124lbs.
From the opening round Iwasa looked sharp and oozed confidence, he also looked like a man who was more fluid than we'd typically seen him. That fluidity saw him unloading some beautiful combinations that saw him switch from head to body with ease and Tubieron was forced to soak up the punishment.
To his credit Tubieron did try and fight back at times, soaking up the pressure before firing out wild right hooks, several of which caught Iwasa but had little real effect on the Japanese fighter who continued to land at will. Sadly for Tubieron the aggression of Iwasa forced him to the ropes regularly where he was able to unload the combinations, which were always punctuated by sicking left hands to the body.
That left hand to the body seemed to be something Iwasa was consciously working on and it paid off very early, hurting Tubieron with the shot early in the fight. The Filipino saw out the trouble, but in round 7 he was caught by another left to the body, on the counter, as he looked for one of his wild shots. This time he was sent down where he remained for the count.
Following the bout Iwasa stated that his intention was to get a world title at Super Bantamweight. On this performance it's fair to say he is more suited to the 122lbs weight class than the Bantamweight division, which he had been struggling with for several years, though whether he picks up a world title is a whole different question.
For Tubieron his guts were on show again, but he was out classed and will surely be given a bit of a break from hard fights following a 5 fight win-less streak.
Tomorrow Japanese fans will get the chance to see a solid looking card on NTV G+. The main event of that card will see former world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (20-2, 12) [岩佐 亮佑] battle against well travelled Filipino fighter Dennis Tubieron (19-6-2, 8).
Today the two men weighed in for the bout, which has been contracted at 123¾lbs.
On the scales both men made the weight, with something to spare, with both coming in at 123½lbs.
The weight is a career high for Iwasa, who has typically been fighting at Bantamweight but has seemingly grown out of the division, something he had hinted at almost two years ago , following his bout with Richard Pumicpic. For Tubieron the bout sees him fighting in Japan for the third time, and weighs about the same as he was last time out, when he fight Takafumi Nakajima. He has however been fighting much higher than this recently and was 129¾lbs just two fighters ago, when he was stopped in the UK by the naturally bigger Mitchell Smith.
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Earlier this year we reported that Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa (20-2, 12) [岩佐 亮佑] would be returning to the ring on February 6th. When we reported that we were unaware of his opponent, though today we learned that he would be facing Filipino fighter Dennis Tubieron (19-6-2, 8) in a bout between two fighters who suffered loss, in the UK last year.
Iwasa's loss last year was the more notable of the two with "Eagle Eye" suffering a stoppage loss in an IBF interim Bantamweight title to Lee Haskins, who was later upgraded to the IBF's regular champion. The loss was Iwasa's second defeat and saw an 11 fight winning streak come to and end. Since that loss the Japanese fighter has fought once, taking a technical decision win over Marlon Arcilla.
As for Tubieron he was actually in the UK twice last year suffering a decision loss to the unbeaten Josh Warrington and then being blasted out, in a single round, by Mitchell Smith. Since those losses he has suffered a third successive defeat, losing a decision to Takafumi Nakajima. That loss to Nakajima saw Tubieron going 4 successive bouts without a win.
Notably this bout will be taking place at Featherweight, with Iwasa fighting at his highest weight so far whilst Tubieron will be returning to the weight that he fought Warrington at.
This bout will be the main event bout of a Dynamic Glove card and will take place at the Korakuen Hall.
Ryosuke Iwasa returns on February 6th
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