Earlier today fight fans in the Sangyo Hall in Kanazawa saw former OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger Ernie Sanchez (17-9-1, 8) score a very surprising TKO win over the usually teak tough veteran Hurricane Futa (22-7-1, 13) [ハリケーン風太].
The fight looked like a potential fire fight on paper, with both fighters having under-rated power and solid chins, and unsurprisingly it was a real fight with bombs from both. Unfortunately for Futa it was the power of Sanchez will told first, causing a cut over Futa's eye early.
The cut should have made Futa more wary but instead it seemed like he wasn't worried. In round 5 Sanchez's power told again as he landed a right hand, dropping Futa. Futa's toughness saw him recover to his feet but soon afterwards he took another right hand and the bout was stopped.
For Futa the stoppage was his first ever stoppage defeat, with Sanchez doing something the monstrously hard hitting Jhonny Gonzalez failed to do in 2015. As for Sanchez the win probably counts as his biggest to date, and although he is now 3-6-1 in his last 10 he is a real danger man and will always be a genuine threat at this type of level.
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It's fair to say that your typical, modern day, boxing fan won't be able to many, if any, active Korean fighters. This weekend however they will get the chance to see a card from Korea live and for free with promoter Daehan Boxing putting their next show on youtube, as well as Korean channel KBS N Sports.
The broadcast on youtube, which we've embedded below, will begin with the under-card bouts, which will feature mostly low level contests though does have touted Japanese female fighter Chaoz Minowa (1-0, 1) [チャオズ箕輪] battling Chan Mi Lim (2-1, 2) in a 6 rounder in the final of the under-card bouts.
Now it's not clear if the Youtube broadcast will show the entire card, though suspicion is that it might, which would mean that fans tuning in to the free stream will get the chance to see a Korean Super Middleweight title fight, between defending champion Geun Sik Choi (3-0, 2) [최근식] and challenger Bang Jong Min (3-6-1)* [방종민], a non title fight between Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1) and Filipino Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6) as well as the main event bout between Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) [마제니] battle Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) [松永 宏], who face off for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title.
Although Korean boxing certainly isn't riding high there is hope there and with more shows being streamed it can help raise the profile and awareness of the Korean scene, which is seemingly on the upturn even if it's a long, long, long way from it's prime of the 80's.
For those interested in the feed you can either book mark this page, and watch it below, or go to to the promoters youtube channel, which is here 대한프로모션.
The Korean boxing scene might sometimes feel like it's vanishing in front of our eyes but it does, sometimes, have some bouts of intriguing, in fact next Sunday they have a card of intrigue with 3 genuinely notable international bouts on it. The most significant of those bouts will see Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) [마제니] battle Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) [松永 宏] for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title, another will see Chaoz Minowa (1-0, 1) [チャオズ箕輪] battle Chan Mi Lim (2-1, 2)* .
The remaining bout will see Korean local Dong Hee Kim (5-1-1, 1)* face Filipino tough guy Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6), in what will be Sanchez's first bout since suffering an 11th round TKO loss to OPBF champion Masayuki Ito.
Kim, the KBF Light Welterweight champion, was originally set to defend his title on this show against the exciting Hyun Woo Yuh (5-2, 5) [유현우] however Yuh was forced from the show due to injury and we've seen Sanchez take his place, in what is now an 8 round non-title bout. Despite their being no title on the line it is, in many ways, a more intriguing bout for Kim who will be facing someone who has shared the ring with Ito and current world champion Oscar Valdez. Despite that Sanchez will be fighting at a higher weight than usual and may struggle with the size of the Korean.
Whilst Sanchez is fighting above his typical weight it should be noted that he managed to go 8 rounds at 140lbs with Sergey Lipinets in 2014, so has got proven toughness at the weight and a stoppage for Kim would be relatively impressive.
*records from the KBF
Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (18-1-1, 8) [伊藤 雅雪] defending his title against Filipino challenger Ernie Sanchez (15-7-1, 6). The bout, which will be televised by Fuji TV over the weekend on tape delay, will be Ito's second defense of the title whilst Sanchez will be adding the Japanese stamp to his passport, which already includes stamps from Indonesian the US, Mexico, Russia and South Korea.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Ito weighed in, first time, at 130lbs bang on the limit, and looked in brilliant condition. Notably however Sanchez was unable to make weight on his first attempt, coming in more than 1.5lbs over the limit. He was however able to shed that weight within an hour and eventually came in at 130lbs, just like Ito had.
Although on paper this is a mismatch, with the world ranked Ito a clear favourite, Sanchez has faced the better competition and has been in with recently crowned world champion Oscar Valdez. Suggesting that whilst his record isn't great he hasn't been protected or losing to poor fighters.
Ito looks for second defense as he takes on well travelled Sanchez
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Last week we reported that OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (18-1-1, 8) [伊藤 雅雪] would be defending his title against Filipino opponent Ernie Sanchez (15-7-1, 6) on July 27th. Since that report it has been revealed that the bout has actually been rearranged, and it will not take place on July 28th.
The reason given for the rescheduling is that OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (14-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] has taken longer to recover from an injury than expected. He was supposed to be defending his title on July 28th but due to the injury it seems the Ito Vs Sanchez bout has been moved to fill in on that show as the main event instead.
This is the third date for the bout following a date earlier this year, that was cancelled when Ito suffered a training injury.
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