According to one, often reliable, Japanese source Japanese prospect Yudai Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡優大] is set to return to the ring on December 10th in a 6 round bout against a current OPBF champion, albeit in a non-title bout.
The source has revealed that Shigeoka is pencilled in to face OPBF Minimumweight champion Lito Dante (16-10-4, 8), who fights for the first time since scoring a huge upset win in March against Tsubasa Koura.
The talented Shigeoka, the older brother of WBO Asia Pacific champion Ginjiro Shigeoka, debuted at the end of October and looked sensational as he beat Thai foe Manop Audomphanawari. This is, however, a massive step up in class and shows the youngster's ambition to rise through the ranks in an incredibly aggressive way.
Dante on the other hand is pretty a card carrying member of the "who needs him? club". The Filipino might be the OPBF champion but even with that belt he is high risk and low reward, and over 12 rounds he's a nightmare due to his toughness and energy. He can be out-boxed over the shorter distance, as Shigeoka appears to be planning here, but he is still not an easy out for any one.
The bout is said to be pencilled in as the chief support bout for a Dangan card headlined by Shigeoka's stablemate Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓] defending the OPBF Super Featherweight title against 23 year old challenger Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-1, 7) [木村吉光].
Other fighters now pencilled in for this card include Fumiya Fuse (8-1, 1) [富施郁哉] and Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香], though neither of these two have had opponents reported by our source yet.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw 4 men fighting in Japanese Youth title eliminators, with all of the fighters hoping to move one step closer to becoming the Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion.
The first of the two bouts saw an early finish as the hard hitting 19 year old Haruki Ishikawa (8-1, 6) [石川春樹] scored a 3rd round TKO win against Atsushi Takada (6-2-3, 3) [高田篤志].
Ishikawa, who had come runner up in the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year, scored 2 knockdowns with the referee stopping the bout after the second one. This saw Ishikawa advance to the title bout later in the year.
The second bout saw professional novice Toshiya Ishii (2-0, 1) [石井渡士也] take a wide technical decision over the previously unbeaten Fumiya Fuse (8-1, 1) , [富施郁哉]. The bout saw the brilliant Ishii drop Fuse in the early going with a brilliant left hand, Fuse wasn't hurt but from then on Ishii always seemed to have the tools control the bout. Ishii was quick, sharp, strong and accurate and showed off the skills that had seen his team be confident enough to put him in a bout like this. Fuse never looked like a man who was going to quit but in round 5 a nasty head clash left Fuse with a huge cut over his right eye, taking us to the score-cards.
The scores were 50-45, and 49-46, twice, all in favour of Ishii, when the bout was stopped 40 seconds into round 5.
We'll now see Ishii and Takada face off for the Japanese Youth title, and Ishii incredibly confident, predicting a KO win. The two have sparred together in the past and it seems that sparring has filled him with a lot of confidence for the Takada clash.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw skilled youngster Fumiya Fuse (8-0, 1) , [富施郁哉] record his latest win, as he over-came fellow Japanese southpaw Naoto Mizutani (5-6-1, 2) [水谷直人] with an 8 round decision win.
Fuse, the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner at Bantamweight, looked to use his speed from the early going and was sharp, with his straight left and right uppercut being particularly good. Mizutani however wasn't a push over and managed to find some success of his own with his left hand, catching Fuse cleanly in round 3 and 4. The successes of Mizutani were short lived however and Fuse would always managed to get out without taking too much damage, and counter well when Mizutani opened up.
It wasn't until round 6 that Mizutani had some sustrained success, as he began to let his hands go more, taking advantage of a tiring Fuse. It was just a momentary success for Mizutani before Fuse raised the pace again and took round 7.
Mizutani had another good round in round 8, but it was far too little too late, and even a tired looking Fuse seemed to be landing the better shots, despite the rough and tough tactics of a desperate Mizutani.
After 8 rounds the judges scores were 80-73, 79-73 and 77-76, all in favour of Fuse. Despite the win it did seem like his stamina was flagging late on, and that's perhaps the area he will need to work on before moving into stiffer tests. He's a fighter who is incredibly quick and sharp, and if that sharpness goes when he's tiring it could be an issue, but stamina is of course something he can work on in the gym. As for Mizutani he again showed that he is a better opponent than his record suggests.
Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fans will get the chance to see the incredibly skilled Fumiya Fuse (7-0, 1) , [富施郁哉], the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year at Bantamweight, take on fellow southpaw Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2) [水谷直人] in a 8 round bout at Bantamweight. On paper this is set to be an excellent test of Fuse's skills against a fellow southpaw, and although Mizutani looks over-matched on paper he should be able to ask new questions of Fuse, who had really had things all his own way in recent bouts.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both made the 118lbs limit for the bout.
On the scales Fuse was bang on the limit, he looked in great shape and well prepared for the bout. Mizutani was the slightly lighter man, coming in at 117.5lbs. This is 4lbs lighter than he was against Ryo Akaho, last November.
It's worth noting that whilst Mizutani has lost as many as he's worth noting that he has gone in with the likes of Kenshin Oshima, Ryota Ishida and Ryo Akaho, 3 very good fighter and that he also scored a win over 2017 All Japan Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year Mirai Imagawa last year. He has mixed with much, much better company than Fuse, but will clearly be the clear favourite.
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Just a few short days ago we reported the news that Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) would be defending the WBO Minimumweight title against Japan's Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆] on February 26th at the Korakuen Hall. At the time of that announcement there was no details on the under-card. Today however we were informed of a number of fighters on the under-card, including several top prospects from the Watanabe Gym.
As previously predicted we will see teenage sensation Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗] in action on the show. He will be involved in a 6 round bout at Minimumweight, though his opponent for the bout hasn't been announced. He's expected to be in the ring in again in April, as part of a show in Fukuoka, so we're not expecting to see this bout be too much of a test for the 19 year old.
In a major supporting bout Shu Utsuki (3-0, 2) [宇津木 秀] will be up against Japanese based Filipino Jerry Castroverde (10-5, 5), who will be fighting under the promotion of Nobuhiro Ishida for the second time, following a loss in December to Tae Il Atsumi. This will be an 8 round bout at a contracted 60KG.
Another big supporting 8 round bout will see the 2017 Rookie of the year Fumiya Fuse (7-0, 1) [富施郁哉] take on Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2) [水谷直人], in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. We're expecting to see really big things from the 20 year old Fuse this year, and this is a decent way to kick off the year, following an impressive outing in Daejeomn back in October.
We also believe that the show will feature the debut of former amateur stand out Suzumi Takayama (0-0) [高山 涼深], though details on his bout are unclear at the moment, other than being a 6 round contest.
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