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.
Earlier today in Korea fight fans saw Dong Young Lee (2-2-2, 1) [이동영] take on 2017 Japanese Bantamweight Rookie of the Year Fumiya Fuse (7-0, 1) [富施郁哉] in an interesting looking match up
The bout, Fuse's first outside of Japan saw him put under pressure in the opening seconds as Lee came out fast. By the end of the first round however the Japanese visitor was looking like a class act, boxing on the move, picking his shots with ease and landing gorgeous combinations.
Fuse continued to pick his shots well in round 2, as he started to attack the body more consistently, as well as landing some breath taking uppercuts against the Korea, who looked thoroughly outclassed. To his credit however Lee proved to be tough, gritty and determined as he tried to fight back, having some good spells on the inside when he managed to drag Fuse into his fight. Sadly though the bravery of Lee came at a price and he was wobbled at the end of round 3, with his nose being bloodied as well.
The heart of the Korean saw him being force fed some very clean shots in round 4 as Fuse had the chance to show that he can fight on the front foot, counter punch and unload excellent snappy combinations. It was looking more and more like Fuse was going to totally break the resolve of Lee and score a stoppage, with the Korean looking tired as well as a beaten man, Lee however refused to be stopped and seemed to shake Fuse at one point in round 6, as Fuse took one too many risks whilst trying to get the stoppage.
At the final bell there was no questioning the winner, with Fuse dominating large chunks of the bout. The only real complaint with his performance was the way he occasionally slapped with his punches and the lack of power, though as he develops and matures we suspect the power will come and his technique will improve. Lee showed his toughness but other than the first 10 seconds of the bout he was never really in it.
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On October 21st Korean fight fans in Daejeon get a potential treat as Boxing M put on a brilliant looking Korea Vs Japan show, with 7 set bouts, including 5 Korea Vs Japan bouts.
The main event of the show is one of two all Korean bouts, as Doo Hyup Kim (10-6-1, 5) [김두협] takes on Gun Woo Wang (4-2-2, 1) [강건우] in a bout for the Boxing M Korean Light Middleweight title, with Kim making his first defense of the title. Kim won the belt in March, with a narrow decision win over Boo Hyun Baek. Gang on the other hand is getting his second shot at this particular title, and will know that another loss here will likely see him taken out of title altogether, having also lost in a Korean Lightweight title fight.
The only other all-Korean bout will see Chul Yoon Ji (3-3, 1) [지철윤] battle against Dong Young Kang (3-5-2) [강동영] in a contender bout, with the winner likely to face the victor from the main event.
Aside from those two all-Korean bouts the rest of the contests will be Korea Vs Japan, with 5 bouts pitting the two countries against each other.
Those include some really mouth watering contests, including a bout between Min Jang (6-0-2, 2) [장 민] and Fumiya Fuse (6-0, 1) [富施郁哉]. The 18 year old Jang is a tall Super Flyweight, at just under 5'10" and despite having two draws on his record is a very capable and promising youngster. Fuse is also a youngster, but made a bit of a name for himself last year, when he won the All-Japan Rookie of the Year at Bantamweight, stopping Hiroki Tokuyama in 4 rounds to claim the Rookie crown. With both men being youngsters, and both being southpaw this really does look very interesting as a match up.
Another of the really attractive match ups on this card will see Korean based Mongolian Batzorig Batjargal (3-0, 2) face off against the 2017 All Japanese Rookie of the Year at Welterweight Hironori Shigeta (5-1, 3) [重田裕紀]. This, to us, looks like it could be mouth watering with Batjargal having impressed in recent bouts, albeit at the Korean Rookie level and Shigeta riding a 5 fight unbeaten run, including a huge win in the Rookie final against Rikuto Adachi. This should, stylistically, be very exciting.
Sadly at the moment there is no TV for the card yet to be announced, though fingers crossed that it will be made available to watch, as it looks very well matched and very exciting!
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