Earlier today fight fans from around the world got the chance to see the latest card under the Desafio banner of shows, Desafio 8 thanks to a legal live stream on the excellent Boxing Raise service. The card, held at the FujisanMesse at the foot of Mount Fuji, wasn't the strongest card but did feature several bouts of note, with a top prospect and two former title challenged involved.
The first of the 3 bouts of note saw unbeaten prospect Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] take his first decision win, as he secured a wide 8 round victory over Filipino Raymond Tabugon (21-10-1, 11). The talented Murachi, who had fought a combined 7 rounds prior to today, looked sharp, composed and confident as he out boxed Tabugon, using his speed and combinations brilliantly to rack up the rounds. The most impressive thing from the Japanese youngster was his body though, and they really slowed Tabugon down in the later stages.
Although Murachi was unable to stop Tabugon this was a huge step up in class, and a very, very impressive performance for Murachi, who will find himself in the WBO Asia Pacific rankings when they are next up dated. It's worth noting that Murachi adds his name to 9 others that have beaten Tabugon, including Juan Hernandez Navarrete, Juan Francisco Estrada, Luis Nery and Andrew Moloney, not bad company at all for a man who only debuted a year ago! The scores for this were 80-72, twice, and 79-74 all in favour of the Japanese 22 year old.
A second bout of note on this show saw former Japanese Super Bantamweight Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔] score an 8th round TKO win over Yuta Horiike (15-7-3, 3) [堀池雄大]. This was a pretty fun fight, as most Furuhashi bouts are, but in the end the power and strength of Furuhashi proved to be too much, and he dropped Horiike in the final round. Although Horiike got to his feet a follow up attack forced the referee to to stop the contest, with just over half of the final round left.
The third and final bout of note saw former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Satoru Sugita (15-6-1, 10) [杉田聖] take a dominant victory over Daiki Ichikawa (11-6, 9) [市川大樹]. On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, but Sugita was too good, too sharp and too intelligent for Ichikawa. Sugita would bust Ichikawa's face up with clean shots, leaving him bloodies and swollen. It wasn't the facial damage that would cause the end but instead the bout was stopped following a knockdown down. Sugita dropped Ichikawa hard in round 5, and the referee quickly waved the bout off, giving Sugita the stoppage win, and earning him the the KO prize for the show.
Earlier today Japanese boxing service Boxing Raise released their line up for the month of May and unsurprisingly it's a packed month with an impressive 3 live cards, though one of them was earlier today along with 4 more shows available on demand.
As mentioned one of the three live shows was today. The was the Dangan card from Korakuen Hall, headlined by a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto [源大輝] and Reiya Abe [阿部 麗也]. If you missed this one live it is now available on demand, in fact the entire card is now available.
The next live card will be the next Dangan card, which takes place on May 18th, and will be headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] against former champion Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作]. This will then be followed a day later by live coverage of Desafio vol 8, which isn't a big card but does feature notable fighters like Satoru Sugita (14-6-1, 9) [杉田聖], Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] and Tsubasa Murachi (3-0, 3) [村地翼].
As well as the live cards the service will pick up the next Hiroki Ioka show on May 3rd, the Kadoebi show on May 8th, as well as the WBO Asia Pacific double title show on May 26th from Mutoh gym. Sadly whilst these will be added on tape delay it's unclear when these shows will be added. Sometimes it's the same day, and other times it can be a week after a show takes place.
Last year Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 13) [古橋大輔] became the OPBF "Silver" Super Bantamweight champion, winning the belt in Vietnam. Today he took part in a notable event related to doing tax via a mobile phone, as he's become a PR ambassador for the Kawasaki Tax Office.
Whilst the event was clearly focused on the tax side of things it was also revealed that Furuhashi's next bout had been arranged, and that he would be fighting again on May 18th against Yuta Horiike (15-6-3, 3) [堀池雄大] and will be taking place at the FujisanMesse in Fuji, Shizuoka.
The popular 31 year old Furuhashi seems to have his eyes on the Japanese and OPBF title scenes, and a win over Horiike would certainly open the potential for him to earn himself a title fight before the end of 2019.
We're awaiting more details for the May card, but Furuharashi Vs Horiike is a very exciting looking domestic main event type of bout.
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Fight fans in Vietnam got a rare show earlier today, and saw Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 13) [古橋大輔] become the new OPBF "Silver" Super Bantamweight champion, as he stopped limited Thai foe Yutthichai Wannawong (9-8, 7).
The fight, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City, saw Furuhashi pick up the 3rd round TKO to claim his first title, and make his mark as a possible contender for the OPBF title in the new year.
It's fair to say the Thai had no right to be in the ring with Furuhashi, though the show was more about Vietnam than the fighters, the OPBF "silver title" or anything else on the card.
The show was put on as part of the celebrations of 45 years of diplomatic relationships between Japan and Vietnam, and also seemed to begin the movement of the OPBF into a new country as they look to expand the scope of boxing through parts of Asia not usually associated with boxing, following a similar card in Taiwan earlier this year.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Vietnam will get the chance to see an ultra rare show on their shoulders, as "Samurai Fight 2" takes place in Ho Chi Minh City.
The main event of the card will see exciting Japanese fighter Gakuya Furuhashi (23-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] battle against Yutthichai Wannawong (9-7, 7) for the OPBF "Silver" Super Bantamweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made weight.
The bout is part of an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relationships between Japan and Vietnam, and also a chance for the OPBF to continue their growth through Asia, something we expect to see them do a lot more of in 2019. It also continues a relationship between the Nitta Gym, who have several fights on the show, and the Vietnamese boxing scene, which we're really hoping will grow in the coming years.
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