Yesterday Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Japanese Middleweight champion Hikaru Nishida (17-8-1, 8) [西田 光] fight in a stay busy bout, due to an illness forcing his original opponent Kazuyuki Fukuyama (11-8, 3) [福山 和徹] to pull out of a title fight.
As one would assume from a "stay busy fight" this wasn't much of a test for Nishida, as his Thai foe, Vichian K Max Gym (0-2), simply couldn't cope with the style, physicality or power of Nishida.
The Japanese fighter walked forward behind his high guard, applied his heavy pressure. In round 2 that pressure had the desired effect and he dropped Vichian. The Thai showed his toughness in getting back to his feet, and continuing, but he could never work out how to fight the Thai off, and it was only a matter of time.
That time finally came in round 4, when Nishida upped the pace and forced the Thai to the ropes. A vicious assault followed until the referee stepped in to stop the action.
Also on this card was the exciting Gakuya Furuhashi (20-8-1, 9) [古橋 岳也],who over-came Yoshiyuki Takabayashi (9-9, 4) [高林 良幸], with a wide 8 round decison, and stated that he was looking to get another Japanese title shot.
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In October 2016 we saw the popular Gakuya Furuhashi (19-8-1, 9) [古橋 岳也] suffer a 10th round TKO loss to Yasutaka Ishimoto in a battle for the Japanese Super Bantamweight title. It was Furuhashi's first stoppage loss and his 3rd defeat in 5 bouts as his career looked like it was heading to the scrap heap.
Today however Furuhashi kept his career alive as he scored a 3rd round KO against the limited Masajiro Honda (6-9, 4) [本田 正二郎].
The exciting Furuhashi started fast and quickly dropped Honda, as if to say "I'm not done yet". Honda recovered from the first knock down but it was clear he was going to struggle to survive against against the hungry and aggressive Furuhashi.
In the second round Honda was again down and this time he struggled to make it out of the round as Furuhashi continued to press for the stoppage. Honda earned some credit to see out the round, but was stopped in round 3 after being dropped by a body shot from Furuhashi, this time staying down for he 10 count.
Although the win won't put Furuhashi back in the title picture it does keep his career alive, and given his style and his fan friendly bouts that's a good thing!
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Every so often we get a bout that excites every fight fan,such as the recently announced bout between Takashi Miura and Orlando Salido or the two bouts between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto Karass. Other times we get bouts that real hardcore fans might be excited about but most fight fans won't even pay notice to. One of those bouts occurred earlier today as Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-8, 8) [石本 康隆] battled against old adversary Gakuya Furuhashi (18-8-1, 8) [古橋岳也].
Those who hadn't seen them fight before, were unlikely to even give the bout any attention at all however those who had seen their first bout, which took place last year, knew what to expect when these two got in to the ring, and boy did they deliver.
From the opening moments this seemed more like round 9 of their rivalry than round 1 of fight #2. Furuhashi, a little terrier in the ring, tried to snap as Ishimoto's heels whilst the champion looked to establish his range and soon found a home for his right hand at range. That range was hard to keep though with Furuhashi regularly getting up close and forcing Ishimoto into a war.
Despite Furuhashi having his moments early rounds the judges all felt Ishimoto was in control, and had the bout 49-46, twice, and 50-45 to the defending champion.
The lead for Ishimoto seemed to drive on Furuhashi who tried to make up for lost ground however he left holes for Ishimoto to take advantage of and Ishimoto took that opportunity to land hard shots and further extend his lead.
By round 8 it seemed like Furuhashi would need a stoppage to win, but he wasn't giving up and fought like a man possessed, actually hurting Ishimoto at one point with the champion beginning to slow markedly. The slower Ishimoto became the more it seemed possible for Furuhashi to turn it around, and in round 9 both just let shots go in a round of the year contender. It was an amazing round and set us up for round 10.
In round 10 the pace continued to be hot with both men bleeding, Ishimoto badly from the nose, though it was clear that Furuhashi had pretty much given his all. As the two traded blows in the final round Furuhashi's legs began to buckle and that was enough for referee, and former fighter, Biney Martin to stop the action, almost taking a shot in the process.
For Ishimoto the bout was his second defense, and it was a draining yet brilliant one that will likely take a lot out of both fighters going forward. Sadly for Furuhashi the defeat is his 3rd in 4 bouts, and his first career stoppage. Likely ending his dreams of ever winning a Japanese title.
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Tomorrow Japan fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those with G+, will get the chance to tune into a brilliant Japanese Super Bantamweight title clash between defending champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] and entertaining challenger Gakuya Furuhashi (18-7-1, 8) [古橋岳也]. These two met last year in a bit of a hidden gem, or a closet classic, with Ishimoto winning and later going on to claim the title, which he will be defending for the second time here.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both came in on the 122lb limit for the bout, just as they did for their first bout.
For Ishimoto it's his 6th successive weigh in at 122lbs dead on and further confirms that he is a natural Super Bantamweight, despite starting his career as a Super Flyweight. For Furuhashi the bout sees him back down at Super Bantamweight after two bouts above the limit, the most recent of which was actually at a contracted 126lbs. Like the champion the challenger has grown into the weight, after beginning his career at Bantamweight, but actually looks like the naturally smaller fighter.
For fans interested in tuning into this potential thriller, it will be aired live on G+ in Japan.
Ishimoto and Furuhashi go again, this time with the belt on the line
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On October 1st Japanese fans in Tokyo are in for a treat with the recently announced rematch between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] and Gakuya Furuhashi (18-7-1, 8) [古橋岳也]. That bout, announced back in August, is a brilliant main event bout for a domestic card, but today we've seen some of the under-card fighters being announced and the card really has been strengthened by those additions.
One of those fighters added to the card is the unbeaten Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3) [辰吉寿以輝], who looks to record his 6th win and will be making his Tokyo in the process. The popular Tatsuyoshi, the son of the enigmatic Joichuiro Tatsuyoshi, hasn't had his opponent named but we're not expecting too testing for the youngster who will likely be in with an imported fighter for a 6 rounder, building on his showing against Rio Nainggolan earlier this year.
Also announced for the card, but also with out an opponent, is former Japanese amateur stand out Sho Nakazawa (8-1, 4) [中澤 奨]. Nakzawa was seen earlier this year suffering an upset defeat to Teiru Atsumi and will be looking to bounce back from that loss here. With that in mind we suspect he'll be in with someone rather limited and will be looking for a confidence building win rather than anything to testing.
The most notable addition to the card is former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文]. Shimoda has been lined up to fight for the Japanese Featherweight title next year, against the winner of the September 24th bout between Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] will face veteran Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5) [上野 則之], and will be looking to prepare for that bout. Up against Shimoda will be Filipino Gadwin Tubigon (14-11-2, 9), who shouldn't pose much of a threat to Shimoda, however the Japanese fighter has fought just 25 rounds in the last 3 years and will likely have a lot rust to shake.
Also for fans wanting to watch this outside of the Korakuen Hall, the show will be aired live on G+!
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