In Osaka this afternoon fight fans saw experienced Thai Amphol Suriyo (23-4, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, battle against late replacement Takayuki Sakai (8-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之], with Amphol looking to build on his upset win over Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan. Sakai had been brought into the bout as a relatively late replacement for the touted Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎], though reasons were never made totally clear as to why Tsutsumimoto was removed from the bout.
On paper this was a huge step up for Sakai, but he seemed confident of not only winner, but of stopping the Thai as he pressed forward from the opening moments, backing Amphol on to the ropes and going to work on the Thai up close. The aggression and style of Sakai lead to moments of success from Amphol, who really dug into the body of Sakai in the opening round.
In round 2 the Thai was cut as Sakai came forward, though again picked his moments for counters well and kept Saki honest, despite being pinned on the back foot. It seemed clear that Amphol was looking to land big shots when Sakai rushed in but Sakai, to his credit, showed real maturity in defending well, even when he was attacking. It was similar again in round 3, with Sakai getting more and more success, by the round as Amphol's reactions slowed slightly, and more shots of Sakai got through.
In round 4 it seemed like the Thai was tiring, his shots were losing their snap, and he was throwing far fewer of them. His combinations to to the body, which were prevalent in the first couple of rounds, were almost entirely gone whilst Sakai was beginning to look more and more relaxed.
The relaxed nature of Sakai, and the fact he was having things a bit too easy, seemed to cause him problem sin 5 as Amphol suddenly let more shots of his own go and seemed to have Sakai hurt at one point. It was however a big effort from Amphol, who seemed to put everything into the attack, and he was punished soon afterwards as Sakai let his hands go, pinning an exhausted Amphol on the ropes and unloading with head shots. Those shots forced the referee to save the Thai.
The win is, by far, the biggest of Sakai's career, and he'll likely be looking for a regional title fight in 2019. For Amphol it's hard to know where he goes from here.
Back in October we reported that the hugely promising Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd to take a huge step up in class and battle Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The bout really intrigued us, as we'd been impressed by Tsutsumimoto as an amateur, and felt he had the style to go a long way, and to go there quickly.
Sadly we've now been informed that Tsutsumimoto is out of the December 22nd bout, with his place on the show now being taken by 28 year old countryman Takayuki Sakai (7-1-2, 5) [酒井孝之].
It's unclear as to why Tsutsumimoto is off the show, though it appears to have been a very recent change in plans. In fact Kyoei, the promoter of Sakai, only reported the bout in the last day or so.
The contest between Sakai and "Pharanpetch" will be shown on G+ as part of a show that also features Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹] and a bout between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), in what is a make or break for both men.
Earlier today Kyoei held a press conference to announce the next bout of second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
The unbeaten fighter will be back in the ring on December 22nd at the EDION Arena Osaka where he will be up against domestic foe Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹], in what should be a pretty interesting test for the unbeaten fighter.
The 22 year old Tatsuyoshi has notched up 2 wins already this year, both at the EDION Arena, with victories over Shin Ishibashi and Noldi Manakane, but this should be a much better test with the 35 year old Hirashima having some ambition of his own.That ambition has seen Hirashima score stoppages in his last 2 bouts, and he hasn't been stopped in his 12 fight career.
At the moment details on the television coverage are scarce, though it seems likely that the bout will be televised on G+, though it may be tape delayed. We do however know that the supporting card will include the recently reported contest between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #10 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), a really enticing contest between Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] and Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, as well as a bout featuring Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
Although it's clear that the Japanese press will push the Tatsuyoshi bout we'll admit we're more interest in seeing how Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto looks in his first step up, and we have huge hopes for him. Amphol did however upset Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan, and he will not be travelling to pick up another defeat.
Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, take a step up in class and score a notable victory over former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (32-25-2, 18), who was stopped in the 5th round of a scheduled 10 round contest.
The Japanese fighter had stated that he was looking to stop the Indonesian in the middle rounds and lived up to his comments as a brutal body shot laid waste to the visiting veteran, who had looked second best through out the contest.
Tatsuyoshi started the bout behind his jab, whilst Manakane looked to land big right hands. The second round saw Tatsuyoshi forcing his man where he wanted, backing him into the corner and finding a home for the left hand to the body. Manakane looked to fire back, but he was fighting like an old man, a fighter who had seen his best years come and go and wasn't able to have the snap or reactions that he used to have.
With Tatsuyoshi in charge heading into round 5 he looked like he was going to begin really breaking Manakane down, but a left hook towards the end of the round totally shattered Manakane's fighting spirit, sending him down for the 10 count.
Although not a flawless performance this certainly seemed like the outing that Tatsuyoshi needed to make a statement, and say that his relationship with trainer Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也] is going to be a good one.
Fans at the venue in Osaka also saw wins for former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典], former amateur stand out Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本 銀次郎] and the heavy handed Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], who all took stoppage wins of their own over Indonesian foes.
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Earlier today in Osaka the Osaka Teiken held a press conference, to announce the next bout of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (8-0, 5) [辰吉寿以輝] and his new training situation.
The second generation fighter, who is the son of the insanely popular Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, will be back in the ring on July 27th, at the EDION Arena Osaka. The Japanese youngster will be stepping into 10 round territory for the bout and will be facing his first former world title challenger, Indonesian veteran Noldi Manakane (32-24-2, 18).
On paper the bout should be a straight forward win for Tatsuyoshi, especially given that Manakane is 0-20 outside of Indonesia, but it's good to see the youngster stepping up to 10 round bouts and it's clear that his team will be looking to push him towards title fights sooner than some expected.
Talking about his team today's press conference saw the announcement that former WBA Bantamweight champion Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也], who won the Japanese Super Bantamweight title in 1983 before claiming the WBA world title in 1987, will be Tatsuyoshi's head trainer going forward.
The card not only saw Tatsuyoshi's bout being announce but also the under-card, which will feature former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (17-4, 14) [坂晃典], former amateur stand out Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (1-0, 1) [堤本 銀次郎] and the heavy handed Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (7-1, 6) [堤本京介], all of whom will be facing Indonesian foes.
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