Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the crowning of a new OPBF Super Bantamweight champion, following the vacating of Hidenori Otake prior to his world title bout with Isaac Dogboe a few weeks ago.
The bout saw the hard hitting and always fun to watch, Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] battle against Filipino visitor Glenn Suminguit (21-4, 11).
On paper it looked a very good bout, but in reality it was a mismatch with the bigger, stronger, more powerful Teshigawara taking control early on and never really allowing Suminguit into the bout.
Teshigawara would drop hiss man int he opening round, with a hard right hand. Suminguit would get it up but would be dropped again in round 3, landing another another hard right towards the end of the round to secure a second 10-8 round. Those 10-8 rounds lead to Teshigawara having a 40-34 lead when the scores were announced after 4 rounds, and it was clear that it was a matter of when, not if, Teshigawara would stop his man.
Suminguit would come out for round 5 but a brutal uppercut about a minute into the round sent the Filipino down, and this time he wouldn't beat the count.
The win sees Teshigawara claim his second professional title, after having previously held the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, and instantly put himself into the Super Bantamweight title world title mix thanks to the OPBF title. For Suminguit it was clear he was out matched and although he showed bravery he was totally out overwhelmed by the the popular Japanese slugger.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see a new OPBF Super Bantamweight champion being crowned, as Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] faces off with Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and unsurprisingly both men made the weight with out any issues.
On the scales Teshigawara was bang on the divisional limit of 122lbs. He's moved up in weight for this bout, but looked amazing at the weigh in and he's certainly not put on fat to move up in weight, if anything he's just drained less and we expect to see him looking for strong and powerful in the ring.
Suminguit on the other hand was comfortably under the limit at 121.25lbs, which is heavier than he has been in a number of fights, but much lighter than he was last time out against Lloyd Jardeliza when he came in at 129lbs.
This bout is expected to have some televised footage on Fuji TV, though a date and time for that hasn't yet been announced.
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Earlier this month we reported that Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] was moving up in weight to face off with Filipino Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title. As a result of this Teshigawara has vacated the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
Today we saw the news break that the new vacancy will be filled in January 2019, with Ben Mananquil (16-1-3, 4) battling against Tenta Kiyose (15-2-1, 7) [清瀬天太] for the belt on January 27th in Himeji, Hyogo.
Manaquil recently fought to a draw with Hinata Maruta and that draw seems to have helped him secure this bout. That bout was fought at Super Bantamweight but Mananquil has fought as low as Minimumweight, very early in his career, and his natural weight now is probably Bantamweight, which he has fought at regularly in recent years. That draw ended a 6 fight winning run for Mananquil, which included notable victories over Glenn Porras and Jess Rhey Waminal.
Coming into this bout Kiyose will be riding an 8 fight winning run, including wins over Joe Tejones, for the WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title, and former world champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai. He has rebuilt really well since a 2015 loss to Matcha Nakagawa and, like Mananquil, can seemingly fight at either 118lbs or 122lbs with no real issue.
Nothing else is known about this show, but this is a great bout, and we believe the first Japanese bout to be announced for 2019!
Back on August 10th we reported that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] would be making his next defense on October 11th at the Korakuen Hall against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士] at a Diamond Glove card.
Following that we reported a second title bout had been a added the October 11th card, making the show a double header. That second title fight was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout between the unbeaten Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] and the once beaten Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲], in what looks like a great match up, and a chance for the two youngsters to get their first taste of gold.
Now we've been informed the show will actually be a triple header! The third title bout set for this show will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] moving up in weight to face off with Filipino Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, which has been vacated by former champion Hidenori Otake.
For the 28 year old Teshigawara the bout will see him return to the Super Bantamweight division, a division that he has flirted with but never really committed to. Despite never being a fully fledged Super Bantamweight he has stated problems making 118lbs in the past and a move up may well bee the best idea for his career going forward.
As for the Filipino he has actually fought as high as Super Featherweight, but achieved his most notable results at Bantamweight, claiming the GAB Bantamweight title in 2016 and making a defense of the title last year. Notably he doesn't appear to have any problems making 118lbs, 130lbs or anything between them.
This is arguably the best of the bouts now set for the show, which will also feature the hard hitting Ryosuke Takami (12-2, 11) [高見 良祐] though his opponent is yet to be announced, and promises to be a thrilling contest.
At the moment it's unclear whether Teshigawara is looking to make the move up in weight permanent, but if he does there is a very possible rush for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title that he'll be leaving behind featuring the likes of Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太], Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介] and Kyosuke Sawada (12-2-1, 6) [澤田京介], who would all be very interested in claiming a notable title in the near future.
On March 1st we'll see former WBC former champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介] have his highly anticipated rematch with current champion Luis Nery (25-0, 19).
Today Yamanaka took part in a notable sparring session, as he shared the ring with two highly regarded Filipino partners and began full on sparring ahead of the Nery rematch.
The Japanese star sparred with WBC ranked Bantamweight contender Michael Dasmarinas (27-2, 18) and and OPBF ranked fighter Glenn Suminguit (20-3, 10). Both of whom are southpaws with similar stature to the Mexican and although not perfect stylistic replica's of Nery do have a lot of similarities with the champion.
Today Yamanaka stated that he was working on keeping his stance tighter than he had done in his loss to Nery, and not open up his feet as wide as he did previously. Instead of opening up he wants to move more, and use his legs better and seemingly get more into his shots,and get away from Nery's pressure.
Interestingly Yamanaka did suggest that he had seen Nery's last fight, where he was dropped by Filipino Arthur Villanueva, and it seems like Yamanaka has studied the knockdown and will look to replicate what was successful for Villanueva.
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