Over the last few weeks we've seen a lot of talk and speculation regarding the July edition of the Dynamic Glove show. We can now reveal that the show has had a lot of details revealed, and looks like it will be a rather stacked card with a mixture of recognisable fighters and prospects.
The show, set for July 6th at the Korakuen Hall, will be headlined by the IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), which will set the winner up for a world title. We've known about that for a while, though today we've had confirmation that the chief support bout is also going to be at Super Featherweight, as Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on a yet to be confirmed opponent in a 10 round supporting bout.
As we've reported previously other supporting bouts will see Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] take on Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5) and a Welterweight bout between Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], with both of these set to be 8 rounders.
Last week we also confirmed that Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] had been added to the card and today we can also confirm, after quite a lot speculation, that Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太] will also be on the show. At the moment neither Nakano or Lee have had an opponent confirmed, though both are expected to be matched with international opponents, and hopefully both will take notable steps up in class following blow out wins earlier in the year.
After several months of Dynamic Glove shows not being shown live on G+ we really have got hopes that this one wll be aired live given the talent on show, and the significance on the main event.
Over the last week or so we've seen a lot of talk about the July 6th edition of Dynamic Glove, which is set to be headlined by an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator, between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Since that bout was announced by Teiken we've seen more and more news being revealed about the card, including a bout featuring the hotly tipped Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士].
Today we were informed of another set for the card, with Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] now confirmed to be on the show against Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5), in what looks to be a very clear step towards a potential Japanese title fight.
The unbeaten Kaji, who won the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year crown at the age of 18, has been hit and miss in recent fights. He has failed to shine against the likes of Jun Blazo and Arnold Garde, but the feeling has been that he needs to be fighting for a purpose, and against Orais we will see him fighting a man ranked in the top #3 by the JBC, with a win over Orais being a gateway to a title fight.
For Orais, who is now 34, this is a must win to keep his career alive, and he will need a much better performance than we saw him last time out, when he lost to Yuta Matsuo last October. At his best he was very capable, though now appears to be clearly winding his career down to focus more on his work a a trainer at the FLARE Yamagami gym.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see the touted Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] extend his winning record, but he was forced to work for his victory.
The unbeaten fighter from the Teiken Gym, was up against Filipino fighter Arnold Garde (10-7-3, 4).
On paper this was a mismatch, it was supposed to be another straight forward win for Kaji, who looks destined for big things. Instead however Garde served as a good test, frustrating Kaji in the early rounds and really playing the part of the upset minded traveller.
After a solid start however Garde slowed down and Kaji began to find more success with his power shots, going on to take the unanimous decision with scores of 80-73, 78-75 and 78-74.
Although tipped as a star of the future the 21 year old Kaji certainly has areas to develop, as seen again today, before he thinks about a title fight.
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Back in January we reported that OPBF champion Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (6-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] would defending his title on March 27th against Takuya Watanabe (35-8-1, 20) [渡邉卓也], in the main event of Dangan 221.
Today we can reveal some notable details for that under-card
In what appears to be the main suport bout Kyosuke Sawada (12-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] will face Keita Nakano (15-13-6, 5) [中野敬太], in what will be a rematch between two men. They fought to a draw back in 2016, which came bang in the middle of a weird run of 3 straight draws for Nakano. Since their first bout Sawada has won 8 in a row whilst Nakano has gone 2-1-3.
Another supporting bout will see Hayate Kaji (11-0, 9) [梶颯] look to kick off his 2019. His opponent hasn't yet been announced, but there is hope that it will be someone more testing than than Sahaphap Bunop and Kichang Kim, who were his last 2 opponents..
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Teiken prospect Hayate Kaji (11-0, 9) [梶颯] put on a show as he dismantled Thai visitor Sahaphap Bunop (3-2, 2) in 2 rounds, to continue his perfect record.
The Japanese youngster looked to set the pace from the off, apply intense yet educated pressure to begin with and made Bunop fight off the back foot. The pressure was genuinely brutal on the Thai who took a real pounding through the opening round, though some how managed to last through the first 3 minutes without going down.
In the second round Kaji's pressure and power broke through, dropping the Thai in the neutral corner. Sahaphap showed his toughness by getting back to his feet, and continuing the fight. Sadly that toughness only saw him take more punishment as Kaji kept on the offensive, and forced the referee in to save the visitor, who had taken a real beating, despite the bout lasting less than 2 complete rounds.
For Kaji this is his second win this year and he's clearly moving towards his first title fight. Despite only being 21 years old he's looking like a true diamond in the rough it clearly won't be long until he's wrapping gold around his waist as a champion.
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