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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It's fair to say that with so many prospects coming through the Japanese ranks right now it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. One man doing his very best to avoid being lost is Teiken Super Flyweight teenager Hayate Kaji (8-0, 7) [梶 颯], who shone again today as he stopped Filipino visitor Renan Portes (9-5, 5) in the second round of their bout.
Portes hasn't gone to Japan to lose and looked shart early on with a solid jab, and he showed his boxing nouse as he circled the ring, picking and pecking at Kaji who came forward looking for holes and hoping for Portes to hold his feet. As the first round went on Portes began to build his confidence and look for some nasty looking right hands.
Sadly for Portes the more confident he became the more opening Kaji was able to see, as he went hunting with his left hook in the latter part of the opening round.
In round 2 Kaji moved up a gear and applied more intensity to his pressure, neutralise the jab of Portes and letting his shots flow more willingly. That pressure of Kaji's saw him corner Portes part way through the round and land a sharp combination punctuated by a devastating body shot that send Portes down in agony. Portes remained down for the full count, and looked in pain throughout the 10-count, whilst Kaji looked like he had hardly broken a sweat.
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Ealier today Japanese fight fans had a notable card at the Korakuen Hall. The main event ended in disappointment, but the under-card was certainly nottoo shabby.
The main under-card bout saw Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (7-0, 3) [正木 脩也] score the biggest win of his career, as he dominated veteran Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. Eto was dropped in round 4 and struggled to make any dent on Masaki in what was a very one sided contest. Following the bout there was speculation that Eto was likely to retire.
Another leading under-card bout saw Ryoji Fukunaga (9-2, 9) [福永 亮次] score a 7th round TKO over Yoshinobu Kakinaga (6-3, 2) [垣永 嘉信], in what was a really good, highly competitive technical contest.
Another notable under-card bout ended in bizarre fashion with Yuki Nagano (11-2, 8) [永野 祐樹] taking a very odd first round TKO against Yoshiyuki Suzuki (5-10-5, 1) [鈴木 義行
Lower down the card were wins for Super Flyweight prospects Hayate Kaji (7-0, 6) [梶 颯] and Haruaki Kamiya (6-0, 2) [神谷 治昭], who both stopped over-matched Thai's.
Someone else who impressed on the under-card was debutant Takashi Hiraiwa (1-0, 1) [平岩 貴志] make his debut and scored a 2nd round win over Yusuke Goto (1-1, 1) [後藤 祐介]. As for the show opener, that was probably the most competitive bout on the card and saw Koki Moiya (1-0-1) [三尾谷 昂希] take a narrow decision over Yukito Kurosaki (2-1, 1) [黒﨑 雪仁].
For those interested we have included the video of the Masaki Vs Eto bout below.
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Earlier this year we saw Teiken southpaw hope Kenji Ono (11-2, 5) [大野 兼資] score a brilliant win over Jun Takigawa, in a bout that had multiple knockdowns and an incredible amount of action. The win over Takigawa put Ono on our map as an exciting and gutsy fighter, always worth keeping an eye on. Today however Ono was made to look foolish and fragile as he was stopped, inside a round, by the unbeaten Seigo Yuri Akui (9-0-1, 5) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟].
Whilst Ono had made his name with the win over Takigawa he was also known for being the 2014 All Japan Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year. That however was no help as he took on the 2015 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the year, and found that Akui was too big, too powerful and too strong.
Ono was downed very early in the fight and was stopped a little over 2 minutes in to the bout with Akui struggling to miss Ono, who never seemed to recover from the knockdown.
Staying with Rookie of the Year winners the card also featured the 2015 All-Japan Super Flyweight Rookie of the year Hayate Kaji (6-0, 5) [梶 颯], who made light work of Thai visitor Sitthiphong Saithong (0-2), who was stopped after just 138 seconds. That might not seem like a lot of time, but it was enough for the Thai to hit the canvas 3 times as Kaji's power proved to be too much for the visitor.
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