The main event of today's show at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2-2, 12) [勅使河原 弘晶] successfully retain his title, winning in an exciting battle against the gutsy but over-powered Yuki Iriguchi (10-3-1, 4) [入口裕貴].
The fight started fast as both men looked to set a high pace from the opening moments. Defense was limited during the first stanza as both looked to force their will on the other. Things got worse for Iriguchi in the second round as Teshigawara began to find his range more and more often, using his jab to set up his pressure and left Iriguchi with a bloodied nose. The pace began to slow in round 3, as both looked to counter more often. After 4 rounds Teshigawara was leading on all 3 cards, with scores of 39-37, twice, and 40-36.
Teshigawara began to amp up the pressure in round 5, pushing Iriguchi back more and using his jab and left hook smartly. The clean, hurtful shots, were rare, but he was busting up Irigicuhi, who was beginning to show more and more damage as the rounds went on, despite a gallant fight back in round 7. Teshigawara began to go to the body more in round 8, and part way through the round and the referee finally saved Iriguchi who had shown bravery and guts but taken a lot of punishment through the bout.
Interestingly Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who was at the venue to be honoured as the Fight Spirit Award winner for January, seemed to be paying particular attention to this bout, and may well look to unify with Teshigawara, who was speaking about facing top domestic fighters after his win.
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Tomorrow fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title against fellow Japanese fighter Yuki Iriguchi (10-2-1, 4) [入口裕貴].
This morning the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the 122lb limit.
Teshigawara, who is ranked by 3 of the 4 world title bodies, spoke very confidently and seemed to be a man who knows he could be fighting for a world title by the end of the year, though has focused on Iriguchi.
Iriguchi was also confident, and will be looking to build on big career wins over Ryohei Takahashi, who recently fought for a world title, and Takafumi Nakajima. A win here would however be his biggest win, by far.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be televised on tape delay on Fuji TV this coming weekend.
Related - Teshigawara looks to defend OPBF crown against Iriguchi!
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Thursday next week Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the next Diamond Glove card. The show will be headlined by Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶], defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title against Yuki Iriguchi (10-2-1, 4) [入口裕貴], and will also feature Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] battling with Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達] for the Japanese Light Flyweight title.
Over the last day or so Fuji TV have revealed that the show will be aired the following weekend, on Saturday night/Sunday morning, as their next "Diamond Glove" broadcast.
As is typical for these Diamond Glove shows it will have a 1 hour time slot, beginning at 27:10 Saturday night, or 3:10 Sunday morning, meaning we'll likely only get TV edited highlights of the bouts unless they finish early.
Whilst we're not fans of delay footage, we are glad that this does have a scheduled air date, and is only a few days after the bouts take place.
Teshigawara looks to defend OPBF crown against Iriguchi!
Horikawa and Todaka battle for vacant Japanese crown!
This looks set to be the main event of the card and is a very attractive match up on a very good looking card!
Despite this news being broken by Dangan, it's been revealed the card will be a Diamond Glove show.
On January 10th the JBC, along with members of the Tokyo Boxing Press, announced the nominations for the 2018 Japanese boxing awards.
The highest award is the Best Fighter, or MVP, award. The nominations for this award are:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] - The current WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] - The current WBO Flyweight champion
Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] - The current WBC Flyweight champion
and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] - The current WBO Super Featherweight champion
The Skills Award again includes Kenshiro and Tanaka but also:
Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] - The current WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion
Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] - The current WBC Light Flyweight champion
and Jorge Linares (45-4, 28)
The Special award sees Ito and Tanaka being nominated
The KO award see's Naoya Inoue being joined by:
Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡] - The current OPBF Featherweight champion
and Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] - The current Japanese Middleweight champion
The Newcomer award has seen a nice number of candidates, the nominees here are, Takesako along with:
Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] - The current OPBF Minimumweight champion
Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] - The current OPBF Super Bantamweight champion
Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] - The current Japanese Lightweight champion
Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] - The current Japanese Welterweight champion
The "strive", which appears to be an achievement type of award, has seen the following nominations:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義] - The current OPBF Lightweight champion
Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] - The current Japanese Light Welterweight champion
Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] - The former Japanese Flyweight champion
and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] - The former Japanese Light Flyweight champion
The best fight, at world level has seen 3 bouts being nominated:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] - WBO Flyweight title fight
Jorge Linares Vs Vasyl Lomachneko - WBA "super" Lightweight title fight
and Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] Vs Juan Carlos Payano - WBA "Regular" Bantamweight title fight
The best fight that wasn't at world level has 4 nominations:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾] - Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight
Valentine Hosokawa [細川バレンタイン] Vs Vladimir Baez - Japanese Light Welterweight title fight
Hironori Mishiro [三代大訓] Vs Masaru Sueyoshi [末吉 大] - OPBF / JBA Super Featherweight unification bout
Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] vs Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登] - Japanese Middleweight title fight
The female Fighter of the Year nominations are:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ] - The current WBO female Light Welterweight champion
Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] - The current WBO female Minimumweight champion
Naoko Fujioka (18-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] - The current WBA female Flyweight champion
The female Fight of the Year nominations were:
Tenkai Tsunami [天海 ツナミ] Vs Chaoz Minowa [チャオズ箕輪]- WBO female Light Flyweight title fight
Nao Ikeyama [池山直] Vs Mika Iwakawa [岩川美花] - WBO Atomweight title fight
Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子] Vs Irma Sanchez - WBA female Flyweight title fight
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子] - WBO female Minimumweight title fight
Voting will take place in January with the winners being awarded at a ceremony on February 8th.
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