Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall there was an award ceremony for the East Japan Boxing Association October award winners.
The MVP for the month was the interestingly dressed Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶], who became the OPBF Super Bantamweight champion in October. He spoke to the fans today and revealed that he would be defending the OPBF title in February, though the opponent hasn't been named.
To prepare for his bout he's been training in the Philippines and clearly seems confident as we head into the new year of having another fantastic 12 months.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Daishi Nagata (11-2-1, 5) [永田 大士], who lost in his own OPBF title bout but impressed in his performance. He spoke to the audience and stated that he was "honored to receive such an award" and that he would "be a champion next year," though revealed nothing about when he would be fighting again.
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Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for October. Notably there was only 2 winners this month and both were featured on the same show!
The MVP for the month was Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] who earned the award for his stoppage win over Filipino visitor Glenn Suminguit (21-4, 11). The bout saw Teshigawara move up to Super Bantamweight and claim the OPBF Super Bantamweight in very impressive fashion. The win for the Japanese fighter saw him a second regional title, after having previously held the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, and it now seems like heading on to bigger and better things.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Daishi Nagata (11-2-1, 5) [永田 大士], despite the fact he actually lost to the OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (23-2, 7) [内藤 律樹]. It seems clear that he was rewarded for the spirit he showed, and was a well worthy winner, especially given how good his performance was and how deep he dug late on.
There was, unfortunately, no winner of the New Comer award.
The two men will be award at a ceremony at the Korakuen Hall on December 13th.
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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!
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