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.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] successfully defend his title, and score an impressive stoppage win against former IBF Super Flyweight title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (26-3-1, 9) [位帝里 木下].
The heavy handed champion showed his aggressive side early on, and after a few cautious moments he stepped on the pace and forced Kinoshita on the back foot. The power and physicality of Teshigawara seemed to be a huge difference between the two, and even when the champion was tagged he seemed to shrug it off with no issue.
In round 3 Teshogawara landed a hard left hand on the challenger, which seemed to buzz Kinoshita, who was dropped later in the same round from a series of heavy shots. To his credit Kinoshita returned to his feet, but could never really avoid the pressure of the champion, and from then on it seemed like a matter of time.
That time ran out in round 5, when Teshigawara dropped Kinoshita for a second time. Once again the challenger returned to his feet, but the bout was stopped with the referee showing some common sense and saving the beaten, and battered, challenger.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (16-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶] battle against former 2-time IBF Super Flyweight title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (26-2-1, 9) [位帝里 木下]. Today those two men weighed in for their bout, and both fighters managed to make weight.
On the scales Teshigawara was exactly 118lbs, dead on the divisional limit for the bout This is the samas as he was in his title win, an October victory against Jetro Pabustan, but is heavier than he was in his thrilling title defense against Jason Canoy, from back in February. At the weigh in he seemed confidence and it does seem like he is seeing his title as a gateway towards a world title fight.
Kinoshita, who is a former Japanese Super Flyweight champion, weighed in at 117.7lbs and despite not being that much under the limit he dod look much smaller, and also somewhat drained, when compared to Teshigawara. ForKinoshita this will be his first major bout as a Bantamweight and his first opportunity to to claim a Bantamweight title, whilst also trying to revbuild following his 2017 loss to Jerwin Ancajas in Australia. That loss to Ancajas was his second at world level, after having also lost to Zolani Tete in 2014.
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Just over a month ago we saw two title bouts being announced for a June 14th card at the Korakuen Hall. One of those bouts was announced as a Japanese Lightweight title bout between defendoing champion Shuichiro Yoshino (7-0, 5) [吉野修一郎] and under-rated challenger Genki Maeda (6-2-1, 2) [前田絃希] and the other was a WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title fight between champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (16-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶] and former 2-time IBF Super Flyweight title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (26-2-1, 9) [位帝里 木下]. Now it's been announced that that card will actually be a triple header, with another title fight being announced for the show.
That bout will see former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai (29-7, 20) [船井 龍一] battle against former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (26-7-1, 23) for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title.
Funai was last seen in the ring back in December, when he stopped Shota Kawaguchi in 2 rounds to retain the Japanese title and record his second defense. He vacated the title at the start of 2018 to focus on getting a world title fight, and it seems that he been over-looked for now, but will view the WBO Asia Pacific title as a chance to shoot up the WBO rankings and keep his name in the mix for later in the year.
Parrenas is best known for his 2015 loss to Naoya Inoue in a WBO Super Flyweight title bout. He would be out of the ring for almost 2 years following that loss but return last December to beat a Thai foe, as he began to work as a trainer at the Morioka gym. Parrenas notched his second win since the loss to Inoue back in April, when he stopped another Thai visitor. The hard hitting Filipino will know that a win here puis him in the mix for a second world title fight, whilst a loss here will likely end his dreams of ever winning a world title.
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