Earlier today saw the announcement of Mugen 9, set to take place on August 4th in Okinawa. The show will feature a pair of title fights, a female OPBF title bout and a Japanese Youth title bout.
The Japanese Youth title bout will take place at Light Flyweight and will see Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Hiroki Inamine (2-1, 2) [稲嶺光紀]. On paper this is an outstanding fight, with Oho looking to build on a brilliant win over Tetsuya Tomioka earlier this year and make his first defense of the title.
As for Inamine, who was a very solid amateur, this bout will see him looking to bounce back from from a May defeat to former amateur stand out Rikito Shiba, in a hotly contested 6 round decision loss.
The other title fight will see OPBF female Bantamweight champion Yuko Henzan (6-6-4, 2) [平安山裕子] make her first defense of the title that she won back in April. She will be taking on unbeaten Chinese challenger Fan Yin (3-0, 1), who is taking a notable step up in class for her first title bout.
Also on this card will be Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太], in a notable supporting bout.
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Earlier today Japanese teenager Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) [加納陸] took part in a public training session ahead of his August 20th bout with Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] for the
WBO Minimumweight world title.
The practice session was a chance to Kano to talk to the media, show his skills, and more importantly publicly speak to Hiroki Ioka, a man who's record Kano is actively chasing when he gets into the ring in August.
Ioka, a former 2 weight world champion and the uncle of Kazuto Ioka, is the current holder of the "youngest Japanese world champion" crown. He achieved that feat back on October 18th 1987 when he was 18 years, 9 months and 10 days old. If Kano wins the title on August 20th he will have broken the 29 year old record by, around, a month.
At the actual practice session Kano spent time sparring with stablemate Futa Akizuki for 3 rounds, before hitting the mitts and the heavy bag whilst working up a sweat. All under the watchful eye of Mr Ioka who seemed to wish Kano the best of luck for the August 20th bout with Takayama, in fact it almost seemed to make Ioka proud that someone was wanting to break his long standing record.
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Earlier today the West Japan Boxing Association had a vote to decide their President for the next 3 years. The votes saw former world champion Hiroki Ioka [井岡 弘樹] win the election, with a margin of 42 votes against 19 won by Eijiro Murata, for the second time.
Mr Ioka, who won the presidency back in 2013, had originally won by a very slim margin 3 years ago but this time won the vote with an over whelming majority, showing that the voters have been won over by his presidency, which has helped to bring the Association along in a big way.
The term of the presidency begins on April 1st and will see the former 2 weight world champion, and the uncle of current world champion Kazuto Ioka [井岡 一翔], continue to develop the boxing in the West of Japan and it seems that one of his aims is to help retired fighters find something gainful to do after their careers are over. It's something that a number of former fighters have began to try and develop and it seems to have been one of the keys to Mr Ioka's campaign.
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For the past few days the Inoue trio have been in Atami as part of a training camp on the beaches of the resort.
Recent blog posts by WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] show the "Monster", his younger brother Takuma Inoue (6-0, 1) [井上 拓真] and touted cousin Hiroki Inoue (1-0, 1) [浩樹井上] all training in the sun.
Although they look happy training the camp has certainly not been a relaxing one with Naoya posting that whilst the environment is great he's being worked hard on the camp and been put through the grinder, and we have to assume the same applies to both Hiroki and Takuma.
The youngster, who is expected back in the ring in May against mandatory challenger David Carmona (20-2-5, 8), is seemingly working his way to top fitness whilst his team organise the bout in the background.
The May card, which is being put together, is likely to see Naoya in the main event against Carmona, whilst Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] is set to be in the co-feature bout, though his opponent is yet to be named, whilst Takuma and Hiroki are expected both expected to be on the under-card at the moment.
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Back in the 1980's and early 1990's Korean boxing was flying high and it was a million miles away from the mess we unfortunately have today. One of their stand out fighters was Myung Woo Yuh [유명우], one of the greatest Light Flyweight's in history.
Yuh's career was genuinely brilliant as he ran up a 38-1 (14) record between 1982 and 1993 and recorded 17 successive, and 19 total, defenses of the WBA Light Flyweight title. His sole loss during that great career saw him suffer a split decision loss in December 1991 to Japan's Hiroki Ioka [井岡 弘樹], a loss that was avenged the following year with Yuh claiming a majority decision over Ioka.
Ioka, the uncle of current world champion Kazuto Ioka, had himself a fantastic career, also in the 1980's and 1990's, as he became the youngest Japanese world champion and a 2-weight champion. He ran up a 33-8-1 (17) record and fought in an impressive 13 world title bouts between 1987, when he was just 18 years old, and 1998.
Earlier today the two men met up, with Yuh visiting Ioka in Osaka, meeting for the first time since their second bout. The meeting saw both showing a lot of respect to each other with Yuh suggesting that Ioka should come and see him in Seoul sometime and get a meal at the restaurant that he runs.
For those who haven't seen the two bouts we've included them both below and both are thrillers.
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