Yesterday we reported two bouts set for Dangan 226.on July 27th, today we can talk about a third,and a bout that looks likely to be the show's main event.
The bout in question will see OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], in what looks like a tough by clearly winnable defense for the champion.
The champion won the title last June, when he narrowly over-come Carlo Magali with a 12 round split decision. Since then he has defended the belt twice, taking a draw against Japanese champion Masaru Sueyoshi and a clear decision against Takuya Watanabe, to move towards a future world title fight. He's still some way from a shot at the top, but is on the rise and with just 8 professional bouts to his name his rise has been a very quick one, and one that seems likely to not slow down any time soon.
Takenaka on the other hand is best known for his OPBF reign 4lbs south. He's a technical boxer-puncher with under-rated skills, solid power and a good work rate, but at 126lbs his chin was generally his weakness, and he was stopped stopped by the likes of Ryol Li Lee, Hisashi Amagasa and Sah Myung Noh As the OPBF champion he won the belt in August 2015, stopping Vinvin Rufino, and made 3 defenses before losing the belt to Noh in 207. Since then he has gone 2-1, with a notable loss last time our, in China to Ukrainian teenager Heorhii Lashko, in an IBF Silk Road tournament bout.
For Takenaka another loss, especially in the wake of the one to Lashko, would spell the end of his career whilst a win would be a career saver. For Mishiro a win takes him one more step towards a potential world title fight, and would be another solid defense of his title.
As mentioned this is the third bout of note to be confirmed for the show. This announcement follows announcements of a Japanese Bantamweight title bout, between Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] and mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], and a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, between Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] and Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall the fans were able to see the award ceremony for the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for March.
The award winners, who were announced back on April 8th, were OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓], who was the MVP, Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], the Fighting Spirit award winner, and OPBF and JBC Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里], who was the "New Comer" award winner.
At today's ceremony the 3 fighters all spoke to the fans in attendance.
Mishiro revealed that it was a special award for him, and not something he expected, especially given he's only been a professional for around 2 years. He then added "I will continue to work hard and practice, and I will return to here as an MVP, defeating strong opponents".
Kato, who will get a second shot at Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] on August 3rd following their draw in March, sounded determined to take the Japanese title later in the year, "I will do my best to win this time and to receive such an award again."
Interestingly Matsuda actually broke some news with her comments and revealed "the defense fight is scheduled for September", with the champion expected to defend her OPBF and JBC titles before moving onto a world title fight.
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Earlier today the Japanese award winners for March were named, with the normal 3 awards being won for the month.
The MVP was won by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓], who successfully defended his title against Takuya Watanabe (35-9-1, 20) [渡邉卓也] to earn the award. The talented Mishiro was forced to fight hard, but was the clear winner against Watanabe, who was game, but out classed and out sped.
The fighting spirit award was won by Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], who earned the award with his draw against Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登]. Despite failing to win Kato showed a lot to be excited about, and we're really looking forward to seeing his next bout. A well worthy winner for this award!
The new comer award was won by OPBF and JBC Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里] following her decision win over Nanae Suzuki (8-3-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江], in their unification bout.
The fighters will receive their awards on May 15th at the Korakuen Hall.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] make his second defense, defeating veteran Takuya Watanabe (35-9-1, 20) [渡邉卓也] in a compelling 12 round affair.
The bout, promised a lot on paper and genuinely delivered in what was a technical, tactical, highly skilled fight. Both looked to make use of their jab early on, with Watanabe having the slightly heavy jab, whilst Mishiro's was the sharper one. There was little to split the men in the early stages and after 4 rounds the judges had the bout 38-38, 39-37 and a rather harsh 40-36, giving Mishiro the majority lead when the scores were announced for the first time.
Knowing he was behind Watanabe looked to change the tempo in the middle rounds, but Mishiro went with him and refused to be out worked by the older man. This lead to him extending his lead when the scores were announced after 8 rounds, with scores of 78-74, twice, and 77-75 in favour of the champion.
Knowing he had had to do everything in the final stages Watnabe tried to work the body and break down Mishiro, who held his own, showing that even with his novice level of experience he can go 12 rounds with no problems and in fact he was the one finishing hard with a big attack in the final seconds.
At the end off the bout the open scoring had made it clear that Mishiro was going to win, and he did so with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111, but he had to work hard for it and Watanabe again proved he was no push over, despite now having 9 losses to his name.
For fans wanting to watch this, it was shown live over Boxing Raise, and will be added to their Video on Demand section in the near future.
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Tomorrow fight fans around the world, as well as those at the Korakuen Hall, will be able to see a potentially brilliant fight, as OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (6-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defends his belt against Takuya Watanabe (35-8-1, 20) [渡邉卓也], in the main event of Dangan 221.
The bout, which will be streamed on Boxing Raise, will be Mishiro's second defense, and Watanabe's first bout in Japan since December 2016.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both men made weight.
The more experienced Watanabe was bang on the limit, and looked in great condition, as he always does. Mishiro, who also looked tremendous, was a touch lighter than the challenger.
At the weigh in both spoke confidently and it seems like they are just as excited for the bout as we are. The styles and mentalities of the two should make for some excellent action and we may be in for a bit of a hidden gem here.
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