Back in August when the Japanese title eliminators were announced to find the challengers for the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts there was one bout that came with only the names of the fighters and no set date. Today we finally found the date of that bout, with World Sports Boxing gym posting up the date and venue of the contest.
The bout, between 4 time world title challenger Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] and World Sport's very own Yuta Matsuo (15-4-1, 8) [松尾雄太], is now set to take place at the EDION Arena Osaka on December 22nd.
Interestingly the show for the bout is seemingly yet to be announced it's self, though takes place in Osaka on the same day as the recently announced "You Will Be The Champion 10" card, headlined by an WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title fight. That card though is scheduled to be at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center, and not the EDION Arena, suggesting two notable cards in Osaka on the same day.
Although details of the overall show are certainly scarce, and it's unlikely that World Sports Boxing will be promoting it, there is a chance that it could be an Hiroki Ioka promoted card, with Ioka often promoting a show in December.
Whether it's Ioka or not we're expecting details of this show to be revealed in the coming weeks as the December schedule for the Japanese fans continues to become more and more stacked.
Yesterday we reported that an October 26th card at Korakuen Hall would be playing host to 5 Japanese eliminators as we begin to piece together the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts. Now we've been given a full list of all the eliminators, as we really see the end of the year Japanese boxing calendar take shape.
The first of the bouts will take place on September 13th at Super Bantamweight, and will see former champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] take on experienced veteran Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔], in what should be a thriller.
The second of the eliminators will take place just a few days later, on September 21st and is another bout that was already known about. This one is the Japanese Minimumweight title eliminator between unbeaten teenager Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆].
Following the Minimumweight bout we'll have to wait until October for many of the bouts, with the first of those coming on October 21st and seeing Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] and Daishi Nagata (13-2-1, 5) [永田大士] clash in an eliminator at 140lbs. On paper this one has explosive action written all over it and could turn out to be the hidden gem of the eliminators.
We then move on to the October 26th card, which features 5 different eliminators. They are the Flyweight eliminator, between Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] and Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也], the Bantamweight eliminator between Kazuki Tanaka (11-2, 8) [田中一樹] and Kyosuke Sawada (13-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] the Featherweight eliminator, pitting Hinata Maruta (9-1-1, 7) [丸田陽七太] against Takenori Ohashi (17-5-2, 11) [大橋健典], the Lightweight eliminator between Kazuki Saito (7-1, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Izuki Tomioka (6-2-1, 2) [富岡樹] and the Welterweight bout between Keita Obara (21-4-1, 19) [小原 佳太] and Toshiro Tarumi (12-3-3, 6) [垂水稔朗]. This is where the bulk of the bouts are, and is expected to be a sensational card.
The Super Featherweight bout will take place on October 30th and is one of the best match ups. The bout will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也]. This pits a huge puncher against a proper tough guy in what could be a very brutal bout.
At Light Middleweight we'll see former champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] take on Yuto Shimizu (13-4-2, 5) [清水優人] in what looks like a disappointing match up on paper but should prove to be very entertaining. This bout will take place on November 2nd and is expected to be featured on a card that has at least one other noteworthy bout.
The final bout to be scheduled is the Light Flyweight contest, which is set to feature Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] taking on the big punching Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道], in another amazing match up. This bout, set to take place in Nagoya on December 15th, is a huge step up for Shiba and a win here would be a huge statement for the youngster.
One bout that has been ordered, but has no set date yet, is the Super Flyweight bout, which will feature former champion Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] and Yuta Matsuo (15-4-1, 8) [松尾雄太], in what should be an action packed war, helped by the limitations of the two men involved.
Notably there will be no eliminator at Middleweight and instead Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] will get a shot at the belt, likely against current champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], in the new year.
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Earlier this month the Mutoh Gym confirmed their December 24th show, headlined by an OPBF Bantamweight title fight between Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-7, 8) [小林佑樹] and Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太] .
Today we had another bout for that card revealed, with 4-time world title challenger, and former Japanese national champion Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] being added to the card in the show's chief support bout.
The veteran, from the Nakazato gym, was last seen losing the Japanese Super Flyweight title to Takayuki Okumoto in August. It was assumed he would retire after that loss, but instead he'll be out in action on Christmas Eve to take on Filipino journeyman Jayar Estremos (11-14, 4), who will be fighting for the first time as a Mutoh Gym fighter.
On paper this should be an easy win for Kudaka, but the Japanese fighter had had a reputation for making life much harder for himself than he really needs to. We suspect he'll win, but will make this a lot harder than it needs to be.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] lose the Japanese Super Flyweight title as he attempted to record his first defense. Unfortunately for the popular former world title challenger he was unable to over-come a determined and hungry Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-3, 10) [奥本 貴之], who did just enough to claim the decision win.
The fight started in an exciting fashion, with Kudaka looking to apply pressure whilst Okumoto boxed well behind his jab. It made for exciting action but also some some clumsy action with messy head clashes, resulting in both men suffered cuts. As the bout went on the action became sloppier and sloppier with clinches and wrestling starting to ruin the action, which was competitive, but not exciting.
After 5 rounds Okumoto was just in the lead, 48-47 on all 3 score cards. The action however was stifled and his jab had began to be less potent and Kudaka managed to cut the distance and get his work off more in round 6.
With Kudaka getting success Okumoto reverted to plan B and started to unload heavier artillery, landing his southpaw left hand, and his right hook, countering Kudaka and his pressure. The fight then started to warm up again, with the action getting the crowd excited as a battle ensued, with the only pauses coming when the doctors had to check the huge cuts on Kudaka.
After 10 rounds all 3 judges had scored the bout 96-94 in favour of Okumoto, who claimed the title in his second challenge, and deprived Kudaka of the belt.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-17-2, 11) [久高寛之] make his first defense of the title. The always fun to watch Kudaka will be taking on Takayuki Okumoto (20-8-3, 10) [奥本 貴之], who will be fighting in his second Japanese title fight after having previously come up short against Ryuichi Funai.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both managed to make weight with no issues.
The champion was 114.64lbs on the scales this morning and looked in amazing shape, as he always does. He seemed confident at the weigh in and stated that he would make his first defense tomorrow and do his best for the fans.
Okumoto was even lighter, weighing in at 114.2lbs. He seemed hungry to claim the win and stated that he would take the belt tomorrow.
Although both seemed confident they also seemed very friendly and that should be no surprise given that they have known each other for years.
Related - Kudaka faces Okumoto in Japanese title defense!
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