We'll never defend boxing organisations for creating more and more titles, just to line their own pockets. That however doesn't mean that some niches don't deserve titles, and we're huge fans of the relatively new Japanese Youth titles. They have a niche, young Japanese fighters, and tend to give us some really good match ups.
Today we saw one amazing match up being set in stone, as Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] stopped Hizuki Saso (10-6-1, 3) [佐宗緋月] in just 2 rounds to set up a match with Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] for the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title.
Sato had booked his place in a title fight this past weekend, when he stopped the big punching Tetsuya Tomioka (5-4, 5) [富岡哲也], and knew that he would be facing the winner of Shiba Vs Saso.
It took only moments to realise that Chiba was in a different class to Saso, with Saso struggling to match the speed, tempo, skills or movement of Shiba, who closed the show less than a minute into round 2.
There isn't yet an announced date for Shiba Vs Sato, but it is a mouth watering clash between an all out pressure fighter, in Sato, and a skilled boxer-puncher, in Shiba. This bout is the perfect example of what the Japanese Youth titles are all about and we can't wait for the bout to take place!
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Earlier today saw the announcement of 3 Japanese Youth title eliminator bouts, as the JBC title pictures at Light Flyweight and Super Bantamweight get sorted out.
The Super Bantamweight division had one eliminator announced, a bout between Arashi Iimi (7-1, 7) [飯見嵐], the 2017 East Japan Rookie of the Year winner, and Kenta Nomura (5-2, 2) [野村健太]. These two youngsters will battle on April 1st at the Diamond Glove show. The winner of this match up will then face Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] for the vacant title later in the year.
The Light Flyweight division will have two bouts taking place, in what are essentially tournament semi-final bouts for the vacant title, with the winners fighting for the belt later in the year.
One of those bouts will take place on the April 11th Diamond glove card, and will see Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] battle Hizuki Saso (10-5-1, 3) [佐宗緋月], in a really interesting contest. Shiba was a former amateur standout, who has really exciting since turning professional Saso is much more experienced, and comes into this bout on the back of solid wins over Jeffrey Galero and Desierto Nagaike.
The other Light Flyweight semi-final bout will see the exciting Tsuyoshi Sato (8-1-1, 4) [佐藤剛] take on the big punching Tetsuya Tomioka (5-3, 5) [富岡哲也] in what should be a real war. Sato has a really fun, aggressive style whilst Tomioka is a stop or be stopped fighter, who has only lost to highly regarded fighters in the form of Junto Nakatani, Katsunori Nagamine and Ryuto Oho. This bout will be held on April 6th.
Both of these bouts at 108lbs are really hard to call, though any combination in the final should give us something really special.
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