In Osaka earlier today fight fans had a chance to see the latest Ioka promoted card, and although it wasn't a high profile show, by any stretch of the imagination, it was an interesting card, with several notable names on it.
The most notable of those names was former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] who battled under-rated youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. On paper this looked like a mismatch in favour of Ishida however Sadatsune approached the bout with the feeling that he could win, and he certainly showed no respect to Ishida, in fact the youngster responded pretty much evenly with Ishida through the fight. When Ishida picked up the pace Sadatsune went with him, forcing Ishida to to stay sharp. It was technical from both, with jabs being the order of the day, but it was very hotly contested with a brilliant back and forth.
A late point deduction for a clash of heads turned out to be meaningless to the scores, with all 3 judges having Ishida the winner, 76-75, 77-75 and 77-74, though it was clear that he got a much bigger test than he, or anyone in his team, were expecting. Sadly for Sadatsune this is a second straight close loss, but the 21 year old again showed that he belongs in the ring with this level of fighter and we're really looking forward to seeing him again shortly. He is an incredibly talented young man who will go far if he doesn't let these close losses kill his desire to fight.
Also on this card was 2014 Rookie of the Year Masayoshi Hashizume (17-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who was also given a surprisingly tough test as Japanese based Filipino Jayar Estremos (11-15-1, 4) put in a solid effort. Hashizume, a real talent but someone who has come across as a touch inconsistent, was always being forced to fight hard against Estremos, who was targeting the body. Hashizume proved to be too sharp and too quick, but never looked relaxed en route to a unanimous decision, with scores of 77-75, 79-75 and 79-75.
The one man from the Ioka gym who did shine was the unbeaten 22 year old Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4). The 2017 Rookie of the Year winner defeated Filipino Prince Andrew Laurio (10-2-1, 7) with a 5th round KO, coming from a big straight right hand. The shot sent the Filipino visitor down for the 10 count, giving him his second straigth loss. Shiraishi looked good won he won the Flyweight Rookie crown but with only 1 fight in 2018 his rise had slowed massively, so today's win will certainly give his career a good shot in the arm.
We've known for a while that Ioka boxing gym would be promoting a card on April 21st in Osaka, though we weren't given the names of the main fighters from that card until earlier today.
Today we were informed that the chief support bout of the card would feature former Japanese title challenger and 2014 Rookie of the Year Masayoshi Hashizume (16-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who battles against Filipino Jayar Estremos (11-14-1, 4) in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout. This looks like a bit of a straight forward win for Hashizume, though should be a good bounce back after a draw with Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] last December. Given that Estremos is 1-9-1 in his last 11 it's hard to see this being competitive at all.
In the main event of this show former world title challenger Sho Ishida (27-1, 15) [石田 匠] will face off with talented youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-3-3, 3) [定常 育郎] in an 8 round Bantamweight. This is a huge step up in class for Sadatsune, but he's the type of fighter who seems to love being in with more proven and notable fighters. In some ways this is actually a no-win for Ishida, but we are glad to see him back in the ring.
Every so often we get a bout that we look forward to more than we should, just because of the fighters involved. Today we got one such bout as youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-3-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (5-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] battled in an 8 round bout at the Korakuen Hall. On paper this was nothing amazing, it was two novices, but having followed both men for a while we knew we would be in for something exciting.
The fight started with Sadatsune applying the pressure, looking to land southpaw left hands whilst Oshima looked to land right hands at range, boxing off the back foot. The first round was close though Oshima certainly seemed to do much better in rounds 2 and 3, landing his right with authority, whilst Sadatsune tended to not have the same power on his shots, he did land a significant number of body shots. The end of round 3 was one of the first times the action really picked up, with Sadatsune being rocked and Oshima trying to take him out.
Oshima seemed to slow down in round 4, and Sadatsune build success from that by taking rounds 4 and 5 in clear fashion. It seemed like he was coming on strong whilst Oshima was feeling the body shots. It was great work from Sadatsune in those 2 rounds to get a foot hold in the bout, but the following round Oshima bounced back, upping the pace and clearly dictating the action through out the 6th round, his best round by far.
The momentum swung back to Sadatsune in round 7, his best round. He hurt Oshima with a series of body shots, smeared blood across his face from a bloodied nose and played to the fans. It was as if he felt in total control and could feel a stoppage coming. Oshima seemed to wilt through the round.
As it looked like Sadatsune was on his way to a stoppage win Oshima managed to summon everything he had and was fought bravely in round 8. It was a competitive and compelling round, that just seemed to go his way, and narrowly won him the bout, with scores of 77-76, 77-75, 77-75.
We had high hopes here, and although it was an 8 round, non-stop war, it lived up to expectations. It was a fantastic fight, and hopefully we'll see a lot more of both guys in the coming years!
We've known for a while that the first live televised Japanese show of 2019 will be the January Dynamic Glove card, which will be shown on G+ on January 19th. We now have all the details of the broadcast.
The broadcast for the show will begin at 17:45 local time and is set to run until 22:00, with a tape delay reshowing the following Thursday, starting at 22:30 and eating at 1:30 on Friday morning.
For those unaware, the show will be headlined by world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] rematching Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], the last Japanese fighter to beat Wake. A win for Wake is expected, as he continues his charge for a second world title fight.
In supporting bouts we'll see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] battle in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight whilst future Japanese Featherweight title challenger Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] will be up against former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
Although it's the first Japanese card to be televised in 2019, it is worth noting that the January 12th show is expected to be shown live on Boxingraise, though this is yet to be confirmed with only days to go until the show.
Over the last few days we've seen details emerge, almost being drip fed in fact, for the January 19th "Dynamic Glove" show.
First we were informed that world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be facing Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in an attempt to avenge a loss from years ago. Then we were informed of a mouth watering clash between Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who will face off in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
Today we saw another fantastic bout being confirmed for the card, with Japanese #1 ranked Featherweight contender Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
The bout is scheduled to be a 8 round bout at a contracted 57.8KG, around 127.4lbs, and should be a really special bout, with Abe taking on his most skilled opponent so far, and Sugita taking on his most accomplished foe by far.
From what we understand Abe's Japanese Featherweight title fight, during the Champion Carnival, will not be at risk if he losses, unless he suffers an injury which may rule him out. Regardless, it's a very risky fight for him to be taking so close to such a significant contest.
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