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.
Yesterday we reported that Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face with Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], looking to avenge a loss form 2012. At the time there was no other bouts announced for the card, though today we have been informed of a very good supporting bout, between two young Japanese fighters each looking to break out in 2019.
The match up in question will see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] battle Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
The 21 year old Sadatsune made his debut way back in September 2015, and after mixed success early on, going 6-2-3 he has racked up 3 really good domestic wins, defeating Ryo Suwa, Tatsuya Takahashi and Isao Aoyama. He isn't a big puncher but looks to be developing belief in his power and looks like a real prospect to keep an eye on, despite the less than spectacular record.
Oshima on the other hand made his debut in 2016 and after winning his debut, in 68 seconds, lost his second bout, coming up short to the under-rated Yuki Iriguchi. Since then he has gone unbeaten in 4 bouts, including a win last time out against Joe Tanooka in August. He looks the more pure puncher, but failed to impress against his more skilled opponents.
This looks like a mouth watering match up, and we're genuinely looking forward to seeing these two in the ring together.
Earlier today fight fans in Japan had the chance to see under-rated 21 year old Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] continue his good form. The youngster, who came into the bout on the back of wins over Ryo Suwa and Tatsuya Takahashi, was up against Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Isao Aoyama (11-7-1, 2) [青山功] and really managed to look like one to watch.
The youngster was aggressive from the start, and although it wasn't the most effective aggression he made it clear that he was there to make a point. Aoyama, no mug himself, did well early on in neutralising some of Sadatsune's charges forward but always looked uncomfortable with the unorthodox movement and southpaw stance of the youngster.
Earlier in round 3 Sadatsune managed to land clean head shots and he managed to really tag Aoyama with some eye catching shots, as he continued to try and impress for the fans. Aoyama tried to turn the action around, and take the fight to Sadatsune, but that turned out to be a mistake as he charged into a gorgeous uppercut that scrambled his senses and sent him down. Aoyama managed to get up from the knockdown but had no control over his legs and the referee swiftly stopped the contest.
Although impressive, and the finishing shot really was beautiful to watch, it did seem a little bit like Sadatsune tried to hard at times and ignored some of his skills, making things wilder than he needed to. If he can tone down the wild excitement next time out it's hard to see many at domestic level beating him right now and he is certainly moving towards a title fight in the next year or two.
As for Aoyama this was only the second time he has been stopped and it's hard to imagine he's ever been caught by such a wonderful shot that saw him being dropped here.
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Earlier today the Japanese award winners for the Month of April were announced with awards being announced for the monthly MVP, Fighting Spirit and Newcomer.
The MVP for the month was the newly crowned Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] who claimed the award courtesy of his recent win over Takenori Ohashi (15-5-2, 10) [大橋健典], in what was an outstanding performance. The talented Minamoto dominated Ohashi en-route to a 7th round TKO to claim the Featherweight title and really show his talent.
The fighting Spirit Award was won by OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼], who had to pull himself off the canvas to stop Norihito Tanaka (16-7, 9) [田中教仁], and retain his title. The battle was a tough one for Koura but one that forced him to show there was a lot of strings to his bow and prove himself as a real contender. It's expected that Koura will move on to a world title fight shortly, and this win certainly forced him to prove himself in a real gut check.
The Newcomer award for the month was won by Ikuro Sadatsune (8-2-3, 2) [定常育郎], who scored a notable upset win against Tatsuya Takahashi (28-8-5, 20) [高橋竜也]. Sadatsune came of age as claimed a majority deciison over the former Japanese title challenger, and whilst he won't be looking at national title fights he could be in the mix for a Youth title fight in the near future.
The fighters will be honoured on June 14th at the "Diamond Glove" card at the Korakuen Hall.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (28-8-5, 20) [高橋竜也] battle against unheralded youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (8-2-3, 2) [定常育郎] and those fans saw a bit of an upset, as the 20 year old Sadatsune scored his biggest win to date.
The youngster looked to take control of the bout by using his southpaw jab, and preventing Takahashi from settling to his rhythm. The veteran manahed to have some success, but always looked slower and clumsier than the youngster who looked fresh and up for the occassion.
By round 3 Sadatsune looked in total control, with only a few moments of worry for him, including a right hand landed from Takahashi in round 4 which was pretty much shrugged off. As the fight went on Takahashi's face began to feel the effects of the bout, with his right eye cut from punches and his left eye cut from a headclash. That forced the more experienced man in to trying to turn it around, but he couldn't, at least not until the final moments as the two traded blows to the final bell.
At the end it seemed like a clear win for for Sadatsune, but one judge some how managed to have the bout 76-76, a draw, thankfully though he was over-ruled with the the othet two judges scoring the bout 78-76 and 79-74 for Sadatsune.
For the youngster this win should push him into the Japanese rankings but could be the end of Takahashi's hopes to get a second Japanese title fight.
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