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.
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.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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