Earlier this month it was revealed that Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] for the Japanese Youth Lightweight title on November 10th at a Dangan card. It's now been revealed that the card will feature another Japanese Youth title fight, and a bout featuring a notable former Japanese champion.
The second youth title fight will see Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅], the 2017 Rookie of the Year, taking on the heavy handed Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] for the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title. This is a really stunning match up with Inoue, no relation to the likes of Naoya Inoue, looking brilliant in his Rookie of the Year win and recently scoring a decent domestic stoppage win over Daisukle Sudo back in May. The 21 year old Ishizawa debuted last year and has looked brilliant since then, despite having had a bout against Daiki Tomita fall through earlier this year.
The former Japanese champion on this card will be Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一], who is scheduled in a 12 round bout and we suspect will be defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. At the moment his opponent for the bout hasn't been named, though he has been slated to be in the main event.
It's worth noting that this card will have one other great bout, as Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on recent OPBF title challenger Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹].
At the moment it's unclear if this bout will be shown live on Boingraise or not, but it really does look like a card to make a note of, with 3 very solid bouts and a potentially exciting 4th, depending on who Funai will go up against. If it's not live we are at least glad that the show will be on Boxingraise and their video on demand service.
Earlier today we learned that Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall would get an absolute treat on November 10th as Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹].
That match up might not excite those outside of Japan but the fans in Tokyo will know that they are in for a highly skilled contest here, that could well be one of the most technically excellent bouts in a Japanese ring in 2018.
Tomioka, from Saitama, debuted in December 2016 and impressed straight away. In 2017 he became the Japanese Youth Lightweight champion and earlier this year he challenged OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani, giving Nakatani a real scare before being stopped in the 11th round. Despite the loss to Nakatani we were very impressed by Tomioka and suspect the 21 year old will bounce back stronger than ever, learning from that experience.
Masaki was regarded as a top prospect when he turned professional with Teiken and his career showed some real promise with notable wins against Vergil Puton and Shingo Eto. He would lose his unbeaten record in January, losing to Hironori Mishiro who later went on to claim the OPBF Super Featherweight title. Since that loss he has bounced back well, defeating Hyun Je Shin in May.
At the moment no other details from the show are known, but we'll be honest and admit we're very excited about this match up, and suspect the winner will find themselves in the title mix in the near future.
Earlier today in Osaka fight fans saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (17-0, 11) [中谷正義] make his 10th successful defense and score a stoppage win over talented youngster Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹].
The bout started tentatively, with both men trying to establish their jabs. Typically that's a battle that Nakatani would win based on his freakish size, but this time it was Tomioka who took control by boxing on the on to the back foot and using his speed. The back foot boxing of Tomioka was impressing the judges with the challenger in a comfortable lead on two of the cards when the scores were announced at the end of round 4. The champion however was leading on the third card and looked to be finding his rhythm.
In round 6 Nakatani had a big break through, dropping the challenger with a short right hand. The knockdown helped him take the lead when the scores were announced at the end of of round 8, and he seemed to be taking control, despite head clashes leaving both men cut. Tomioka, who had never been beyond 8 rounds, was slowing and his foot work was becoming less crisp that allowed Nakatani to control things with more ease and in round 11 he rocked Tomioka with a hard right hand, before following up and forcing the referee to save the youngster with just 20 seconds of the penultimate round left.
After the bout Nakatani spoke about moving on to a world title bout, something he has been speaking about for a while. It seems like he and his team know it will be hard to get a shot at a Lightweight champion but they are pursuing one with more intent now. Tomioka mentioned the knockdown was painful, and on review it does seem that was the start of his downfall. He did however put up an excellent performance in just his 7th bout and it's clear that he impressed despite the loss, and will be expected to bounce back and eventually win an OPBF title, perhaps in a few years when his body has matured just that little bit more.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will be able to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷正義] take on Izuki Tomioka (5-0-1, 1) [富岡樹]. The bout will be Nakatani's 10th defense of the OPBF crown whilst Tomioka will be looking to claim his second title as a professional fighter, after having held the Japanese Youth Lightweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 135lb limit.
On the scales the champion was bang on the 135lb limit. As usual he looked strong at the weigh in and despite being a somewhat wiry fighter with long arms and legs he looked powerful and great on the scales. He predicted that eh would stop Tomioka and would retain his title for his 10th defense, though it does seem like he's wanting bigger and better challenges, including world title fights rather than continuing at the regional level.
Tomioka came in just under the limit, at 134.7lbs and he seemed incredibly confident of scoring a career defining victory and "bringing the belt back to Tokyo". He will be stepping up in class massively though has impressed with wins over the likes of Yuichiro Kasuya, to claim the Japanese youth title, and Taiju Shiratori, who he defended the national youth title against.
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Earlier today saw the news that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷正義] would be returning to the ring on July 29th to make his 10th defense of the title. The long reigning champion will be up against unbeaten 21 year old challenger Izuki Tomioka (5-0-1, 1) [富岡樹], a former Japanese Lightweight Youth champion.
Nakatani has been the OPBF champion since January 2014, when he beat Yoshitaka Kato, and has since run up a string of defenses against a mix back of opponents. His first defense saw him defeat Ricky Sismundo, in what was a really impressive performance, but since then wins over the likes of Accel Sumiyoshi, Allan Tanada and Ryan Sermona have done little to enhance the champions reputation. In fact in the eyes of many who have followed his career it does seem like Nakatani's career has stalled, when it should have been built on following early career wins over Kato, Sismundo and Shuhei Tscuhiya.
As for the youngster he was a former amateur standout who turned professional with a little bit of hype. He looked great in his early bouts, shining particularly brightly against Shun Shimazaki in his third bout. He would claim the Japanese the Japanese Youth Lightweight title in just his 4th bout, defeating Yuichiro Kasuya, and would defend the title twice, with his second defense being a technical draw against Kaki Yuba in February.
For Nakatani a win will be expected, but he'll have to show how he can cope with a slippery, boxer mover. As for Tomioka the bout is a massive step up in class, but a win will put his name on the boxing map.
For fans interested in watching this contest, it will take place at the EDISON Arena Osaka, in Osaka city, the home city of the champion.
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