Earlier today fights fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those who subscribe to Boxing Raise, saw the quarter finals of Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament, with 3 quarter finals taking places to see who joined Filipino veteran Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6) in the final 4.
The first of the quarter finals saw Korean fighter Jae Woo Lee (7-2, 6) [이재우] score a big upset as he stopped local puncher Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士] in a fire fight of a bout. From very early on the two men were standing at mid-range and unleashing bombs at each other. The opening round was an intense back and forth tear up as both men looked to prove their toughness, rather than their technical skills.
This was an opening round that would have been raved about had it been shown on UK or US TV and left Tameda with a bloodied nose. the hot action continued in to 2 round, as the men began to mix more body shots into their intense and brutal exchanges. This was wild, entertaining and absolutely sensational stuff from both men, who were showing their will to win and incredible desire. That desire finally began to track in round 3, as the tempo and damage to began to take a toll on both men, with Tameda showing the scars of war, with a huge cut over his left eye. That cut seemed to spur him on and he took more risks, but was dropped hard as a result He got up, now a bloodied mess after an exchange the referee jumped in to save the local. With the 3rd round TKO win for Lee he progresses to the tournament, and given his performance he is going to be a very, very hard man to beat.
In the second bout local fans were given something to celebrate as Shingo Kusano (12-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟] stopped Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-2-2, 3) [马强], in an up and down battle. Kusano was dropped in the opening round, twice, as he fell to the wrong end of a 10-7 round. Ma continued to pressure through the round and seemed on the verge of a stoppage win at one point. Sadly for Ma his opportunity slipped away and Kusano managed to settle to his rhythm, and he hurt Ma early in round 5. Ma never really managed to recover, tiring instead as he lost his form and was dropped. Although he got back to his feet Kusano refused to let off and forced the referee in to save an exhausted looking Ma.
The third of the bouts looked the best on paper, but was somewhat under-whelming as Koshin Takeshima (4-0-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-2, 6) [渡部大介] saw their bout end in a technical draw. On the paper this had the makings of an excellent bout, but the two men had styles that that never quite gelled, and in the opening round we managed to have a head clash. It was exciting, but always a touch wild and clumsy from both, with the two men seemingly wanting to out-excited the fans who had been on the edge of their seat for the Tameda Vs Lee bout. It only took until round 2 for a time bomb to be put on the fight as Takeshima suffered a cut. The cut didn't force an immediate halt but did worsen as the bout went on and forced the referee to stop the contest in round 4.
With the bout being stopped we went to the scores cards, with scores of 38-38, 37-39 and 39-38 causing a technical draw. Due to the scoring rules of the tournament it was Watanabe, who had the 39-37 card in his favour, that advances to the final 4.
The semi finals for the tournament will take place on February 27th at Korakuen Hall, with the the final set to take place in May at the Sumida Ward General Gymnasium.
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The exciting looking Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament kicks off tomorrow at Korakuen Hall, and one of the 3 bouts there will see Korean fighter Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] battle against Japanese puncher Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. On paper this seen as being a bit of a mismatch in favour of the more experienced Tameda, but in reality Lee can bang and we suspect this could be a very, very explosive match up.
Today the two fighters took part in the weigh in for their bout, and both men made the Featherweight limit with no issues at all.
On the scales Tameda was 125.66lbs and looked in great shape, as he always does. The Ohashi gym slugger is regarded as one of the tournament favourites, and Lee is really seen as a major outsider, given inactivity due to injury and this tournament being fought outside of his homeland.
Lee also made weight very easily, coming in at 125lbs. He, like Tameda, looked in great shape and seemed to be inspired by the link to Hajime No Ippo and had been impressed by footage of Tameda.
For fans unable to make it to Korakuen Hall tomorrow the show will be aired live on Boxing Raise.
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The Boxing Raise service, which we love despite it's sometimes awkward scheduling, have announced that in November they will be picking up 4 cards, including 2 very exciting live tournament shows and 2 tape delay recorded shows.
The first of the shows will be this Saturday's God's Left Bantamweight tournament show, featuring the God's Left semi final bouts between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉], and Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] against Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁]. The card also includes a Japanese title eliminator between Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] and Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也], and the ring return of former OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (14-1, 9) [小浦 翼].
The service will also live stream November 19th Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament on November 19th. This show will feature quarter final bouts for a Featherweight tournament as Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] takes on Japan's Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士], Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) [草野慎悟] meets Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3) [马强] and we get an excellent all Japanese bout between Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-1, 6) [渡部大介]. This card will also feature Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] against Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
As for the delay cards, Boxing Raise will be showing the November 17th and November 22nd cards.
The first of those two cards will see Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香], defending her OPBF female Minimumweight title against Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな], whilst the second will feature former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battling against Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔]
Earlier this week we broke the news that Korean fighter Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] would be participating in the tournament set up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of popular manga Hajime No Ippo. Today the draw for the competition took place, for what will actually be a 7 man, 3 foreign fighters and 4 Japanese ones, tournament spread over 6 months.
The draw, which was done live on youtube earlier today, saw Lee being drawn against Japan's Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士], in what looks like a really explosive match up in one of the 3 quarter-finals.
A second quarter-final will see local fighter Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) [草野慎悟] take on Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3) [马强], in what looks less interesting than the first, but should be evenly matched given the limitations of both. Ma enters on a 7 fight unbeaten run, and has won the WBO Great China Featherweight title, so he has form, though the 30 year Kusano has lost his last 4 in a row.
The third, and final, quarter final bout will be an all-Japanese bout, as the unbeaten Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] take on the under-rated Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-1, 6) [渡部大介] in a mouth watering match up.
As a result of only 7 men competing a bye has been given to Filipino Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6).
The quarter-final bouts will all take place on November 19th with the winners of the first two quarter-finals will facing off and the winner of the third semi final facing Pumicpic in February next year. The final will then be held in May 2020.
The competition will see all quarter-final bouts being fought over 6 rounds whilst the later stages will be 8 round bouts.
We've known for a while that we would see a Hajime No Ippo tournament being announced before the end of 2019, and today our Korean sources revealed a lot of the details about the tournament.
The 8 man tournament, which will take place at Featherweight, is taking place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the popular anime and will see the draw for the bouts taking place on October 3rd, with the first round bouts set for November 2019, whilst the the semi-finals are pencilled in for February 2020 and the final in May 2020.
At the moment the full line hasn't been confirmed, but will be in the very near future. One man has however been confirmed for the show and that is South Korean fighter Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우], who was last seen winning the Boxing M Featherweight title, in March 2018. He's had a lengthy lay off to recover from a hand injury, but is set to be 100% fit for a November date.
We would expect to see more news over the next 2 days before the official draw and announcements this coming Thursday.
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