On March 2nd we'll see unbeaten Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] defending his title against mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二] on March 2nd at the Korakuen Hall.
We had previously reported that two highly regarded prospects would be on the card Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨] and Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1), who are both stablemates of Takesako.
We can now confirm that they will be joined by another top prospect, this time Celes gym's Jin Minamide (2-0, 2) [南出 仁], who went 43-22 (15) in the unpaid ranks.
Notably Minamide has had his opponent for the show announced, unlike Takahashi and Suzuki. The unbeaten hopeful is set to take a big step up to take on Filipino foe Marjun Pantilgan (18-7, 14), in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
To date Minamide has has fought just over 3 minutes as a professional, stopping Anthony Holt and Conrado Tanamor both in the opening round. He has looked great but clearly needs to take a step up, and that's exactly what this is.
Pantilgan on the other hand, has faced tough competition, with notable bouts against the likes Sonny Boy Jaro, Robert Onggocan, Ryusei Kawaura and Masayoshi Hashizume. Although he's lost to those 4 foes he has proven to be tough, and a very good test, likely explaining why Minamide's team have matched their man against him.
This card, for those interested, will be aired live on G+ as part of the Dynamic Glove series of shows.
Highly touted Japanese prospect Jin Minamide (2-0, 2) [南出仁] came out for his second bout to the strains of "I fought the law (and the law won)" but today he was the winner, and the winner in what was little more than a cameo as he stopped Filipino Conrado Tanamor (10-3, 4), in the opening round.
The Filipino had come to win and took center ring early on but the bout was turned around quickly and Minamide dropped his man with a couple of right hands up top to score the first knockdown of the fight. He seemed to follow it up with a couple of unnecessary shots when Tanamor was heading to the canvas, but there was no complaints from the Filipino.
Tanamor got back to his feet but was sent down again soon afterwards and took the 10 count, following a body shot, that left him on his backside in the corner. It looked like he could have gotten up, but decided not to, after just 92 seconds.
For Minamide it was a good cameo but we do wonder what Tanamor's career has going for it, he's now been beaten the 3 times he's faced an opponent of some note, and has now been stopped in his last 3 bouts.
Ealier this year Japanese Middleweight Kazuto Takesako (8-0, 8) [竹迫司登] blasted away the tough Hikaru Nishida (17-9-1, 8) [西田 光] to become the Japanese Middleweight champion. That bout was, sadly, only aired on an obscure regional channel in Japan, meanign that most fans in the country haven't seem Takesako since he stopped Shoma Fukumoto inside a round last year.
Thankfully fans in Japan will get the chance to see the exciting, and very heavy handed, Takesako in the ring in early June as he has been selected to headline the June version of Dynamic Glove on G+.
The hard hitting Takesako won't be defending his title however, instead he will be facing off with Filipino veteran Joel Dela Cruz (20-26-3, 8), who is fighting in his 50th professional bout.
On paper this is a huge mismatch in favour of the Japanese fighter, who has only fought for 3 minutes and 2 seconds, combined, in the last 12 months, but it's great to see that he will be kept active and will be returning to the ring less than 3 months after his title win.
Other fighters on this card include Seiya Tsutsumi (1-0, 1) [堤聖也], who will be up against Kenshin Oshima (3-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], the debuts of Jin Minamide (0-0) [南出仁] and Takuma Takahashi (0-0) [高橋拓磨], as well as bouts featuring Spicy Matsushita (17-10-1, 2) [スパイシー松下] and Junki Sasaki (19-3, 7) [佐々木洵樹] in decent domestic tests.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall a number of promising fighters took part in their pro-test bouts, sharing the ring with notable fighters as they look to begin their professional careers and gained their B class licenses.
One of those fighters was Super Bantamweight hopeful Rikito Shiba [ボクシング芝カ人] who has signed with RK Yamata gym. Another RK prospect was Welterweight Ryuuki Abe [阿部龍柾]. Another Welterweight now with a B license is Yoji Saito [齊藤陽二], who has signed with Kadoebi gym.
Celes Gym Lightweight hopeful Jin Minamide [南出仁], who was a former amateur standout on the domestic scene and is expected to make a quick mark on the professional scene. Interestingly Minamide took part in his pro-test by sharing the ring with IBF Super Bantamwaight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-2, 16) [岩佐 亮佑]. Minamide will make his debut on June 2nd alongside World of Sport's Middleweight hopeful Takuma Takahashi [高橋拓磨], who did his protest opposite Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (8-0, 8) [竹迫司登].
Another man with their debut set is Ohashi fighter Taku Kuwabara [桑原拓], who will be making his debut on May 25th on the card headlined by Naoya Inoue (15-0, 13) [井上 尚弥] when he challenges WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1-1, 13). Kuwabara, a Featherweight, sparred with Akira Yaegashi (26-6, 14) [八重樫 東] for his protest.
Please note - We are sorry if the names have been transliterated incorrectly, care was made to try and get them right, but we know mistakes will slip through with these sorts of things.
(Image courtesy of the Ohashi Gym facebook account)
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