Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] would be back in the ring on April 20th to face off with Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
The title was recently vacated by Masao Nakamura, who announced his retirement this past week, leading to this mouth watering match up.
Saka is a crude but heavy handed puncher, who has wins over the likes of Ryuto Kyoguchi, Takafumi Nakajima and Shota Hayashi. The 23 year old Noynay on the other hand is a more technically sound boxer, who is riding a 4 fight winning run into this bout, following a close loss to Reiya Abe in 2017 and is very tricky with his speed and southpaw stance.
The bout will be the headline of a future Fighting Beat Boxing show which also features a 3 round exhibition between Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] and Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥], who are both expected to get world title fights later in the year.
Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had a notable show, with two title bouts as well as a strong under-card.
That under-card was notable for 3 notable bouts, the first of which was the debut of Kaiki Yuba (1-0, 1) [湯場 海樹], who took on Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-5). The touted Yuba, debuting ina 6 rounder, had a lot of press attention due to his father being former 5-weight Japanese champion Tadashi Yuba, and it seemed in the opening round that pressure troubled the youngster who looked a tad nervous. In the second round however Yuba looked great, with his nerves settling down and he showed impressive hand speed to drop the Thai twice. Petchmahalert showed his bravery to continued but was dropped twice more in round 3 with the bout being stopped following the the final knockdown.
Although not punch perfect there was a lot to be excited by with Yuba's performance, and the youngster looks like a genuine prospect for the future.
Also scoring a stoppage in the under-card against a Thai was the heavy handed Taiki Minamoto (13-5, 10) [源 大輝], who over-came Thai visitor Eaksakda Mor Krungthep Thomburee (0-1) in the second round. The Thai had been negative from the opening seconds but was stopped in roudn 2. After his win Minamoto stated that he was going to be looking to win the Japanese title in his brother's honour, with his brother having passed away very recently.
The best of the under-card bouts saw the in form Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] take a competitive unanimous decision over fellow youngster Joe Noynay (12-2-1, 4) in what was a very highly skilled, competitive and enjoyable bout. From the off it seemed like Abe was looking to use his power as the difference and he landed some solid looking left hands in the opening round. Noynay took the shots well and tried to out work Abe in a bout that swung one way, then the other and then back. Although very few rounds were decisive it did seem like Abe deserved the win, especially after a tremendous round 7, but it was never a clear cut thing and Noynay impressed in a very solid performance. The scorecards for the bout were all in favour of Abe, with scores of 77-76, 77-75 and 78-75, and it seems he is now after an OPBF title fight with Ryo Takenaka. For Noynay the loss is a set back, but he showed a lot of ability and should bounce back from this.
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After a few days of speculation we can now confirm that streaming service Boxingraise will indeed live stream Dangan 176, the highly anticipated February 28th show which will feature both a Japanese "interim" Flyweight title and an OPBF Minimumweight title bout.
The card, which will end off the month of February, will be headlined by the Japanese "interim" Flyweight title bout between Masayuki Kuroda (25-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] and Yuta Matsuo (12-2-1, 6) [ユータ松尾], which should be a really exciting contest between two men who have styles that should gel excellently. The co-feature will see the uber-fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] battle Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-14-3, 11) in a bout for the aforementioned OPBF title, which was recently vacated by Ryuya Yamanaka (13-2, 3) [山中 竜也].
Although the two main event bouts are both brilliant the card is actually a strong one in terms of the under-card too with a notable supporting bout between Japanese prospect Reiya Abe (13-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] and Filipino Joe Noynay (12-1-1, 4), with Abe looking to build on the back of a notable win over Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-3-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] and Noynay looking for a third straight win.
Another under-card bout of note will be the professional debut of Kaiki Yuba (0-0) [湯場 海樹], the son of former 5-weight Japanese champion Tadashi Yuba, who will be facing Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-4) and a bout featuring domestic Bantamweight contender Hiroaki Teshigawara (12-2-2,6) [源 大輝], who will also be facing a Thai visitor.
The show will be the second on featured on Boxingraise this month, along with the delayed broadcasting of the February 19th "Pioneer of Fight vol.2" show.
Yesterday Filipino fans got a treat with a genuine interesting, and well matched, show from The Atrium, at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Among the bouts on offer was a WBC International Super Bantamweight title contest between the unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-0-1, 3) and the well tested Alie Laurel (14-4-1, 9). The bout looked good on paper with Noynay, also known as Joe Misako, taking a huge step up in class to face the naturally smaller, but more battle hardened, Laurel. Despite the step up in class Noynay appeared to have done enough to claim the win, with a late knockdown, however the bout ended up being scored a raw courtesy of a 114-114 card. The card result in a split draw with the other judges scoring the bout 114-113 but not agreeing on the winner.
Another really good looking match up came at Minimumweight where the unbeaten Toto Landero (8-0-2, 2) claimed his most notable win to date, with a very narrow majority decision win over Rolly Sumalpong (9-2-1, 4). The win for Landero saw him not only shock Sumalpong but also claim the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Minimumweight title, which Sumalpong had been defending for the first time. Notably this is a second straight loss for Sumalpong who also lost last year to Ken Shiro in a WBC Youth title fight.
A third title bout on the same card saw Eranio Semillano (12-7-1, 4) score a shock 11th round TKO win over Kyota Otsuka (5-1-1, 3) to claim the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Super Flyweight title. Although Semillano had gone 1-2-1 in his previous 4 we diud suspect that he would prove to be a very tough ask for Otsuka, who was stepping up massively in terms of class and distance.
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