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.
Earlier today we were informed of a brilliant match up which has been made for February 18th in the Philippines.
The match up will see the unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-0, 3) battle against the criminally under-rated Alie Laurel (14-4, 9) in a bout for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
The unbeaten Noynay, also known as Joe Misako, is a 20 year old who debuted back in September 2013, scoring a win over fellow debutant Jestoni Autida. Since then he has piled up the wins and, last year, claimed the WBC EPBC Super Bantamweight title, with a decision win over Edison Berwela. Whilst unbeaten, and touted, it is hard to say much about him from his record with Autida, who subsequently went on to face Petch Sor Chitpattana, Ratchasak KKP and Ryo Matsumoto, being the most notable opponent on his ledger.
Laurel doesn't have a great record on paper but he is better than the numbers suggest and holds notable stoppage wins over Tiger Tor Buamas and Nobuhisa Coronita Doi whilst his losses have all been very close, with two coming to Ernesto Saulong, one to Ason Palicte and one to John Paul Batista. Aged 24 years old Laurel has been a professional since August 2010 and certainly hasn't been matched as softly as Noynay.
On paper Noynay will be the favourite however it is an interesting fight. Noynay is unbeaten and naturally he's the bigger man, however Laurel is more proven and could well prove to be too much for Noynay given his power, strength and style.
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