Unbeaten Japanese prospect Shokichi Iwata (2-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] made his Japanese debut in May, when he easily beat 2018 Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year at Daiki Kameyama (7-3-1, 2) [亀山大輝]. We now been informed that he will be back in a Japanese ring in July.
The talented former amateur standout has become the latest fighter to find himself added to the July 12th card in Osaka, headlined by Ryota Murata's (14-2, 11) [村田 諒太] rematch with WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Rob Brant (25-1, 17).
At the time of writing his opponent for the show hasn't been announced, though we have been told the bout will be a 6 round bout at Light Flyweight, with the possibility that this will be his last bout over the 6 round distance before he moves onto 8 rounders.
Iwata's inclusion on the card gives the show a solid under-card bout to go with the three title bouts. Those include the Brant Vs Murata bout as well as the WBC Light Flyweight title bout, pitting unbeaten champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] against mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22) and a WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout between Filipino champion Joe Noynay (17-2-1, 6) and Japanese challenger Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡].
In 2018 we saw 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡] fight 3 times, defending the OPBF Featherweight title in all 3 bouts and. His activity for the year consisted of just 15 rounds of action and unfortunately he's yet to fight this year.
Thankfully we now know that the hard hitting southpaw will return to the ring this coming July, and will be doing so at Super Featherweight, as he looked to open up new possible avenues to an eventual world title fight.
Earleir today Shimizu, along with promoter Hideyuki Ohashi and trainer Koji Matsumoto, held a press conference to announce his next fight will see face Filipino fighter Joe Noynay (17-2-1, 6), in a bout for Noynay's WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title on July 12th, as part of a card headlined by Ryota Murata's (14-2, 11) [村田 諒太] rematch with WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Rob Brant (25-1, 17).
The press conference began with Mr Ohashi revealing that the bout isn't a sign of Shimizu abandoning the Featherweight division, but instead expanding options for a world title fight, suggesting that Shimizu can make weight with out issue. Given his frame it's not hard to believe this.
Although Shimizu has been inactive since December he revealed that there hasn't been any problems and he has been sparring, correcting issues, especially with his balance, and feels comfortable that his power will career up to Super Featherweight.
Although the Japanese fighter is seen as the puncher it is worth noting that Noynay really shined earlier this year, when he blitzed Kosuke Saka to win he WBO Asia Pacific title. Whist Noynay has lost twice both were ultra close decisions, coming to Richard Pumicpic and Reiya Abe, and he has certainly grown, matured and developed since then.
On paper this should be a very, very interesting tests, and adds a third notable bout on to the July card, which will also feature WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] defending against mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22), giving us a trio of very notable title bouts.
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Earlier today in Osaka fans saw Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (17-2-1, 6) score one of his best wins to date, stopping former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-5, 15) [坂晃典] in the second round, to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
On paper the bout looked like it would be really competitive and really interesting. In fact if we're being honest it looked like one of the most intriguing match ups of the month to take place in Asia. Sadly though the bout it's self ended up being a bit of a mismatch.
Both men looked like they would try to establish their styles early on. A big left part way through the opening round dropped Saka, and it quickly became apparent that the visitor had the edge in skills, speed and had enough power to hurt Saka. More worryingly for Saka however was the fact he had no answer for Noynay's left. Despite getting up from the first knockdown Saka was down again before the opening round ended, and it was clear that he was out of his depth.
In round 2 Noynay would again land a big left hand. This time it didn't send Saka down, but did leave the Japanese punch wobbling around, and the referee jumped in to save him, rather than letting Noynay tag a defenseless Saka, who really couldn't handle the power of Noynay even when he had his defenses in tact.
After the bout Noynay spoke to the press and stated that Saka has powerful punch and was dangerous but grew in confidence after the first knockdown, before thanking Japan for the opportunity. Saka on the other looked incredibly disappointed with himself and his performance.
For fans wanting to watch this, it will be made available shortly on Boxing Raise.
Tomorrow in Japan fight fans will get the chance to see an excellent match up between Japanese puncher Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino boxer Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5). The two men will be fighting for the currently vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
Today they took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made the weight with no issues.
On the scales Saka, the shorter man best known for his reign as the Japanese Featherweight champion, was 130lbs exactly, coming in dead on the limit. He looked strong and powerful but was made to look much smaller than Noynay.
The visitor was slightly lighter, at around 129.7lbs and looked in good shape himself. He seems to the under-dog, but is a very live visitor, and he will be well remembered by Japanese fans who will recall him giving Reiya Abe a really competitive bout not too long ago.
For those wanting to watch this it will be made available, on demand, on Boxing Raise and also involved on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], who is expected to get a world title fight later in the year.
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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] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
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