Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans had the chance to see a new Japanese Youth Flyweight champion being crowned, as Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-3, 3) [湊義生] battled for the second time.
The two youngster had originally clashed in 2017, with Shiraishi taking home the win en route to the 2017 Rookie of the Year. In 2018 Minato had gone on to win the Rookie of the Year leading an extra edge to today's bout.
Despite the rivalry between the two men, and the development both men had made since their first bout, this turned out to be much less competitive than expected, though was still highly intriguing.
Shiraishi took control early on, finding his rhythm behind his 1-2, and established himself in the opening round. Minato however struggled to find his way into the bout, finding it hard to avoid the straight punches of Shiraishi, and being tagged by hooks when he did get close.
Despite being behind early, and being outboxed, no one could suggest happily accepted defeat. Instead he was trying, and in round 4 he held his own, in a round that two of the judges scored 10-10. Minato tried to up the tempo against in round 5, but was thwarted by the clean punching of Shiraishi, who landed a solid body shot and took the play away from Minato before he could build any momentum of his own.
Minato's will to win saw him turn on the aggression even further in round 8, knowing he needed a KO to win. It was a great effort but far too little too late from Minato who knew he was a beaten man on the scorecards.
After 8 rounds all 3 judges had the bout scored 79-74 to Shiraishi, who becomes the third ever Japanese Youth Flyweight champion. Given today's performance there is good reason to believe he will go on to mix it for a senior title in the coming years. For Minato this is certainly not the end and we'll look forward to seeing how he bounces back from this losses.
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Tomorrow in Osaka City fight fans will see a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout pitting the unbeaten Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] against former foe Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生].
These two men previously faced off in in 2017, with Shiraishi taking a decision over Minato in a Rookie of the Year bout, with Tomita actually winning the Flyweight Rookie of the Year 3 months later, adding an extra edge to this fight.
Coincidentally Tomita would actually bounce back from the loss to Tomita, to win the Rookie of the Year himself, the following year.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the 112lb Flyweight limit.
On the scales Shiraishi, the taller of the two, was 111.7lbs and he stated he was going to focus on his boxing and that this was the best preparation that he's had for a bout. Minato on the other hand was a touch lighter, coming in around 111.5lbs for the contest. Minato stated that he had trained well and sounded like a man full of confidence, telling the press he would capture the title.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available, on delay, on Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today we were informed that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was planning to make his first defense of the title on September 16th at the 9th "Champ Fight" show from the Ioka Gym.
The champion, who won the belt in February, hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed though we have been told that the contest will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will headline the card, which will feature several other notable fighters from the Ioka Gym.
Among those other bouts set for the show is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生], in what looks like it could be a very interesting contest and one that's very hard to call. Shiraishi won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has added a couple of knockout wins over international opponents since then. Minato on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year last year, but was stopped by Seigo Yuri Akui back in April.
There will also be a very interesting Japanese Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁] and Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀], in what could be a very explosive encounter. This will be Adachi's first bout since losing to Kudura Kaneko in May, whilst Hamashima will be looking to bounce back from back to back losses. The loser of this match up really will have a long climb back to have any bouts of significance.
Also on this show, though yet to have their opponents announced, are Tetsuya Terada (7-5-2,1) [寺田達弥] and Japanese based French born fighter Keny Guy Mutshe (1-0, 1)
In Osaka earlier today fight fans had a chance to see the latest Ioka promoted card, and although it wasn't a high profile show, by any stretch of the imagination, it was an interesting card, with several notable names on it.
The most notable of those names was former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] who battled under-rated youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. On paper this looked like a mismatch in favour of Ishida however Sadatsune approached the bout with the feeling that he could win, and he certainly showed no respect to Ishida, in fact the youngster responded pretty much evenly with Ishida through the fight. When Ishida picked up the pace Sadatsune went with him, forcing Ishida to to stay sharp. It was technical from both, with jabs being the order of the day, but it was very hotly contested with a brilliant back and forth.
A late point deduction for a clash of heads turned out to be meaningless to the scores, with all 3 judges having Ishida the winner, 76-75, 77-75 and 77-74, though it was clear that he got a much bigger test than he, or anyone in his team, were expecting. Sadly for Sadatsune this is a second straight close loss, but the 21 year old again showed that he belongs in the ring with this level of fighter and we're really looking forward to seeing him again shortly. He is an incredibly talented young man who will go far if he doesn't let these close losses kill his desire to fight.
Also on this card was 2014 Rookie of the Year Masayoshi Hashizume (17-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who was also given a surprisingly tough test as Japanese based Filipino Jayar Estremos (11-15-1, 4) put in a solid effort. Hashizume, a real talent but someone who has come across as a touch inconsistent, was always being forced to fight hard against Estremos, who was targeting the body. Hashizume proved to be too sharp and too quick, but never looked relaxed en route to a unanimous decision, with scores of 77-75, 79-75 and 79-75.
The one man from the Ioka gym who did shine was the unbeaten 22 year old Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4). The 2017 Rookie of the Year winner defeated Filipino Prince Andrew Laurio (10-2-1, 7) with a 5th round KO, coming from a big straight right hand. The shot sent the Filipino visitor down for the 10 count, giving him his second straigth loss. Shiraishi looked good won he won the Flyweight Rookie crown but with only 1 fight in 2018 his rise had slowed massively, so today's win will certainly give his career a good shot in the arm.
Earlier today in Izumi, Osaka, fight fans saw two Japanese fights pick up quick yet notable wins over international visitors.
The first of those victories was scored by 2017 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the Year Joe Shiraishi (7-0-1, 3) [白石聖], who defeated Indonesian foe Stevanus Nana Bau (8-9-2, 2) with a second round KO. The Japanese 21 year old boxed at range for the opening round, avoiding the wild swings of Bau whilst finding his own range and timing. In the second round Shiraishi picked up the pace and landed a fantastic combination that saw him drop Bau for the 10 count, with just over a minute of the round remaining.
Whilst it wasn't a big win for Shiraishi it was his first bout since December 2017, when he claimed the Rookie of the Year crown.
The second victory was scored in the main event by the limited but heavy handed Yoshiya Yokogawa (9-11-2, 8) [横川聡也], who landed a brutal right hand on Filipino Glenn Medura (9-4-1, 5) who was unable to beat the count. The Japanese fighter, who had only won 1 bout in the last 4 years, recorded his third opening round win whilst Medura has now suffered 3 stoppage losses in Japan, including a defeat to Ryosuke Iwasa.
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