Back in December we reported that Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨] and Masahiro Suzuki (1-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] had been added to the March 2nd show headlined by a Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二].
At the time neither Takahashi or Suzuki had their opponents named, today however both had opponents confirmed.
Takahashi will be having his first 8 round bout as he takes on 21 year Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6). On paper this looks like a serious test for Takahashi, though it should be noted that Dapidran is 3-3 in his last 6, and was stopped in 3 rounds by Rikuto Adachi last October, in what was Dapidran's first, and so far only, bout in Japan.
As for Suzuki, who impressed on his debut against Antonio Siesmundo, he will be up against Kelvin Tenorio (4-4-, 2). Tenorio is a 26 year old from the Philippines, who will be making his international debut.
Sadly we've also been informed that this show will not be shown live, but will instead be on tape delay on G+, with the first airing coming on Monday March 4th.
Earlier today Japanese youngster Rikuto Adachi (11-1, 8) [安達陸仁] recorded his third straight stoppage as defeated Filipino visitor Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6) in 3 rounds.
On paper this was a step up for the 20 year the Hiroki Ioka promoted fighter, and in the opening round it certainly looked like he was in with a live fighter.
Dapidran, reportedly the cousin of Manny Pacquiao, came out swinging and landed a good right hand in the opening round. He looked dangerous and like a man who had travelled to make a statement.
Adachi started to relax in round 2, avoiding the big shots of the visitor and tagging him with the odd notable body shot. The Filipino looked to be getting frustrated and and slowing down as we closed off the second round and in round 3 Adachi dropped Dapidran. The Filipino got back to his feet but would fail to come out for round 4.
Following the bout Ioka suggested that he was dissatisfied by how short the bout was, but that he was expecting his charge to fight for a Japanese title next year. Adachi echoed similar thoughts, stating it was hard to begin with but he found his calmness and was looking to win a title next year. We suspect that might be a big ask, but he can certainly end 2019 in the mix for belts if he continues to improve as he has done throygh 2018.
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Sources in Japan have informed us that the upcoming Champ Fight Vol 5 at the Edion Arena Osaka on October 8th will be headlined by a very good looking Welterweight bout.
The match up in question will see once beaten Japanese fighter Rikuto Adachi (10-1, 7) [安達陸仁] face off with Filipino foe Jonel Dapidran (10-2, 6) in a mouth watering clash of 20 year old hopefuls.
The Japanese fighter made his debut back in 2015, as a 17 year hold, and would win his first 8 bouts before losing a close decision in the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Hironori Shigeta. Since that loss he has bounced back with a pair of stoppage wins over limited visiting opponents. He will be taking a big step up, but will know that a win here could see him moving in to the OPBF rankings.
Dapidran, dubbed "Pacquiao", made his debut in 2013, at the age of 15, on the under-card of a world title fight. He would win his first 7 bouts before suffering a close loss to Richard Morales in October 2016. Since then he has gone 3-1, including fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time, and will be fully aware that this is a great opportunity for him, and a win will certainly give his career a huge boost.
We can also confirm that the card will feature a guest appearance from WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪], who is expected to announce his first defense on, or around, the date of this show.
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