Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had an interesting card with several notable names involved. Sadly however the show won't be televised until this coming Tuesday, when G+ air it on delay. For those wanting to watch as live this warning is for you, however, if you're not interested in watching as live the result, and spoilers will be below.
The main event of the card saw former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] score his biggest win to date as he stopped former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-5, 13) in the 6th round of their contest.
The bout, set for 10 rounds at 114lbs, was regarded as a big step up for Nakatani, but it seemed like he was getting to Melindo at the right time. The Filipino visitor was the older, smaller man who had had 3 very tough bouts in recent times, and had been damaged in all 3. That damage was expected to be a major issue here, though we ended up seeing the size and physical attributes of Nakatani being a bigger issue. Early on Nakatani established his jab, and used his reach, before pressing the bout closer and beating up on the smaller Filipino, who was stopped in the 6th round when the referee needed to come in and save him.
The win for Nakatani is likely to see him moving towards a world title fight in the near future, whilst the end must surely be nigh for the talented, but shop worn, Filipino.
Another 6 round stoppage saw former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (35-2-2, 23) [赤穂亮] defeat Korean visitor Kyung Min Kwon (7-6, 3) [권경민]. Kwon had come to win, and credit to him, but he was unable to match the skills of Akaho, who's jab landed controlled the early part of the fight. As the fight went on Akaho began to land more telling power shots, and in round 6 he hurt Kwon, who was saved by the referee soon afterwards when Akaho went for the finish.
It was an easy day for the often under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎], who ended a 2 fight losing streak by beating Filipino Robin Langres (10-4, 4). Langres was coming off second best through the first 2 rounds before a left eye injury caused the doctor to pull him out at the start of round 3.
Former amateur standout Shigetoshi Kotari (1-0, 1) [神足 茂利] made a successful debut stopping Lasben Sinaba (3-3, 3) in round 2. The promising Kotari dropped his man with a right hand and looked really promising, but Sinaba really wasn't up to much and we wouldn't be surprised to see him getting his name added to the JBC's invitation prohibited boxer's list.
Tomorrow at the iconic Korakuen Hall fans will see former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] face off with former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13) in a bout being fought at a contracted 114lbs.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weight in, and both men made weight.
On the scales the unbeaten local was 113.75bs and looked in good shape. Although he has typically been fighting at Flyweight it is likely that he'll move to Super Flyweight in the near future, and given how he looked his body will fill into the 115lbs division rather well when he full commits to the weight class. Though a move up doesn't look like it's in his immediate plans, and it seems he can still make Flyweight with no issues.
Melindo was surprisingly the heavier man, hitting the scales at 114lbs, despite looking like the naturally smaller man, and he was clear the shorter fight. Despite giving away natural size, reach and height Melindo does have the edge in experience, and has been competing at world level for years, though has taken a lot of punishment in recent bouts against the likes of Hekkie Budler, Ryoichi Taguchi and Kenshiro.
For fans wanting to watch this it will, sadly, not be aired live. Instead the show will be broadcast on G+ on Tuesday at 21:30 local time.
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At the end of July Shigetoshi Kotari (0-0) [神足 茂利] took part in his pro-test bout, sparring with Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人]. Since then he has had his debut bout announced, and it's been added to a big card at Korakuen Hall.
The card in question is the October Dynamic Glove card, which will take place on October 5th and will be headlined by Nakatani, who takes on former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13) in a big step up.
At the moment Kotari's opponent hasn't been named, but the bout will be a 6 round bout at Featherweight, and is likely to come against an international opponent.
As an amateur Kotari went 50-23 and competed in the final stages of numerous national tournaments, though did tend to fall short in the later stages of major competitions.
The card will also feature a string of other noteworthy fighters. These include former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮], who faces off with Korean foe Kyung Min Kwon (7-5, 3), who returns to Japan for the first time since his 8th round TKO loss to Satoshi Shimizu, back in a 2018 OPBF title fight. This bout will be fought over 10 rounds and is the show's main support bout.
Another notable fighter on this card is the under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎], who looks to bounce back from a loss to former world title challenger Sho Ishida. Sadatsune will be up against Filipino Robin Langres (10-3, 4), in an a very good looking 8 round match up at Bantamweight.
Earlier the Korakuen Hall fight fans were able to see the Japanese award winners for June, well 2 of them, at an award ceremony which took part during 's Diamond Glove event.
One of those fighters was the unbeaten Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人], who took the Fight Spirit award for the month. He began the month by blasting out Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7-1, 4) in impressive fashion, with Cuerdo being a late replacement opponent for Nakatani after original opponent Wolf Nakano was forced out with an injury. Nakatani, who will return to the ring in against former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13), stated he was honoured to receive the prize and seemed pretty excited about his upcoming bout against Melindo.
Nakatani was joined by Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深], who impressed near the end of June with a blow out win against Korean foe In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수]. His next bout hasn't been announced, but it does seem like he's aware of when and where it will be, with hints that it has been agreed, potentially for early as part of a bigger Watanabe card. He clearly has ambitions and stated he wasn't satisfied with the award, and stated he is aiming for the top.
Sadly the MVP for the month, Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁], was unable to attend due to suffering an injury recently, an injury that has forced a bout he had been scheduled for, to be cancelled. We're hoping that he can have a speedy recovery.
Earlier today we reported that Yudai Shigeoka [重岡優大] was heading to the professional ranks, following his younger brother, Ginjiro. As it turns he's not the only former amateur standout hanging up the vest and turning professional, with Kotari Shigetoshi [神足 茂利] doing the same.
Shigetoshi isn't as well regarded as the two Shigeoka but that doesn't mean he's not a very accomplished fighter from his day's in the unpaid ranks. As an amateur he amassed an excellent 50-23 record and is experienced in national tournaments.
Unlike the Shigeoka brothers, who are both Watanabe gym fighters Shigetoshi has signed his professional contract with the MT gym and his B License test earlier today saw him sparring with former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani.
The MT Gym isn't one of the more well known gyms internationally but with Nakatani, Kai Ishizawa and now Shigetoshi the gym is amassing some quality young talent which could secure their place among the likes of Watanabe, Teiken and Ohashi.
Aged 22 and fighting at Featherweight Shigetoshi is going to be in one of the most interesting division's domestically, but is young enough develop rather than rush into the big fights.
At the moment Shigetoshi's debut hasn't been set in stone, but it's expected to be a 6 round bout in October, with Shigetoshi expected to feature on some notable cards in 2020.
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