Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the award winners for the month of June, with 3 fighters winning award.
The highest honour, the MVP award, was won by Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁]. The veteran managed to record his first defense, when he took a clear decision over Naoya Haruguchi (15-11, 6) [春口直也], and took his second MVP award of the year, after picking up the honour for his title winning performance against Shin Ono in January.
The fighting spirit award was won by fast rising hopeful Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人], who began the month by blasting out Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7-1, 4). The excellent Nakatani is heading on to big things and whilst a blow out against Cuerdo was somewhat expected the future is incredibly bright for the unbeaten Japanese youngster who will likely get a big bout before the end of 2019.
The Newcomer award was won by the very talented Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深], who impressed near the end of the month with a blow out win against Korean foe In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수]. It's now expected that Takayama will take a big step up in class, and he's now got himself an A Class license.
The fighters will be able to accept their awards at a ceremony on August 8th at Korakuen Hall, as part of the Diamond Glove card that same day.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans were able to see rising star Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] blast out Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7-1, 4) inside a round.
Nakatani forced Cuerdo to back up, using his sharp jab, and swiftly got the Filipino on the ropes. Sadly that was the start of the end, and Cuerdo would fail to escape the ropes. instead being dropped from a combination and going down for the 10 count, after just 83 seconds.
Originally Nakatani was supposed to defend the Japanese Flyweight title on this show, against Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠], but an eye injury suffered by Nakano saw him being replaced by Cuerdo. Suggestion is now that we may never got the Nakatani Vs Nakano bout, with the unbeaten champion seemingly more likely to begin a pursuit of a world title rather than defending his national title.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] battle against Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-6-1, 4), who is a late replacement for the injured Wolf Nakano who was supposed to battle for Nakatani's title in what would have been Nakatani's first defense.
Due to Nakano's injury what was originally planned as a Japanese Flyweight title defense became a non-title fight at Super Flyweight, and today both Nakatani an Cuerdo took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales Nakatani was 114.4lbs for the bout, and he looked in good shape. He looked comfortable, though was clearly not boiling down as much as usual for the bout, weighing in almost 2.5lbs heavier than usual. Cuerdo, the much shorter man, came in at the same weight as Nakatani, but looked much, much smaller than the Japanese fighter.
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Today we learned that for the second straight month the Dynamic Glove card on G+ will be aired on Tape Delay, being shown on the first Wednesday after the show.
The series, which is often aired live, is one of the staples of the Japanese scene and is a monthly broadcast that typically takes place on the first Saturday of a month. It's often been regarded as the gate way for champions, with fighters like Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介], Takashi Miura and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] getting some of their biggest breaks on the show.
Whilst the June broadcast being given the tape delay treatment isn't a surprise, given the main event between Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] and Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠] was scrapped due to Nakano suffering an injury, it is a worry that back to back shows have been given a delay broadcast.
It's an even bigger worry when you consider G+ seem to have really cut down on their archive shows, something that have been a constant in recent years.
We're hoping this is just a blip in their schedule, which was once a hot bed of boxing, but it is a worry at the moment.
For those wanting to watch the first airing of the upcoming Dynamic Glove it will be aired from 22:30 on June 5th. Nakatani will still feature in the main event, though will not be defending the Japanese Flyweight title as originally planned. Instead of facing Nakano he will be up against a Filipino, who we believe will be Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-6-1, 4).
Next month was supposed to kick off with a Japanese Flyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] and Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠], on June 1st "Dynamic Glove" card. The bout what was set to be Nakatani's first defense of the title he won earlier this year and a chance to for him to continue his development in what was viewed as a show case defense.
Sadly however reports are now circulating that that bout is off after Nakano suffered an eye injury.
At the moment the full details of what will happen are unclear, though Nakatani has revealed that he is still planning to fight on the date.
In the next few days or so we're expecting full details on what will happen, though the options are likely to be that either Nakatani takes on a late foreign opponent, in what will almost certainly be a case of just keeping him active and make the best of the situation; or for Nakatani to defend his title, if a suitable opponent is willing to take the bout on such short notice. A third option, though possibly the least likely, is that Nakatani takes part in an exhibition, this seems the most unlikely given the bout will be the main event of a card set to be featured on G+.
If we're being totally honest Nakano seemed an underwhelming opponent for Nakatani, despite being ranked #3 by the JBC, though unfortunately we're not expecting a better opponent on such short notice. Fingers crossed those involved do manage to get someone who at least looks interesting for the fast rising Japanese youngster
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