Earlier today during Kadoebi's "Slugfest 12" show there was a number of fighters announcing their next bouts, set for Slugfest 13 on February 17th.
The main event will see Filipino power puncher Froilan Saludar (31-3-1, 22) return to Japan to make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. In the opposite corner to Saludar will be fellow puncher Ryoji Fukunaga (11-4, 11) [福永亮次], in what looks likely to be a very explosive encounter.
Saludar made a splash in September when he won the title with a brutal KO win over Tsubasa Murachi, and extended his winning run to 3 bouts following a 2018 loss to Sho Kimura in a WBO Flyweight world title bout in China. It was an impressive performance from Saludar after many had written him due to the Kimura loss, ourselves included, and the win has genuinely kept his career alive.
Fukunaga on the other hand is a hard man to get a solid read on. He won the 2016 Rookie of the Year, but has gone 4-2 since then with his wins come against very poor opponents and his losses coming to solid, but unspectacular, foes. He can certainly bang but it's hard to know what he'll offer against a fighter of Saludar's ability and experience.
Also confirmed for this show, though currently opponent-less, Ryota Yamauchi (5-4, 1) [山内涼太], who looks to build on Augusts's win over Alphoe Dagayloan, and Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀], who competes in his first 8 rounder.
One other thing to note is that Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也] is looking to make his return on the following "Slugfest" card, pencilled in for March. The details here are less fleshed out however and we suspect he'll be in a supporting bout against a limited visiting opponent.
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Earlier today we were informed that Kadoebi will be putting on their next show on December 16th at Korakuen Hall, as they put together Slufgest 12. The card's details are still pretty shrouded with out too much confirmed though it the main event will be an OPBF title bout.
The general details of the show that we have is that it will take place at Korakuen Hall, and doors will open at 18:00 local time.
As for the actual bouts, the only confirmed detail there is that OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32) [渡部あきのり] will be defending his title, though his opponent hasn't yet been confirmed by our sources.
The heavy handed and exciting Watanabe won the title earlier this year, when he stopped Jung Kyoung Lee back in August.
Interestingly last December Watanabe was in a late Fight of the Year contender as he and Nobuyuki Shindo participated in a thrilling bout for the Japanese Light Middleweight title. If Watanabe's bout this year is half as good as that one then we are in for another pre-Christmas treat.
Over the last few years the Kadoebi gym has been piling up a lot of notable talent, that has transferred from other gyms. Today they've announced that their acquisition spree isn't over, and in fact they may have signed the pick of the bunch, as Japanese Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] joins the stable.
The heavy handed, exciting and aggressive Tsutsumi was a stand out amateur, going 84-17 (40) in the unpaid ranks, before turning professional at the Watanabe gym in 2018 and debuting in March with an opening round win over a Thai visitor Alongkon Kaisi.
Less than 6 months after Tsutsumi's debut he stopped Junpei Inamoto to claim a B class tournament win and was 4-0 (3) at the end of 2018, with experience of bouts in Thailand and China.
So far this year Tsutsumi has fought only 112 seconds, blasting out Filipino foe Ryan Rey Ponteras back in April, but his next bout will be on November 9th, as he takes on Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉] in the God's Left Tournament semi-final. A win there will put him in the final next year against either Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] or Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁].
Having been huge fans of Tsutsumi, his style and his aggression since his debut, and would suggest others take note of this incredibly exciting young fighter.
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Several weeks ago we were informed that Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) would defend the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] on August 23rd. Today that bout was officially confirmed with Kadoebi announcing that the bout will be the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" show.
The bout will see Raquinel seek his third defense of the title, and bounce back from a loss in September to Wulan Tuolehazi, in a bout that wasn't an OPBF title defense. The Filipino fighter won the belt in Japan in March 2018, when he stopped Keisuke Nakayama and then defended it 2 months later against Shun Kosaka, stopping him as well.
For Kogawa the bout is a chance to claim a second weight OPBF title. The Japanese veteran claimed the OPBF Super Flyweight title way back in 2010 and has twice been the Japanese Flyweight champion since then. Sadly in recent bouts he has looked like a fighter coming to the end of his career, and has failed to look himself against the likes of Naoto Fujimoto, Yusuke Sakashita and Hideyuki Watanabe.
At the moment no other bouts have been confirmed for this card, though with it being a Kadoebi show we're expecting several other notable names to be announced in the coming days.
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