On Friday we'll see Yusaku Kuga (16-2-1, 11) [久我勇作] defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title against former world title challenger Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16) [和氣 慎吾] in what is one of the most anticipated Japanese domestic fights of 2018.
Fans who are wanting to watch the fight but aren't able to get to the Korakuen Hall are going to have to wait a few days to see the delayed broadcast on TBS though those in Tokyo will be able to get a special treat tomorrow as the weigh in will be held in public, a rarity for Japanese fights.
The weigh in will take place at the "MLBcafe" in the Tokyo Dome City, with the weigh in beginning at 1PM local time.
Dangan held a similar open weigh in last year when Rikki Naito battled Chinese fighter Baishanbo Nasiyiwula and despite tensions flaring between the two fighters the atmosphere was great and those who attended did seem to enjoy the whole event.
From what we understand all the bouts on the card will be featured in this open weigh in, including Takuya Kogawa (29-5, 13) [粉川拓也], Yusuke Sakashita (16-8-2, 11) [阪下優友], Masaaki Serie (27-9, 10) [芹江 匡晋] and Daisuke Sugita (1-0) [杉田大祐].
Sadly as reported yesterday the Japanese Minimumweight Youth title fight between Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] and Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹] has been cancelled.
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This coming Friday we'll see an excellent card, headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, between defending champion Yusaku Kuga (16-2-1, 11) [久我勇作] and former world title challenger Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16) [和氣 慎吾]. The under-card for that show is a deep and stacked one, featuring bouts between Takuya Kogawa (29-5, 13) [粉川拓也] and Yusuke Sakashita (16-8-2, 11) [阪下優友], and Masaaki Serie (27-9, 10) [芹江 匡晋] against Daisuke Sugita (1-0) [杉田大祐].
Sadly however one of the fantastic looking under-card bouts for the show has now been cancelled, due to one of the fighter suffering a nose injury in training for the bout.
The bout that's been cancelled is a a Japanese Minimumweight Youth title fight, that was set to pit the heavy handed Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] against 2016 Rookie of the Year Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹]. Sadly however Ishizawa is out of the bout.
At the moment the full details of the injury aren't very well known, though it would seem like the hope, from both camps, would be to get the bout re-organised for either later this year or early next year, when the injury has healed. Sadly the timing will likely not give the organisers enough time to find Tomita a suitable opponent, though he may well take part in the card in some none-fighting capacity.
It's a shame that the bout that was the second best looking on the card has been cancelled, but we do with Ishizawa a speedy recovery from his injury and hopefully the bout can be rescheduled.
Yesterday the press in Japan were able to see a press confrence to announce a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, beetween defending champion Yusaku Kuga (16-2-1, 11) [久我勇作] and former world title challenger Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16) [和氣 慎吾] on July 27th, in what is essentially a world title eliminator between two very highly ranked Japanese fighters. Today that news was followed by announcements regarding the under-card, and it is looking like a very stacked card with some excellent match ups and notable fighters.
The chief support bout will feature former 2-time Japanese Flyweight, and OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (29-5, 13) [粉川拓也] battling Yusuke Sakashita (16-8-2, 11) [阪下優友], himself a former Japanese title challenger. In some ways this is a must win for both men, if they wish to remain relevant on the domestic scene. Coming in to this both men are ranked by the JBC, with Kogawa ranked #1 at Flyweight and Sakashita ranked being #8 at Super Flyweight, and whilst Kogawa is ranked higher it may be Sakashita with the slight advantage, given that the bout will be at 115lbs.
Another of the notable under-card bouts will put Masaaki Serie (27-9, 10) [芹江 匡晋] returning to the ring, after more than 2 years out, to take on novice professional Daisuke Sugita (1-0) [杉田大祐] in a really compelling match up. Serie is a former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion, having won the title in December 2009 and defending his 6 time,though given his 2 year break from the ring and the fact he's not 35 there is certainly going to be queations about what he has in the tank. As for Sugita this will come just months after his impress debut win over Filipino puncher Jun Blazo.
In a Japanese Minimumweight Youth title fight fans will see 21 year old puncher Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] take on 2016 Rookie of the Year Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹], in what could very easily end up being the most compelling match up on the card. Ishizawa has been impressive since his debut, but really shone this past April when he stopped Tatsuro Nakahsima in 5 rounds but this is a very big step up against someone who has shown he can win major bouts, having won the Rookie of the Year, and has also shoiwn his stamina, having gone 10 rounds just 2 bouts ago.
Earlier today in at the City Gym in Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a number of promising local prospects in action, as they looked to move forward with their careers in 2018 and potentially climb towards the Japanese rankings or even title fights.
The first local prospect was Okinawa based American Marcus Smith (5-0-1, 5), who took on his first none Japanese foe. The hard hitting Smith forced Filipino Joffrey Garcia (6-8-4, 5) to retire at the end of round 4. Smith had a break out as he went 3-0-1 (3) and with this win under his belt he's looking ike he's on the way to having another big year. At 32 years old Smith can't really waste time, so we're expecting to see him stepped up through the year and moved towards a potential title fight in an aggressive fashion. As for Garcia this is his 4th stoppage loss, and his third by retirement.
The those of those to fight today was 21 year old Ukyo Yoshigai (6-2, 5) [吉開右京], who was looking toput a nightmare 2017 behind him. Yoshigai had won the 140lb Rookie of the Year crown in 2016 but suffered losses to Giraffe Kirin Kanda and Andy Hiraoka last year totally destroying the momentum he had. Thankfully though today he got back to winning ways, as he blew out fellow puncher Takuya Matsusaka (6-7, 6) [松坂拓哉] in just 68 seconds. This bout was never really expected to go long, with Matsusaka only going beyond 2 rounds twice, but it's a good confidence booster for Yoshigai who can look to build on this win. Sadly for Matsusaka this was a third straight stoppage loss.
The most impressive prospect wasn't actually a local, as 21 year old Kanagawan puncher Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] stepped up in class and stopped local hopeful Tatsuro Nakashima (7-1-1, 5) [仲島辰郎] in the 5th round of their scheduled 6 rounder. Prior to today's fight Ishizawa had only fought 5 career rounds but really stepped up here and showdd not only that his power was legitimate but that he could go and perform on the road, with this being his first fight outside of Tokyo. Sadly for the 23 year old Nakashima this will be a painful loss, but on the other hand he will have time to rebuild and bounce back. With this win Ishizawa moves a step towards fighting for the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title.
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