Earlier today we were informed that Japanese kick boxer come boxer Kanako Taniyama (1-0, 1) [谷山佳菜子] sill compete in her second professional boxing contest on March 22nd at the Korakuen Hall, as part of "Overheat Boxers Night 89".
At the moment it's unclear who she will be fighting, but we have been told the bout will be a 6 round contest at Super Flyweight.
The Watanabe gym fighter made her debut in December last year, stopping experienced Thai Sumalee Tongpootorn in the 2nd round. She didn't look the most fluid of boxers but did look very powerful and promising and we are excited to see what she's going to be bringing to the ring.
As a kick boxer Taniyama was a very notable fighter and her move to professional boxing, following an injury to her knee, did get a fair bit of attention.
Interestingly Taniyama is also pencilled in for an exhibition on April 14th in Kumamoto, and there may be big plans for her later in the year.
Earlier today saw the announcement of the next Splendid Boxing card, set for April 14th in Kumamoto. The card is a really interesting one, and may be one of the most notable cards for Kumamoto this year.
The main event of the show will see Japanese youngster Musashi Mori (8-0, 5) [森 武蔵] making his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title, as he takes on the man he beat for the belt, Richard Pumicpic (21-9-2, 6). These two fought last November, with Mori taking a split technical decision over Pumicpic to claim the title. The untimely ending seemed to please neither man, though Mori was obviously happy to have won the title, and the contest very much feels like they have unfinished business.
Whilst the main event is very attractive the under-card is also a rather interesting one, with 3 notable fighters announced for it.
One of those announced for the card is Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗], who is set for his first 8 round bout on the card. His opponent hasn't been announced, though he had revealed he wanted to fight a ranked foe on this show, and it's likely dependent on him getting through his February bout with no issues. The Watanabe teenage sensation is known to be chasing title fights in the near future and we wouldn't be surprised by him putting on a showcase here. This is a notable show for Shigeoka as he was actually born in Kumamoto.
Another promising fighter announced for the card is Shigeoka's stablemate Seiya Tsutsumi (4-0, 3) [堤聖也]. His opponent also hasn't been named who will be fighting for the time since October, after suffering an injury that forced him out of a December bout. Tsutsumi, injury aside, had a great 2018. He won a B Class tournament, gained international experience and created a fair bit of buzz, though that buzz has quietened down a little bit in the wake of his injury.
Also on this card Sora Takeda (4-1) [竹田宙], the 2018 Minimumweight Rookie of the Year, who will be fighting for the first time since since his Rookie of the Year win. As with Shigeoka and Tsutsumi his opponent also hasn't been announced.
Also confirmed for this card is Kanako Taniyama (1-0, 1) [谷山佳菜子] who will compete in a 2 round exhibition with Kana Fukuda (3-3-1, 1)[福田香奈].
Interestingly this card will get local TV coverage in Kumamoto, with TVU seemingly to be the channel airing it, though sadly this won't be widely available for fans outside of the local area.
Earlier today the esteemed Watanabe gym announced that former kick boxing champion Kanako Taniyama (0-0) [谷山 佳菜子] would be making her professional debut on December 1st, as part of a stacked female card in Osaka.
Taniyama racked up a 16-3 record in kick boxing, and claimed various titles and accolades before suffering a knee injury in October 2016 that ended her kick boxing career. She's had time away from combat sports to rehab, and has now turned her attention to professional boxing with Watanabe expected to guide her to title glory.
Her debut will be fought at Bantamweight and will see her going against a Thai visitor over 6 rounds. IF she wins we expect to see her moved into 8 round bouts by the end of 2019.
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