Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans saw Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] win her first professional title, as she dominated, and stopped, Thai visitor Wassana Kamdee (3-5, 2) and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title.
The Japanese former amateur standout shined from the opening seconds and put Kamdee down with a a right hook only moments into the bout. It wasn't a shot of raw power, but was incredibly quick, sharp and crisp.
Kamdee did well to recover from the knockdown, and made her way through round 2, though it was clear that the stoppage was coming, and she was thoroughly outclassed by Saeki, who was hungry for the stoppage. A stoppage that came part way through round 3, after Kamdee was dropped for the second time.
After the bout Saeki stated that she was looking to fight for a world title in 2019, something that promoter Masato Yamashita, from the Shinsei gym, stated was in his plans. For Kamdee this was never going to end well, and it was clear that she was even close to the level of Saeki, who looked sensational.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka get a treat, with two different shows from Shinsei Gym featuring a combined 6 title bouts.
One of those title bouts will see Japanese novice Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] battle against Thai visitor Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) for the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title.
Today those two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made weight, with no issues at all. In fact both fighters came in with a lot of room to spare. Saeki was around 103.5lbs, and she was the heavier of the two fighters.
The bout is expected to be an easy one for the Japanese fighter, who was a good amateur and is expected to be fast tracked towards world title fights.
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Earlier today Shinsei gym held a press conference to announce their second card for December 1st, making it one of the most stacked days for Japanese boxing in 2018.
The bouts that were announced today included two regional title fights and the next bout of a former champion.
One of the bouts announced is a WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title fight, which will see Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] make his first defense, as he faces off with Richard Rosales (13-7-2, 7). The Japanese warrior won the belt earlier this year, beating Orlie Silvestre, and is always a fun fighter to watch. He will be favoured strongly, with Rosales not expected to really test him, but the bout could be very action packed.
A second WBO Asia Pacific bout will take place at Super Featherweight as Masao Nakamura (24-3, 23) [仲村正男] and Carlo Magali (23-10-3, 12) trade blows for the vacant title. Both men are former OPBF champions and both will know that a win here will take them closer to a world title fight. Nakamura, who lost to Masayuki Ito earlier in his career, is a massive puncher whilst Magali is a tough guy who presses the action, so we're expecting a real thriller here.
A third bout announced today sees former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] facing off with Indonesian journeyman Noldi Manakane (33-25-2, 18), in what appears to be a stay busy bout for Kubo ahead of a big 2019.
Prior to today's announcement Shinsei had announced a quadruple header of female title fights for December 1st, including an OPBF Atomweight title bout between Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] and Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] , a WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title bout between Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] and Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) and a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] and Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子].
Notably these bouts won't be on a mega show, but will instead be two shows on the same day at the same venue, the EDION Arena Osaka, by the same promoter. But both shows look incredibly stacked. The female card is "Real Spirits Vol 60" whilst the male card will be "Real Spirits Vol 61".
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Earlier today the Shinsei gym announced a rare quadruple header for December 1st, which will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The 4 title bouts on on the show will all be female title bouts, with 3 regional title bouts and a world title bout all on the card.
One of those regional title bouts will see Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] attempt to create history by becoming an OPBF champion in just her second bout, which would be a Japanese record. The former amateur stand out will be up against Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] for the OPBF Atomweight title.
As well as the OPBF Atomweight title fight there will also be a bout for the OPBF female Featherweight title, as Kimika Miyoshi (13-11-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] challenges Wakako Fujiwara (6-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子], who actually took the belt from Miyoshi back in July.
The other regional title bout will see Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] take on Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) for the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title. This looks to be a mismatch, given that Saeki was a top amateur, but given this is so early in her career we can't complain about her opponent too much, especially as this is clearly a bout used to step Saeki up towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title bouts the main event will be a world title bout as Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] defending the WBO female Minimumweight title against Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子]. This should be a really exciting war between too world class veterans each looking to record another big win for their long careers.
At the moment it's unclear how fans outside of the venue will be able to watch these fights, though it would seem ridiculous not to have these bouts available to watch, either through a streaming service or on some form of television broadcast.
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Back in May Japanese fight fans in Wakayama got the chance to see former female amateur stand out Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯 霞] defeat Filipino foe Floryvic Montero. Today she returned for her second professional bout, a scheduled 8 rounder contest against a Thai foe in Hirakata.
The talented Saeki made it clear she was the better fighter almost immediately, as she pressed forward and put the Thai on the back foot. The visitor managed to get a point deducted in round 3, as she began to hold in desperation as she became more and more out classed. In round 5 Saeki finally managed to break through the spoiling and defense of the visitor, with body shots taking their toll on the visitor. In round 6 the Thai was trapped in the corner with Saeki letting her shots go until the referee stepped in and stopped the contest.
At the moment it's unclear what Saeki's plans are for her next contest, but an OPBF title fight does seem like it will be just around the corner for the 22 year old talent.
A Another fighter who picked up a win on this show is 21 year old Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-1, 5) [下町俊貴], who defeated Filipino visitor Renan Portes (10-7, 6) with a clear decision after 6 rounds.
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