Earlier today the Korakuen Hall played host to a show promoted by Hideyuki Ohashi, and featured several interesting match ups.
Among those on the card was hard hitting Japanese hopeful Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士] who scored his latest win by stopping Filipino Joe Tejones (13-7, 7). On paper this looks like a straight forward win for Tameda but in reality we had expected to see Tameda being tested, with Tejones being better than his record suggests. Instead however the power of Tameda was too much and he took out Tejones in the 5th round, dropping the Filipino who took the count on his backside.
Tameda's Ohashi stablemate Katsuya Yasuda (5-0, 3) [保田克也] also picked up a win, as he stopped Indonesian foe Jack Dolu (4-5, 4) in the second round. A right uppercut took out Dolu for the 10 count.
It wasn't all good news for Ohashi fighters however, as Toru Kiyota (9-4, 7) [清田亨] was beaten Kazuma Sanpei (18-5, 7) [三瓶数馬]. The Japanese ranked Sanpei took a split decision over 8 rounds, in what was the most competitive and interesting bout on the show, despite the limitations of both fighters.
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Earlier today the Ohashi Gym announced their next Phoenix Battle show, which we now know will take place on September 17th at Korakuen Hall.
The main event for the card was announced as a being a bout between the fast rising Taku Kuwahara (5-0, 4) [桑原拓] and world ranked Filipino Jonathan Refugio (21-6-5, 7), who is currently ranked #15 by the WBC at Minimumweight.
The talented Kuwahara, who has been dubbed "Ioka II", made his debut in May 2018 and and has been tipped for major success since announcing that he was heading to the professional ranks. In just his third bout he was fighting in 8 round bouts but this is a huge step up in class against a man who has over 230 rounds as a professional.
The 26 year old Refugio has been a professional since June 2010 and whilst he hasn't yet scored a world class win he has mixed with good company with losses to Wanheng Menayothin, Merlito Sabillo, Knockout CP Freshmart, Melvin Jerusalem and Hiroto Kyoguchi in recent years. He's no world beater, but a stoppage against him would be very, very impressive.
In the chief support we'll see Japanese ranked Super Featherweight Kazuma Sanpei (17-5, 7) [三瓶数馬] will take on Toru Kiyota (9-3, 7) [清田亨] in what should be a very competitive and interesting 8 round bout. Sanpei has the edge in experience and achievement but with 4 stoppages against him Kiyota will enter the bout with the belief that he has the power to stop his man.
Another good bout announced for this card will see JBC and WBO Asia Pacific ranked fighter Tsuyoshi Tameda (20-4-2, 18) [溜田剛士] take on Filipino Joe Tejones (13-6, 7), who fights in Japan for the third time, following losses to Hinata Maruta and Tenta Kiyose in previous Japanese bouts. Coming into this bout Tameda is riding high following a really good win over Tae Il Atsumi whilst Tejones recently took the unbeaten record of KJ Natuplag.
One other talented hopeful booked for this is Katsuya Yasuda (4-0, 2) [保田克也], though he is yet to have his opponent for the card announced. Given he took a step up in class in July, when he beat Jerry Castroverde, we would hope for another step up for the 27 year old, however it does seem more likely to be a tick over for the Lightweight hopeful.
Introducing... Taku Kuwahara
Introducing... Katsuya Yasuda
Over the last 24 hours or so we saw Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue (13-0, 10) [浩樹井上] reveal his first defense.
The unbeaten Ohashi gym fighter, the cousin of Naoya and Takuma Inoue, revealed he would be defending his title on July 1st at Korakuen Hall against Ryuji Ikeda (14-5-3, 9) [池田竜司]. The bout will see Inoue look to build on his impressive title win against Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] back in April and he has suggest that this will be a more exciting fight than that one, where he seemed happy to box and move.
For Ikeda this will be his first Japanese title fight, though he did fight for a regional title in 2017, losing to Darragh Foley in Australia. Although he enters as the #8 ranked Japanese challenger it should be noted that he hasn't really shined on the domestic stage, going 1-1-1 in his last 3 bouts in Japan.
The card has had a number of notable fighters pencilled in for it. These include former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (22-3, 20) [松本亮], Japanese Youth title holder Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ], the very highly regarded Taku Kuwahara (4-0, 3) [桑原拓], the exciting Tsuyoshi Tameda (19-4-2, 17) [溜田剛士] and unbeaten prospect Katsuya Yasuda (3-0, 2) [保田克也]. At the time of writing none of these fighters have had their opponents announced.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans got a pretty interesting card, with a world title eliminator, a youth title fight and several notable prospects.
Two of those prospects faced off with Indonesian visitors and they made very light work of the visiting fighter, who were both taken out by the local professional novices.
The first of the locals to shine was the very highly touted Taku Kuwahara (2-0, 2) [桑原拓], who needed just 46 seconds to see off Ardi Tefa (6-8-1, 4).
The talented Kuwahara dropped his man early on and although Tefa showed some heart to try and beat the count he was deemed unfit to continue by the time the referee counted to 10. It's worth noting that this is the 7th time Tefa has been stopped, but he had taken Tetsuya Hisada 5 rounds in 2016 and had gone into round 6 with Filipino prospect KJ Cataraja back in 2015, and he had never been stopped this quickly.
The other local prospect was Katsuya Yasuda (3-0, 2) [保田克也], who had a better work out as he was taken into round 3 before stopping Anshori Anhar Pitulay (9-17-2, 6). The promising Yasuda showed off his body punching here, using Pitulay's midsection for target practice until the Indonesian could take no more. By the time the bout had ended he had really taken his lumps and had shown his bravery to pull himself off the canvas to keep fighting, but was sent back down which caused the stoppage
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Back in June we saw the official announcement of a WBC Bantamweight world title eliminator between Takuma Inoue (11-0, 3) [井上 拓真], the younger brother of Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] and OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (29-12, 14). The announcement of the bout sadly gave us little detail about the under-card for the show though we've now had the Ohashi gym announce several bouts for the card, and release the poster for the show.
The poster is a pretty decent looking one, making Inoue look like the star, but also feature Yap in a prominent position with both in front of the WBC title.
The poster also features Japanese Youth Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (12-0, 8) [平岡アンディ], who will be defending his title against Ukyo Yoshigai (6-2, 5) [吉開右京]. These two fought last August, with Hiraoka stopping Yoshigai in a qualifying bout for the Japanese Youth title, a title that Hiraoka would win 3 months later when he stopped Takahiko Kobayashi. Since their first bout Hiraoka has not only won the Japanese Youth crown but also scored an 8 round decision win over Fumisuke Kimura Yoshigai on the other hand has fought just once, stopping Takuya Matsusaka in 68 seconds.
Another fighter on the poster is recent world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto's (21-2, 19) [松本亮], who looks to bounce back from his February loss to Danny Roman in a WBA Super Bantamweight title fight. Matsumoto will be up against domestic foe Ryo Sagawa (4-1, 2) [佐川遼] in a bout at Featherweight, with Matsumoto stepping up in weight. This looks like a mismatch on paper, though Sagawa did really impress last time out, when he defeated Junki Sasaki and he was a very accomplished amateur before turning professional.
Also set to be on this show are former amateur stand outs Katsuya Yasuda (2-0, 1) [保田克也] and Taku Kuwahara (1-0, 1) [桑原拓] among others.
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