Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw local hopeful Kazuki Tanaka (7-0, 5) [田中 一樹] score the toughest win of his career so far, as he narrowly over-came world ranked Thai Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (16-7, 11) [สุขเกษม เรือไวกิ้ง] in a gripping 8 round contest.
Tanaka started the bout well, using a sharp jab to control the distance and he looked sharp as a tac in the early moments. Before long however Sukkasem found his way inside and began to land eye catching body shots, whilst building in confidence. That confidence came at a price for the visitor, who was dropped by the local hopeful. Unfortunately for Tanaka the knockdown wasn't a hugely hurtful one and the Thai was quickly back into the fight.
As the bout went on Tanaka's accuracy and success decreased and Sukkasem really had some big moments, but could never drop Tanaka, which he always looked like needing. Sadly for the Thai his failure to score a knodkcown essentially cost him on the cards, with the judges scoring it 78-74 and 76-75 in favour of Tanaka, and 76-76, to give the Japanese prospect a majority decision.
On paper this was a huge win, and one that could potentially get Tanaka an IBF world ranking. It was however a struggle against a man who hasn't scored a notable win and wasn't expected to give Tanaka such a close run.
As for Sukkasem the bout will likely cost him his world ranking, but his performance will open up more opportunities in Japan, there are a host of Bantamweights and Super Bantamweights who will be looking to face him.
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We've known for a while that touted Japanese hopeful Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] would be back in the ring onm April 2nd. We didn't know who he would be facing until earlier today, when his team officially revealed that he would be up against Thai foe Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (16-6, 11) [สุขเกษม เรือไวกิ้ง].
When Tanaka was first announced for the April 2nd show his team stated that his foe world be worled ranked, and although Sukkasem isn't a great foe they have actually kept to their word with the Thai being ranked #15 by the IBF at Bantamweight.
Tanaka is viewed as another of Japan's rising number of Super Bantamweight prospects. Although not regarded as highly as some other fighters in the region he is touted as a fighter with the potential to go all the way following an excellent 63-14 amateur record and he has already scored notable wins over Monico Laurente and Denkaosan Kaovichit. Another win here would push Tanaka on to the verges of the world rankings.
Whilst Tanaka will be favoured it's worth saying that Sukkasem has faced some notable opposition, including Ik Yang, Billy Dib, Mark Magsayo and Yusaku Kuga, all of whom beat the Thai. That level of experience will help him here against Tanaka, but he will still be looking for his biggest win to date here.
The past few days have seen numerous shows and bouts announced. The latest to be announced has come from Green Tsuda who announced "Crash Boxing Vol 11" earlier today, with the show set to take place on April 2nd at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
The full card wasn't announced but a number of bouts were, whilst other fighters were also confirmed for the card.
The main event of the show will see Japanese #2 ranked Super Flyweight Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之] battle against Filipino visitor Eranio Semillano (13-7-2, 4), with Semillano bringing an top 10 OPBF ranking into the ring with him.
In the chief support bout we'll see the touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] take on a yet to be named opponent, though Tanaka and his team have stated that the opponent will be a world ranked fighter with Tanaka looking to make a big statement on the show.
Another notable bout announced is a contest between Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] and former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (21-12-2, 19), with Lopez defending his OPBF Featherweight ranking.
Also confirmed for this show are former OPBF Bantamweight Yu Kawaguchi (25-8, 12) [川口 裕] and female fighter Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], though neither of those fighters has had their opponent for the show named as of yet.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to watch an interesting card at the EDION Arena Osaka. In the main event fans saw a notable upset as Jayar Inson scored a 7th round TKO win over Ryota Yada to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title but the under-card was also full of notable fighters.
One of those was Japanese ranked Super Flyweight contender Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之], who entered the bout ranked #3 by the JBC. The talented Okumoto moved a step closer to a Japanese title fight as he defeated the limited but durable Takanori Hayashida (7-11-3) [林田 貴紀], who retired after the 5th round. Hayashida looked like he was in the ring looking for an upset but a cut over the right eye saw his corner pulling him from the bout.
One of the more interesting undercard bouts saw Takeru Kamikubo (12-2, 8) [上久保タケル] claim a very hard fought and narrow 8 round decision win over Japanese ranked Takahiro Murai (14-7-2, 5) [村井 貴裕]. Murai, who was top 15 ranked by the JBC, had been favoured to win here but Kamikubo really impressed and was well worth the win despite some issues in the early parts of the fight. Another bout that went the distance saw the JBC ranked Naotoshi Nakatani (10-0, 6) [中谷 有利] take a very hard fought decision victory over Masashi Wakita (6-5-2, 2) [脇田 将士], in a bout that was a lot more competitive than the records of the two men would suggest.
The highly touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] made light work of a Thai foe, taking just 73 seconds to see off his man. In a similar fashion Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] also made light work of a limit Thai foe, needing just 41 seconds to see his man off, for Kyoguchi this was his return after more than 20 months away from the ring and a gym transfer. Another notable fighter scoring a stoppage on the under-card was school girl Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], who defeated the win-less Mizuki Matsuoka (0-2) [松岡 瑞稀] in the third round of their scheduled 4 rounder. Matsuoka was left with a badly bloodied nose before her team threw in the towel.
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Earlier today it was announced that on December 4th, at "Crash Boxing Vol. 10", fans will be able to see Ryota Yada (12-3, 10) [矢田 良太] battle against Filipino puncher Jayar Inson (12-0, 8) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Weltweight title.
The bout, which will be the main event of the card, is a really intriguing match up between punchers as Yada recording 8 stoppages in his last 9 bouts and Inson obviously being a heavy handed and unbeaten fighter. Whilst the competition for both has been limited the bout it's self is still an atractive match up and exciting main event, which is likely to see some explosive shots thrown by both men.
On the under-card we will see a string of notable names, Including the Japanese ranked Takayuki Okumoto (17-7-2, 7) [奥本 貴之], OPBF ranked Kazuki Tanaka (5-0, 4) [田中 一樹], school girl boxer Fuka Komura (1-0) [小村 楓香] and an intriguing match up between Takahiro Murai (14-6-2, 5) [村井 貴裕] and Takeru Kamikubo [11-2, 8] [上久保タケル].
The card, promoted by Green Tsuda, sees the WBO Asia Pacific titles continue to grow momentum in Japan and hopefully the fighters winning them will continue to be well matched, like in this bout, as they could be a great addittion to the Japanese boxing scene, as long as match making is consistently good and we don't see regular mismatches for the titles.
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