Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Aioi Hall in Kariya had the chance to see the latest show in the Green Dream series.
The main event of the card saw Japanese ranked Lightweights clashing in an interesting looking match up.
The contest in question saw the once beaten Masanori Rikiishi (5-1, 3) [佐藤政法] shine, as he dominated Kei Iwahara (10-6, 5) [岩原慶] over 8 rounds.
The talented Rikiishi, fighting for the third time since losing to Kosuke Saka last year, dominated the bout dropping Iwahara twice on route to a unanimous decision with scores of 80-71 and 80-70, twice. This is Rikiishi's second straight win over a Japanese ranked opponent and it seems likely that he will begin to chase a title bout, potentially getting into the title mix by the end of 2019.
On the same card former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Ryosuke Maruki (16-6-1, 11) [丸木凌介] scored a 5th round TKO win over Kun Woo Kang (4-3-3, 1) to score his first win in over a year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Few could accuse Green gym of wrapping their promising fighter Masanori Rikiishi (4-1, 3) [佐藤政法] in cotton wool during his short, yet interesting career. He debuted in July 2017 against highly regarded Korean Sa Ya Lee, his third bout came against former Japanese champion Kosuke Saka and despite losing that one he was was facing former Japanese title challenger Genki Maeda less than 8 months later.
Earlier this week saw the announcement that Rikiishi would be in another relative tough assignment as he looks to continue his climb towards a potential title fight.
The once beaten 24 year old will be returning to face Kei Iwahara (10-5, 5) [岩原慶] at the Aioi Hall, in Kariya, in what looks like an incredibly tasty match up between Japanese ranked Lightweights to headline Green Dream Volume 8.
Iwahara, whilst having not shared the ring with someone like Kosuke Saka, is riding a couple of good wins into this bout, having beaten Mao Kawanishi and Daiki Ichikawa, and is interestingly unbeaten at Lightweight. He will probably be seen as the under-dog, but a very live one, in what should be a very interesting 8 round bout.
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