On October 30th the Watanabe Gym will hold a small but notable show at Korakuen Hall. The card, which will be feature the retirement ceremony of former world title challenger Ryuichi Funai (31-8, 22) [船井 龍一], hasn't been fully announced but a number of fighters involved on the show have been announced including the several former amateur outs.
One of those former amateur standouts is Yudai Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡優大], who will make his debut on the card. The 22 year old Shigeoka is the older brother of WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗], and had planned to compete at the 2020 Olympics, until his weight class was removed the games.
At the moment the full details of Shigeoka's bout have yet be announced, though it's expected to be a 6 rounder fought just above the Minimumweight limit against an imported opponent.
Another amateur standout set for the card is Shu Utsuki (5-0, 4) [宇津木秀], who is listed as being in the main event. Utsuki's opponent hasn't been named yet, but we do know his bout will be an 8 rounder. So too will be a bout involving Motoki Osanai (4-2, 1) [小山内幹], who is looking for his 4th straight win as looks to build some momentum with his career.
One bout that has been confirmed for the show will see former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-4-2, 5) [中山佳祐] battle against Akio Furutani (7-4, 3) [古谷昭男]. This bout is also schedule for 8 rounds and is a must win for Nakayama who has struggled massively in recent bouts.
Full details of this show are expected in the coming week or two as Watanabe look to bring on their next wave of promising fighters.
In a week's time we'll see WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] defending his title against unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon, in what will be Kyoguchi's first defense.
Today, ahead of that bout, Kyoguchi took part in a media work out in Tokyo, at the Watanabe Gym.
The talented champion stated that he was 100% ready for the bout, and that he had scouted the Thai, being aware that Satanmuanglek is a tall southpaw. Despite the fact the Thai is unbeaten Kyoguchi seemed ultra-confident of winning, and really looked amazing at the work out as if he has really grown into a a very strong Light Flyweight.
At today's work out the champion sparred with former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-4-2, 5) [中山佳祐], who stated that Kyoguchi is just as quick as he was but compared his strength to that of a Bantamweight or Super Bantamweight. He looked ultra sharp with his punching, , his foot work was on point and the pressure he brought was scarily effective against his Watanabe gym mate.
As well as the sparring Kyoguchi worked the mitts, the heavy bag a punching ball and essentially went through a pretty full work out. He's got 2.5KG's to lose by the weigh in, but that's not expected to be any kind of issue come the weigh in.
Related -Kyoguchi takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see former Japanese Flyweight title challenger Yusuke Sakashita (17-8-3, 12) [阪下優友] score his career best win, stopping former OPBF champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-4-2, 5) [中山佳祐] in 4 rounds.
Nakayama started brightly, looking sharp and light on his feet. Sakashita on the other brought pressure originally struggling to close the distance but gradually tuned his timing in and began to find the range for his right hand. In round 2 Sakashita began to really cut the distance and found more success up close.
Up close Sakashita had real success and in round 4 he landed a solid right hand that dropped Nakayama. To his credit Nakayama would beat the count, but was under pressure soon afterwards, with the referee stepping in to save the former Oriental champion.
This "survival match", was between two men who really needed a major win. Sadly for Nakayama, h is now 1-2-1 in his last 4, and his career is really hanging by a threat. For Sakashita on the other hand this extends his current unbeaten run to 4 fights, and is his first win over a domestic opponent in more than 3 years as he seemingly saves his career and moves higher up the domestic rankings, closing in on one more potential title fight.
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This looks set to be the main event of the card and is a very attractive match up on a very good looking card!
Despite this news being broken by Dangan, it's been revealed the card will be a Diamond Glove show.
Earlier today we were informed that former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-3-2, 5) [中山佳祐] would be kicking off his 2019 with a bout on February 14th at the Korakuen Hall.
The 30 year old from the Watanabe gym will be fighting for just the second time since being dethroned by Jayr Raquinel back in March 2018, when he was stopped in 9 rounds by the Filipino.
The former Oriental champion will be up against 27 year old Yusuke Sakashita (16-8-3, 11) [阪下優友], from the Kadoebi Gym, who is looking to build on a draw against Takuya Kogawa from back in July. The last few years have been disappointing ones for Sakashita, who was stopped by Suguru Muranaka in 2014 and has since gone 4-3-1.
This bout will be part of a card featuring Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] against Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達] for the Japanese light Flyweight title.
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