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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Earlier today the Watanabe gym held a press conference to announce the next bout of Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], the former IBF Minimumweight champion who has vacated due to outgrowing the 105lb weight division.
As has long been rumoured he will be back in the ring on September 25tth at the Korakuen Hall but unlike many fighters when they move up in weight he will be taking on a top contender and a series threat immediately, with his return bout being set against world ranked Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
For Kyoguchi the bout will be his first as a fully fledged Light Flyweight and will serve as a tough tune up before a potential December show down with WBA Light Flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10). Budler was the man who took the WBA title from Kyoguchi's stable mate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一], who is expected to fight in December in a Flyweight contest.
As for Monabesa the bout will be his first outside of Indonesia and will serve as a massive test of what the Indonesian really has. So far Monabesa has looked like the best prospect in Indonesia with notable wins against the likes of Rene Patilano and Lester Abutan, but this will be his first bout outside of his homeland and his first against a former world champion.
At the moment the under-card hasn't been fully announced, but it is slated to feature a strong support including world ranked Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本京太郎], former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (10-3-2, 4) [中山佳祐], fighting for the first time since losing the OPBF title to Jayr Raquinel in March and former amateur standouts Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀] and Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗], with Shigeoka reportedly having only lost once in over 50 amateur contests. At the time of writing none of these supporting fighters have had their opponents announced for the card.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the OPBF Flyweight title change hands, as defending champion Keisuke Nakayama (10-3-2, 4) [中山 佳祐] had the title ripped away by unbeaten Filipino Jayr Raquinel (9-0-1, 6), who put himself on the boxing map with an excellent performance.
The Filipino was the naturally smaller man but made up for that disadvantage by simply knowing what he was supposed to do, and doing it. In the first round it was obvious that he was the more skilled, and he used his southpaw jab brilliantly to force Nakayama on to the back foot. The Filipino was forced to take some solid shows, but answered every one with interest and showed a brilliant ability to change the tempo of the fight at his will.
After 4 rounds the challenger was in total control, with the scores being announced as 40-36, and 39-37, twice, in his favour. Things then went from good to even better for the Filipino youngster, as he dropped Nakayama in round 5, showing he had power to go with the skills. He seemed to hurt Nakayama after the knockdown, with the Japanese fighter beating the count, but Nakayama was clearly struggling with the aggression of the visitor.
Amazingly after seeing out a torrid round 5 Nakayama managed to get some success, as he found a home for his body shots. It was just what Nakayama needed, and by the end of round 8 it seemed like he was genuinely starting to turn the fight in his favour, , with one judge having the bout scored very closely at 76-75 for Raquinel, whilst the others had it 78-73 and 79-72 to the Filipino, who was finally starting to take shots.
Sadly for the gutsy Nakayama he had given his all to just get back into the bout, and in round 9 he was forced to take some big head shots from Raquinel, and was dropped, as much from exhaustion as any specific shot, and despite beating the 10 count his corner threw in the towel, as he stumbled. The referee fully aware that the bout needed stopping well before he saw the towel.
After the win Raquinel seemed impressed by his own performance, admitting he didn;t expect to score the stoppage, and stated he wanted to fight again in Japan. Notable Takuya Kogawa was in attendance and would make for a very good bout with Racquinel possibly later this year. As for Nakayama he admitted that Raquinel hit harder than expected and that he was himself struggling to land headshots.
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