Over the last few days we've seen a lot of Japanese title bouts being revealed as part of the Champion Carnival. Earlier today those bouts were set in stone as the Champion Carnival presentation took place, confirming the contests we'd reported and getting all the champions and challengers in one event.
The first of the bouts will take place on February 1st at the Dynamic Glove show, and will see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太]. This bout has been known about for weeks and is an exciting, and potentially very explosive, way to kick off the Champion Vs Challenger series. This bout will be at Korakuen Hall, where most of the title bouts will actually take place.
The second bout will take on February 13th, when Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎] defends his belt against Izuki Tomioka (7-2-1, 2) [富岡樹]. This is expected to bee a match up showing a lot of skills, from both men, though the power and physical edges with the champion does make him the favourite. This is another bout at Korakuen Hall.
It's then almost a month later until we get the next bout in the series. That'll be on March 7th, on the March Dynamic Glove, when Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (16-1, 10) [松永 宏信] defends his belt against Yuto Shimizu (14-4-2, 5) [清水優人] in a potentially enthralling bout. The champion will be seeking his second defense whilst Shimizu will be getting his first title fight. This will be the third successive bout at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall.
Just one day later, March 8th, we get the Flyweight bout with the heavy handed Seigo Yuri Akui (14-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] defending his title against Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也]. Given Akui's style this should be an explosive bout, and one to look forward to. This was announced way back at the start of the year and will take place at the Aeon Mall mall in Okayama City, the first of the bouts outside of Tokyo.
Just a week later, March 15th, action turns to the Aioi Hall in Kariya as Light Flyweight champion Yuto Takahashi (11-4, 5) [高橋悠斗] defends against hard hitting challenger Masamichi Yabuki (10-3, 10) [佐藤政道]. This will be the first title defnense for Takahashi, and will see him entering enemy territory.
The following day, March 16th, Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue (15-0, 12) [浩樹井上] will take on Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 5) [永田大士] in the main event of a card at Korakuen Hall from Ohashi. This is one of the few shows where under-card details have been revealed, and it makes for a very decent looking card overall.
After a slew of fights in March we then have a bit of a break before returning on April 9th for a double header at Korakuen Hall. One of the bouts here will see Bantamweight champion Yusuke Suzuki (11-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] make his first defense, as he goes up against Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] in a rematch of a bout both men had back in 2013. The other bout on this card will see Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (9-1, 4) [佐川遼] make his second defense as he takes on Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太], in what we feel is the standout bout from this year's Carnival.
On April 28th Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (19-4-1, 13) [久我勇作] will defend his title against Gakuya Furuhashi (26-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔]. This bout will be Kuga's first defense since reclaiming the title last year and will be Furuhashi's third shot, at a third different champion. This bout is also set to be at Korakuen Hall.
Interestingly the Super Featherweight bout between hard hitting champion Kosuke Saka (20-5, 17) [坂晃典] and teak tough challenger Takuya Watanabe (37-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也] is pencilled in for April in Osaka, though no date or specific venue was confirmed at today's event.
On May 16th we'll see the Super Flyweight title bout as defending champion Kenta Nakagawa (18-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] takes on Yuta Matsuo (15-4-2, 8) [松尾雄太] at the Sumida City Gymnasium in Tokyo.
No those who are eagle eyed will be aware there were some division's missing.
Firstly the Minimumweight bout hasn't yet been decided. The title is currently vacant, after Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁] returned the belt earlier this year. What we do know is that Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口 将隆] will be involved in the title bout, though there is currently no opponent, date or venue for the bout.
The Middleweight title bout will see the hard hitting Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] defending his belt against Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] but this bout has no date or location set. This bout is likely to be scheduled following Takesako's bout this coming weekend against OPBF champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍].
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Earlier today we reported that the February 1st edition of Dynamic Glove would be televised. We've now been given some interesting information about the card as the under-card was revealed, at least partially.
We've known for a while that the main event would see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. What we didn't know was who would be filling up the lower end of the card.
We were told the chief support bout would be a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和], and now we've learned that two top prospects would also be on that card.
One of those confirmed for the show was Kenshi Noda (1-0, 1) [野田 賢史] and the other was Hiroto Yashiro (1-0, 1) [矢代 博斗], both of whom debuted back on September 2nd.
Whilst neither Noda or Yashiro are big names both were very accomplished amateurs. Noda went 45-16 in the unpaid ranks and is tipped for big things whilst Yashiro is tipped even more highly, being the nephew of a former Japanese national champion, and he went 75-19 in the unpaid ranks.
At the time of writing neither man has had their opponent named but both are pencilled in to be involved in 6 round bouts, and this is a great chance for fans to see what both men are capable of.
In 2019 one of our biggest complaints was the number of Dynamic Glove cards that G+ showed on delay. What we had began to expect as a regular, monthly, live broadcast was turned into a sometimes live sometimes tape delay event.
Thankfully to kick off 2019 G+ have listed both their January and February cards will be getting a live broadcast!
The January card, on January 18th, will be headlined by Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] challenging OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], in what is expected to be a humdinger, and will also see Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程].
The February card, set for February 1st, will be headlined by Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. This card will also feature a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和].
Both of the shows are set to air between 17:45 local time and 22:00
We might still be in December 2019 but we're already seeing dates being set for the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts.
Last week Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎] announced he would be facing off with his mandatory challenger Izuki Tomioka (7-2-1, 2) [富岡樹] on February 13th at Korakuen Hall and over the weekend we saw confirmation of another Champion Carnival bout.
On Sunday former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] confirmed that he would be getting his shot at Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] on February 1st, also at Korakuen Hall
At the moment the full details of either card are yet to be confirmed, though Obara Vs Nagano will be part of a Dynamic Glove card, and will be aired on G+, though it's not yet clear if this will be a live broadcast or a tape delayed one. This show is expected to feature a number of top Teiken promoted prospects, though none have yet been confirmed for the show.
For those wondering Yoshino Vs Tomioka will be on a Diamond Glove show, set to be aired on tape delay on Fuji TV.
The final of the 4 Japanese title eliminators at the Korakuen Hall today was at Welterweight, and saw former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] face off against Toshiro Tarumi (12-4-3, 6) [垂水稔朗], with the two men battling for a place at the 2020 Champion Carnival.
For Tarumi this was the biggest bout of his career, by far, whilst Obara, who has competed at world level and won Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific title bouts,was facing his first domestic foe in almost 2 years.
The levels in experience and competition were huge going in, and they proved to be only part of the problem for Tarumi, with Obara also having the much heavier hands.
Tarumi tried to cut the distance early but struggled to have much success, at least not telling success, due to his power really effecting Obara, who has always been a touch chinny but wasn't in any trouble here. Obara on the other hand looked heavy handed when he landed a big right hand in round 1.
Tarumi continue to pressure and push the bout in rounds 2, 3 and 4 as he tried to constantly back up Obara. It was a high risk strategy from Tarumi but one that certainly saw him having moments, in fact several times in round 4 he had Obara cornered.
The risky tactics of Tarumi cost him though and in round 4 a huge right from Obara dropped his man. Tarumi got back up but was sent down down against not long afterwards with Obara jumping on him before he before he could recover.
That was it. Tarumi's good effort was done, in the blink of an eye whilst Obara has been pencilled in to face Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano next year.
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