Earlier today we were informed that Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] would be back in the ring on December 7th, in what is expected to be the main event of December's Dynamic Glove card. More interesting than seeing Ogawa Vs TBA was the fact he had his opponent for the show announced, and it's a genuinely interesting match up with the Teiken puncher taking on WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (18-2-1, 7), in a really mouth watering match.
Ogawa is best known internationally for his IBF world title fight with Tevin Farmer, which he won before the result was over-turned due to a positive drug test which has been blamed on a skin cream Ogawa was using for acne. Since the failed drug test he has returned to action and picked up a couple of wins over local opposition whilst seeing an IBF world title eliminator with Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) fall through.
Whilst Ogawa has fought in the US Noynay hasn't, but this year he has developed a reputation as a upset minded Japanese killer. Back in April he stopped Kosuke Saka to become the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion, then he returned in July and upset 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu, in one of the bigger upsets at regional level this year. Not only did he stop Shimizu, but he really did a number on him, damaging both of Shimizu's orbitals and putting him down a number of times in a very impressive display.
This will be Noynay's second defense of the regional title he took in his win over Saka whilst Ogawa will be looking to claim his first regional title. Maybe more important than the title however is that the winner of this bout will be snapping on the heels of a world title fight. At the time of writing Nonay is ranked #6 with the WBO, whilst Ogawa has top 15 rankings with the WBO, WBA and IBF
More bouts from the card are expected to be confirmed around early November as G+ and Teiken look to stack their final Dynamic Glove show of 2020.
Just over a week ago we reported that Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] would be defending his Japanese Welterweight title on September 7th, in his first defense, as he takes on Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴]. We can now reported that a big name has been added to that card, and further speculation about the show in general.
We'll start by looking at the speculation about the card, and this isn't a great way to start as one of the originally scheduled bouts looks to be off.
Originally the card was supposed to feature the rescheduled match up between Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), who were supposed to meet in an IBF world title eliminator. It's now looking highly likely that the bout will not appear on the card as first planned. At the moment the reason is unclear, though it has long been known that Fuzile wasn't wanting to fight in Japan, and visa issues did scupper the bout earlier in the year. Whether one of the them has gotten a different route to a world title is unclear, though sources in Japan are suggesting that either the bout is off, or is in serious doubt.
To soften the blow for Japanese fight fans they may be glad to hear that the still hugely popular Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) has been added to the card, returning to a Japanese ring for the first time since he stopped Francisco Javier Prieto back in December 2014, on the same show that Naoya Inoue blitzed Omar Andres Narvaez.
At the moment Linares' opponent for the bout hasn't been confirmed, and neither has the weight for the contest, though we do know it will be a 10 round bout and will see Linares getting a chance to appear in a Japanese ring for what maybe the last time.
The popular Venezuelan has lost 2 of his last 3 by stoppage, being taken out by Vasyl Lomachenko in May 2018 and Pablo Cesar Cano earlier this year, and at 33, 34 by the time this fight takes place, there are real question marks about his future in the sport. Despite being a faded force we're expecting the Korakuen Hall faithful to give Linares a huge show of support for what will be his first fight in the venue since February 2007!
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Back in April we saw Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] stop Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] to become the new Japanese Welterweight champion. Since then we've been waiting for him to make his first defense, and today we finally found out when he would be risking his belt, and who he would be up against.
The champion, from the Teiken gym, will be taking on 35 year old veteran Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴], in what will be his first shot at the full title following a bout for the interim belt back in 2017, with the bout being held at Korakuen Hall on September 7th.
Coming in to this Nagano won't just be looking to defend his belt but also continue his impressive winning streak, which stands at 14 straight wins, including notable victories over Giraffe Kirin Kanda, Riku Nagahama, Yuki Beppu and Ryota Yada. Another win and he could well find himself moving towards bigger titles, and in fact it's fair to suggest that his current run is deserving of a regional title fight already.
Kawasaki has been a professional since 2012 and although his record isn't great he has faced some really interesting names during his career. He debuted against Koki Tyson, his first two losses came to Hironobu Matsunaga and other losses have come to Ryota Yada and Daisuke Sakamoto among others. Despite a sketchy record he has actually won his last 2 bouts, beating both Kentaro Endo and Yuichi Ideta, though a loss to Nagano would likely be the end of his career.
Notably this bout is set to be the chief support bout for the rescheduled contest between Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), who are meeting in an IBF world title eliminator.
Please note - Today's show from the Korakuen Hall won't be televised until this coming week, when G+ will televise the card "as live". As a result of not wanting to ruin the broadcast for those wanting to watch we'll be leaving this disclaimer in and begin with out results article from the third paragraph. We will, also, be uploading the videos after the show is broadcast in mid-week. So again, for those wanting to watch the fights as live in video section, do not read beyond this paragraph.
Today at the Korakuen Hall Teiken put on the next show under the long established Dynamic Glove banner, and it was one with a number of prospects in action and a few good match ups on paper. It was however one with a weak main event that was put together on later notice due to a fight being ruled off as a visiting fighter from South Africa was unable to secure a visa in time., and was certainly open to criticism given the fact that the late replacement hadn't been able to put up much of a fight in 4 previous visits to Japan.
So lets begin by talking about that main event bout which saw Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] easily over-come Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Medura was dropped twice before retiring in his corner at the end of round 4, and had posed very little threat for Ogawa, who will now face Fuzile in September in an IBF world title eliminator.
The main support bout saw Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也] take a shut out 10 round win over Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6), in what will go down as one of Masaki's best wins. Earlier in the year with saw Toyogon ask some questions of Ryo Sagawa but here he looked very poor against a red hot Masaki, who himself showed improvements from a couple of frustrating recent bouts. Masaki will clearly be hunting a title bout in the near future, and a rematch with Hironori Mishiro, the current OPBF champion, is a bout that makes a lot of sense for the Teiken fighter. Mishiro however, may, have different plans.
In a Japanese Welterweight bout Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] managed to take a decision win over Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也], in what is among the very best wins for Nagahama. This was a hotly contested bout with Nagahama taking the narrow decision, 77-75, twice, and 77-76, and kicking off with a win following his recent move to the Kadoebi gym. Another close 8 round bout saw the touted Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯] squeak a win over Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-19-2, 5) with a split decision. Kaji, who came through the Rookie of the Year a few years ago and looked like a star in the making, struggled to hurt Orais who showed his veteran experience and perhaps deserved the upset here. Kaji really needs to get his career sorted as this is not the first time he has come close to suffering a defeat and it seems only a matter of time before he comes up short.
In a really interesting test former amateur stand out Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] was forced to work for a win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (9-1-1, 5). Lee looked to always be in control, though Paniamogan refused to go away and was certainly the type of test Lee deserved after his debut, which saw his opponent really look out of of his depth. Lee showed off good technical boxing, sharp punching, but still, clearly, needs time to develop his professional style, and a bout like this will serve as a major tool in shaping him and correcting his flaws.
It was a much easier day for fellow amateur stand out Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who blitzed Arvin Yurong (12-4, 3) in 2 rounds, in a very impressive performance. Young had been stopped 3 times prior to this, but had managed to ask questions last time of Xiang Li and in China. Today however Young was taken out mid-way through round 2 from a pair of Nakano right hooks. This was the sort of test Nakano needed and the sort that saw him stamp what he can do in the mind of fans.
To begin the show Takayoshi Suzuki (4-1-1, 1) [鈴木敬祥] scored an opening round win over Tsuyoshi Naito (4-5-4, 2) [内藤 剛], with Naito retiring at the end of the round.
Tomorrow at the iconic Korakuen Hall fans will get the chance to see Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] take on Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-5-1, 6), in what is essentially a tune up bout for Ogawa ahead of a showdown with South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) later in the year.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in both looked great on the scales, for what is expected to be a huge mismatch in favour of the popular local hopeful.
On the scales Ogawa was the heavier man, weighing in at 129.4lbs, and he looked in great shape and insanely confident of not only picking up the win but also the stoppage in the bout.
Medura on the other hand was way under the limit, weighing just 126.5lbs. Medura spoke a good fight, and suggested he was there for the upset. The reality however is that expected to be little more than a tune up before Ogawa faces Fuzile in September, on a rescheduled date.
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