Just 2 weeks after news broke that the IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) would take place on July 6th plans have already been forced to change.
According to several Japanese sources the bout will now take place in September due to travel issues that Fuzile is having.
There is no specifics given for the kind of issues the South African fighter has had, but with less than a month to the originally planned date of the fight this change is a disappointing one, and one that will likely leave both fighters rather frustrated, as it essentially pushes back any potential world title fight.
From what we understand Ogawa will still fight in the headline bout of the July 6th Dyanmic Glove card but his opponent for the show is yet to be confirmed following this change.
Although Fuzile pulling our was only confirmed earlier today it does appear that their was some murmurs privately between those close to the situation as the show wasn't actually set for a live TV broadcast, which was a surprise given the significance of the originally scheduled main event.
Fingers crossed the September date will be confirmed shortly and that no similar issues will scupper the rescheduled date. We also really hope that Ogawa doesn't suffer any kind of a cut in July, as that could further puush the bout back.
Over the last few weeks we've seen a lot of talk and speculation regarding the July edition of the Dynamic Glove show. We can now reveal that the show has had a lot of details revealed, and looks like it will be a rather stacked card with a mixture of recognisable fighters and prospects.
The show, set for July 6th at the Korakuen Hall, will be headlined by the IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), which will set the winner up for a world title. We've known about that for a while, though today we've had confirmation that the chief support bout is also going to be at Super Featherweight, as Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on a yet to be confirmed opponent in a 10 round supporting bout.
As we've reported previously other supporting bouts will see Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] take on Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5) and a Welterweight bout between Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], with both of these set to be 8 rounders.
Last week we also confirmed that Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] had been added to the card and today we can also confirm, after quite a lot speculation, that Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太] will also be on the show. At the moment neither Nakano or Lee have had an opponent confirmed, though both are expected to be matched with international opponents, and hopefully both will take notable steps up in class following blow out wins earlier in the year.
After several months of Dynamic Glove shows not being shown live on G+ we really have got hopes that this one wll be aired live given the talent on show, and the significance on the main event.
Over the last week or so we've seen a lot of talk about the July 6th edition of Dynamic Glove, which is set to be headlined by an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator, between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Since that bout was announced by Teiken we've seen more and more news being revealed about the card, including a bout featuring the hotly tipped Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士].
Today we were informed of another set for the card, with Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] now confirmed to be on the show against Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5), in what looks to be a very clear step towards a potential Japanese title fight.
The unbeaten Kaji, who won the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year crown at the age of 18, has been hit and miss in recent fights. He has failed to shine against the likes of Jun Blazo and Arnold Garde, but the feeling has been that he needs to be fighting for a purpose, and against Orais we will see him fighting a man ranked in the top #3 by the JBC, with a win over Orais being a gateway to a title fight.
For Orais, who is now 34, this is a must win to keep his career alive, and he will need a much better performance than we saw him last time out, when he lost to Yuta Matsuo last October. At his best he was very capable, though now appears to be clearly winding his career down to focus more on his work a a trainer at the FLARE Yamagami gym.
Last week we reported that Japan's Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) would battle in an IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator on July 6th at Korakuen Hall, after Teiken won the purse bid for the bout. At the time there was little known about the under-card for the bout, other than that Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] would be battling in an 8 round Welterweight bout.
Today we've had confirmation that highly touted prospect Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] has been added to the card, though at the time of writing his opponent for the show is unknown. The talented Nakano is one of the most promising prospects at the Teiken gym so it's great to see him back in action, and hopefully in a step up in class.
Whilst Nakano has been confirmed for the show there are also rumours regarding Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太] being on the card as well, with the former North Korean amateur star expected to be confirmed for the show in the coming days.
Due to the significance of the main event we're now expecting this carer to get a live broadcast on G+, as part of an ultra-stacked July which which looks set to be similar to the May that we've just had.
After weeks of talk about an IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Japanese puncher Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and unbeaten South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), now finally have a date and location for the bout, with the results of the purse bid for the bout also now known.
Earlier today Teiken revealed that they had won the purse bids for the bout with a bid of $122,000, beating the next best bid of $102,000. As a result of that purse bid win they also stated that they plan to put the bout on at the July edition of Dynamic Glove, set for July 6th at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout will see Fuzile battling outside of South Africa for the first time, and facing one of the hard punchers pf his career Despite this being a major bout for him he does hold notable wins over the likes of Macbute Sinyabi, Tshifhiwa Munyai, Malcolm Klassen and Romulo Koasicha. As for Ogawa the bout will see him battle to get a second world title fight, following his No Contest with Tevin Farmer from 2017, in fact a win over Fuzile could help set up a rematch with Farmer.
At the moment the full hasn't been revealed, though this is the second bout confirmed for the card. The other will be an all-Japanese contest between Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], who will battle in an 8 round Welterweight bout. Both of these men are in the Japanese rankings and the winner will likely find themselves in the domestic title mix, so this is a really good support bout to a brilliant main event.
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