At the moment there's an on going Japanese card at the Korakuen Hall. Due to whatever reasons G+ have it won't be televised for a few days, though the show is a fairly notable one, with a trio of local prospects as well as two title fights.
Rather than looking at the double main event we want to focus this results piece on just the prospect trio, who are all expected to go onto title action in the coming years.
The first of the prospects in action was Celes Gym's new signing Issei Ochiai (1-0) [落合 壱星] who began his career with a 6 round decision win against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-3). On paper this looked straight forward, but Lerchai had twice been to Japan and given Ryoki Hirai and Seita Ogido good tests so for a debut opponent he was solid, and that was shown in the ring. Ochiai showed good patience early on, but slowly built momentum through the 6 round bout, avoiding the counters from the Thai, who looked dangerous with his wild shots. After 6 rounds there no doubting the winner, with Ochiai taking the win, 59-56, twice, and 59-55. A good debut, and a solid test for Celes Kobayashi's newest recruit.
The second of the prospects was the hard hitting, if somewhat technically flawed, Takuma Takahashi (4-0, 4) [高橋拓磨], who also faced a Thai foe. The unbeaten Takahashi was up against Sitthidet Banti (11-5, 5) in an 8 round Welterweight bout. Coming into the bout Takahashi had fought just 5 rounds and Banti had never been stopped, going rounds with the likes of Xiangxiang Sun in China and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol in Thailand. The bouts wasn't the tidiest, or the best, but in round 6 Takahashi finally got to his man, taking him down part-way through the round. The Thai would fail to beat the count, and be counted out at the 1:16 mark of round 6. This was the sort of test Takahashi needed, against an awkward foe who knew how to survive, and the fact he passed that test the way he did really is impressive. We feel Takahashi needs serious polishing, but this is still a very good win this early in his career.
The third of the prospects was Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who notched his third straight win with a decision over Filipino Wilbert Berondo (14-4-2, 6). Although not a big name Berondo is always a good test at this level and it showed as he pushed Oshima hard in the early going. Oshima ended up taking a decision, with scores of 78-74 across the cards, but had to work hard for the win and it's clear that he's got work to do to reach the top. There's a lot to like about him, but a lot of work is needed. However it's worth noting that Oshima is now expected to get a Japanese title eliminator later in the year and that could be too much too soon. For Berondo he again showed he was as good test at this level, and should certainly get more Japanese pay days, though surprisingly this was only his second bout in the country, his first being his loss to Hinata Maruta in 2016. That Maruta is still the only stoppage loss on his record.
We've known for a while that August's Diamond Glove card would take place on August 3rd and be headlined by the rematch between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二]. We also knew the show would feature world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志]. Sadly though we didn't really get any extra news about the card until earlier today.
Today we were given details of the under-card as well as more details about Inoue's bout.
One of the under-card bouts will see Celes gym's new prospect Issay Ochai (0-0) [落合 壱星] make his debut, as he goes up against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-2). The unbeaten Japanese fighter is a touted 18 year old who is tipped for big things whilst the Thai is a really good test, who holds a win over Samartlek Kokietgym and pushed both Ryoki Hirai and Seita Ogido hard in Japan in his losses. This bout will be scheduled for 6 rounds.
Another prospect on the card will be Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨], who also takes on a Thai foe as he battles against Sitthidet Banti (11-4, 5) in an 8 round bout. Takahashi is tipped for big things, and despite technical flaws he does look like he can go a very long way, so we're not expecting too many issues for him here. The Thai does hold a notable win over Saddam Kietyongyuth, but has been beaten in 3 of his 4 bouts outside of Thailand.
Another promising fighter on this card will be Kenshin Oshima (5-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
So back to Inoue, his bout for the card has now been announced and he will take on Patomsuk Pathompothong (38-10-1, 24), also known as Komsan Polsan, in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. This really should be a straight forward win for Inoue, who shouldn't have any problems with the Thai, who has lost in all 3 of his previous visits to Japan.
At the moment it's unclear whether this card will be aired live on G+ or not, though given the quality of the show, and the double main event, we really are hoping G+ will get back to showing live boxing.
Every so often we get a bout that we look forward to more than we should, just because of the fighters involved. Today we got one such bout as youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-3-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (5-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] battled in an 8 round bout at the Korakuen Hall. On paper this was nothing amazing, it was two novices, but having followed both men for a while we knew we would be in for something exciting.
The fight started with Sadatsune applying the pressure, looking to land southpaw left hands whilst Oshima looked to land right hands at range, boxing off the back foot. The first round was close though Oshima certainly seemed to do much better in rounds 2 and 3, landing his right with authority, whilst Sadatsune tended to not have the same power on his shots, he did land a significant number of body shots. The end of round 3 was one of the first times the action really picked up, with Sadatsune being rocked and Oshima trying to take him out.
Oshima seemed to slow down in round 4, and Sadatsune build success from that by taking rounds 4 and 5 in clear fashion. It seemed like he was coming on strong whilst Oshima was feeling the body shots. It was great work from Sadatsune in those 2 rounds to get a foot hold in the bout, but the following round Oshima bounced back, upping the pace and clearly dictating the action through out the 6th round, his best round by far.
The momentum swung back to Sadatsune in round 7, his best round. He hurt Oshima with a series of body shots, smeared blood across his face from a bloodied nose and played to the fans. It was as if he felt in total control and could feel a stoppage coming. Oshima seemed to wilt through the round.
As it looked like Sadatsune was on his way to a stoppage win Oshima managed to summon everything he had and was fought bravely in round 8. It was a competitive and compelling round, that just seemed to go his way, and narrowly won him the bout, with scores of 77-76, 77-75, 77-75.
We had high hopes here, and although it was an 8 round, non-stop war, it lived up to expectations. It was a fantastic fight, and hopefully we'll see a lot more of both guys in the coming years!
We've known for a while that the first live televised Japanese show of 2019 will be the January Dynamic Glove card, which will be shown on G+ on January 19th. We now have all the details of the broadcast.
The broadcast for the show will begin at 17:45 local time and is set to run until 22:00, with a tape delay reshowing the following Thursday, starting at 22:30 and eating at 1:30 on Friday morning.
For those unaware, the show will be headlined by world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] rematching Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], the last Japanese fighter to beat Wake. A win for Wake is expected, as he continues his charge for a second world title fight.
In supporting bouts we'll see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] battle in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight whilst future Japanese Featherweight title challenger Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] will be up against former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
Although it's the first Japanese card to be televised in 2019, it is worth noting that the January 12th show is expected to be shown live on Boxingraise, though this is yet to be confirmed with only days to go until the show.
Over the last few days we've seen details emerge, almost being drip fed in fact, for the January 19th "Dynamic Glove" show.
First we were informed that world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be facing Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in an attempt to avenge a loss from years ago. Then we were informed of a mouth watering clash between Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who will face off in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
Today we saw another fantastic bout being confirmed for the card, with Japanese #1 ranked Featherweight contender Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
The bout is scheduled to be a 8 round bout at a contracted 57.8KG, around 127.4lbs, and should be a really special bout, with Abe taking on his most skilled opponent so far, and Sugita taking on his most accomplished foe by far.
From what we understand Abe's Japanese Featherweight title fight, during the Champion Carnival, will not be at risk if he losses, unless he suffers an injury which may rule him out. Regardless, it's a very risky fight for him to be taking so close to such a significant contest.
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