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.
Yesterday we reported that Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face with Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], looking to avenge a loss form 2012. At the time there was no other bouts announced for the card, though today we have been informed of a very good supporting bout, between two young Japanese fighters each looking to break out in 2019.
The match up in question will see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] battle Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
The 21 year old Sadatsune made his debut way back in September 2015, and after mixed success early on, going 6-2-3 he has racked up 3 really good domestic wins, defeating Ryo Suwa, Tatsuya Takahashi and Isao Aoyama. He isn't a big puncher but looks to be developing belief in his power and looks like a real prospect to keep an eye on, despite the less than spectacular record.
Oshima on the other hand made his debut in 2016 and after winning his debut, in 68 seconds, lost his second bout, coming up short to the under-rated Yuki Iriguchi. Since then he has gone unbeaten in 4 bouts, including a win last time out against Joe Tanooka in August. He looks the more pure puncher, but failed to impress against his more skilled opponents.
This looks like a mouth watering match up, and we're genuinely looking forward to seeing these two in the ring together.
Today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw the award ceremony for the August award winners.
Among those winners was MVP for the month Satoshi Shimizu (7-0, 7) [清水 聡], who took to the ring and spoke about being on the verge of a world title fight, and wanting the support of fans if, and when, a world title fight does come his way.
Another of the award winners was Japanese Minimumweight champion Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心], who said he wasn't feeling 35 years old and seemed to hint at a chance to have a big fight shortly. It's worth noting that Ono is said to have agreed an end of year bout with Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม].
The third award winner was Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who had no immediate plans but revealed he wanted to fight another Japanese ranked fighter, following his recent win over Joe Tanooka (15-5-4, 1) [田之岡条].
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Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their monthly award winners for the month of August, with 3 award winners being announced.
The MVP for the month was 2012 Olympic bronze medal Satoshi Shimizu (7-0, 7) [清水 聡] who made his third defense of the OPBF Featherweight title, as he stopped Shingo Kawamura (16-4-1, 8) [河村真吾]. He was given his first test, with Kawamura taking the fight to Shimizu, before breaking down the challenger and recording his 7th straight stoppage win.
Shimizu is now said to be pursuing a world title fight, and this win will have served as a test, not a world class one, but as a good test all the same.
The Fighting Spirit award was also won by a title holder, with Japanese Minimumweight champion Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心] claiming the award thanks to his stoppage win over youngster Riku Kano (13-4-1, 7) [加納 陸]. The bout saw Ono fighting through a nasty cut to stop Kano and make his first defense of the title.
Interestingly since this win Ono has been strongly linked to a potential WBC world title fight against Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม], with rumours suggesting that bout could be held on December 31st.
The new-comer award was won by Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who took a close decision win over Joe Tanooka (15-5-4, 1) [田之岡条]. This was a very competitive bout, with Oshima just doing enough to take the win on the judges score cards.
The winners will receive their awards on October 11th at the Diamond Glove show held at the Korakuen Hall.
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