Late last year Japanese Minimumweight champion Go Odaira (11-4-3, 1) came up short as he stepped up to world class and was stopped, in 7 rounds, by the excellent Katsunari Takayama. That bout was for the WBO and IBF Minimumweight world titles and although Odaira as clearly beaten and looking out of his depth when Takayama forced the stoppage Odaira was allowed to keep the Japanese title, though would likely have been forced to vacate had he won.
We'll see Odaira return to the ring on March 26th, just a few short months after that loss to Takayama, and we'll see him return in a Japanese title defence as he takes on Yutaka Sowanao (9-5-1, 6) in what will be Odaira's 3rd defence of the title that he won last January.
Despite the loss to Takayama in December we were impressed by Odaira who, early on, was holding his own with the "Lightning Kid" in fact through 6 rounds Odaira was level on 2 of the score-cards with scores of 57-57 whilst the third judge actually had him winning 58-56. It's fair to say last year was a career year for Odaira and even if he's unlikely to ever win a world title he still got close to one than many fighters ever do.
Sadly we know very little about Sowano who is a 32 year old fighting in his first 10 round bout. Although he has been a professional for almost 5 years he has only really faced one fighter of note, Hiroyuki Otsuka, who stopped him in the 5th of a scheduled 6 rounds. Whilst our knowledge of the challenger is limited his record suggests he's a puncher and if that's the case we suspect he'll be made to look somewhat stupid by the speedy Odaira who won his title when he beat Masashi Tada,also a puncher.
This bout is to be the secondary title fight on the March 26th Dangan card at the Korakuen Hall. The other title contest will see Japanese and OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (24-8-1, 10) defending his title against Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-4-1, 8), though at the moment it's unclear if Shibata will be defending both belts or just his Japanese title. There will also be an excellent all-prospect bout as Ken Shiro (2-0, 1) battles against Katsunori Nagamine (10-0, 6) in possibly the best bout of the 3 currently confirmed for this show.
Earlier today we were informed that OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (24-8-1, 10) would be defending his crowns against the heavy handed Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-4-1, 8). The bout, set for March 26th at the Korakuen Hall, doesn't look a great on on paper but it does come following an excellent run of tough bouts for Shibata who has really been fighting the best in Japan over the last 30 months.
Shibata was last seen in the ring this past December when he stopped Makoto Fuchigami in 12 rounds to defend the unified crown for the second time since adding the Japanese title to his Oriental title last March. That Fuchigami bout came after wins against Hikaru Nishida and Daisuke Nakagawa, both of which were great wins for the talented boxer from the Watanabe Gym.
The 35 year old Akiyama does lack a notable win though has shared the ring with both Sanosuke Sasaki, losing a 4 round decision, and Nishida, losing a 6 round split decision. Since the loss to Nishida we have seen Akiyama win 4 straight bouts and climb to the #1 place in the Japanese rankings, some how.
As well as this bout it's been confirmed that Ken Shiro (2-0, 1) would be fighting Katsunori Nagamine (10-0, 6), as we reported late last week. According to our source this bout will be an 8 round bout which has been made at Flyweight, a weight we suspect will suit Nagamine slightly better than Ken Shiro.
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Just a few moments ago it was announced that the much touted Kenshiro Teraji (2-0, 1), would be returning to the ring on March 26th at a yet to be fully announced Dangan show.
The announcement of the bout came from his opponents camp, Manabe gym. The gym announced that their fighter, the unbeaten Katsunori Nagamine (10-0, 6), would be fighting against Kenshiro with the date and show both being mentioned alongside the venue, the Korakuen Hall.
Sadly we've not yet received all the details, for example the scheduled number of rounds and the weight of the bout.
For Nagamine this will be his first bout of 2015 and will, hopefully, allow him to put a disappointing 2014 behind him. The talented 23 year old did look like a prospect to make a note of in 2012, when he won the Flyweight Rookie of the year, though unfortunately medical issues have limited to just 3 fights since the end of 2012. Although he is unbeaten there is clearly a lack of career momentum and serious worries that his medical issues will reoccur.
As for Kenshiro this will be another step up in his very promising career though it's a step that he should manage given his reputation from the amateurs. On his debut he looked sensational completely out boxing the highly experienced Heri Amol and since then has scored a second round blow out against Thailand's Phuwanai Wor Surapol. Notably this will be his first bout against a Japanese opponent
We're hoping the full details regarding this bout, and the show in full, will be released shortly.
On June 25th we reported that Japan's puncher Tosho Makoto Aoki (17-12-2, 14) would be fighting Indonesia's former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (26-3-2, 20) on August 3rd. Since then however we've seen the world ranked Mukhlis pull out of the bout.
Although Mukhlis, who fought Takashi Uchiyama in a WBA Super Featherweight title bout, is out Aoki won't be given an easy fight and instead of Mukhlis, Aoki will be fighting against Thailand's Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33).
Like Muhklis, Terdsak is a former world title challenger with the Thai veteran having fought Steve Luevano for the WBO Featherweight title and Takahiro Ao for the WBC Super Featherweight title as well as Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBO interim Featherweight title. Although Terdsak came up short in those 3 high profile bouts he is a very competent fighter who has only lost to world class opponents, including the 3 men already mentioned and Joan Guzman, and he has held various regional titles.
Ranked #3 by the WBO and #6 by the WBA, Terdsak will be hoping that another win here will help move him towards a world title. For Aoki however the fight is all about the potential reward and a win could see him bursting on to the world rankings and moving towards a career defining payday.
Although the bout is the show's main event we'll admit we're more interested in one of the undercard bouts. That contest will see the debuting Kenshiro Teraji (0-0) taking on Indonesian veteran Heri Amol (34-17-4, 14) in a baptism of fire. From what we've been told Teraji is a fighter with superstar potential, stunning skills and the ability to go all the way. If half of that is true then this young kid could be a very exciting prospect to follow.
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As we reported back in May Japanese amateur sensation Kenshiro Teraji (0-0) will be making his debut on August 3rd against Indonesia's Heri Amol (34-17-4, 14).
The story we reported several weeks ago has now been confirmed by Japanese boxing portal boxingnews.jp which has also helped add a few more details about Teraji and what is expected of him.
Not only is Teraji's debut set to be made at a very high level but his sparring has also been high quality with the youngster already organising sessions to spar with fellow "super prospect" Kosei Tanaka (2-0). Tanaka has already broken in to the world rankings and and is one of a handful of Japanese "super prospects" who are expected to move the Japanese boxing scene on in the next few years.
Ranked #11 by the OPBF Amol is a very credible opponent and one known to Japanese fans due to his losses to Kazuto Ioka and Yasutaka Kuroki. Despite losing to Ioka fans did see Amol drop the young Japanese fighter who was put down for the only time in his professional so far.
With Teraji having his name thrown in the same circles as Naoya Inoue, Kosei Tanaka, Kazuto Ioka and Takuma Inoue it's fair to say that he is a fighter that is ear marked for greatness. A win over Amol may not grant him immediate greatness but it's the first step to on a journey that is likely to be very closely scrutinised and come with great expectation.
The debut, for those wanting specifics, will be held at the IMP Hall and is expected to main event the show. We're unsure on the specified number of rounds or weight though our sources suggest 6 rounds at either 105lbs or 108lbs. We have read that an 8 rounder would be possible though with all things considered we are only expecting 6 rounds.
No other details regarding the show have yet been released.
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