After months of having Dynamic Glove shows on tape delay today we got a live one and it was packed with hopefuls looking to make the most of being on a card featuring Jorge Linares' Japanese return.
The show began with the debuting Katsuya Fukui (1-, 1) [福井勝也] shining as he dismantled Korean visitor Sang Hoon Kim (4-2-2, 3) in 2 rounds. Fukui looked genuinely class against his Korean foe, and his amateur background was on show through out as he applied smart pressure, landed accurate clean shots with both hands and eventually wore down Kim. Kim was dropped from a body shot and was counted out whilst rising to his feet, with no complaints at all.
We've question Teiken and their lack of prospects in the past, but over the last 12 months or so they have snapped up bright hopefuls and Fukui should be regarded up there with Mikito Nakano, Lee Kuntae and Shokichi Iwata as a vert special young hopeful.
The second bout again saw Japan get a win over Korea as the hard hitting Kenta Endo (5-0-1, 4) [遠藤健太] showed off his destructive power with an opening round KO win over Gi Won Shin (3-3-3). Shin was in trouble from a combination and Endo kept the pressure on before closing the show with a brutal 1-2 that left Shin on his back and his team rushing around him. At 35 years old Endo's potential is limited by time, but he is certainly someone worth watching and could us give some very exciting fight in the future.
The third bout on the card as another early finish as 2018 Rookie of the Year runner up Hikari Mineta (7-1, 4) [峯田光] made light work of the hard hitting but chinny Yuji Oba (6-5, 4) [大場 雄二]. The fight had been relatively competitive through the first round, until Mineta landed a dynamite right hand that sent Oba down, flat on his back, for the 10 count.
A second all Japanese bout saw Ryota Toyoshima (12-2-1, 8) [豊嶋亮太] take on Masafumi Ando (6-9-2, 3) [安藤暢文]. On paper this had the markings of a mismatch though in reality it was always going to be much more competitive than it looked. The 23 year old Toyoshima was the clear favourite but Ando was coming in to this on the back of a huge win in May against former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa and his confidence showed as tried to lure Toyoshima in to traps.
Toyoshima was the aggressor but Ando often responded, looking to land big single counters. Towards the end of round 4 however Toyoshima had began to figure out Ando and in round 5 he came close to stopping Ando, who's face had began to mark up.
Although Ando got through round 6 with no issues Toyoshima turned it on again in round 7. This time the aggression of Toyoshima had success and dropped Ando, twice, who fought much of the round in survival mode. Toyoshima had really tuned in his body attack in the round, switching from the headwork earlier on, and it paid off big time. Surprisingly however Ando's toughness kept him fighting on and how some how made it through a torrid 8th round as he lost a wide decision. The all favoured Toyoshima, with scores of 80-70, twice, and 80-69. Ando's toughness proved to be a test but a test that Toyoshima passed in style.
The Light Welterweight Rookie of the Year for 2018 is Kenta Endo (3-0-2, 1) [遠藤健太] who claimed the crown just moments ago thanks to a second round TKO win over the previously undefeated Shoma Okada (4-1, 2) [岡田翔真].
Endo made a good start, boxing on the back foot and out landing Okada and out manoeuvring him through the first round. The only real success Okada got was at the end of the opening round, as the two men bombs, despite having some success Okada took more than he gave.
The trading that ended the opening round basically kick started the second round, and it was Okada landed the first blow of what would become the final sequence. Okada got over-excited after landing and ran straight into a shot coming back his way from Endo who followed up and sent Okada down, with the referee waving the bout off after seeing Okada struggle to get up.
The win is a huge one for Endo, and his development and likely shows where Okada needs to improve, if he's to have a successful career.
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