Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those tuning in on G+, will get the chance to see a live Gushiken card.
Among the bouts being televised from that card will be a bout between former WBA "interim" Flyweight champion Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] and little known Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5). The bout, which will be Eto's second since losing to the then WBC Super Flyweight Carlos Cuadras last year, was signed at a contracted 52.1KG just under the Super Flyweight limit.
On the scales Eto made the weight with a little wriggle room, coming in at a little under 114¾lbs, and looked like he had extra weight to lose if he really had to. Blazo on the other hand cruised under the limit, coming in at around 113¼lbs, closer to the Lightweight limit than the contracted limit for the bout, and in credit to him he's come in looking like a man who has workd incredible hard to make the weigh that he's made.
Eto sounded confident at the wiegh in, and is looking to secure a future world title fight, but it does seem like he doesn't know much about Blazo. As for the Filipino he seemed uncomfortable about the cold weather that Japan is experiencing but was looking to move towards a world ranking with a win.
Also on the card will be the touted Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也], who faces late replacement Tienchai Yoongkaogym (2-6, 1). This bout was made at just under 132lbs with both men making weight for the bout.
Originally Masaki was supposed to face Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] however Eto was forced to pull out with an injury in the build up to the bout and was replaced by the relatively unknown Thai. Although the opponent looks like a clear step down for Masaki the Japanese prospect isn't hiding his desite to move into the Japanese next year and it seems likely that he'll be looking to move towards a title fight in the next year or two.
For Tienchai the bout is his 8th in Japan, where his is 6-1 so far, incliding losses to the likes of Go Onaga and Tatsuya Ikemizu, however he did score a surprise win last year over Yuya Miyagi. It's unlikely he'll last long with Masaki but the prospect does want to get back in the ring and remain active, so we can't complain about him having this fight.
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Often with boxing we get under-card bouts that are more interesting, at least to us, than the main event. That'll be the case on November 5th when the OPBF Flyweight title bout between defending champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾] and Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2) will likely be over-shadowed by a bout on the under-card.
That bout will see former Japanese and OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] battling the unbeaten Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也] in a really intriguing contest.
On paper it's easy to over-look the unbeaten 22 year old Masaki. The Teiken man hasn't looked sensational so far and although he is highly regarded by those at the Teiken gym he certainly didn't blow us away against Vergil Puton back in March. Interestingly he will be also be coming into this after the hard battle with Yuya Shimakura, who was left in hospital following the contest.
Despite not looking great there is real excitement about Masaki who had been fighting in 8 rounders recently and he does look like a man who has a lot more to offer than we've been able to see. We're not suggesting he's a world champion in the making but he looks like a man with extra gears in his locker that has refused to test so far.
Eto on the other hand is a recognised contender on the Japanese on Oriental domestic scene and he gave former Japanese champion Rikki Naito hell when the two fought in 2014. He does however come in to this bout on the back of successive losses, losing to Masayuki Ito last December and Masaru Sueyoshi this past June, and can ill afford another set back, in fact a loss for Eto would see him falling to 3-4 in the last 7 bouts.
Although out of form Eto is certainly not a bad fighter and the hunger of looking to turn his career around will likely get the best out of him, and at his best he is a pretty solid fighter with a huge edge in experience here and their is a lot of excitement at the SGS gym, under whom he fights.
It's also worth noting that Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] will be on the same card, facing Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5), with Koki looking less than great last time out against another over-looked Filipino, Michael Escobia.
Daigo Higa to defend OPBF crown against Felipe Cagubcob Jr on November 5th
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Over the past couple of days we have been drip fed information regarding the ring return of OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾]. We now know all the details needed.
Firstly we were informed that Higa would be fighting in November, that was later narrowed down to November 5th. We then learned that the bout would be an OPBF title defence, the first, from Higa. We now know that the young and exciting fighter will be defending his OPBF belt against Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2), AKA "Crunch Man", in the headline bout of a Dynamic Glove bout to be show on G+.
The bout will, as mentioned, be Higa's first defense of the OPBF title and see him look to record his 11th straight stoppage victory. Interestingly he'll be hunting a 4th straight win over a Filipino and will be facing his 6th Filipino over-all, with the previous 5 lasting a combined 22 rounds. Those 22 rounds include his 4 round destruction of Ardin Diale last time out.
The exciting Higa is eyeing up potential world title bouts in the near future but will know that he can't take his eye off the ball here, and in fact it sounds like he is wanting to move into a world title bout with a perfect 100% KO record.
For Cagubcob the bout will be his biggest to date. Notably he began his career in 2012 and ended the year 0-0-3 with all 3 draws being majority decisions, strangely all 3 bouts saw identical scores of 38-38-twice and 39-37 to Cagubcob. Following that rather peculiar start he would fall to 1-2-5 but has since scored 5 straight wins to turn his career around, with the most notable of those wins being a 4th round KO win against Donny Mabao in July for the GAB Flyweight title.
Aged 25 the challenger will be a confident fighter coming in to this bout, but will be the very clear under-dog against a man that many are suggesting is a world champion in the making. It should be noted however that Cagubcob has mixed with decent fighters, including Lloyd Jardeliza, who he twice drew with, Renz Rosia, Jake Bornea and Joey Canoy, who he also held to a draw.
Also on this card will be Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] and Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜]
This past Wednesday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see the all-action Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] score a very competitive victory over Filipino warrior Michael Escobia (11-12-1, 3).
The bout was Eto's first since his failed world title tilt against Carlos Cuadras towards the end of 2015 and he showed some ring rust at times.
At the weigh in Escobia was over the 116lb limit and it seemed like his weight helped him as he took the fight to Eto who, being Eto, tried to fight fire with fire. For 4 rounds it was sloppy war with both men trying to give fans a show. It wasn't until round 5 that Eto seemed to click and begin boxing, as he did that it seemed that Escobia tired and Eto just seemed to do enough to take the win.
The official cards for the bout read out 77-75, twice, and 78-74 to Eto, who seemed to suggest that his intention now was to become a world champion. On this performance he was a very long way reaching that goal.
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On May 12th Japanese fans will see former OPBF and WBA "Interim" Flyweight champion Koki Eto (17-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] return to the ring to face Filipino Michael Escobia (11-11-1, 3). Ahead of that fight Eto spoke to members of the Japanese press in what was quite a revealing interview.
According to the interview Eto had decided to retire last year, before changing his mind and has now focussed on improving as he attempts to work towards getting another world title fight. Whilst a win over Escobia won't get him that title fight, it will allow him to shake off some ring rust, given that he has been out of the ring since last November, when he lost to Carlos Cuadras in a WBC Super Flyweight title bout.
The bout with Cuadras saw a lot of holes being shown in Eto's boxing, most notably his jab and it seems that he has been working hard on improving that particular punch, something he'll be hoping to prove in his bout with Escobia. If he can improve his jab, his control of fights and improve the overall skills, adding to his excellent heart, stamina and work rate, then their is belief he can become a world champion.
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