With a world wide audience to show his skills former amateur standout Koshin Takeshima (3-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] took his opportunity to shine, as he dominated, and stopped Chinese visitor Jian Wang (7-2-1, 2) in a very 1-sided contest.
The Japanese prospect dropped the visitor within seconds of the bout beginning and immediately went for the kill when Wang got back to his feet. Impressively Wang saw out the storm and managed to reach the end of a torrid opening round, a round that really did see him take a beating. In round 2 we saw a more calm and calculated approach from Takeshima, who seemingly wanted to have a look at what Wang brought to the table, quickly figuring out that it wasn't a lot.
In round 3 Takeshima put his foot on the gas again, and with Wang on the ropes he unloaded a series of body shots, then head shots, pinning the visitor on the ropes in survival mode until the referee rescued Wang, who was stopped for the first time in his career.
Given the performance we wouldn't be surprised to see Takeshima in a big bout later this year. He was very impressive here. There is work to do, but he doesn't need many fights to do that work, there is incredible natural talent here, and he is a real one to watch.
Back in early January Hatanaka held a press conference to announce that 3-weight champion Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] would be defending the WBO Flyweight title against Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一]. At the time no real details of the under-card were available, though that changed today.
We now know that youngster Kento Hatanaka (7-0, 7) [畑中 建人], who was featured on the poster, will be defending the WBC Youth Flyweight title against Thai visitor Songsaeng Phoyaem (6-1, 1). The Thai is 6-0 at home but he lost in his only other visit to Japan, being stopped in 4 rounds by Dynamic Kenji back in 2017. If we're being honest this should be a straight forward defense for the exciting Hatanaka.
Also confirmed for the card is 2-time Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka (21-2-3, 14) [田中裕士], who will be facing a Chinese visitor in an 8 round bout. Although the name wasn't confirmed we believe it will be Yougu Yu (5-1-2, 2). We were also informed that the once beaten Takuya Mizuno (15-1-1, 13) [水野拓哉] will be going up against Thai journeyman Chatpayak Sithkopon (22-25, 20), aka Artid Bamrungauea, and that former amateur standout Koshin Takeshima (2-0, 2) [竹嶋宏心] will be facing off with Chinese visitor Jian Wang (7-1-1, 2), in a very exciting step up in class.
Earlier today our attention turned to Nagoya where Sho Kimura and Kosei Tanaka put on a Fight of the Year contender over the WBO Flyweight title.
On the same card fans at the venue had another title fight to see, with "Prince" Kento Hatanaka (7-0, 7) [畑中 建人] battling against Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-3, 1) for the WBC Youth Flyweight title.
This was a notable bout for the 20 year old, who was fighting for his first title, and despite some early tension Hatanaka was the boss.
The ropes had to keep the Indonesian upright in round 3 before Hatanaka dropped his man in round 5. The visitor recovered from the knockdown in round 5, but the follow up attack forced the referee to stop the bout and give Hatanaka his 7th stoppage win!
It's worth noting that Hatanaka is the son of former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, who also promotes the youngster, and it seems likely that Kiyoshi will begin to guide Kento to more notable fights in the very near future. Japanese and OPBF titles might be out of his reach for now, but they won't be for long and we suggest fans remember his name.
Also on the under-card was the touted Koshin Takeshima (2-0, 2) [竹嶋 宏心], who stopped Kiki Marciano (1-3) in the second round.
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On September 24th we'll see WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] defend his belt against mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成] in a mouth watering match up on CBC. It's now been revealed that that won't be the only title bout on the card.
The other title bout, was was revealed recently, will see unbeaten puncher Kento Hatanaka (6-0, 6) [畑中 建人] take on Indonesian foe Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC Youth Flyweight title.
The match up isn't the most attractive on paper, but it is a chance for the 20 year old "Prince" Hatanaka to become a "King" and claim his first professional title, with more likely to come in the near future, as he steps up his competition and begins to chase national and regional honours.
The exciting Hatanaka, the son of former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, has often been in a supporting role for Tanaka, as he is again here, and it looks likely that a win here could be the final time he acts as a supporting before branching out to become a championship fighter in his own right. It's also a safe looking first title bout, taking on a man who will be fighting on foreign soil for the first time.
Not too much is known about the Indonesian foe though he made his debut in April 2017, when he lost a 6 round decision to Hisar Mawan. He would fight all 3 of his bouts last year, and has been inactive since a December loss to Yohanis Tatul. He's not expected to put up much of a threat to Hatanaka, but he's yet to be stopped, and iut's unlikely that the Japanese fighter will want to see his perfect KO record end here.
It's also been confirmed that former Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka (21-2-3, 14) [田中裕士] will be on the card, against Rusli Yanto (2-1), and the highly regarded Koshin Takeshima (1-0, 1) [竹嶋 宏心] will be battling against Kiki Marciano (1-2).
Today is set to be a hectic day in Japanese boxing with 5 shows taking places across the country. The first of those took place in Kariya and has just come to an end with the results from all 7 bouts now being known. Despite there being 7 bouts there was really 2 that caught our eye, and interested us.
The first of those was the chief support bout on the card, and saw Konshin Takeshima (1-0, 1) [竹嶋宏心] make his professional debut. The former amateur stand out debuted in a 6 round bout against Indonesian Yohanis Tatul (3-2, 2), a late replacement for Jundullah M Fauzan.
Takeshima looked to crack the Indonesian fighter from the off, but Tatul used a tight guard early on and made life difficult for the debutant who couldn't get through his defenses with anything too meaningful. That was until round 3, when he got through and dropped the visitor. To his credit Tatul got back to his feet, but a follow up from Takeshima forced the referee to stop the contest at 2:52 of round 3.
The other bout of note on this card was a Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title bout, and resulted in the defending champion Takuya Mizuno (15-1-1, 13) [水野拓哉] recording his third defense of the title, as he took out the over-matched Jinya Ito (7-4-1, 2) [伊藤仁也] inside a round.
The champion pressed the action from the off and landed a hard right, which had Ito on the retrest. Ito would unfortunately end up in the corrner, where he was dropped. He would get to his feet but a follow up attacked forced the referee to jump in and save the challenger. The bout's official ending was at the 2:11 mark of the opening round.
With this win Mizuno yet another step towards fighting for a senior title, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him vacated the Japanese youth title in the near future to hunt either the OPBF or Japanese titles at Super Featherweight.
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