Earlier this month we reported that Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] was scheduled to defend his title in early September against Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-5, 15) [坂晃典].
Sadly that bout is now is now off, with Sueyoshi having suffered an injury to his left foot during training on Friday.
According to reports the bout isn't totally off but is likely to be postponed until Sueyoshi is fit.
Sueyoshi took to the Teiken website to stated "I am in a situation like this because of my injury during my practice, and I am really sorry for the inconvenience caused to many people. I'm really sorry for the inconvenience and I'm full of apologize. What I can do now is to cure my injury with all my strength, and to get back in a state of more than now. I will keep trying to get back,"
Despite Sueyoshi's injury the show on September 2nd will still go ahead with the rest of the card taking place as planned.
Earlier today we were informed that Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] would be returning to the ring on September 2nd to defend the belt against former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-5, 15) [坂晃典].
For the once beaten champion the bout will be his 5th defense, and will see him trying to reestablish himself after razor thin bouts with Hironori Mishiro and Ken Osato. He's been the champion since October 2017, but hasn't really looked like he has found a new gear since winning the title, and in many ways has sort of stagnated at the top of the domestic tree. Despite that stagnation it's hard to deny that he is a very talented fighter, and does have a rather awkward style. Interestingly, his only loss came early in his career to Masayuki Ito, and a rematch between the two would certainly be very interesting.
Whilst the champion has faltered he's been unbeaten since his loss to Ito, way back in 2012, and has gone 16-0-1 since then, proving himself to be a very hard man to beat.
Saka, who also suffered his first loss to Masayuki Ito in 2012, has had some mixed success. He went on a great run following a 2014 loss to Hiroshige Osawa, scoring wins against the likes of Ryuto Kyoguchi, Burning Ishii, Takafumi Nakajima and Shota Hayashi, with the win over Hayashi netting Saka the Japanese Featherweight title. Sadly though Saka's reign was a short one, and he was knocked out in bizarre fashion by Takenori Ohashi in his first defense, mishearing the clacker as the bell and taken clean out. A couple of bounce back wins, including one over Masanori Rikiishi, saw Saka begin to climb back up to where he was but an April loss to Joe Noynay, for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
On paper this will be Sueyoshi's first defense against a puncher, with Saka having very heavy hands, but the champion will still be strongly favoured, given his natural size advantage and his counter punching ability.
At the moment no other bouts for this card, which will be held at Korakuen Hall, have been announced.
Earlier today in Osaka fans saw Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (17-2-1, 6) score one of his best wins to date, stopping former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-5, 15) [坂晃典] in the second round, to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
On paper the bout looked like it would be really competitive and really interesting. In fact if we're being honest it looked like one of the most intriguing match ups of the month to take place in Asia. Sadly though the bout it's self ended up being a bit of a mismatch.
Both men looked like they would try to establish their styles early on. A big left part way through the opening round dropped Saka, and it quickly became apparent that the visitor had the edge in skills, speed and had enough power to hurt Saka. More worryingly for Saka however was the fact he had no answer for Noynay's left. Despite getting up from the first knockdown Saka was down again before the opening round ended, and it was clear that he was out of his depth.
In round 2 Noynay would again land a big left hand. This time it didn't send Saka down, but did leave the Japanese punch wobbling around, and the referee jumped in to save him, rather than letting Noynay tag a defenseless Saka, who really couldn't handle the power of Noynay even when he had his defenses in tact.
After the bout Noynay spoke to the press and stated that Saka has powerful punch and was dangerous but grew in confidence after the first knockdown, before thanking Japan for the opportunity. Saka on the other looked incredibly disappointed with himself and his performance.
For fans wanting to watch this, it will be made available shortly on Boxing Raise.
Tomorrow in Japan fight fans will get the chance to see an excellent match up between Japanese puncher Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino boxer Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5). The two men will be fighting for the currently vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
Today they took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made the weight with no issues.
On the scales Saka, the shorter man best known for his reign as the Japanese Featherweight champion, was 130lbs exactly, coming in dead on the limit. He looked strong and powerful but was made to look much smaller than Noynay.
The visitor was slightly lighter, at around 129.7lbs and looked in good shape himself. He seems to the under-dog, but is a very live visitor, and he will be well remembered by Japanese fans who will recall him giving Reiya Abe a really competitive bout not too long ago.
For those wanting to watch this it will be made available, on demand, on Boxing Raise and also involved on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], who is expected to get a world title fight later in the year.
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Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
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