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.
Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] would be back in the ring on April 20th to face off with Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
The title was recently vacated by Masao Nakamura, who announced his retirement this past week, leading to this mouth watering match up.
Saka is a crude but heavy handed puncher, who has wins over the likes of Ryuto Kyoguchi, Takafumi Nakajima and Shota Hayashi. The 23 year old Noynay on the other hand is a more technically sound boxer, who is riding a 4 fight winning run into this bout, following a close loss to Reiya Abe in 2017 and is very tricky with his speed and southpaw stance.
The bout will be the headline of a future Fighting Beat Boxing show which also features a 3 round exhibition between Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] and Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥], who are both expected to get world title fights later in the year.
Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, take a step up in class and score a notable victory over former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (32-25-2, 18), who was stopped in the 5th round of a scheduled 10 round contest.
The Japanese fighter had stated that he was looking to stop the Indonesian in the middle rounds and lived up to his comments as a brutal body shot laid waste to the visiting veteran, who had looked second best through out the contest.
Tatsuyoshi started the bout behind his jab, whilst Manakane looked to land big right hands. The second round saw Tatsuyoshi forcing his man where he wanted, backing him into the corner and finding a home for the left hand to the body. Manakane looked to fire back, but he was fighting like an old man, a fighter who had seen his best years come and go and wasn't able to have the snap or reactions that he used to have.
With Tatsuyoshi in charge heading into round 5 he looked like he was going to begin really breaking Manakane down, but a left hook towards the end of the round totally shattered Manakane's fighting spirit, sending him down for the 10 count.
Although not a flawless performance this certainly seemed like the outing that Tatsuyoshi needed to make a statement, and say that his relationship with trainer Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也] is going to be a good one.
Fans at the venue in Osaka also saw wins for former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典], former amateur stand out Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本 銀次郎] and the heavy handed Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], who all took stoppage wins of their own over Indonesian foes.
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