Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw a Japanese Youth Welterweight title bout, with defending champion Kudura Kaneko (10-0, 7) [クドゥラ金子] battling against Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁].
On paper this was a brilliant match up, and it proved to be a very competitive one, at least in the early going.
Adachi took the first round, using his speed and jab to control the tempo. In round 2 Kudura would begin to press more, forcing Adachi to back up more, and it was clear clear that Kudura had belief in his power.
Adachi tried to fight back against the pressure in round 3, but was rocked hard late in the round by a Kudura right hand, and had the round been a few moments longer he could have ended up on the canvas. Things would however go better for the challenger in round 4, with his footwork being the key to a solid bounce back round.
Sadly for Adachi his hopes were totally smashed in round 5, as he was dropped hard by a Kudura right hand, just moments before the bell. The shot was huge and dropped Adachi hard, though he would try to beat the count before being stopped at an official time of 3:07 in round 5.
With the win Kudura takes a huge step towards a shot at the main Japanese title, held by Yuki Nagano, though it's back to the drawing board for Adachi. Given the fact both men are in their early 20's this bout was a risk for both. It's fair to say that Adachi can certainly rebuild, but Kudura has again shown his promise and it's obvious he can go much, much further than this in the years to come.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be added, in the coming days, to the Boxing Raise library, which has again picked up the rights to a really interesting Japanese bout at youth level, and we really are hoping that the youth title continues to give us this type of fight.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to attend a much anticipated Japanese Youth title bout, as defending champion Kudura Kaneko (9-0, 6) [クドゥラ金子] takes on Hiroki Ioka protege Rikuto Adachi (12-1, 9) [安達陸仁]. The bout isn't one which has been making noise in the West, but it is a really key bout for two talented, young and promising Welterweights.
Today the men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made the limit whilst looking in amazing shape.
The champion, who is a Japanese fighter originally from Afghanistan, was comfortably under the 147lb limit. He weighed in at 145.75lbs and whilst he looked in great shape he did look naturally smaller than Adachi, who hit the scales at 147lbs.
With both men only being 21 there's a great chance that both will progress through the rankings in the years to come, however the fact they are meeting this early is fantastic and something to be really exciting about. No matter who wins or loses the Japanese Welterweight scene will have a new notable contender following this bout, and the loser, although needing to play catch up, will certainly not be written off.
For those unable to make it to the EDION Arena Osaka for the bout, it will be added to the Boxing Raise service in the coming days, giving everyone a chance to see this one.
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Earlier today Hiroki Ioka announced the next show in the Champ Fight series, which will be Champ Fight Volume 8.
The show, set for May 3rd, will be headlined by a genuinely amazing match up between young Welterweight hopefuls as Japanese Youth champion Kudura Kaneko (9-0, 6) [クドゥラ金子] defends his belt against Ioka protege Rikuto Adachi (12-1, 9) [安達陸仁].
The Welterweight division in Japan has never been amazing, but it does give us some interesting bouts, as this may well one of those, as both have a lot to gain from this fight.
Kaneko, a Japanese based Afghan fighter, will be making his first defense of the title, whilst Adachi will be getting his first title fight.
Kaneko is on a really impressive charge, he not only went 3-0 (2) last year, winning the title with a win over Change Hamashima., but also stopped former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa, in a stellar performance. Adachi on the other hand is went 4-0 (4) last year, following a narrow loss in the 2017 Rookie of the Year final, including a notable win over Jonel Dapidran.
We hope, although it's not been confirmed, that this card will be on demand on Boxingraise, and will come with at least 1 good under-card bout.
Earlier today, Tuesday, the East Japan Boxing Association announced their 3 award winners for the month of November.
The MVP for the month was Watanabe Gym's Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22) [船井 龍一] who became the IBF Super Flyweight mandatory challenger due to his win over Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-3-1, 7). That win netter Funai the MVP award as well as the IBF title shot.
The Fighting Spirit award went to 20 year old Japanese-Afghan fighter Kudura Kaneko (9-0, 6) [クドゥラ金子] who looked fantastic, as he stopped former Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (15-6, 13) [有川 稔男] in a real break out win. That win has immediately put him in the mix for a title fight and we're expecting a huge 2019 for him.
The New Comer award, or State of the Art award, was won by Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二] who became the mandatory challenger for the Japanese Middleweight title, following his win over Hikaru Nishida (17-10-1, 8) [西田光].
The award ceremony for the 3 winners will be held at the Korakuen Hall on January 12th.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see 20 year old Japanese-Afghan fighter Kudura Kaneko (9-0, 6) [クドゥラ金子] score his biggest win to date, stopping former Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (15-6, 13) [有川 稔男] in 3 rounds!
Last time out we saw Arikawa lose the Japanese Welterweight title to Ryota Yada, being stopped in 5 rounds, and he was looking to bounce back from that loss today. Sadly for the hard hitting Arikawa he struggled with the speed, movement and youth of Kaneko, who's composure for such a young fighter was genuinely impressive. Kaneko used his speed in the opening round to drop Arikawa with a wonderful shot, that would have seen off lesser fighters. To his credit however Arikawa wasn't done, and got up to take the fight to Kaneko.
The youngster was put under pressure, but fought calmly, boxing well and avoiding getting into a war with the hard hitting Arikawa. Instead of getting into a slugfest Kaneko boxed behind his jab and went to the body well, slowing the former champion down.
In round 3 Kaneko closed the show, cornering his man and unloading on Arikawa, who was eventually dropped for the second time. This time the towel was thrown in, with Arikawa's team knowing their man was a beaten man, with little to offer against the faster, smarter, younger Kaneko, who looked like a man fighting to make a statement.
Given his performance Kaneko will almost certainly be looking to get himself involved in the domestic title picture next year, and has already stated that he wants to pay for a school in his native Afghanistan from his fight earnings, in the future. For Arikawa however the end looks close. He's 34 in January and it's really hard to see him bouncing back from successive stoppage losses at this stage of his career.
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