Following Jorge Linares' long awaited return to a Japanese ring, after more than 4 years away, we then moved on to the main event of today's Dynamic Glove card. The bout lacked the star power of Linares, but saw Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] successfully make his first defense Makoto Kawasaki (11-8-1, 2) [川崎真琴].
From the opening round it was clear that the challenger wasn't scared of Nagano's vaunted power and 14 fight winning run. Instead Kawasaki was in the ring for himself, and was there to try and make the most of his opportunity at the age of 37. That opening round saw him find his range and land some thudding right hands on Nagano, who looked rocked more than once.
It was the dream start for the challenger who proved he could land clean on Nagano, and had enough on his shots to bother the champion.
Sadly for Kawasaki the second rounds wasn't as good for him. He was hurt early in the round as Nagano landed a huge left hand, and the power rocked shook him. Kawasaki covered up, trying to see out the storm and clear his head but Nagano was on him and kept up the pressure. Every time it seemed like Kawasaki might have seen out the worst of it and that Nagano may have been on the verge of punishing himself out, Nagano hurt him again. In the end the pressure, and onslaught was too much and referee Biney Martin stepped in, halting the action with 19 seconds of the round left.
For Kawasaki this is almost certainly the end. He showed his toughness, and how he stayed upright is a mystery, but at 37 it's likely that he'll hang them up.
Nagano on the other hand will likely enter the Champion Carnival next year and take on either Keita Obara (21-4-1, 19) [小原 佳太] or Toshiro Tarumi (12-3-3, 6) [垂水稔朗], who battle later this year in an eliminator.
Tomorrow, in the main event of the Teiken promoted Dynamic Glove card on G+, we'll see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] defending his title against Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴].
Today, ahead of their fight, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters managed to make the 147lb Welterweight limit, with no issues. In fact both fighters came with wriggle room.
On the scales both fighters were just over 146.75lbs and both looked in really good shape for the bout.
At the weigh in both men spoke to the media. Nagano seemed really relaxed for his first defense and confident of picking up the win, though stated that he wasn't going to hunt for the KO. Kawasaki on the other hand seems to know this is likely his last chance to win a title, and admitted that in his last big fight he got drunk in the atmosphere. He seemed calm, but thee is clearly pressure on the challenger, who at 37 years old really won't get another chance.
Related- Nagano to defend Japanese title against Kawasaki
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One of the most frustrating things about Japanese boxing in 2019 has been the lack of live televised cards, with many of the G+ "Dynamic Glove" cards being aired on tape delay, rather than a live broadcast.
Thankfully we are set to see that chance in September with G+ airing Dynamic Glove 588 live on Saturday 7th September, as well as replays set for September 11th and 24th.
The broadcast is set to begin airing at 17:00 local time and be shown until 22:00 local time.
This card is a pretty notable one with Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] Japanese Welterweight title against veteran challenger Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴] and Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) returning to a Japanese ring for the first time in almost 5 years, to take on Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6).
The rest of the card isn't hugely notable but those two bouts alone do deserve some attention, and it's great to actually be excited about a live G+ card after months of tape delay broadcasts.
Back in July we reported that the popular Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) would be returning to a Japanese ring in September, as he takes part on the September 7th Dynamic Glove show at Korakuen Hall.
What wasn't known was who he would be facing on the card, that was until today when his opponent for the show as announced as Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6) who returns to the Korakuen Hall for his second bout there, coming just weeks after losing in July to Shuya Masaki.
For Linares, a 3-weight world champion, this will be his first bout in Japan since stopping Francisco Javier Prieto on December 30th 2014. Despite the long break from a Japanese ring this will actually be his 24th bout in the country. Interestingly he is 22-1 in Japan, though his career does seem to be coming to an end and he was blown out last time out by Pablo Cesar Cano in New York, suffering his second loss in 3 bouts.
Whilst Linares' career is coming to an end Toyogon is in his early 20's and has a lot of potential. Sadly though he has lost his last 2, losing to Masaki in July and to Ryo Sagawa back in July. Those loses ended a 5 fight winning run for Toyogon however a win against Linares would be the biggest of his career, by far.
The bout between Linares and Toyogon will be the chief support bout to a Japanese Welterweight title bout between defending champion Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] and veteran challenger Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴].
Just over a week ago we reported that Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] would be defending his Japanese Welterweight title on September 7th, in his first defense, as he takes on Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴]. We can now reported that a big name has been added to that card, and further speculation about the show in general.
We'll start by looking at the speculation about the card, and this isn't a great way to start as one of the originally scheduled bouts looks to be off.
Originally the card was supposed to feature the rescheduled match up between Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), who were supposed to meet in an IBF world title eliminator. It's now looking highly likely that the bout will not appear on the card as first planned. At the moment the reason is unclear, though it has long been known that Fuzile wasn't wanting to fight in Japan, and visa issues did scupper the bout earlier in the year. Whether one of the them has gotten a different route to a world title is unclear, though sources in Japan are suggesting that either the bout is off, or is in serious doubt.
To soften the blow for Japanese fight fans they may be glad to hear that the still hugely popular Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) has been added to the card, returning to a Japanese ring for the first time since he stopped Francisco Javier Prieto back in December 2014, on the same show that Naoya Inoue blitzed Omar Andres Narvaez.
At the moment Linares' opponent for the bout hasn't been confirmed, and neither has the weight for the contest, though we do know it will be a 10 round bout and will see Linares getting a chance to appear in a Japanese ring for what maybe the last time.
The popular Venezuelan has lost 2 of his last 3 by stoppage, being taken out by Vasyl Lomachenko in May 2018 and Pablo Cesar Cano earlier this year, and at 33, 34 by the time this fight takes place, there are real question marks about his future in the sport. Despite being a faded force we're expecting the Korakuen Hall faithful to give Linares a huge show of support for what will be his first fight in the venue since February 2007!
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