Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see a number of notable prospects in action, as they looked to continue their promising starts to professional boxing.
The first of the prospects to fight today was Masahiro Suzuki (2-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘], who really impressed us on his debut against Antonio Siesmundo last year. Suzuki was up against Filipino Kelvin Tenorio (4-5, 2), and although Suzuki failed to stop his man he did take a very clear decision win, with scores of 60-54, twice, and 59-55. Suzuki seemed to be getting strong as the bout went on but Tenorio showed his toughness to see out the 6 round scheduled.
Following Suzuki's win Jin Minamide (3-0, 3) [南出 仁] would extend his stoppage run, taking a huge step up in class, and stopping Marjun Pantilgan (18-8, 14) in what is an impressive result. Minamide, who had taken out his first 2 opponents in the first round, was expected to win here but few would have expected a stoppage against Pantilgan, who has proven to be a tough and durable foe. Pantilgan was dropped following a series of right hands from Minamide in the latter part of round 3, and made it clear he didn't want to continue. The unbeaten fighter, who is managed by Celes Kobayashi, told the crowd to remember his name and that he was going to become a world champion, given his performances so far it's hard to doubt him and that confidence.
The third prospect in action on this card was Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨] who stepped up to the 8 round level for the first time. Sadly whilst Takahashi was expecting to have a bit of a test his opponent, 21 year Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-4, 6) was unable to ask any questions of Takahashi. Takahashi needed just 85 seconds to take out Dapidran, who took some body shots and took the full count in what proved ton be a total waste of time. We wouldn't be surprised of Dapidran found his name on the JBC list of Invitation Prohibited Fighters given this loss, and his loss to Rikuto Adachi late last year.
Back in December we reported that Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨] and Masahiro Suzuki (1-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] had been added to the March 2nd show headlined by a Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二].
At the time neither Takahashi or Suzuki had their opponents named, today however both had opponents confirmed.
Takahashi will be having his first 8 round bout as he takes on 21 year Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6). On paper this looks like a serious test for Takahashi, though it should be noted that Dapidran is 3-3 in his last 6, and was stopped in 3 rounds by Rikuto Adachi last October, in what was Dapidran's first, and so far only, bout in Japan.
As for Suzuki, who impressed on his debut against Antonio Siesmundo, he will be up against Kelvin Tenorio (4-4-, 2). Tenorio is a 26 year old from the Philippines, who will be making his international debut.
Sadly we've also been informed that this show will not be shown live, but will instead be on tape delay on G+, with the first airing coming on Monday March 4th.
On March 2nd we'll see unbeaten Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] defending his title against mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二] on March 2nd at the Korakuen Hall.
We had previously reported that two highly regarded prospects would be on the card Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨] and Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1), who are both stablemates of Takesako.
We can now confirm that they will be joined by another top prospect, this time Celes gym's Jin Minamide (2-0, 2) [南出 仁], who went 43-22 (15) in the unpaid ranks.
Notably Minamide has had his opponent for the show announced, unlike Takahashi and Suzuki. The unbeaten hopeful is set to take a big step up to take on Filipino foe Marjun Pantilgan (18-7, 14), in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
To date Minamide has has fought just over 3 minutes as a professional, stopping Anthony Holt and Conrado Tanamor both in the opening round. He has looked great but clearly needs to take a step up, and that's exactly what this is.
Pantilgan on the other hand, has faced tough competition, with notable bouts against the likes Sonny Boy Jaro, Robert Onggocan, Ryusei Kawaura and Masayoshi Hashizume. Although he's lost to those 4 foes he has proven to be tough, and a very good test, likely explaining why Minamide's team have matched their man against him.
This card, for those interested, will be aired live on G+ as part of the Dynamic Glove series of shows.
We are just over a week away from Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] huge bout with WBO Light Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26) in Houston, Texas.
Today, ahead of that bout, Inoue took part in a public work out and spoke to the press about his upcoming bout.
It seems that Inoue and his team have spent time scouting Munguia, and aware of Munguia's flaws, though also seem very aware that he's a very strong and powerful fighter with huge size advantages over Inoue. With that in mind it seems like Inoue's gameplan is is to get inside, and today he spoke about breaking Munguia's heart. It seems a risky tactic, but a better one than trying to box with the bigger, longer man.
To prepare for the bout Inoue has done around 180 rounds of sparring with top Japanese domestic fighters, including Hiroki Okada (19-0, 13) [岡田 博喜], Keita Obara (20-3-1, 18) [小原 佳太] and Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登]. There was more sparring today with Inoue sharing the ring with Takesako and former Japanese amateur stand out Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1), doing 4 rounds with each man.
As the sparring with Takesako and Suzuki the unbeaten Japanese hopeful also did 4 rounds of mitt work with the president of the World Sport boxing gym, and he worked up a serious sweat.
Interesting Inoue seemed to suggest that he was looking to make some comments in English when he's in the US. He also revealed that he is 2.5KG's, or around 5.5lbs, over the Light Middleweight limit and that he was going to be travelling on January 20th, less than a week to fight night. So whilst his weight is not likely to be a problem we do wonder about how jet lag may effect him, in what was always going to be a very tough bout against a very good champion.
Related - Inoue looks to upset WBO champion Munguia!
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Earlier this month we saw the 2019 Champion Carnival bouts being announced. One of those was the Japanese Middleweight title bout between unbeaten champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], which is set to take place at the Korakuen Hall on March 2nd.
Today we were informed that two of Takesako's most highly touted stablemates have been added to the card, as they both look to take their next step forward.
One of those is Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨], a very highly regarded Light Welterweight prospect who went 77-24 (68) as an amateur and won notable 4 amateur titles. At the moment Takahashi's opponent hasn't been named, but it has been confirmed that Takahashi's bout will be an 8 round contest, with the fighter moving up from 6 round bouts for the first time in his career.
On debut, back in back in June, Takahashi stopped Thai visitor Weerayut Wannasri before returning to the ring in to score his second win, stopping Filipino Joepher Montano in 2 rounds. Given how little trouble he's had in his first 2 bouts we're expecting to see him take a clear step up in his next contest.
The other is Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1), who got a baptism of fire on November 3rd, when eh took on Antonio Siesmundo in a very tough 6 round bout. Despite the incredibly tough debut Suzuki would go on to stop his hard hitting and teak tough Filipino foe in 6th round, in one of the most accomplished debuts we saw in 2018.
Suzuki, like Takahashi, was an amateur stand out running up a 64-26 (21) record, and although he debuted at Light Welterweight he's expected to fight at Lightweight going forward. He looked good on debut and at just 23 years old his future is incredibly bright.
Sadly Suzuki also hasn't had his opponent for March named, but given how tough his debut was, we're expecting another tough foe for the youngster.
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