The Boxing Raise service, which we love despite it's sometimes awkward scheduling, have announced that in November they will be picking up 4 cards, including 2 very exciting live tournament shows and 2 tape delay recorded shows.
The first of the shows will be this Saturday's God's Left Bantamweight tournament show, featuring the God's Left semi final bouts between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉], and Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] against Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁]. The card also includes a Japanese title eliminator between Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] and Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也], and the ring return of former OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (14-1, 9) [小浦 翼].
The service will also live stream November 19th Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament on November 19th. This show will feature quarter final bouts for a Featherweight tournament as Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] takes on Japan's Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士], Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) [草野慎悟] meets Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3) [马强] and we get an excellent all Japanese bout between Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-1, 6) [渡部大介]. This card will also feature Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] against Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
As for the delay cards, Boxing Raise will be showing the November 17th and November 22nd cards.
The first of those two cards will see Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香], defending her OPBF female Minimumweight title against Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな], whilst the second will feature former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battling against Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔]
We've known for a while that on November 19th we'll see the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament kick off, but the reality is that the under-card wasn't too well known.
We known about the 3 tournament semi-final bouts, but nothing about the supporting bout.
Today we were informed that the main supporting bout will feature one of the best young fighters in Japan, taking on his next notable test, as he continues to climb towards his first title bout,
The man we're talking about is World Sport Boxing's very talented Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘], who will be up against fellow Japanese fighter Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
Suzuki has impressed since his debut, just a year ago, with a 6th round TKO win against Antonio Siesmundo, and this will be his third bout this year. the 24 year old is expected to be raced towards titles in the near future, and coming into this he is already ranked #8 by the JBC.
Aged 23 Matsumoto is less well known than Suzuki but his only losses have come via close decision to Shogo Yamamoto, in June 2018, and a 5th round KO loss to the big punching Kenta Endo, this past June. He's no world beater but has the skills to test Suzuki in what should be a great warm up for the fans ahead of the Featherweight tournament bouts
On Saturday at Korakuen Hall fans were given a rare double award ceremony with the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for August and September both being recognised for their achievements in recent months.
The 6 award winners were all honoured and given chance to talk.
The MVP for August was Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] who confirmed that his next bout would be the previous reported January clash with OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍].
The August Fighting Spirit award winner, Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13) [勅使河原 弘晶], revealed that he would be defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title on December 12th, though his opponent was yet to be confirmed. This means the December 12th Diamond Glove show will a double header with Teshigawara defending his belt on a card that will also feature Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (8-1, 4) [佐川遼] defending his title against Ryo Hino (13-1-2, 8) [日野僚].
The third of August's winners was Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘], who didn't have much to say about the future directly, essentially saying he was happy to win the award. It seems likely, though is yet to be confirmed, that he will be back in action in January.
September's MVP was the aforementioned Ryo Sagawa (8-1, 4) [佐川遼], who seemed to suggest that he didn't deserve the MVP award, but was happy to receive it. As mentioned earlier he'll be back in the ring in December to defend the Japanese Featherweight title.
The September Fighting Spirit award winner was Yusaku Kuga (19-3-1, 12) [久我勇作], who, seemed surprised that he wasn't the MVP for the month, echoing the comment from Sagawa. Though he did seem to suggest that he was aiming to claim the MVP award next time he fought, though he didn't reveal the scheduling or his next bout.
The Newcomer award for September was Rikito Shiba (4-0, 2) [芝力人] who seemed to suggest he was unhappy with his September performance, despite winning the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title, and was expecting a better performance when he fights again, on December 15th against Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道] in a Japanese title eliminator.
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Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the award winners for the month of August, with 3 awards being won.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], who successfully defended his title with a stoppage win over Shuji Kato (10-2-2, 6) [加藤収二], in what was the second bout between the two. In their first bout, earlier in the year, the two men had fought to a draw but this time Takahashi managed to take his foe out, and take the monthly MVP award.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by OPBF Super Bantamweight title champion Hiroaki Teshigawara(20-2-2, 13) [勅使河原 弘晶], who retained his title in a war with former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-3, 15) [大森 将平]. The bout was a thriller, without being an all out action fight, and both men landed some heavy leather, with Teshigawara's unorthodox timing and rhythm constantly confounding Omori until Teshigawara finally took his man out late on.
The Newcomer award was won by Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘], who scored a career best win by stopping Japanese ranked Lightweight Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡 康輔]. This was a tough test for the novice who was hurt at one point, but still impressed with his performance and made a clear statement of intent, as he took a huge step towards his first title bout.
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Having been really impressed by Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] on his debut, when he stopped Antonio Siesmundo, we have really tried to follow his career as closely as possible. It was with great excitement that we previewed his his bout with Japanese ranked Lightweight Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡 康輔] as the first in our "Hidden Gems" series, and that we also covered Suzuki in our "Introducing" series.
Today fans at Korakuen Hall saw and Arioka battle, in what turned out to be a genuinely thrilling contest, that showed how exciting Suzuki can be and just how quickly the World Sports Boxing gym can fast track him.
Thge first was a step up on paper for Suzuki, against a hard hitting domestic opponent and over 8 rounds. Those 8 rounds however were never going to be needed with the style of fight the two men engaged in. It was clear neither man was interested in winning a decision, and both wanted to finish this off as quickly as they could.
After just 40 seconds Arioka was on the canvas, from a brilliant counter right hand from Suzuki. Arioka got up and began to try and take the play away from Suzuki, pressing on the inside but took heavy fire in return, with Suzuki landing some incredibly clean shots. To his credit Arioka had belief in his power, and seemed to believe that, sooner or later, he was going to get to Suzuki.
After making his way into round 2 Arioka managed to get inside and work the body of Suzuki, and then find some room for his short left hook up top, catching Suzuki with some solid clean shots. The work from Arioka was good, but came at a risk and a left hand to the body from Suzuki dropped Arioka for the 10 count.
With this win Suzuki will likely be rewarded with a Japanese ranking. After the bout Suzuki admitted that Arioka was strong and that he was left hazy himself, but was happy to have won and it seems obvious that his team will look to push him to total contention sooner rather than later.
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