Earlier today Green released the poster for their next show, set for December 15th and whilst it's not a huge show, by any stretch, it's a show worthy of attention, and a lot of it!
The main event will see a new Japanese Heavyweight champion being crowned, only the third in history! The title bout will see veteran Kotatsu Takehara (15-12-3, 8) [竹原真敬] battle against Ryu Ueda (8-1-1, 5) [上田龍]. The bout is to crown a new champion Kyotaro Fujimoto vacated the belt earlier this year.
The bout which seems the likely to steal the show is a Japanese Light Flyweight eliminator, as Japanese Youth champion Rikito Shiba (4-0, 2) [芝力人] takes on the heavy handed Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道]. The winner of this will be the mandatory for newly crowned champion Yuto Takahashi, who won the title last week, at next year's Champion Carnival.
Despite those two match ups the real talking point is the ring return of former female star Tomomi Takano (11-5, 8) [高野人母美], who has been in the relative boxing wilderness in recent years following a big falling out with her former promoter in Japan. This bout will actually be her second fight this year, but her first in Japan for more than 2 years! Her opponent is yet to be announced, but we're glad to see her returning to a Japanese ring and hopefully she'll manage to make up for lost time, having suffered 3 losses in her last 4 bouts. She will almost certainly be the fighter getting attention in Japan and despite recent inactivity she is still very popular with fans, especially the male ones.
Yesterday we reported that an October 26th card at Korakuen Hall would be playing host to 5 Japanese eliminators as we begin to piece together the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts. Now we've been given a full list of all the eliminators, as we really see the end of the year Japanese boxing calendar take shape.
The first of the bouts will take place on September 13th at Super Bantamweight, and will see former champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] take on experienced veteran Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔], in what should be a thriller.
The second of the eliminators will take place just a few days later, on September 21st and is another bout that was already known about. This one is the Japanese Minimumweight title eliminator between unbeaten teenager Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆].
Following the Minimumweight bout we'll have to wait until October for many of the bouts, with the first of those coming on October 21st and seeing Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] and Daishi Nagata (13-2-1, 5) [永田大士] clash in an eliminator at 140lbs. On paper this one has explosive action written all over it and could turn out to be the hidden gem of the eliminators.
We then move on to the October 26th card, which features 5 different eliminators. They are the Flyweight eliminator, between Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] and Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也], the Bantamweight eliminator between Kazuki Tanaka (11-2, 8) [田中一樹] and Kyosuke Sawada (13-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] the Featherweight eliminator, pitting Hinata Maruta (9-1-1, 7) [丸田陽七太] against Takenori Ohashi (17-5-2, 11) [大橋健典], the Lightweight eliminator between Kazuki Saito (7-1, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Izuki Tomioka (6-2-1, 2) [富岡樹] and the Welterweight bout between Keita Obara (21-4-1, 19) [小原 佳太] and Toshiro Tarumi (12-3-3, 6) [垂水稔朗]. This is where the bulk of the bouts are, and is expected to be a sensational card.
The Super Featherweight bout will take place on October 30th and is one of the best match ups. The bout will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也]. This pits a huge puncher against a proper tough guy in what could be a very brutal bout.
At Light Middleweight we'll see former champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] take on Yuto Shimizu (13-4-2, 5) [清水優人] in what looks like a disappointing match up on paper but should prove to be very entertaining. This bout will take place on November 2nd and is expected to be featured on a card that has at least one other noteworthy bout.
The final bout to be scheduled is the Light Flyweight contest, which is set to feature Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] taking on the big punching Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道], in another amazing match up. This bout, set to take place in Nagoya on December 15th, is a huge step up for Shiba and a win here would be a huge statement for the youngster.
One bout that has been ordered, but has no set date yet, is the Super Flyweight bout, which will feature former champion Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] and Yuta Matsuo (15-4-1, 8) [松尾雄太], in what should be an action packed war, helped by the limitations of the two men involved.
Notably there will be no eliminator at Middleweight and instead Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] will get a shot at the belt, likely against current champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], in the new year.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a bloody and action packed bout between the hard hitting Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道] took on the skilled Ryuto Oho (12-5-1, 4) [大保龍斗].
The bout had originally been scheduled March 21st but was delayed due to Oho suffering an injury in early March. With the injury healed he came into today's bout today full of hunger and started will. He put Yabuki under pressure in the opening round and forced the hard hard hitter to back up during the early stages of the bout.
Yabuki seemed to realise that Oho would be happy to bring pressure, and although Yabuki was forced to box on the back foot he did look relaxed picking his moments, working with his back near the ropes and catching Oho coming in.
The dynamic made for interesting clash in the early going. Would Oho get to his man and get to work on the inside, or would Yabuki have the steam in his legs to neutralise Oho and break him up with his own power.
By round 3 it seemed like Yabuki's power was taking a toll on Oho, who was starting to slow a touch, and his face was reddening. He continued pressing the fight, but was taking more than he was dishing out. The following round Oho would have a cut open over his left eye eye lid, and it was a bad one. His bravery showed through as he continued to press, but took risks in the process and took more shots as a result. Those shots further worsened his cut, which had began to cover half of his face in claret, and by the time the round ended and he had got to his corner it was clear that he had a huge target on his face.
The blood seemed to drive on Oho who put a lot into round 5, though didn't have a huge amount of success given his effort. In round 6 oho would manage to leave Yabuki with a cut over his left eye, but his own cut was worsening and a doctor's inspection a little over a minute into the round saw the fight being stopped, despite Oho clearly wanting to carry on. To be far to the doctors however this was a pretty bad cut right on the eye lid, a real nasty one.
Notably the ending here served Yabuki well, with the winner admitting on social media that he had badly damaged his right hand. He posted a picture of his hand and it really was a swollen mess, which will keep him away from the ring for some time, whether it's broken or not.
For Oho this is another loss, and one that will stall any chance he has to get a Japanese title fight, but there's no doubting his heart and fighting spirit and he will have made more fans despite the loss, due to his effort and fingers crossed the cut heals quickly and he's back in the ring sooner rather than later.
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Earlier today news broke that the scheduled bout between hard hitting Japanese fighter Masamichi Yabuki (8-3, 8) [佐藤政道] and skilled youngster Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] had been rescheduled, from March 21st to May 1st, due to injuries in training suffered by Oho.
According to the excellent @makotookaniwa, who was the match maker in Japan who put this bout together, Oho was injured on March 4th forcing the original bout to be rescheduled. Though with it coming on the May 1st show, where it will now be the chief support bout, it does actually have a high profile, and will be available on Boxing Raise, which is always a good thing!
At the moment we've not had confirmation on the full details, though we're expecting it to still be an 8 round bout at 50KG's.
This bout will now share a card with the highly anticipated Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] and skilled challenger Reiya Abe (19-2, 9) [阿部 麗也]
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