Earlier today Japanese hopeful Masanori Rikiishi (7-1, 4) [佐藤政法] recorded his biggest win to date, out pointing experienced Nicaraguan foe Freddy Fonseca (27-4-1, 18) over 8 rounds.
The talented Rikiishi, was under pressure early on, but quickly adapted, moved well and found his range and tempo early on, landing some eye catching counters, dropping Fonseca with a right hook before the round was over. From round 2 he began to settle behind his jab, and took complete control of the bout with a second knockdown, also from a right hook.
Fonseca began to tighten his defenses but struggled to get through with much of his own work due to Rikiishi's movement, speed and ring craft, that kept Fonseca at range. Even when Fonseca had success he continued to come off second best, as Rikkishi took the play away. Fonseca did try to up the tempo, as desperation kicked in, but it was never enough to push Rikiishi.
After 8 rounds the judges had the bout 78-72, twice, and 80-71 to Rikiishi, who, who has now scored 5 wins in a row since his April 2018 loss to Kosuke Saka, and his attention is now on getting a Japanese title fight. As for Fonseca this is his second loss this year, and comes just 4 months after a 7th round TKO defeat to Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz in Las Vegas.
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In August Boxing Raise, sadly, under-delivered. For September however it looks like they are looking to make up for that a poor month with 9 cards in total being added to their service, including 4 that are going to be made free to none member and 5 that are members only, with 1 card being live.
The first of the cards will be the September 12th Victoriva 5 show, featuring 2 female world title fights. The service will then get 5 of the cards from from September 15th and 16th. On paper those cards aren't amazing, but 2 of them are Rookie of the Year cards, which will be available for free, another is headlined by Masanori Rikiishi (6-1, 4) [佐藤政法] battling Freddy Fonseca (27-3-1, 18) and another will be headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending against South Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민].
Those shows are expected to be posted through the month, despite all taking place in such a limited amount of time.
We get the one live card for the month on September 21st and it's a cracker. It will feature a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作] against Yosuke Fujihara (18-6, 5) [藤原陽介], a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title fight between Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] and former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21), and an excellent Japanese title eliminator between Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. This is a great card, and we're incredibly grateful for the fact it will be streamed live.
We then end the month with two more Rookie shows, that will be made free to view, likely in early October.
This is a great month to be a subscriber, and a great month even if your not, thanks to all the free content the service is making available!
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see 3 God's Left tournament quarter final bouts as well as some very interesting up and comers not involved in the tournament.
Among those up and comers was Kaiki Yuba (5-0-2, 3) [湯場海樹], who scored his latest win as he stopped Korean Jin Su Kim (3-3, 1) early in round 2. The visitor looked totally out of hi depth from early on and was dropped in the opening minute from a straight left of Yuba.
To his credit Kim managed to get back up and tried to continue the fight, making things messy, but was stopped again early in round 2 before doctor stopped the fight due to a bad cut above the Korean's left eye. For Yuba this was a welcome return to winning ways after a technical draw in March with He Lu, and despite the two draws on his record he really cannot be written off as he is a very promising young fighter who has boxing running through his blood thanks to his legendary father Tadashi Yuba.
The second of the notable prospects on this card was the once beaten Masanori Rikiishi (6-1, 4) [佐藤政法], who scored his 4th straight win as he defeated Shogo Yamaguchi (11-5-3, 6) [山口祥吾]. Rokiishi seemed far too good for Yamaguchi from the early going, and was being broken down in rounds 3 and 4 before a really bad 5th. With their man out of his depth and cut Yamaguchi's corner pulled him from the bout between rounds 5 and 6, rather than throwing him out for 1 more round in a bout that was well out of reach.
After his win Rikkiishi announced that his next bout was set and will see him take on WBA ranked Super Featherweight Freddy Fonseca (27-3-1, 18) from Nicaragua. The bout between Rikiishi and Fonseca will take place on September 15th in the Aioi Hall and will be a huge step up in class for Rikiishi, who has never been afraid of taking risks since turning professional just over 2 years ago.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Aioi Hall in Kariya had the chance to see the latest show in the Green Dream series.
The main event of the card saw Japanese ranked Lightweights clashing in an interesting looking match up.
The contest in question saw the once beaten Masanori Rikiishi (5-1, 3) [佐藤政法] shine, as he dominated Kei Iwahara (10-6, 5) [岩原慶] over 8 rounds.
The talented Rikiishi, fighting for the third time since losing to Kosuke Saka last year, dominated the bout dropping Iwahara twice on route to a unanimous decision with scores of 80-71 and 80-70, twice. This is Rikiishi's second straight win over a Japanese ranked opponent and it seems likely that he will begin to chase a title bout, potentially getting into the title mix by the end of 2019.
On the same card former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Ryosuke Maruki (16-6-1, 11) [丸木凌介] scored a 5th round TKO win over Kun Woo Kang (4-3-3, 1) to score his first win in over a year.
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Few could accuse Green gym of wrapping their promising fighter Masanori Rikiishi (4-1, 3) [佐藤政法] in cotton wool during his short, yet interesting career. He debuted in July 2017 against highly regarded Korean Sa Ya Lee, his third bout came against former Japanese champion Kosuke Saka and despite losing that one he was was facing former Japanese title challenger Genki Maeda less than 8 months later.
Earlier this week saw the announcement that Rikiishi would be in another relative tough assignment as he looks to continue his climb towards a potential title fight.
The once beaten 24 year old will be returning to face Kei Iwahara (10-5, 5) [岩原慶] at the Aioi Hall, in Kariya, in what looks like an incredibly tasty match up between Japanese ranked Lightweights to headline Green Dream Volume 8.
Iwahara, whilst having not shared the ring with someone like Kosuke Saka, is riding a couple of good wins into this bout, having beaten Mao Kawanishi and Daiki Ichikawa, and is interestingly unbeaten at Lightweight. He will probably be seen as the under-dog, but a very live one, in what should be a very interesting 8 round bout.
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