Earlier today at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe fans saw Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (40-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] successfully defend his title as he over-came Masashi Tada (13-6-3, 8) [多田雅] with a clear decision.
From the off Horikawa was applying the pressure, whilst Tada looked to use his younger legs to move, jab, and stay away from the inside fight that Horikawa was looking to force. Despite the younger legs of Tada Horikawa did manage to cut the distance and worked the body well in round 2 before out working his man in round 3. Despite the success Horikawa did have some problems and his left eye was cut in round 3 as the up close action lead to headclashes, a typical feature of a Horikawa fight.
Despite not doing as well as the champion Tada was having his moments, they were just less regular than those of Horikawa, who was leading 49-46, twice, and 48-47 when the score cards were announced after round 5.
Tada began to slow down in the second half, struggling to create the distance he needed to work effectively against Horikawa, who remained consistent in his approach to the bout. The shots of Horikawa began to take a toll on Tada in round 7 and the challenger really struggled to work his way back into the bout, though did have some success in round 9 before being hurt and dropped in round 10. The knockdown wasn't enough to stop Tada, but it was enough to put the cherry on the performance for Horikawa who had clearly retained his title.
At the end of 10 rounds the judges had Horikawa winning 99-90, twice, and 98-91.
Whilst this was Horikawa's first defense, of his second reign, it was Tada's second unsuccessful Japanese title bout, having previously lost to Go Odaira in a Japanese Minimumweight title bout way back in 2014.
In under-card bouts on this same show there was stoppage wins for two talented and young prospects.
One of those was unbeaten Tetsuro Ohashi (7-0-1, 2) [大橋哲朗], who had won the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Super Flyweight. He stopped a limited Thai visitor in the opening round. The other was Ryo Suwa (11-1, 2) [諏訪亮] who stopped Indonesian Arega Yunian (7-13, 2) in the in third round of their scheduled 6 round contest
Tomorrow fight fans at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe will see Kenichi Horikawa (39-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] defends the Japanese Light Flyweight title against Masashi Tada (13-5-3, 8) [多田雅], in what looks like a pretty interesting support bout to the IBF Light Flyweight title fight on the same show.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight with no issues at all.
The champion was the lighter man, weighing around 107.4lbs for the bout, comfortably under the limit. Tada on the other hand was bang on 108lbs.
It's worth noting that this is Horikawa's first defense and will see him go for his 40th victory, at the age of 39. Tada, although the younger man, suggest he was tired at the weigh in after a long train journey and that may play a part in tomorrows contest.
Related - Veteran Horikawa battles Tada!(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Over the past few weeks we've seen various rumours and stories break from the Shinsei Gym, including yesterday's reveal on their website of Real Spirits 63.
For those unaware Realy Spirits 63 was on their website and revealed that the unbeaten Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] would face Mexican Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) for the WBO female Minimumweight title.
That title had become vacated when Saeki's stablemate Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子], vacated to pursue a WBC world title, with Tada fighting Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) in a WBC eliminator. Both of those bouts will be on the same card, and will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, on April 27th.
Today both of those bouts were officially announced at a press conference by the Shinsei who also confirmed that Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] battle against IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30) would take place on May 19th in Kobe, at the Portopia hotel.
This bout had been in the works for months, and was originally rumoured to be on the April card, before being pushed back to the following month. It will be Alvarado's first defense of the title and Konishi's second world title bout, following a loss to Carlos Canizales in 2018.
The head of the Shinsei Gym, Masato Yamashita, began the press conference:
“My main character Saiki will participate in the WBO Women's World Minimum Class Championship at the main event on April 27. This title was given by Atsuko Tada 3 Tada will be on the 20th, and Tada will hold the WBC World Women's Minimum Class Challenger, aiming for a four-group victory on the same day, and on May 19 Minoru Konishi will challenge the IBF world title match It was decided by the nomination challenge as it is the only one who will play the world title in Kansai, and both men and women will do their best so that they can continue so as not to light the light of the world war in Kansai. All three of us are welcome to take the win, as they may be muddy" [Google translated]
Konishi, who is in really tough told reporters “I am grateful to the chairman for the second chance, and I am practicing and thinking about what I am missing after losing to the world match, by trial and error. I have not made boxing yet, but now I am the strongest. I think it will be a tough match, but I will take on a strong feeling to capture," [Google translated]
Saeki stated: "I didn't think I could get a chance so quickly," adding "I want to get a good chance to be a world champion here." and "This time the other party is smaller than myself. I would like to defeat my boxing and win" [Google translated]
As for Tada "Now, the condition is very good. I think that the other party has a difference in power, so I want to win well and go to the world,"[Google translated]
It's also worth noting that the Kobe card has a notable chief support bout, as Kenichi Horikawa (39-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] defends his Japanese Light Flyweight title against Masashi Tada (13-5-3, 8) [多田雅].
What hasn't yet been confirmed is the broadcast information of the two shows. It's been rumoured that WOWOW will show the May card, though the April show may end up Boxing Raise.
Related-April 27th Shinsei Card gets announced! Saeki gets world title fight in 4th bout!
Reiya Konishi and Felix Alvarado to clash in May!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier today the JBC (Japanese Boxing Commission) announced their month award winners for January 2014. Even though the month wasn't a particularly busy one there was enough action for deserving winners of several awards.
The MVP of the month was the most obvious selection with Masayoshi Nakatani (7-0, 5), pictured, taking the award for his victory over Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7). The Nakatani/Kato bout, for the OPBF Lightweight title, was the first title fight of Nakatani's career and was certainly the most impressive victory of the youngster's short career.
Due to the fact there was no world title fight it really was obvious that Nakatani was going to claim the MVP award.
The Fighting Spirit Award was given to the newly crowned Japanese Minimumweight champion Go Odaira (9-3-3, 1) who successfully claimed the title with a victory over the hard hitting Masashi Tada (11-4-1, 7). Odaira, who claimed a title for the first time, looked excellent and used his speed to great effect in the best victory of his career so far.
As for the "State of the Art" award, that was won by Yusuke Suzuki (4-1, 3) who claimed a major win stopping Takaaki Ishikawa (10-5, 5) in just 3 rounds.
The Japanese Champions Carnival has had a number of fights around for 2014. The "Carnival", which sees the Japanese national champions fighting their mandatory challengers is an annual thing and this years looks like a genuinely exciting one with a number of fantastic looking contests.
The first, which is scheduled to take place on January 17th is for the vacant Japanese Minimumweight title as Go Odaira (8-3-3, 1) takes on Masashi Tada (11-3-1, 7). This bout, at the Korakuen Hall, headlines what is already looking like a very interesting cad.
We get the second of the title fights on February 1st when Yu Kimura (12-2-1, 2) battles the experienced Kenichi Horikawa (25-12-1, 4) for the vacant Light Flyweight title. Like the Minimumweight bout this is to be held in the Korakuen Hall, though unfortunately no card has really been really been arranged around it.
The vacant Super Featherweight title will be fought for on February 10th as Rikki Naito (8-0, 4) fights Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (22-6-2, 11). This bout, also at the Korakuen Hall, is a genuinely tough match up for the unbeaten Naito and could well be his toughest test so far.
On March 1st we get arguably the best of the bouts as Japanese Middleweight champion Daisuke Nakagawa (22-3-2, 17) fights OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-8-1, 9). This bout is not only a unification bout but also a rematch from 2012 when Shibata narrowly beat Nakagawa for the Japanese Light Middleweight title. This one has all the ingredients of a great fight.
Just days after the Middleweight clash we expect the Light Middleweight clash as Tadashi Yuba (45-8-2, 32), pictured above, fights against Takayuki Hosokawa (24-10-3, 8). This bout, on March 4th, looks like a mismatch on paper but Yuba will be 37 by the time this fight comes around.
March 17th will see Welterweight action as champion Suyon Takayama (19-1, 7) defends his belt against Tetsuya Suzuki (29-11, 17). This will be Takayama's 3rd defense of the belt and Suzuki's first title fight since losing the Japanese Middleweight title to Makoto Fuchigami in October 2010.
A week after the Welterweight title fight we will see Super Bantamweight Hidenori Otake (21-1-3, 9) fighting against Takafumi Nakajima (22-6-1, 9). This will see Otake looking for his 4th title defence whilst Nakajima will be looking for revenge over the man who beat him to it back in August 2012.
On March 30th the highly promising Yohei Tobe (7-1-1, 4) challenges Teiru Kinoshita (19-0-1, 3) for the Super Flyweight title. This will be Kinoshita's 6th title defense whilst Tobe, who has been unsuccessful in an OPBF title fight, wil be fighting in his first Japanese national title bout.
There are 4 other have been arranged in principle though no date has been set for either. These bouts will see Suguru Muranaka defending his newly acquired Flyweight title against former champion Masayuki Kuroda and Kentaro Masuda fighting Yu Kawaguchi for the vacant Bantamweight title. This second bout however does depend on Masuda winning his fight on December 11th. The third will see Suzuki Yuhei facing Yoshitaka Kato, if Kato defeats Masayoshi Nakatani on January 11th. We also believe that Satoshi Hosono will be fighting Yuki Ogata for the vacant Featherweight title.
As well as the bouts which have been agreed in principle their are 2 champions that don't yet have a challenger. These are Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara and Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto. Fujimoto's bout however is expected to be on March 30
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