Earlier today Japanese Featherweight Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] continued his great run, as he stopped former Japanese Lightweight title challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-11-1, 6) [野口 将志] in a thoroughly one-sided contest that ended when the referee saved Noguchi.
The bout started slowly, with winning the first 4 rounds whilst still in first gear. Noguchi, who looked apprehensive and worried, was over cautious, negative and looked like a fighter filled with self doubt. Things didn't help when Noguchi threw shots and repeatedly missed whilst being tagged by jabs and straight shots from Abe, who looked several leagues above Noguchi.
In round 5 we finally saw Abe go through the gears and begin to put a beating on Noguchi, who's best offense through the rounds was a series of accidental headbutts. Those headbutts did little to prevent him from taking more damage as Abe began to look like the flowing fighter we had become accustomed to in recent years. The aggressive work of Abe during the round saw him drop Noguchi and really rip him a new one.
Abe continued to put a beating on Noguchi in round 6. He would drop Noguchi again before backing him on to the ropes and forcing the referee to stop the bout and save Noguchi from any further punishment, which seemed to be getting more and main hurtful by the round.
Following the bout Abe confirmed his next bout would be a Japanese title fight, and it seems almost certain that he will be facing Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] in the 2019 Champion Carnival, in what should be a really fantastic match up, and something to be very excited about.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see the fantastic, yet criminally under-rated, Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也] take on former Japanese title challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-10-1, 6) [野口 将志], in a bout contracted at 58.5KG's.
Today the two men took part in their weigh and both made weight whilst looking in great shape.
On the scales Abe was 58.4KG, or 128.75lbs and looked great, full of confidence and looking forward to the future. Originally he had planned to have a Japanese Featherweight title eliminator on this show, but none of the other leading contenders were happy to face him, so instead he's facing Noguchi in a bit of a stay busy fight before challenging Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] for the Japanese Featherweight title. That bout will be Abe's first title bout, and given his form it's a well over-due shot at some gold.
Noguchi, who lost in a Japanese Lightweight title fight to Shuhei Tsuchiya way back in 2016, has struggled for form coming into this bout and is riding a 5 fight losing streak. On the scales he was 128.53lbs, or 58.3KG's, and looked good on the scales. He spoke confidently of building on recent performances and getting back to winning ways, using those losses as a learning experience.
For fans who can't make it to the Korakuen Hall to watch this in the flesh, it will be televised live on G+.
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At the end of June we were informed that Yuta Saito (10-9-3, 7) [齊藤裕太] would face off with Eita Kikuchi (21-5-4, 8) [菊地永太] to fill the vacancy of the Japanese Bantamweight champion, with that bout taking place on September 1st. At the time there was no details on the under-card, though with it being the headline bout of an A-sign Bee card we did expect something of quality on the show.
This morning A-Sign took to twitter to confirm some of the details of the card.
The chief support bout was confirmed as being a contest between Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也] and Masashi Noguchi (12-10-1, 6) [野口 将志]. Originally the hope had been for Abe to fight in a Japanese challenger decision bout, a Japanese title eliminator, sadly however none of the ranked challengers wanted to face Abe so instead the Noguchi bout will take place above the divisional limit. From what we understand Abe however will not miss out on a Japanese title fight, and will instead got a shot at the Japanese Featherweight title next year at the Champion Carnival.
Another bout on this card will feature popular American born Japanese based fighter Charles Bellamy (27-3-2, 18) facing off with Yuto Shimizu (12-3-2, 5) [清水優人]. The 36 year old Bellamy has been out of the ring since January, when he took out a Thai visitor in 2 rounds, and will be looking to get his career back on track after some recent bouts of inactivity. Interestingly Shimizu has been out of the ring a little long, after having last fought in December 2017. This bout is a must win for both and should prove pretty entertaining given the styles of both fighters.
The card will also feature Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平], though his opponent is yet to be announced and will be confirmed closer to the date of the card.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans had the chance to see an interesting card at the Korakuen Hall. The card had a number of well matches bouts and a number of notable fighters in action.
The chief support bout saw Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (8-0, 4) [正木 脩也] destroy a Thai foe in 3 rounds, with the Thai being dropped in round 2, and round 3 of a pretty fun supporting bout. The Thai was saved by the towel, during the count from the second knock down, but he did give a very credible effort.
In a minor upset Yuki Iriguchi (9-1-1, 4) [入口 裕貴] took a split decision win over the in form Ryohei Takahashi (11-3-1, 3) [高橋 竜平] , who had taken the unbeaten records of Wataru Takeda and Kazuki Tanaka in his last 2 bouts. Takahashi had come into the bout as the #12 ranked Japanese Bantamweight, and he looked to defend that ranking, but could never get on top of his man in a real nip-and-tuck back and forth contest. Although Iriguchi took the win the scores of 77-75 could have gone either way on a really good fight.
In a battle of Japanese ranked Lightweights fans saw Tatsuya Yanagi (13-5-1, 4) [柳 達也] take a unanimous decision win against former title challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-8-1, 6) [野口 将志]. The bout saw Yanagi have a really solid start, before Noguchi settled, and by then the 27 year Noguchi was too far behidn to get back into the bout, despite some solid rounds. Sadly for Noguchi this is a third straight loss and it's hard to see how he will bounce back. As for Yanagai this was a second good win in a row, following an upset against Ryusei Nakajima, and it seems his once promising career is slowly getting back on track following a number of setbacks over the last few years.
One other bout of note saw Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Ryuta Otsuka (16-10-3, 6) [大塚 隆太] fight to a draw with Ryuta Wakamatsu (10-12-1, 7) [若松 竜太] in a really well matched and competitive contest.
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Over the last day or so we have been informed that former Japanese Lightweight title challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-6-1, 6) [野口将志] had transferred gyms.
The talented fight, who was really out-gunned last December when he fought Shuhei Tsuchiya, has joined the Ichiriki gym and is now beginning to work on his ring return. That ring return is a few months off but has been pencilled in for "A-Sign Bee Vol 4", on June 19th and will be looking to move down in weight, to the talent packed Super Featherweight division.
Having mentioned A-Sign Bee Vol 4 we do need to state that Noguchi's opponent hasn't yet been announced but we are expecting a simple foe for Noguchi's return.
We suspect that some reading "A-Sign Bee Vol 4" will be wondering about the "A-Sign Bee Vol 3", well that too has been announced, albeit with only limited information made public. It's set for May 26th and will feature Akihiro Kondo (28-6-1, 15) [近藤 明広], Hironobu Matsunaga (11-1, 5) [松永 宏信] and, notably, Tomomi Takano (9-2, 6) [高野 人母美]. None of that trio have had their opponents named but hopefully decent opponents will be confirmed in the near future.
Although not confirmed it will likely be announced that both the A-sign Bee shows will be made available on A-sign like the first two shows in the series were.
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