Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (26-2-1, 14) [伊藤 雅雪] pick up his latest win, as he defeated Indonesian Ruben Manakane (25-19-1, 14), despite suffering a badly swollen right eye.
Ito took control of the bout early with his jab, keeping the smaller man at range and targeting his body. To his credit Manakane showed his toughness early on, and had a break through in round 2, albeit an accidental one, as a headclash left Ito with a swollen right eye. The damage to Ito's face left him struggling to gauge things slightly, and he was caught with some other hand shots from Manakane as a result.
Despite the effort from Manakane he was never landing enough to take a round from Ito, who showed composure despite the injury. In round 4 Ito dropped Manakane for the first time. Manakane got through round 5 with no issues but was dropped again in round 6, from a big straight hand. Manakane got applause by getting up, after the second knockdown, but was dropped again and the referee waved off after the third knockdown of the fight.
For fans wanting to watch this, it won't be made available until close to the end of the month, with Fuji TV set to air it on September 28th.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall we'll see former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] fight in a Lightweight bout as he takes on Indonesian foe Ruben Manakane (25-18-1, 14). The bout is Ito's first since losing the WBO world title to Jamel Herring, and will see testing the water at 135lbs.
Today Ito and Manakane took part in their weigh in and both came in under the Lightweight limit.
On the scales Ito was around 134.25lbs and looked in good shape, though not as ripped as he did when he was needing to hit the scales at 130lbs. He looks a bit more hydrated and generally less drained. Manakane on the other hand came in much lighter, at 131.4lbs.
Ahead of the bout Ito spoke about wanting to make a statement and try to get a chance at the end of the year, as he does want to become a world champion again. As for Manakane there was respect from the Indonesian to Ito, but he seemed confident in his power and was suggesting that he could spring the upset, which would be one of the most notable of the year if he manages it.
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We've known for a little over a month that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] would be returning to the ring on September 13th. Sadly what we didn't know was who he would be fighting.
Today we finally saw his opponent for the being announced, and unfortunately it's not someone worth getting excited about.
The bout, which is a home coming for Ito following his title loss to Jamel Herring, will see the Japanese fighter take on Indonesian foe Ruben Manakane (25-18-1, 14).
The 26 year old Manakane turned professional in 2011 and has been a regional journeyman, padding his record in Indonesia and losing on the road to the likes of Billy Dib, Luke Jackson, Marlon Tapales and AJ Banal. It's almost a given he will pick up another loss here to the world class Ito.
Whilst the main event is disappointing the rest of the card is worth getting excited about, with a great Japanese Featherweight title bout between Reiya Abe (19-2-1, 9) [阿部 麗也] and Ryo Sagawa (7-1, 4) [佐川遼], a Japanese Super Bantamweight title eliminator between Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] and Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔] and a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title bout, as Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] faces Shisui Kawabata (2-0, 2) [川端嗣穂].
Earlier today it was revealed that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] had not only been training in Thailand, something that was already known, but had been getting top quality sparring over their.
Ito, who returns to the ring in September in a Lightweight bout in Tokyo, has recently been sparring with world ranked Light Welterweight Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, in Thailand, at the Kiat Keerarin Boxing Camp.
The Thai, who became the IBF mandatory challenger for the IBF Light Welterweight title thanks to a huge KO win over Akihiro Kondo, obviously looked much bigger than Ito through the spar. Though in footage released Ito looked sharp and was finding holes in Downua's defenses, an area the Thai needs to work on before getting a world title fight.
Sadly the footage from the session really was limited though showed enough to suggest that both men were taking some lessons from it, and that it was mutually beneficial.
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Earlier this month we saw a press conference to announce that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] would be in action on September 13th as part of an A-Sign card. Ito's bout was announced as the main event of the with a great a supporting bout between Reiya Abe (19-2-1, 9) [阿部 麗也] and Ryo Sagawa (7-1, 4) [佐川遼] for the Japanese Featherweight title also confirmed for the show.
Other than those two bouts there was very little known about the show, though today it appears that changed with two bouts being announced by the A-sign blog.
The less interesting of the two, if we can say that, is a Japanese title eliminator at 122lbs between former champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] and the always entertaining Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔]. Despite being the "lesser" of the two bouts announced today this should be a really good bout between two men who enjoy a tear up, lack a little but of thunder on their punches, but set aggressive work rate and look to make wars.
For Tamura the bout will be his first since losing the belt in his second bout with Yusaku Kuga, in what was one of the best Japanese bouts of 2019. Tamura, who is promoted by Hajime No Ippo creator George Morikawa, will be looking to end his year on a high after winning, and losing, the Japanese title this year. For Furuhashi on the other hand the bout will see him looking to earn his third shot at the title, following a draw with Yukinori Oguni in 2014 and a TKO10 loss to Yasutaka Ishimoto in 2016.
Earlier this months Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] was forced to pull out of a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout against Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人], in what was really unfortunate news and scuppered what had looked like a genuinely amazing bout. Thankfully things have fallen into place for Shiba to now be matched with Shisui Kawabata (2-0, 2) [川端嗣穂], in an excellent match up, even if we did prefer the Sato one.
For both Shiba and Kawabata this is a huge risk, especially this early in their careers, but for the two former amateur standouts this is a fantastic fight to put one on the fast track, and to allow the other a chance to gather themselves and build going forward. Neither man can be written off with a loss this earlier, especially not to the other guy, and this is the sort of amazing match up the Youth titles can give us, and further shows how Japan is so much different to many countries in terms of how they bring young fighters through. We would never see two notable young amateurs with the pedigree these two have facing off this early in their careers.
We're expecting Ito's opponent to be announced in the coming weeks and whilst we don't expect someone too tough it's still going to be great to see Ito back in action in Tokyo, and we expect he will get a really warm welcome back at Korakuen Hall in his first bout since losing the WBO world title to Jamel Herring.
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