Earlier today Japanese boxing sensation Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] held a press conference at the Ohashi gym, whilst showing off his collection of world titles, including an IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine title.
Inoue, who is the first to win all 5 of those titles, spoke about accumulating the title collection, but stated that he wanted to capture the rest of the Bantamweight titles, other than the WBC title which his brother Takuma Inoue holds the interim version of.
From that comment it seems obvious he wants the WBO Bantamweight title, a belt that should have been on the line in the WBSS final were it not for a health issue with Zolani Tete who had to pull out at the semi-final stage.
On the subject of the WBSS Inoue spoke about his planned tournament final bout with Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), speaking about how Donaire is the biggest he's faced, and how he has to be wary of Donaire's left hook. It seems he and his team are going to focus on learning Donaire's weaknesses and strengths, and as always come up with an effective game plan to not only neutralise Donaire's potent left hook, but to also take advantages of Donaire's flaws.
The event also saw a brief work out from Inoue, who hit the pads with his father, and from footage released he looked really sharp, as he always does, with his jab and straight being the focus of the work out.
Hideyuki Ohashi suggest that this is the start of the beginning, hinting as if their is big things planned for Inoue after the WBSS has concluded, though it's obviously annoying them that details regarding the date and venue of the final haven't yet been organised, and that they are hoping an announcement will be made soon.
Although the date is a mystery Inoue is planning a training camp for late July to prepare for the bout, which is expected to take place in September, October or November. It would appear that the "Monster" would prefer it sooner rather than later, but obviously it's down to the WBSS to scheduled their events. Sadly the WBSS events this time around have had massive scheduling issues throughout, and it's been a huge problem with the tournament, that will need rectifying before they plan season 3.
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Yesterday fight fans in Chiba saw Miyo Yoshida (13-1) [吉田 実代] claim the WBO female Super Flyweight title, as she out pointed Casey Morton (8-2-3, 1).
Today Yoshida took part in a press conference to talk about her win, time away from her daughter and the thanks that she owes to various parties.
Yoshida, who often celebrates with her daughter, spoke about being away from her child for around 6 weeks, but it did seem like the effort paid off and she spoke about the growth her child made at nursery whilst being looked after by family members.
She went on to thank the support she's had and wants to give back to the gym for the development they've given her.
It's worth noting that in the last 3 years the gym has guided Yoshida to Japanese OPBF and world titles, and she spoke about making the most of the opportunities she has had. Her gym chairman was also at the event today and seemed to admit that the next bout for Yoshida was undecided, but that there was points to grow and it seems like they will be looking forward, developing further and building towards bigger, high profile bouts
It's worth noting that in the build up to this fight Yoshida sparred with a who's who of the Japanese female scene, including Naoko Fujioka. She thanked Fujioka for her advice and sparring, and offered to repay the favour ahead of Fujioka's July bout with Tenkai Tsunami.
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Yesterday we saw WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] retains his titlees as he defeated Thai challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-1, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon.
Today Kyoguchi took part in a press conference to speak about the bout and his future plans.
The fighter stated that he had to reflect on his performance and now wants to develop further, though also stated that the Thai challenger fought well.
The fighters trainer, Takashi Inoue, seemed to suggest that Kyoguchi wasn't in peak condition, though it seems neither the trainer nor fighter was sure why. It is worth adding that it seemed Kyoguchi may have actually peaked a week too early and the fighter had suggested last week that he was already ready so this may have been an issue.
Given his performance it seems like Kyoguchi wasn't happy with his performance and suggested he didn't fight like the best Light Flyweight in the world. Despite that he plans to fight twice more this year, with his next bout expected to be in the fall and then a bout at the very end of the year. The hope, it seems, is for his December bout to be a unification bout, potentially with WBC champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗], a bout both men have spoken about over the last 6 or so months.
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Yesterday we saw Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] put on one of his best performances to date, as he scored a 10th round TKO win over Filipino Aston Palicte (25-3-1, 21) to become the new WBO Super Flyweight champion.
Today, following that win, Ioka took part in a press conference and spoke about the contest as well his future.
Ioka revealed that he was tired and in pain but relieved to have become a 4-weight world champion. Talking about pain it's worth noting that he seemingly damaged is right hand, as he was icing it through parts of the press event. He stated he was about to use the gameplan he had practiced and and suggested he could continued to develop and build in the coming years.
Those comments were a long way removed from comments he'd made last week, suggesting this could have been his last bout, which seems to have been more a view that he had nowhere to go if he lost to Palicte.
When it came to future bouts Ioka didn't seem to know what his next bout was going to be, with the original plan being a mandatory defense against the winner of the recent Koki Eto (24-4-1-1, 19) [江藤光喜] Vs Jeyvier Cintron (10-0-1, 5) bout, which was ruled a no-contest.
He did however reveal he wanted to increase his name internationally, and seemed to be interested in possible bouts with WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA champion Kal Yafai. Sadly we've spent the last few years hearing the Super Flyweight champions talk about unification bouts but never actually go through with that talk, fingers crossed this is different.
Reports from Japan also suggest the bout hit a peak audience of 14.9% and an average of 11.5%, though the figures haven't been broken down into region specific figures so it's hard to approximate what the actual audience was, or whether those national figures. If those were national figures than Ioka really is a Japanese sporting mega-star.
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Over the weekend we reported the news that kick boxing king Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] would fight against Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] on June 22nd. At the time no details were available and the originally planned press conference had been scrapped due to the venue not being suitable for the number of press wanting to attend.
Today the rescheduled press conference took place and we finally got some details of the match up, and the rules regarding the fight, even if not everything is totally clear, yet.
The bout will be the third in the ¥10,000,000 series of shows run by Abema TV. Kameda was the first man to defend the money, doing so in 2017, and it's what Nasukawa did himself this past weekend. The money will be available for Kameda, but only if he can stop Nasukawa. If Nasukawa wins, the bout ends in a draw or goes the distance Abema will be keeping the money.
Although the prize was explained the moment the rules of the contest are still under-discussion, with suggestions being that it will be a form of modified boxing rules. Talk about weight, distance, glove weight and the like haven't been revealed either.
At the press conference a confident Kameda referred to Nasukawa's TKO1 loss to Floyd Mayweather at the end of 2018 and stated that he will also stop the the face of Japanese kick boxing in the opening round.
Nasukawa on the other hand spoke about about being confident and wanting to enliven the martial arts world, in battles outside of the typical martial arts frame work. He also spoke about looking up to Kameda when he was younger, showing respect to the former 3 weight world champion.
The full rules are expected to be announced in the near future, with Abema likely to have a lot of shoulder programming for the event as well.
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