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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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a Japanese Featherweight title fight, which act as part of a double header which will be shown this coming weekend on Fuji TV.
The bout saw defending champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝], who had won the title in spectacular fashion earlier this year against Takenori Ohashi, battling against Tatsuya Otsubo (12-9-1, 4) [大坪竜也] in what turned out to be a very compelling and competitive contest.
The challenger started the fight brilliantly. He landing the heavier blows and neutralising the jab of the champion. The power of Otsubo paid dividends in round 3 when he dropped the champion with a nasty straight right hand.
It was the perfect start for the challenger who was of to an early lead. Sadly however for Otsubo dropping the champion seemed to wake him up, and Minamoto managed to establish some control on the bout the following round, before close the gap on the score cards in round 5, to only be 48-46 behind at the mid way point.
Despite coming back into the bout it was clear that Minamoto had a new found respect for the challenger and had to make sure not to get too reckless when attacking the challenger.
In round 6 Otsubo began to show signs of tiring whilst Minamoto managed to tighten his control on the action, using his movement and his accurate sharp punches. By the end of round 7 he had drawn level on the score cards, but was totally in control of the action with Otsubo flagging, in need of a second wind.
Sadly for the challenger that second wind would never come and in round 9 Minamoto would finally drop the challenger, with the bout being stopped immediately.
Following the bout Minamoto stated that there was two Japanese fighters he'd like to face and that he would like to fight again this year. One of those is OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] whilst the other is the highly ranked Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也]. He seemed excited to face either man but he would likely be the under-dog against either man.
As for Otsubo it seemed like he knew he had had a great start, but simply couldn't keep it up. There is however no shame in his performance and he certainly gave a better effort than many had anticipated.
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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 at the Korakuen Hall got the latest in the A-sign Bee shows. The card had a number of notable fighters on it,and was a pretty notable domestic level card for the local fans.
The main event was a very technical affair between the in form Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也] and the very-rated Daisuke Watanabe (6-4, 3). The talented Abe, who had won his last 8, showed a little bit too much class and skill for Watanabe, but certainly didn't dominate the bout, with Watanabe often holding his own on a round by round basis. Sadly for Watanabe he wasn't ever able to shine above Abe, and in the end Abe took a clear 8 round decision, with scores of 79-73 and 78-75, twice.
Abe is now expected to move towards a Japanese title fight, and it likely to get his opportunity before the end of 2018.
Another notable fighter picking up a win here was recent world title contender Akihiro Kondo (30-7-1, 17) [近藤 明広], who scored a 4th round TKO win against Rikhit Thunritsa (0-1), and stated he wanted to work towards getting a second world title fight.
One other notable fighter picking up a win was Ryohei Takahashi (14-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平], who scored a 7th round TKO win against Tetsuya Koyama (7-10, 2) [小山哲也].
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