Earlier today Boxingraise added a new slide to their homepage to reveal some rather exciting news...and that is that they will be live streaming Dangan 216 for their subscribers.
The card isn't a massive card stacked with world title fights, but it's an amazingly interesting one with a number of fantastic match ups that really does make it one worth tuning in for.
The card is a double championship show. The nominal main event is an IBF Atomweight title fight as Yuko Kuroki (17-5-1, 8) [黒木優子] and Saemi Hanagata (14-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] face off for the third time in their careers. These two ladies fought in June 2016, with Hanagata taking a decision win, then rematched in December that year, fighting to a draw. Since then both have established themselves as world class fighters. Kuroki had a 3 and a half year reign as the WBC female Minimumweight champion, recording 5 defenses before losing the title last December to Momo Koseki. Hanagata on the other hand would go 0-1-2 in her 3 world title bouts since that loss, twice drawing with Nao Ikeyama.
For us the real main event is the other part of the double championship banner, and will see OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] defending his belt against unbeaten challenger Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹]. This is a truly mouth watering clash between two top young talents in a division that is often over-looked. For the heavy handed Koura the bout will serve as his third defense, and he has made it clear that he's wanting to fight in world title bouts sooner rather than later. For Tomita 20 year old Tomita the bout is a big step up from his recent competition, including Desierto Nagaike, but he was the 2016 All Japan Rookie of the Year, and has shown impressive talent. This could be something special.
It would be easy to just be excited about the two main events but the reality is that the card is deep. One of the under-card bouts will see former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良] battle against the always testing tough Filipino Vergil Puton (17-10-1, 8) whilst the all action Kenya Yamashita (12-4, 9) [山下賢哉] will face off with former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (20-11-3, 5). These are two really solid match ups, given that Takenaka has been out of the ring since losing the OPBF title and that Yamashita is a never in a bad fight, even if that does come to his detriment at times.
Potentially the most attractive of the supporting bouts is the chief support bout, which is a mouth watering clash between Japanese puncher Masamichi Yabuki (7-2, 7) [佐藤政道] and the world ranked Light Flyweight Daniel Matellon (7-0-2, 4). This will be a serious test of Yabuki's boxing ability and Matellon's chin. Neither of these are big names, even domestically, but that shouldn't take away from what looks an interesting contest, and allows Yabuki to build on his recent win over former world title challenger Gilberto Pedroza.
The remaining bout on this card will see 39 year old Ribo Takahata (13-8-1, 5) [高畑里望] battle against Sho Nagata (9-4, 2) [永田翔] in a 6 round Super Featherweight bout.
Given that a lot of shows this month in Japan will be on tape delay this looks like an amazing way for Dangan to finish the month, and the card really is set to be something fantastic for subscribers of Boxingraise
It's fair to say we've been drip fed the match ups for Dangan 216, on September 29th. First came an interesting contest between Japanese puncher Masamichi Yabuki (7-2, 7) [佐藤政道] and the world ranked Light Flyweight Daniel Matellon (7-0-2, 4), in what looked like a really good match up a solid test for the hard hitting Yabuki. A week or so after that announcement we saw two title bouts being added to the card, with Yuko Kuroki (17-5-1, 8) [黒木優子] taking on Saemi Hanagata (14-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] for the vacant IBF Atomweight title and OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] defending his belt against unbeaten challenger Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹].
At the time of the title bout announcements we saw Dangan confirm that the under-card would also feature former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良] and the all action Kenya Yamashita (12-4, 9) [山下賢哉]. Despite the confirmation neither man had their opponents announced.
Now however we have seen both of those men having their opponents named.
Takenaka, who will be fighting for the first time since suffering a gruesome facial injury in his title loss to Sa Myung Noh [노사명], will now be matched against the always tough Filipino Vergil Puton (17-10-1, 8), who will be fighting in Japan for the third successive time, following a TKO loss to Masayuki Ito in March and an opening round technical draw to Shuma Nakazato in June. Despite his record Puton is always a good test and should give Takenaka a genuine fight here, especially given that Takenaka hasn't fought since June 2017.
As for Yamashita he will be stepping up in class to face off with former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (20-11-3, 5), who the likes of Drian Francisco, Hernan Marquez, Roberto Vasquez and Koki Kameda. The experienced Filipino debuted back in December 2006 and is certainly experienced at a higher level than Yamashita, but will certainly be the under-dog against the incredibly aggressive and hard hitting Yamashita.
One other under-card bout on this card will see 39 year old Ribo Takahata (13-8-1, 5) [高畑里望] battle against Sho Nagata (9-4, 2) [永田翔] in a 6 round Super Featherweight bout.
Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a contest for the vacant Japanese Super Featherweight title, as Masaru Sueyoshi (16-1, 10) [末吉大] battled against veteran Ribo Takahata (13-8-1, 5) [高畑里望] for the title that was vacated earlier this year.
The bout had some promise, but started in a frustrating fashion, with Sueyoshi looking too quick for the old legs of Takahata, who is known for toughness but is at an advanced age. Despite the movement of Sueyoshi there was moments for Takahata, who refused to take a step backwards and always looked to put the pressure on the much younger man.
After 5 rounds, when the cards are announced publically for Japanese title fights, Sueyoshi was in the lead with scores of 48-47 and 49-46, whilst the third judge had it 48-48.
Knowing he was in the lead Sueyoshi didn't need to change anything, and seemed to really just continue doing what he was doing anyway, but just pick it up a notch. That lead to him extending his lead through much of the middles rounds without any issue. To his credit Takahata went all out in the later stages, and made the final couple of rounds really exciting, but it was too little too late for the veteran.
Going to the cards there no doubt that Sueyoshi had, won and the judges confirmed it, with scores of with 98-92, twice, and 97-93.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will see a bout for the vacant Japanese Super Featherweight title, as Masaru Sueyoshi (15-1, 10) [末吉大] and Ribo Takahata (13-7-1, 5) [高畑里望] battle for the title that was recently vacated by the world ranked Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一].
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both fighters managed to come in under the limit, and looked in tremendous shape.
On the scales both men were 129.75lbs.
For Sueyoshi this is the lowest he's been since October 2015, when he came in at the same weight to defeat Roman Canto by 8 round decision. Since the he has racked up 5 wins, including notable victories over Shingo Eto and Kazuma Sanpei, as well as a fantastic KO against Allan Vallespin.
As for Takahata he's almost 5lbs lighter than he was last time out, when he stopped Yuksuke Tsukada, though was 129.5lb last year, when he lost a decision to Daiki Kaneko, and has fluidly gone Super Featherweight and Lightweight.
Sueyoshi and Takahata face off for Japanese crown!
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Yesterday we reported that Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] had vacated the Japanese Super Featherweight title, forcing the cancellation of his scheduled bout with Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. The now former champion has stated that his reasoning is to fight for a worldtitle rather than continue to reign supreme on the national scene.
At the time of the announcement it was unclear what the next domestic title bout would be, though it's now been confirmed that the Japanese title challenger bout between Masaru Sueyoshi (15-1, 10) [末吉大] and Ribo Takahata (13-7-1, 5) [高畑里望] will now be upgraded to a title bout, which is a decision that makes a lot of sense and pits the #1 and #2 ranked fighters against each otherforthe now vacant title.
Where it leaves Tojo is a tricky one, but we suspect that either Sueyoshi or Takahata would be happy to defend the title against him next year.
Interestingly the Sueyoshi Vs Takahata bout had been arranged before Ogawa's decision to vacate. It was originally the chief support bout to the contest between Ogawa and Tojo on October 7th, though will now be the main event of the card, which is yet to have any other bouts confirmed for it, though those will likely be announced in the next couple of weeks.
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