Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] would be returning to the ring on November 17th in Koba, at the next Taisei promoted card.
The 21 year old Kano will be facing off with with fellow youngster Tetsuya Mimura (8-1, 1) [見村徹弥] in a 8 round bout at a contracted 49.3KG's, around 108.7lbs.
Kano, who attempted to become Japan's youngest world champion back in 2016, has had a frustrating few years with stoppages losses to Jerry Tomogdan and Shin Ono, though he did claim the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title back in May. A title that he won't be defending here, sadly.
Despite his set backs Kano has shown he's always will to fight and is already a young veteran, having made his pro debut as a teenager way back in 2013. He may have lost in his world title bout with Katsunari Takayama, and subsequent bouts to Tomogdan and Ono, but there's a belief that he still has a lot to give the sport and his move to 108lbs is expected to really give his career new legs.
Mimura on the other hand is much less well known than Kano. He debuted back in He back in 2017 and reached the All Japan Rookie of the Year final in 2018, losing a competitive bout to Daiki Kameyama in the final. Since then he has scored 2 wins, earlier this year. A win over Kano here would be the biggest of his career, by far.
This is a really interesting match up between talented youngsters and something that should see both men applauded for taking.
On August 24th Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] will make his second defense of the WBO Flyweight title, as he takes on mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) from Puerto Rico.
Today, a month before that bout, Tanaka took part in a media spar for the press looking to see what he looks like a month out.
For that spar Tanaka was joined by former world title challenger Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) [加納 陸], with the two men spending 4 rounds in the ring together.
Prior to the spar Tanaka spoke to the press, revealing he had spend time in the Philippines, training and sparring with world ranked Pinoys to prepare for the bout, with the next few weeks focusing more on preparing for Gonzalez and his southpaw stance.
Through the spar Tanaka looked really sharp, fighting well behind his jab before opening up more of his arsenal, and leaving Kano a little bit in awe. It's obvious he's prepared hard already and is in great shape, though is now fine turning his preparations for what will be his first bout against a non-Asian since his win against Angel Acosta more than 2 years ago, who like Gonzalez is from Puerto Rico.
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The WBC Youth Light Flyweight title has a new champion!
Just moments ago in Osaka fans saw Japanese youngster Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] claim his latest professional title, stopping Indonesian journeyman Mektison Marganti (5-11-1, 3) in the 8th round of their bout.
The men, who were supposed to fight earlier this month, weren't ever likely to have a competitive bout. Kano, for all his faults, is a real talent, even if he doesn't appear to have the grit to compete at the higher level. Against a fighter that won't test his metal or make him question himself Kano will do as he wishes, and that was seen here.
Kano used his southpaw jab well, set the tempo behind it and used his foot work to avoid Marganti's shots. As the fight went on Kano began to show his variety and was up 40-36 when the cards were announced after 4 rounds.
With Kano well in the lead and his confidence building he began to incorporate more into his attacks, picking up the pace and firing off combinations. These combinations began to take a toll on the Indonesian who was clearly being broken down in rounds 6 and 7. The combinations kept coming in round 8, and this time they broke through with Marganti forced to take shots on the ropes. His corner would then decide enough was enough and threw in the towel to save their man from further punishment. The bout was stopped at 2 minutes 42 seconds into round 8.
This was only the third time Marganti had been stopped, and the first time in over 3 years. That's impressive given he has shared the ring with the likes of WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin and upcoming world title challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart. For Kano he adds this belt to reigns as the WBA Asia and OPBF "interim" champion, both at Minimumweight, and ends a 3 fight losing run in title bouts, having lost to Katsunari Takayama, Jerry Tomogdan and Shin Ono. There is however a huge gulf between this win and bouts for bigger, more established titles, and this will be seen as little more than a building block as he looks to rebuild his career.
Tomorrow we'll see the rescheduled bout between Japanese youngster Riku Kano (14-4-1, 7) [加納 陸] and Indonesian journeyman Mektison Marganti (5-10-1, 3), who battle for the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.
Today both men made the Light Flyweight limit with room to spare.
Kano, a former world title challenger, was 107.6lbs for the bout, comfortably under the 108lb limit. He looked in great shape for the bout and seemed very up for it.
Marganti made weight with even more ease than Kano, weighing in at 107lbs for the bout. He seemed to realise he was the under-dog, but did state that he would try his best to bring the belt back to Indonesia. If he does then that would be the biggest win of his career so far, by a long way.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be made available on Boxing Raise in the coming days.
Related-Kano and Marganti battle for WBC Youth crown! (Preview)
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This past weekend fight fans in Sanda, Hyogo, may have expected to see Riku Kano (14-4-1, 7) [加納 陸] battle against Indonesian journeyman Mektison Marganti (5-10-1, 3) in a WBC Youth Light Flyweight title clash, which was originally arranged as part of a triple header of youth title action. That bout was however rescheduled at late notice due to Kano suffering a minor injury.
Today we have been informed that the bout has now got a new date, and that date is May 26th, just 3 weeks after the original date. Not only has Kano had his return rescheduled, but it will be against his original foe as well.
The bout has now been added to the May 26th Mutoh promoted card at the Osaka City University, making that card a triple header.
As mentioned the card now features 3 title bouts, with the previously announced WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title bout, between Masahiro Sakamoto (13-2, 9) [坂本真宏] and Yusuke Sakashita (17-8-3, 12) [阪下優友], and the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout, between champion Ben Mananquil (17-1-3, 4) and Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8) [小林佑樹]. This Youth title bout is scheduled on the show between those two regional title bouts.
Although Kano's addition to the upcoming show does add something to it, it is still a shame that he removed from the card this past weekend, where he would have added a lot more to a smaller show. We are however very glad that the youngster's injury wasn't too significant and that it's only set him back weeks, and not months.
Interestingly he would likely have had his bout added to the TV Osaka youtube channel had he fought this past weekend, inside we're now expecting his bout to be featured on Boxing Raise along with the rest of the card.
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