Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] become a 2-time OPBF Middleweight champion, thanks to a TKO win over Koki Tyson (14-4-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], who had a horrible swelling around his right eye.
After the bout it was revealed Hosokawa's first defense has been scheduled for January 19th, and it won't be an easy one, but it will be a bout that should get any fan of the Japanese scene very excited!
The match up that was revealed will see Hosokawa defending his belt against Japanese national champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], in what will be a unification of the two titles.
On paper a bout between Hosokawa and Takesako looks like it should be an early fight of the year contender, with both men being tough fighters with serious power. Of the two Hosokawa is the one who has a more pressure based style, whilst Takesako is bigger 1-punch puncher, but the styles should gel to give us an incredible war.
The winner of this will then compete in the Champion Carnival, where they will be mandated to defend the Japanese title against unbeaten youngster Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸], in what has suddenly become a very, very big bout for Kunimoto at this early stage in his career.
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Over the last year or so the Muto gym has been signing up a lot of talented young fighters as the gym looks become a major in the Kansai region.
Recently a lot of their bigger names left Osaka to begin a training camp in Awaji City, where they will be doing a 4 day running camp and getting in shape before big bouts.
The most notable of those fighters was WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹], who is scheduled to defend his title in December. At the moment his bout hasn't got an announced date or opponent, but it is confirmed as being in December.
Another fighter preparing for a title fight is Middleweight Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸], who will be getting a shot at Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] next year as part of the 2020 edition of Japanese boxing's Champion Carnival.
Others taking part in the camp are Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生] who will both be looking to make a statement when they return to the ring before being moved towards title bouts in the new year.
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Earlier today former Japanese amateur fighter Ryosuke Nishida [西田 凌佑] took part in his pro-test bout as he becomes the latest notable Japanese amateur to turn to the pros.
The 23 year old from Kashiba, has become the latest notable amateur fighter to join the Mutoh Gym in Tokyo, following the likes of Yusuke Mine (1-0) [峯 佑輔], Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生], as the Mutoh gym prepares for the future.
As an amateur Nishida was well regarded, despite not winning national tournaments. His style is supposed to be one that will translate very well over to the professionals and he is tipped to be one of the faces of the Mutoh gym over the coming years.
Nishida's protest saw him sparring with the aforementioned Yusuke Mine at the work out, before Takashi Edagawa revealed that both men would be in action on October 3rd, in Thailand. Both men will be up against Thai locals in 6 round bouts at Super Bantamweight.
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Yesterday we reported that an October 26th card at Korakuen Hall would be playing host to 5 Japanese eliminators as we begin to piece together the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts. Now we've been given a full list of all the eliminators, as we really see the end of the year Japanese boxing calendar take shape.
The first of the bouts will take place on September 13th at Super Bantamweight, and will see former champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] take on experienced veteran Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔], in what should be a thriller.
The second of the eliminators will take place just a few days later, on September 21st and is another bout that was already known about. This one is the Japanese Minimumweight title eliminator between unbeaten teenager Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆].
Following the Minimumweight bout we'll have to wait until October for many of the bouts, with the first of those coming on October 21st and seeing Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] and Daishi Nagata (13-2-1, 5) [永田大士] clash in an eliminator at 140lbs. On paper this one has explosive action written all over it and could turn out to be the hidden gem of the eliminators.
We then move on to the October 26th card, which features 5 different eliminators. They are the Flyweight eliminator, between Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] and Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也], the Bantamweight eliminator between Kazuki Tanaka (11-2, 8) [田中一樹] and Kyosuke Sawada (13-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] the Featherweight eliminator, pitting Hinata Maruta (9-1-1, 7) [丸田陽七太] against Takenori Ohashi (17-5-2, 11) [大橋健典], the Lightweight eliminator between Kazuki Saito (7-1, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Izuki Tomioka (6-2-1, 2) [富岡樹] and the Welterweight bout between Keita Obara (21-4-1, 19) [小原 佳太] and Toshiro Tarumi (12-3-3, 6) [垂水稔朗]. This is where the bulk of the bouts are, and is expected to be a sensational card.
The Super Featherweight bout will take place on October 30th and is one of the best match ups. The bout will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也]. This pits a huge puncher against a proper tough guy in what could be a very brutal bout.
At Light Middleweight we'll see former champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] take on Yuto Shimizu (13-4-2, 5) [清水優人] in what looks like a disappointing match up on paper but should prove to be very entertaining. This bout will take place on November 2nd and is expected to be featured on a card that has at least one other noteworthy bout.
The final bout to be scheduled is the Light Flyweight contest, which is set to feature Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] taking on the big punching Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道], in another amazing match up. This bout, set to take place in Nagoya on December 15th, is a huge step up for Shiba and a win here would be a huge statement for the youngster.
One bout that has been ordered, but has no set date yet, is the Super Flyweight bout, which will feature former champion Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] and Yuta Matsuo (15-4-1, 8) [松尾雄太], in what should be an action packed war, helped by the limitations of the two men involved.
Notably there will be no eliminator at Middleweight and instead Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] will get a shot at the belt, likely against current champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], in the new year.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Middleweight prospect Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] make his Tokyo debut, and do so in style!
The Mutoh promoted youngster was taking a huge step up in class to take on heavy handed foe Shoma Fukumoto (12-4, 10) [福本祥馬]. On paper this was a massive test for Kunimoto, though he strangely made things look easy, as he not only won, but dominated against the much more experienced Fukumoto.
From the opening round Kunimoto came forward behind a tight guard and and used a good jab to target Fukumoto, who looked slow but very dangerous. Fukumoto managed to find some success in round 2, though that was the only round the judges gave him with Kunimoto taking over from round 3. Fukumoto was forced to take shot, was cut and as struggling to keep up with the tempo of the novice, who was too good, too sharp and too accurate. At the end of round 6 Fukumoto was dropped, from a hard left hook, and his team threw in the towel.
Whilst this was Fukumoto's 3rd stoppage loss in 4 bout, it was a solid win for Kunimoto who seemed to hint that he was wanting to face Yuki Nonaka in the near future, in a big Osakan grudge match. It migth be too soon for that, but we do like Kunimoto desire to be moved quickly. As for Fukumoto real questions will need to be asked about his future.
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