Earlier today we reported that Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1, 12) [藤本京太郎] would be back in the ring on October 21st as he takes on Suthat Kalalek (13-10, 12) in a rematch of their 2018 clash. That bout won't be the main event of the card however, instead the main event of the show, Slugfest 11, will be WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title clash, between defending champion Yusuke Sakashita (18-8-3, 13) [阪下優友] and Naoki Mochizuki (16-4, 8) [望月直樹], in what will be a rematch of their December 2016 clash.
The bout will be Sakashita's first defense of the title, which he won earlier this year when he stopped former world title challenger Masahiro Sakamoto.
The 28 year old Sakashita is probably best known for his 2014 loss to Suguru Muranaka for the Japanese Flyweight title. Following that bout he went 2-3 though has now rebuilt well with a 4-0-1 record in his last 5 bouts, including a draw with Takuya Kogawa and stoppage wins over Keisuke Nakayama and Masahiro Sakamoto. Although no world beater he is in good form and his last 3 performances have been among his best.
Interestingly the last man to Sakashita was Mochizuki, who beat him at the end of 2016 with a clear unanimous decision. Since that win he has gone 5-3, with losses to Keisuke Nakayama, Komgrich Nantapech and Junto Nakatani, being stopped by Nakatani in a Japanese title bout earlier this year. Despite the loss to Nakatani he does have some momentum coming into this bout thanks to a June win over Samartlek Kokietgym.
Kyotaro's bout isn't even the chief support bout of the card, instead that's a Japanese Light Welterweight title eliminator between Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] and Daishi Nagata (13-22-1, 5) [永田大士], in what is a really good match up and could end up being a bit of an instant classic. Aoqui is an aggressive, heavy handed and swift fighter and whilst Nagata isn't as quick or sharp he's tough, aggressive and his bout against Rikki Naito showed how much fun he can be to watch.
One other bout announced for this card will see Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] battling against Fumisuke Kimura (9-4-1, 6) [木村文祐] in an interesting 8 round contest.
Please note - Today's show from the Korakuen Hall won't be televised until this coming week, when G+ will televise the card "as live". As a result of not wanting to ruin the broadcast for those wanting to watch we'll be leaving this disclaimer in and begin with out results article from the third paragraph. We will, also, be uploading the videos after the show is broadcast in mid-week. So again, for those wanting to watch the fights as live in video section, do not read beyond this paragraph.
Today at the Korakuen Hall Teiken put on the next show under the long established Dynamic Glove banner, and it was one with a number of prospects in action and a few good match ups on paper. It was however one with a weak main event that was put together on later notice due to a fight being ruled off as a visiting fighter from South Africa was unable to secure a visa in time., and was certainly open to criticism given the fact that the late replacement hadn't been able to put up much of a fight in 4 previous visits to Japan.
So lets begin by talking about that main event bout which saw Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] easily over-come Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Medura was dropped twice before retiring in his corner at the end of round 4, and had posed very little threat for Ogawa, who will now face Fuzile in September in an IBF world title eliminator.
The main support bout saw Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也] take a shut out 10 round win over Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6), in what will go down as one of Masaki's best wins. Earlier in the year with saw Toyogon ask some questions of Ryo Sagawa but here he looked very poor against a red hot Masaki, who himself showed improvements from a couple of frustrating recent bouts. Masaki will clearly be hunting a title bout in the near future, and a rematch with Hironori Mishiro, the current OPBF champion, is a bout that makes a lot of sense for the Teiken fighter. Mishiro however, may, have different plans.
In a Japanese Welterweight bout Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] managed to take a decision win over Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也], in what is among the very best wins for Nagahama. This was a hotly contested bout with Nagahama taking the narrow decision, 77-75, twice, and 77-76, and kicking off with a win following his recent move to the Kadoebi gym. Another close 8 round bout saw the touted Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯] squeak a win over Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-19-2, 5) with a split decision. Kaji, who came through the Rookie of the Year a few years ago and looked like a star in the making, struggled to hurt Orais who showed his veteran experience and perhaps deserved the upset here. Kaji really needs to get his career sorted as this is not the first time he has come close to suffering a defeat and it seems only a matter of time before he comes up short.
In a really interesting test former amateur stand out Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] was forced to work for a win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (9-1-1, 5). Lee looked to always be in control, though Paniamogan refused to go away and was certainly the type of test Lee deserved after his debut, which saw his opponent really look out of of his depth. Lee showed off good technical boxing, sharp punching, but still, clearly, needs time to develop his professional style, and a bout like this will serve as a major tool in shaping him and correcting his flaws.
It was a much easier day for fellow amateur stand out Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who blitzed Arvin Yurong (12-4, 3) in 2 rounds, in a very impressive performance. Young had been stopped 3 times prior to this, but had managed to ask questions last time of Xiang Li and in China. Today however Young was taken out mid-way through round 2 from a pair of Nakano right hooks. This was the sort of test Nakano needed and the sort that saw him stamp what he can do in the mind of fans.
To begin the show Takayoshi Suzuki (4-1-1, 1) [鈴木敬祥] scored an opening round win over Tsuyoshi Naito (4-5-4, 2) [内藤 剛], with Naito retiring at the end of the round.
Over the last few weeks we've seen a lot of talk and speculation regarding the July edition of the Dynamic Glove show. We can now reveal that the show has had a lot of details revealed, and looks like it will be a rather stacked card with a mixture of recognisable fighters and prospects.
The show, set for July 6th at the Korakuen Hall, will be headlined by the IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), which will set the winner up for a world title. We've known about that for a while, though today we've had confirmation that the chief support bout is also going to be at Super Featherweight, as Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on a yet to be confirmed opponent in a 10 round supporting bout.
As we've reported previously other supporting bouts will see Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] take on Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5) and a Welterweight bout between Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], with both of these set to be 8 rounders.
Last week we also confirmed that Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] had been added to the card and today we can also confirm, after quite a lot speculation, that Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太] will also be on the show. At the moment neither Nakano or Lee have had an opponent confirmed, though both are expected to be matched with international opponents, and hopefully both will take notable steps up in class following blow out wins earlier in the year.
After several months of Dynamic Glove shows not being shown live on G+ we really have got hopes that this one wll be aired live given the talent on show, and the significance on the main event.
Last week we reported that Japan's Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) would battle in an IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator on July 6th at Korakuen Hall, after Teiken won the purse bid for the bout. At the time there was little known about the under-card for the bout, other than that Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] would be battling in an 8 round Welterweight bout.
Today we've had confirmation that highly touted prospect Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] has been added to the card, though at the time of writing his opponent for the show is unknown. The talented Nakano is one of the most promising prospects at the Teiken gym so it's great to see him back in action, and hopefully in a step up in class.
Whilst Nakano has been confirmed for the show there are also rumours regarding Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太] being on the card as well, with the former North Korean amateur star expected to be confirmed for the show in the coming days.
Due to the significance of the main event we're now expecting this carer to get a live broadcast on G+, as part of an ultra-stacked July which which looks set to be similar to the May that we've just had.
After weeks of talk about an IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Japanese puncher Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and unbeaten South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), now finally have a date and location for the bout, with the results of the purse bid for the bout also now known.
Earlier today Teiken revealed that they had won the purse bids for the bout with a bid of $122,000, beating the next best bid of $102,000. As a result of that purse bid win they also stated that they plan to put the bout on at the July edition of Dynamic Glove, set for July 6th at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout will see Fuzile battling outside of South Africa for the first time, and facing one of the hard punchers pf his career Despite this being a major bout for him he does hold notable wins over the likes of Macbute Sinyabi, Tshifhiwa Munyai, Malcolm Klassen and Romulo Koasicha. As for Ogawa the bout will see him battle to get a second world title fight, following his No Contest with Tevin Farmer from 2017, in fact a win over Fuzile could help set up a rematch with Farmer.
At the moment the full hasn't been revealed, though this is the second bout confirmed for the card. The other will be an all-Japanese contest between Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], who will battle in an 8 round Welterweight bout. Both of these men are in the Japanese rankings and the winner will likely find themselves in the domestic title mix, so this is a really good support bout to a brilliant main event.
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