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.
Over the weekend news broke that the Shirai Gushiken Sports Gym (SGS) had lost two of it's more notable fighters, who have transferred to other gyms.
One of those was the popular Kenya Yamashita (13-5, 10) [山下賢哉], who revealed over social media that he had left to join the JB Sports Gym, who will be guiding his career going forward. His first fight with his new gym has yet to be announced, but it will be his first bout since losing in Philippines to John Riel Casimero.
The other is Japanese ranked Welterweight Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], who has signed with the Kadoebi Gym, who continue their recent talent acquisition spree which has really seen them building a depth in the higher divisions in Japan. There is, obviously, work to do, but it does seem like they want to make a mark in the Welterweight to Middleweight ranks.
Whilst these aren't the biggest names at the SGS gym it does leave question marks about the future of the gym, which is run by Yoko Gushiken.
Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see a Japanese Light Midddleweight title fight, as talented champion Takeshi Inoue (11-0-1, 6) [井上 岳志] recorded his first defense, and stopped #1 ranked contender Riku Nagahama (7-1-1, 3) [長濱 陸].
Nagahama looked relaxed as he began the bout, whilst Inoue looked like a man feeling the pressure of being a champion. The confidence of Nagahama showed early on, as he looked to apply pressure to Inoue, but it didn't take long for Inoue to find his range and use his his skills to gain Nagahama's respect, and build his own confidence.
The challenger had a good second round, pressing the action and landing one or two body shots, but it was clear that Inoue was settling and using his feet to counter the challenger, landing his stiff right hands and looking like a man who was realising he was the champion.
In round 3 it was Inoue who began to up the tempo, and Nagahama was forced to grit his teeth, with the challenger looking to move up a gear himself just to keep up with Inoue. It was something he couldn't do and by the end of 5 Inoue looked in total control, something that was shown on the score-cards which read 50-45, twice, and 49-46 in favour of the champion.
With a comfortable lead behind him Inoue could have turned negative and took an easy decision. Instead he turned vicious, looking not to just win but to make a statement and in round 8 he finally broke through Nagahama's resilience and forced the referee to save the challenger, who was spent and beaten by the time he was saved.
After the bout it was revealed that Inoue would look to fit in one more defense before the end of 2017, whilst it's back to the drawing board for Nagahama, who stepped up massively here, and was found wanting as Inoue was too good, too aggressive and too experienced for the challenger.
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