Earlier today Hiroki Ioka announced the next show in the Champ Fight series, which will be Champ Fight Volume 8.
The show, set for May 3rd, will be headlined by a genuinely amazing match up between young Welterweight hopefuls as Japanese Youth champion Kudura Kaneko (9-0, 6) [クドゥラ金子] defends his belt against Ioka protege Rikuto Adachi (12-1, 9) [安達陸仁].
The Welterweight division in Japan has never been amazing, but it does give us some interesting bouts, as this may well one of those, as both have a lot to gain from this fight.
Kaneko, a Japanese based Afghan fighter, will be making his first defense of the title, whilst Adachi will be getting his first title fight.
Kaneko is on a really impressive charge, he not only went 3-0 (2) last year, winning the title with a win over Change Hamashima., but also stopped former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa, in a stellar performance. Adachi on the other hand is went 4-0 (4) last year, following a narrow loss in the 2017 Rookie of the Year final, including a notable win over Jonel Dapidran.
We hope, although it's not been confirmed, that this card will be on demand on Boxingraise, and will come with at least 1 good under-card bout.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans in the Kansai region got their final show of 2018. The show was headlined by young Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (12-1, 9) [安達陸仁], who was up against a very limited Thai foe.
Adachi, who came runner up in the 2017 Rookie of the Year, had notched 3 wins through the year, all be stoppage, and added to that today as he stopped his Thai opponent in just 52 seconds.
The bout ended when Adachi landed a body shot that dropped the Thai, who failed to beat the 10 count.
The plan for 2019 for Adachi is to move him towards a title fight, with Adachi and promoter Hiroki Ioka both suggesting a strong opponent will be next for the talented 20 year old.
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Earlier this week we saw the Hiroki Ioka Gym reveal that they would be hosting Champ Fight Vol 6 at the EDION Arena Osaka on December 28th. They haven't yet announced the full card, though tickets did go on sale back on November 5th.
At the moment there are a few details that we have had confirmed in regards to who will be on the card.
One fighter confirmed for the show is OPBF ranked Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (11-1, 8) [安達陸仁], who is expecting a title fight next year. We're not expecting him to be tested, but just have a tick over fight after his October win over Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6). Another fighter confirmed for the card is former Japanese and OPBF Light Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (32-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹], though again his opponent for the show hasn't been announced.
The one bout that has been confirmed is a Middleweight bout between Andre Takehara Jr (1-0, 1) [アンドレ竹原ジュニア] and Katsuhiro Nakata (1-0, 1) [中田勝浩]
Earlier today Japanese youngster Rikuto Adachi (11-1, 8) [安達陸仁] recorded his third straight stoppage as defeated Filipino visitor Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6) in 3 rounds.
On paper this was a step up for the 20 year the Hiroki Ioka promoted fighter, and in the opening round it certainly looked like he was in with a live fighter.
Dapidran, reportedly the cousin of Manny Pacquiao, came out swinging and landed a good right hand in the opening round. He looked dangerous and like a man who had travelled to make a statement.
Adachi started to relax in round 2, avoiding the big shots of the visitor and tagging him with the odd notable body shot. The Filipino looked to be getting frustrated and and slowing down as we closed off the second round and in round 3 Adachi dropped Dapidran. The Filipino got back to his feet but would fail to come out for round 4.
Following the bout Ioka suggested that he was dissatisfied by how short the bout was, but that he was expecting his charge to fight for a Japanese title next year. Adachi echoed similar thoughts, stating it was hard to begin with but he found his calmness and was looking to win a title next year. We suspect that might be a big ask, but he can certainly end 2019 in the mix for belts if he continues to improve as he has done throygh 2018.
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Sources in Japan have informed us that the upcoming Champ Fight Vol 5 at the Edion Arena Osaka on October 8th will be headlined by a very good looking Welterweight bout.
The match up in question will see once beaten Japanese fighter Rikuto Adachi (10-1, 7) [安達陸仁] face off with Filipino foe Jonel Dapidran (10-2, 6) in a mouth watering clash of 20 year old hopefuls.
The Japanese fighter made his debut back in 2015, as a 17 year hold, and would win his first 8 bouts before losing a close decision in the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Hironori Shigeta. Since that loss he has bounced back with a pair of stoppage wins over limited visiting opponents. He will be taking a big step up, but will know that a win here could see him moving in to the OPBF rankings.
Dapidran, dubbed "Pacquiao", made his debut in 2013, at the age of 15, on the under-card of a world title fight. He would win his first 7 bouts before suffering a close loss to Richard Morales in October 2016. Since then he has gone 3-1, including fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time, and will be fully aware that this is a great opportunity for him, and a win will certainly give his career a huge boost.
We can also confirm that the card will feature a guest appearance from WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪], who is expected to announce his first defense on, or around, the date of this show.
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