Back in June we saw Japanese puncher Keita Kurihara (10-5, 9) [栗原 慶太] lose a thriller to Hiroaki Teshigawara, suffering a 5th round TKO loss to Teshigawara. Today he returned to the ring for the first time since that last, and took on world ranked Filipino Ryan Lumacad (13-1-3, 7).
Coming in to the contest Lumacad was unbeaten, world ranked, and was unlucky to have had a draw in his last bout in Japan, against Go Onaga. He had looked like a potential contender to a world title and like a man to keep an eye on. Today however he looked second rate, as Kurihara got inside and forced his fight on to the visitor.
To his credit Lumacad did hold his own at times, but it always seemed like the local fighter had that extra power and strength. In the first round that wasn't too significant, but in round 2 it really showed, especially at the end of the round, as a right hand sent down Lumacad. Sadly for the visitor he was unable to beat the count, and was counted out at 3:09 of round 2.
Following the loss Lumacad explained he had struggled with the weight, and hadn't been able to drop weight in Japan very easily due to the cold. As for Kurihara it seems he has learned from his loss to Teshigawara and he really looked very dangerous here.
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Back in September we reported that Naoko Fujioka (16-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] was looking to face Yokasta Valle (13-0, 6), with the WBO Light Flyweight up for grabs. Back in September it looked like the bout would be a done deal, albeit on super short notice, though was eventually canned. Now however that bout has been re-scheduled, and we now know it will take place on December 1st as part of A-Sign Bee 9.
The bout Fujioka will see Fujioka moving down from Flyweight to Light Flyweight, whilst Valle will be moving up from Atomweight to Light Flyweight for the bout. If the experienced Fujioka wins she will create history by becoming the first Japanese fighter, male or female, to be crowned a 5-weight boxing world champion.
The show will also feature several other bouts of note, making it yet another A-Sign card worth some serious attention.
One of those bouts will see Kosuke Saka (16-3, 13) [坂晃典] defending the Japanese Featherweight title against Takenori Ohashi (14-4-2, 9) [大橋健典], in what will be Saka's first defense of the titlethat he won earlier this year against Shota Hayashi. Whilst another notable bout will see the heavy handed Keita Kurihara (9-5, 8) [栗原慶太] take on world ranked Filipino Ryan Lumacad (13-0-3, 7) in what should be an explosive encounter.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans got their first taste of action for 2017, with a show in Okinawa that was live streamed on youtube by promoter Hiranaka Boxing School. The card wasn't a big one, as the live streaming figures showed, but it was one with several notable bouts on it.
The main draw of the show was a Japan Vs Philippines theme, a theme that resulted in 3 of the bouts. That included the main event, a bout between Seita Ogido (11-2-2, 3) [荻堂 盛太] and Jonthan Refugio (16-5-5, 4), who traded blows for the vacant WBC Youth Light Flyweight title. The two men proved to be very well matched over the 10 rounds with Ogido starting the better but fading whilst Refugio seemed to grow stronger. The competitive nature of the bout left the decision in the air before the cards were announced with a majority decision draw, leaving the title vacant, and leaving both men disappointed.
Another bout between Japan and the Philippines saw Japanese veteran Go Onaga (27-3-3, 18) [翁長 吾央] fight to a draw with late replacement Ryan Lumacad (12-0-3, 7), who was a fill in for Jake Bornea (11-1, 5). Onaga was in trouble early on, and was dropped in the openign round, but gritted his teeth and managed to do just enough to gain a draw, albeit one where he was fortunate. For Onaga it seems the end is nigh and this draw has followed a loss from last year to Rene Dacquel. For Lumacad the result sees him remain unbeaten, and this is his second notable draw following a technical draw with Ardin Diale from last September. Despite the draw Lumacad will feel he deserved the win here.
The first of the Japan Vs Philippines bouts saw Masatoshi Kotani (20-2, 13) claim a hard fought and competitive win over the experienced Rey Laspinas (21-15-6, 12) in what was a really fan friendly fight. The Filipino was competitive through out but came up short on all 3 cards.
On the under-card were a number of all-Japanese bouts.
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