Only a few days ago we saw the announcement of a bout between former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] and Hyuma Fujioka (10-7-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬], which was announced for March 11th as the main event of "A Sign Bee 19" at the Korakuen Hall.
Today it's been announced that the card has actually been pushed back, from Mach 11th to April 2nd.
There has been no public reason for the rescheduling, though as the Akaho Vs Fujioka bout was the only contest announced for the show it could well have been something related to putting the rest of the show together at relatively short notice, or a double booking of some kind.
Hopefully the rest of the card, which should be announced in the coming weeks, does feature some competitive looking match ups to go with the main event, which looks like it's a very obvious mismatch.
Earlier today it was revealed that former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] would be returning to the ring on March 11th at "A Sign Bee 19".
The heavy handed Akaho, who is a 32 year old veteran, will be up against the limited Hyuma Fujioka (10-7-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬] in what looks like a real mismatch.
Akaho vacated the Japanese Bantamweight title last year, when he was unable to make weight for a title defense, is riding a 7 fight unbeaten run into this bout.
Fujioka on the other hand has had very mixed success in his last 7, going 3-4. He is however a southpaw and seems to feel that that will be a major factor in this bout, with Akaho not having looked the best against southpaws so far.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] record his latest win, stopping domestic foe Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2) [水谷直人] in 6 rounds.
On paper the match up was a massive mismatch, and the bout was seen as little more than a stay busy bout for Akaho, who should be competing at a much higher level than this if he's wanting to get back into title contention.
Mizutani actually started quite well, boxing behind his southpaw jab, but it very much felt like Akaho was happy to see what his opponent had in his arsenal before committing to anything of his own. When Akaho finally did let his hands go in round 2 his power showed, as he landed a left hook that put Mizutani on alert. That power was a key difference with Mizutani never able to really shift Akaho or get his respect.
In round 4 a clash of heads left Mizutani with a cut, and from then on the fight became messy, with a lot wrestling and clinching.
With the bout becoming awfully disjointed Akaho managed to break through the defences of Mizutani, landing a nasty body shot that dropped his man. Mizutani got back to his feet, but was down again and the towel would soon save him, at an official time of 2:45 in round 6.
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Back September we reported that former OPBF and JBC champion Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on November 19th for his next bout as part of an upcoming A-Sign Bee card. At the time however his opponent wasn't named.
Today we can report that Akaho's opponent for that bout will be the rather disappointing Naoto Mizutani (5-4-1, 2) [水谷直人], who is 1-1-1 in his last 3 and is taking a monstrous step up in class. The bout will be an 8 round contest at Super Bantamweight and will be Mizutani's first since an upset win over Mirai Imagawa in September, the only win Mizutani has had over a domestic opponent in 3 years. For Akaho this will be his second bout of 2018, and sees him looking to build on an opening round win over Robert Udtohan.
Another bout of note confirmed for this card is a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout, with Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Yuta Nakayama (6-1-1, 3) [中山祐太]. Originally Oho was supposed to defend the belt in August against Hiroki Inamine but that bout fell though due to Inamine pulling out, so this will be Oho's first defense of the title he won in April, when he stopped Tetsuya Tomioka. For Nakayama the bout will see him coming into the ring in search of a 6th straight win.
As with all A-Sign shows we do expect this to make it's way to Youtube, though it may be drip fed to the online video website.
Earlier today saw the announcement of the next A-Sign Bee show, which we now know will take place on November 19th.
The specific details of the card are scarce, but we have seen the first 3 fighters on the card being confirmed, though sadly none of them are yet to have their opponents named.
The highest profile fighter announced for the card will be former OPBF and JBC champion Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) [赤穂亮]. The 2-time world title challenger is expected to have a step up from his last bout, against Robert Udtohan, but it's unclear whether he will be up against a domestic foe or a visitor.
Akaho will be joined by the always fun to watch Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太], who will be looking to extend his current 3 fight winning run. We do believe that Kurihara is chasing titles, but would be surprised if he got a title shot here, however a shot for a belt will not be far off following notable recent wins over Ryan Lumacad, Tetsuya Watanabe and Kazuki Tanaka.
The third fighter confirmed for this card is Niboshi Yujiro (2-0, 1) [大曽根悠二郎], with his bout expected to be either a 4 or 6 rounder.
More details of this card are expected to be released in the weeks to come, though it's good to already see the promoters piecing the card together 2 months out.
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