At the end of July Shigetoshi Kotari (0-0) [神足 茂利] took part in his pro-test bout, sparring with Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人]. Since then he has had his debut bout announced, and it's been added to a big card at Korakuen Hall.
The card in question is the October Dynamic Glove card, which will take place on October 5th and will be headlined by Nakatani, who takes on former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13) in a big step up.
At the moment Kotari's opponent hasn't been named, but the bout will be a 6 round bout at Featherweight, and is likely to come against an international opponent.
As an amateur Kotari went 50-23 and competed in the final stages of numerous national tournaments, though did tend to fall short in the later stages of major competitions.
The card will also feature a string of other noteworthy fighters. These include former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮], who faces off with Korean foe Kyung Min Kwon (7-5, 3), who returns to Japan for the first time since his 8th round TKO loss to Satoshi Shimizu, back in a 2018 OPBF title fight. This bout will be fought over 10 rounds and is the show's main support bout.
Another notable fighter on this card is the under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎], who looks to bounce back from a loss to former world title challenger Sho Ishida. Sadatsune will be up against Filipino Robin Langres (10-3, 4), in an a very good looking 8 round match up at Bantamweight.
Today we were informed that former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on October 5th as part of a Dynamic Glove card at the legendary Korakuen Hall.
At the moment details of Akaho's opponent for the card are sparse, though the fighter has, himself, revealed that his opponent is a Korean champion, not going into any more detail than that.
Due to how fractured the Korean scene is it's unclear which Korean champion Akaho will be up against, though it's clear that he will be looking for a better performance than last time out. In his last bout Akaho took a razor thin majority technical decision win over Hyuma Fujioka, back in April, in what was supposed to be an easy win against a very limited Southpaw opponent. Sadly none of the Korean champions at 122lbs or 126lbs are southpaws, so unlikely that Akaho will be looking to develop his weakness to lefties.
Akaho's addition to the card adds a bit of name value to a show that will be headlined by the previously reported bout between Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] and former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13), though we're still waiting for a lot of information about this card.
Among the things we're waiting for is whether or not the show will be broadcast on G+ live, or just on tape delay, though we expect to know that during the month of September.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] pick up his latest win, taking a close majority technical decision over southpaw Hyuma Fujioka (10-8-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬].
The experienced Akaho struggled early on, with Fujioka landing his straight shots and made the most of his southpaw stance. Despite the fact the Fujuoka was having success his shots lacked real bite, and it was the heavier blows of Akaho which were starting to impress around round 3, and those blows would do enough to catch the eye of the judges, despite a clash of heads cutting the left eye of Akaho.
The cut was a bad one, but it seemed to spur Akaho into upping his intensity, something that he seemed to feel he needed to do.
Towards the end of round 5 the bout was halted, taking us to the judges, who gave Akaho the bout with scores of 50-46 and 49-47, whilst the third judge had the bout even 48-48. After the bout Akaho seemed to be clearly disappointed with himself, and stated that he would have a think about what he would do going forward. Fujuioka, despite losing, seemed the much happy man in regards too the bout, and it was obvious he felt he had proven himself as a capable fighter, despite suffering his 8th loss.
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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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