Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had an interesting card with several notable names involved. Sadly however the show won't be televised until this coming Tuesday, when G+ air it on delay. For those wanting to watch as live this warning is for you, however, if you're not interested in watching as live the result, and spoilers will be below.
The main event of the card saw former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] score his biggest win to date as he stopped former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-5, 13) in the 6th round of their contest.
The bout, set for 10 rounds at 114lbs, was regarded as a big step up for Nakatani, but it seemed like he was getting to Melindo at the right time. The Filipino visitor was the older, smaller man who had had 3 very tough bouts in recent times, and had been damaged in all 3. That damage was expected to be a major issue here, though we ended up seeing the size and physical attributes of Nakatani being a bigger issue. Early on Nakatani established his jab, and used his reach, before pressing the bout closer and beating up on the smaller Filipino, who was stopped in the 6th round when the referee needed to come in and save him.
The win for Nakatani is likely to see him moving towards a world title fight in the near future, whilst the end must surely be nigh for the talented, but shop worn, Filipino.
Another 6 round stoppage saw former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (35-2-2, 23) [赤穂亮] defeat Korean visitor Kyung Min Kwon (7-6, 3) [권경민]. Kwon had come to win, and credit to him, but he was unable to match the skills of Akaho, who's jab landed controlled the early part of the fight. As the fight went on Akaho began to land more telling power shots, and in round 6 he hurt Kwon, who was saved by the referee soon afterwards when Akaho went for the finish.
It was an easy day for the often under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎], who ended a 2 fight losing streak by beating Filipino Robin Langres (10-4, 4). Langres was coming off second best through the first 2 rounds before a left eye injury caused the doctor to pull him out at the start of round 3.
Former amateur standout Shigetoshi Kotari (1-0, 1) [神足 茂利] made a successful debut stopping Lasben Sinaba (3-3, 3) in round 2. The promising Kotari dropped his man with a right hand and looked really promising, but Sinaba really wasn't up to much and we wouldn't be surprised to see him getting his name added to the JBC's invitation prohibited boxer's list.
Tomorrow former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] will face off with Korean visitor Kyung Min Kwon (7-5, 3) [권경민], in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made fight at their first attempt.
The local hit the 55.5KG, around 122.35lbs, contracted weight dead on. He was apparently well under the weight yesterday and has obviously not had to drain down today to make weight.
Kwon, who looked to be the naturally bigger man, was actually the lighter fighter, coming in at 121.9lbs.
Akaho revealed that not only had he made weight easily, given he was almost 1lb under the agreed limit yesterday, but he also hadn't sparred much for the bout. He also stated that he has got recently engaged and plans to get married shortly after the fight.
Kwon stated that he has has trained hard and despite being the clear under-dog will certainly not be there to make up the numbers. He showed his toughness in a loss to Satoshi Shimizu up at Featherweight and we suspect he could be a tougher than expected test for Akaho.
For fans wanting to watch this it will, unfortunately, not be aired until G+ show it on delay on Tuesday evening local time.
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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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