Earlier today during Kadoebi's "Slugfest 12" show there was a number of fighters announcing their next bouts, set for Slugfest 13 on February 17th.
The main event will see Filipino power puncher Froilan Saludar (31-3-1, 22) return to Japan to make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. In the opposite corner to Saludar will be fellow puncher Ryoji Fukunaga (11-4, 11) [福永亮次], in what looks likely to be a very explosive encounter.
Saludar made a splash in September when he won the title with a brutal KO win over Tsubasa Murachi, and extended his winning run to 3 bouts following a 2018 loss to Sho Kimura in a WBO Flyweight world title bout in China. It was an impressive performance from Saludar after many had written him due to the Kimura loss, ourselves included, and the win has genuinely kept his career alive.
Fukunaga on the other hand is a hard man to get a solid read on. He won the 2016 Rookie of the Year, but has gone 4-2 since then with his wins come against very poor opponents and his losses coming to solid, but unspectacular, foes. He can certainly bang but it's hard to know what he'll offer against a fighter of Saludar's ability and experience.
Also confirmed for this show, though currently opponent-less, Ryota Yamauchi (5-4, 1) [山内涼太], who looks to build on Augusts's win over Alphoe Dagayloan, and Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀], who competes in his first 8 rounder.
One other thing to note is that Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也] is looking to make his return on the following "Slugfest" card, pencilled in for March. The details here are less fleshed out however and we suspect he'll be in a supporting bout against a limited visiting opponent.
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The Kadoebi Gym may not have had great performance from some of their most notable fighters today, but a trio of their prospects did shine picking up wins on their latest "Slugfest" card.
One of those was the very exciting Yuki Nakajima (2-0, 2) [中嶋憂輝], who scored a 4th round TKO win against Manop Audomphanawari (1-2, 1). The Thai had come to win, pressing Nakajima, letting his hands go and having some success in round 4 as Nakajima began to soak up the pressure. Sadly for him however when Nakajima turned things around he hurt the Thai and forced the referee to save the visitor.
Another who picked up a stoppage was the hard hitting Ryoji Fukunaga (11-4, 11) [福永亮次], who needed less than a round to take out Thai visitor Kittipong Jareonroy (3-3). This is pretty pretty given that Kittipong had gone 3 rounds with Teiru Kinoshita and saw the final bell, albeit in a very 1-sided bout, with Kenta Nakagawa. The ending came when Fukunaga dropped the Thai with a massive body shot and left him in absolute agony on the canvas.
The only prospect who didn't really shine was the talented Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎], who could only manage a narrow majority decision over Toru Kiyota (9-3, 7) [清田亨]. On paper Kasuya had the toughest task of the three Kadoebi hopefuls, but was still expected to win without too many problems, given how Ren Sasaki had stopped Kiyota back in 2017. Still getting the win was the key for Kasuya, who had fought only 3 rounds since the start of 2018.
Earlier today the Kadoebi Gym announced their next big show, "Slugfest 9", which will take place on May 8th at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the card will see former IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle in a 10 round bout. The bout will be Oguni's second contest since returning to the ring last year, with a win over Arega Yunian, having been out of the ring for almost 15 months following the loss to Ryosuke Iwasa in September 2017. His opponent hasn't been announced but we'd expect a big step up from Yunian.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round bout featuring former Japanese Flyweight and OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], who fights for the first time as a Kadoebi Gym fighter, and Hideyuki Watanabe (8-11-3, 6) [渡邉秀行]. This isn't just Kogawa's first bout as a Kadoebi fighter, but also only his second bout since the start of 2018. This should be a relatively safe bout for the veteran given that Watanabe has gone 0-5 since the start of 2015.
Another former Japanese champion confirmed for this card is Takenori Ohashi (16-5-2, 10) [大橋健典], who gets a tough assignment as he takes on Shun Wakabayashi (9-3, 2) [若林駿] in an 8 round bout. This will be Ohashi's second bout since he lost the Japanese Featherweight title to Taiki Minamoto last April, whilst Wakabayashi will be looking to score a 6th straight win, building on victories over Taichi Ueno and Xian Qian Wei.
Others now confirmed for this show include the hard hitting Ryoji Fukunaga (10-4, 10) [福永亮次], the talented Yuichiro Kasuya (11-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and very promising prospect Yuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋憂輝].
Ealier today Japanese fight fans had a notable card at the Korakuen Hall. The main event ended in disappointment, but the under-card was certainly nottoo shabby.
The main under-card bout saw Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (7-0, 3) [正木 脩也] score the biggest win of his career, as he dominated veteran Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. Eto was dropped in round 4 and struggled to make any dent on Masaki in what was a very one sided contest. Following the bout there was speculation that Eto was likely to retire.
Another leading under-card bout saw Ryoji Fukunaga (9-2, 9) [福永 亮次] score a 7th round TKO over Yoshinobu Kakinaga (6-3, 2) [垣永 嘉信], in what was a really good, highly competitive technical contest.
Another notable under-card bout ended in bizarre fashion with Yuki Nagano (11-2, 8) [永野 祐樹] taking a very odd first round TKO against Yoshiyuki Suzuki (5-10-5, 1) [鈴木 義行
Lower down the card were wins for Super Flyweight prospects Hayate Kaji (7-0, 6) [梶 颯] and Haruaki Kamiya (6-0, 2) [神谷 治昭], who both stopped over-matched Thai's.
Someone else who impressed on the under-card was debutant Takashi Hiraiwa (1-0, 1) [平岩 貴志] make his debut and scored a 2nd round win over Yusuke Goto (1-1, 1) [後藤 祐介]. As for the show opener, that was probably the most competitive bout on the card and saw Koki Moiya (1-0-1) [三尾谷 昂希] take a narrow decision over Yukito Kurosaki (2-1, 1) [黒﨑 雪仁].
For those interested we have included the video of the Masaki Vs Eto bout below.
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