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.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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