On August 24th we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] defending the WBO Flyweight title against Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13). Ahead of that fight CBC, the channel broadcasting the fight in the Chukyo region of Japan, will be showing various events from fight week, not just the fight.
Today it was revealed that CBC would be airing Tanaka's media work out on Monday August 19th, from around 2PM local time. They will then follow that up with the signing ceremony, pre-fight press conference and weigh in on August 23rd, starting from 1PM local time.
The events will be featured as part of a special section on the CBC website which can be accessed here - https://hicbc.com/sports/highfiveweb/
It's worth noting that CBC's Highfiveweb also featured a recent sparring special feature that included Kosei sparring with his brother Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], which can be seen below.
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Later this month we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending his WBO Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13). We'll also see Kosei's brother Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明] take part in his next amateur competition, as he looks to secure a place in the 2020 Olympics.
Today the two Tanaka brothers took part in a shared public practice event, which actually saw the two talented men sparring against each other at the Hatanaka gym.
Before getting in the ring together the two men spoke about what they have coming up. For Kosei the sparing was particularly useful as his brother, like Gonzalez, is a southpaw giving Kosei some ring time with a lefty. That was something that Kosei himself spoke about as well stating he is looking to make for an exciting fight with Gonzalez, and make the most of his speed.
Ryomei admitted that he doesn't know when his next bout will be, though certain Japanese news sources have suggested it may be towards the end of this month as he looks to qualify for the Olympics. Interestingly those news sources have actually suggested that he may actually battle against former professional world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] at some point, with the two men both battling for the same Olympic place.
As for the spar it was 2 rounds that saw both men show what they could do. Ryomei made the most of his southpaw jab, and his technical ability was on show, whilst Kosei countered well with his straight right hand and his speed
Their father, and trainer, over watched the spar and told the media that his two sons have different style, but both were well tuned, and it seems that both are pretty much fighting fit, apart from Ryomei having a small cut over his left eye. That cut is likely to be fully healed shortly though.
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Earlier today fans were able to see the 88th All Japan National Championships, with 8 national champions being crowned in what was an incredible show of high level amateur boxing. For fans at the venue the show was brilliant, whilst those watching on TV, courtesy of NHKBS1 got guest analyst work from WBA "Regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue.
The lowest weight on the show was the Light Flyweight division, which saw Yudai Shigeoka [重岡優大], the older brother of touted professional prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka, take a 5-0 decisions over Daichi Hasebe [長谷部大地]. The bout was a high skilled, fast paced contest that really kicked the show off in an amazing fashion.
The Flyweight bout was another amazing contest, which saw Tosho Kashiwazaki [柏崎刀翔] taking a 4-1 decision over Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], the older brother of 3-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka. This was was tightly fought, but Kashiwazaki always looked like the aggressor, and it seems like that extra offensive mentality was the difference between the two men.
At Bantamweight 2014 Youth Olympics bronze medal winner Subaru Murata [村田昴] over-come Keisuke Matsumoto [松本圭佑], the son of former world title challenger Koji Matsumoto. Murata was cut around both eyes but took the decision win, thanks in part to an amazing effort in the final round, where he really put Matsumoto on the back foot to claim a 3-0 win.
The Lightweight bout saw 2016 Olympian Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐] narrowly over-come Kenji Fujita [藤田健児] in a 3-2 decision. This was a messy bout at time, with the styles not quite gelling as the earlier bouts, but was very competitive and hard to take your eyes off as both men did all they could to try and take the win.
In the Light Welterweight final we saw the highly established Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] claim his latest title as he defeated Yuta Akiyama [秋山佑汰]. This was Narimatsu's 8th All Japanese title, and it seems like his intention is to go to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. If boxing is however removed from the Olympics we could imagine promoters scrambling over each other to become his professional promoter.
The Welterweight crown was won by Sewon Okazawa [岡澤セオン], who took a 5-0 decision over Kanjo Taiyo [金城大明], in what was an another entertaining contest with Okazawa making his claim to be pushed towards some notable international competitions, potentially including the Olympics.
At Middleweight Yuito Moriwaki [森脇唯人] continued his great run on the domestic scene, as he defeated Kyohei Hosono [細野恭兵] 5-0. This win saw Moriwaki retain the title he won last year, and claim the MVP award for the show, as he continues to thrive and really make his mark.
The heaviest weight class on the show as the Light Heavyweight division, which saw Takuro Kurita [栗田琢郎] take a 3-2 win over Takahito Nitta [新田隆人] to take the crown.
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Earlier today the Japanese Boxing Federation (JBF) who look after Japanese amateur boxing, announced their award winners for last year, ahead o the award ceremony later this month.
Unsurprisingly the MVP for the year was the fantastic Hayato Tsutsumi [堤駿斗], who impressed for a second year running. The teenager looks like a nailed on star of the future, and had a 2017 to remember as he shone on both the international and domestic scenes. Although still some time off turning professional he will have every major promoter in Japan interested in snapping him up as soon as they can.
The Outstanding fighter award was shared 3 ways, with Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐], Issei Aramoto [荒本一成] and Taiga Imanaga [今永虎雅] all being awarded the honour.
Another shared honour was the Skill Award, with Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], the older brother of Kosei Tanaka, and Ryusei Baba [馬場龍成] both winning here. The Fighting Spirit Award was won by the pairing of Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] and Ryutaro Nakagaki [中垣龍汰朗], the Effort award by Tomoya Tsuboi [坪井智也 whilst the new-come award was shared between 4 young fighters, including another fighter from the Tanaka clan.
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Last week we reported on the Japanese boxing awards, awarded to the professional Japanese fighters. Today sees news of the Japanese Amateur boxing awards, and the big story of the day is that youngster Hayato Tsutsumi [堤駿斗] has been awarded the MVP award, despite only being a high school student, being the high school boxing to claim the MVP award.
In 2016 the 17 year old had a massive year, winning gold at both the the Asian Youth Championships and the AIBA Youth World Championships as well the national High School championships. Although they may have been at Youth level there was little to argue with his achievements and it's fair to say that if Tsutsumi looks to turn professional before Tokyo 2020 his signature will be one that all the major promoters will be after.
Other awards were won by Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] and Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐], who shared the Excellent Fighter award, the Skills Award was won by Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], the Fighting award was won by Yusuke Yamauchi [山内祐季] whilst the Effort and Newcomers awards were both shared.
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