Back in September we revealed that Japanese Welterweight Yuki Beppu (20-1-1, 19) [別府優樹] was going to be back in the ring on December 8th, to fight for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title against former Japanese national champion Ryota Yada (19-5, 16) [矢田良太].
Today that bout was officially announced, along with 2 other title bouts, as Green Tsuda confirmed a December card under their "Crash Boxing" banner at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The card, "Crash Boxing vol 19", will be headlined by a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, as Takayuki Okumoto (23-8-4, 11) [奥本貴之] defends his belt for the 4th time, and takes on former champion Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川 健太], in an all southpaw bout.
For Okumoto the bout will see him looking to build on an excellent win over Dynamic Kenji earlier this year, and go into 2020 as the champion ahead of the Champion Carnival.
The Beppu Vs Yada bout will be the main support bout, and pits two wonderfully nicknamed fighters against each other. Beppu is known as the "Kyushu Tyson", after the region he's from the knockout's he's scored, whilst Yada is the "Naniwa Terminator", also due to where he's from and his style.
The third title bout will see Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴] make his first defense of the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title. At the moment his opponent hasn't yet been named but will be in the coming weeks.
This show might not be a huge one, despite the three titles title bouts, but again it adds to what is becoming a very, very packed December for Japanese fight fans. They have started to see more and more cards being announced for the month, and there's now two set for the EDION Arena Osaka on December 8th. We're also expecting a huge announcement later this week as the month's scheduled continues to be put together.
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Heavy hitting Japanese Welterweight Yuki Beppu (20-1-1, 19) [別府優樹] got back to blowing opponents away today after having taken his first decision win back in April.
The exciting Beppu headlined a card in Fukuoka and faced off with former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (29-11-4, 22), from Indonesia. Sadly for fans expecting to see Beppu to be tested this wasn't close to competitive. In fact Mukhlis was stopped after just 68 seconds.
Beppu dropped Mukhlis with a body shot, a straight right hand to the midsection, dropping the visitor for the 10 count.
After the bout Beppu stated he was intending to fight for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, on December 8th in Osaka against former Japanese national champion Ryota Yada (19-5, 16) [矢田良太].
Also on the card was the once touted Takumi Sakae (22-3-1, 16) [榮拓海], who scored a 4th round stoppage win over Indonesian journeyman Stevanus Nana Bau (9-12-2, 2). Sakae used his body attack to break down Bau, who was totally out classed form the start to the end.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw former Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (19-5, 16) [矢田良太] return to the ring for the first time since losing his title to Yuki Nagano in April.
The hard hitting Yada was in a really straight forward confidence building bout as he took on 35 year old Indonesian Robert Kopa Palue (14-8-3, 4), who was last seen being stopped in 3 rounds by Yongqiang Yang in January 2018.
Yada pressed from the start and although Palue showed some toughness, it did seem like it was only a matter of time until he was going down. That time came in round 4, when a huge Yada right hand dropped his man hard. Palue was then unable to beat the count.
It's unclear where Yada goes from this win, though we wouldn't be shocked to see him building towards another title fight, of some kind, in the next 12-18 months, with Green Tsuda expected to try and push him back to the title mix sooner rather than later.
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Earlier today in Osaka the Green Tsuda gym announced their next show, Crash Boxing volume 18. The show, set for August 4th at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, is a pretty stacked one with a couple of title fights, the next bout of a former Japanese champion and the next bout of a very highly regarded Thai prospect.
The main event of the card will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (22-8-4, 10) [奥本貴之] defending his title against Dynamic Kenji (11-3, 7) [木久健次] in a mouth watering clash. The champion, seeking his third defense, will be looking to build from close bouts against Hiroyuki Kudaka, Masayoshi Hashizume and Yuta Matsuo whilst Kenji will be getting his first title fight. Neither man looked great last time out, but they should put on an absolute thriller here in a bout that neither man can really afford to lose.
The other title bout on this card will see Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] battle against Kenta Nomura (6-2, 3) [野村健太] in an excellent match up for the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title. The winner of this will get their first title and it's a bout that we're expecting to be fantastic, with two under-rated youngsters meeting in a big bout for this stage in their career. Of course a Japanese Youth title doesn't always put you on the fast track, we would be surprised to not have the winner move towards a proper national title in the years to come.
In notable supporting bouts we'll see former Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] and former Japanese amateur standout Kazuki Tanaka (10-2, 7) [田中一樹]. Neither man has had their up coming opponents named yet, though both are in the rebuilding process, with Yada wanting to rebuild from his title loss and Tanaka looking to secure his second win since a defeat to Keita Kurihara.
Arguably the most interesting part of the undercard is the Green Tsudada debut of Thai teenager Thanongsak Simsri (9-0, 9), who is being referred to as "Srisaket II" in the Thai press. Simsri signed with Green Tsuda earlier this month and is tipped as something of a prodigy, so we're really looking forward to what he can do with a Japanese gym behind him. Sadly his opponent, for an 8 rounder, has also not yet been confirmed.
The main event of "Crash Boxing 17" at the EDION Arena Osaka earlier today saw a title change, as Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] was stopped by mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹].
The bout looked like an intriguing shoot out on paper. Both were flawed, but big punchers in great form. Coming in Yada had won 6 in a row, including his title win last April over Toshio Arikawa and 2 successful defenses. Nagano on the other hand had been riding a 13 fight unbeaten run, which had included a triumph at the 2015 Rookie of the Year and recent wins over Riku Hagahama and Yuki Beppu.
Sadly it appeated that Nagano was in a class of his own early on. Yada pressed but struggle to be effective with his pressure, instead eating straight left hands and hard right hooks from the challenger, who soaked up the pressure brilliantly.
The power of Yada was expected to be a key factor, he had stopped 6 of his previous 7 an was seen as solid puncher at this level. Instead however it was Nagano's power that proved to be a different maker in round 3, when he dropped Yada with a straight left hand, just moments before the bell.
Yada recovered from the knockdown, and managed to have success in round 4, as he intensified his work, and got Nagano on the ropes. The local Osakan fans cheers on their man, but it was short lived success with Nagano getting back into his groove in round 5, despite being forced to take a huge left hook from the champion.
After 5 rounds the scores were split, with 2 judges having the bout 48-45 to the challenger, a score that seemed about right, whilst one judge some how had Yada in the lead, 47-46.
Yada, likely realising he wasn't totally out of it, came out with an increased pace in round 6, which continued into round 7. Sadly for the champion he was unable to avoid the straight left of Nagano which staggered him, and forced the referee to call a halt to the bout.
After the win Nagano revealed he didn't remember much about the bout, though Teiken representative Tsuyoshi Hamada spoke highly of Nagano's performance, and seems to see more growth in Nagano, who has now won 14 in a row.
Yada seemed unconvinced about where he was heading next, and we suspect he'll take something of a break before deciding on his next move. This is a big loss, but he has bounced back from losses before, and he could see this defeat as another learning experience, as his defeat to Jayar Inson in 2016 turned out to be.
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