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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Tomorrow in Japan fans will be able to see Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] take on mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹] in his third defense of the title. Today the two men went to the scales to take part in their official weigh in and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales both men were comfortable under the limit, weighing in at an identical 146.1lbs, and both looked in great condition.
The winner of this does seem likely to have a number of challengers circling, with the likes of Yuki Beppu, Rikuto Adachi, Giraffe Kirin Kanda and Kudura Kaneko all wanting a shot at the belt, and all will be very interested in the winner of this title bout.
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Yesterday in Osaka the Green Tsuda gym held an event to talk about two upcoming Japanese title defenses.
The match ups in question were the Japanese Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] and mandatory challenger Yuta Matsuo (15-3-1, 8) [松尾雄太] and the Japanese Welterweight title bout, between hard hitting champion Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] and his mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹].
Okumoto and Yada, who are both from the Green Tsuda Gym, attended the event and spoke in front of 150 people at the event.
Yada, who was dressed in a pink suit and relied on his sense of humour at the event, revealed that he had been sparring Filipino southpaws to prepare for Nagano. Okumoto seemed more reserved in his comments, but stated that he was going to have a fun fight.
It was also stated by the gym chairman that the long term hope is to not only win these upcoming defenses, but also move towards increasing the gym's profile and moving towards world title bouts.
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On January 10th the JBC, along with members of the Tokyo Boxing Press, announced the nominations for the 2018 Japanese boxing awards.
The highest award is the Best Fighter, or MVP, award. The nominations for this award are:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] - The current WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] - The current WBO Flyweight champion
Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] - The current WBC Flyweight champion
and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] - The current WBO Super Featherweight champion
The Skills Award again includes Kenshiro and Tanaka but also:
Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] - The current WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion
Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] - The current WBC Light Flyweight champion
and Jorge Linares (45-4, 28)
The Special award sees Ito and Tanaka being nominated
The KO award see's Naoya Inoue being joined by:
Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡] - The current OPBF Featherweight champion
and Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] - The current Japanese Middleweight champion
The Newcomer award has seen a nice number of candidates, the nominees here are, Takesako along with:
Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] - The current OPBF Minimumweight champion
Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] - The current OPBF Super Bantamweight champion
Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] - The current Japanese Lightweight champion
Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] - The current Japanese Welterweight champion
The "strive", which appears to be an achievement type of award, has seen the following nominations:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義] - The current OPBF Lightweight champion
Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] - The current Japanese Light Welterweight champion
Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] - The former Japanese Flyweight champion
and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] - The former Japanese Light Flyweight champion
The best fight, at world level has seen 3 bouts being nominated:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] - WBO Flyweight title fight
Jorge Linares Vs Vasyl Lomachneko - WBA "super" Lightweight title fight
and Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] Vs Juan Carlos Payano - WBA "Regular" Bantamweight title fight
The best fight that wasn't at world level has 4 nominations:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾] - Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight
Valentine Hosokawa [細川バレンタイン] Vs Vladimir Baez - Japanese Light Welterweight title fight
Hironori Mishiro [三代大訓] Vs Masaru Sueyoshi [末吉 大] - OPBF / JBA Super Featherweight unification bout
Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] vs Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登] - Japanese Middleweight title fight
The female Fighter of the Year nominations are:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ] - The current WBO female Light Welterweight champion
Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] - The current WBO female Minimumweight champion
Naoko Fujioka (18-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] - The current WBA female Flyweight champion
The female Fight of the Year nominations were:
Tenkai Tsunami [天海 ツナミ] Vs Chaoz Minowa [チャオズ箕輪]- WBO female Light Flyweight title fight
Nao Ikeyama [池山直] Vs Mika Iwakawa [岩川美花] - WBO Atomweight title fight
Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子] Vs Irma Sanchez - WBA female Flyweight title fight
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子] - WBO female Minimumweight title fight
Voting will take place in January with the winners being awarded at a ceremony on February 8th.
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