On October 1st the Kadobei Houseki Boxing Gym will host their next card under the "Slugfest" banner, "Slugfest 6" at the Korakuen Hall. The main event of that card has been known for a while, and will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Takenori Ohashi (15-5-2, 10) [大橋健典] battle against once beaten teenager Ruito Saeki (7-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗].
Whilst the main event had been known about for weeks what wasn't so well known was the under-card, which had a number of talented Kadoebi prospects scheduled to fight on it, but none of them had their opponents. Thankfully that has changed and now we know a number of the match ups for the card. We have to admit that in some cases the bouts look underwhelming, but it's great to see prospects being active.
One of the prospects in action on the card will be the debuting Yuki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋 憂輝], the younger brother of Ohashi gym prospect Kazuki Nakajima (5-0, 4) [中嶋一輝]. The touted Nakajima, who went 52-21 in the amateurs, will be facing off with Thai 21 year old Somphon Banyaem (3-1, 3), who's only loss actually came in Japan to then debuting Takamori Kiyama back in May.
Another youngster on this card is the fast rising Ryota Yamauchi (3-0, 3) [山内涼太], who is ranked by both the OPBF and the JBC. Sadly after back-to-back notable opponents Yamauchi will be facing a notable step backwards as he takes on Indonesian visitor Rio Nainggolan (4-8, 3). This is a pretty disappointing contest, given that Yamauchi has stopped Lester Abutan and Yota Hori in his last 2 bouts, but we suspect that the plan will be to move him into title fights next year.
Notably the show will also feature the ring return of Kazuki Saito (5-1, 5) [斎藤一貴], who will be taking on Filipino foe Rey Ramos (8-9-2, 3). This will be Saito's first bout since a shock upset loss earlier this year against Amphol Suriyo, aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The touted Saito had looked excellent at times prior to that loss, but had question marks about his durability, which Amphol certainly answered. It seems clear that this is an easy comeback for Saito, but there will be serious questions hanging over his head going forward, and how he reacts to being tagged, and having a fighter put it on him.
As with the previous Slugfest cards we expect this card will be uploaded to both Boxingraise and to youtube, in full, for fans wanting to watch it.
Over the weekend we saw the news break that former Japanese Featherweight champion Takenori Ohashi (15-5-2, 10) [大橋健典] would be returning to the ring on October 1st, in the headline bout of Slugfest 6.
Ohashi, who lost the Japanese Featherweight title to Taiki Minamoto [源大輝] in April, will be up against once beaten 19 year old Ruito Saeki (7-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗] in what looks like a very interesting 8 round bout. For Ohashi it is a real must win, whilst Saeki is stepping up in class, but will know that a win will open a lot of new doors and essentially secure him a Japanese and OPBF ranking, if he wins.
Others set to take part on this card include super-prospect Ryota Yamauchi (3-0, 3) [山内涼太], who hasn't had his opponent announced but we are aware that he will be in an 8 round Flyweight bout, and given his competition so far we are expecting him to face a notable opponent. And also the debuting Yumaki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋憂煇], who will be looking to make quick impact in his maiden professional bout. Nakajima will be involved in a 6 round contest against a yet to be announced opponent.
The card will have other notable bouts announced in the coming weeks and will likely be added to youtube by the brilliant team at the Kadoebi gym.
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Earlier today fight fans in Japan had the chance to see super-prospect Ryota Yamauchi (3-0, 3) [山内涼太] battle against JBC ranked veteran Yota Hori (13-7-2, 8) [堀陽太], and come out on top by stopping Hori in the 5th round of their scheduled 8 rounder.
Hori's experience worked in his favour early on, as he used his southpaw jab to stop Yamauchi from pressing too much and in round 2 even alnded a hard left that seemed to get Yamauchi's respect. Sadly though from there on Yamauchi began to turn up the pace and in round 4 he dropped Hori with a straight right hand.
Hori had been in real trouble at the end of round 4 and he struggled to recover as we went in to round 5. Yamauchi continued to press the action on to Hori who responded in a desperate fashion trying to land counters until his corner in the towel to save their beaten man.
This win for Yamauchi should see him get a Japanese ranking to go alongside the OPBF ranking he got after his previous bout, a stoppage over Lester Abutan, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him move into a title fight in the coming months. As for Hori it's hard to see where he goes next, given this is his 5th loss in his last 6 bouts.
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Last December Ryota Yamauchi (2-0, 2) [山内涼太] stepped up in class and stopped former OPBF title challenger Lester Abutan (12-7-3, 6) in what was a huge break out win for the Japanese youngster. Ever since that performance we've been waiting to see what Yamauchi's next step would be, and now we've learned that it will be about on the May 7th "Slugfest Vol 4" card, promoted by his team at the Kadoebi gym.
The card will be headlined by a Japanese Light Welterweight title bout between Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン] and Vladimir Baez (24-3-2-22), in what is a Champion Carnival bout, but it could be Yamauchi stealing the show again as he takes on his first domestic opponent.
The unbeaten 23 year old will be taking on JBC ranked veteran Yota Hori (13-6-2, 8) [堀陽太], who is currently ranked in the top 10 by the JBC at Flyweight in an 8 round bout at Super Flyweight.
Although relatively unknown outside of the hardcore Japanese fans Yamauchi made his debut last June, stopping a Thai novice before stopping Abutan in a break out performance to smash his way into the OPBF rankings. That win over the Filipino saw Yamauchi show his power, ring generalship and skills as he saw off the visitor with a wonderful performance. For a man in just his second bout it was a huge statement and put him on the fast track to a title fight. A win over Hori would push the youngster well on his way to getting a Japanese title fight, and should help push him further up the OPBF rankings.
Hori has struggled for form recently, going 1-4 in his last 5, but has mixed with good competition, scoring draws against Atsushi Kakutani and Koki Eto, suffering his only stoppage to Ardin Diale and scoring notable domestic wins over Musashi Suzuki, Kenta Okamura and Yudai Arai, among others. Although out of form he is a very credible test for any fighter, especially those in just their third bout, and a win for Hori would get his career back on track.
Whilst it may be very early in his career, we suggest that fans keep an eye on Yamauchi, as he really does look like a man with a lot of potential and someone to get very excited about.
Earlier today saw the Japanese Award winners for December being announced, and despite not featuring any really big names there was, as always, some real interest in the winners here.
The MVP for the month was veteran Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], who claimed the Japanese Light Welterweight title on December 14th, when he out pointed Koichi Aso (22-8-1, 15) [麻生興] in a really entertaining and exciting battle. The win saw Hosokawa claim his first title and he will now be preparing fir his first defense of the belt, which has been pencilled in for May 7th at the Korakuen Hall.
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by Ryuichi Funai (29-7, 20) [船井 龍一], who defended the Japanese Super Flyweight title on December 11th against the out-classed Shota Kawaguchi (21-9-1, 9) [川口勝太]. Since the win, which was Funai's second defense, he has vacated the title and stated he is now hunting regional titles for 2018.
The new comer award was won by the insanely impressive Ryota Yamauchi (2-0, 2) [山内涼太], who stepped upmassively on December 19th and stopped former OPBF title challenger Lester Abutan (12-7-3, 6) in a brilliant performance that really put him on the Japanese boxing map and seemingly helped him get on to the fast track.
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