Earlier today at the NTT Cred Hall in Hiroshima fans were given a treat as Ryuji Ikeda (16-5-2, 9) [池田竜司] and Yuichi Ideta (13-13-1, 7) [出田裕一] put in a thrilling 8 round brawl.
On paper the match up was a mismatch, with the Japanese ranked Ikeda expected to over-come Ideta and take a step towards a potential title fight. No one told Ideta he was there to just lose, and instead he fought like a man who had had enough of suffering defeats, having lost his last 8.
From the first round to the last Ideta fired, refusing to roll over and despite looking the less skilled man Ideta was clearly the hungrier man and round after round he was returning fire and pressuring Ikeda, who struggled to create distance and control.
The action got messier as both men tired, causing accidental head clashes and cuts, but the pace rarely really slowed down as both men fought hard, biting down on their gum shields.
In the end skill won out, just, with Ikeda taking the majority decision with scores of 76-76, 77-76 and 78-75.
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Earlier today saw our Japanese sources report that Japanese youngster Ryuji Ikeda (12-3-2, 8) [池田 竜司] would be returning to the ring on October 22nd to fight in his first title fight, taking on talented Darragh Foley (12-2, 8).
The bout, which will take place in Sydney, Australia and will see Ikeda taking on his first serious test since joining the Takanori and Hatakeyama gym.
The 22 year old Japanese fighter first made his mark in 2013, when he won the All-Japan Rookie of the Year at Lightweight. He would go on to suffer his first stoppage defeat in 2014 before reeling off some stoppages. Last year was a bad year for Ikeda, who suffered his third loss and second draw, but he has rebuilt with a win on Thai soil, and looks to be heading in the right direction under the guidance of a new gym.
As for Foley he will be defending his WBA Oceania Light Welterweight title, whilst looking to record a 5th straight win and continue to move up the rankings towards a world title fight. From what we understand Foley will not be defending his OPBF title here, and will instead just be risking his WBA regional belt.
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Earlier today Japanese sources reported that 2013 Lightweight All Japan Rookie of the Year Ryuji Ikeda (11-3-2, 7) [池田竜司] has transferred gyms, moving to the Muto gym.
The talented 21 year old was tipped for big things when he beat Ryosuke Takami in the final, and also notched a notable win over Cristiano Aoqui on route to his All Japan crown. Sadly since winning his Rookie crown Ikeda has faltered, going 5-2-1 (5), with a stoppage loss to Kenta Onjo in 2014 and a forgetable 2016 which saw him go 0-1-1.
The move to the Muto gym sees Ikeda linking up with a gym that has a good reputation and seems to be going through a good run at the moment, a run that has seen fellow 2013 Rookie of the Year winner Koki Tyson (11-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] claim the OPBF Middleweight title, and has also seen Mark John Yap (23-12, 11) and Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3) [向井 寛史] claim regional honours.
It's currently unclear when Ikeda will fight for the first time as Muto gym fighter, but it's not likely to be too far off with Muto looking to hold a number of significant shows during the next few months.
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