When a Japanese prospect isn't with one of the bigger gyms they can be very easy to over-look. One great example of that right now is Ryusei Kawaura (6-0, 4) [川浦 龍生], who is one of the best kept secrets in world boxing.
Today the 25 year old protege of former WBC Super Flyweight champion Hiroshi Kawashima scored his best win to date, dominating Filipino visitor Renoel Pael (23-9-1, 12) over 8 rounds.
Pael, a solid regional level fighter, had a competitive first round, as Kawaura looked settle into the fight. That was about as good as it got for the Filipino. From round 2 onwards he was made to look second best, slow, clumsy and a fighter more reliant on his toughness than his skills. That's despite the fact Pael is a pretty good fighter.
In round Pael broke through with body shots in round 2, dropped his man in round 3, landed straight left hands at will in round 4, and saw off some wild attacks from Pael in round 5, as the Filipino began to fight in a desperate manner. Despite Pael trying to rough up the prospect Kawaura maintained his calm, controlled the distance and made Pael pay for his aggression, despite not managing to secure a second knockdown.
After 8 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Kawaura getting the decision 80-71, twice, and 77-74 from a judge was tried to give Pael the benefit of the doubt when he could.
After the bout Kawashima and Kawaura seemed to suggest titles were in their sight, whilst Pael, who is now 1-3 in Japan, suggested he'd like to return to the country again. Given how he has performed, his toughness and his desire we'd not be surprised to see him return again in the near future.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see the highly touted Ryusei Kawaura (5-0, 4) [川浦 龍生] take on his first domestic foe, as he faced off with on Yuki Yoshimura (8-4-4, 2) [吉村祐紀].
On paper this was a step backwards for Kawaura, who had beaten Marjun Pantilgan back in April, but he didn't fight like a man who was going backwards. Instead he fought like a man with a point to prove, and he looked razor sharp from the offer.
Kawamura moved lightly on his feet, picking when he to fight and when to back off, whilst looking fantastic. Sadly for Yoshimura he was, as expected, not good in any way to force Kawaura out of his rhythm, and that showed particularly well in round 2, when Yoshimura tried to the pace, and was just caught by clean, hard shots, including a fantastic straight left hand. Kawaura's left hand again played a major part in round 3, when he landed the straight at range and then came in and landed a nasty combination that ended up dropping Yoshimura for the count.
We're hoping that 2019 will see Kawaura step up, he has the talent to go a very long way and a bout like this does keep him busy, but the reality is that he should be taking on better fighters and fighting in bigger bouts in the new year. His team know they have a genuine talent on their hands, and hopefully they allow that talent to really flourish as Kawaura matures and builds on his strong amateur pedigree.
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Earlier this year we saw 24 year old prospect Ryusei Kawaura (4-0, 3) [川浦 龍生] take a notable step up in class, as he defeated Marjun Pantilgan, scoring an 8 round decision win over the Filipino in April. Since then Kawaura has sadly been out of the ring, and not building on that victory. Sadly it's been inactivity has been a problem through Kawaura's career so far, with the youngster debuting in November 2016 but never really being active enough to make a mark since.
Today we were informed that Kawaura would be back in the ring on November 22nd as he continues to move towards a title fight.
Sadly the opponent for Kawaura's next bout looks to be a step backwards as he takes on Japanese foe Yuki Yoshimura (8-3-4, 2) [吉村祐紀].
Talking about inactivity Yoshimura made his debut aged 21, way back in 2005, but has had his career halted by notable breaks, including almost 2 years out of the ring from 2008 to 2010 and a year break from 2010 to 2016. Had he been active he could well have made a mark on the domestic scene but it feels like he really has wasted his best years.
This bout will be the chief support bout on the show, supporting the brilliant Welterweight main event between Kudura Kaneko (8-0, 5) [クドゥラ金子] and former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa (15-5, 13) [有川 稔男].
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw 24 year old prospect Ryusei Kawaura (4-0, 3) [川浦 龍生] take a huge step up, as he took on tough Filipino puncher Marjun Pantilgan (18-6, 14).
On paper the bout was a massive test for Kawaura, who had taken out 3 novice Thai's in his first 3 bouts, and hardly broken a sweat doing so.
Today however he answered some serious questions as he boxed masterfully behind his long rangy jab and, for the most part, kept Pantilgan at range. The gameplan worked well in neutralising the Filipino's power early on. It wasn't until round 4 that Pantilgan managed to cut the distance and have some success, though Kawaura proved he could hang up close, and did in round 6 and in round 8, a round that saw the Filipino needing to prove his toughness.
At the final bell their was no doubting the winner, with Kawaura taking the decision 79-73, 79-74 and 78-74.
With this win Kawaura has really proven his ability and we suspect he'll be finding himself in title fights sooner rather than later, with his first possibly taking place before the end of 2018.
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In November 2016 we were massively impressed by Ryusei Kawaura (3-0, 3) [川浦 龍生], who looked like a star in the making as he scored a 2nd round TKO win on debut against Thai visitor Thepyothin Sithdabnid. Since then Kawaura has slowly gone about developing his skills against more limited Thai opponents, scoring two stoppages over Thai novices last year to move to 3-0.
We've been impressed when watching the southpaw from the Kawashima gym but it's been clear that he's been needing a big step up in class. It now looks like that step up will come on April 16th as he moves from facing from Thai novices to facing tough Filipino puncher Marjun Pantilgan (18-5, 14).
The Filipino fighter will be fighting out side of his hmeland for the first time, but has mixed with good company, losing a decision to former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro in 2016 and Robert Onggocan in 2017, with Onggcan stopping Pantilgan in 9 rounds. He's yet to score a win of real note, but is a massive step up for the Japanese fighter, and could prove to be a very dangerous opponent at this stage in Kawaura's career.
This bout between Kawaura and Pantilgan will be the chief support bout of Untouchable Fight 27, which is headlined by a Japanese Welterweight title fight between defending champion Toshio Arikawa (15-4, 13) [有川 稔男] and mandatory chllenger Ryota Yada (14-4, 11) [矢田良太].
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