Back on August 10th we reported that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] would be making his next defense on October 11th at the Korakuen Hall against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士] at a Diamond Glove card.
Following that we reported a second title bout had been a added the October 11th card, making the show a double header. That second title fight was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout between the unbeaten Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] and the once beaten Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲], in what looks like a great match up, and a chance for the two youngsters to get their first taste of gold.
Now we've been informed the show will actually be a triple header! The third title bout set for this show will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] moving up in weight to face off with Filipino Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, which has been vacated by former champion Hidenori Otake.
For the 28 year old Teshigawara the bout will see him return to the Super Bantamweight division, a division that he has flirted with but never really committed to. Despite never being a fully fledged Super Bantamweight he has stated problems making 118lbs in the past and a move up may well bee the best idea for his career going forward.
As for the Filipino he has actually fought as high as Super Featherweight, but achieved his most notable results at Bantamweight, claiming the GAB Bantamweight title in 2016 and making a defense of the title last year. Notably he doesn't appear to have any problems making 118lbs, 130lbs or anything between them.
This is arguably the best of the bouts now set for the show, which will also feature the hard hitting Ryosuke Takami (12-2, 11) [高見 良祐] though his opponent is yet to be announced, and promises to be a thrilling contest.
At the moment it's unclear whether Teshigawara is looking to make the move up in weight permanent, but if he does there is a very possible rush for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title that he'll be leaving behind featuring the likes of Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太], Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介] and Kyosuke Sawada (12-2-1, 6) [澤田京介], who would all be very interested in claiming a notable title in the near future.
Earlier today we were informed that fast rising prospect Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] would be returning to the ring on October 11th to take on Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] in a bout for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title, as part of an upcoming Diamond Glove card.
The 20 year old Owan, from the Shirai Gushiken Sports gym, has impressed ever since making his debut, in May 2017, and has already scored notable wins over the likes of Alvin Medura and Jun Blazo, both from the Philippines, and Japan's very own Takuma Matsushita. Although still a novice big things are expected of Owan, who had trained alongside Daigo Higa and is managed by Japanese legend Yoko Gushiken.
Araki, who has previously fought as Takahiro Araki, is a 23 year old who debuted back in July 2014 when he fought to a draw with Koichi Uryu. Since then he has lost just once, a narrow defeat to Tenta Kiyose, and since then he has reeled off 7 straight wins, including a good victory last time out against Yuto Nakamura. That win saw Araki secure himself JBC and OPBF rankings and take a big step foward.
On paper this looks like a really good fight, and should see both men having a chance to shine. The winner wouldn't just score their best career win, but also claim, their first title
The only other bout announced for this card, so far is an OPBF Light Welterweight title bout, which will seed champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] defending his belt against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士].
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw Yoshimitsu Kimura (10-1, 7) [木村吉光] secure his first title belt, as he stopped defending Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion Kazuma Sanpei (15-5, 6) [三瓶数馬] in the 5th round.
Kimura, who had come up short against in a WBO Asia Pacific title fight against Richard Pumicpic, looked confident and strong from the off. Sanpei looked to rely on his jab but a right hand from Kimura early in the bout made it clear he could hurt the champion.
From round 3 Kimura then began to mix in his left hook, as he managed to force a higher tempo fight on to Sanpei and the two spent time trading hard blows. Unfortunately for Sanpei he couldn't ever discourage Kimura who landed a brutal left body shot in round 5 that left Sanpei open, with Kimura quickly jumping on him. With Sanpei looking out on his feet the referee jumped in and saved him.
Despite moving up in weight for this bout the new champion seemed very comfortable and it sounds like he may remain at Super Featherweight. Sanpei also seemed impressed as the physical strength and skills of Kimura who secured a career best win here.
Also on this card was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title eliminator, which saw Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] take an opening round win over Takuma Matsushita (5-5, 2) 松下拓磨] to secure himself a shot at the title in the near future.
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Earlier today fight fans in Okinawa saw WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (15-0, 15) [比嘉 大吾] record his second defense of the world title as he stopped Mexican challenger Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14) inside a round. The card did also feature a number of other Okinawan prospects, several of which are tipped for big things in the near future.
One of those rpsoects was Tatsuro Nakashima (7-0-1, 5) [仲島辰郎], wh retained his unbeaten record by blowing away Kittikon Oangkuradet (0-2) in the second round of their scheduled 6 rounder. The bout was a mismatch with Nakashima forcing the referee in after just over a minute of round 2.
Another prospect was the exceptionally talented Ryuto Owan (4-0, 2) [大湾硫斗], who stepped up massively and out pointed heavy handed Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (7-5-3, 6), with scores of 59-55 from all 3 judges. Owan managed to win by using his skills, though did admit he entered the bout with a fever and wasn't happy with his over-all performance. Given it was just his 4th professional boyut this was an impressive win and shows just how talented he is.
The other was Shawn Oda (7-0, 7), the 2016 Lightweight Rookie of the Year, who disposed of Filipino Warren Mambuanag (11-9-2, 3) inside a round. The heavy handed Oda broke down the Filipino with brutal body shots and the visitor was in agony on the canvas well after the 10 count.
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Way back in 1981 fight fans in Okinawa saw Yoko Gushiken lose the WBA Light Flyweight title to Pedro Flores. That was the last time fight fans in Okinawa had the chance to see one of their own fighters defending a world title in their back yard.
The long wait ends on February 4th when Daigo Higa (14-0, 14) [比嘉 大吾] defends his WBC Flyweight title against former WBO Minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (25-4-1, 14), and seeks a 15th straight knockout as he looks to put himself firmly at the center of Japanese boxing going forward.
Whilst we're known about the main event for a while details on the under-card weren't readily available until today, when several fighters were officially announced for the card.
The chief support bout was confirmed as being an 8 rounder featuring 2016 Lightweight Rookie of the Year Shawn Oda (6-0, 6) [小田翔夢], who returns to the ring for the first time since his April 2017 win over Thai visitor Tienchai Sor Kanitson. At the moment Oda's opponent hasn't been named but the 19 year old is likely to be wanting to shake some ring rust here and will probably face bigger tests down the line.
In another of the main supporting bouts we'll see 23 year old Tatsuro Nakashima (6-0-1, 4) [仲島辰郎] look to extend his unbeaten record. This will be his irst bout since a 5 round split deciison draw with Yuga Inoue in the later stages of the 2017 Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight. As with Oda his opponent hasn't been named.
There will also be an outing for Ryuto Owan (3-0, 2) [大湾硫斗], who will be in the danger zone as he takes on the big punching Jun Blazo (7-4-3, 6) in a really stiff test. On paper Blazo doesn't look much but he dropped Koiki Eto hard in 2016 and gave the touted Hayate Kaji hell in December, and this is a very tough outing for the 19 year old Owan
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