Earlier this year Kazuto Takesako (9-0, 9) [竹迫司登] claimed the Japanese Middleweight title, as he destroyed the durable Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] way back in May. That win, at the Champion Carnival home, was thoroughly impressive though sadly for Takesako it left him struggling to find reasonable domestic challengers.
Last time out Takesako fought a stay busy fight, defeating the tough Chaiwat Mueanphong in 7 rounds back in June, a bout caused by the lack of suitable domestic challengers.
Thankfully a challenger has now been found, and is willing, to take on the destructive Takesako.
On November 3rd, as part of a Dynamic Glove card at the Korakuen Hall, Takesako will face former champion Sanosuke Sasaki(12-6, 6) [佐々木左之介].
Sadly whilst Sasaki is willing to face Takesako, there perhaps is a lack of competitiveness here. Takesako has looked sensational since his 2015 debut, taking out all 9 opponents in just 21 rounds. Sasaki on the other hand has lost 6 of his last 7, and been stopped in 5 of those defeats, suggesting his best days are behind him.
Although it's nice to see Takesako defending his title it would be a surprise if Sasaki manages to last more than a few rounds.
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Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall. The card wasn't a big one, but did feature several small stories worthy of note.
One of those was thre retirement ceremony of former OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Makoto Fuchigami (23-12, 13) [淵上 誠]. The well liked fighter from the Hachioji Nakaya gym is of course best known for losing to Gennady Golovkin in a WBA world title fight though was a popular fighter on the Japanese scene and retired in the wake of his thrilling loss to Tomohiro Ebisu at the end of 2016.
As well as the retirement ceremony of the former world title there was also a potentially career saving win for another former Japanese Middleweight champion, Sanosuke Sasaki (12-6, 6) [佐々木左之介] scoring a 3rd round win over Hisao Narita (12-6, 6) [成田永生]. On paper this looked a 50-50 fight, but going into it Sasaki was really fighting for his career following 5 straight losses, and 3 successive stoppage losses. In fact coming in to this Sasaki hadn't scored a win since stopping Tadashi Yuba way back in October 2012 for the Japanese crown Sadly for Narita the loss ends a 3 fight winning streak, and completely destroys his hope of getting a title fight any time soon.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those with Boxingraise, had the chance to see former Japanese champions trading blows in an entertaining battle, which ended in rather peculiar fashion.
The bout in question saw former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (18-4-1, 7) [新藤 寛之] over-come former Japanese Middleweight champion Sanosuke Sasaki (11-5, 5) [佐々木左之介] in a bout fought at Light Middleweight.
Early on it was clear that the two men had styles that were going to pose for some interesting moments, with Sasaki trying to apply pressure and use his heavier hands to hurt Shindo, who used his longer frame and speed to try and out box Sasaki.
Through much of the opening round it was Shindo with the upper hand, landing counter straight left hands. In the second round Shindo's confidence began to grow but that cost him in round 3 when Sasaki had some momentary success before hurting Shindo, and soon afterwards dropping him with a left hook. The knockdown set Sasaki into action and he did everything to try land a big right hand, but kept missing as Shindo saw out the end of the round.
Sadly for Sasaki that was his only real chance and Shindo slowly began to break him down in rounds 4, 5 and 6 before Sasaki was stopped by his corner early into round 7.
The timing of the stoppage seemed odd, with Sasaki looking in no major stress, but it seemed like his team felt he had taken enough. Sadly their intervention lead to his 5th straight loss, and his 4th stoppage loss in those 5 bouts, with the Watanabe gym fighter now more than 4 years removed from his last victory. For Shindo the plan now is to move towards a Japanese title fight at 154lbs and attempt to become a 2-weight Japanese champion.
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Yesterday we reported that Sanosuke Sasaki (11-4, 5) [佐々木左之介] was set to battle former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (17-4-1, 6) [新藤 寛之] on November 14th at the Korakuen Hall. Now we have more details on that card, which was formerly announced as Dangan 171 earlier today.
One of the chief supporting bouts will feature Japanese ranked Ryoichi Tamura (7-2-1, 4) [田村 亮一] and 2015 Super Bantamweight Rookie of the Year Renji Ichimura (7-3, 6) [市村 蓮司]. The bout is really well matched on paper, with both men winning 7 of their 10 career bouts, but they have fought at different levels with Tamura being more proven, courtesy of bouts against the likes of Kenji Kubo, Hideo Sakamoto and Yuki Matsudo. Despite Tamura facing more notable names Ichimura has the edge in power and is the puncher coming in to this match up.
Another great supporting bout will see the unbeaten Daishi Nagata (7-0-1, 4) [永田 大士] face the struggling Quaye Peter (9-7-2, 5). Nagata enters the bout ranked in the top 5 by the JBC at 140lbs and has been impressive, at times, however he has been fortunate to remain unbeaten and Peter could be the one to end that unbeaten run. On the other hand Peter is a very inconsistent fighter and wins over Kazuya Maruki and Ryoji Tanaka have been joined by some disappointing defeats, at his best he could easily beat Nagata but that inconsistency has been a huge issue through his career.
In a really intriguing contest we'll see two JBC ranked Super Flyweight's facing off. This bout sees the wonderfully talented but light hitting Jo Tanooka (13-3-3, 1) [田之岡 条] takes on the "win-some lose-some" Ken Achiwa (11-11-4, 4) [阿知和 賢]. Tanooka is one of the best pure boxers in Japan, and scored his only stoppage win last time out, despite being talented he can be out fought and Achiwa will be trying to turn the bout into a fight. Although Achiwa's record is less than spectacular he has gone unbeaten in his last 5 bouts, including a draw with Tatsuya Takahashi and a win over Ganbare Shota.
Also on this card will be the fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (3-0, 3) [京口 紘人]. His opponent hasn't been confirmed but Dangan have reached out to Filipino fighters ranked by the OPBF in the hope of securing a solid opponent and helping Kyoguchi move towards a title fight in 2017, likely an OPBF title fight.
Former Japanese champions set to face off on November 15th!
Crossroad bouts are often some of the most interesting bouts we get in this great sport, a bout where neither fighter can deserve to lose if they are to remain even slightly relevant. On November 15th we're set to get one such bout as former Japanese Middleweight champion Sanosuke Sasaki (11-4, 5) [佐々木左之介] battles former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (17-4-1, 6) [新藤 寛之] at the Korakuen Hall.
Sasaki was, a few years ago, the top Middleweight in the Land of the Rising son. He had claimed the crown with a 4th round KO win over veteran Tadashi Yuba and put himself at the top of the proverbial domestic tree. Since that win however Sasaki has struggled with form, losing 4 bouts in a row, and he is now win less in close to 4 years. Another loss and it really will be it for him as a relevant name, and he'll likely be forced to seek other ventures away from the ring, especially given 3 of his recent losses have been by stoppage.
As for Shindo this will be his first bout since he lost his title to Toshio Arikawa, courtesy of a 10th round TKO in what was Shindo's first defense. Although better in form than Sasaki we have seen Shindo go 1-2-1 in his last 4 and suffer his first stoppage loss. He likely has more left in the tank than Sasaki but has struggled with consistency at times and knows that a third loss in 5 will make life very difficult to rebuild from, especially given that he's now 30 years old and moving up in weight for this bout, which will take place at 154lbs.
At the moment we have no details on the other bouts of this card, but this really is a must win for both men, with a loss likely being one too many to comeback from.
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