Earlier this week we reported that the unbeaten Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] would be vacating his Japanese Flyweight title to begin his pursuit of a world title, and would be back in the ring on October 5th to take on former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13). What wasn't clear at the time is what would happen to fill the vacancy of the Japanese title. That has now been answered.
The title will be up for grabs on October 27th when former Nakatani foes clash for the belt. In one corner will be Seigo Yuri Akui (13-2-1, 9) [阿久井政悟] whilst in the other we'll have Shun Kosaka (16-5, 4) [小坂駿].
Akui is very much a stop or be stopped fighter. Although he has 5 decision bouts on his record, 4 wins and a draw, he's not seen the final bell since his all Japan Rookie of the Year win in 2015, against Hiroki Hosoya. Since then he has gone 7-2 with only 2 bouts, his losses to Nakatani and Jaysever Abcede, lasing more than 5 rounds. In fact in that 9 fight run he has scored 5 opening round blow outs. Ultra dangerous early he's a fun guy to watch and a real exciting fighter.
Kosaka is a man who has seemingly gotten a lot of opportunities recently, without really shining. He lost in an OPBF title fight last year to Jayr Raquinel and then lost in a Japanese title eliminator to Nakatani. He has bounced back from those losses with a split decision win over the limit Shunji Nagata, but that win hardly qualifies Kosaka for a shot at the vacant title.
At the moment other details of this bout have yet to be announced, including where and who will be promoting it, though we're guessing it will be on a Shinsei show in likely in Kobe.
Earlier today in Okayama fight fans saw local hopeful Seigo Yuri Akui (13-2-1, 9) [阿久井政悟] put on a short but thrilling performance, taking out Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生] inside the opening round.
The bout started fast, and never slowed down, with both men looking to take the other out straight off. The high octane start suited Akui, who is the bigger puncher and the man more suited to that type of fight.
Despite being more suited to a high tempo war Akui was actually dropped early on, though recovered brilliantly and hurt Minato as the two continued to trade after the bout resumed, dropping Minato only moments later. Minato would recover to his feet but was quickly stopped by Akui, who scored a second knockdown and soon afterwards forced the referee to stop the contest, with Akui scoring 8th opening round stoppage.
The fight was hectic, lasting less than 3 minutes, but was brutally exciting, and had more action than most bouts have in significantly more time.
Also on this card was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout, between Tetsu Araki (14-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-1-3, 3) [高田篤志]. The bout saw the skilled Araki From the early stages it was clear that Araki was too sharp, and too technically good for Takada. The skills of Araki saw him landing with speed, then getting out of range, and continuing to do that through the 8 rounds, whilst never really being under any serious pressure. The only really tough time he had was when he stood in the pocket a little too long, and even then he seemed to be getting the better of it.
After 8 rounds there was no debating the winner, with Araki winning 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 to retain his title and make his first defense of the belt. For Takada this was his first loss, but will serve as a very clear learning experience for the 21 year old.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
Earlier today in Okayama fight fans saw world ranked Filipino Flyweight Jaysever Abcede (17-8, 12) score an upset win over local favourite Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟].
Coming in to the bout Abcede was looking to build on a 2 fight winning streak, including a previous upset win over Stamp Kiatniwat. Akui on the other hand was looking to break into the world rankings and take a huge step towards getting himself a shot at a regional title. Sadly for the local it wasn't to be his day.
Akui started brilliantly, putting Abecede under pressure and looking razor sharp. Sadly however he would injure his right arm early on and struggled to use it through much of the contest, becoming a 1-handed fighter. Abcede began to have more and more success, likely sensing that something was amiss with the hard hitting Japanese youngster. The pressure became more and more intense from Abcede as Akui began to tire in the second half of the fight.
With Akui struggling to fight back, create space or get himself off the ropes it left a huge opening for Abcede to hunt a finish, and he did just that in the final round, hammering Akui on the ropes until the referee stepped in and stopped the contest.
After the bout both men seemed happy to organise a rematch. Akui wanting revenge for the loss and Abcede wanting to beat Akui without an injury.
Not only did both fighters want a rematch but both were really respectful of the other. Akui stated that Abcede was a good fighter who punched hard and he was glad to have faced him, whilst Abcede complimented Akui by saying he was very strong and gave him one of his most difficult fights so far.
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Earlier today our Japanese sources informed us that world ranked Filipino Flyweight Jaysever Abcede (16-8, 11) would be facing off with Japanese youngster Seigo Yuri Akui (12-1-1, 8) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟] in what looks like a genuinely fantastic match up.
The Filipino has fought a relative who's who of the Asian scene, facing the likes of Dexter Alimento, Panya Pradabsri, Tsubasa Koura and Ivan Soriano. Not only has faced the aforementioned names but he has also notched notable wins against the likes of Orlie Silvestre, Pigmy Kokietgym and Stamp Kiatniwat, with the wins over Pigmy and Stamp coming on the road in Thailand.
Although best known in Japan for losing to Tsubasa Koura in an OPBF title fight Abcede has rebuilt well and his recent win over Stamp in Thailand has helped him earn a WBA world ranking and the WBA Asia Flyweight Title. He won't be defending the title here, but will be risking his WBA rankings.
As for Akui he came on to the Japanese scene back in 2015, when he won the Light Flyweight Rookie of th eYear crown. Since then he has had relatively impressive results, with notable stoppage wins over Kenji Ono, Ryuto Oho and Masamichi Yabuki. The only loss on his record came last year in a Japanese Youth Flyweight title fight, against Junto Nakatani.
In the ring Akui is a thrilling fighter to watch, pressing the action and letting his hands go from the off with power shots. He's one of the many must watch fighters making their name in Japan, and will know that a win here could push him in to the WBA world rankings.
The bout between there two men will take in Okayama on October 28th and looks likely to be the main event of the card, with no under-card bouts for the show yet to be announced.
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