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] 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.
Last August we saw touted Japanese prospect Seigo Yuri Akui (12-1-1, 8) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟] suffer his first loss, losing in a 6 round war to Junto Nakatani for the Japanese Youth Flyweight title.
Today the 22 year old youngster returned to the ring for the first time since that loss and made a very brief, but impressive cameo, as he blew away the heavy handed foe Masamichi Yabuki (6-2, 6) [佐藤政道] in Okayama.
The bout never looked likely to go long, with both fighters being heavy handed fighters, and immediately they went to work. It wasn't long until Akui's power began to tell, rocking Yabuki to his knees in the early moments. Yabuki's grit showed as he fired back with a hard right however Akui refuses to back off and quickly over whelmed Yabuki against the ropes, with Yabuki then being saved by the referee after just 92 seconds.
The bout didn't go as long as anyone would have hoped, but was intense, and great action from the off.
Impressively this is Akui's 7th opening round stoppage win, and his 4th in 5 bouts, show just how dagerous he is in the opening moments of a fight. As for Yabuki this is his first stoppage loss.
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We've known for a while that WBA "super" and IBF Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12) [田口良一] was looking to return to the ring in May to face South African foe Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10). That bout is rumoured to be set for May 19th in Tokyo, and today the Watanabe gym invited some press in as Taguchi began his sparring for Budler.
The unified champion sparred with Japanese prospect Seigo Yuri Akui (11-1-1, 7) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟] for 4 rounds for the press. Whilst the champion didn't look his best he did seem to show that he was already in good shape, and just now need time to get back his timing and control of range. He seemed to suggest
that he was better than expected in terms of how the spar went, and that there is time to get into the swing of things and increase the amount of sparring from here on out.
The champion himself didn't reveal any details of the bout with Budler, but did state that he would be facing the South African, who has been ordered to be given a shot at the IBF title. A win over Budler wuld fuirther solidify Taguchi as one of the best Light Flyweights on the planet, though would leave a target on his back for other fighters in the division, including Felix Alvarado, Ken Shiro, Angel Acosta and Jonathan Taconing.
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