Just moments today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a new Japanese Youth Lightweight champion being crowned as Shawn Oda (10-0, 8) [小田翔夢] narrowly over-came Seiryu Toshikawa (10-5, 6) [利川聖隆] in a really fantastic contest.
There was high anticipation for this bout, with both stating they respected the other man but would be wanting to get a KO when they took part in their weigh in. The respect showed through the contest in what was an amazingly competitive and well matched bout that moved from technical action to all out war.
The opening round began like a typical feeling out round, before Oda began to circle and found the home for some solid body shots. The body shots aside both men seemed to have equal success with jabs up top in what had gone from a feeling out round to a high intensity game of chess. The technical skills on show continued in through the fight with both men landing solid, clean shots through out, though neither managed to have much sustained success before the other man fired back.
Through the first 4 rounds there really was little to split them. Oda looked the more athletic fighter, boxing better on the outside, but Toshikawa refused to let Oda take breaks between attacks, closing the distance when Oda wanted to catch his breath and forced him to work. This resulted in an almost none stop action, with both taking a lot of shots, though never seeming buzzed by the other mans power.
In round 5 Toshikawa seemed to have a break through, looking like he may have buzzed Oda the following round however it was Oda who seemed to buzz Toshikawa late in the round. It was Toshikawa who started round 7 well, rocking Oda, but Oda recovered well and fought back, forcing Toshikawa to respond back. By now both were beginning to look tired and being forced to dig deep, with mistakes becoming more and more regular. The gum shield of one man came out as round 7 became a crazy, wild, rough war, both men taking a hammering, and at one point it seemed like Toshikawa was out cold on his feet before respond. Despite being still conscious he did take a number of hard shots in the moments that followed.
Amazingly Toshikawa looked revived at the start of round 8 as he took the fight to Oda once again. How he managed to recover was a mystery and his intensity through the final round looked to have come from a man who knew he needed the round to have any chance of winning, Oda still had energy in his legs to move, but he couldn't slow Toshikawa's forward march down. Toshikawa came forward like a man possessed in an amazing final round to what had been a bout that gone from technical skills to an all out war by the end of contest.
Having somehow gone the distance we went to the judges, with neither man having a clear claim to victory in such a thrilling and hotly contested bout. In the end however it was Oda who got the nod with a split decision, in a bout that could easily have gone the other way. The official cards read 77-75 Ishikawa, 77-75 Oda and 77-76 to Oda.
We would love to see these to go in against each other again and are looking forward to seeing how both men go forward with their careers following this nail biting thriller.
Tomorrow we'll see a new Japanese Youth Lightweight champion being crowned, as the unbeaten Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] battles against Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, which will take place at the Korakuen Hall and be shown live on Boxingraise. Not only did they take part in the weigh in, but both men managed to make the 135lb limit with no issues, and both looked in great shape.
On the scales Toshikawa was bang on the 135lb limit, and he was very confident of picking up the win here. He spoke about crushing Oda's heart and scoring a stoppage. If he does that he would not only lift the title, but also score his biggest win to date.
The muscular Oda, who is a former Rookie of the Year winner, was 134.5lbs and spoke very confidently of winning, but also made it clear that he was aware of how good Toshikawa was and accepted that this wouldn't be an easy bout, but like Toshikawa he was also predicting a stoppage win.
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Earlier today the brilliant Boxingraise revealed their scheduled for November, which will include 7 shows in total, one of which will be live.
The live show will be on November 10th and is a really good show headlined by Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一] fighting in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator against Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-2-1, 7). As well as that bout the card will also feature a strong support including Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] against Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹], a Japanese Youth Lightweight title bout between Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] and a Japanese Youth Minimumweight title bout between Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅] and Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開].
The tape delay cards, which are usually put up 1 to 7 days after they take place, will include the November 16th card headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], defending against Akihiro Toya(8-4, 1) [戸谷彰宏]. The November 20th card "Victoriva Vol 3", which is headlined by Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] having her third bout with Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title, and the November 25th show, headlined by Richard Pumicpic (21-8-2, 6) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight against unbeaten teenager Musashi Mori (7-0, 5) [森 武蔵].
Whilst none of these shows are the jaw dropping things that the end of year cards are set to be, they are solid shows for what is a genuinely busy month in Japan!
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Earlier this month it was revealed that Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] for the Japanese Youth Lightweight title on November 10th at a Dangan card. It's now been revealed that the card will feature another Japanese Youth title fight, and a bout featuring a notable former Japanese champion.
The second youth title fight will see Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅], the 2017 Rookie of the Year, taking on the heavy handed Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] for the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title. This is a really stunning match up with Inoue, no relation to the likes of Naoya Inoue, looking brilliant in his Rookie of the Year win and recently scoring a decent domestic stoppage win over Daisukle Sudo back in May. The 21 year old Ishizawa debuted last year and has looked brilliant since then, despite having had a bout against Daiki Tomita fall through earlier this year.
The former Japanese champion on this card will be Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一], who is scheduled in a 12 round bout and we suspect will be defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. At the moment his opponent for the bout hasn't been named, though he has been slated to be in the main event.
It's worth noting that this card will have one other great bout, as Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on recent OPBF title challenger Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹].
At the moment it's unclear if this bout will be shown live on Boingraise or not, but it really does look like a card to make a note of, with 3 very solid bouts and a potentially exciting 4th, depending on who Funai will go up against. If it's not live we are at least glad that the show will be on Boxingraise and their video on demand service.
The Japanese Youth title scene is heating up a lot of announcements recently and a real growing off the title and it's reputation, as the JBC have began to recognise it more and more widely and more divisions are getting the title.
One more upcoming Japanese Youth title fight will see Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] for the Japanese Youth Lightweight title.
Oda and the SGS gym broke the news o this bout earlier this week on social media and announced that the bout would take place on November 10th at the Korakuen Hall.
Coming in to this Oda is an unbeaten prospect who is tipped for big things, Despite having less than 10 bouts to his name Oda has already won the Lightweight Rookie of the Year, in 2016, and has impressed since, with his most recent win coming against Masashi Wakita on the under-card of Ryosuke Iwasa's bout with TJ Doheny.
Toshikawa on the other hand doesn't have an amazing record but did begin his career 3-3, and has since gone 7-1, including a notable win in July against Ryuji Ikeda. He's significantly a lesser puncher than Oda but is in good form.
It appears this bout will take place on a Dangan card and will feature at least 1 other notable bout, though this Youth title bout is the only one to be announced for the card so far.
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