Earlier today the Kadoebi Gym announced that they had signed former OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝], who has now left the Mutoh and been transferred to the Tokyo based Kadoebi.
The power punching Middleweight hasn't been seen in the ring since losing a controversial bout to Yasuyuki Akiyama [秋山 泰幸] in December 2017.
Tyson's rise through the ranks was an exciting one . Despite drawing on debut and being stopped in his 4th professional bout he would go on to win the 2013 Rookie of the Rookie of the Year, defeat former Japanese champion Sanosuke Sasaki in 2015 and fight for the OPBF and JBC Middleweight titles in 2015. He lost in his first title shot, to Akio Shibata, but learned from that loss and would win the OPBF title in 2016 from Dwight Ritchie, putting on a very mature and accomplished performance. He would defend the title twice before losing the belt last December.
At the moment his ring return hasn't been confirmed, though we would expect it to be no later than March, and could potentially be a lot earlier with Kadoebi looking to keep him busy. It's worth noting that Kadoebi do have another notable Middleweight among their ranks, Shoma Fukumoto (12-3, 10) [福本祥馬], and it could be that this decision has also been taken to guarantee both men good sparring internally as well as giving Tyson a chance to rebuild his career.
It's fair to suggest that Japanese Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (12-3, 10) [福本祥馬] has had 12 months that he may want to forget, losing to Kazuto Takesako last November and Arnel Tinampay earlier this year. However he and his team are clearly looking to work on his deficiencies and help lead him to title glory.
Earlier today it was revealed that heavy handed Middleweight form the Kadoebi Gym was having a month long training camp at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, under the guidance of Jeff Mayweather.
The talented Fukumoto has looked destructive at times on the Japanese domestic scene, but has shown defensive faults and durability issues through his career. They have haunted him against both Takesako and Tinampay, who has stopped him twice. Offensively he's solid and heavy handed but it would seem like he, and his team, know where his faults and and know that Mayweather will be one of best trainers to shore his defensive problems.
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Over there years we've seen numerous Filipino fighters travel over to Japan to score big upsets. One such fighter is Arnel Tinampay (25-21-1, 11), who has been a thorn in the side of several Japanese fighters, including Shoma Fukumoto (12-3, 10) [福本祥馬].
Back in August 2013 Tinampay stopped a then fast rising Fukumoto in 6 rounds, in what was supposed to be another straigth forward win for Fukumoto, a former amateur stand out.
Today the two men faced off in a rematch, and once again it was the touted Fukumoto who came up short.
The local towered over the Filipino but couldn't make his significant height and reach count for much as Tinampay found his way inside and worked away with huge hooks on to the head and body of Fukumoto. Fukumoto managed to have some moments during the first round, but took a lot more than he gave during a thrilling first 3 minutes.
The second round was slightly more even, though again it did feel like the pressure and physical strength or Tinampay was more telling than the straight shots at range from Fukumoto.
In round 3 Tinampay fought some what off the back foot, slowing his pace slightly and being more selective in his shots. Mid way through the round Tinampay managed to land a huge left, then a right as Fukumoto's legs buckled. A follow up sent the Japanese fighter down. Fukumoto, to his credit, recovered to his feet but a follow up forced the referee to stop the bout and save Fukumoto from further harm.
With this win Tinampay has now scored 2 stoppages over Fukumoto and holds other notable wins over Japanese fighters Koshinmaru Saito and Yosuke Kirima. Sadly for Fukumoto this leaves his career looking in tatters and this is his 2nd stoppage loss in 3 bouts, and his third stoppage defeat in just 15 bouts.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see once touted Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (12-2, 10) [福本祥馬] in action. Originally the plan was to have Fukumoto face the unbeaten Mark Lucas (9-0, 3) from Australia but that bout has been cancelled, with Lucas missing out on the fight.
Whilst it's disappointing that Lucas is out it's worth noting that he has been replaced by the teak tough Arnel Tinampay (24-21-1, 10) who inflicted Fukumoto's first loss, back in 2013, and has a reputation as a thorn in the side of Japanese fighters.
Not only does Tinampay have a win over Fukumoto but he has also beaten Yosuke Kirima and Koshinmaru Saito. He also also given Kazukaze Yamakawa and Akinori Watanabe real issues, and is one of the most under-rated Filipino's in the sport today.
Today the two men took part in the weigh in for their rematch. It seemed like both were confident as they weighed in for the bout. Both men made the Middlewieght limit, in fact Fukumoto was slightly under the limit whilst the notably short Tinampay was bang on the 160lb maximum.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those who tuned into G+, got the chance to see two Japanese title eliminator bouts.
One of those bouts came at 160lbs, and looked like a contest that promised fire works, as the top 2 Japanese ranked Middleweights faced off. In one corner was former domestic amateur star Shoma Fukumoto (11-2, 9) [福本祥馬] and in the other was the heavy handed Kazuto Takesako (7-0, 7) [竹迫司登], and it was clear given their power that the bout was never going to last long. Despite that most would have expected a longer bout than we actually got.
Straight from the opening bell the two fighters met each other in center ring, and from there it was clear we were in for something very exciting.
The two really just let shots go from the off, each believing in their own power and toughness. Within seconds both Fukumoto had taken a low blow, forcing the referee to split them, before going low him, repaying the favour. Despite the low it was clear that neither man had done it it on purpose and instead both were just letting their shots go a bit too freely.
After about 80 seconds of thrilling action Takesako had a break through, as he connected with a right hand that went through the guard of Fukumoto sending him down hard. Although he tried to beat the count the referee quickly stopped the bout, knowing that it would have been unsafe to allow it to continue.
With the win Takesako is now set to get a crack at the Japanese Middleweight champion Hikaru Nishida (17-8-1, 8) [西田 光] in 2018 during the Champion Carnival, in what should be a potential Japanese Fight of the Year contender. For Fukumoto it's back to the drawing board after his second stoppage loss.
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