We've known for a while that August's Diamond Glove card would take place on August 3rd and be headlined by the rematch between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二]. We also knew the show would feature world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志]. Sadly though we didn't really get any extra news about the card until earlier today.
Today we were given details of the under-card as well as more details about Inoue's bout.
One of the under-card bouts will see Celes gym's new prospect Issay Ochai (0-0) [落合 壱星] make his debut, as he goes up against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-2). The unbeaten Japanese fighter is a touted 18 year old who is tipped for big things whilst the Thai is a really good test, who holds a win over Samartlek Kokietgym and pushed both Ryoki Hirai and Seita Ogido hard in Japan in his losses. This bout will be scheduled for 6 rounds.
Another prospect on the card will be Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨], who also takes on a Thai foe as he battles against Sitthidet Banti (11-4, 5) in an 8 round bout. Takahashi is tipped for big things, and despite technical flaws he does look like he can go a very long way, so we're not expecting too many issues for him here. The Thai does hold a notable win over Saddam Kietyongyuth, but has been beaten in 3 of his 4 bouts outside of Thailand.
Another promising fighter on this card will be Kenshin Oshima (5-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
So back to Inoue, his bout for the card has now been announced and he will take on Patomsuk Pathompothong (38-10-1, 24), also known as Komsan Polsan, in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. This really should be a straight forward win for Inoue, who shouldn't have any problems with the Thai, who has lost in all 3 of his previous visits to Japan.
At the moment it's unclear whether this card will be aired live on G+ or not, though given the quality of the show, and the double main event, we really are hoping G+ will get back to showing live boxing.
On July 6th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo can attend the latest Dynamic Glove card, a show promoted by Teiken and featuring some of their most notable fighters, including Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一], Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也], Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9), Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] and Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太].
Sadly even with that talent on the show we can now report that the card will not be aired live. Instead of being shown on July 6th as a live broadcast it will instead be delayed until the following Tuesday, July 9th, for it's first airing, with a 9PM time slot. It will then be replayed a week later, starting at 10PM.
This is becoming a worrying trend for these G+ cards, and whilst this could be down to a change in main event, with Ogawa's original opponent Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) being unable to get a visa in time for the fight, it's still a worry with the show being one of several G+ cards to be pushed to a tape delayed mid-week broadcast.
We've got our fingers crossed that the August show, which will feature the return of former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] and the rematch between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], will be aired live, but right now it's unclear, especially given how little news has been made available in regards to that card in recent weeks.
It would be a huge shame to see G+ become exclusively a tape delay broadcaster for the sport, but they really have pulled back on their boxing contest in 2019, stopping certain re-runs and other boxing content. That's despite the fact other channels, including TBS and Fuji TV doing some huge numbers on boxing already this year.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall the fans were able to see the award ceremony for the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for March.
The award winners, who were announced back on April 8th, were OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓], who was the MVP, Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], the Fighting Spirit award winner, and OPBF and JBC Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里], who was the "New Comer" award winner.
At today's ceremony the 3 fighters all spoke to the fans in attendance.
Mishiro revealed that it was a special award for him, and not something he expected, especially given he's only been a professional for around 2 years. He then added "I will continue to work hard and practice, and I will return to here as an MVP, defeating strong opponents".
Kato, who will get a second shot at Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] on August 3rd following their draw in March, sounded determined to take the Japanese title later in the year, "I will do my best to win this time and to receive such an award again."
Interestingly Matsuda actually broke some news with her comments and revealed "the defense fight is scheduled for September", with the champion expected to defend her OPBF and JBC titles before moving onto a world title fight.
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The World Sport Boxing gym hasn't had the most amazing of years so far, with neither of their two biggest names picking up wins in their bouts so far. We've seen Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] suffer his first defeat, though come out with a significantly improved reputation, and we also saw Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] suffer the first mark on his record, fighting to a draw with mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二].
Today the gym announced their two stars would be co-headlining a show on August 3rd at Korakuen Hall.
At the moment Inoue's opponent isn't known, though it will mark his first bout since losing to WBO Light Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26) in Houston. We're not expecting anyone too testing for Inoue, but it'd be hard for World Sport Boxing to sell Inoue in a total mismatch given his performance against Munguia, which was genuinely a credible effort despite a clear loss on the cards.
Takesako's bout on the other hand is a pretty predictable one, a rematch with Kato. It was a bout both men stated they wanted, following the draw, and is a bout that makes a lot of sense. For Takesako it's a chance to put the draw behind him and look to advance to regional level title fights, potentially a bout with OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion Yuki Nonaka, whilst Kato gets a second chance to get over the line and get a win over Takesako.
At the moment the under-card hasn't been announced, though we'd not be surprised to see it stacked with World Sport prospects, such as Masahiro Suzuki (2-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] and Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨], who we are really looking forward to following in the years to come.
Earlier today the Japanese award winners for March were named, with the normal 3 awards being won for the month.
The MVP was won by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓], who successfully defended his title against Takuya Watanabe (35-9-1, 20) [渡邉卓也] to earn the award. The talented Mishiro was forced to fight hard, but was the clear winner against Watanabe, who was game, but out classed and out sped.
The fighting spirit award was won by Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], who earned the award with his draw against Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登]. Despite failing to win Kato showed a lot to be excited about, and we're really looking forward to seeing his next bout. A well worthy winner for this award!
The new comer award was won by OPBF and JBC Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里] following her decision win over Nanae Suzuki (8-3-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江], in their unification bout.
The fighters will receive their awards on May 15th at the Korakuen Hall.
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