Earlier today in Okayama fans saw a new Japanese Flyweight champion being crowned, as Seigo Yuri Akui (14-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] blew through Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿], inside a round to claim the previously vacant title!
The heavy handed Akui, who is known for his power especially in the opening round, dropped Kosaka very early in the round, essentially with the first solid right hand the he connected with. Akui would get up from the knockdown, but be dropped 3 more times before the referee said enough was enough.
Officially this bout was stopped at 2 minutes 16 seconds into the first round, but the result seemed clear well before that, when Kosaka had no resistance to Akui's power.
Although Akui now has 10 stoppages in 14 wins, all 10 of them have come in the first 3 rounds with 9 in the first 3 minutes, including his last 6 wins!
Sadly for Kosaka this is the second stoppage loss for him, following a 2018 loss in an OPBF title fight to Jayr Raquinel. He had been expected to put up a decent account of himself here, given that he went 8 rounds with Junto Nakatani a year ago, but Akui's power was simply too much.
Despite having literally just won the title, we already know that Akui's first defense will come in the 2020 Champion Carnival, when he takes on mandatory challenger Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也], who became mandatory on Friday when he made weight for his cancelled eliminator.
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When the Japanese eliminators were announced for the 2020 Champion Carnival we originally saw 5 eliminators being pencilled in for the October 26th show at Korakuen Hall. Sadly though we're only getting 4 of those as the Flyweight bout between Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] and Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也] was cancelled several weeks ago.
Despite the bout being cancelled one of the two men still attended what would have been the weigh in for the bout due to the need to follow procedure.
The original plan had been for Yamauchi and Fujikita to fight, though sadly Yamauchi suffered an injury in his August win over Alphoe Dagayloan. The hope had been for Yamauchi to have been recovered in time for this bout but he was unable get over the injury.
A back up opponent was sought for Fujikita, though no suitable fighter was found. In part that was due to two of the leading contenders, Seigo Yuri Akui (13-2-1, 9) [阿久井政悟] and Shun Kosaka (16-5, 4) [小坂駿], being scheduled to fight for the vacant title on October 27th, whilst other potential opponents, such as Yusuke Sakashita (19-8-3, 14) [阪下優友] and Naoki Mochizuki (16-5, 8) [望月直樹], were in action too recently to be ready for this weekend.
With no suitable opponent Fujikita essentially got a bye to a title fight at the Champion Carnival, on the condition that he made weight for the originally scheduled bout. Which he did today, despite knowing there was no fight set to take place.
This is likely not the way Fujikita would have wanted to land a shot the Japanese Flyweight title, but he won't be complain, and will feel up for facing the winner of the Akui Vs Kosaka bout in the new year.
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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 Kobe fight fans had the chance to attend the latest show from the Shinsei Gym. The card wasn't a big one, but did feature a few notable fighters at the top of the card.
In the co-feature of the show former Japanese Lightweight champion Kazuhiro Nishitani (20-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏] made light work of Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-5-1, 6), who was stopped in the 4th round of a scheduled 8 round contest. The Filipino was dropped from a body shot, late in the opening round before being left unable to defend himself in round 4, forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout.
It is worth noting their was a point taken for a rabbit punch from Nishitani, though Medura never really looked like he was able to settle regardless of the foul.
In the main event Shun Kosaka (16-5, 4) [小坂駿] took a split decision over veteran Shunji Nagata (12-18-2, 4) [長田瞬志], ending a 2 fight losing run. The bout was a really competitive one, fought at a good tempo. Sadly for Kosaka he was cut from a headclash in round 5 and struggled late on as Nagata tried to turn things around, almost doing enough to earn the victory. In the end however the judges gave it to Kosaka on a split decision, with scores of 77-76 in his favour, twice, against a 78-76 card to Nagata.
Whilst the win does end a 2 fight losing run for Kosaka it does leave his career still hanging by a thread and he really will need to put in a good performance next time out if he's to remain relevant.
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Over the last 48 hours or so the Shinsei Gym announced their next show, "Real Spirits Vol 62 & To New Heights". The full card hasn't been confirmed but there are some interesting details that have been revealed about the show.
Firstly it will take place on on March 24th at the Kobe Sambo Hall, a venue that Shinsei do use on a regular basis for their shows.
The main event will see youngster Shun Kosaka (15-5, 4) [小坂駿] take on veteran Shunji Nagata (12-17-2, 4) [長田瞬志] in an 8 round bout at a contracted 51.5KG's. This is one two main events for the card, with the other being another 8 round bout, this time featuring world ranked Lightweight Kazuhiro Nishitani (19-4-1, 11), though his opponent, and the specifics on weight haven't yet been confirmed.
On the under we'll see the very highly regarded Yuki Yamauchi (2-0, 1) [山内祐希] take on "Mr Heartthrob" Claudevan Sese (7-0-3, 1), from the Philippines, in an 8 round bout at Super Bantamweight. Yamauchi is regarded as one of the best prospects in Japan, and has been matched hard already, so a win here is expected, but he will certainly be expected to work for it. Sese hasn't scored a stoppage in well over 2 years, but does have decent boxing skills and should be a decent test.
Also confirmed for this card is Yuri Takemoto (5-1-1, 3) [竹本雄利], the 2018 All Japan Featherweight Rookie of the Year. He will be up against Filipino foe Reymond Empic (6-2, 2), in what looks like a really hard to call bout, on paper. Takemoto does have the confidence of winning Rookie of the Year however Empic is unbeaten in over 5 years!
This show will also feature the retirement ceremony for Eita Kikuchi (21-6-4, 8) [菊地永太], who has retired following his 2018 loss to Yuta Saito in a Japanese Bantamweight title fight.
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