According to Indonesian sources local prospect Patrick Liukhoto (9-0, 7) will be in action on November 9th in a bout against former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (33-35-2, 18).
On paper this is a huge step up in class for Liukhoto, who has been topped as one of the most promising prospects in Indonesia, but it should be a manageable one for him, given his amateur pedigree and the high hopes his promoter has for him.
Interestingly this bout seems to mean that Manakane's previously scheduled bout against former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] on December 1st is almost certainly off and Kubo will be left fighting someone else.
The bout, this coming Friday, will take place in East Jakarta, and is scheduled to be an 8 round bout.
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Earlier today Shinsei gym held a press conference to announce their second card for December 1st, making it one of the most stacked days for Japanese boxing in 2018.
The bouts that were announced today included two regional title fights and the next bout of a former champion.
One of the bouts announced is a WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title fight, which will see Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] make his first defense, as he faces off with Richard Rosales (13-7-2, 7). The Japanese warrior won the belt earlier this year, beating Orlie Silvestre, and is always a fun fighter to watch. He will be favoured strongly, with Rosales not expected to really test him, but the bout could be very action packed.
A second WBO Asia Pacific bout will take place at Super Featherweight as Masao Nakamura (24-3, 23) [仲村正男] and Carlo Magali (23-10-3, 12) trade blows for the vacant title. Both men are former OPBF champions and both will know that a win here will take them closer to a world title fight. Nakamura, who lost to Masayuki Ito earlier in his career, is a massive puncher whilst Magali is a tough guy who presses the action, so we're expecting a real thriller here.
A third bout announced today sees former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] facing off with Indonesian journeyman Noldi Manakane (33-25-2, 18), in what appears to be a stay busy bout for Kubo ahead of a big 2019.
Prior to today's announcement Shinsei had announced a quadruple header of female title fights for December 1st, including an OPBF Atomweight title bout between Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] and Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] , a WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title bout between Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] and Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) and a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] and Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子].
Notably these bouts won't be on a mega show, but will instead be two shows on the same day at the same venue, the EDION Arena Osaka, by the same promoter. But both shows look incredibly stacked. The female card is "Real Spirits Vol 60" whilst the male card will be "Real Spirits Vol 61".
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Earlier today fight fans at the Central Gym in Kobe saw former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] battle against former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] in a bout touted as a "Survival Bout".
The bout was seen as a must win for both men, with Kubo needing to bounce back from his 2017 loss to Daniel Roman and Osawa, at the age of 32, really was unable to afford another loss if he was to get a second world title shot.
Kubo got off an excellebt start, using his lets well and out speeding the older man whilst landing his left straight left hands. The younger man held the early control in the bout and had won the first 3 rounds on all 3 cards whilst also leaving Osawa with a bloodied nose.
The fight swung in round, despite Osawa being deducted a point for holding. It was a round that saw Kubo suffer a cut to his right eye from a head clash. With the cut bothering Kubo it allowed Osawa to get some momentum, and he did juts that in round 6 as he began to cut the distance and get to work on the inside. Kubo would himself be deducted a point for hold in round 7 as Osawa began to rack up rounds and have a very spirited comeback.
The fight back from Osawa wouldn't be enough in the end, with Kubo fighting back well in the final 2 rounds to sneak a split decision, with scores of 96-93 and 97-95 in his favour, whilst the other judge went with a score of 95-94 to Osawa.
With the win Kubo remains in the mix for a world title fight at Featherweight, whilst Osawa's career really is hanging by a thread whilst his 33rd birthday is just around the corner.
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Earlier today Japanese sources reported an intriguing clash had been signed for April 28th at the Kobe Central Gymnasium. The bout in question will see former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (12-1, 9) [久保隼] facing off with former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-4-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋], in a bout that will see Kubo move up to Featherweight and look to restart his career whilst Osawa looks to continue his good run of recent results.
Kubo claimed the WBA Super Bantamweight world title last April, when he scored a 10th round retirement win over veteran Nehomar Cermeno. Sadly however his reign was a short lived one as he was stopped in 9 rounds by Daniel Roman in September, as he attempted to record his first defense of the title. The Shinsei man, 27, has always had a long and gangly frame that should be filled out better at 126lbs, but this will be his first contest since the defeat to Roman and it is a very tricky comeback fight for the man some viewed as Shinsei's next star.
Although less successful at world level Osawa is arguably more well known, thanks to his 2016 fight in Las Vegas with WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez. Although Osawa was stopped in 7 rounds by Valdez he did show the heart and determination that we typically see with Japanese fighters. Since that loss he has reeled off a trio of wins, including notable victories over Julio Cortez and Alexander Mejia, who were both world ranked prior to facing Osawa. Although clearly a solid contender Osawa is now 32 and another loss likely spells the end of his dreams to become a world champion.
The bout will headline a Shinsei Gym card, under the "Real Spirits" banner and will essentially be a worldtitle eliminator, with both men having WBA world rankings at Featherweight.
At the moment no details regarding the under-card have been released, but with so many top Shinsei fighters in action in March we're next expecting too much depth this show.
Earlier today boxingscene writer Steve Kim broke the news that Japanese youngster Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19) [松本亮] was finally set to get a long awaited world title fight, with the Ohashi man now set to face WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9) on February 28th at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout will be Roman's first defense of the title he won earlier this year, when he claimed the title in Japan as he stopped the previously unbeaten Shun Kubo (12-1, 9) [久保隼] in 9 rounds. The fight saw the Japanese fans take to Roman, who had a style that was very exciting, and whilst their disappointment at Kubo's loss was clear they did show a lot of respect to Roman for his performance and win.
For Matsumoto it will be a long awaited first world title figfht, and will see him trying to add a world title to a collection that includes an OPBF Super Flyweight title. He bounced back really well form his sole defeat, a stoppage to Victor Uriel Lopez back in 2016, an has not only avenged his loss but racked up 4 stoppages since that defeat. He has long been touted as a future Japanese star and one of the faces of the Ohashi gym, and a win here would help him become both of those things.
At the moment there is no news at all in Japan about the contest, though Ohashi may well make some noise about the contest later this year.
Original article by Steve Kim can be found here.
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