Earlier today we were informed that Teiken would be holding a show on November 2nd featuring some of their brightest prospects, each taking their next step forward as they continue their march towards title glory.
The main event of the card will feature Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也], though his opponent hasn't been announced at the time of writing. Masaki, ranked #3 by the JBC, will be featuring in an 8 round bout and the suspicion is that he will be taking on an international opponent but someone who isn't a significant step forward from his last bout, which saw him defeat Al Toyogon.
In the co-feature Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], whilst other leading support bouts will feature Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也] and Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯]. Sadly not one of this trio have had their opponents named, however we're expected Oshima to face a decent test following a good win last time out, Tamayama to be in a confidence building performance after a loss and Kaji is likely to face an imported opponent to rebuild his aura after a poor performance in his last outing.
Strangely two most interesting, and the two least experienced, men on the card have both had their opponents named.
One of those is highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] will be up against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-1, 5), in what is a really good fight. Lee is expected to be a major player on the regional scene, at the very least, at 140lbs and looks to have the skills to be a potential player at the world level. Kundimang on the other hand is an unbeaten youngster and is regarded as a legitimate prospect himself. Aged 22 Kundimang has won his last 9, and last time out he stopped Ryan Sermona, so should pose a genuine test for Lee. Notably this will be Lee's first 8 round bout.
The other is Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who is set to face Filipino KJ Natuplag (8-1-2, 7), who was beaten last time out by Joe Tejones but should be regarded as a step up in class for Nakano. The unbeaten Japanese fighter was a former standout amateur who is tipped to be a major star of the future, and he has looked the business so far, but the Filipino has never been stopped and could well ask serious questions of Nakano. Then again if Nakano stops Natuplag here it will be very hard for Teiken to hold him back, and there could well be title fights in 2020 for Nakano.
Please note - Today's show from the Korakuen Hall won't be televised until this coming week, when G+ will televise the card "as live". As a result of not wanting to ruin the broadcast for those wanting to watch we'll be leaving this disclaimer in and begin with out results article from the third paragraph. We will, also, be uploading the videos after the show is broadcast in mid-week. So again, for those wanting to watch the fights as live in video section, do not read beyond this paragraph.
Today at the Korakuen Hall Teiken put on the next show under the long established Dynamic Glove banner, and it was one with a number of prospects in action and a few good match ups on paper. It was however one with a weak main event that was put together on later notice due to a fight being ruled off as a visiting fighter from South Africa was unable to secure a visa in time., and was certainly open to criticism given the fact that the late replacement hadn't been able to put up much of a fight in 4 previous visits to Japan.
So lets begin by talking about that main event bout which saw Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] easily over-come Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Medura was dropped twice before retiring in his corner at the end of round 4, and had posed very little threat for Ogawa, who will now face Fuzile in September in an IBF world title eliminator.
The main support bout saw Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也] take a shut out 10 round win over Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6), in what will go down as one of Masaki's best wins. Earlier in the year with saw Toyogon ask some questions of Ryo Sagawa but here he looked very poor against a red hot Masaki, who himself showed improvements from a couple of frustrating recent bouts. Masaki will clearly be hunting a title bout in the near future, and a rematch with Hironori Mishiro, the current OPBF champion, is a bout that makes a lot of sense for the Teiken fighter. Mishiro however, may, have different plans.
In a Japanese Welterweight bout Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] managed to take a decision win over Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也], in what is among the very best wins for Nagahama. This was a hotly contested bout with Nagahama taking the narrow decision, 77-75, twice, and 77-76, and kicking off with a win following his recent move to the Kadoebi gym. Another close 8 round bout saw the touted Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯] squeak a win over Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-19-2, 5) with a split decision. Kaji, who came through the Rookie of the Year a few years ago and looked like a star in the making, struggled to hurt Orais who showed his veteran experience and perhaps deserved the upset here. Kaji really needs to get his career sorted as this is not the first time he has come close to suffering a defeat and it seems only a matter of time before he comes up short.
In a really interesting test former amateur stand out Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] was forced to work for a win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (9-1-1, 5). Lee looked to always be in control, though Paniamogan refused to go away and was certainly the type of test Lee deserved after his debut, which saw his opponent really look out of of his depth. Lee showed off good technical boxing, sharp punching, but still, clearly, needs time to develop his professional style, and a bout like this will serve as a major tool in shaping him and correcting his flaws.
It was a much easier day for fellow amateur stand out Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who blitzed Arvin Yurong (12-4, 3) in 2 rounds, in a very impressive performance. Young had been stopped 3 times prior to this, but had managed to ask questions last time of Xiang Li and in China. Today however Young was taken out mid-way through round 2 from a pair of Nakano right hooks. This was the sort of test Nakano needed and the sort that saw him stamp what he can do in the mind of fans.
To begin the show Takayoshi Suzuki (4-1-1, 1) [鈴木敬祥] scored an opening round win over Tsuyoshi Naito (4-5-4, 2) [内藤 剛], with Naito retiring at the end of the round.
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.
At the Korakuen Hall, and shown live on Boxingraise , earlier today fans saw Shuya Masaki (11-1, 5) [正木脩也] against Izuki Tomioka (5-2-1, 1) [富岡樹]. On paper this looked a compelling match up, but in reality it was a frustrating one to watch, especially given the fact it had followed two sensational all action bouts.
Straight away you could tell this was going to be a technical affair, with Tomioka looking to box at range, use his speed and length and control Masaki. As a result Masaki was very conservative, picking his shots well and not really chasing Tomioka, or walking into his shots. The pattern of the fight became rather tiresome, rather quickly, with Tomioka holding on the inside, and regularly creating too much space to be effective. There were clashes of excitement, but for the most part the bout was a awkward clash, with little intensity from either fighter.
In round we had a rare moment of drama, as Tomioka suffer a cut to his left eye, and it seemed to bother him whilst spurring Sasaki on the following round. With Sasaki smelling blood he showed more fire and intensity, and managed to drag Tomioka into a fight in round 6 as the bout finally began to catch fire. The fire was lit but in round 7 it cindered more than flamed and the bout went into the final round with a lot of fans in the audience looking fed up.
The final round was again a poor one, with neither man taking a great of risks or landing much of note until the final minute, when Masaki finally found his range, but couldn't keep up the intensity needed to really excite the wider audience. There was noise from the crowd, the fans their to support one fighter or the other, but on the whole many of the fans had zoned out by this point, whilst awaiting the main event.
What should have been a fun, high skilled and tactical bout, really ended up horribly under-delivering and turned into a bit of a draining an dull 8 round contest. In the end the judges were split, with scores of 77-75 and 77-76, to Masaki whilst the third judge felt Tomioka deserved the win 77-76. The only hope now is that we don't see these two in a rematch, as the styles didn't gel at all.
One of 4 notable bouts at the Korakuen Hall tomorrow is a show down between former amateur standout Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] and recent OPBF title challenger Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹], in what looks likely to be a high skilled contest that will put the winner in a great position as we head towards 2019.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men came in under the Super Featherweight limit.
On the scales the taller Tomioka was the heavier man, weighing in at 129.4lbs. Despite look in great condition, and being the taller man, it is worth noting that Tomioka's OPBF title fight came at Lightweight, and he really did hold his own with Masayoshi Nakatani, in a surprisingly competitive contest.
Masaki on the other hand was 129.6lbs and yet he looked the smaller man, in what his team will see as a must win bout.
Both fighters seemed confident of picking up the win by boxing their fight, but it's clear that both are under a lot of pressure to pick up the win here, in what both will see as a Launchpad for the new year and for a future title fight.
For fans unable to make their way to the Korakuen Hall this bout will be shown live on Boxingraise.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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