Over the last 48 hours BoxingM have revealed that there is a Korea Vs Japan show being put together for June 25th at the Korakuen Hall. At the moment the full details of the show haven't been officially announced, but there are some really interesting names already already linked the to card.
From the Korean side we're glad to hear that rising prospect Jeong Han Cha (5-0, 5) [차정한] will feature, with the 18 year old scheduled to face Takahiko Kobayashi (8-3, 6) [小林孝彦], in what could be a very entertaining and exciting match up.
Another Korean teenager on the show will be In Soo Jang (5-1-1) [장인수], who will battle Japanese professional novice Suzumi Takayama (1-0, 1) [高山涼深], who was a former amateur standout.
Also announced for the card is Sang Geun Lee (6-0, 4) [이상근], who is set to take on a debuting Japanese fighter from the Watanabe gym, and Do Jin Lee (6-1-3) [이도진] will face Japan's Mirai Naito (7-1, 3) [内藤未来]
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Suzumi Takayama (1-0, 1) [高山 涼深] make his professional debut, and score a stoppage win over Thai visitor Nirun Baonok (5-15, 4).
Takayama had gone 35-16 (10) as an amateur and, like most Japanese fighters with 50 amateur fights, began his career with a 6 round contest. He would, however, need just less than 3 rounds to stop Baonok.
Takayama was aggressive from the off, but the Thai did well to defend himself through the opening round, and tried to counter off the ropes. In round 3 however Takayama did get through and landed a clean and solid right hook that dropped the Thai hard. Baonok would get to his feet but the bout was waved off with him looking unsteady on his feet.
Although he got the win here that areas for Takayama to work on, and it seems clear that he and his team will have seen some of the issues that could cost him against a better fighter than Baonok. It's worth noting that this is the 9th time the Thai, who has fought as Rungniran Korat Sport School, has been stopped.
We've known for some time that Suzumi Takayama (0-0) [高山 涼深] would be making his debut on February 26th at the Korakuen Hall as part of the under-card for the WBO Minimumweight title fight between Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) and Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆].
Today the Watanabe gym listed Takayama's opponent as Thailand's Nirun Baonok (5-14, 4), aka Rungniran Korat Sport School.
Whilst the Thai is experienced his record looks bad, and it is bad. He lost his first 11 bouts, all in Japan, before picking up a 5 fight winning run, against incredibly poor opponents. That winning run has now ended and he has lost his last 3, including an opening round KO loss to Tenta Kiyose last time he was in Japan. Despite losing 10 times in Japan he hasn't been matched easily, taking on Koki Eto, Kenji Oba and Teiru Kinoshita.
At the moment Takayama's opponent hasn't been named, and neither has Shigeoka's, but they are expected to be named shortly.
Just a few short days ago we reported the news that Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) would be defending the WBO Minimumweight title against Japan's Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆] on February 26th at the Korakuen Hall. At the time of that announcement there was no details on the under-card. Today however we were informed of a number of fighters on the under-card, including several top prospects from the Watanabe Gym.
As previously predicted we will see teenage sensation Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗] in action on the show. He will be involved in a 6 round bout at Minimumweight, though his opponent for the bout hasn't been announced. He's expected to be in the ring in again in April, as part of a show in Fukuoka, so we're not expecting to see this bout be too much of a test for the 19 year old.
In a major supporting bout Shu Utsuki (3-0, 2) [宇津木 秀] will be up against Japanese based Filipino Jerry Castroverde (10-5, 5), who will be fighting under the promotion of Nobuhiro Ishida for the second time, following a loss in December to Tae Il Atsumi. This will be an 8 round bout at a contracted 60KG.
Another big supporting 8 round bout will see the 2017 Rookie of the year Fumiya Fuse (7-0, 1) [富施郁哉] take on Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2) [水谷直人], in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. We're expecting to see really big things from the 20 year old Fuse this year, and this is a decent way to kick off the year, following an impressive outing in Daejeomn back in October.
We also believe that the show will feature the debut of former amateur stand out Suzumi Takayama (0-0) [高山 涼深], though details on his bout are unclear at the moment, other than being a 6 round contest.
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