Back in December the OPBF Bantamweight title fight between Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11) [栗原 慶太] and Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8) [小林佑樹] was blighted by a number of time keeping errors, errors that lead to a number of officials being punished. Those errors unfortunately left a shadow over what was a brilliant fight, though it was seen as a one off.
Sadly yesterday we saw another case of time keeping error in Japan, in fact just like the Kurihara Vs Kobayashi fight it was another time keeping error in Osaka, though this time at the EDION Arena and not the Sumiyoshi Ward center.
This time around it came in round 3 of the match up between Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] and Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介]. The round was cut a full minute short, in what was a very clear error from the time keeper.
Atsumi would win the bout the following round, stopping his opponent. Interestingly the promoter tried to make out that Tsutsumimoto was bossing round 3, though the reality is that the round a minute early didn't really change the result, and didn't save Atsumi in anyway.
Rather oddly the promoters fighter lost not only this bout but also the Kurihara one, suggesting this has nothing to do with officials being biased, just inept. It is however clear that the JBC are unhappy with this happening, and their will be an investigation into this error, like their was in December as well.
For those wanting to watch the fight, and decide whether the bell coming early really effected the result we've included it below thanks to ytv who streamed the bout live on their website.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka, and those tuning in on ytv, had the chance to see talented Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] score one of his biggest wins to date, stopping Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介].
On paper this was an excellent match up, arguably the best bout of the show, and promised to be explosive.
The Korean took an aggressive mentality in to the ring, bringing the pressure to the Japanese punching, showing no real respect of Tsutsumimoto's vaunted power. It wasn't reckless from Atsumi, but was aggressive as he looked to apply constant, educated pressure.
Tsutsumimoto, to his credit, showed good composure early on, and found a brilliant right hand in round 2, but always looked like he was being put on the back foot.
About 2 minutes into round 4 Tsutsumimoto found himself close to the ropes and was caught by a big right hand and dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown but pressure from Atsumi soon forced the referee to stop the bout.
Also on this card was a win for Hibiki Jogo (9-2, 4) [城後響], who out pointed Filipino journeyman Marzon Cabilla (17-18-1, 6) over 8 rounds.
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Earlier today Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝], the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, attended a press conference to announce his next bout.
The unbeaten second generation fighter will be headlining "Dramatic Boxing 79", on April 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka. His opponent for the bout will be Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2) [松浦 大地] in what looks like another small step forward for Tatsuyoshi, who appears to be taking forward step after forward step.
As well as Tatsuyoshi's bout there was always a couple of other things announced for the show. One of those, what appears to be the chief support bout, will be an excellent match up between Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) [堤本京介] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) [テイル渥美], in what looks like a sure fire fight of the show. We've also been informed that Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] will be on the show.
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Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans saw Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) [テイル渥美] score an 8 round decision win over Jerry Castroverde (10-5, 5), who is currently promoted by Nobuhiro Ishida.
The bout was Atsumi's first since blowing away Katsuhiko Kanno back in April whilst Castroverde, the naturally bigger man, was fighting for the first time since March 2017. Given that both men had been inactive there was some ring rust on both fighters.
Despite that ring rust Castroverde showed a good sharp jab early on whilst Atsumi looked the stronger man and managed to do well to avoid the right hands of the Filipino, and chip away. At the end of round 5 Atsumi's power left Castroverde in agony but the bell saved him from a follow up. Atsumi began round 6 quickly and looked to finish what he'd started but Castroverde showed his toughness to see out the storm.
The Filipino caught the Korean rushing in in round 7, and it seemed like Atsumi took the warning and backed off a bit in the final round, as realised Castroverde wasn't going to be stopped. At the end of the 8 rounds Atsumi took the decision with scores of 80-73, 80-74 and 78-75.realised Castroverde wasn't going to be stopped. At the end of the 8 rounds Atsumi took the decision with scores of 80-73, 80-74 and 78-75.
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We've known for almost a month that Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] would be defending his OPBF title against Shingo Kawamura (16-3-1, 8) [河村真吾] and former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (26-6, 14) [八重樫 東] would be taking on Hirofumi Mukai (16-5-3, 6) [向井 寛史] in a very attractive double header on August 17th. That card has now had some other notable names added to it.
One of those fighters is the once touted Sho Nakazawa (10-2, 4) [中澤奨], who is yet to have his opponent named. He'll be having his first fight as a Ohashi Gym fighter, and will be looking to get his career back on track after suffering 2 losses in his last 4.
A more interesting bit of news for the card is that very exciting Japanese ranked Featherweight Tsuyoshi Tameda (17-3-2, 15) [溜田 剛士] will facing offf with Japanese based Korean fighter Tae Il Atsumi (14-2, 7).
The hard hitting Tameda joined the Ohashi gym last year, when the Yonekura gym closed it's doors, and has scored 4 straight stoppage wins coming in to this bout. He's been looking for a big bout since claiming a Japanese Youth title last August and this is certainly a big bout with a lot, given he will be risking his ranking, and potentially taking a huge step towards a title fight with a win. As for Atsumi, who has also fought Teiru Atsumi in recent bouts, he will be coming in to this on the back of a quick blow out win against Katsuhiko Kanno, though was beaten back in December against Shingo Kawamura.
Given the styles of Tameda and Atsumi we're expecting a genuine thrilling, with both men havign spiteful power and aggresive mentalities. This really could turn out to be the best fight of the card.
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