Earlier today Japanese Featherweight Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] continued his great run, as he stopped former Japanese Lightweight title challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-11-1, 6) [野口 将志] in a thoroughly one-sided contest that ended when the referee saved Noguchi.
The bout started slowly, with winning the first 4 rounds whilst still in first gear. Noguchi, who looked apprehensive and worried, was over cautious, negative and looked like a fighter filled with self doubt. Things didn't help when Noguchi threw shots and repeatedly missed whilst being tagged by jabs and straight shots from Abe, who looked several leagues above Noguchi.
In round 5 we finally saw Abe go through the gears and begin to put a beating on Noguchi, who's best offense through the rounds was a series of accidental headbutts. Those headbutts did little to prevent him from taking more damage as Abe began to look like the flowing fighter we had become accustomed to in recent years. The aggressive work of Abe during the round saw him drop Noguchi and really rip him a new one.
Abe continued to put a beating on Noguchi in round 6. He would drop Noguchi again before backing him on to the ropes and forcing the referee to stop the bout and save Noguchi from any further punishment, which seemed to be getting more and main hurtful by the round.
Following the bout Abe confirmed his next bout would be a Japanese title fight, and it seems almost certain that he will be facing Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] in the 2019 Champion Carnival, in what should be a really fantastic match up, and something to be very excited about.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a Japanese Featherweight title fight, which act as part of a double header which will be shown this coming weekend on Fuji TV.
The bout saw defending champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝], who had won the title in spectacular fashion earlier this year against Takenori Ohashi, battling against Tatsuya Otsubo (12-9-1, 4) [大坪竜也] in what turned out to be a very compelling and competitive contest.
The challenger started the fight brilliantly. He landing the heavier blows and neutralising the jab of the champion. The power of Otsubo paid dividends in round 3 when he dropped the champion with a nasty straight right hand.
It was the perfect start for the challenger who was of to an early lead. Sadly however for Otsubo dropping the champion seemed to wake him up, and Minamoto managed to establish some control on the bout the following round, before close the gap on the score cards in round 5, to only be 48-46 behind at the mid way point.
Despite coming back into the bout it was clear that Minamoto had a new found respect for the challenger and had to make sure not to get too reckless when attacking the challenger.
In round 6 Otsubo began to show signs of tiring whilst Minamoto managed to tighten his control on the action, using his movement and his accurate sharp punches. By the end of round 7 he had drawn level on the score cards, but was totally in control of the action with Otsubo flagging, in need of a second wind.
Sadly for the challenger that second wind would never come and in round 9 Minamoto would finally drop the challenger, with the bout being stopped immediately.
Following the bout Minamoto stated that there was two Japanese fighters he'd like to face and that he would like to fight again this year. One of those is OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] whilst the other is the highly ranked Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也]. He seemed excited to face either man but he would likely be the under-dog against either man.
As for Otsubo it seemed like he knew he had had a great start, but simply couldn't keep it up. There is however no shame in his performance and he certainly gave a better effort than many had anticipated.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] make his first defense, as he faces off with Tatsuya Otsubo (12-8-1, 4) [大坪竜也]. Today the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout, and both men made the Featherweight limit.
On the scales Minamoto was bang on the limit of 126lbs and looked in fantastic shape. He spoke confidently of defending his title and although he wasn't dismissive of Otsubo it seemed very clear that he is no rush to give up the title and that is not fearful of Otsubo, who has never scored a win against someone as talented as Minamoto before.
As for Otsubo, who also came in on the divisional but looked smaller than the champion, there was also confidence, with the challenger declaring they would take home the title. Otsubo has never been dropped as a fight, either in a bout or in sparring, but this bout certainly seems like it could test his toughness with Minamoto being a hard hitting fighter with really good output.
Fans wanting to watch this bout will sadly need to wait until the weekend with Fuji TV set to broadcast the bout on tape delay this coming Saturday as part of their Diamond Glove serious of fights
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Earlier this year we saw the Japanese Featherweight title change hands, with Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] becoming the new champion courtesy of a brilliant performance against Takenori Ohashi [大橋健典] to claim the belt. We've known for a while that he would be making his first defense on August 9th at Korakuen Hall, as part of a double header alongside the rematch between Keita Obara (19-3-1, 17) [小原 佳太] and Alvin Lagumbay (10-2, 9).
Although we knew when and where Minamoto would be defending his title his opponent wasn't announced, at least not until today.
After several weeks of waiting we finally saw Minamoto's opoonent being announced as former national title challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (12-8-1, 4) [大坪竜也].
The challenger is best known for his 2015 loss to Satoshi Hosono ina bout for the Japanese Featherweight title. That loss would be followed by another defeat, to Han Jo in Korea, but since then he has gone 4-0 (1), scoring two notable wins over Ryuto Araya. This bout looks to be another very tough title challenge for Otsubo, but he should ask question of Minamoto, who looked sensational against Ohashi but hasn't shown amazing consistency through his career.
This bout will be part of a Diamond Glove show and will be featured, in some form on Fuji TV on a delay basis.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got the latest in the "Diamond Glove" shows, which are done in associate with Fuji TV, who will show today's card this coming weekend. That show was a really good triple header and also a chance to announce a future Diamond Glove card, set for August 9th.
The upcoming card hard several bouts from it being confirmed.
The chief support bout of that card will see Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] make his first defense, after having won the title in a sensational performance back in April against Takenori Ohashi [大橋健典]. At the moment Minamoto's opponent hasn't been announced, but there is some very interesting domestic options out there for the champion, who really did impress against Ohashi. Those include potential bouts with the likes of Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也] or Tsuyoshi Tameda (17-3-2, 15) [溜田 剛士], both of whom would make for very credible and very exciting challengers.
The main event of the card will be a rematch of a bout that ended in spectacular fashion earlier this year, with former world title challenger Keita Obara (19-3-1, 17) [小原 佳太] seeking to avenge his shock upset loss to Filipino puncher Alvin Lagumbay (10-2, 9). For those who can't remember that bout both men were dropped at the same time, with Obara being unable to continue following the rare double knockdown, and losing the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title to Lagumbay.
As is typically the case with these Diamond Glove cards this show will have some tape delayed footage shown on Fuji TV.
More bouts are expected to be added to this card in the coming weeks, and fans should expect at leats one more notable name to be on the show before it takes place.
For those who haven't seen the first Obara Vs Lagumbay bout, or Minamoto's win over Ohashi we have included both below.
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