Over the last few days we've seen details emerge, almost being drip fed in fact, for the January 19th "Dynamic Glove" show.
First we were informed that world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be facing Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in an attempt to avenge a loss from years ago. Then we were informed of a mouth watering clash between Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who will face off in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
Today we saw another fantastic bout being confirmed for the card, with Japanese #1 rankled Featherweight contender Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
The bout is scheduled to be a 8 round bout at a contracted 57.8KG, around 127.4lbs, and should be a really special bout, with Abe taking on his most skilled opponent so far, and Sugita taking on his most accomplished foe by far.
From what we understand Abe's Japanese Featherweight title fight, during the Champion Carnival, will not be at risk if he losses, unless he suffers an injury which may rule him out. Regardless, it's a very risky fight for him to be taking so close to such a significant contest.
Yesterday we reported that Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face with Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], looking to avenge a loss form 2012. At the time there was no other bouts announced for the card, though today we have been informed of a very good supporting bout, between two young Japanese fighters each looking to break out in 2019.
The match up in question will see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] battle Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
The 21 year old Sadatsune made his debut way back in September 2015, and after mixed success early on, going 6-2-3 he has racked up 3 really good domestic wins, defeating Ryo Suwa, Tatsuya Takahashi and Isao Aoyama. He isn't a big puncher but looks to be developing belief in his power and looks like a real prospect to keep an eye on, despite the less than spectacular record.
Oshima on the other hand made his debut in 2016 and after winning his debut, in 68 seconds, lost his second bout, coming up short to the under-rated Yuki Iriguchi. Since then he has gone unbeaten in 4 bouts, including a win last time out against Joe Tanooka in August. He looks the more pure puncher, but failed to impress against his more skilled opponents.
This looks like a mouth watering match up, and we're genuinely looking forward to seeing these two in the ring together.
Earlier today we were informed that former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] will be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face off with veteran Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文].
The two men have history together, with Nakajima having beaten Wake back in May 2012 and it seems likely that this bout has been put together to let Wake get some revenge for that defeat.
Since their first bout Wake has gone on 15-1 (12), claimed national and regional titles and fought for a world title. Right now the 31 year old is chasing a second world title fight and will likely be using the bout to both avenge a loss and to help stay sharp for a shot at a world title , which is expected to come later in the year.
The 34 year old Nakajima hasn't had great success since beating Wake. He has gone 9-6 (5), losing in two Japanese title fights to Hidenori Otake and losing in OPBF title fight to Mark John Yap. Despite those set backs he did score a notable win on Chinese soil in 2016, over-coming Xian Qian Wei for a WBC regional title. Sadly Nakajima has lost his last 2 bouts and it's hard to know what he really has left coming into this contest.
At the time of writing no other details have been released about the show, though there is some suspicion that a deal has been done for Wake to get a world title fight in the Summer.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (29-12, 14) make his third defense as he over-came Takafumi Nakajima (29-10-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文] in a thrilling 12 rounder.
The fight began with Nakajima jabbing well but being backed up by Yap, who looked stronger and landed some eye catching body shots and right hands. The second round was a closer one, and one judge was swayed to Nakajima, as he landed some solid counter shots and stiff jabs, though that wasn't enough to help him build some momentum and the following round Yap too quite clearly, thansk in part to some hard left hooks to the body. Nakajima managed to get his first foothold in the bout in round 4, as he exchanged well with Yap and, despite a good counter from the champion he landed some solid blows of his own.
After 4 rounds two of the judges had the bout a shut out to Yap, whilst the other judge had the bout even at 38-38.
Nakajima put a lot in to round 5, though it was clear that he was unable to hurt Yap who came back into the round, which all 3 judges scored his way, and it actually begane a very credible charge from the challenger who took round 6 on card, round 7 on two and round 8 on two as he began a really credible fight back. Sadly though , for him, his efforts had only closed the gap on the cards with Yap leading 78-74 on two cards and 79-73 on the other.
Nakajima refused to backdown from the fight, knowing this could be his final title bout, and gritted his teeth, impressing in round 9 with combinations, body shots and pushing Yap backwards. With the win in his sails Nakajima came out hot for round 10 and rocked Yap with a big right hand, that forced the champion to back up and take some time to recover. Having hurt his man in round 10 Nakajima continued to pressure and rushed after Yap, who who boxed smartly to avoid a tear up. The clever movement of Yap impressed two of the judges, with the third swaying towards the aggressive Nakajima, who refused to back off in the final round as he further closed the gap on the score cards.
Sadly for Nakajima he was in such a big hole by the time he managed to begin his second half surge that he had simply left himself too much to do, and came up short with scores of 116-112, twice, and 117-111 all in favour of Yap.
This win sees Yap extend his current unbeaten run to 10 fights, including notable wins over Tatsuya Ikemizu, Hiroyuki Kudaka, Takahiro Yamamoto, Kentaro Masuda and now Nakajima whilst Nakajima suffers his 10th defeat, but showed that even at the age of 33 he still has plenty to give the sport going forward.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (28-12, 14) defending his title against Takafumi Nakajima (26-9-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文].
Today the two men weighed in for that bout and both fighters managed to make weight for the contest.
On the scales the champion came in under the limit, weighing in at 117.75lbs for the bout, the lightest he's been since his title win over Takahiro Yamamoto back in November 2016. This will be his third defense of the belt, as he looks to build on stoppage wins over Kentaro Masuda and Seizo Kono and notably he's riding a 4 fight stoppage run into this bout as he looks to continue his hunt for a potential world title fight.
Nakajima on the other hand was on the divisional limit of 118lbs. This is lighter than he was last time out, when he beat Jin Miura in a Super Bantamweight bout. Despite making the Bantamweight limit here Nakajima has spent much of his career fighting at much higher weights, and he's a 2-time Japanese Super Bantamweight title challenger having lost to Hidenori Otake in both of those bouts. Despite moving down in weight he looked in great shape and has cut no corners for this bout.
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