We're not even in November 2019 yet and we're already seeing work being done to put together cards for January, with Japanese promoter World Sports Boxing already putting together what seems likely to be the first noteworthy Japanese card of next year.
We had previously reported that there was plans for a unification bout between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and OPBF counter-part Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] were in place, with the men set to face off on January 18th.
On paper that, by it's self, makes for an excellent way to bring in the new year, however we have since see further details confirmed for the card, featuring a former world title challenger.
World Sports Boxing have not only confirmed the title unification bout for the card but also a bout featuring Takeshi Inoue (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志].
Unlike stablemate Takesako we've not seen any details revealed about Inoue's bout, other than the fact it will be at 154lbs.
As the current WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight champion the bout could end up being a title defense for Inoue, who recently fought a stay busy bout in Thailand, or could be another tick over bout whilst awaiting to land a big fight. It really does depend on who his promoters can sign up for their man, who is best known for putting up a real fight against WBO world champion Jaime Munguia this past January.
Earlier today it was revealed that WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight champion Takeshi Inoue (14-1-1, 8) [井上 岳志] would be returning to the ring this coming weekend in a stay busy fight in Thailand.
The talented Light Middleweight, who challenged for the WBO world title earlier this year, will be up against Thai novice Anirut Nerndee (3-4-1, 3), in what really is just a stay busy fight for Inoue.
This will be Inoue's second fight in Thailand, where he fought way back in September 2016 in a similar stay busy type of bout.
Whilst the focus of the bout is on stay busy the idea seems to be for Inoue to get more experience of fighting away from home, and he'll be leaving for Thailand tomorrow, ahead of Saturday's fight.
Hopefully next year we'll see him on his travels for a much, much bigger bout than this, maybe even a second world title bout.
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Earlier this year we saw Takeshi Inoue (14-1-1, 8) [井上 岳志] challenge WBO Light Middleweight champion Jamie Munguia, and put up a very credible effort against the unbeaten Mexican world champion.
Today he returned to the ring, in Tokyo, to reclaim the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title, a title he gave up to challenge Munguia.
In the opposite corner to Inoue was limited, though experienced, Thai foe Patomsuk Pathompothong (38-11-1, 24). The Thai was looking to claim his first win on Japanese soil, and his first win outside of Thailand in over 8 years following a close decision win in 2011 against Heath Ellis.
Sadly for Patomsuk it wasn't to be, with Inoue being several levels above the Thai.
Inoue took control quickly using his jab and then began to focus on fighting at mid-range, not his typical close range. Inoue managed to find a home for his left hook to the body, and move in and out with his jab being the key, rather than boring straight forward as we've typically seen from him and working on the inside. In round 2 Patomsuk tried to change the tempo of the bout but had his wide hooks easily blocked by Inoue who landed a left hook to the body and dropped the Thai for the 10 count at the 2:24 mark of the round.
After the bout Inoue stated the he had been working on straight punches in training and that he had been focusing on adding more to his game, as if he realised from the Munguia loss that what he was doing needed to be built on. He also added, unsurprisingly, that he wanted to climb back into world contender and get more world title fights. Given his performance against Munguia he showed he wasn't out of his depth at that level, and we wouldn't be surprised if he did get a second world title fight in the next year or so.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] return to the ring for the first time since his loss to Jamie Munguia earlier in the year. The tough Inoue will be looking to get straight back into notable fights as he battles for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Thai veteran Patomsuk Pathompothong (38-10-1, 24), also known as Komsan Polsan, at the Korakuen Hall.
Today the two men took part in their weight in for the 154lb bout and both men made weight.
On the scales Inoue was bang on the divisional limit, and looked in the amazing shape he has become well known for. As always he was ripped, confident looking and had a determined presence about him. He spoke about showing a different style to the one he has used in the past and will look to show more to his boxing, with more movement than we've seen in the past. If we're honest we're kind of hoping to see the Inoue we love seeing, the all action mauler.
The Thai on the other hand came in well under the limit at 152.8lbs. Even before the weigh in we knew he was the naturally smaller man, and has fought way down the weights before. He spoke confidently, and suggested that his heart was strong and that Inoue shouldn't over-look him, but he hasn't impressed in recent to Japan and is a massive under-dog against someone who didn't embarrass themselves when fighting at world level.
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We've known for a while that August's Diamond Glove card would take place on August 3rd and be headlined by 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]. We also knew the show would feature world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志]. Sadly though we didn't really get any extra news about the card until earlier today.
Today we were given details of the under-card as well as more details about Inoue's bout.
One of the under-card bouts will see Celes gym's new prospect Issay Ochai (0-0) [落合 壱星] make his debut, as he goes up against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-2). The unbeaten Japanese fighter is a touted 18 year old who is tipped for big things whilst the Thai is a really good test, who holds a win over Samartlek Kokietgym and pushed both Ryoki Hirai and Seita Ogido hard in Japan in his losses. This bout will be scheduled for 6 rounds.
Another prospect on the card will be Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨], who also takes on a Thai foe as he battles against Sitthidet Banti (11-4, 5) in an 8 round bout. Takahashi is tipped for big things, and despite technical flaws he does look like he can go a very long way, so we're not expecting too many issues for him here. The Thai does hold a notable win over Saddam Kietyongyuth, but has been beaten in 3 of his 4 bouts outside of Thailand.
Another promising fighter on this card will be Kenshin Oshima (5-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
So back to Inoue, his bout for the card has now been announced and he will take on Patomsuk Pathompothong (38-10-1, 24), also known as Komsan Polsan, in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. This really should be a straight forward win for Inoue, who shouldn't have any problems with the Thai, who has lost in all 3 of his previous visits to Japan.
At the moment it's unclear whether this card will be aired live on G+ or not, though given the quality of the show, and the double main event, we really are hoping G+ will get back to showing live boxing.
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