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.
On July 6th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo can attend the latest Dynamic Glove card, a show promoted by Teiken and featuring some of their most notable fighters, including Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一], Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也], Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9), Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] and Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太].
Sadly even with that talent on the show we can now report that the card will not be aired live. Instead of being shown on July 6th as a live broadcast it will instead be delayed until the following Tuesday, July 9th, for it's first airing, with a 9PM time slot. It will then be replayed a week later, starting at 10PM.
This is becoming a worrying trend for these G+ cards, and whilst this could be down to a change in main event, with Ogawa's original opponent Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) being unable to get a visa in time for the fight, it's still a worry with the show being one of several G+ cards to be pushed to a tape delayed mid-week broadcast.
We've got our fingers crossed that the August show, which will feature the return of former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] and 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], will be aired live, but right now it's unclear, especially given how little news has been made available in regards to that card in recent weeks.
It would be a huge shame to see G+ become exclusively a tape delay broadcaster for the sport, but they really have pulled back on their boxing contest in 2019, stopping certain re-runs and other boxing content. That's despite the fact other channels, including TBS and Fuji TV doing some huge numbers on boxing already this year.
The World Sport Boxing gym hasn't had the most amazing of years so far, with neither of their two biggest names picking up wins in their bouts so far. We've seen Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] suffer his first defeat, though come out with a significantly improved reputation, and we also saw Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] suffer the first mark on his record, fighting to a draw with mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二].
Today the gym announced their two stars would be co-headlining a show on August 3rd at Korakuen Hall.
At the moment Inoue's opponent isn't known, though it will mark his first bout since losing to WBO Light Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26) in Houston. We're not expecting anyone too testing for Inoue, but it'd be hard for World Sport Boxing to sell Inoue in a total mismatch given his performance against Munguia, which was genuinely a credible effort despite a clear loss on the cards.
Takesako's bout on the other hand is a pretty predictable one, a rematch with Kato. It was a bout both men stated they wanted, following the draw, and is a bout that makes a lot of sense. For Takesako it's a chance to put the draw behind him and look to advance to regional level title fights, potentially a bout with OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion Yuki Nonaka, whilst Kato gets a second chance to get over the line and get a win over Takesako.
At the moment the under-card hasn't been announced, though we'd not be surprised to see it stacked with World Sport prospects, such as Masahiro Suzuki (2-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] and Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨], who we are really looking forward to following in the years to come.
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