Back in December we reported that Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨] and Masahiro Suzuki (1-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] had been added to the March 2nd show headlined by a Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] and Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二].
At the time neither Takahashi or Suzuki had their opponents named, today however both had opponents confirmed.
Takahashi will be having his first 8 round bout as he takes on 21 year Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6). On paper this looks like a serious test for Takahashi, though it should be noted that Dapidran is 3-3 in his last 6, and was stopped in 3 rounds by Rikuto Adachi last October, in what was Dapidran's first, and so far only, bout in Japan.
As for Suzuki, who impressed on his debut against Antonio Siesmundo, he will be up against Kelvin Tenorio (4-4-, 2). Tenorio is a 26 year old from the Philippines, who will be making his international debut.
Sadly we've also been informed that this show will not be shown live, but will instead be on tape delay on G+, with the first airing coming on Monday March 4th.
On March 2nd we'll see unbeaten Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] defending his title against mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二] on March 2nd at the Korakuen Hall.
We had previously reported that two highly regarded prospects would be on the card Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨] and Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1), who are both stablemates of Takesako.
We can now confirm that they will be joined by another top prospect, this time Celes gym's Jin Minamide (2-0, 2) [南出 仁], who went 43-22 (15) in the unpaid ranks.
Notably Minamide has had his opponent for the show announced, unlike Takahashi and Suzuki. The unbeaten hopeful is set to take a big step up to take on Filipino foe Marjun Pantilgan (18-7, 14), in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
To date Minamide has has fought just over 3 minutes as a professional, stopping Anthony Holt and Conrado Tanamor both in the opening round. He has looked great but clearly needs to take a step up, and that's exactly what this is.
Pantilgan on the other hand, has faced tough competition, with notable bouts against the likes Sonny Boy Jaro, Robert Onggocan, Ryusei Kawaura and Masayoshi Hashizume. Although he's lost to those 4 foes he has proven to be tough, and a very good test, likely explaining why Minamide's team have matched their man against him.
This card, for those interested, will be aired live on G+ as part of the Dynamic Glove series of shows.
Earlier this month we saw the 2019 Champion Carnival bouts being announced. One of those was the Japanese Middleweight title bout between unbeaten champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], which is set to take place at the Korakuen Hall on March 2nd.
Today we were informed that two of Takesako's most highly touted stablemates have been added to the card, as they both look to take their next step forward.
One of those is Takuma Takahashi (2-0, 2) [高橋拓磨], a very highly regarded Light Welterweight prospect who went 77-24 (68) as an amateur and won notable 4 amateur titles. At the moment Takahashi's opponent hasn't been named, but it has been confirmed that Takahashi's bout will be an 8 round contest, with the fighter moving up from 6 round bouts for the first time in his career.
On debut, back in back in June, Takahashi stopped Thai visitor Weerayut Wannasri before returning to the ring in to score his second win, stopping Filipino Joepher Montano in 2 rounds. Given how little trouble he's had in his first 2 bouts we're expecting to see him take a clear step up in his next contest.
The other is Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1), who got a baptism of fire on November 3rd, when eh took on Antonio Siesmundo in a very tough 6 round bout. Despite the incredibly tough debut Suzuki would go on to stop his hard hitting and teak tough Filipino foe in 6th round, in one of the most accomplished debuts we saw in 2018.
Suzuki, like Takahashi, was an amateur stand out running up a 64-26 (21) record, and although he debuted at Light Welterweight he's expected to fight at Lightweight going forward. He looked good on debut and at just 23 years old his future is incredibly bright.
Sadly Suzuki also hasn't had his opponent for March named, but given how tough his debut was, we're expecting another tough foe for the youngster.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see the highly touted Takuma Takahashi (2-2) [高橋拓磨] take part in his second professional bout.
The Japanese 25 year old was up against Filipino puncher Joepher Montano (9-4-2, 8) and found out that Montano's power is legitimate.
The Montano came out swinging and in round 2 he landed a huge right hook that dropped Takahashi. The Japanese fighter however got up quickly and soon afterwards landed his own right hand, a counter shot as Montano looked to close the show, and dropped the Filipino who failed to beat the count.
It's unclear when Takahashi will return to the ring again, but it's clear that today's win will serve as a wake up call, and make him fully aware that he can be hurt, especially with professional gloves. He needs to be careful, but he was being matched hard here and the win is a big one at this very early stage in his career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Ealier this year Japanese Middleweight Kazuto Takesako (8-0, 8) [竹迫司登] blasted away the tough Hikaru Nishida (17-9-1, 8) [西田 光] to become the Japanese Middleweight champion. That bout was, sadly, only aired on an obscure regional channel in Japan, meanign that most fans in the country haven't seem Takesako since he stopped Shoma Fukumoto inside a round last year.
Thankfully fans in Japan will get the chance to see the exciting, and very heavy handed, Takesako in the ring in early June as he has been selected to headline the June version of Dynamic Glove on G+.
The hard hitting Takesako won't be defending his title however, instead he will be facing off with Filipino veteran Joel Dela Cruz (20-26-3, 8), who is fighting in his 50th professional bout.
On paper this is a huge mismatch in favour of the Japanese fighter, who has only fought for 3 minutes and 2 seconds, combined, in the last 12 months, but it's great to see that he will be kept active and will be returning to the ring less than 3 months after his title win.
Other fighters on this card include Seiya Tsutsumi (1-0, 1) [堤聖也], who will be up against Kenshin Oshima (3-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], the debuts of Jin Minamide (0-0) [南出仁] and Takuma Takahashi (0-0) [高橋拓磨], as well as bouts featuring Spicy Matsushita (17-10-1, 2) [スパイシー松下] and Junki Sasaki (19-3, 7) [佐々木洵樹] in decent domestic tests.
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