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.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall a number of promising fighters took part in their pro-test bouts, sharing the ring with notable fighters as they look to begin their professional careers and gained their B class licenses.
One of those fighters was Super Bantamweight hopeful Rikito Shiba [ボクシング芝カ人] who has signed with RK Yamata gym. Another RK prospect was Welterweight Ryuuki Abe [阿部龍柾]. Another Welterweight now with a B license is Yoji Saito [齊藤陽二], who has signed with Kadoebi gym.
Celes Gym Lightweight hopeful Jin Minamide [南出仁], who was a former amateur standout on the domestic scene and is expected to make a quick mark on the professional scene. Interestingly Minamide took part in his pro-test by sharing the ring with IBF Super Bantamwaight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-2, 16) [岩佐 亮佑]. Minamide will make his debut on June 2nd alongside World of Sport's Middleweight hopeful Takuma Takahashi [高橋拓磨], who did his protest opposite Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (8-0, 8) [竹迫司登].
Another man with their debut set is Ohashi fighter Taku Kuwabara [桑原拓], who will be making his debut on May 25th on the card headlined by Naoya Inoue (15-0, 13) [井上 尚弥] when he challenges WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1-1, 13). Kuwabara, a Featherweight, sparred with Akira Yaegashi (26-6, 14) [八重樫 東] for his protest.
Please note - We are sorry if the names have been transliterated incorrectly, care was made to try and get them right, but we know mistakes will slip through with these sorts of things.
(Image courtesy of the Ohashi Gym facebook account)
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