At the moment there's an on going Japanese card at the Korakuen Hall. Due to whatever reasons G+ have it won't be televised for a few days, though the show is a fairly notable one, with a trio of local prospects as well as two title fights.
Rather than looking at the double main event we want to focus this results piece on just the prospect trio, who are all expected to go onto title action in the coming years.
The first of the prospects in action was Celes Gym's new signing Issei Ochiai (1-0) [落合 壱星] who began his career with a 6 round decision win against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-3). On paper this looked straight forward, but Lerchai had twice been to Japan and given Ryoki Hirai and Seita Ogido good tests so for a debut opponent he was solid, and that was shown in the ring. Ochiai showed good patience early on, but slowly built momentum through the 6 round bout, avoiding the counters from the Thai, who looked dangerous with his wild shots. After 6 rounds there no doubting the winner, with Ochiai taking the win, 59-56, twice, and 59-55. A good debut, and a solid test for Celes Kobayashi's newest recruit.
The second of the prospects was the hard hitting, if somewhat technically flawed, Takuma Takahashi (4-0, 4) [高橋拓磨], who also faced a Thai foe. The unbeaten Takahashi was up against Sitthidet Banti (11-5, 5) in an 8 round Welterweight bout. Coming into the bout Takahashi had fought just 5 rounds and Banti had never been stopped, going rounds with the likes of Xiangxiang Sun in China and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol in Thailand. The bouts wasn't the tidiest, or the best, but in round 6 Takahashi finally got to his man, taking him down part-way through the round. The Thai would fail to beat the count, and be counted out at the 1:16 mark of round 6. This was the sort of test Takahashi needed, against an awkward foe who knew how to survive, and the fact he passed that test the way he did really is impressive. We feel Takahashi needs serious polishing, but this is still a very good win this early in his career.
The third of the prospects was Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who notched his third straight win with a decision over Filipino Wilbert Berondo (14-4-2, 6). Although not a big name Berondo is always a good test at this level and it showed as he pushed Oshima hard in the early going. Oshima ended up taking a decision, with scores of 78-74 across the cards, but had to work hard for the win and it's clear that he's got work to do to reach the top. There's a lot to like about him, but a lot of work is needed. However it's worth noting that Oshima is now expected to get a Japanese title eliminator later in the year and that could be too much too soon. For Berondo he again showed he was as good test at this level, and should certainly get more Japanese pay days, though surprisingly this was only his second bout in the country, his first being his loss to Hinata Maruta in 2016. That Maruta is still the only stoppage loss on his record.
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.
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.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see a number of notable prospects in action, as they looked to continue their promising starts to professional boxing.
The first of the prospects to fight today was Masahiro Suzuki (2-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘], who really impressed us on his debut against Antonio Siesmundo last year. Suzuki was up against Filipino Kelvin Tenorio (4-5, 2), and although Suzuki failed to stop his man he did take a very clear decision win, with scores of 60-54, twice, and 59-55. Suzuki seemed to be getting strong as the bout went on but Tenorio showed his toughness to see out the 6 round scheduled.
Following Suzuki's win Jin Minamide (3-0, 3) [南出 仁] would extend his stoppage run, taking a huge step up in class, and stopping Marjun Pantilgan (18-8, 14) in what is an impressive result. Minamide, who had taken out his first 2 opponents in the first round, was expected to win here but few would have expected a stoppage against Pantilgan, who has proven to be a tough and durable foe. Pantilgan was dropped following a series of right hands from Minamide in the latter part of round 3, and made it clear he didn't want to continue. The unbeaten fighter, who is managed by Celes Kobayashi, told the crowd to remember his name and that he was going to become a world champion, given his performances so far it's hard to doubt him and that confidence.
The third prospect in action on this card was Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3) [高橋拓磨] who stepped up to the 8 round level for the first time. Sadly whilst Takahashi was expecting to have a bit of a test his opponent, 21 year Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-4, 6) was unable to ask any questions of Takahashi. Takahashi needed just 85 seconds to take out Dapidran, who took some body shots and took the full count in what proved ton be a total waste of time. We wouldn't be surprised of Dapidran found his name on the JBC list of Invitation Prohibited Fighters given this loss, and his loss to Rikuto Adachi late last year.
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.
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