Earlier this week Kadoebi revealed that the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" card would be Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] at Korakuen Hall. Now the promoter has gone on to reveal details from the under-card of that show, and it's become a really good card, as we expect from Kadoebi.
The chief support bout will see highly regarded Japanese prospect Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4) [山内涼太] look to bounce back from a controversial loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, as he takes on world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5, 5). The Filipino visitor has won his last 7 in a row, including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak, Ronguo Wu and Esneth Domingo and is on a good run, whilst Yamauchi will be looking to get back on the fast track to the top with a win. This is, our eyes, a better match up than the main event.
Another leading support bout will see Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and Takayuki Sakai (9-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之] clash in a bout between two JBC ranked Lightweights. Interestingly both men enter with JBC rankings, but each also has a regional ranking, with Kasuya having a WBO Asia Pacific rankings and Sakai having an OPBF ranking.
In a notable contest Mikio Sakai (0-0), will make his professional debut after going 44-22 (19) in the amateurs. The debutant will be matched hard with Japanese based Colombian puncher Elfelos Vega (7-6, 5). Vega has lost 4 of his last 5, but has shared the ring with the likes of Takeshi Inoue and Charles Bellamy during that stretch.
One other fighter of note in action on this show will be Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ], though his opponent hasn't been named. This will be his first bout since fighting to a draw with Aso Ishiwaki earlier in the year.
Several weeks ago we were informed that Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) would defend the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] on August 23rd. Today that bout was officially confirmed with Kadoebi announcing that the bout will be the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" show.
The bout will see Raquinel seek his third defense of the title, and bounce back from a loss in September to Wulan Tuolehazi, in a bout that wasn't an OPBF title defense. The Filipino fighter won the belt in Japan in March 2018, when he stopped Keisuke Nakayama and then defended it 2 months later against Shun Kosaka, stopping him as well.
For Kogawa the bout is a chance to claim a second weight OPBF title. The Japanese veteran claimed the OPBF Super Flyweight title way back in 2010 and has twice been the Japanese Flyweight champion since then. Sadly in recent bouts he has looked like a fighter coming to the end of his career, and has failed to look himself against the likes of Naoto Fujimoto, Yusuke Sakashita and Hideyuki Watanabe.
At the moment no other bouts have been confirmed for this card, though with it being a Kadoebi show we're expecting several other notable names to be announced in the coming days.
Earlier today fans were able to see the popular Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] claim his 30th professional win, as he over-came Hideyuki Watanabe (8-12-3, 6) [渡邉秀行].
Despite the win it wasn't a day to remember for Kogawa, in fact it was a day with a lot of luck and he was incredibly fortunate to avoid a shock loss here.
Kogawa looked sharp early on, and not like a man who had been out of the ring since last July. Sadly that sharpness didn't last and Watanabe was the aggressor, landing southpaw left hands on a regular basis and making Kogawa look horribly limited at times. Kogawa was often on the back foot, trying to avoid the pressure of Watanabe and often came off looking second best.
After 6 rounds it was really hard to make a case for Kogawa, who hadn't been totally out classed but had been getting out landed, out worked and out boxed at times. Thankfully for Kogawa his experience showed through in the end as he gritted his teeth, fought hard and managed to win the last 2 rounds. They proved incredibly vital, with Kogawa needing them to pull out the win.
After 8 rounds the scores were 77-75 and 77-76 to Kogawa and 77-76 to Watanabe. The final 2 rounds were the difference between a win and a huge upset loss for Kogawa, who didn't shine on his debut as a Kadoebi fighter.
For Watanabe the loss will be a hard one to take, he did more than anyone would have have expected and fingers crossed he bounces back from this defeat, a defeat that obviously hurt given how he had performed. For Kogawa the future doesn't look good, and it's hard to know what he still has left in the tank after a very, very hard and long career. He's a long way removed from the fighter he once way, and looks a shadow of the fighter he was just a few years ago. Inactivity won't have helped Kogawa here, but he's an old fighter who has taken a lot of punishment and maybe, just maybe, that has all caught up with him.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it's available on Boxing Raise.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Tomorrow former Japanese Flyweight and OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] fights for the first time as a Kadoebi fight. The veteran will be up against Hideyuki Watanabe (8-11-3, 6) [渡邉秀行], who will be looking for his biggest win, by far.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the Flyweight limit.
On the scales Kogawa was bang on the Flyweight limit, and looked in great shape for what will be his 36th professional bout. Watanabe on the other hand was a touch lighter, weighing in at 111.5lbs. He also looked in good shape for the bout, but will be the very clear under-dog and will need a career best performance to be competitive with the always entertaining veteran.
For fans wishing to see this bout, it will be made available on demand on the Boxing Raise service.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp
Earlier today the Kadoebi Gym announced their next big show, "Slugfest 9", which will take place on May 8th at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the card will see former IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle in a 10 round bout. The bout will be Oguni's second contest since returning to the ring last year, with a win over Arega Yunian, having been out of the ring for almost 15 months following the loss to Ryosuke Iwasa in September 2017. His opponent hasn't been announced but we'd expect a big step up from Yunian.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round bout featuring former Japanese Flyweight and OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], who fights for the first time as a Kadoebi Gym fighter, and Hideyuki Watanabe (8-11-3, 6) [渡邉秀行]. This isn't just Kogawa's first bout as a Kadoebi fighter, but also only his second bout since the start of 2018. This should be a relatively safe bout for the veteran given that Watanabe has gone 0-5 since the start of 2015.
Another former Japanese champion confirmed for this card is Takenori Ohashi (16-5-2, 10) [大橋健典], who gets a tough assignment as he takes on Shun Wakabayashi (9-3, 2) [若林駿] in an 8 round bout. This will be Ohashi's second bout since he lost the Japanese Featherweight title to Taiki Minamoto last April, whilst Wakabayashi will be looking to score a 6th straight win, building on victories over Taichi Ueno and Xian Qian Wei.
Others now confirmed for this show include the hard hitting Ryoji Fukunaga (10-4, 10) [福永亮次], the talented Yuichiro Kasuya (11-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and very promising prospect Yuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋憂輝].
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