.Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a trio of notable prospects in action, all 3 of which managed to net wins against international opponents.
The first of the trio in action was Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心], who was forced to work really hard to over-come hard hitting and tough Filipino Jon Jon Estrada (11-7-1, 10). Coming in to this bout both men were in the the WBO Asia Pacific rankings, and the bout looked like a really good one on paper.
Given that Takeshima had had things pretty much all his own way through his first 3 fights this was a genuine test, and Estrada didn't come to lose. Instead the Filipino got in the ring and brought his typical pressure, giving Takeshima problems, though the talented Japanese youngster did do enough to rack up the rounds.
After 8 rounds Takeshima took the decision 79-73, twice, and 79-74, to gain his most meaningful win and likely put himself on he verge of a regional title fight.
The second prospect to pick up a win was the exciting Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人], who did was expected and blitzed limited Indonesian foe Thomas Tope Hurek (3-4-1, 1) inside a round. The talented Hatanaka, who will be in action in August against Jaysever Abcede, dropped his man with a right hand and Hurek was unable to beat the count. Officially this KO was scored at 2:11 in round 1 and Hatanaka will have shaken some rust before his bout with Abcede.
The third prospect was Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉] who was given the toughest test by far, as he narrowly over-came former OPBF champion Roli Gasca (25-9-1, 8). The 24 year old Mizuno seemed to have the edge in power and size, but Gasca's experience saw him neutralise a lot of Mizuno's work, whilst doing well with his own shots, landing clean blows on the Japanese fight, especially to the body. It was a really hard one to score but in the end the home crowd seem to just help Mizuno over the line, as he took the majority decision. After 8 rounds the judges had this one 76-76 and 77-75, twice, for Mizuno.
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Heavy handed Japanese youngster Takuya Mizuno (16-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉] continued his exciting rise through the ranks as he defeated Thailand's Piched Chianawa (10-11, 4) earlier today in Gifu, and on the international feed for the highly anticipated match between Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] and Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一].
The hard hitting Mizuno would drop the Thai early in the opening round and he looked the much bigger, better, stronger man. Piched would get up from the knockdown, but was out of his depth, would be dropped twice in round 2, taking the full 10 count after after the second knockdown of the round.
If we're being honest this always looked like a foregone conclusion, but was a nice show case for Mizuno, who had an international audience for the first time, and a chance to show what he was capable of. It's just a shame that Chianawa offered next to no resistance against him, in what was genuinely a cameo for the 23 year puncher. The one thing that really did impress was Mizuno's body shots, and they have seemingly become an even stronger weapon in his arsenal than they have ever been. They looked brutal today and left the Thai in real pain whilst taking the 10 count, following what looked to be a liver shot.
Back in early January Hatanaka held a press conference to announce that 3-weight champion Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] would be defending the WBO Flyweight title against Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一]. At the time no real details of the under-card were available, though that changed today.
We now know that youngster Kento Hatanaka (7-0, 7) [畑中 建人], who was featured on the poster, will be defending the WBC Youth Flyweight title against Thai visitor Songsaeng Phoyaem (6-1, 1). The Thai is 6-0 at home but he lost in his only other visit to Japan, being stopped in 4 rounds by Dynamic Kenji back in 2017. If we're being honest this should be a straight forward defense for the exciting Hatanaka.
Also confirmed for the card is 2-time Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka (21-2-3, 14) [田中裕士], who will be facing a Chinese visitor in an 8 round bout. Although the name wasn't confirmed we believe it will be Yougu Yu (5-1-2, 2). We were also informed that the once beaten Takuya Mizuno (15-1-1, 13) [水野拓哉] will be going up against Thai journeyman Chatpayak Sithkopon (22-25, 20), aka Artid Bamrungauea, and that former amateur standout Koshin Takeshima (2-0, 2) [竹嶋宏心] will be facing off with Chinese visitor Jian Wang (7-1-1, 2), in a very exciting step up in class.
Earlier this week the JBC announced that they had punished once beaten Japanese prospect Takuya Mizuno (15-1-1, 13) [水野拓哉] due to him being arrested last year for his part in assault.
The heavy handed fight from Aichi was arrested on September 1st with a charge of hitting a man in the face. He denied the charge, and hasn't been prosecuted but the JBC have punished him by suspending his license for 6 months, back dated to September 1st 2018.
They stated the reason for the punishment as being due to Mizuno committing an act which deteriorates the social credibility of professional boxer.
Mizuno's promoted Mr Matsuda has also been disciplined for Mizuno's actions.
Today is set to be a hectic day in Japanese boxing with 5 shows taking places across the country. The first of those took place in Kariya and has just come to an end with the results from all 7 bouts now being known. Despite there being 7 bouts there was really 2 that caught our eye, and interested us.
The first of those was the chief support bout on the card, and saw Konshin Takeshima (1-0, 1) [竹嶋宏心] make his professional debut. The former amateur stand out debuted in a 6 round bout against Indonesian Yohanis Tatul (3-2, 2), a late replacement for Jundullah M Fauzan.
Takeshima looked to crack the Indonesian fighter from the off, but Tatul used a tight guard early on and made life difficult for the debutant who couldn't get through his defenses with anything too meaningful. That was until round 3, when he got through and dropped the visitor. To his credit Tatul got back to his feet, but a follow up from Takeshima forced the referee to stop the contest at 2:52 of round 3.
The other bout of note on this card was a Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title bout, and resulted in the defending champion Takuya Mizuno (15-1-1, 13) [水野拓哉] recording his third defense of the title, as he took out the over-matched Jinya Ito (7-4-1, 2) [伊藤仁也] inside a round.
The champion pressed the action from the off and landed a hard right, which had Ito on the retrest. Ito would unfortunately end up in the corrner, where he was dropped. He would get to his feet but a follow up attacked forced the referee to jump in and save the challenger. The bout's official ending was at the 2:11 mark of the opening round.
With this win Mizuno yet another step towards fighting for a senior title, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him vacated the Japanese youth title in the near future to hunt either the OPBF or Japanese titles at Super Featherweight.
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