According to multiple Japanese sources Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6) [吉野 修一郎] will return in December to make his third defense of the Japanese Lightweight title, as he takes on Kazumasa Kobayashi (10-7-1, 6) [小林 和優] at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout is set to take place on December 13th on a Diamond Glove card, so it will likely feature tape delay coverage on Fuji TV. We suspect the contest will be joined by at least 1 other notable bout, though at the moment the contest is the only one confirmed for the show.
Yoshino, a former Japanese amateur stand out, debuted in 2015 and claimed the Japanese title in October 2017, when he defeated Spicy Matsushita inn 7 rounds for the vacant title. Since then he has stopped Masasi Saito and Genki Maeda to score his 2 successful defenses, and extend his current winning run to 4 straight stoppage wins.
For Kobayashi this will be his first title fight and comes on the back of wins over Daiki Ichikawa and Noriyoshi Taki. Those wins did however follow a 5 fight losing run and are his only wins in the last 7 years. Given that type of form this looks very much like a stay busy defence for Yoshino ahead of the 2019 Champion Carnival, where he will be expected to defend the title against either Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] or Tatsuya Yanagi (15-5-1, 6) [柳達也].
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An important part of the Japanese boxing calendar is the Champion Carnival, which takes place in the first half of the year. The fighters who compete in the Champion Carnival are the national champions and the leading domestic contenders.
In August we a number of bouts to decide the top contenders being announced, with 6 such bouts being set for October 12, on a stacked card at the Korakuen Hall.
For those missed that report those bouts on October 12th will be:
Light Flyweight - Kenichi Horikawa (37-15-1, 11) [堀川 謙一] Vs Koji Itagaki (18-12-3, 7) [板垣幸司]
The Super Flyweight - Yuta Matsuo (14-3-1, 7) [松尾雄太] Vs Rey Orais (20-17-2, 5)
Super Bantamweight - Mugicha Nakagawa (23-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] Vs Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也].
Super Featherweight - Ken Osato (14-2-1, 4) [大里拳] Vs Satoru Sugita (14-5-1, 9) [杉田聖]
Light Welterweight - Koki Inoue (11-0, 10) [浩樹井上] Vs Marcus Smith (6-0-1, 6)
Light Middleweight Koshinmaru Saito (24-9-2, 13) [斉藤伸介] vs Hironobu Matsunaga (13-1, 7) [松永 宏信]
As well as the October 12th card we also, recently, saw the confirmation that the Flyweight bout would see Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] battle against Shun Kosaka (15-4, 4) [小坂駿], which that bout now set for October 6th as part of notable Japanese domestic card which is set to be televised on G+.
Today saw the rest of the bouts being announced.
On October 21st we'll have two of them take place in Fukuoka. One of those is the Minimumweight bout, which will see Takumi Sakae (19-2-1, 13) [榮拓海] take on Norihito Tanaka (16-7, 9) [田中教仁], in what could end up being one of the surprise contests from these eliminator style contests. On the same card will be the Welterweight clash between Yuki Beppu (18-0-1, 18) [別府優樹] and Yuki Nagano (14-2, 11) [永野祐樹], in what we are expecting to be a very explosive and exciting encounter between two fighters with very solid power at this level.
A week later, October 28th, we'll get the Lightweight bout, which will see Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] face off with Tatsuya Yanagi (15-5-1, 6) [柳達也]. This bout will take place in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture, which should favour Sumiyoshi but given the styles of the two men this has the potential to be very exciting.
On November 7th we'll get the Middleweight bout as former champion Hikaru Nishida (17-9-1, 8) [西田光] takes on Shuji Kato (9-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], with this bout taking place at the Korakuen Hall.
The only bout with out a set date so far is the Bantamweight bout. Despite no set date we do know that Hayato Kimura (27-10, 18) [木村隼人] facing off with Seizo Kono (19-10-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what is a bit of an under-whelming contest given some of the Japanese domestic talent in the division. This bout is expected to have it's date and venue announced in the coming weeks.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans had the chance to see an interesting card at the Korakuen Hall. The card had a number of well matches bouts and a number of notable fighters in action.
The chief support bout saw Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (8-0, 4) [正木 脩也] destroy a Thai foe in 3 rounds, with the Thai being dropped in round 2, and round 3 of a pretty fun supporting bout. The Thai was saved by the towel, during the count from the second knock down, but he did give a very credible effort.
In a minor upset Yuki Iriguchi (9-1-1, 4) [入口 裕貴] took a split decision win over the in form Ryohei Takahashi (11-3-1, 3) [高橋 竜平] , who had taken the unbeaten records of Wataru Takeda and Kazuki Tanaka in his last 2 bouts. Takahashi had come into the bout as the #12 ranked Japanese Bantamweight, and he looked to defend that ranking, but could never get on top of his man in a real nip-and-tuck back and forth contest. Although Iriguchi took the win the scores of 77-75 could have gone either way on a really good fight.
In a battle of Japanese ranked Lightweights fans saw Tatsuya Yanagi (13-5-1, 4) [柳 達也] take a unanimous decision win against former title challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-8-1, 6) [野口 将志]. The bout saw Yanagi have a really solid start, before Noguchi settled, and by then the 27 year Noguchi was too far behidn to get back into the bout, despite some solid rounds. Sadly for Noguchi this is a third straight loss and it's hard to see how he will bounce back. As for Yanagai this was a second good win in a row, following an upset against Ryusei Nakajima, and it seems his once promising career is slowly getting back on track following a number of setbacks over the last few years.
One other bout of note saw Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Ryuta Otsuka (16-10-3, 6) [大塚 隆太] fight to a draw with Ryuta Wakamatsu (10-12-1, 7) [若松 竜太] in a really well matched and competitive contest.
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It's fair to say that Thai teenager Campee Phayon (10-2, 6) [คัมภีร์ สิงห์วังชา] hasn't had his best year in the ring, losing his unbeaten record in May to Li Quan Lin in Hong Kong and then suffering a stoppage loss in June to Xiang Xiang Sun, in Nanning. Today however he put those defeats behind him, upsetting the heavy handed Yoshimichi Matsumoto (10-2, 8) [松本 芳道] in Tokyo.
Coming in to the bout Matsumoto had been favoured. He had been a a solid fighter in K1 before turning to boxing in 2013, and despite a loss in his 5th bout he was coming along well, with 6 straight wins. That winning run and former K1 experienced failed to help however with the Thai landing at will and rocking the Japanese fighter through out.
Although Campee had lost his previous two bouts outside of Thailand he looked dominant here, with Matsumoto struggling to win a round and the scorecards showed just how one sided it was with Campee winning courtesy of cards of 98-91, twice, and 97-91. No matter what Matsumoto tried it failed and he was countered so often that he was giving Campee target practice at times.
For the Japanese fighter this could be the end of his combat career. He's 34 and took a bit of a hiding here. For Campee however the win is one that gets his career back on track following his two losses earlier in the year.
The bout, which took place on the under-card of Satoshi Hosono's bout with Jonathan Victor Barros, followed a majority decision win for Matsumoto's stablemate Seiichi Okada (19-6-1, 11) [岡田 誠一]. With the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion ending a 3 fight unbeaten run courtesy of a victory over Tatsuya Yanagi (11-5-1, 4) [柳 達也], giving Yanagai his 5th loss in 7 bouts.
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