Earlier this month we reported that Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] was moving up in weight to face off with Filipino Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title. As a result of this Teshigawara has vacated the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
Today we saw the news break that the new vacancy will be filled in January 2019, with Ben Mananquil (16-1-3, 4) battling against Tenta Kiyose (15-2-1, 7) [清瀬天太] for the belt on January 27th in Himeji, Hyogo.
Manaquil recently fought to a draw with Hinata Maruta and that draw seems to have helped him secure this bout. That bout was fought at Super Bantamweight but Mananquil has fought as low as Minimumweight, very early in his career, and his natural weight now is probably Bantamweight, which he has fought at regularly in recent years. That draw ended a 6 fight winning run for Mananquil, which included notable victories over Glenn Porras and Jess Rhey Waminal.
Coming into this bout Kiyose will be riding an 8 fight winning run, including wins over Joe Tejones, for the WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title, and former world champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai. He has rebuilt really well since a 2015 loss to Matcha Nakagawa and, like Mananquil, can seemingly fight at either 118lbs or 122lbs with no real issue.
Nothing else is known about this show, but this is a great bout, and we believe the first Japanese bout to be announced for 2019!
In Himeji earlier today fight fans had the chance to see Japanese youngster Tenta Kiyose (15-2-1, 7) [清瀬天太] take a huge step up in class to and battle against former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (68-2-1, 28) [โอเล่ห์ดง ศักดิ์เสมอชัย], who had been riding an impressive looking 33 fight unbeaten run going back to his WBC title loss to Kazuto Ioka more than 7 years ago.
Sadly for the former world champion today wasn't his day, and instead of looking like a former world champion in impressive form he looked like a struggle, out of shape bottom feeder, who had padded his record for years against inept and unqualified foes. In fact if we're being honest that's something the Thai has done since a 2013 win over Giovanni Escaner.
Kiyose looked sharp from the off and used his jab to the body well. Oleydong came forward behind a high guard and in round 3 had his best moment, landing a hard left hook. It seemed like it hurt the Japanese local, but Oleydong couldn't capitalise on the opportunity. Despite failing to make the most of the opening the Thai seemed to realise that he could hurt the Japanese fighter with his hook and tried to land them off the ropes in round 5, whilst Kiyose worked the body and began to take away Oleydong's legs.
Given that Oleydong had struggled to make weight at yesterday's weigh in it did seem as if Kiyose knew his man was only going to be dangerous early and he picked up the intensity of his body work as we went on. In round 7 body work took it's toll with the Thai breathing through his mouth and his movement being close to none existent. At the end of the round the Thai retired in his corner, know he was done, and wouldn't have have had much success in the remaining 3 rounds.
Notably this was the first time the 33 year old Oleydong had been scheduled in a bout beyond 6 rounds since March 2015, with his last 12 bouts all being scheduled for 6 rounds, and all being against very limited foes in Thailand. It seems like he really might be just a 6 rounder fighter now a days, and his performance today really showed that, with only very small glimpses of the fighter he once was.
Whilst it's terrible news for the Thai, who had entered the bout with WBA and WBO world rankings, it's a huge win for Kiyose, who has now won 8 in a row and could well find himself on the fringes of the world rankings. This win might not be the key tohim getting a world title fight, but will certainly move him closer to getting a regional title fight and there is a good chance he will add to his WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title in the near future.
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Tomorrow in Himeji fight fans will be able to see Japanese youngster Tenta Kiyose (14-2-1,6) [清瀬天太] take a huge step up in class to face off with former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (68-1-1, 28) [โอเล่ห์ดง ศักดิ์เสมอชัย]. Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men managed to make the 118lbs weight limit.
Things were each on the scales for Kiyose, who was under the limit and came in at 117.5lbs. That weight is significantly lighter than we saw Kiyose last time out, when he was 121.75lbs for his WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title bout with Joe Tejones. The weight is slightly lighter than his typical weight, with the 21 year old usually weighing in at 117.75lbs, but it is around what we'd expect of the youngster.
Surprisingly Oleydong was well over the limit on his first attempt. When he first jumped on the scales the Thai was 119.27lbs, though managed to lose the additional weight. At the weigh he looked fleshy and seemed unwilling to really stand and talk to the press there, with some suspicion that he's actually made a huge mistake making weight, something we hadn't expected from a fighter fighting in their 70th professional bout.
Interestingly, despite being the lighter man, Kiyose looked the naturally bigger man, and clearly has several inches of height advantage over the much more experienced Thai fighter.
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Earlier today it was announced that 21 year old Japanese hopeful Tenta Kiyose (14-2-1,6) [清瀬天太] would be returning to the ring on July 21st, to battle against former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (67-1-1, 28) [โอเล่ห์ดง ศักดิ์เสมอชัย] in a 10 round Bantamweight bout.
Of the two men it's Oleydong who is the more well known, by far. The Thai debuted back in 2002 and roose through the ranks quickly, winning the WBC Youth and WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight titles in his third professional bout. In 2007 he beat Omar Soto in a WBC world title eliminator and would then go on to beat Eagle Den Junlaphan for the WBC title a few months later. His reign as the WBC champion saw him record 6 world title defenses, including wins over Muhammad Rachman, Juan Palacios and Pornsawan Porpramook, twice. After compiling a 35-0-1 (13) record Oleydong would travel to Japan and take on a then 6-0 (4) Kazuto Ioka, who stopped the Thai in 5 rounds to claim his first professional title.
Since losing the WBC title Oelydong has gone 32-0, though has faced only a handful of fighters of any note, including Mark Anthony Geraldo, Jason Canoy, Hayato Kimura and Hiroyuki Kudaka, with his last win of note being the Kudaka win back in late 2012. It seemed like his team were going to be guiding him to a second world title fight but his career has seriously tailed off over the last 5 years.
Kiyose on the other hand debuted in 2013 and was the runner up in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year, losing to Matcha Nakagawa in the final. The loss to Nakagawa was Kiyose's second loss and saw his record slip to 7-2-1 (1), since then however he has impressed, going 7-0 (5) and scoring notable wins over Shun Ishibashi, Ryuta Otsuka and Joe Tejones, with the win over Tejones leading Kiyose to become the new WBC Youth Super Bantamweight champion.
This is a huge step up in class for Kiyose, and a chance to Oleydong to prove there is still life left in his 32 year old legs. The bout should be a really good one, with both men fancying their chances, and the winner will likely open the door to some pretty good fights down the line.
Yesterday we reported that Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] had vacated the Japanese Lightweight title in pursuit the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. When we did that report we did wonder where that left Shuhei Tsuchiya (21-4, 17) [土屋 修平] but it appears that the JBC #1 ranked Lightweight knew exactly where he was and today, just 24 hours after Arakawa's announcement, we saw an announcement of Tsuchiya's bout.
The announcement was that Tscuhiya would be returning to the ring on December 19th, as the headline bout of a Dangan 172, and would be facing JBC #2 ranked Lightweight Masashi Noguchi (12-5-1, 6) [野口 将志] for the vacant title. The bout isn't the most mouth watering but given that it's just 5 weeks away it's not a bad bout and could potentially be a very fun contest.
The bout came along with other announcements from the card which will feature an intriguing match up between JBC #4 ranked Super Bantamweight Yosuke Fujihara (16-4, 4) [藤原 陽介] and the #5 ranked Daisuke Watanabe (4-2, 3) [渡部 大介] as well as a huge step up in class for Tsubasa Koura (8-0, 5) [小浦 翼] as he takes on former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-2, 7) and a bout between OPBF ranked Bantamweight Tenta Kiyose (10-2-1, 3) [清瀬 天太] and JBC ranked Super Flyweight Ryuta Otsuka (16-9-2, 6) [大塚 隆太].
As with all the numbered Dangan cards this show will be included on boxingraise and looks to be another intriguing pre-Christmas card for Japanese fans, who have one amazing festive period to look forward to!
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