Earlier today in Osaka, at the EDION Arena Osaka, fight fans had the chance to cheer on world ranked Light Flyweight Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], as he competed in a stay buy fight against Indonesian journeyman Stevanus Nana Bau (9-11-2, 2).
The bout was Hisada's first since November, when he defended the Japanese national Light Flyweight title against Akihiro Toya, and he did show a willingness to get some rounds under-his belt as he put some pressure on Bau without immediately going for the kill. Bau, to his credit, looked to try and land big shots when he could, but he struggled with accuracy and composure against the talented Japanese fighter.
In round 5 Hisada picked up his pace and landed a solid left hand to the body in the dying seconds of the round. It was a clean a shot that dropped Bau, who stayed down and was counted out an official time of 3:01 of round 5.
At the moment it's unclear when Hisada will return, but he is world ranked by all 4 world title bodies and is expected to get a world title fight before the end of 2019.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
According to the reliable "thegondol.com" we could be in for a couple of notable Japan Vs Puerto Rico bouts in the coming months.
Earlier in the week the site reported that a potential WBO Light Flyweight title bout between Angel Acosta (19-1, 19) and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] could be in the works for later in the year. The latest WBO rankings has seen Hisada climb up the rankings to the point where he could be lying in wait as Acosta's next challenger, if both win their up coming bouts.
Acosta will be defending his title at the end of this month against Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez (35-8, 19), in what will be his third defense. On April 20th Hisada will be facing Stevanus Nana Bau (9-10-2, 2), in what is expected to be little more than a stay busy bout for the Japanese fighter. If both win they could clash in late summer.
The other bout mentioned TheGondol, is a proposed WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator. This match up, if it's signed, would see Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] take on Jeyvier Cintron (9-0, 4), if Cintron gets past Eliecer Quezada later this week.
The Gondol have a quote from Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing, stating that "And Jeyvier must fight with a stablemate from Ito and promoter Akihiro Honda, Koki Eto."* And it seems like the bout could take place on May 25th as part of a card headlined by WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]. The winner of this would then face the winner of the proposed world title fight between Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) and Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔], who are expected to fight for the vacant WBO title around June.
*Note-Although Rivera stated Ito and Eto are part of the Honda's stable, that's not totally true, with Honda acting more as an agent for international bouts involving Japanese fighters. Eto is currently a Gushiken gym fighter whilst Ito fights out of the little known Banryu Boxing Gym and neither are from the Teiken gym that Honda leads.
Earlier this month world ranked Light Flyweight Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] announced that he would be taking part in a public exhibition with Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] on April 20th as part of the next Fight Beat Boxing show. That has now been cancelled, likely due to Konishi having reportedly secured himself a world title fight.
Instead of having an exhibition Hisada has now announced that he will be in a live fight on the card, taking on Stevanus Nana Bau (9-10-2, 2) in what looks to be a stay busy fight.
Hisada had made it known that he was eyeing a world title fight for the summer, and this looks to be little more than a tick over contest for him, rather than staying out of the ring any longer than he needs to. But is also kills any chance of him getting a shot in May.
The bout has been put together on relatively short notice, suggesting plans have changed in the last few days, but it's a disappointing change given that Hisada has been linked to a world title fight all year. In many ways his failure to secure a big shot could be down to the fact his promoter simply doesn't have the financial backing to secure the big bout, especially not at home.
Earlier today sources in Nicaragua, namely Carlos A. Montealto of elnuevodiario.com, and Carlos Costa of Boxingscene, reported that a deal has been signed and sealed for the long awaited IBF Light Flyweight title fight, pitting hard hitting champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30) against Japan's Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥].
The bout had long been linked to a late April date, though it's now been reported that the bout will instead take place the following month, with a May 19th date set for the fight.
As previously rumoured the bout will take place in Japan, in Kobe, Hyogo, which is where Konishi lives and his promoter Shinsei have their gym.
For Konishi this will be his second world title bout, following a close loss last year to heavy handed Venezuelan, whilst Alvarado will be making his first defense of the title he won last year, when he stopped Randy Petalcorin in the Philippines. This will also be Alvarado's second bout in Japan following a loss in 2013 ago to Kazuto Ioka.
Interestingly the bout is reportedly going to be shown on WOWOW in Japan. If it is indeed on the premium channel, it would be the first world title bout taking place in Japan to be shown on WOWOW in several years, we believe since the 2014 WOWOW Touch! event. That might not seem big news internationally, but could that WOWOW, and their Excite Fight series of shows, may begin to pick up more fights in the future.
Also it's interesting to think that WOWOW probably wouldn't be wanting to air this show unless there was more to it, with suggestions from Japan that the card may be a double header. It's worth noting that Konishi is advertised to be taking part in an exhibition with Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] in April, and there is a chance that Hisada may be in a world title fight on the same show, with him long being linked to a world title fight of his own this year. Though that is just speculation for the time being.
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