Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title title bout, as Japanese pro-novice Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] takes on former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21).
The bout is a huge step up in class for Murachi, who fights in his first title fight, whilst Saludar can't afford another loss if he's to ever reach the heady heights once expected of him. In fact a loss for Saludar here would see him suffer a 4th loss in 15 bouts.
The Japanese fighter, who was the clearly taller man at the weigh in, was around 114.7lbs on the scales. He looked in good shape, but like a youngster who was perhaps still maturing into a man with a rather slim torso. Given the way he looked there's a good chance he will bulk up in the future and make a mark at higher weights down the line.
Saludar, who looked much more filled out, was around 114.4lbs and looked good on the scales. He seemed confident and looked like a man who had been in these types of fights before, after all he has fought at world level before and did take on Sho Kimura only a few fights ago.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be available live on subscription service Boxing Raise.
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In August Boxing Raise, sadly, under-delivered. For September however it looks like they are looking to make up for that a poor month with 9 cards in total being added to their service, including 4 that are going to be made free to none member and 5 that are members only, with 1 card being live.
The first of the cards will be the September 12th Victoriva 5 show, featuring 2 female world title fights. The service will then get 5 of the cards from from September 15th and 16th. On paper those cards aren't amazing, but 2 of them are Rookie of the Year cards, which will be available for free, another is headlined by Masanori Rikiishi (6-1, 4) [佐藤政法] battling Freddy Fonseca (27-3-1, 18) and another will be headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending against South Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민].
Those shows are expected to be posted through the month, despite all taking place in such a limited amount of time.
We get the one live card for the month on September 21st and it's a cracker. It will feature a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作] against Yosuke Fujihara (18-6, 5) [藤原陽介], a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title fight between Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] and former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21), and an excellent Japanese title eliminator between Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. This is a great card, and we're incredibly grateful for the fact it will be streamed live.
We then end the month with two more Rookie shows, that will be made free to view, likely in early October.
This is a great month to be a subscriber, and a great month even if your not, thanks to all the free content the service is making available!
Earlier this week we reported that Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] would be battling against Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21) on September 21st in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. We were really excited about that bout, and since then we've seen the card really really develop and it's now been revealed that that bout will be one of two title bouts on the card, with the other being confirmed today.
That other title bout will see Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作] defending his title against Yosuke Fujihara (18-6, 5) [藤原陽介], in what will be Kuga's first defense since reclaiming the title in May with a thrilling win over Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一].
The hard hitting Kuga made 2 defenses in his first reign, before losing the belt last year to Shingo Wake. He regained the belt with the win over Tamura, but the bout took a lot out of both men, and it's hard to complain about him having an easier defense here, to begin his second reign. Fujihara, who won the Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year way back in 2008, will be getting his second title shot, following a 2016 loss to Yasutaka Ishimoto. Sadly he has done little to deserve a second shot, going 2-2 since losing Ishimoto, though should prove to be the perfect foil for the hard hitting Kuga to shine against.
The Kuga Vs Fujihara bout was the third notable bout to be announced for card, after the Murachi Vs Saludar bout and the brilliant Japanese Minimumweight title eliminator between Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. We can now confirm the card will have 1 more notable bout, with unbeaten Afghan-Japanese Welterweight Kudura Kaneko (10-0, 7) [クドゥラ金子] taking on Moon Hyon Yun (18-7-3, 4) [尹文鉉] in a mouth watering 8 round clash between Japanese ranked Welterweights.
The card is expected to be featured on Boxing Raise and at the moment it really does look like a sensational card for subscribers to the Dangan streaming and video on demand service.
One thing that cannot be questioned right now is the ambition of young Japanese fighters, who have the likes of Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka announcing themselves on the global stage whilst still being proverbial boxing babies. The race to join them is something that seems to be on the mind of many young fighters right now, as we saw last week with Ginjiro Shigeoka claiming his first title just 10 months after his debut.
The next fighter looking to make a big statement early in their career is Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] who announced earlier today that he would be getting his first title fight in his next bout. Not only that, but he would be up against a former world title challenger!
The youngster announced on social media that on September 21st he would be up against once touted Filipino Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title!
The 22 year old Murachi, who only debuted in May 2018, had pegged as one to watch from his debut, though few would have expected this type of bout so soon in his career. So far he has looked excellent, but has only had 15 rounds of pro experience with 8 of them coming against Raymond Tabugon last time out. He was a touted amateur but we do wonder if he's prepared for someone like Saludar.
As previously mentioned Saludar was himself very highly regarded early in his career, with his first loss coming in a world title eliminator against McWilliams Arroyo. Since then Saludar has remained in and around the mix, but has lost his two notable bouts, losing a decision to Takuma Inoue and then being stopped by Sho Kimura in a WBO Flyweight world title bout.
For Saludar the bout is a chance to give his career one more shot in the arm, and potentially help revive his hopes of becoming the star many expected him to become. Another loss will likely be the end for him. For Murachi however this is a huge chance to make a massive statement on the Super Flyweight division.
Earlier today fight fans from around the world got the chance to see the latest card under the Desafio banner of shows, Desafio 8 thanks to a legal live stream on the excellent Boxing Raise service. The card, held at the FujisanMesse at the foot of Mount Fuji, wasn't the strongest card but did feature several bouts of note, with a top prospect and two former title challenged involved.
The first of the 3 bouts of note saw unbeaten prospect Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] take his first decision win, as he secured a wide 8 round victory over Filipino Raymond Tabugon (21-10-1, 11). The talented Murachi, who had fought a combined 7 rounds prior to today, looked sharp, composed and confident as he out boxed Tabugon, using his speed and combinations brilliantly to rack up the rounds. The most impressive thing from the Japanese youngster was his body though, and they really slowed Tabugon down in the later stages.
Although Murachi was unable to stop Tabugon this was a huge step up in class, and a very, very impressive performance for Murachi, who will find himself in the WBO Asia Pacific rankings when they are next up dated. It's worth noting that Murachi adds his name to 9 others that have beaten Tabugon, including Juan Hernandez Navarrete, Juan Francisco Estrada, Luis Nery and Andrew Moloney, not bad company at all for a man who only debuted a year ago! The scores for this were 80-72, twice, and 79-74 all in favour of the Japanese 22 year old.
A second bout of note on this show saw former Japanese Super Bantamweight Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔] score an 8th round TKO win over Yuta Horiike (15-7-3, 3) [堀池雄大]. This was a pretty fun fight, as most Furuhashi bouts are, but in the end the power and strength of Furuhashi proved to be too much, and he dropped Horiike in the final round. Although Horiike got to his feet a follow up attack forced the referee to to stop the contest, with just over half of the final round left.
The third and final bout of note saw former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Satoru Sugita (15-6-1, 10) [杉田聖] take a dominant victory over Daiki Ichikawa (11-6, 9) [市川大樹]. On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, but Sugita was too good, too sharp and too intelligent for Ichikawa. Sugita would bust Ichikawa's face up with clean shots, leaving him bloodies and swollen. It wasn't the facial damage that would cause the end but instead the bout was stopped following a knockdown down. Sugita dropped Ichikawa hard in round 5, and the referee quickly waved the bout off, giving Sugita the stoppage win, and earning him the the KO prize for the show.
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