Earlier this month we saw a press conference to announce that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] would be in action on September 13th as part of an A-Sign card. Ito's bout was announced as the main event of the with a great a supporting bout between Reiya Abe (19-2-1, 9) [阿部 麗也] and Ryo Sagawa (7-1, 4) [佐川遼] for the Japanese Featherweight title also confirmed for the show.
Other than those two bouts there was very little known about the show, though today it appears that changed with two bouts being announced by the A-sign blog.
The less interesting of the two, if we can say that, is a Japanese title eliminator at 122lbs between former champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] and the always entertaining Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔]. Despite being the "lesser" of the two bouts announced today this should be a really good bout between two men who enjoy a tear up, lack a little but of thunder on their punches, but set aggressive work rate and look to make wars.
For Tamura the bout will be his first since losing the belt in his second bout with Yusaku Kuga, in what was one of the best Japanese bouts of 2019. Tamura, who is promoted by Hajime No Ippo creator George Morikawa, will be looking to end his year on a high after winning, and losing, the Japanese title this year. For Furuhashi on the other hand the bout will see him looking to earn his third shot at the title, following a draw with Yukinori Oguni in 2014 and a TKO10 loss to Yasutaka Ishimoto in 2016.
Earlier this months Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] was forced to pull out of a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout against Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人], in what was really unfortunate news and scuppered what had looked like a genuinely amazing bout. Thankfully things have fallen into place for Shiba to now be matched with Shisui Kawabata (2-0, 2) [川端嗣穂], in an excellent match up, even if we did prefer the Sato one.
For both Shiba and Kawabata this is a huge risk, especially this early in their careers, but for the two former amateur standouts this is a fantastic fight to put one on the fast track, and to allow the other a chance to gather themselves and build going forward. Neither man can be written off with a loss this earlier, especially not to the other guy, and this is the sort of amazing match up the Youth titles can give us, and further shows how Japan is so much different to many countries in terms of how they bring young fighters through. We would never see two notable young amateurs with the pedigree these two have facing off this early in their careers.
We're expecting Ito's opponent to be announced in the coming weeks and whilst we don't expect someone too tough it's still going to be great to see Ito back in action in Tokyo, and we expect he will get a really warm welcome back at Korakuen Hall in his first bout since losing the WBO world title to Jamel Herring.
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Earlier today Kaoebi revealed that exciting youngster Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] has unfortunately had to pull out of his July 27th Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout against Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人], following an injury in training.
Kadoebi, who promote the all action Sato, didn't go into to too much detail about the injury but revealed that they are looking to postpone the bout, rather than totally cancel it, leaving the door open for a rescheduling of the fight down the line. They also apologised to Shiba, the RK Boxing family, who promote Shiba and the fans.
The bout was scheduled to be 1 of 4 title bouts on a stacked late July Dangan card, and whilst the injury is certainly a disappointing one for Sato, and for fans looking forward to the bout, the card is still a really strong one with 3 title bouts remaining. They will see Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] defending against mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the super fast rising Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] facing Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) in a bout for the in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
On paper the Sato Vs Shiba clash looked like it was going to be something special, so we've got our fingers crossed that the bout will be rescheduled later in the year, though there is nothing official at the time of writing.
Earlier this morning it was confirmed that Japanese super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] would be fighting for a title in his next bout, with that bout now set to take place in July!
The news that broke just a few minutes ago is that Shigeoka will battle against Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) in a bout for the in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title, giving Shigeoka a chance to claim a title in his 4th pro-bout and take a huge step towards a potential world title bout.
The talented Shigeoka, who went 56-1 (17) in the amateurs, has been eyed as the next fighter on the long conveyor belt of talent that Japan is turning out and the fact he's fighting for a title so early in his career really does show the belief the Watanabe Gym have in him.
Despite still being a novice Shigeoka impressed against Filipino Joel Lino last time out and it appears that that performance, as well as performances in the gym and his amateur pedigree, have convinced the Watanabe gym to get him this shot. If he wins he would go on to set the record for the least time for a Japanese male to win a title, 10 months and 2 days from debut, and tie the Japanese record for fewest fights to win a title, tying the record jointly held by Joichiro Tatsuyoshi who won a Japanese title in his 4th bout, Naoya Inoue, also Japanese title, and Kosei Tanaka, who won the OPBF title in his fourth bout.
Whilst the focus is clearly on Shigeoka this match isn't a foregone conclusion and Azarcon is a talented 24 year old who lost early in his career but has battled back well. He suffered his second loss last year, losing to Rene Mark Cuarto, and fought to a draw in February with Garry Rojo.
This will be Azarcon's first bout outside of the Philippines and a win would put him on the map, though he, obviously, enters as the under-dog.
This bout will take place on July 27th at the Korakuen Hall on Dangan 226, which has now become a quadruple header. The other bouts of note on this show will see OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] defending against mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], and a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, between Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] and Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛].
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Yesterday we reported two bouts set for Dangan 226.on July 27th, today we can talk about a third,and a bout that looks likely to be the show's main event.
The bout in question will see OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], in what looks like a tough by clearly winnable defense for the champion.
The champion won the title last June, when he narrowly over-come Carlo Magali with a 12 round split decision. Since then he has defended the belt twice, taking a draw against Japanese champion Masaru Sueyoshi and a clear decision against Takuya Watanabe, to move towards a future world title fight. He's still some way from a shot at the top, but is on the rise and with just 8 professional bouts to his name his rise has been a very quick one, and one that seems likely to not slow down any time soon.
Takenaka on the other hand is best known for his OPBF reign 4lbs south. He's a technical boxer-puncher with under-rated skills, solid power and a good work rate, but at 126lbs his chin was generally his weakness, and he was stopped stopped by the likes of Ryol Li Lee, Hisashi Amagasa and Sah Myung Noh As the OPBF champion he won the belt in August 2015, stopping Vinvin Rufino, and made 3 defenses before losing the belt to Noh in 207. Since then he has gone 2-1, with a notable loss last time our, in China to Ukrainian teenager Heorhii Lashko, in an IBF Silk Road tournament bout.
For Takenaka another loss, especially in the wake of the one to Lashko, would spell the end of his career whilst a win would be a career saver. For Mishiro a win takes him one more step towards a potential world title fight, and would be another solid defense of his title.
As mentioned this is the third bout of note to be confirmed for the show. This announcement follows announcements of a Japanese Bantamweight title bout, between Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] and mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], and a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, between Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] and Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛].
We've known for a while that we would be seeing a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout later in the year between Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] and Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛], who both won qualifying bouts to set up their contest. Today we finally saw the date of that bout being announced, with Dangan revealing it would be on Dangan 226 on July 27th.
For those who haven't seen the youngsters in action the two men have highly contracting styles, which should gel.
Shiba is a technically boxer-puncher, with solid snap on his shots, whilst Sato is an all out offensive machine, mowing opponents down with intense pressure. So we'd expect to see Sato look to force his will and Shiba attempt to gain his respect, in what should be an amazing clash.
This bout has been named as one of the main supporting bouts for the previously reported Japanese Bantamweight title fight between defending champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] and mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], more about that here Saito and Suzuki to battle for title on July 27th!, making this already look like a fantastic double header for fans in Tokyo, and those who subscribe to Boxing Raise.
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