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.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans got an absolute treat of a show thanks to several brilliant match ups. The card, shown on G+, won't get rave reviews in the West but we do tip our hats to the promoter for the quality of bouts and the excellent match making through the show.
The card had a number of excellent bouts on it, starting with a 6 round war between Rookie of the Year runner up Aso Ishiwaki (5-2-1, 3) [石脇麻生] and the hard hitting Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ]. On paper this wasn't going to be a bout that got many talking unless you followed the Japanese scene, but it was arguably the bout of the card, as both men gave their all. Saito started brilliantly, getting inside and working hard shots up close. It seemed like he would break Ishiwaki down, but instead he began to flag heavily in round 3 as Ishiwaki really began to take the fight to him, and it was Ishiwaki who seemed to do enough to deserve the win after out working Saito over the final 4 rounds. In the end however the judges had the bout a split draw, with scores of 58-56 to Iwshiwaki, 58-57 to Saito and 57-57. We really do need to wonder about the 58-57 card, which we can't come to any defense of, though 57-57 was fair enough, as Saito may have done just enough to edge round 5.
A second notable bout saw 2017 Rookie of the Year winner Hironori Shigeta (6-1-1, 3) [重田裕紀] take a clear decision win over the limited but game Mitsumasa Takahashi (9-6-1, 3) [高橋光政]. The once beaten Shigeta dropped his man in the opening round and put on a bit of a show case of ring control as he easily won the bout, though showed a few flaws that we expect fighters will take advantage of in the future. Although clearly too skilled, too fast and too smart for Takahashi, who constantly brought the pressure, Shigeta does seem like a very lead hand focused southpaw, and does waste movement. Though there is a real talent for his team mould. He won this one 60-54, 60-53 and 59-54.
In a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title eliminator, as Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] pressured and broke hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-4, 5) [富岡哲也]. Tomioka, who has never heard the final bell, was under pressure from the off and after being dropped in round 2 he really had no answer, and was saved by the referee as Sato went to work. Sato is an absolute nightmare to fight and looks like he will clearly be in the mix for titles well beyond youth level in the coming years. He will face the winner of the April 11th bout between Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] and Hizuki Saso (10-5-1, 3) [佐宗緋月].
The only bout that was actually poor saw Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] struggle to get going against Filipino Anthony Marcial (24-4-1, 22). This was a disappointing and messy affair, though it did end in very impressive fashion, with Aoqui landing a sensational left hand to knock out Marcial in round 5. It was a highlight to an other forgettable match up.
A second sensational finish came only a few minutes later when hard hitting Middleweight Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝] took out Thai visitor Chaiwat Mueanphong (4-4, 2) in the second round, with a brutal left hand. Tyson, who was fighting for the first time since joining the Kadoebi gym, impressed here and we're going to look forward to what he does next.
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