Earlier today the Ohashi Gym announced their next Phoenix Battle show, which we now know will take place on September 17th at Korakuen Hall.
The main event for the card was announced as a being a bout between the fast rising Taku Kuwahara (5-0, 4) [桑原拓] and world ranked Filipino Jonathan Refugio (21-6-5, 7), who is currently ranked #15 by the WBC at Minimumweight.
The talented Kuwahara, who has been dubbed "Ioka II", made his debut in May 2018 and and has been tipped for major success since announcing that he was heading to the professional ranks. In just his third bout he was fighting in 8 round bouts but this is a huge step up in class against a man who has over 230 rounds as a professional.
The 26 year old Refugio has been a professional since June 2010 and whilst he hasn't yet scored a world class win he has mixed with good company with losses to Wanheng Menayothin, Merlito Sabillo, Knockout CP Freshmart, Melvin Jerusalem and Hiroto Kyoguchi in recent years. He's no world beater, but a stoppage against him would be very, very impressive.
In the chief support we'll see Japanese ranked Super Featherweight Kazuma Sanpei (17-5, 7) [三瓶数馬] will take on Toru Kiyota (9-3, 7) [清田亨] in what should be a very competitive and interesting 8 round bout. Sanpei has the edge in experience and achievement but with 4 stoppages against him Kiyota will enter the bout with the belief that he has the power to stop his man.
Another good bout announced for this card will see JBC and WBO Asia Pacific ranked fighter Tsuyoshi Tameda (20-4-2, 18) [溜田剛士] take on Filipino Joe Tejones (13-6, 7), who fights in Japan for the third time, following losses to Hinata Maruta and Tenta Kiyose in previous Japanese bouts. Coming into this bout Tameda is riding high following a really good win over Tae Il Atsumi whilst Tejones recently took the unbeaten record of KJ Natuplag.
One other talented hopeful booked for this is Katsuya Yasuda (4-0, 2) [保田克也], though he is yet to have his opponent for the card announced. Given he took a step up in class in July, when he beat Jerry Castroverde, we would hope for another step up for the 27 year old, however it does seem more likely to be a tick over for the Lightweight hopeful.
Introducing... Taku Kuwahara
Introducing... Katsuya Yasuda
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Ohashi Gym put on a pretty interesting card with several notable names.
On paper the best match up on the show was a bout between hard hitting Japanese hopeful Tsuyoshi Tameda (20-4-2, 18) [溜田剛士] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (16-3, 8) [テイル渥美]. On paper this was an amazing match up, and many attending the show likely expected this to out-shine the main event, which featured Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue [浩樹井上].
Sadly it failed to be the competitive back and forth that we all wanted. Instead it was a demolition job from Tameda, who's power proved to be far too much for Atsumi.
Early on both men looked to establish their jabs but it wasn't long until the power of Tameda dropped Atsumi for the first knockdown of the fight, from a huge right hand. From then on it seemed like a case of "when" rather than "if" Tameda would win and Atsumi would be dropped for a second time before the end of the opening round. He made it out of the round but was dropped again at the start of the second round, with the referee saving Atsumi soon afterwards.
This didn't quite live up to the expectations we had, but was a thoroughly exciting affair, and the win is a massive one for Tameda, who has now scored back to back stoppage wins since being stopped last year by Hinata Maruta.
Sadly for Atsumi this loss will almost certainly end his hopes of getting a title fight before he takes part in compulsory military service for South Korea.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see a brilliant match up between hard hitting Japanese hopeful Tsuyoshi Tameda (19-4-2, 17) [溜田剛士] and Japanese based Korean fighter Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美]. On paper this looks set to be an excellent bout between two tough guys who can really fight.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for their bout and both men made the Featherweight limit for the contest, weighing in bang on the divisional limit for the bout.
At today's weight in Tameda stated that he thought Atsumi was a good young man and a good person, but seemed confident he had the skills to win, and to give fans a good contest. Atsumi on the other hand spoke about needing to win, as he has military service to do for South Korea before he turns 30, and at the age of 26 time is running out on his hopes to win a title.
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Over the last 24 hours or so we saw Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue (13-0, 10) [浩樹井上] reveal his first defense.
The unbeaten Ohashi gym fighter, the cousin of Naoya and Takuma Inoue, revealed he would be defending his title on July 1st at Korakuen Hall against Ryuji Ikeda (14-5-3, 9) [池田竜司]. The bout will see Inoue look to build on his impressive title win against Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] back in April and he has suggest that this will be a more exciting fight than that one, where he seemed happy to box and move.
For Ikeda this will be his first Japanese title fight, though he did fight for a regional title in 2017, losing to Darragh Foley in Australia. Although he enters as the #8 ranked Japanese challenger it should be noted that he hasn't really shined on the domestic stage, going 1-1-1 in his last 3 bouts in Japan.
The card has had a number of notable fighters pencilled in for it. These include former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (22-3, 20) [松本亮], Japanese Youth title holder Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ], the very highly regarded Taku Kuwahara (4-0, 3) [桑原拓], the exciting Tsuyoshi Tameda (19-4-2, 17) [溜田剛士] and unbeaten prospect Katsuya Yasuda (3-0, 2) [保田克也]. At the time of writing none of these fighters have had their opponents announced.
This past Sunday Tsuyoshi Tameda (19-4-2, 17) [溜田剛士] scored a 6th round TKO win over Filipino Renerio Arizala (13-9-3, 5). Sadly after that loss Arizala was taken to hospital and it was discovered that he had suffered acute subdural hematoma, according to multiple sources.
Thankfully Arizala was treated quickly, and has had a craniotomy at a hospital in Yokohama.
So far we've not had any updates on his condition, though we are wishing him the best.
This is a series, and often career ending, injury. It was the same type of injury that ended Ryuya Yamanaka's career in 2018 and we wouldn't be surprised if Arizala struggled to get a boxing license going forward. That's if he would even want to continue to fight, and made a recovery of some kind.
Are thoughts are with Renerio at this time.
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