Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans had the chance to see a new Japanese Youth Flyweight champion being crowned, as Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-3, 3) [湊義生] battled for the second time.
The two youngster had originally clashed in 2017, with Shiraishi taking home the win en route to the 2017 Rookie of the Year. In 2018 Minato had gone on to win the Rookie of the Year leading an extra edge to today's bout.
Despite the rivalry between the two men, and the development both men had made since their first bout, this turned out to be much less competitive than expected, though was still highly intriguing.
Shiraishi took control early on, finding his rhythm behind his 1-2, and established himself in the opening round. Minato however struggled to find his way into the bout, finding it hard to avoid the straight punches of Shiraishi, and being tagged by hooks when he did get close.
Despite being behind early, and being outboxed, no one could suggest happily accepted defeat. Instead he was trying, and in round 4 he held his own, in a round that two of the judges scored 10-10. Minato tried to up the tempo against in round 5, but was thwarted by the clean punching of Shiraishi, who landed a solid body shot and took the play away from Minato before he could build any momentum of his own.
Minato's will to win saw him turn on the aggression even further in round 8, knowing he needed a KO to win. It was a great effort but far too little too late from Minato who knew he was a beaten man on the scorecards.
After 8 rounds all 3 judges had the bout scored 79-74 to Shiraishi, who becomes the third ever Japanese Youth Flyweight champion. Given today's performance there is good reason to believe he will go on to mix it for a senior title in the coming years. For Minato this is certainly not the end and we'll look forward to seeing how he bounces back from this losses.
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Tomorrow in Osaka City fight fans will see a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout pitting the unbeaten Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] against former foe Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生].
These two men previously faced off in in 2017, with Shiraishi taking a decision over Minato in a Rookie of the Year bout, with Tomita actually winning the Flyweight Rookie of the Year 3 months later, adding an extra edge to this fight.
Coincidentally Tomita would actually bounce back from the loss to Tomita, to win the Rookie of the Year himself, the following year.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the 112lb Flyweight limit.
On the scales Shiraishi, the taller of the two, was 111.7lbs and he stated he was going to focus on his boxing and that this was the best preparation that he's had for a bout. Minato on the other hand was a touch lighter, coming in around 111.5lbs for the contest. Minato stated that he had trained well and sounded like a man full of confidence, telling the press he would capture the title.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available, on delay, on Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today we were informed that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was planning to make his first defense of the title on September 16th at the 9th "Champ Fight" show from the Ioka Gym.
The champion, who won the belt in February, hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed though we have been told that the contest will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will headline the card, which will feature several other notable fighters from the Ioka Gym.
Among those other bouts set for the show is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生], in what looks like it could be a very interesting contest and one that's very hard to call. Shiraishi won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has added a couple of knockout wins over international opponents since then. Minato on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year last year, but was stopped by Seigo Yuri Akui back in April.
There will also be a very interesting Japanese Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁] and Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀], in what could be a very explosive encounter. This will be Adachi's first bout since losing to Kudura Kaneko in May, whilst Hamashima will be looking to bounce back from back to back losses. The loser of this match up really will have a long climb back to have any bouts of significance.
Also on this show, though yet to have their opponents announced, are Tetsuya Terada (7-5-2,1) [寺田達弥] and Japanese based French born fighter Keny Guy Mutshe (1-0, 1)
Earlier today in Okayama fight fans saw local hopeful Seigo Yuri Akui (13-2-1, 9) [阿久井政悟] put on a short but thrilling performance, taking out Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生] inside the opening round.
The bout started fast, and never slowed down, with both men looking to take the other out straight off. The high octane start suited Akui, who is the bigger puncher and the man more suited to that type of fight.
Despite being more suited to a high tempo war Akui was actually dropped early on, though recovered brilliantly and hurt Minato as the two continued to trade after the bout resumed, dropping Minato only moments later. Minato would recover to his feet but was quickly stopped by Akui, who scored a second knockdown and soon afterwards forced the referee to stop the contest, with Akui scoring 8th opening round stoppage.
The fight was hectic, lasting less than 3 minutes, but was brutally exciting, and had more action than most bouts have in significantly more time.
Also on this card was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout, between Tetsu Araki (14-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-1-3, 3) [高田篤志]. The bout saw the skilled Araki From the early stages it was clear that Araki was too sharp, and too technically good for Takada. The skills of Araki saw him landing with speed, then getting out of range, and continuing to do that through the 8 rounds, whilst never really being under any serious pressure. The only really tough time he had was when he stood in the pocket a little too long, and even then he seemed to be getting the better of it.
After 8 rounds there was no debating the winner, with Araki winning 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 to retain his title and make his first defense of the belt. For Takada this was his first loss, but will serve as a very clear learning experience for the 21 year old.
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.
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