On August 24th Dangan will be putting on Dangan 215, a show that really is a great one on paper for fans able to attend at the Korakuen Hall. Thankfully you won't need to be in Tokyo to watch the card live with Dangan's online service "Boxingraise" confirming they would be streaming the entire show live as part of their monthly subscription service.
The card's big selling point is the double title aspect of the card, with two Japanese title fights.
One of those will see youngster Riku Kano (13-3-1, 7) [加納 陸] challenge Japanese Minimumweight champion Shin Ono (22-9-3, 5) [小野 心]. For Ono the bout will service as his first defense, following his title winning effort against Ryoki Hirai earlier in the year whilst Kano will be getting his first Japanese title shot, though has previously won an interim OPBF title and a WBA Asia title. The winner of this will be seen as a potential world title challenger towards the end of the year, whilst the loser really will have a long way to climb back if they are to be considered a contender.
The other title bout will be for the Japanese interim Light Middleweight title, as Ryosuke Maruki (15-5-1, 10) [丸木 凌介] and Akinori Watanabe (36-7, 30) [渡部あきのり] meet in what could be an explosive and action packed contest. For Maruki the bout will be his third shot at the title, after having come up short against Yuki Nonaka and Nobuyuki Shindo, both in close contests, whilst Watanabe will be looking to add to his collection of career titles which saw him claim a number of belts at Welterweight.
Other bouts of note on this card will see Kenshin Oshima (3-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] taking on Joe Tanooka (15-4-4, 1) [田之岡条], in what is a fantastic match up, and a bout featuring the in form Kyosuke Sawada (11-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] taking on former Japanese title challenger Yosuke Fujihara (17-5, 4) [藤原陽介].
Although fight fans will need access to boxingraise it is a fantastic show for subscribers, and well worth the attention for those tempted to try the service.
Yesterday we reported that Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] had vacated the Japanese Lightweight title in pursuit the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. When we did that report we did wonder where that left Shuhei Tsuchiya (21-4, 17) [土屋 修平] but it appears that the JBC #1 ranked Lightweight knew exactly where he was and today, just 24 hours after Arakawa's announcement, we saw an announcement of Tsuchiya's bout.
The announcement was that Tscuhiya would be returning to the ring on December 19th, as the headline bout of a Dangan 172, and would be facing JBC #2 ranked Lightweight Masashi Noguchi (12-5-1, 6) [野口 将志] for the vacant title. The bout isn't the most mouth watering but given that it's just 5 weeks away it's not a bad bout and could potentially be a very fun contest.
The bout came along with other announcements from the card which will feature an intriguing match up between JBC #4 ranked Super Bantamweight Yosuke Fujihara (16-4, 4) [藤原 陽介] and the #5 ranked Daisuke Watanabe (4-2, 3) [渡部 大介] as well as a huge step up in class for Tsubasa Koura (8-0, 5) [小浦 翼] as he takes on former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-2, 7) and a bout between OPBF ranked Bantamweight Tenta Kiyose (10-2-1, 3) [清瀬 天太] and JBC ranked Super Flyweight Ryuta Otsuka (16-9-2, 6) [大塚 隆太].
As with all the numbered Dangan cards this show will be included on boxingraise and looks to be another intriguing pre-Christmas card for Japanese fans, who have one amazing festive period to look forward to!
Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had a thriller as domestic Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] retained his title with a clear, but exciting, win over mandatory challenger Yosuke Fujihara (16-4, 4) [藤原 陽介].
From the off the bout was fought in a great atmosphere, with both fighters bringing very vociferous fan bases. The opening round saw Fujihara's fans being the nosier of the two with their man giving a great account of himself and landing a number of solid power shots, that intensified the noises from his supporters. In the second round it was Ishimoto's backers who were louder with the champion scoring a flash knockdown very early in the round.
The knockdown could easily have dented Fujihara's desire, but instead he tried to turn the fight into a war and through out it seemed like he was the man with the more potent fire power. Unfortunately that power was something that didn't have the skills to make the most of as Ishimoto managed to out land him and bag the rounds.
After 5 rounds the champion was was in a comfortable 49-45 lead, but Fujihara was still in the fight and the champion knew it.
Rather than letting Fujihara get a foot hold Ishimoto came out aggressive in round 6 and 7, but both men were left with cuts, with each cut from punching and each cut from what looked to be an accidental headclash. None of the cuts were deemed so bad as to need the bout to be stopped, but both men were taken to the doctor, who wiped the blood away.
Despite the cuts both men still seemed to have plenty of fight left, and round 8 saw both have success. Sadly for Fujihara he was punished the following round, with Ishimoto hammering a tired looking challenger, and scoring a second knockdown. It furthered strengthened the champion's grip on the bout and although Fujihara tried to fight back he was looking like a man who was all in.
The final round was one of the more quiet, Ishimoto began fast but seemed happy to ease off knowing that he had made his point and secured his first defense of the title, that he won late last year in his third attempt.
Following the bout a happy Ishimoto stated that he was wanting to get a world title fight. It seems unlikely that he'll get one, but with his WBO ranking there is certainly a chance. For Fujihara this was too much of a step up, but given the way he fought it seems likely he will be able to bounce back, and could well end up claiming the title in the future.
Tomorrow Japanese fans who subscribe to the G+ channel get the chance to watch a Japanese title double header. One of those bouts is a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout between reigning champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (27-8, 7) [石本 康隆] and mandatory challenger Yosuke Fujihara (16-3, 4) [藤原 陽介], who is fighting in his most significant bout to date.
Today those two men weighed in for their bout with both men making weight on their first attempt.
On the scales Ishimoto was just inside the limit, coming in at 121.92lbs, or 55.3KG's and although not looking shredded he did appear in great shape. Unsurprisingly the champion was confident and seemed to suggest that he was still aiming at getting a world title fight, though at 34 he will know that a loss here will derail that goal.
The challenger was notably lighter at weighing 121.48lbs, or 55.1KG's though looked in great shape and didn't really appear to be the smaller man, despite having fought much of his career at Super Flyweight.
For those interested in watching, this will be televised between 17:45 and 22:00.
Yasutaka Ishimoto battles Yosuke Fujihara in first defense
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
The next few days are busy for Japanese fight fans with a lot of TV action over the next couple of days. Whilst several of the broadcasts are on tape delay one is a live broadcast.
The televised action begins on Friday, at 22:00 local time, and is a tape delay broadcast of the recent Osaka Teiken show. We won't include spoilers, but the broadcast is expected to feature at least 3 bouts. Those bouts are Juiki Tatsuyoshi (3-0, 2) Vs Kazuki Sanpei (3-3, 1), who fought in a 4 rounder, Sho Nakazawa (8-0, 4) facing Teiru Atsumi (9-1, 3), in an 8 round bout, and Tatsuya Ikemizu (13-1, 6) Vs Jonas Sultan (9-3, 5), in another 8 rounder.
That card will be shown on G+ and will run from 22:00 to 24:00
Around 2 hours after the G+ broadcast finishes fans will be able to turn over to Fuji TV to see the recent Phoenix Battle show. The main fight being broadcast here will be the Japanese Featherweight title fight between Satoshi Hosono (30-2-1, 20) and Rikiya Fukuhara (31-8-1, 23). As well as the title fight we also expect to see footage from Koki Inoue's (1-0, 1) bout with Sultan Sithprakaifah (0-0).
The Fuji TV broadcast is set to run from 26:15 to 27:15 (or 2:15am to 3:15am on Saturday morning).
On Saturday attention turns back to G+ who will re-run the Osaka Teiken show from 13:15 to 17:45, we understand that the show will be run back-to-back though it's not completely sure.
Following the Osaka Teiken card we then get the live action, which will run from 17:45 to 22:00.
The live broadcast is set to feature 6 bouts in total, with the main bouts being the Japanese Super Featherweight title bout, between Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14) and mandatory challenger Satoru Sugita (11-2-1, 7) and the Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight between Yasutaka Ishimoto (27-8, 7) and Yosuke Fujihara (16-3, 4). These bouts are both part of the Champion Carnival and are both mandatory title fights.
For fans unable to watch the live card it will be replayed on April 9th between 12:30 and 17:45, also on G+.
All times given here are local times for Tokyo, and for international fans the times will need to be adjusted.
Note-All records are pre-fight records.
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