The Kadoebi Gym may not have had great performance from some of their most notable fighters today, but a trio of their prospects did shine picking up wins on their latest "Slugfest" card.
One of those was the very exciting Yuki Nakajima (2-0, 2) [中嶋憂輝], who scored a 4th round TKO win against Manop Audomphanawari (1-2, 1). The Thai had come to win, pressing Nakajima, letting his hands go and having some success in round 4 as Nakajima began to soak up the pressure. Sadly for him however when Nakajima turned things around he hurt the Thai and forced the referee to save the visitor.
Another who picked up a stoppage was the hard hitting Ryoji Fukunaga (11-4, 11) [福永亮次], who needed less than a round to take out Thai visitor Kittipong Jareonroy (3-3). This is pretty pretty given that Kittipong had gone 3 rounds with Teiru Kinoshita and saw the final bell, albeit in a very 1-sided bout, with Kenta Nakagawa. The ending came when Fukunaga dropped the Thai with a massive body shot and left him in absolute agony on the canvas.
The only prospect who didn't really shine was the talented Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎], who could only manage a narrow majority decision over Toru Kiyota (9-3, 7) [清田亨]. On paper Kasuya had the toughest task of the three Kadoebi hopefuls, but was still expected to win without too many problems, given how Ren Sasaki had stopped Kiyota back in 2017. Still getting the win was the key for Kasuya, who had fought only 3 rounds since the start of 2018.
Earlier today the Kadoebi Gym announced their next big show, "Slugfest 9", which will take place on May 8th at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the card will see former IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle in a 10 round bout. The bout will be Oguni's second contest since returning to the ring last year, with a win over Arega Yunian, having been out of the ring for almost 15 months following the loss to Ryosuke Iwasa in September 2017. His opponent hasn't been announced but we'd expect a big step up from Yunian.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round bout featuring former Japanese Flyweight and OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], who fights for the first time as a Kadoebi Gym fighter, and Hideyuki Watanabe (8-11-3, 6) [渡邉秀行]. This isn't just Kogawa's first bout as a Kadoebi fighter, but also only his second bout since the start of 2018. This should be a relatively safe bout for the veteran given that Watanabe has gone 0-5 since the start of 2015.
Another former Japanese champion confirmed for this card is Takenori Ohashi (16-5-2, 10) [大橋健典], who gets a tough assignment as he takes on Shun Wakabayashi (9-3, 2) [若林駿] in an 8 round bout. This will be Ohashi's second bout since he lost the Japanese Featherweight title to Taiki Minamoto last April, whilst Wakabayashi will be looking to score a 6th straight win, building on victories over Taichi Ueno and Xian Qian Wei.
Others now confirmed for this show include the hard hitting Ryoji Fukunaga (10-4, 10) [福永亮次], the talented Yuichiro Kasuya (11-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and very promising prospect Yuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋憂輝].
Earlier today Yuichiro Kasuya (11-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎], who hadn't been seen in a ring in over a year, return to action and did so successfully as he stopped Adisai Chantan (6-5, 2) in the second round of a scheduled 6 round bout.
The Japanese youngster, 22, had looked like a notable prospect in 2014, when he won the Super Featherweight Rookie of the Year. Sadly losses to Spicy Matsushita and Izuki Tomioka, as well as a draw with Masaski Sato, slowed his rise.
After scoring a quick blow out of a Thai foe in January 2018 Kasuya would be our of the ring for a while, and would transfer to the Kadoebi gym late last year. Today's bout was his first as a Kadoebi fighter and he shook some rust, forcing a stoppage in round 2, with Adisai being saved by the referee at 2:14 of the round.
Interestingly this bout was fought at Light Welterweight and Kasuya looked much bigger, physically, than he had in early bouts, suggesting that maybe is set to make a permanent move up in weight with his body maturing and developing into a 135lb or 140lb fighter.
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Earlier today the news broke that another notable fighter had transferred to the Kadoebi Gym, following Yuichiro Kasuya (10-2-1, 2) [粕谷雄一郎] and Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝], who both joined the gym in recent weeks.
The notable fighter in question is Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], who is a former 2-time world title challenger and has also held OPBF and JBC titles.
At the age of 33 Kogawa likely sees his career as having 1 more big run in it, though will know that a loss would likely spell the end of his hopes to be a world champion. Kogawa was last seen in the ring in July, narrowly earning a draw with Yusuke Sakashita, and it seems like he believes a change in environment and culture will be what he needs to have another run.
At his best he was an all action fighter, who has had great contests with the likes if Suguru Muranaka, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Masayuki Kuroda, Hiroyuki Kudaka and the legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. At the 33 years old and with his hard career behind him however it's unclear what he still has left to offer the sport.
Interestingly it's also been revealed that Kasuya will be fighting on January 31st, Tyson in April and Kogawa in either April or May.
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