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.
It's fair to say that Japanese youngster Yuichiro Kasuya (10-2-1, 2) [粕谷雄一郎] had a 2017 to forget, losing his two bouts from the year and coming into 2018 with a 0-2-1 record in his previous 3 bouts. It was a run that could have derailed his career, and broke his confidence at such a young age.
Today Kasuya proved that he was still a hungry fighter as he returned to the ring to begin 2018, and he made a quick and impressive cameo, as he blew away Katika Saithonggym (0-3) in just 88 seconds.
The 21 year old Japanese fighter was under pressure early on but used his feet well to counter the preassure and landed a brutal right hand, which dropped the Thai hard. To his credit the visitor got up, but was wobbly on his feet, and forced the referee to stop the contest.
After the bout Kasuya showed his ambition by stating he wanted to raise up the rankings this year, and get a chance to avenge his second loss, which came in a Japanese Youth title fight. It was clearly a mismatch, but a much needed confidence booster for Kasuya.
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