Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw hard hitting Japanese Welterweight Yuki Beppu (19-1-1, 18) [別府優樹] scored his first decision win, in what was his 21st professional bout.
The "Tyson of Kyushu" was up against Filipino foe Jason Egera (24-21-2, 11) who proved to have a tough head, as Beppu stated after the fight, and survived the 8 round distance with the talented Japanese fighter.
Although Egera survived, avoiding a 10th stoppage loss, he was never really close to picking up the winning, losing on all 3 cards, despite a courageous effort. Egera did pose questions to Beppu, but the younger, hard hitting Japanese fighter was always a bit too sharp and quick for the 34 year old visitor.
Following the bout Beppu revealed that he was wanting to rematch Yuki Nagano, who beat him last year, and it was also reported that his next bout is set for September 23rd Kurume. He also came across as a man unhappy with his performance, despite picking up the win here.
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Recently we were informed of an interesting Japanese card set for April 15th with several notable names involved on it.
The main event of the card will see former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (30-8-5, 21) [高橋竜也] take on hard hitting domestic foe Masayasu Nakamura (6-3-1, 6) [中村 誠康]. On paper this is a bit of a mismatch, given Takahashi's experience, but the veteran hasn't looked great in recent bouts, taking a narrow win over Gaku Aikawa and losing last year to Ikuro Sadatsune and Nakamura will know a win here will put him on the map domestically.
Hard hitting Welterweight Yuki Beppu (18-1-1, 18) [別府優樹] will be in the co-feature, looking to bounce back from his 2018 defeat to Yuki Nagano. He will be up against Filipino foe Jason Egera (24-20-2, 11), and will be seeking to bounce back from that defeat here.
Also on this show will be Japanese ranked Minimumweight Desierto Nagaike (11-4-2, 2) [長池拓] and promising Super Bantamweight prospect Tetsuya Watanabe (4-1, 3) [渡部哲也].
Earlier today in Fukuoka fans got the chance to see a Japanese title challenger decider bout at Welterweight. The match up saw local hopeful Yuki Beppu (18-1-1, 18) [別府優樹] face off with Teiken's Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹] to become the mandatory challenger at the 2019 Champion Carnival.
Beppu, dubbed the "Tyson of Kyushu", looked raw in the early going and in round 2 he was dropped from a straight left from Nagano, who had his confidence boosted by the knockdown. With his confidence high Nagano would press hard and look to get the crowd on side the following round.
In round 4 Beppu landed one of his best shots of the fight, a hard right hook to the mid section. Nagano was caught cleanly by the shot, but recovered quickly and found a home for his straight left hand as he re-established control of the contest. Beppu managed to strike hard again in round 5 as he began to come on strong but Nagano did well to stifle the heavy handed fighter, who had a good second half of the fight. In fact round 8 saw Nagano fighting smartly, using his legs to stay out of range and landing his jab to unsettle Beppu as he came forward looking to land bombs.
Having gone to the final bell the bout went to the judges, with all 3 judges scoring in favour Nagano, with scores of 76-75, 77-75 and 78-73.
With the win Nagano secures himself a title fight. As for Beppu this loss should act as a wake up call, and hopefully he will be given real match ups to develop his skills, rather than more mismatches, like many of his contests have been in recent years.
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Tomorrow in Fukuoka we'll see the Japanese title challenger decider bout at Welterweight, as Yuki Beppu (18-0-1, 18) [別府優樹] and Yuki Nagano (14-2, 11) [永野祐樹]. The two men will clash in what is essentially a Japanese title eliminator and will see the winner challenger for the belt in early 2019 as part of the Champion Carnival.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made weight easily, though looked like they belonged in very different divisions, with a clear height difference between the two men.
On the scales Beppu, the shorter man, was 145.9lbs. He looked strong and powerful, though very short for a Welterweight. He was excited about fighting against a top national fighter, something he's rarely done, and it's clear that he's looking forward to proving himself against a fighter like Nagano.
Surprisingly Nagano, who looked the much bigger man, was just 145.5lbs on the scales. He looked in great shape and seemed pretty confident that he would win and would become the next mandatory challenger for the Japanese title, currently held by Ryota Yada.
Related - Heavy handed Beppu and Nagano clash in eliminator!
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An important part of the Japanese boxing calendar is the Champion Carnival, which takes place in the first half of the year. The fighters who compete in the Champion Carnival are the national champions and the leading domestic contenders.
In August we a number of bouts to decide the top contenders being announced, with 6 such bouts being set for October 12, on a stacked card at the Korakuen Hall.
For those missed that report those bouts on October 12th will be:
Light Flyweight - Kenichi Horikawa (37-15-1, 11) [堀川 謙一] Vs Koji Itagaki (18-12-3, 7) [板垣幸司]
The Super Flyweight - Yuta Matsuo (14-3-1, 7) [松尾雄太] Vs Rey Orais (20-17-2, 5)
Super Bantamweight - Mugicha Nakagawa (23-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] Vs Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也].
Super Featherweight - Ken Osato (14-2-1, 4) [大里拳] Vs Satoru Sugita (14-5-1, 9) [杉田聖]
Light Welterweight - Koki Inoue (11-0, 10) [浩樹井上] Vs Marcus Smith (6-0-1, 6)
Light Middleweight Koshinmaru Saito (24-9-2, 13) [斉藤伸介] vs Hironobu Matsunaga (13-1, 7) [松永 宏信]
As well as the October 12th card we also, recently, saw the confirmation that the Flyweight bout would see Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] battle against Shun Kosaka (15-4, 4) [小坂駿], which that bout now set for October 6th as part of notable Japanese domestic card which is set to be televised on G+.
Today saw the rest of the bouts being announced.
On October 21st we'll have two of them take place in Fukuoka. One of those is the Minimumweight bout, which will see Takumi Sakae (19-2-1, 13) [榮拓海] take on Norihito Tanaka (16-7, 9) [田中教仁], in what could end up being one of the surprise contests from these eliminator style contests. On the same card will be the Welterweight clash between Yuki Beppu (18-0-1, 18) [別府優樹] and Yuki Nagano (14-2, 11) [永野祐樹], in what we are expecting to be a very explosive and exciting encounter between two fighters with very solid power at this level.
A week later, October 28th, we'll get the Lightweight bout, which will see Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] face off with Tatsuya Yanagi (15-5-1, 6) [柳達也]. This bout will take place in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture, which should favour Sumiyoshi but given the styles of the two men this has the potential to be very exciting.
On November 7th we'll get the Middleweight bout as former champion Hikaru Nishida (17-9-1, 8) [西田光] takes on Shuji Kato (9-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], with this bout taking place at the Korakuen Hall.
The only bout with out a set date so far is the Bantamweight bout. Despite no set date we do know that Hayato Kimura (27-10, 18) [木村隼人] facing off with Seizo Kono (19-10-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what is a bit of an under-whelming contest given some of the Japanese domestic talent in the division. This bout is expected to have it's date and venue announced in the coming weeks.
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