The main event of today's show at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2-2, 12) [勅使河原 弘晶] successfully retain his title, winning in an exciting battle against the gutsy but over-powered Yuki Iriguchi (10-3-1, 4) [入口裕貴].
The fight started fast as both men looked to set a high pace from the opening moments. Defense was limited during the first stanza as both looked to force their will on the other. Things got worse for Iriguchi in the second round as Teshigawara began to find his range more and more often, using his jab to set up his pressure and left Iriguchi with a bloodied nose. The pace began to slow in round 3, as both looked to counter more often. After 4 rounds Teshigawara was leading on all 3 cards, with scores of 39-37, twice, and 40-36.
Teshigawara began to amp up the pressure in round 5, pushing Iriguchi back more and using his jab and left hook smartly. The clean, hurtful shots, were rare, but he was busting up Irigicuhi, who was beginning to show more and more damage as the rounds went on, despite a gallant fight back in round 7. Teshigawara began to go to the body more in round 8, and part way through the round and the referee finally saved Iriguchi who had shown bravery and guts but taken a lot of punishment through the bout.
Interestingly Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who was at the venue to be honoured as the Fight Spirit Award winner for January, seemed to be paying particular attention to this bout, and may well look to unify with Teshigawara, who was speaking about facing top domestic fighters after his win.
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Tomorrow fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title against fellow Japanese fighter Yuki Iriguchi (10-2-1, 4) [入口裕貴].
This morning the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the 122lb limit.
Teshigawara, who is ranked by 3 of the 4 world title bodies, spoke very confidently and seemed to be a man who knows he could be fighting for a world title by the end of the year, though has focused on Iriguchi.
Iriguchi was also confident, and will be looking to build on big career wins over Ryohei Takahashi, who recently fought for a world title, and Takafumi Nakajima. A win here would however be his biggest win, by far.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be televised on tape delay on Fuji TV this coming weekend.
Related - Teshigawara looks to defend OPBF crown against Iriguchi!
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Thursday next week Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the next Diamond Glove card. The show will be headlined by Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶], defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title against Yuki Iriguchi (10-2-1, 4) [入口裕貴], and will also feature Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] battling with Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達] for the Japanese Light Flyweight title.
Over the last day or so Fuji TV have revealed that the show will be aired the following weekend, on Saturday night/Sunday morning, as their next "Diamond Glove" broadcast.
As is typical for these Diamond Glove shows it will have a 1 hour time slot, beginning at 27:10 Saturday night, or 3:10 Sunday morning, meaning we'll likely only get TV edited highlights of the bouts unless they finish early.
Whilst we're not fans of delay footage, we are glad that this does have a scheduled air date, and is only a few days after the bouts take place.
Teshigawara looks to defend OPBF crown against Iriguchi!
Horikawa and Todaka battle for vacant Japanese crown!
This looks set to be the main event of the card and is a very attractive match up on a very good looking card!
Despite this news being broken by Dangan, it's been revealed the card will be a Diamond Glove show.
Fans in Osaka who were hoping to see a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title fight between Yuki Iriguchi (9-2-1, 4) [入口裕貴] and Matcha Nakagawa (12-1-1, 5) [武田航] on Saturday will sadly be disappointed to learn that that fight has been cancelled as Iriguchi has become the latest Japanese fighter to fail to make weight, following a growing trend. Unlike the recent bout between Daigo Higa and Cristofer Rosales this bout won't take place, and instead has been cancelled.
The talented 20 year old Iriguchi had fought his last few bouts, including a Japanese Youth title bout in December, at Super Bantamweight and hadn't actually fought at Bantamweight since a December 2016 win.
On the scales Iriguchi was originally 500g, just over 1lbs, over the Bantamweight limit. After 45 minutes he was still over the Bantamweight limit and his gym, the Kadoebi gym, cancelled the bout on the grounds of health, with the promotional team behind the show agreeing it was the right thing to do.
Sadly for the Kadoebi gym this is the second notable time one of their fighters has failed to make weight in recent weeks, with Coach Hiroto (13-2-2, 4) [小内義人] failing to make weight for a bout back in March.
As a result of this bout being cancelled Nakagawa, who was supposed to be defending the title, will be fighting in an exhibition with his older brother Mugicha Nakagawa (22-5-1, 13) [武田勇太], who is expected to return fight in mid May in the Philippines.
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