The main event of "Crash Boxing 17" at the EDION Arena Osaka earlier today saw a title change, as Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] was stopped by mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹].
The bout looked like an intriguing shoot out on paper. Both were flawed, but big punchers in great form. Coming in Yada had won 6 in a row, including his title win last April over Toshio Arikawa and 2 successful defenses. Nagano on the other hand had been riding a 13 fight unbeaten run, which had included a triumph at the 2015 Rookie of the Year and recent wins over Riku Hagahama and Yuki Beppu.
Sadly it appeated that Nagano was in a class of his own early on. Yada pressed but struggle to be effective with his pressure, instead eating straight left hands and hard right hooks from the challenger, who soaked up the pressure brilliantly.
The power of Yada was expected to be a key factor, he had stopped 6 of his previous 7 an was seen as solid puncher at this level. Instead however it was Nagano's power that proved to be a different maker in round 3, when he dropped Yada with a straight left hand, just moments before the bell.
Yada recovered from the knockdown, and managed to have success in round 4, as he intensified his work, and got Nagano on the ropes. The local Osakan fans cheers on their man, but it was short lived success with Nagano getting back into his groove in round 5, despite being forced to take a huge left hook from the champion.
After 5 rounds the scores were split, with 2 judges having the bout 48-45 to the challenger, a score that seemed about right, whilst one judge some how had Yada in the lead, 47-46.
Yada, likely realising he wasn't totally out of it, came out with an increased pace in round 6, which continued into round 7. Sadly for the champion he was unable to avoid the straight left of Nagano which staggered him, and forced the referee to call a halt to the bout.
After the win Nagano revealed he didn't remember much about the bout, though Teiken representative Tsuyoshi Hamada spoke highly of Nagano's performance, and seems to see more growth in Nagano, who has now won 14 in a row.
Yada seemed unconvinced about where he was heading next, and we suspect he'll take something of a break before deciding on his next move. This is a big loss, but he has bounced back from losses before, and he could see this defeat as another learning experience, as his defeat to Jayar Inson in 2016 turned out to be.
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Tomorrow in Japan fans will be able to see Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] take on mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹] in his third defense of the title. Today the two men went to the scales to take part in their official weigh in and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales both men were comfortable under the limit, weighing in at an identical 146.1lbs, and both looked in great condition.
The winner of this does seem likely to have a number of challengers circling, with the likes of Yuki Beppu, Rikuto Adachi, Giraffe Kirin Kanda and Kudura Kaneko all wanting a shot at the belt, and all will be very interested in the winner of this title bout.
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Yesterday in Osaka the Green Tsuda gym held an event to talk about two upcoming Japanese title defenses.
The match ups in question were the Japanese Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] and mandatory challenger Yuta Matsuo (15-3-1, 8) [松尾雄太] and the Japanese Welterweight title bout, between hard hitting champion Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] and his mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹].
Okumoto and Yada, who are both from the Green Tsuda Gym, attended the event and spoke in front of 150 people at the event.
Yada, who was dressed in a pink suit and relied on his sense of humour at the event, revealed that he had been sparring Filipino southpaws to prepare for Nagano. Okumoto seemed more reserved in his comments, but stated that he was going to have a fun fight.
It was also stated by the gym chairman that the long term hope is to not only win these upcoming defenses, but also move towards increasing the gym's profile and moving towards world title bouts.
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Earlier today at the Tokyo Dome Hotel the media were able to attend the press conference to announce the 2019 Champion Carnival bouts, with 13 contests being officially announced.
As previously reported the Minimumweight bout will see defending champion Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心] defending his title against Norihito Tanaka (17-7, 9) [田中教仁] on January 12th at the Korakuen Hall.
The Light Flyweight bout, to fill the recent vacancy left by Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], will see Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] battle against Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達], with this bout set to take place on February 14th, also at the Korakuen Hall.
The Flyweight bout, like the Minimumweight bout, had already been announced and will see Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹] fight on February 2nd at the Korakuen Hall. This bout is to fill the vacancy left by Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], who like Hisada has stated he intends to fight for a world title in 2019.
The Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] will defend his title on April 21st in Osaka, and will see Okumoto battle against Yuta Matsuo (15-3-1, 8) [松尾雄太], in what will be Okumoto's second defense of the title.
The Bantamweight bout will be a unification bout as regular champion Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太], who has been suffering from illness recently, battling against recently crowned interim champion Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. There is no set date on this bout, but it's expected to take place in Tokyo, with the Korakuen Hall the most likely venue.
The Super Bantamweight title will have it's vacancy filled on January 12th, on the same show as the Ono Vs Tanaka card. Fighting for the title will be Mugicha Nakagawa (24-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] and Ryoichi Tamura (11-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former champion Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] who looks to be heading towards a world title fight, like Hisada and Kuroda.
Arguably the best match up for the Champion Carnival is the Featherweight bout, which will pit Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] against Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也], who will be battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐] in January before facing Minamoto on May 1st at the Korakuen Hall. This is, to us, the stand out bout of the Champion Carnival and is genuinely a mouth watering clash.
The Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] will take on Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳], in a rematch of the bout the two men had during the 2018 Champion Carnival. This contest will take place on May 4th at the Korakuen Hall and will see Osato looking to avenge his loss and Sueyoshi looking to repeat his win over Osato.
The unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] will be making his 4th defense of the Japanese Lightweight title, as he takes on the challenge of Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-3, 3) [アクセル住吉]. This bout is set to take place on April 11th at the Korakuen Hall.
Another bout that really whets the appetite is the Japanese Light Welterweight title bout. That contest will see champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] defending his belt on April 6th at the Korakuen Hall against Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上] in a mouth watering step up for the challenger.
We'll see attention turn to Osaka for the Welterweight title bout, as Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] defends his belt against Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹]. This bout is set to take place on April 21st, though the specific venue wasn't announced.
The Light Middleweight title bout will see Nobuyuki Shindo (20-4-2, 8) [新藤寛之] defending the title against Hironobu Matsunaga (14-1, 8) [松永 宏信] in what should be a thrilling contest between a very hungry challenger and an under-rated champion. These two will clash at the Korakuen Hall on May 1st, as a double header with the Minamoto Vs Abe bout.
On March 2nd we'll see Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] defending his belt against Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], in what will be Takesako's second defense. This will also be at the Korakuen Hall.
At the moment the full details of who will be showing what bouts is unclear, but we're glad to now have most of the matches set, with dates and venues.
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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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