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 (5-0-1, 5)
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.
Yesterday fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Welterweight puncher Yuki Beppu (18-0-1, 18) [別府 優樹] take part in a small cameo as he continued his pursuit of a Japanese title fight.
The unbeaten 27 year old was headlining a Dynamic Young Fight card and faced off with Thai visitor Phongsathon Sompol (8-4, 5). The Thai, who was making his Japanese debut, looked to come forward early on. This created opportunities for Beppu who boxed well beforre landing a brutal body shot that dropped the Thai for the 10 count.
Following the bout it was revealed that Beppu will now return to the ring on October 21st to fight in a Japanese title eliminator bout. His opponent for that bout is expected to be Yuki Nagano (14-2, 11) [永野祐樹], who is riding a 12 fight winning run coming into the bout. The winner of this will then become the mandatory challenger for the Japanese champion at the start of 2019, as part of the Champion Carnival.
Also on this card was a split decision win for Desierto Nagaike (11-3-2, 2) [長池拓], who narrowly over-came Masayuki Ichikawa (7-6-1, 2) [市川雅之]. This was a rematch of a bout from November 2015, which was also won by Nagaike, and was a really well fought and competitive match, just liek their first one.
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Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their monthly award winners for the month of May, with only two awards being won this month.
The MVP award was won by Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (23-6-3, 10) [細川バレンタイン] due to his brilliant stoppage victory over mandatory challenger Vladimir Baez back on May 7th. The win was Hosokawa's first defense of the title and showed, at the age of 37, there is still a lot left for him in the sport.
The other award winner was Yuki Nagano (14-2, 11) [永野 祐樹] following his May 30th win over Riku Nagahama, which came courtesy of a 5th round TKO. The win for Nagano saw him claim the Fighting Spirit award, and also move a huge step closer to getting a title fight, which may well come later this year.
Sadly there was no suitable fighters for the Newcomer award, which won't be award for May.
The two awarding winning fighters will be given their awards on July 9th at the upcoming "Slugfest" card, at the Korakuen Hall.
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Ealier today Japanese fight fans had a notable card at the Korakuen Hall. The main event ended in disappointment, but the under-card was certainly nottoo shabby.
The main under-card bout saw Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (7-0, 3) [正木 脩也] score the biggest win of his career, as he dominated veteran Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. Eto was dropped in round 4 and struggled to make any dent on Masaki in what was a very one sided contest. Following the bout there was speculation that Eto was likely to retire.
Another leading under-card bout saw Ryoji Fukunaga (9-2, 9) [福永 亮次] score a 7th round TKO over Yoshinobu Kakinaga (6-3, 2) [垣永 嘉信], in what was a really good, highly competitive technical contest.
Another notable under-card bout ended in bizarre fashion with Yuki Nagano (11-2, 8) [永野 祐樹] taking a very odd first round TKO against Yoshiyuki Suzuki (5-10-5, 1) [鈴木 義行
Lower down the card were wins for Super Flyweight prospects Hayate Kaji (7-0, 6) [梶 颯] and Haruaki Kamiya (6-0, 2) [神谷 治昭], who both stopped over-matched Thai's.
Someone else who impressed on the under-card was debutant Takashi Hiraiwa (1-0, 1) [平岩 貴志] make his debut and scored a 2nd round win over Yusuke Goto (1-1, 1) [後藤 祐介]. As for the show opener, that was probably the most competitive bout on the card and saw Koki Moiya (1-0-1) [三尾谷 昂希] take a narrow decision over Yukito Kurosaki (2-1, 1) [黒﨑 雪仁].
For those interested we have included the video of the Masaki Vs Eto bout below.
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