Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got their first chance to see Yuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋 憂輝], fight as a professional, as he took on 21 year old Thai Somphon Banyaem (3-2, 3).
Despite being a debutant the expectations were high for Nakajima following a notable amateur career which saw him go 52-21. Those skills he had from the amateurs were on show immediately with the youngster showing really crisp movement and sharp offense, with his jab being a thing of beauty.
The Thai, who looked naturally smaller, was often left swinging at the air thanks to Nakajima's movement and struggled to avoid the jabs heading his way.
In the final seconds of the opening round Somphon was dropped from a perfect left hook up top. The Thai got up and saw off the round but it was clear that he was out of his depth.
Nakajima continued to impress in round 2 as he started the round by patiently chipping away at the Thai with sharp jabs. Later in the round however he opened up, showing there was significantly more in his arsenal as he stopped the Thai. The visitor was put down hard from a gorgeous left hook to the body and stayed down in agony.
Despite this being a relatively straight forward debut it's clear that Kadoebi have a very gifted young fighter on their hands with Nakajima and his future is very bright. Sadly for Somphon he really didn't stand a chance against a very special young fighter.
On October 1st the Kadobei Houseki Boxing Gym will host their next card under the "Slugfest" banner, "Slugfest 6" at the Korakuen Hall. The main event of that card has been known for a while, and will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Takenori Ohashi (15-5-2, 10) [大橋健典] battle against once beaten teenager Ruito Saeki (7-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗].
Whilst the main event had been known about for weeks what wasn't so well known was the under-card, which had a number of talented Kadoebi prospects scheduled to fight on it, but none of them had their opponents. Thankfully that has changed and now we know a number of the match ups for the card. We have to admit that in some cases the bouts look underwhelming, but it's great to see prospects being active.
One of the prospects in action on the card will be the debuting Yuki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋 憂輝], the younger brother of Ohashi gym prospect Kazuki Nakajima (5-0, 4) [中嶋一輝]. The touted Nakajima, who went 52-21 in the amateurs, will be facing off with Thai 21 year old Somphon Banyaem (3-1, 3), who's only loss actually came in Japan to then debuting Takamori Kiyama back in May.
Another youngster on this card is the fast rising Ryota Yamauchi (3-0, 3) [山内涼太], who is ranked by both the OPBF and the JBC. Sadly after back-to-back notable opponents Yamauchi will be facing a notable step backwards as he takes on Indonesian visitor Rio Nainggolan (4-8, 3). This is a pretty disappointing contest, given that Yamauchi has stopped Lester Abutan and Yota Hori in his last 2 bouts, but we suspect that the plan will be to move him into title fights next year.
Notably the show will also feature the ring return of Kazuki Saito (5-1, 5) [斎藤一貴], who will be taking on Filipino foe Rey Ramos (8-9-2, 3). This will be Saito's first bout since a shock upset loss earlier this year against Amphol Suriyo, aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The touted Saito had looked excellent at times prior to that loss, but had question marks about his durability, which Amphol certainly answered. It seems clear that this is an easy comeback for Saito, but there will be serious questions hanging over his head going forward, and how he reacts to being tagged, and having a fighter put it on him.
As with the previous Slugfest cards we expect this card will be uploaded to both Boxingraise and to youtube, in full, for fans wanting to watch it.
Over the weekend we saw the news break that former Japanese Featherweight champion Takenori Ohashi (15-5-2, 10) [大橋健典] would be returning to the ring on October 1st, in the headline bout of Slugfest 6.
Ohashi, who lost the Japanese Featherweight title to Taiki Minamoto [源大輝] in April, will be up against once beaten 19 year old Ruito Saeki (7-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗] in what looks like a very interesting 8 round bout. For Ohashi it is a real must win, whilst Saeki is stepping up in class, but will know that a win will open a lot of new doors and essentially secure him a Japanese and OPBF ranking, if he wins.
Others set to take part on this card include super-prospect Ryota Yamauchi (3-0, 3) [山内涼太], who hasn't had his opponent announced but we are aware that he will be in an 8 round Flyweight bout, and given his competition so far we are expecting him to face a notable opponent. And also the debuting Yumaki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋憂煇], who will be looking to make quick impact in his maiden professional bout. Nakajima will be involved in a 6 round contest against a yet to be announced opponent.
The card will have other notable bouts announced in the coming weeks and will likely be added to youtube by the brilliant team at the Kadoebi gym.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall were a number of B license tests, including one of former amateur standout Ginjiro Shigeoka [重岡銀次朗], who went an incredible 56-1 (17) in the unpaid ranks, with his only loss coming to older brother Yudai Shigeoka. Not only did he have an impressive record but he was also a multi-time high school champion and was regarded as one of the hottest young talents in Japan.
At his pro-test today the youngster shone and looked sharp, powerful and quick with a very nice jab and powerful body shots.
Aged 18 the hope is that Watanabe gym will push Shigeoka fast and hard and have him follow the likes of Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who was fast tracked after his own amateur career.
At the moment his debut has been pencilled in for August, with Watanabe expecting to announce the opponent and date in the very near future. Given his pedigree there is no reason for them to match him softly and given his performance this morning there is no reason not to have him in with a credible opponent straight away.
One other fighter who took part in a B license test today was Yumaki Nakajima [中嶋憂煇], the brother of Ohashi prospect Kazuki Nakajima (4-0, 3) [中嶋一輝]. As an amateur Nakajima went 52-21 and was himself a multi-time amateur champion. He's signed with the Kadoebi gym and will be looking to kick off his career shortly.
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