Over the last 48 hours or so the Shinsei Gym announced their next show, "Real Spirits Vol 62 & To New Heights". The full card hasn't been confirmed but there are some interesting details that have been revealed about the show.
Firstly it will take place on on March 24th at the Kobe Sambo Hall, a venue that Shinsei do use on a regular basis for their shows.
The main event will see youngster Shun Kosaka (15-5, 4) [小坂駿] take on veteran Shunji Nagata (12-17-2, 4) [長田瞬志] in an 8 round bout at a contracted 51.5KG's. This is one two main events for the card, with the other being another 8 round bout, this time featuring world ranked Lightweight Kazuhiro Nishitani (19-4-1, 11), though his opponent, and the specifics on weight haven't yet been confirmed.
On the under we'll see the very highly regarded Yuki Yamauchi (2-0, 1) [山内祐希] take on "Mr Heartthrob" Claudevan Sese (7-0-3, 1), from the Philippines, in an 8 round bout at Super Bantamweight. Yamauchi is regarded as one of the best prospects in Japan, and has been matched hard already, so a win here is expected, but he will certainly be expected to work for it. Sese hasn't scored a stoppage in well over 2 years, but does have decent boxing skills and should be a decent test.
Also confirmed for this card is Yuri Takemoto (5-1-1, 3) [竹本雄利], the 2018 All Japan Featherweight Rookie of the Year. He will be up against Filipino foe Reymond Empic (6-2, 2), in what looks like a really hard to call bout, on paper. Takemoto does have the confidence of winning Rookie of the Year however Empic is unbeaten in over 5 years!
This show will also feature the retirement ceremony for Eita Kikuchi (21-6-4, 8) [菊地永太], who has retired following his 2018 loss to Yuta Saito in a Japanese Bantamweight title fight.
Earlier today fight fans at the Sambo Hall in Kobe saw touted prospect Yuki Yamauchi (2-0, 1) [山内祐希] score his second win, as he out boxed Filipino puncher Alvin Medura (8-3, 7) on route to a 5th round technical decision.
The talented Yamauchi targeted the body of Medura from the opening moments and looked in control, despite Medura looking dangerous. Medura's aggression and power was blunted by the smart boxing and movement of Yamauchi and it was actually the Filipino who was hurt as ended round 3.
Yamauchi would sadly have Medura's head crash into his face towards the end of round 4, and the youngster would suffer damage to his nose that saw the bout being stopped at the start of round 5.
We would go to the scorecards at an official time of 5 seconds into round 5 with Yamauchi taking the technical decision with scores of 50-46 in his favour from all 3 judges.
Originally the bout had been announced as a 10 rounder, before being reduced to 6 rounds in the build up. We're hoping that when Yamauchi does get back in the ring he'll be fighting in 8 rounders at the very least. He's a real talent, and despite the anti-climatic ending to this bout he is one to keep a very close eye on as his career develops.
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In August former WBO Minimumweight champion Ryuya Yamanaka (16-3, 5) [山中 竜也] announced that he was retiring from boxing, at the age of 23, due to a subdural hematoma. The injury, suffered in his title loss against Vic Saludar, ended what was looking like a very bright career for a very talented young man.
Now it's been confirmed that he will step in the ring one more time, taking part in a public retirement ceremony on October 13th at the next Shinsei Gym promoted card, which will be held at the Kobe Sambo Hall.
The ceremony will be held to honour his career and wish him the best for his post-fighting career.
For those outside of Japan the ceremony's really don't have a Western equivalent. It's a chance for the fans to say good bye to fighters and a chance for the fighters to thank the fans and supporters they've had through their career. In some cases this comes after a long career, with the fans supporting a fighter for over a decade. Sadly in Yamanka's case his short career didn't allow a long relationship with the fans, but it was still a strong one, with the fans in Kobe being their for a local fighter.
The October 13th card will also feature Yuki Yamauchi (1-0, 1) [山内祐希] competing in a 10 round bout against Filipino puncher Alvin Medura (8-2, 7) and will actually be headlined by a bout between Shohei Kawashima (16-2-2, 3) [川島翔平] and Ronnie Campos (8-3-3, 5).
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According to multiple sources youngster Yuki Yamauchi (1-0, 1) [山内祐希] will be in action on October 13th at the next Shinsei Gym card, "Real Spirits 59".
That alone wouldn't be that interesting, but the sources have informed us that the 23 year old will be competing in a 10 round bout against Filipino puncher Alvin Medura (8-2, 7), in what is a huge step up in class. It's the sort of thing almost no one in Japan does, with young prospects typically fighting in 6 or 8 round bouts until they are ready for a title bout. Even the likes of Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka fought their second bouts over 8 rounds as the adapted to the professional ranks.
It's worth also noting that the talented, and confident, youngster only made his debut this past July, stopping Filipino Jimboy Rosales in 3 rounds.
Yamauchi is tipped to be a star. He was a stellar amateur, who came who came runner up at the World University Championships in 2016 and had competed with success in both domestic and international competitions. The youngster has spoken of moving to title fights as early as next year and competing at world level in the next 3 years.
Despite his 2 losses Medura is a serious test. He has legitimate power and has never been stopped. He's 0-1 in Japan, but that loss did come to the touted Ryuto Owan over 6 rounds, with Medura proving his toughness along the way.
We love the confidence of Yamauchi and if he comes through this test we wouldn't be surprised by the youngster having some really big fights in 2019, as he looks to race towards titles in double quick time. Medura is a very test but the fact Yamauchi and his team have made this bout show their belief, and that is really exciting.
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Earlier today in Kobe the Shinsei gym held a press conference to announce their next big show, set for July 13th at the Central Gym in Kobe. The card is set to be a title double header and feature the two brightest youngsters at the gym, with one man defending a world title and the other hunting a regional title bout.
The world champion in question is highly skilled Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5) [山中 竜也] who will be making his second defense of the WBO Minimumweight title, as he takes on hard hitting Filipino Vic Saludar (17-3, 10). For the champion the bout comes in the wake of his most impressive performance, an 8th round retirement of Moises Calleros, in what was an unexpectedly 1-sided contest. As for Saludar this will be his second world title challenge, having previously come up short against Kosei Tanaka, in a bout for this very same title. Since losing to Tanaka in 2015 Saludar has gone 6-1 (1) and shown there is more to him than just power.
The other title bout will see Reiya Konishi (15-1, 5) [小西伶弥] return to the ring following his loss to Carlos Canizales. The former WBA Light Flyweight title challenger will battle against 24 year old Filipino Orlie Silvestre (11-3-1, 7) in a contest for the WBO Asia Pacific title, with the winner likely to find themselves in the mix for a WBO Light Flyweight world title fight down the line.
The show is also set to feature the debut of former amateur stand out Yuki Yamauchi (0-0) [山内 祐希], who is set to face Jimboy Rosales (3-2-1, 2) and and former Japanese Lightweight champion Kazuhiro Nishitani (17-4-1, 9) [西谷 和宏], with his opponent yet to be announced.
Notably this card has been confirmed to have some TV coverage, with Fuji 1 showing at least the main event from 7PM local time.
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