This past Tuesday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall got the chance to see the first ever bouts from the Japanese Youth Tournament, which had it's first semi final bouts on a recent Dangan card. The bouts were interesting contests on paper, and have opened up some really intriguing match ups for the finals, later this year.
The most interesting of the finals will be at Flyweight, where Seigo Yuri Akui (11-0-1, 7) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟] will face Junto Nakatani (12-0, 9) [中谷 潤人]. In their semi finals the two men had very different levels of success, with Akui brushing aside Ryuto Oho (9-4-1, 2) [大保 龍斗] in 93 seconds, whilst Nakatani claimed a razor thin majority decision over Yuma Kudo (6-3-2, 1) [工藤優雅], in a real gutcheck.
At Super Flyweight Kenya Yamashita (10-3, 7) [山下賢哉] shines, as he scored a 4th round TKO over Naoto Iwai (3-2, 1) [岩井尚斗] to secure a final place against Joe Tanooka (14-3-4, 1) [田之岡条]. Iwai, who had been 3-0 when the bout with Yamashita was first announced, was over-awed by Yamashita's aggression and suffered his second successive loss. Yamashita will be looking to impose himself against Tanooka in a real boxer Vs brawler bout, which could be one of the most interesting match ups from a style point taking place in the finals.
At Featherweight it was again experience being king as Retsu Kosaka (8-2, 3) [小坂烈] stopped Ryo Sagawa (1-1, 1) [佐川遼] in 2 rounds to book a bout with Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-3-2, 11) [溜田 剛士]. The bout between Kosaka and Tameda will be an interesting one, whilst Sagawa, who had fought more than 80 bouts as an amateur, will look to bounce back, after being thrown in very deep here.
In the sole Super Featherweight semi-final Sho Nagata (8-2, 2) [永田 翔] dominated Ryusei Ishii (6-4, 4) [石井龍誠], scoring a shut out to book a place in the final against the talented Kazuma Sanpei (12-4, 4) [三瓶 数馬].
The finals, for the entire tournament not just the divisions with semi-finals, will take place on August 23rd at the Korakuen Hall.
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