Without getting much attention Dangan in Sumida, which was held earlier today at the Sumida City Gymnasium, may have ended delivering the card of the weekend. The shows two chief support bouts were brutal, damaging affairs but the main event, a Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight brought the brutality to a whole new level.
The match up was a rematch between Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一], the champion, and Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作], himself a former champion. In their bout, back in 2017, Kuga managed to keep his title with a narrow decision in a gruelling and hard war. We were expecting something similar today and that's exactly what we got.
The bout started surprisingly slowly. The first 2 rounds really didn't see the action we were expecting. Instead of a war we saw Tamura moving, a lot, and Kuga winning the rounds by pressing the action and landing some solid single right hands. It was a long way removed from what we were expecting, but it was merely a case of the two warriors warming themselves up for what we were set to get.
By round 3 Tamura was starting to press the bout more, showing the aggression that had won him the title earlier this year. Despite pressing more he wasn't having great success, and instead it was Kuga's right hand that was catching the eye. Kuga's right would have even more of an impact in round 4, when he landed them regularly, before he broke through with it in round 5.
The fifth was a nightmare round for Tamura who was badly hurt, dropped hard and barely made his way through the round as he was rocked again late on. It was a massive round for the challenger, it was just sheer heart and determination that saw Tamura survive the damage he had taken.
After 5 rounds the scores were announced with Kuga leading 50-44, 49-45 and 48-46, there was no real argument with them but they seemed to inspire Tamura who looked rejuvenated in round 6, despite having been all over the place in round 5. The sixth really was a massive bounce back for the defending champion, who began a real charge, upping the tempo massively and taking the fight to Kuga in a frenzied, 2 handed, high intensity style. It was this style that we had expected to see Tamura use from the opening stages and it was this style that was going to get him success.
From round 7 to 10 Tamura fought in an incredible manner, dragging Kuga into his fight. Although Kuga managed to have moments, landing some big right hands, he was being out worked by a swarming and incessant Tamura, who was desperate to keep his title. The work rate of Tamura was incredible, he was handcuffing Kuga and although he missed a lot he was comfortably out landing Kuga, who seemed to be trying to smother Tamura and walking into the fire.
Through the final round Tamura was throwing everything, the kitchen sing, the bathroom sink, the shower and toilet at Kuga trying to turn things around. Kuga managed to land some dynamite right hands of his own, but was under intense pressure from the champion and seemed more intent on surviving the round than trying to win it.
After 10 rounds it seemed like Kuga had done enough, in the first half of the fight, to take the win, but Tamura's charge had made things close and really competitive, with scores of 95-94, 96-93 and 97-92 all in favour of Kuga. We can't see how a judge had it 97-92, but both the other scores seem about right, with out score being 95-94.
Given the punishment both took they should both be taking a long rest. This was wonderfully brutal and gorgeous violent and could end up being the low-key bout of the weekend. If you're a boxing raise subscriber we can't recommend this enough, even if it did start slower than we, and many others, would have anticipated.
Tomorrow fight fans will be able to enjoy almost a full day of fighters, with various events around the globe.
One of the more overlooked events is the Dangan card from the Sumida General Gymnasium.
That card is being over-looked but features a potentially thrilling main event between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] and former champion Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作].
Earlier today Tamura and Kuga made weight for their bout, with Tamura weighing in around 121.7lbs and Kuga hitting the 122lbs limit.
The bout will be Tamura's first defense of the title, and sees him looking to avenge a 2017 defeat to Kuga. Kuga's win was a hotly contested decision when he was the champion, to narrowly retain the title that he held at the time. Since then he has had mixed results, including a stoppage loss last year to Shingo Wake, who vacated the title that that Tamura would go on to win.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it will be aired live on the Boxing Raise service, and could end up being the hidden gem of the weekend.
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This coming weekend is set to be a huge one for Japanese fight fans, who have the chance to see some amazing action. Their is a brilliant card on Boxing Raise on Saturday, headlined by Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title against Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作], on the same day we will also get the WBSS card from Glasgow, featuring Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] and Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12).
On Sunday fans in Kobe, specifically those at the Portopia Hotel, will get the chance to see a really interesting card, headlined by Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] challenging IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30).
It was assumed that the Sunday card would be aired live, with Kansai TV mentioned as a "support" for the show on the Shinsei website. Sadly however the show does not seem like it is getting a live broadcast slot afterall. In fact at the time of writing, it's not listed for a broadcast at all, though sources are reporting that Kansai TV will show the bout, at some point.
This is a huge shame, given the match up and style of the men involved. This should have been a small treat for the fans in the Kansai region, and it's a real shame that the card isn't getting a live broadcast. Fingers crossed the delay won't be a long one!
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Earlier today Japanese boxing service Boxing Raise released their line up for the month of May and unsurprisingly it's a packed month with an impressive 3 live cards, though one of them was earlier today along with 4 more shows available on demand.
As mentioned one of the three live shows was today. The was the Dangan card from Korakuen Hall, headlined by a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto [源大輝] and Reiya Abe [阿部 麗也]. If you missed this one live it is now available on demand, in fact the entire card is now available.
The next live card will be the next Dangan card, which takes place on May 18th, and will be headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] against former champion Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作]. This will then be followed a day later by live coverage of Desafio vol 8, which isn't a big card but does feature notable fighters like Satoru Sugita (14-6-1, 9) [杉田聖], Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] and Tsubasa Murachi (3-0, 3) [村地翼].
As well as the live cards the service will pick up the next Hiroki Ioka show on May 3rd, the Kadoebi show on May 8th, as well as the WBO Asia Pacific double title show on May 26th from Mutoh gym. Sadly whilst these will be added on tape delay it's unclear when these shows will be added. Sometimes it's the same day, and other times it can be a week after a show takes place.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had a notable show with several solid bouts taking place on it.
One of the many talking points from the show was actually a bout that was announced during an intermission.
That is a rematch between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] and former champion Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作].
The two men took to the ring today to announce their bout, and we'll admit they got us very excited.
These two fought back in July 2017, with Kuga taking a narrow decision win over Tamura. Since then Kuga has gone 2-1 (2), with a notable loss to Shingo Wake whilst Tamura has won the title that Wake vacated at the end of last year, beating Mugicha Nakagawa in a thriller back in January.
This bout this bout will take place on May 18th at the Korakuen Hall, in the main event of Dangan 224.
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