Ealier today saw an announcement from Japan in regards to Dangan 179, which will take place at the Korakuen Hall on April 10th. The announcement wasn't a huge one did reveal one match from the show, and it's a must win for both men involved.
The more notable of the two fighters announced for that main event is former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (15-2, 5) [内藤 律樹], who will eb fighting for the first time since suffering a second loss to Kenichi Ogawa late last year. The former champion has struggled in recent times, losing 2 of his last 4 and struggling past Argie Toquero in his most recent win. And he certainly needs to shine if he's to build one what was once a very promising career.
The other fighter involved in the bout will be Japanese ranked Super Featherweight hopeful Yusuke Nakagawa (10-6-1, 6) [中川 祐輔]. Nakagawa has lost 3 of his last 5, coming up short to Rikiya Fukuhara, Daiki Kaneko and Accel Sumiyoshi, but is a potential banana skin, as Koji Umetsu found out in 2014. He will know that a win here could see him in the mix for a title fight, and potentially opens the door to bigger and better fights.
Although no other contest for the show has yet been announced the contest is an interesting one between two faltering fighters who now both need a win if they are to keep their careers going forward. Neither man can get away with a poor showing, and neither can afford a loss here.
For those who missed Naito's second fight with Ogawa, from last December, we have included the TV version of the bout below.
Earlier today fight fans in Yamaguchi had the chance to see an intriguing card at the Kaikyo Messe.
The main event of the card saw former OPBF Lightweight title challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (8-4-2, 2) [アクセル住吉] battle against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-6-1, 6) [中川 祐輔] in a contest between two men who were Japanese ranked contenders at the start of the day.
On paper the bout didn't scream "immediate classic" but fans who follow the Japanese scene in detail will have known that both men are better than their records suggest and both were going to give their all here. With that in mind there was little surprise when the two men enggaged in a brilliantly competitive bout.
From the opening moments the bout was competitive with a wonderful back and forth swing that culminated in an all out war in the 8th and final round, as both men knew how important winning that round was to the over-all result.
In the end there was very little to separate the two men and that was shown on the score cards that read 77-76, twice, and 77-75 all in favour of Sumiyoshi. Whilst there was some that felt Nakagawa deserved the decision there won't be many who will argue too strongly about the result in what was a razor thin contest that deserves a rematch in 2017.
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Earlier today Kanmon Japan Promotions announce their next show, set for December 4th at the Kaikyo Messe in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. The card isn't a massive one, but does feature two really intriguing headline bouts which are worthy of some attention.
The main event, according to today's news, will see Accel Sumiyoshi (7-4-2, 2) [アクセル住吉] battle against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-5-1, 6) [中川 祐輔] in what should be a really fun bout.
For Sumiyoshi the bout sees him looking for a third win of the year and continues his rebuilding after a 0-2-1 run between April 2014 and April 2015, which included a loss in an OPBF Lightweight title fight against Masayoshi Nakatani. For Nakagawa the bout sees him fighting for the first time since he was stopped in August by Daiki Kaneko, and he'll be looking to avoid a third loss in 5 bouts. Coming in to this both fighters are JBC ranked, with Nakagawa ranked #2 at Super Featherweight and Sumiyoshi ranked #7 at Lightweight, and Sumiyoshi also holds an OPBF #2 ranking, which Nakagawa will be hoping to claim if he can claim the win here.
The other co-feature bout will see OPBF ranked fighters colliding as Burning Ishii (7-3-1, 2) [バーニング石井] faces Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (11-1, 5) [テイル渥美], who was of course pulled from a Korean card at the end of the month, likely being offered this fight instead.
The hard matched Ishii will be looking to bounce back from a loss in June to the wonderfully promising Kosuke Saka, who stopped Ishii in 7 rounds, and a win could open up doors for a potential title fight in 2017. For Atsumi the bout will see him looking to extend several runs, including a 5 fight winning run dating back more than 2 years, and a 3-fight Japanese stoppage run, which has already included wins over Sho Nakazawa and Dennis Tubieron.
Also confirmed for this show are Jump Ikeo (5-4-2, 3) [ジャンプ池尾] and Fever Maki (8-4-1, 2) [フィーバー真木], though neither fighter has yet had his opponent announced.
Earlier today fans in Shizuoka and those who had paid for an a-sign stream, had a small but notable show thanks to Seien Promotions. It wasn't a big card but it did have a notable main event between two Japanese, top 10, ranked Super Featherweight contenders, essentially in a title eliminator.
The bout in question saw former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (24-5-3, 15) [金子 大樹] face off against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-5-1, 6) [中川 祐輔], who was in form and had gone 6-1 in his previous 7 with the sole loss coming to former Japanese champion Rikiya Fukuhara. Whilst Nakagawa had been in good form the same couldn't be said for Kaneko, who was 4-3 in his previous 7 and 2-2 in his previous 4, albeit at a much higher level than Nakagawa had been fighting at.
The fight seemed to see Kaneko fighting with a point to prove and he forced a fight on to Nakagawa, who returned fire in an exciting contest. Although Nakagawa was firing back it was clear his shots were having little effect on the tougher and stronger man, who was wobbling Nakagawa on a frequentl basis as the fight progressed.
Following a wobble in round 6 Kaneko showed his finishing instincts, landing a straight right hand that sent Nakagawa down in a heap and forced the referee to wave the bout off.
Following the win Kaneko stated that his intentions were now to get another title fight. He indicated that he was happy with a Japanese title fight but it seems like his long term goal more focused on a second world title fight.
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