Earlier today fight fans from around the world got the chance to see the latest card under the Desafio banner of shows, Desafio 8 thanks to a legal live stream on the excellent Boxing Raise service. The card, held at the FujisanMesse at the foot of Mount Fuji, wasn't the strongest card but did feature several bouts of note, with a top prospect and two former title challenged involved.
The first of the 3 bouts of note saw unbeaten prospect Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] take his first decision win, as he secured a wide 8 round victory over Filipino Raymond Tabugon (21-10-1, 11). The talented Murachi, who had fought a combined 7 rounds prior to today, looked sharp, composed and confident as he out boxed Tabugon, using his speed and combinations brilliantly to rack up the rounds. The most impressive thing from the Japanese youngster was his body though, and they really slowed Tabugon down in the later stages.
Although Murachi was unable to stop Tabugon this was a huge step up in class, and a very, very impressive performance for Murachi, who will find himself in the WBO Asia Pacific rankings when they are next up dated. It's worth noting that Murachi adds his name to 9 others that have beaten Tabugon, including Juan Hernandez Navarrete, Juan Francisco Estrada, Luis Nery and Andrew Moloney, not bad company at all for a man who only debuted a year ago! The scores for this were 80-72, twice, and 79-74 all in favour of the Japanese 22 year old.
A second bout of note on this show saw former Japanese Super Bantamweight Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔] score an 8th round TKO win over Yuta Horiike (15-7-3, 3) [堀池雄大]. This was a pretty fun fight, as most Furuhashi bouts are, but in the end the power and strength of Furuhashi proved to be too much, and he dropped Horiike in the final round. Although Horiike got to his feet a follow up attack forced the referee to to stop the contest, with just over half of the final round left.
The third and final bout of note saw former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Satoru Sugita (15-6-1, 10) [杉田聖] take a dominant victory over Daiki Ichikawa (11-6, 9) [市川大樹]. On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, but Sugita was too good, too sharp and too intelligent for Ichikawa. Sugita would bust Ichikawa's face up with clean shots, leaving him bloodies and swollen. It wasn't the facial damage that would cause the end but instead the bout was stopped following a knockdown down. Sugita dropped Ichikawa hard in round 5, and the referee quickly waved the bout off, giving Sugita the stoppage win, and earning him the the KO prize for the show.
Last year Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 13) [古橋大輔] became the OPBF "Silver" Super Bantamweight champion, winning the belt in Vietnam. Today he took part in a notable event related to doing tax via a mobile phone, as he's become a PR ambassador for the Kawasaki Tax Office.
Whilst the event was clearly focused on the tax side of things it was also revealed that Furuhashi's next bout had been arranged, and that he would be fighting again on May 18th against Yuta Horiike (15-6-3, 3) [堀池雄大] and will be taking place at the FujisanMesse in Fuji, Shizuoka.
The popular 31 year old Furuhashi seems to have his eyes on the Japanese and OPBF title scenes, and a win over Horiike would certainly open the potential for him to earn himself a title fight before the end of 2019.
We're awaiting more details for the May card, but Furuharashi Vs Horiike is a very exciting looking domestic main event type of bout.
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