Earlier today in Mie Japanese fight fans were given a small Japanese card.
The first notable bout on the card saw former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (25-8-1, 8) defeat Shuma Sugawara (6-2, 4) [菅原秀馬] in an 8 round contest. The bout, Gasca's first since November 2017, saw him starting quietly getting a read on Sugawara who tried to establish his distance. After a quiet opening round Gasca began to find his range, and landed several straights. That drew a response from Sugawara though it was Gasca who seemed to get the last work, with a good right hook landing cleanly. Sugawara tried to turn the fight around with, but his lack of a jab made life easy for the experienced and skilled Gasca, who landed straight shots as and when he wanted.
With Gasca well in the lead after Sugawara tried to turn things around in the final round, but he was unable to trap the smart Gasca, who used good footwork to see out Sugawara's offensive charge. After 8 rounds it was a clear win for Gasca, with scores of 80-73, 79-73 and 78-74.
The main event of the show saw Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (10-5, 7) [中村祐斗] successfully defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-5, 1) [近藤冬真], in a nail biter.
The fight was a hard to one to split from the off, with two of the judges having the bout even after 4 rounds, The champion looked to establish control behind his jab but the challenger brought the action and had more than his share of success, responding to everything Nakamura did. The fight wasn't just competitive early on but also in the second half, with Nakamura tagging the body of Kondo whilst Kondo pressed, especially in round 8. It was a nip and tuck affair, and that showed on the scorecards with scores of 77-75 to Nakamura, 77-76 to Kondo and a deciding score of 78-75 to Nakamura, who retained his title with a split decision here.
Tomorrow is an insanely busy day for fight fans in Japan, with shows across a number of regions.
One of the easy-to-overlook shows takes place in Messe Mie, in Tsu. The main bout for that card is a Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title bout, featuring Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真].
Earlier today both Nakamura and Kondo took part in their weigh in, and both made weight.
On the scales Nakamura, who is making his first defense, came in at at around 114.7lbs, whilst Kondo was the lighter man, at 114.4lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be featured on demand on Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
Earlier this week we were informed that former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) would be back in the ring, fighting for the first time since November 2017. The talented Filipino, who beat Hiromasa Ohashi back in 2011 or the regional title, would only enjoy a short reign, losing the belt to Yukinori Oguni, but would prove a notable fighter on the regional scene with a draw against Akifumi Shimoda and close losses to Oguni, in a rematch, and Richard Pumicpic.
The talented Filipino will be up against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬] at the Messe Mie in Tsu on April 14th, in what will be the chief support bout of Real Fight 5.
Sugawara is much less well known than the Filipino but is riding a 5 fight winning run and the 23 year old will know that a win will give his career a massive boost, much more so than his wins on the domestic level have done so far.
We mentioned that Gasca Vs Sugawara was the chief support, the main event of the card will be an all Japanese affair with Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] taking on Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真]. This looks pretty interesting with both having similar win-loss records, though Nakamura is clearly the puncher, and with both having suffered 3 recent losses.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka got a real treat as they saw a new Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion being crowned.
The bout saw the heavy handed Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] take a razor thin split decision win over Ryosuke Nasu (9-4-3, 2) [那須亮祐] in what was a real thriller.
Nakamura got off to a good start, leading on two of the scorecards after 4 rounds due to his aggression, as pushed Nasu back and landed a number of big right hands. Although in the lead Nakamura had been cut, from an accidental headclash, and the lead was narrow, with one judge having the bout level.
Nasu looked to turn the bout around in round 5, and tried new things, using his feet more and picking up the tempo. It wasn't enough however and Nakamura matched him step for step, before the two took part in a wildly entertaining final round. In the end Nakamura narrowly took the win, with scores of 78-75 and 77-75 in his favour, whilst the third judge had it 77-76 to Nasu.
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