Today pay service Asign streamed their first boxing card, "Dynamite Punch 101", the latest Hikari Yokohama card from the Korakuen Hall.
The bout was streamed in full and featured some brilliant match ups that ended in some upsets and some excellent performances.
One fighter who impressed was Ryohei Takahashi (9-2-1, 2) [高橋 竜平] who proved he could punch as he made light work of Thailand's Yodsing Padjaigym (0-2) with a 2nd round TKO. On paper this watch a complete mismatch but it was Takahashi's first bout since he was beaten in Australia by Andrew Moloney back in March.
A really impressive performance came from Masashi Noguchi (11-5-1, 5) [野口 将志] who took out the usually durable Kazuya Soma (7-10-2, 6) [相馬 一哉] inside a round. Although Noguchi's record may not impress 5th straight win and saw him extending his unbeaten run to 8 fights and it seems like he is generating some real career momentum.
Another man building momentum is Reiya Abe (12-2, 6) [阿部 麗也] who scored a 5th round TKO win over Shingo Kusano (11-5, 4) [草野 慎悟]. The win was Abe's 4th straight win and so him build from a shock win over Hikaru Marugame last time out. For Kusano this was his first stoppage loss and unfortunately for him it saw Abe avenging a narrow decision defeat from last year.
Staying on the theme of momentum it's fair to say that former amateur stand out Hikaru Marugame's (5-2-1, 3) [丸亀 光] has completely lost it's moment. He suffered a third successive set back today when he lost a wide decision to to 36 year old veteran Kinshiro Usui (26-4, 10) [臼井 欽士郎]. The last 12 months have been a nightmare for Marugame who seemed really promising when he turned professional but a draw with Jonathan Baat has been followed by decision losses to Abe and now Usui. For Usui this bout may well help him move towards a Japanese or OPBF title fight and is a 7th win in 8 for the Yokohama Hikari fighter.
In the main event former Japanese Middleweight Tomohiro Ebisu (16-4, 16) [胡 朋宏] scored an 8th round stoppage win over recent title challenger Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸]. Akiyama will almost certain turn his attention to fighting for either an OPBF or a Japanese title in the next 12 months, and he is ranked very highly by both organisations.
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