A few days we were informed that the promising Takeru Kamikubo (7-0, 4) had officially been added to the New Year's Eve show in Osaka. The 18 year old Kamikubo, the next in the conveyor belt of talented youngsters coming from the Ioka gym, debuted earlier this year and has impressively run up a 7 fight winning streak since February, when he debuted.
Although footage of the youngster is somewhat scare we did manage to find a video of his most recent bout, a 6 round decision win against Masaki Hirai, and in that contest he did show some of the traits that we're seeing a lot of in the Ioka prospects, such as Sho Ishida and Masayoshi Nakatani. That fight, which can be seen below, showed off Kamikubo's speed, movement, jab and ability to box on the move, a skill so many fighters never learn.
Our source has informed us that Kamikubo will be fighting a Thai opponent though unfortunately no name has been given to us.
Talking about Thai opponents we've also been told that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (21-1-3, 12) will be facing a Thai visitor for his 8 round bout on this card. Sadly we've again not been given the Thai's name though we're not expecting anything better than stay busy opponent for Miyazaki who was last seen in the ring stopping Ichal Tobida back in September. The same also applies in two other bouts with the heavy handed Takahiro Yamamoto (14-3, 11) and rising female prospect Terumi Nuki (5-0, 2) both facing unknown Thais on this card.
Of course at the top of this card we get world class action as Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) defends his WBO Super Bantamweight title against Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19). Overall this is really looking like the better of the two New Years Eve cards especially for those able to get to the fights in person. For those who can't get to the venue TBS is expected to show several fights from the show, including the Super Bantamweight title fight, the 10 round contest between Kazuto Ioka (15-1, 9) and Jean Piero Perez (20-7-1, 14) and an IBF Minimumweight title bout between former champion Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10) and Japanese national champion Go Odaira (11-3-3, 1)
(Video courtesy of nov K)
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