Earlier today the Kadoebi Gym took to twitter to announce 2 international bouts that their fighters would be involved in on March 30th in Shanghai, China. And if we're being honest both bouts like like they could be very interesting.
The "lesser" of the bouts will see Yusuku Konno (14-4, 7) [今野裕介] take on Chinese fighter Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-2-1, 6) [拜山波] in a 12 round bout at Light Welterweight.
Coming in to that one Konno, the Kaoebi promoted fighter and the under-dog, is riding a 3 fight winning run including upset wins over Kazuya Maruki and Vladimir Baez. Baishanbo on the other hand is entering the contest on the back of his technical decision win against Venezuelan Ernesto Espana. The bout will see Baishanbo risking his WBA International title, and his #14 WBA world ranking, a single place ahead of Uzbek Shakhram Giyasov at the time of writing.
Despite that bout being an interesting one it's the other bout that interests us more, and that will see the very highly regarded Ryota Yamauchi (4-0, 4) [山内涼太] take on Wulan Tuolehazi (10-3-1, 5), who will be risking his WBC and WBO world rankings. This Flyweight bout will also be over 12 rounds, and according to the tweet will also be for a WBA International title which hasn't been fought for since Artem Dalakian defended it in August 2013.
For those unaware Yamauchi is one of the best prospects in Japan and is a 24 year old with insane talent, who already holds wins over Lester Abutan and Yota Hori. This is however a huge step up in class for the fantastic boxer-puncher. Tuolehazi on the other hand is a world ranked Chinese fighter with wins over Kwanthai Sithmorseng and OPBF champion Jayr Raquinel. He's a cruder fighter, but more proven at this point than the Japanese prospect.
It should be noted that there is at least one other notable bout expected to be announced for this card in the coming days, and could be bigger than both of these contests.
Below- The tweet from Kadoebi confirming these two bouts.
Yesterday in the UK unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sultan Zaurbek (4-0, 3) [Заурбек Султан] recorded his third straight stoppage win, as he took out stopping Bulgarian journeyman Lyuben Todorov (6-4, 2) in the 4th round of a scheduled 6 round bout.
Zaurbek, who is also pencilled in to fight in March, dominated his man, dropping him in round 3 before scoring 2 more knockdowns in round 4, this time keeping Todorov down for the count with the final knockdown.
The impressive thing from Zaurbek was his body punching, with a fantastic left hand to the body late in round 3 really becoming the start of the end. Todorov would go down for the second knockdown due to a delayed reaction to a body shot, before being dropped a third time by another left had to the mid-section.
Zaurbek went 4 rounds on his debut, against the gutsy Jose Aguilar, but since then has reeled off 3 stoppages and will be looking to score another in early March, though his opponent for that bout is yet to be announced.
It should be noted that Todorov isn't the first victim of Zaurbek's body shots and it seems like he is gaining a real reputation for his gut busters, which are proving to be a very reliable weapon in his arsenal.
Next week WBO Minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) will make his first defense of the title, as he takes on Japanese challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆], with this being Saludar's third bout in Japan.
Saludar arrived in Japan earlier today and also took part in his public work out for the bout.
Saludar's trainer, Michael Palacios, explained that Saludar has improved from his first bout in Japan, a loss to Kosei Tanaka. He admitted that Saludar had poor stamina, was physically and mentally weak for that bout, but had improved those by the time he defeated Ryuya Yamanaka for the title, last year. It seems that those improvements have continued and Saludar himself stated that he wants to show his progress here, and wants to continue winning and defending the title.
Palacios also seemed to be aware that Taniguchi is a very capable challenger, and suggested that his man needs to be perfect to beat the Japanese challenger.
After talking to the press Saludar jumped rope, shadow boxed and worked the mitts. Through the training he looked relaxed, calm and sharp. Prior to travelling he had trained hard in the Philippines and wasn't in a rush to travel due to the cold conditions in Japan. It has raised questions as to how easily he's going to make weight, with the weather in Japan right now not being great for a harsh weight cut.
Related - Saludar returns to Japan to defend against Taniguchi!
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Late last year Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] vacated the Japanese Flyweight title to begin to focus on fighting for a world title. Since then things have been quite on the Hisada front, with no real news of value. In fact the most telling thing has been the lack of news from Hisada and the Harada gym.
Today Hisada has revealed that he is planning to get a world title fight, and seems to planning to have it in May, though specific details are lacking, including who he will be focusing on and where.
It had long been assumed that he would be facing WBA "regular" Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17), though the May date does suggest that Canizales isn't the only man in the running, and we could instead see Hisada challenge either WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] or WBC champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗], who are both expected to be in action in or around May.
One of the big delays in Hisada committing to his future has been the birth of his twins, which appear to have unsettled his training earlier in the year. He is however back into the swing of things and was recently sparring with a number of notable Japanese fighters, including Kento Hatanaka (7-0, 7) [畑中 建人].
If Hisada bout is set for May, we would expect an official announcement at some point in March, so may see details coming together over the coming weeks.
Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see an excellent match up between hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-3, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and skilled veteran Yuki Nonaka (32-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹].
The fight will see Hosokawa look to make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Middleweight titles whilst Nonaka will be looking to rebuild following 2 losses in his last 3, including a defeat to Takeshi Inoue in a world title eliminator.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men looked in great shape whilst making the 160lb limit.
On the scales Hosokawa was the lighter man, weighing in at 159.2lbs, well under the limit. Nonaka, who really made his name at Light Middleweight, was notably heavier at 159.6lbs, though still comfortably under the limit.
At the weigh in both men sounded confident. Hosokawa predicted a KO win, aiming to score it within 6 rounds. Nonaka was was more calm and sedated, but stated that he was focused on winning, and still seems to have hope of moving on to a world title in the future.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be available on delay on Boxing Raise.
Related - Regional champion Hosokawa takes on veteran Nonaka!
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