July 27th 2018-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yusaku Kuga (16-2-1, 11) Vs Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16)
This past Friday fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] hunt his third defense of the Japanese Super Bantamweight title as he faced off with former world title challenger Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾].
March 27th 2018-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yusaku Kuga (15-2-1, 10) vs Ryo Kosaka (16-3-1, 8)
Earlier this week Japanese fight fans saw Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaka Kuga [久我勇作] battle against mandatory challenger Ryo Kosaka [小坂遼] at the Korakuen Hall.
February 4th 2017-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-8, 8) Vs Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1,9) II
Earlier today we saw the highly anticipated rematch between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto [石本 康隆] and mandatory challenger Yusaku Kuga [久我 勇作]. The two men had fought in December 2015 with Ishimoto taking a narrow win over Kuga to claim the Japanese title that he was lookign to defend for the third time.
October 22nd 2016-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Yusaku Kuga (12-2-1, 8) Vs Jonathan Baat (32-7-5, 14)
Earlier today Japanese fans saw veteran Jonathan Baat face the heavy handed Yusaku Kuga [久我 勇作] in a bout to determined the next mandatory challenger for the Japanese Super Bantamweight title.
Over the last 18 months we've been won over by Watanabe gym hopeful Yusaku Kuga. Kuga first came to our attention when he fought to a draw with Naoto Uebayashi and since then he has remained on our radar with all of us keeping a close eye on him. Earlier this week Kuga was again in action, this time against southpaw Kenta Takahashi.
We won't ruin what happens here but it's fair to say that Kuga will need to spend more time in the ring with southpaws before he begins to talk about title fights. The youngster is talented but there is still a long, long way to go before he gets his hands on a championship caliber opponent.
(Video courtesy of nov K)
When we talk about fighters that we like we're usually pretty open about who we like and who we don't. One of the more surprising names that we are fans of is Yusaku Kuga, a man who was a relative unknown until late last year when he almost upset the highly touted Naoto Uebayashi. Prior to that bout we had next to no clue as to who Kuga was and we have to hold our hands up and apologise because we really should have made a mental note of him a fight earlier when he defeated Yusuke Suzuki in a very well matched and thoroughly entertaining bout.
The skills that Kuga has now weren't refined here but the bout was still great with some amazing action, especially in the opening round as the two men traded some very heavy leather in some thoroughly enthralling moments of action. We hope you enjoy this one and realise that since this bout both men have moved into serious contention of getting a Japanese title fight in their next few bouts, a great achievement for two fighters who have had to do things "the hard way" and without being matched softly.
With both men progressing well we'll admit we'd love to see a rematch somewhere down the line.
We love watching fighters progressive and turn from unknown novices to contenders and even champions. Whilst sometimes it's obvious from the moment you see a fighter that they are going to become a champion, as in the case of the Naoya Inoue for example, sometimes it's not so blatant but you still show belief and faith in the fighter.
One such fighter, at least for us, is Yusaku Kuga. Kuga first popped on our radar when he fought to a draw with Naoto Uebayahi late last year and he impressed us again recently when he over-came fellow ranked fighter Koji Aoki. Below is that fight with Aoki, a fight that shows off lot of what we like about the unheralded and young Kuga.
(Video courtesy of gentidori)
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