Back in December we saw a WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout, which ended with champion Joe Noynay (18-2-2, 7) retained his title with a technical draw against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一]. Since then neither man has fought, but today we have found when Ogawa will be back in action!
We've been told today that Ogawa has been added to the April 4th Dynamic Glove card at Korakuen Hall, as the chief support bout to the recently announced WBO Flyweight world title bout between Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) and Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人].
At the time of writing no opponent has been announced for Ogawa but he's pencilled in for the chief support bout on the card. We expect the opponent to be announced in the next week or two.
One other man pencilled in for the show is the unbeaten Hayate Kaji (14-0, 9) [梶颯], who will be fighting in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout, though like Ogawa his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
We expect to see more Teiken fighters added to the show in the coming weeks, and we're expecting at least 1 more notable fighter to be added to the show.
Earlier today news broke of a confirmed date for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title bout between Uzbek fighter Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and Kazakh born American based Russian Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец].
ESPN report that the bout, which has been put together due to the injuries suffered in a car accident by Errol Spence Jr, will take place on May 16th, though it's yet to be decided whether it will be in Los Angeles or Las Vegas.
For Andukakhorov the bout will be his first at "world" level, and will be his toughest test to date. The unbeaten 26 year old is stepping up in class, but does come in to the bout on the back of wins over Keita Obara and Luis Collazo, and has genuinely earned a shot at a title following those wins, and other strong wins over Charles Manyuchi and Dmitry Mikhaylenko.
Lipinets on the other hand is looking to become a 2-weight champion, having previously been the IBF Light Welterweight champion. He's reeled off 3 wins since losing that title, back in 2018 to Mikey Garcia, and comes into this bout on the back of wins over Lamont Peterson and Jayar Inson.
The bout is supposed to be the headline bout on a PBC card.
Later today we'll see WBO Super Bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete (30-1, 26) hunt his 5th defense, as he clashes with Filipino challenger Jeo Santisima (19-2, 16). The two men weighed in for the bout yesterday and both men came in bang on the 122lb limit for the bout.
On paper the bout is seen as a pretty huge mismatch in favour of the unbeaten champion. He has looked a dominant force in recent bouts, and since beating Isaac Dogboe for the title in late 2018 no one has really tested him. His competition has been lacking in some ways, but in reality the fighters he has been beating have been just as, if not more, established as Santisima.
The Filipino challenger, fighting in his first world title bout, is fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time and is taking a massive step up in class, after bouts against the likes of Uriel Lopez and Rene Dacquel.
The bout, which is one of the main support bouts for tonight's Heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, will see both men kicking off their 2020, and the winner seems likely to land a big fight later in the year. Sadly for Santisima it seems unlikely that it will be him, with the Filipino regarded by many as having next to no chance against the Mexican world champion.
Santisima challenges Navarrete, but will he stand a chance?
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For the fifth time in just three days we're reporting on a former Japanese amateur stand out turning professional!
This time it's the turn of Mitsuro Tajima [但馬ミツロ], who will be heading to the professional ranks as a Heavyweight.
Today Tajima took part in his pro-test bout at the Kaneko gym and passed, with a B class license. The plan now is to make his debut in June or July and he will likely be rushed through to a Japanese title fight.
Tajima, who is a Japanese-Brazilian, was a dominant force on the Japanese amateur scene. He won a number of domestic titles in the unpaid ranks whilst amassing a 42-9 (20) record whilst typically fighting at 81KG's, just above the pro limit of Light Heavyweight.
As a result of there being a lack of Japanese fighters at Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight he'll be bulking up to Heavyweight and pursuing Ryu Ueda for the national title.
Although's Tajima's amateur career came to an end recently, he hadn't really fought since 2018, allowing his body to heal up from injuries.
Interestingly he's actually signed a pro contract with a gym that has a history of promoting Heavyweights, signing with the Midori gym which had also managed Peter Okello.
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Earlier this month we reported that WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] would be defending his belt in March against Japanese fighter Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁].
That bout was officially announced in Thailand earlier this week, in a press conference held by Knockout's tea.
Today Tanaka and his team held a press conference of their own, speaking about the contest and their preparation plans.
At today's press conference it was revealed that talks for this bout had been underway since December, but had been very protracted and were only completed earlier this month. Despite that Tanaka seemed confident, and spoke about becoming the first Japanese man to travel to Thailand and bring back a world title. So far Japanese fighters have gone 0-24-1 in world title bouts in the country, and Tanaka was quite brash in saying "I will change history by winning" [Translated].
In regards to the champion, Tanaka "I know that he has won in all 20 races so far, but it is not like a monster. I think that I will engage with myself." [Translated] and as for the type of fight he's expecting, it's going to be rough "I think we'll be butting, elbowing, and low blows. It's fine." [Translated]
The plan is to get over to Thailand early, arriving on February 26th, and finishing preparations for the fight in Bangkok, before heading to Nakhon Sawan for the fight. Tanaka appears to be fully aware of the conditions of bouts in Thailand, the drawn out introduction ceremony and the harsh fighting conditions of being out in the sweltering heat. Being aware of them and coping with them are two very different things, but things that Tanaka will be hoping his extra days in Thailand will help with.
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