Earlier today we were informed that WBA Asia Bantamweight champion Jun Zhao (13-2-1, 10) [赵君] would be making his next defense on March 13th in Liaoning Province, China. We were also informed that the man he will be defending the title against is Japanese and OPBF ranked puncher Kai Chiba (12-1, 8) [千葉開], in what looks like a brilliant match up at this level.
For the 27 year old Zhao we believe this will be his second defense of the title, and will see him continue a solid level of activity, with Zhao looking to fit in a fourth fight since last May. Although not a big name, yet, Zhao is making waves and has scored solid wins over the likes of Zafar Papiev, Sonin Nihei and Jay Francis Buray in the last 2 years.
Whilst not a major name, Zhao is someone who will be looking to make a big break through in 2020 and we wouldn't be surprised by him climbing rapidly up the WBA rankings. He's currently in the lower end of the top 15, but is clearly expected to make the most of his WBA title to climb up the rankings.
As for Chiba the 26 year old, who turns 27 in March, was once regarded as a very bright hopeful in Japan. In 2017 he scored back to back wins over Ikuro Sadatsune and Ryo Matsubara, and seemed on the verge of a big break out in 2018 before being stopped by Filipino Brian Lobetania. Since that loss China has rebuilt with 5 wins. including two on the road, and has got his career back on track thanks to a solid win over Matcha Nakagawa.
Despite having fought twice on the road this will be Chiba's Chinese debut, and will also be his first title bout. A win here will give his career a shot in the arm, and help put him in the mix for bigger and better fights.
At the moment no other details of the card have been sent to us, but this is still a very solid regional level bout, and one we anticipate being very explosive.
Tomorrow we see the 2020 edition of the Champion Carnival, the 41st Champion Carnival, kick off. The first bout of this year's champion Carnival will see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太], with their bout taking place at Korakuen Hall as part of a Dynamic Glove card which will be televised live on G+.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest and both fighters easily made weight, coming in at around 146.5lbs for the contest.
For Nagano this will be his second defense of the title that he won last year, when he stopped Ryota Yada. Although not a notable name outside of Japan Nagano is currently riding a 15 fight winning run, with 11 stoppages. That impressive winning run has included notable wins over Giraffe Kirin Kanda, in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year, upcoming OPBF title challenger Riku Nagahama, current WBO Asia Pacific champion Yuki Beppu and the aforementioned Yada. He spoke confidently, and it seems like he is seeing this as a chance to move from Japanese domestic level and head into world level.
On the other hand Obara is very well known though is better known for his losses than his wins, including stoppages to Eduard Troyanovsky, Alvin Lagumbay and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He's looking to become a 2-weight Japanese champion, having previously held the Japanese Light Welterweight title, and has won 2 bouts since losing in a world title eliminator against Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He suggested that a loss here is probably the end of his career, and it's clear that he does not want to risk a defeat to Nagano.
Interestingly Obara has only lost once to a Japanese opponent, and that was in his 2010 debut, when he was stopped in 5 rounds by Kazuyoshi Kumano.
Related - Champion Nagano faces Obara in Japanese title defense
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see a new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion being crowned, as Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和] battle for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for for the bout and both men made the 130lb limit dead on, with no issues at all.
Ishii, who is getting his second shot at a Japanese Youth title, explained that he's just going to rely on his own boxing ability and skills to take the win here.
Hata on the other hand explained that he will do his best. He's nervous, as usual, but suggested that his power was going to be the difference.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be aired live on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
Related - Hard hitting Hata takes on Ishii for Japanese Youth title
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Last night in Washington fight fans had the chance to see rising Filipino hopeful Jade Bornea (15-0, 10) score his most notable win to date, taking a split decision over Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2). Not only did Bornea take the win but also the NABF Super Flyweight title.
The talented Bornea seemed to struggle to land cleanly early on when fighting out of the orthodox stance, but switched to southpaw after the first few rounds and started to have more success.
In round 6 the Filipino was ruled down from what appeared to be more of a push than a clean shot, securing Delgadillo a 10-8 round. That seemed a harsh call against the Filipino but one that ultimately didn't make a different with Bornea taking enough rounds overall to secure the decision.
The scorecards were 96-93 Bornea, 96-93 Delgadillo and 96-93 Bornea, giving him the split decision and the win.
Despite the win the 24 year old Filipino, who holds notable amateur wins over Kosei Tanaka and Murodjon Akhmadaliev, didn't really impress, didn't really impress in the way many had anticipated. He seemed to do enough for the win, but didn't look like a new Pinoy prodigy as many had hoped. This was, however, his US debut and the hope is he will look better next time out.
Earlier today the Tokyo District Court made their ruling on the case between the Kameda family and the Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC).
The case stems from an issue in 2013 where Daiki Kameda retained the IBF Super Flyweight title, despite losing to Liborio Solis in a unification bout, due to Solis failing to make weight. The rule for Kameda to remain champion followed the IBF rules, though it appears the JBC were told that if Kameda lost he would lose his title. Something TBS were seemingly told as well.
After losing the bout Kameda continued to hold the title which left anger from fans in Japan, and later lead to the JBC holding a hearing that later saw the Kameda gym being stripped of their license and essentially being "exiled" from the sport in Japan.
Originally the Kameda clan had tried to essentially sue the JBC for ¥660,000,000. The decision from the court was much less than that, with the court deciding that the payment would be ¥45,500,000 in total.
The break down of the ¥45,500,000 is interesting. From that ¥12,000,000 is set to go to Koki Kameda, ¥11,000,000 to Tomoki Kameda, ¥7, 500,000 to Daiki and ¥15,000,000 to Kameda promotions.
Interestingly the lawyer who was there on behalf of the Kameda's explained that they may appeal and that he was very dissatisfied by the amount, but was satisfied with other aspects of the rule.
A huge worry now is the financial status of the JBC. Their financial statements said they had around ¥6,200,000 in assets at the end of 2018, and there is now genuine worry about whether they will survive, and the future governing of the sport in Japan.
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