Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had a low key show with a few notable names on it.
The main event saw former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (26-6-5, 19) [高橋 竜也] extend his current unbeaten run to 11 fights as he stopped Thai Rungpetch Saithonggym (0-3) in 3 rounds.
The bout was a total mismatch, with the Thai being dropped several times before the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the procedings. Now we know that Takahashi will return to the ring in July, and will be hunting a second Japanese title fight later in the year.
Although the main event was a mismatch the chief support bout was a much more intriguing match up as veteran Spice Matsushita (17-9-1, 2) [スパイシー松下] battled 20 year old Yuichiro Kasuya (9-1-1, 1) [粕谷 雄一郎]. Sadly for Kasuya it a case of experience over youth with Matsushita scoring an 8 round split deicison over the previously unbeaten Kasuya.
For Matsushita the win is huge and should put him in the mix for a title fight later in the year. For Kasuya things aren't bleak as such, but he's now had a draw and a loss in his last two bouts, and will have no real momentum ahead of his August 23rd bout against Izuki Tomioka (2-0) [富岡樹], in the Lightweight Japanese Youth final.
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Earlier today Kashimi Promotions announced their next show, set for April 29th at the Sangyo Hall in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. The card isn't a huge one but it does feature a number of notable fighters, and will be headlined by a WBO Asia Pacific title fight featuring a very highly regarded Filipino.
The aforementioned main event will see the unbeaten Genesis Servania (28-0, 11) take on the once beaten Ralph Jhon Lulu (12-1-2, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title. The bout seems to signal a full time move up in weight from Servania, who has been making his name at Super Bantamweight so far, and could well see the Filipino begin a charge towards a potential world title fight with Oscar Valdez down the line, maybe a better choice than facing Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Whilst the focus in the main event will be Servania Lulu, a former LuzProBA Super Bantamweight champion, will be seeking a second professional title here and will be looking to bounce back from his first career defeat, which came last November to Danny Tampipi.
In the co-feature we'll see the teak tough Hurricane Futa (22-6-1, 13) take on Filipino visitor Ernie Sanchez (16-9-1, 7) who returns to Japan for the first time since his loss in an OPBF title fight against Masayuki Ito. This is a supporting bout, and whilst many fans will over-look it, it does look like it will be a very fun one with both guys having styles that should compliment each other.
Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall,as well as those tuning into G+, will get the chance to see former amateur stand Shuya Masaki (6-0, 3) [正木 脩也] take a huge step up in class and battle against Japanese ranked Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. Today those two men took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales Eto, the shorterman, was 130.3lbs for the bout. The natural Super Featherweight, who recently had a daughter, was confident of over-coming Masaki and stated that his aim was to score a KO here over the unbeaten man. Despite that confidence it is worth noting that Eto has lost his last two bouts and hasn't scored a win since July 2015, when he beat Edgar Gabejan
Masaki wasn't just the taller man but also the heavier fighter, and came in around 131lbs for the bout. It's a weight that suggests his future will be at Super Featherweight, though he will likely grow into a Lightweight as his career goes on. He too was saying that the aim was a KO and it seems like fighting his first Japanese ranked opponent has driven him on in regards to his training camp.
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Tomorrow fight fans with TV channel G+ will get the chance to see the next in the long line of Dynamic Glove shows. The main of that card will see former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-2, 12) [五十嵐 俊幸] battle against world ranked Miguel Cartagena (15-3, 6) in what could, potentially, act as a final bout before the winner gets a wold title fight.
Today those two men weighed in for their bout and both men made the Flyweight limit.
Igarashi, who is returning full time to the Flyweight division after a short flirtation with Super Flyweight, was bang on the divisional limit of 112lbs. That was heavier than Cartagena who was closer to 111.6lbs for the bout and was the notably shorter man.
Coming in to this bout Igarashi is likely to be made the WBO mandatory challenger if he wins, and will see his potential world title shot go up in smoke if he loses. For Cartagena, who has never been beaten at Flyweight, this is a huge change to build on a surprise upset win over Filipino Joebert Alvaez, who he stopped inside a round last July.
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Although WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] may not be sticking around at Super Flyweight for too much longer, following Roman Gonzalez's recent loss, the talented "Monster" is said to be preparing for a May defense of his title, before considering a move up to Bantamweight.
Sadly when you hit like a monster you tend to struggle getting durable sparring partners at the same weight. As a result Inoue has been sparrign with Teiru Atsumi (12-1, 6) [テイル渥美], who is a highly regarded Japanese based Korean Featherweight who has had success at Super Featherweight.
According to sources Inoue hasn't only looked great in those sessions, showing a more mature mature against the significantly bigger man, but has looked vicious with Atsumi said to have been clearly hurt by Inoue in the spar. That's a man who is 3, or 4, divisions bigger than Inoue and is a tough strong fighter himself.
Inoue gave quotes to the media recently saying that he is starting to work on punching and blocking, working on his guard and defense and it seems likely that a move up in weight is imminent. When he does move up he will have to be more defensively cautious and it seems like that's already in his mind, planning ahead now for that move.
As for Inoue's next bout, an announcement is expected shortly.
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