Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Mamoru Hayashi had passed away, at the age of 76.
The fighter from Fujisawa in Kanagawa isn't a high profile fighter that many international fans will know of, but domestically he is a very significant fighter. As an amateur he was fantastic, running up a reported 101-10 (32) record and won several notable competitions, including a major national tournament in 1958.
Given his excellent amateur credentials he was tipped for big things as a professional and made his pro debut in 1963, at the age of 21. He would debut in August 1963 and ended the year 4-0 before suffering a shock loss in early 1964 to Atom Hatai. That loss showed up the biggest issue with Hayashi, his lack of toughness, with the technically skilled figher being stopped in 3 rounds. He would quickly put the loss behind him and move up in weight. The move up served him well and in December 1964 he would defeat Yasunobu Takada to become the second ever Japanese Super Featherweight champion.
He would defend the title once, with a win in a rematch with Takada, before losing the belt in 1965 to Hiroshi Mori. A rematch with Mori saw Hayashi become a 2-time champion his second reign would come to an end the following year at the ends of Yuji Amashima, who had stopped Hayashi in a none title bout before ripping the title away from him in a rematch.
Hayashi would retire following the second loss to Amashima, with a record of 13-4 (1). He would be the first ever champion from the Yonekura gym and help put them on the map, before they became one of the nations key gyms.
The cause of death has been put down to myocardial infarction.
RIP Mr Hayashi
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Earlier this week the Ohashi Gym announced that a new trainer had joined their ranks. It wasn't just any old trainer however, and instead it was one of the more notable heavier fighters in Japanese boxing history, Yoshinori Nishizawa.
Nishizawa had been part of the illustrious Yonekura Gym as a fighter and fought from 1986, debuting in October of that year, to 2011, fighting his final bout in December 2011. During that long career he fought 58 times, running up an impressive 31-21-6 (19) record.
Nishizawa won the Japanese Middleweight title in 1997 and ran up 3 defenses, he would then win the OPBF Super Middleweight title in 1999 and again in 2001. He is most notable for twice fighting for Super Middleweight world titles, losing to Anthony Mundine in a WBA world title fight and to Markus Beyer in a WBC title fight, both in 2004.
Nishizawa's long career as a fighter saw saw him spending several years fighting outside of Japan, regularly fighting in Australia for the last 4 years of his career.
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Press Release-Bright Future for Hamzah Farouk as He Earns Sixth Straight Professional Boxing Victory at The Ring Fighting Championship IV
SINGAPORE, 30th June 2018 – Hamzah Farouk extended his winning fight streak to 6-0, with yet another commanding performance at the fourth edition of The Ring Fighting Championship (TRFC) IV, knocking out his Indonesian opponent Ramly Pasaribu in the second round.
Farouk dominated the Super Featherweight contest right from the get go, before ending it with the fourth TKO of his career when he landed a flurry of strong right fists on his opponent’s face a minute and nine seconds into the second round, which left his 31-year-old opponent dazed on the floor.
After yet another notable victory, the 29-year-old Golden Glove Asia Promotions (GGAP) boxer, who is also a boxing coach at The Ring Boxing Community (TRBC), delightedly said: “It was a good fight. Ramly came to compete but I trained hard for this and visualized the punches I could knock him out with. I studied his fights and knew exactly which punches he was vulnerable to. We trained for it, and executed it perfectly. I am happy we got the victory, and I feel I am now ready to take a step up in opposition and pit myself against better fighters.”
Following his impressive exploits in the boxing ring, the on-looking World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Boxing Council (ABC) Executive Secretary Col. Damrong Simakajornboon then went on to suggest there’s a strong likelihood Farouk will get a chance to compete for the vacant WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight title.
Another boxer with a bright future is France’s Abdelelah Karroum, who too put on a masterful display to earn his second TKO victory, and made it three consecutive wins since his professional boxing debut earlier this year.
The 25-year-old was steady throughout the match-up with his Indonesian challenger Benny Tamaela, smartly assessing every situation and putting in strong counterpunches before landing a huge body shot towards the end of the second round, which took Tamaela out of the contest.
After yet another dominant display, Karroum will now face a sterner test when he takes on Malaysia’s Keng Fai Hui at the Roar of Singapore V on 29 September 2018, to challenge for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Oceania Welterweight Title.
In the main event of the evening, Muhammad Ridhwan ended the night on a high when he made easy work of his Indonesian competitor Rivo Rengkung by knocking him out in two minutes and 14 seconds into the second round.
On his victory, the 11-0 professional boxer remarked, “The fight went according to plan. We know we needed to get the knockout so we went there and created opportunities to get the knockout and we did it in the second round.”
Next up for Ridhwan is a challenge for the vacant IBO World Super Bantamweight title at the Roar of Singapore V, against Thailand’s vastly experienced Pipat Chaiporn, who has 58 bouts under his belt.
Besides the eight professional boxing bouts on show, there were also three amateur boxing match-ups, which were TRFC Amateur Title defenses for Leona Hui, Velvan Tan and Tawee Yu.
It was a tightly contested affair in all three title challenges, with only Hui managing to hold on to her TRFC Amateur Women’s Light Flyweight title.
In the other two title challenges, Singapore national boxer Nur Sabrina battled hard over the three rounds to take the TRFC Amateur Women’s Featherweight title from Yu, while undefeated boxer Helal Jr. wrestled the TRFC Amateur Men’s Light Welterweight title from Tan.
Growth for Boxing in Singapore and Asia
It was once again a great night at TRBC as it hosted the fourth edition of TRFC, which is sanctioned by the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association (SABA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC), where there were a total of 370 attendees.
Mr. Ruchdi Hajjar, founder of GGAP and TRBC, added: “With every TRFC event, we want to make it better and impactful, and showcase what boxing has to offer to everyone! Besides staging boxing shows, we’re determined to build the calibre of our boxers under GGAP, such as Farouk and Karroum, and unveil their brave hearts and talent in Singapore and beyond!”
There are three GGAP events lined up for the second half of 2018 – TRFC Elite Amateurs on 7th September, the first edition of TRFC Bangkok on 19th October, and TRFC V on 30th November.
For more information about TRFC or any of TRBC’s events, visit www.thering.sg
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Earlier this month we were expecting to see Yuta Saito (10-9-3, 7) [齊藤裕太] battle against Suguru Muranaka (26-3-1, 8) [村中 優] in a bout to crown a new Japanese Bantamweight champion. Sadly that bout was cancelled the day before the bout was set to take place due to Muranaka being unable to make weight, and being deemed medically unfit to fight. That was the third time this year that a bout for the Japanese Bantamweight title was cancelled, after illness and injuries forced Ryo Akaho (31-2-2, 20) [赤穂 亮] and Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介] out of scheduled bouts for the title.
Earlier this week saw a new bout being announced for the title, with Saito now set to face Eita Kikuchi (21-5-4, 8) [菊地永太] on September 1st, with the winner filling in the title vacancy.
Saito had looked in great shape at the weigh in for the cancelled Muranaka bout and will clearly be hungry for this opportunity, given the disappointment of the Muranaka bout being cancelled. He will however feel pretty confident of coming out on top given that Kikuchi hasn't fought since last October, when he was stopped by the aforementioned Suzuki in a title eliminator bout. Kikuchi will be more than a year removed from his last win, and at the age of 32 will know that this will be his last chance. Despite the inactivity it is worth noting that Kikuchi has fought at title level in the past, and in 2013 he challenged Shingo Wake for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, though was stopped in 9 rounds.
This bout will be held at the Korakuen Hall and will be held on a Dynamic Glove show, with other notable bouts expected to be announced closer to the date of the show.
Earlier this week it was announced by Kashimi gym that WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] would be back in the ring on August 19th, as he takes part in a 3 round exhibition with former WBO Featherweight world title challenger Genesis Servania (31-1, 14) in Kanazawa.
The show, dubbed the "Asian Boxing Classic", is being put on by Servania's team at the Kashimi gym and follows previous exhibitions and sparring sessions between the two world class fighters.
Inoue is currently taking part in a training camp and has expressed some frustration about how slowly things are being sorted for the Bantamweight World Boxing Super Series (WBSS), which is expected to begin in the fall. This bnout with Servania will likely be part of his preparation for that contest and will see him getting a good work out with someone naturally bigger, and someone he seems to enjoy sharing the ring with.
As for the Japanese based Filipino born Servania, who was last seen fighting in the Philippines earlier this year, the exhibition is going to help him increase his profile and continue hiw working relationship with both the Kashimi gym and with Inoue, and the Ohashi gym.
At the moment not much else about the show is knonw, though Hurricane Futa (24-7-1, 15) [中岸風太] is also on the show returning to the ring for the first time since he brilliant KO win over Vage Sarukhanyan in February. The hard hitting Futa is always good value for money and should be in a fun to watch bout here, though we are waiting for his opponent to be announced.
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