Later today we'll see WBA Featherweight champion Can Xu (18-2, 3) [徐灿] making his next defense as he takes on British challenger Leigh Wood (24-2, 14) in Essex.
Yesterday, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men made the 126lb limit with no issues at all. In fact both men were well under the limit.
On the scales Xu was 125.2lbs, almost a full pound under the limit, and he looked in great shape for a man who has been out of the ring since November 2019, when he beat Manny Robles III in his second title defense. Despite the inactivity, due to the Covid19 situation, Xu has been preparing for bouts, having planned a 2020 bout with Josh Warrington and having been in the US for quite some time this year preparing for bouts that never happened.
As for Wood he was ever so slightly heavier, coming in at 125.3lbs. Unlike Can he was active last year and has actually fought earlier this year, scoring a win over Reece Mould. It'll be interesting to see if his confidence on the back of that recent win will show through here, or whether Xu's activity and insane work rate will be too much for him.
For fans wanting to watch this one it will be shown worldwide on DAZN.
Related - Can looks to chop down Wood in UK debut at the end of July
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Back in May we saw talented youngster Musashi Mori (12-1, 7) [森 武蔵] lose the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title, losing in a unification bout with OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (10-1, 9) [清水 聡]. Following that loss, news went quiet on what was next for Mori, though it now appears he is set to shake things up going forward and it's now been confirmed that he has changed gyms.
Mori, who was with former WBC Bantamweight champion Yasuei Yakushiji and his gym since starting his professional career, has officially transferred to the Shisei Gym, which is the same gym as WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (26-2, 15) [井岡一翔] and former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (17-2-1, 17) [比 嘉 大吾].
Although the Shisei Gym isn't a big name one at the moment, the quality there is really impressive and adding Mori to the stable will further strengthen it's standing, whilst allowing the gym to focus on not just it's current stars but also the future, something Mori is certainly going to be part of given he's only 21 at the moment.
Talking about the transfer Mori stated that he respects Ioka, who is the key figure head of the gym, that he will become a world a champion one day and and will resurrect his career at the Shisei Boxing gym.
At the time of writing it's unclear when Mori will return to the ring, though we suspect it will be sooner rather than later, and could happen on the under-card of Kazuto Ioka's next title defense.
Earlier this month the talented Toshiya Ishii (4-1, 3) [石井渡士也] scored a 5th round TKO win against Jin Minamide (4-2, 3) [南出仁], in what was a fantastic performance from the youngster. Going into that bout Ishii was the Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion, though wasn't defending his title in that bout.
Earlier this week Ishii announced that that would be his final bout as the Japanese Youth champion, vacating the title.
Ishii has revealed that his future plans are to permanently fight at Super Bantamweight, the weight that he beat Minamide in, and it seems likely that his focus will be on getting a Japanese title fight at the new weight. That seems something that could happen sooner rather than later, given he was ranked by the JBC before the Minamide bout, and Minamide was himself highly ranked by the JBC.
Although not a major name outside of Japan Ishii, aged 20, is widely regarded as one of the best prospects in the country by fans who follow Japanese boxing. He's a short fighter at Super Bantamweight but a very talented and explosive one and it'll be great to see how he comes with taking on some of the top Japanese fighters at 122lbs going forward.
By: Sanman Boxing
The cancellation of Jayson Mama’s (W16-0) fight against African Champion Moruti Mthalane was a blessing in disguise as he finally gets a shot at the same title but this time against newly crowned champ Sunny Edwards (16-0). Edwards snatched the crown from Mthalane via unanimous decision just last April. The Edwards versus Mama flyweight showdown will be held on September 11, 2021 at the Copperbox Arena, London, England.
Mama is currently busy with his training camp at the Sanman Gym under the tutelage of coach Ronerex Dalut and strength and conditioning coach Jenny Guevarra. He has been sparring with stablemates Froilan Saludar and Dave Apolinario. Jayson is ecstatic about the news. “This is the biggest fight in my career! I can’t afford to let this slip. I am thankful to my promoter and manager for arranging this life-changing fight. I am also lucky to have quality sparring partners at our gym. I can’t explain the excitement I feel now. I am so motivated to grab that belt from Edwards”, Mama stated.
Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil is also busy facilitating the other details of this fight. “We strongly hope in adding a new world champion to our Sanman Stable. It’s Jayson’s time. Edwards is technically skilled but we have the proper game plan to beat him. Jayson is one of the most hardworking kids in the gym. He will be a world champion”, Manangquil said.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest Dangan card and it was one that was mostly easy to over-look, though did have 2 bouts worthy of attention on it, including a Japanese title bout.
Befoore we talk about that title fight we'll talk about the chief support bout, which was a pretty notable an interesting contest, and a step up in class for an unbeaten prospect.
That chief support contest saw Mikio Sakai (4-0) [酒井 幹生] over-come a game effort by veteran Koshinmaru Saito (24-11-2, 13) [斉藤伸介]. The talented, but very light punching Sakai was made to work for this win. Early on he was bust up around the nose and forced to take the power of Saito, who left him with blood across his face and in a bit of a hole. To his credit however Sakai gritted his teeth and took the fight to Saito, applying constant, intelligent pressure and running up the rounds using his clean sharp shots and youthful movement and speed to pick Saito apart.
Later in the bout Saito began to dig deep, trying to rough up Sakai whilst the bout was seemingly slipping away from the veteran. He tried, and to his credit he really did put in a real shift in the final rounds, but it was too little too late to steal the play away, and over-turn Sakai's momentum.
After 8 rounds the early troubles of Sakai were easily forgotten as a tired Saito just about made it to the final bell, despite being blooded himself as a result of Sakai's consistent clean head shots.
With the bout going the distance we went to the scorecards which all favoured Sakai 77-75 giving him the win, but one he genuinely had to earn.
We then moved on to the main event, and it turned out to be a really unfortunate and disappiinting one as Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-2, 6) [澤田京介] and Ikuro Sadatsune (11-4-4, 4) [定常 育郎] fought for the "cursed", and vacant, Japanese Bantamweight title.
The first round was a messy one at times as both men tried to figure the other out. Both had moments, but the Righty Vs Lefty dynamic made for some ugly moments. The little bit of real quality however came from Sawada who managed to drop Sadatsune with a perfectly timed straight left right hook combination may way through the round. Following the knockdown Sadatsune did seem to remain buzzed for quite some time, but Sawada couldn't see him off before the bell rung to end the round.
Sadly just seconds into round 2 a huge clash of heads left both men a bloodied mess. Both fighters ended up getting inspected by the doctor, and the doctor quickly decided that the bout shouldn't continue.
To begin with it looked like Sadatsune, who went down in the corner, had got the worse of it, but in reality both men were looking like they had done a Ric Flair blade job as claret flowed freely from both fighters.
Due to the cuts the bout was ruled a 2nd round technical draw, leaving the title vacant and both men disappointed.
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