Earlier today in Tokyo the press finally got the chance to see the press conference regarding the upcoming WBA Super Flyweight world title bout, between defending champion Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) and mandatory challenger Koki Kameda (33-1, 18).
The bout, which will take place on October 16th in Chicago, USA, has been a long awaited one and today's press conference certainly added to the anticipation.
Part way through the conference Kameda walked in, shook hands with the champion then tried to provoke a response from Kono, who did well to bite his tongue. Despite the relatively calm response of the champion he did seem to be very sure that to retain his title he'd have to score a KO.
Whilst the announcement was no surprise we were very glad to hear that Japanese fans would be getting the bout aired to them, courtesy of TV Tokyo. From what we under-stand this will be Kameda's first bout on the channel, following a long association with TBS, and it continues the strong relationship between Watanabe gym and TV Tokyo.
Kohei Kono Vs Koki Kameda set for October 16th in Chicago!
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
Over the past couple of days we've seen Korean promoter AK Promotions release to training videos regarding their two recent signings.
In the first video we get the chance to see former Pakistan amateur star Muhammad Waseem (0-0) take part in a short sparring session ahead of his debut. The second video is of America puncher Randall Bailey (45-8-0-1, 38) who's video combines various training segments to help introduce Bailey to a Korean audience ahead of his upcoming bout.
These two men will be part of the "Show me the KO's" show on October 4th.
Earlier this week we were informed that Pigmy Kokietgym (57-8-2, 23) was lined up for a WBO Minimumweight world title bout with Japanese youngster Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2). Prior to that bout however Pigmy would fight once, a stay busy fight against unknown Filipino Jaysever Abcede (10-3, 6).
Nothing on Abcede's record suggest this would be anything more than a routine win for Pigmy, who was fighting over 12 rounds to essentially pick up the WBO Oriental title in what was supposed to be a foregone conclusion. Of course however boxing doesn't work on foregone conclusions, it doesn't work one who is favoured, instead it works on what happens in the ring and Abcede had come to the ring to prove a point.
From the opening seconds it was clear the Filipino 20 year old hadn't traveled to Thailand to make up the numbers, instead he had traveled to replicate the success of countryman Jestoni Autida, who shocked Ratchasak KKP just a few days ago. Rather than fighting like a journeyman Abcede fought like a confident young fighter, letting his jab go, moving in and out and circling his much more experienced foe. Whilst he did show plenty of nerves it was clear that there was some genuine self belief here.
As the fight went on Pigmy seemingly became frustrated by being unable to pin down his taller and faster foe who continued to boxing brilliantly behind his jab at range. The frustration on the veteran began to show as he started to miss more and more frequently, often with huge looking shots, and was being made to pay for his misses. As he continued to miss Abcede grew more and more confident, landing some brilliant counter shots and letting his hands go with more regularity.
In the later rounds Pigmy was beginning to look tired and was chasing Abcede around the ring, running straight into the Filipino's punches in the process. As he did that he began to take more and more steam out of his own engine.
In round 11 Abcede finally finished finished off Pigmy with a brutal right hook that send the Thai flat on his back. Pigmy tried to recover to his feet but fell into the ropes forcing the stoppage.
Whilst the win certainly nets Abcede the WBO Oriental title, and his 7th straight win after a 3-3 start, it does leave the WBO in a strange position and will almost certainly force them to order a different mandatory for Tanaka. It's unlikely that that will be Abcede, despite his excellent win here, though it could well leave Tanaka in the position to face a voluntary defense, ahead of a possible unification bout with Katsunari Takayama in December.
For Pigmy, who entered the bout #1 ranked by the WBO, this is almost certainly the end of the line. It was a "cherry pick" gone wrong and an upset of the year contender. It also proves that a fighter really cannot look past their upcoming fight. Thankfully though it seems the bout may have revealed a genuine diamond in the rough in the form of Abcede who looks like the type of fighter who could go a long way, if he has a good team behind him.
(Video courtesy of tko.in.th)
Earlier today saw the winners of the Japanese monthly awards being named. Two of the winners were newly crowned OPBF champions whilst the other fighter scored one of his most notable victories so far.
Earlier today Japanese fans got the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6) record the 4th defense of his title as he stopped Kazuya Murata (11-5, 5).
The talented Nakatani, who began his career 6-0 (5) had won his last 4 bouts by decision and had seen some fans suggest he wasn't as heavy handed as they had first thought. Today however he proved his ability to damage opponents.
Early on Nakatani made the most of his razor like jab, piercing the guard of the challenger who was often left hitting air and being countered by vicious right uppercuts. Sadly for the challenger it quickly evident that he could win the fight at range and was also unable to win up close, where those uppercuts were crunching into his face.
In round 4 Nakatani upped the pace and it was clear that Murata had no answer other than to try and survive. The challenger was again given a beating round 5 as he began to show real signs of damage around his face.
Following the two big rounds from Nakatani the doctor took a hard look at Murata before stopping him in the corner.
From what we under-stand the doctor stopped the bout due to a suspected issue with Murata's eye.
After the bout Nakatani stated that he was wanting to focus on moving towards a world title fight. At the moment it seems likely he'll have to wait, though it's clear that his focus is on moving up through the ranks and testing himself against the very best in the sport, like stable mate Kazuto Ioka.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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