We've known for a while that we would see a Hajime No Ippo tournament being announced before the end of 2019, and today our Korean sources revealed a lot of the details about the tournament.
The 8 man tournament, which will take place at Featherweight, is taking place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the popular anime and will see the draw for the bouts taking place on October 3rd, with the first round bouts set for November 2019, whilst the the semi-finals are pencilled in for February 2020 and the final in May 2020.
At the moment the full line hasn't been confirmed, but will be in the very near future. One man has however been confirmed for the show and that is South Korean fighter Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우], who was last seen winning the Boxing M Featherweight title, in March 2018. He's had a lengthy lay off to recover from a hand injury, but is set to be 100% fit for a November date.
We would expect to see more news over the next 2 days before the official draw and announcements this coming Thursday.
A few weeks ago we saw a number of bouts being announced for the first round of the Knock Out
Dynamite tournament, set to begin on October 19th. Today we saw the poster drop for the card and bring with it some really interesting details, including the names of two of the "foreign fighters" who were set to be announced at a later date.
One of those will be debuting Mongolian fighter Byambatsogt Tuguldur (0-0), who reached the quarter finals of the Asian Youth Championships in Thailand. From what we understand Tuguldur will be up against Shusaku Fujinaka (16-11-2, 11) [藤中周作] and will be the 4th man in the 65KG tournament, which also features Vladimir Baez (25-5-2, 23) and Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-12-1, 9) [宮崎辰也].
Another is fellow Mongolian debutant Tsendsuren Bat-Ireedui (0-0), who appears to have had a short MMA career and has some amateur boxing background. He will be in the 60KG tournament, where he will face veteran Ribo Takahata (15-8-1, 6) [高畑里望] in his first tournament bout. Tsendsuren's amateur career really is hard to find much about, though he appears to have fought in the 2016 Genghis Khan Cup at 49KG's, though he does appear to have a 2-0 MMA record. Sadly it's still unclear who Koichi Ito (11-7-3, 10) [伊藤弘一] will be facing in the other semi final at 60KG's.
Of course the third weight covered here is 56KG, and that had all of it's fighters announced at a previous press conference, with Yuki Yamauchi (3-0, 2) [山内祐希] to face Ryuta Wakamatsu (12-14-1, 9) [若松竜太], and Ren Sasaki (9-0, 6)[佐々木蓮] set to battle with Morihisa Iju (11-4, 9) [伊集盛尚].
Tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which will see Kyoguchi defending his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine, will not any live television coverage, a strange given the bout will be an all-Japanese affair. In fact not only is it an all Japanese bout, but it's all Osakan bout, in Osaka, a perfect chance for MBS to get a huge audience figure for a bout that sells it's self.
Thankfully however MBS, the Kansai affiliate of TBS, will actually have the bout legally and freely available.
The bout will be available on the MBS website, with this link, or alternatively the youtube link we've included below.
The broadcast is expected to go live around 20:00 local time on Tuesday, though MBS do stipulate that the start time may change depending on when the bout actually takes place and the speed in which the undercard progresses.
Interestingly there has been stipulated date or time for a tape delay television broadcast, so watching the live streams may be the only opportunity to see the bout, much like the IBF Flyweight title bout earlier this year between Moruti Mthlane and Masayuki Kuroda [黒田 雅之].
Related - Kyoguchi takes on Hisada in Osakan showdown!
Earlier today the officials for tomorrow's WBA world title fight in Osaka were confirmed, and they included a name for Japanese boxing, Nobuto Ikehara [池原信遂].
The 43 year old Mr Ikehara will be one of the judges for tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] battle against Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], and it will be the first time Ikehara has judged a world title fight. It's not, however, the first time he has been involved in one, in fact the bout comes more than 11 years after he fought in one.
As a fighter Mr Ikehara went 29-4 (19),won the Japanese Bantamweight title in 2006 and challenged Volodymyr Sydorenko for the WBA Bantamweight title in 2008, incidentally that bout actually took place at the same venue as tomorrow's bout, the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, which is now known as the EDION Arena Osaka due to a sponsorship and naming agreement. He has been an official since around 2013 but tomorrow's world title fight will be his biggest assignment, by far.
Ikehara will be joined at ring as a judge by Filipino Silvestre Abainza and American Sergio Caiz with the referee to be the experienced Kazunobu Asao.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Tomorrow WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] will defend his title against fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men went through their final formalities, including their weigh in, their signing ceremony and their glove selection.
The two men made the 108lbs limit with no issues at all.
On the scales Kyoguchi was 108lbs, right on the divisional limit, whilst Hisada was slightly under the limit, at around 107.8lbs. Both fighters looked in great shape and neither seemed too drained by making weight.
Kyoguchi sounded confident through out, and stated that he would win. He revealed that he had wanted to defend in Osaka because that had been a dream since he had won the world title, as he was originally from Osaka.
The champion will be fighting in Orange gloves made by Winning.
The challenger, who has selected white glove, has stated he thinks tomorrow will be the day he becomes a world champion, and thanked those who have helped him get this chance.
Related- Kyoguchi takes on Hisada in Osakan showdown!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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