Over the weekend TL Promotions released a video essentially announce the main event of their December 19th card, and it's got a compelling, yet strange, all-Thai main event between a former Welterweight title challenger and a 32 year old who has bounced back from 5 straight T/KO losses in a 10 month run to land one of the biggest fights of his career.
The match up in question will see Tewa Kiram (43-1, 31), also known as Teerachai Kratingdaenggym, face off with Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (21-6, 14), previously known as Chaloermporn Singwancha, with the men clashing up at Light Heavyweight for the WBA Asia title.
Of the two men it's Teerachai who is the much, much more well known fighter. 28 year old ran up a 38-0 record earlier in his career before travelling to the US in 2018 and facing Lucas Matthysse for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title, and gave a good effort early on before being taken out in round 8, in what was rather disappointing fashion. Since that loss he has moved up in weight and began to make a mark at 154lbs, but will be climbing further up the scales for this bout. Notably his last fight came in November 2019.
Chaloermporn on the other hand has never really made any mark outside of Asia. He began his career with a solid unbeaten run of his own, going 17-0 (13) before suffering 5 straight TKO losses against the likes of Azizbek Abdugofurov, Ainiwaer Yilixiati and Pui Yu Lim. He picked up an easy win to end that run before suffering another TKO loss in 2017. Sine then however he has picked up 3 wins to give him some career momentum, for now, and he actually fought more recently than Teerachai, with his last bout coming in December 2019.
Interestingly the 32 year old Chaloermporn has been fighting at Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight the past few years, though he will be the much, much shorter man when the two get get in the ring in December.
Like other shows from TL Promotions this will be aired on Thairath, continuing the very good relationship between the promoter and broadcaster.
The hype video for the bout can be seen below thanks to TL Promotion's YouTube channel
Earlier today Ohashi Gym announced that their star man Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] and his younger brother Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3) [井上拓真] are participating in a short training camp in Shizuoka, which began on November 9th and will run until December 3rd.
The training camp is focused on preparing Takuma for his January 14th bout against OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13) [栗原慶太] and will see the brothers base their training about physical training and lower body strengthening.
For Takuma the bout with Kurihara will be his first in well over a year, and the last time we saw him was actually when he suffered his solitary defeat, losing to WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali in November 2019. Despite the lengthy lay off he will be favoured against Kurihara, despite the fact the OPBF champion is a dangerous and heavy heavy handed fighter, and a man with ambitions of his own, and a very high IBF world ranking.
Although the camp is one primarily for Takuma it is worth noting that it will help Naoya stay in shape and in peak condition before he goes into for his next bout, which we would expect at some point in the Spring. This is something we regularly see from Naoya, who never enters a camp for a fight out of shape, meaning a camp is focused on preparing for his opponent, and sparring, and not losing weight and getting into shape, like we have seen from some other fighters.
(Image credit Ohashi Gym)
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest Ohashi promoted event under their long established "Phoenix Battle" series. The card, which was gutted by injuries, ended up up just featuring 3 professional bouts and a public exhibition, as Ohashi looked to add value to had been a show that had promises a lot but ended up looking quite bare.
The main event of that card was a WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title bout between champion Musashi Mori [森 武蔵] and hard hitting challenger Tsuyoshi Tameda [溜田剛士], with the main support bout being a clash between former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada [岡田誠一] and Hiromu Murota [室田拡夢].
Today it was confirmed both of those bouts, along with the exhibition between former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16) [八重樫 東] and Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] would be shown, in some form, on Fuji TV in early December.
The Fuji TV website lists the broadcast as being set for a 26:55 to 28:00 time slot on December 5th, which is 1:55am to 3am on December 6th for those not familiar with Japanese TV scheduling. Obviously this will be a tape delay broadcast and will be edited, but we're still glad to be getting this own aired in some form as there was worries it would slip by the TV cameras and not be aired at all.
Note - Due to the broadcast we've removed all records apart from those of Yaegashi and Kuwahara, from this article rather than potentially ruining the results for those who aren't aware of the outcomes.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] recorded his third defense as he scored an 11th round TKO victory over Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士] at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo.
Today Mori was back in the ring, in his home of Aichi Prefecture, where he was given chance to speak to the audience at the "Splendid Boxing" show at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
It was there that Mori announced his next bout.
It was revealed by Mori that he will be back in the ring on March 21st to face OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] in a return to Korakuen Hall, in a bout between two of the leading Japanese fighters in the talent laden Featherweight division.
At the moment the full details haven't been confirmed, though it appears the bout will be to unify the two regional titles. If that is the case it'll be Mori's 4th defense of the WBO Asia Pacific crown and Shimizu's 6th defense of the OPBF belt.
Interestingly Shimizu and Tameda, the man Mori beat this weekend, are both from the Ohashi Gym and that little bit of history would, potentially help add an extra layer to this bout, which already sells it's self.
Fingers crossed the promoter officially announced the show in the coming days, along with some of the under-card, for what promises to be an excellent main event.
Earlier today in Osaka we got the latest show from Harada Boxing, who put on a small but notable card from the EDION Arena, where there was 5 bouts taking place.
The first bout of note here saw a genuine upset as Shota Asami (8-7, 4) [浅海 勝太] shocked Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Sho Omote (8-2, 3) [表 祥]. Asami set the pace early on and landed heavy hooks in rounds 2 and 3. To his credit Omote tried to fight back, but was simply unable to copy with the ambition and drive of Asami who was too hungry, too good and too busy. After 6 rounds all 3 judges had this to Asami 59-55. With the win Asami ends a 2-fight losing run and gives Omote his first loss in well over 3 years.
The second bout of note saw fast rising prospect Ayato Hiromoto (3-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] take his biggest win to date. The talented novice out pointed JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] over 8 rounds, in what was a very big step up in class.
This bout started with the two men looking to feel each other out with their jabs, but by round 3 Hiromoto was unleashing more from his arsenal, with solid 1-2's catching the eye. That lead to a response from Nasu in round 4 as the traded blows and from there on both men showed good touches in a bout that allowed both to show their skills, but neither seemed capable of hurting the other. It seemed like Hiromoto had done enough to edge rounds, and that was the case with 2 of the judges who had winning the bout 79-73. Oddly however the third judge had this 78-74 to Nasu, which seemed a very odd and poor card.
Interesting Hiromoto was originally supposed to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之], though that bout was cancelled when Kuroda was injured, leading to this bout.
In the main event of the show fans saw Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介], the cousin of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, claim his latest victory. The heavy handed and strong Kameda was fighting for the first time since losing the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year to Jinki Maeda and looked to make a statement here. In the opposite corner was professional debutant Daiki Asai (0-1) [浅井 大貴], who had won an All Japan title in the amateurs where he went 61-16 (33).
The opening round saw both men have moments, Kameda made the most of his jab whilst Asai's footwork and movement saw him getting in and out well. Sadly however the pace changed in round 2, when Kameda came out with aggressive intent, and forced the referee to save Asai who seemed to be out on his feet from a straight right hand.
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