Back in September we reported that Tsubasa Murachi (5-1, 3) [村地翼] and stablemate Rentaro Kimura (2-0, 2) [木村蓮太朗], who both notched wins on September 27th, would be back in action on December 10th at Korakuen Hall.
Earlier this week we broke the news that Kimura's opponent for that show would be Thunder Teruya (7-7-1, 4) [照屋雄太], who has really turned his career around after a 2-6-1 start, with the two men set to fight in an 8 round bout.
Now we can also reveal that Murachi has seemingly had his opponent named!
From what we understand Murachi will take on Isao Aoyama (12-7-1, 3) [青山功] in an 8 round bout at 53KG's, which is a contracted weight just under 117lbs.
For Murachi the bout will be his second since losing to Froilan Saludar in a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title bout, which really came too soon in his career. For Aoyama the bout will see him getting a chance to build on a January win over Marzon Cabilla. On paper Aoyama will be the under-dog, but he is 3-1 in his last 4 and is no push over, giving the likes of Akinori Hoshino and Keisuke Nakayama really good, close, and competitive bouts.
Murachi's bout with Aoyama and Kimura's bout with Teruya, will be part of a show that will be headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] defending his title against Akihiro Kondo (32-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広]. The show will take place under the Diamond Glove banner, with bouts shown on tape delay on Fuji TV.
Earlier today it was announced that the December edition of "Diamond Glove" would be headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] making his first defense. The champion, who dethroned Koki Inoue in a notable upset back in the Summer, will be in the ring on December 10th as he takes on veteran Akihiro Kondo (32-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広], who is now in the must win stage of his career.
Nagata had entered the bout with Inoue as the mandatory challenger, and forced a TKO win over the previously unbeaten Inoue, who announced his retirement after the bout. That was Nagata's second title fight, having previously come up short in an OPBF title fight against Rikki Naito, and it showed he genuinely belonged among the best Japanese fighters at 140lbs. He's aggressive, exciting, a smart fighter who uses pressure and under-rated boxing skills.
A win here for Nagata would likely see him enter 2021 with as the champion as we head into next year's Champion Carnival.
As for Kondo he really is in need of a win. He is best known internationally for his 2017 bout against Sergey Lipinets in the US for the IBF 140lb title. Since then he has gone 3-2, with a huge KO loss to Downua Ruawaiking, in a world title eliminator, and to youngster Andy Hiraoka. A loss here will likely see the 35 year old hanging up the gloves and walking away from the sport, ending a career that saw him debut as a professional way back in 2006.
As is typical with Diamond Glove shows this will be held at Korakuen Hall and will be shown on tape delay on Fuji TV.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fans will see Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (31-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広] look to avoid a third straight loss, as he takes on Tatsuya Yanagi (16-5-2, 6) [柳達也].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout, and both men made the 62.4KG's, or around 137.8lbs, contracted weight limit.
On the scales Kondo came in bang on the contracted limit and spoke like a man who still had more to give the sport. It's been a bad year for the tough veteran, who was knocked out early in the year by Downua Ruawaiking and then beaten in July by Andy Hiraoka, but he did show real desire to remain relevant as a fighter and has clearly not given up on his career.
Yanagi on the other hand came in comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 137.4lbs. Whilst Kondo's career is faltering Yanagai has been on a roll and is 5-0-1 in his last 6 bouts, with a very notable win in May against Koichi Aso. He'll be looking to continue building his momentum here and will know that another win will move him on to the verges of a Japanese title fight.
For fans wanting to watch this we're expecting the Asign boxing youtube channel to make the bout available in the days following the bout.
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In Japan today much of the boxing focus was on Osaka, where their was a title triple header, featuring some of the biggest names in Japanese boxing. That card over-shadowed a second Japanese card of note in Tokyo, which featured a very interesting bout between a rising young prospect and a former world title challenger, in what was a make or break fight for both men.
The bout in question saw youngster Andy Hiraoka (14-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] take a massive jump up in class to take on veteran Akihiro Kondo (31-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広]. For Hiraoka the bout was his first 10 rounder, and a clear test of what he was made of following a short reign as the Japanese Youth Light Welterweight champion.For Kondo on the other hand the bout was an opportunity to bounce back following a shock KO loss to Downua Ruawaiking in an IBF eliminator earlier this year.
From the opening moments the tactics of the two men were clear. Kondo was looking to pressure, get inside, rough up Hiraoka and break him down at close quarters. It was an idea based on the experience that Kondo has, and looked to try and hide his flaws, such as his lack of speed and size. Hiraoka on the other hand went with the opposite approach, using his speed,m his reach and his straigth punching, picking Kondo off as he came forward.
It was the skills and speed of Hiraoka that really dominated the bout overall, with his straight left hand and right jab being a major factor later in the bout, as Kondo continued to press but was tagged every time he took a risk and after 10 rounds it was clear that the youngster had taken the win with ease.
After 10 rounds Hiraoka's hand was raised with scores of 98-92, 98-93 and 97-93.
Following the bout Kondo spoke highly of Hiraoka. Hiraoka managed to get this bout after airing some frustrations on social media and seemed to suggest that this win was just the first step towards bigger and better success.
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and Akihiro Kondo (31-8-1, 18) [近藤 明広] face off in a compelling match up.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men made weight, weighing in at 140lbs, and looking in great shape.
Hiraoka, taking a huge step up in class, looked huge at the weigh in and seemed calm, confident and excited, telling the media that he was motivated to impress against Kondo.
Kondo, fighting for the 41st time, is looking to bounce back from a shock stoppage loss to Downua Ruawaiking earlier this year. He seemed fully aware this was a must win bout, and realises that if he loses here it will end any chance of him getting a second world title fight.
For fans hoping to watch this bout we're expecting the Asign Boxing channel on youtube to put the bout up, in full, in the coming days.
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