Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw rising youngster Aso Ishiwaki (8-2-1, 6) [石脇麻生] score the best win of his career, as he stopped former Japanese Light Welterweight title challenger Ryuji Ikeda (14-7-3, 9) [池田竜司], with a dominant performance.
Ikeda looked to start fast but Ishiwaki calmly saw off the storm, showed great composure for a 20 year old and began to read Ikeda's attack.
In round 2 the tables turned, with Ishiwaki pressing forward and taking the fight toi Ikeda, dropping him with a right hook. Ikeda got up from the knockdown but was dropped again with the referee quickly waving the bout off.
Ishiwaki, who is promoted by Nobuhiro Ishida, is now expected to pursue his first title fights in 2020 and could well find himself up against Takahiko Kobayashi [小林孝彦] for the Japanese Youth Light Welterweight title, in what would be a sure fire barn burner!
As for Ikeda, this is a second successive loss, following a 5th round TKO loss to Koki Inoue in July, in a Japanese title fight.
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On a pretty interesting Japanese card on Friday at Korakuen Hall we'll see former Japanese Light Welterweight title challenger Ryuji Ikeda (14-6-3, 9) [池田竜司] take on the always great to watch Aso Ishiwaki (7-2-1, 5) [石脇麻生]. Today the two men took part in their weigh in, for what could end up being a real hidden gem.
The bout serves as the chief support bout of tomorrow's shows but it may well be able to outshine the main event given the mentality of the two men in this bout, and their styles.
On the scales Ikeda made the 140lb limit with no issues, coming in at 139.8lbs, and looked calm and relaxed. He enters this bout on the back of a loss to Koki Inoue in a Japanese title fight in July. This is not going to be an easy comeback bout, despite Ikeda's experience at domestic title level.
Ishiwaki, a genuinely strong young kid, missed the weight at the first attempt, coming in at almost 141lbs, though managed to make the 140lb limit on his second attempt on the scales. Ishiwaki explained that the issue was his house scales not being calibrated the same as the venue's scales, and that he had no issue making the weight.
We're hoping that Asign Boxing release the video to the fight soon in the coming days.
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Earlier today, Sunday, fans in Toyonaka had the chance to attend a Nobuhiro Ishida promoted card at the 176BOX.
It wasn't a big show, but it was a notable one as it was the first show to be promoted solely by Ishida, who is best known in the west for his win over James Kirkland.
Ishida packed the card with some of his most notable fighters, and whilst not all the results went his way, there was big wins for two of his brightest youngsters.
One of the brightest hopes on the show was Rei Nakajima (2-0) [中島玲], who took a wide 6 round decision over Korean visitor Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1). The Korean showed his toughness and was under pressure through the 6 rounder, but fought back and served a genuine test for Nakajima, who had cruised to victory on his debut with no issues at all.
The other bright youngster picking up a win was the very fan friendly Aso Ishiwaki (7-2-1, 5) [石脇麻生], who scored a 3rd round win over the limited but heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-9, 7) [松坂拓哉]. The bout saw Ishiwaki flirting with the 140lb division and despite the move up in weight he remained a strong, powerful bully, breaking down Matsusaka. Not only was this a step up in weight for Ishiwaki but was also against a southpaw and he seemed impressed by his own performance. The win sees Ishiwaki progress to an A class license and he's now aiming to face a ranked opponent of some kind next time out.
Sadly Ishida's female fighters had a show to forget. Veteran Momoko Kanda (10-11-2, 4) [神田桃子] was beaten by Kaori Nagai (4-2-3, 2) [長井香織], with Nagai taking a 6 round split decision over Kanda whilst Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音] was left with a 3rd round technical draw on her record following a bout with Filipino foe Gretel de Paz (5-5-2, 2). Ogata was cut from a headclash part way through round 3 and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.
Whilst the card wasn't perfect for Ishida he does appear to have two real prospects within his stable, with Nakajima and Ishiwaki both being worthy of attention as their careers develop.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans got an absolute treat of a show thanks to several brilliant match ups. The card, shown on G+, won't get rave reviews in the West but we do tip our hats to the promoter for the quality of bouts and the excellent match making through the show.
The card had a number of excellent bouts on it, starting with a 6 round war between Rookie of the Year runner up Aso Ishiwaki (5-2-1, 3) [石脇麻生] and the hard hitting Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ]. On paper this wasn't going to be a bout that got many talking unless you followed the Japanese scene, but it was arguably the bout of the card, as both men gave their all. Saito started brilliantly, getting inside and working hard shots up close. It seemed like he would break Ishiwaki down, but instead he began to flag heavily in round 3 as Ishiwaki really began to take the fight to him, and it was Ishiwaki who seemed to do enough to deserve the win after out working Saito over the final 4 rounds. In the end however the judges had the bout a split draw, with scores of 58-56 to Iwshiwaki, 58-57 to Saito and 57-57. We really do need to wonder about the 58-57 card, which we can't come to any defense of, though 57-57 was fair enough, as Saito may have done just enough to edge round 5.
A second notable bout saw 2017 Rookie of the Year winner Hironori Shigeta (6-1-1, 3) [重田裕紀] take a clear decision win over the limited but game Mitsumasa Takahashi (9-6-1, 3) [高橋光政]. The once beaten Shigeta dropped his man in the opening round and put on a bit of a show case of ring control as he easily won the bout, though showed a few flaws that we expect fighters will take advantage of in the future. Although clearly too skilled, too fast and too smart for Takahashi, who constantly brought the pressure, Shigeta does seem like a very lead hand focused southpaw, and does waste movement. Though there is a real talent for his team mould. He won this one 60-54, 60-53 and 59-54.
In a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title eliminator, as Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] pressured and broke hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-4, 5) [富岡哲也]. Tomioka, who has never heard the final bell, was under pressure from the off and after being dropped in round 2 he really had no answer, and was saved by the referee as Sato went to work. Sato is an absolute nightmare to fight and looks like he will clearly be in the mix for titles well beyond youth level in the coming years. He will face the winner of the April 11th bout between Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] and Hizuki Saso (10-5-1, 3) [佐宗緋月].
The only bout that was actually poor saw Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] struggle to get going against Filipino Anthony Marcial (24-4-1, 22). This was a disappointing and messy affair, though it did end in very impressive fashion, with Aoqui landing a sensational left hand to knock out Marcial in round 5. It was a highlight to an other forgettable match up.
A second sensational finish came only a few minutes later when hard hitting Middleweight Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝] took out Thai visitor Chaiwat Mueanphong (4-4, 2) in the second round, with a brutal left hand. Tyson, who was fighting for the first time since joining the Kadoebi gym, impressed here and we're going to look forward to what he does next.
Earlier this month we reported that Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] would be returning to the ring on April 6th at the next "Slugfest" card, and would be up against a Thai foe. We now know who that Thai will be, and if we're being honest we're actually expecting this to be a solid work out for the favoured Japanese puncher.
Tyson, who hasn't fought since a loss in December 2017 to Yasayuki Akiyama, will be up against the durable Chaiwat Mueanphong (4-3, 2). On paper it's a mismatch, but Chaiwat has given Japanese champion Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登] his toughest bout, by far, and will be expected to give Tyson a genuine test here, given the long break Tyson's had.
Also confirmed for the card now is a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title eliminator, as Tsuyoshi Sato (8-1-1, 4) [佐藤剛] takes on the hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-3, 5) [富岡哲也] and the return to the ring of the exciting Cristiano Aoqui (13-7-2, 9) [アオキ クリスチャーノ], following a hand injury he suffered last year.
These bouts fill out a card that will be headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] defending his title against mandatory challenger Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上] and will also feature an excellent contest between Aso Ishiwaki (5-2, 3) [石脇麻生] and Yoji Saito (1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ].
For fans wanting to watch this card but can't get to Tokyo, it will be aired live on G+.
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