Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw 4 men fighting in Japanese Youth title eliminators, with all of the fighters hoping to move one step closer to becoming the Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion.
The first of the two bouts saw an early finish as the hard hitting 19 year old Haruki Ishikawa (8-1, 6) [石川春樹] scored a 3rd round TKO win against Atsushi Takada (6-2-3, 3) [高田篤志].
Ishikawa, who had come runner up in the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year, scored 2 knockdowns with the referee stopping the bout after the second one. This saw Ishikawa advance to the title bout later in the year.
The second bout saw professional novice Toshiya Ishii (2-0, 1) [石井渡士也] take a wide technical decision over the previously unbeaten Fumiya Fuse (8-1, 1) , [富施郁哉]. The bout saw the brilliant Ishii drop Fuse in the early going with a brilliant left hand, Fuse wasn't hurt but from then on Ishii always seemed to have the tools control the bout. Ishii was quick, sharp, strong and accurate and showed off the skills that had seen his team be confident enough to put him in a bout like this. Fuse never looked like a man who was going to quit but in round 5 a nasty head clash left Fuse with a huge cut over his right eye, taking us to the score-cards.
The scores were 50-45, and 49-46, twice, all in favour of Ishii, when the bout was stopped 40 seconds into round 5.
We'll now see Ishii and Takada face off for the Japanese Youth title, and Ishii incredibly confident, predicting a KO win. The two have sparred together in the past and it seems that sparring has filled him with a lot of confidence for the Takada clash.
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Earlier today in Okayama fight fans saw local hopeful Seigo Yuri Akui (13-2-1, 9) [阿久井政悟] put on a short but thrilling performance, taking out Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生] inside the opening round.
The bout started fast, and never slowed down, with both men looking to take the other out straight off. The high octane start suited Akui, who is the bigger puncher and the man more suited to that type of fight.
Despite being more suited to a high tempo war Akui was actually dropped early on, though recovered brilliantly and hurt Minato as the two continued to trade after the bout resumed, dropping Minato only moments later. Minato would recover to his feet but was quickly stopped by Akui, who scored a second knockdown and soon afterwards forced the referee to stop the contest, with Akui scoring 8th opening round stoppage.
The fight was hectic, lasting less than 3 minutes, but was brutally exciting, and had more action than most bouts have in significantly more time.
Also on this card was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout, between Tetsu Araki (14-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-1-3, 3) [高田篤志]. The bout saw the skilled Araki From the early stages it was clear that Araki was too sharp, and too technically good for Takada. The skills of Araki saw him landing with speed, then getting out of range, and continuing to do that through the 8 rounds, whilst never really being under any serious pressure. The only really tough time he had was when he stood in the pocket a little too long, and even then he seemed to be getting the better of it.
After 8 rounds there was no debating the winner, with Araki winning 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 to retain his title and make his first defense of the belt. For Takada this was his first loss, but will serve as a very clear learning experience for the 21 year old.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
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