Earlier today Kadoebi held their latest show under the solid "Slugfest" banner, and although not a monster show, or one of the deepest "Slugfest" events it was certainly a notable one, with 4 bouts taking place including a regional title bout and two bouts featuring very promising and talented prospects.
The show began with a 4 rounder that saw a genuine upset as Shota Ogawa (4-3-1, 3) [小川 将太] stopped 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Kantaro Nakanishi (3-1-1) [中西 寛多郎] in a Bantamweight clash. Nakanishi, who hadn't fought in over a year, landed some nice shots in the opening round, but in round 2 the fight became a fire fight with Ogawa dropping his man early in the round. Nakanishi beat the count but was under pressure at the restart forcing the referee to save him at the 1:03 mark of round 2.
The second bout saw the touted Jun Ikegawa (2-0) [池側 純] take a 6 round decision win over Ryuya Nihei (5-2-1, 1) [二瓶 竜弥]. Nihei showed some ambition and hunger early on here, but he was repeatedly out foxed, and out though by the talented Ikegawa, who controlled range really well, and left his man cut. The boxing brain of Ikegawa was on show through out here, as he landed and got out of range before Nihei could land counters, and it was a good show case of the youngster's boxing ability. After 6 rounds this was 60-54, twice, and 59-55, and despite a very good win, we do get the feeling there is a lot, lot more to come from Ikegawa in the future.
In the chief support bout we saw the highly regarded Ayato Hiromoto (4-0, 2) [廣本 彩刀] put in one of his best performances as he scored a 7th round TKO win over veteran Hiroki Yajima (9-10-3, 4) [矢島 大樹], who had never previously been stopped. Hiromoto controlled the action behind his left hand early on, using his jabs and hooks to dictate the action. Yajima tried to fight back, but when he took risks he was punished, notable in round 5. In round 7 Hiromoto managed to drop his man, who returned to his feet and came back swinging before being dropped a second time by a hard right hand, forcing the stoppage.
In the main event we saw WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Ryota Yamauchi (8-1, 7) [山内涼太] successfully defending his title as he stopped the over-matched Yuta Nakayama (8-4-1, 5) [中山祐太]. Nakayama was game from the off, and showed some good speed, a nice jab and some real ambition. Sadly for him however Yamauchi wasn't worried and began to slowly break down his man with pressure and body shots, dropping Nakayama with a body shot in round 2. Nakayama was down again in round 5, though managed to again get to his feet and try to fight back. In round 7 however a third knockdown was enough to force a stoppage and get Yamauchi his first defense of the title.
Just over 2 weeks ago we reported that Kyonosuke Kameda (5-2-1, 4) [亀田京之介], the cousin of former world champion Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, had transferred to the Harada Gym. He had left the Hanagata Gym, who stepped in at the last minute last year to let him fight in the All Japan Rookie of the Year, and had signed up with a gym that he had previously trained when he was a youngster.
Today the next step in Kameda's career was announced as the twice beaten youngster confirmed his next bout.
The promising Kameda, who's still only 22 years old, will be back in the ring on November 28th as he fighters on an edition of "Fighting Beat Boxing" at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka.
The youngster's opponent has been named as the debuting 31 year old Daiki Asai (0-0) [浅井 大貴], who was a very solid amateur with a 61-16 (33) amateur record and a former All Japan Amateur champion.
The bout looks set to be the main event of the show and will be a 6 rounder.
Notably there will also be a very interesting 8 rounder on this show with Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀], who was originally planned to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] before Kuroda's recent surgery, taking on JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐]. This is a mouth watering Super Flyweight bout and a great chance to see what Hiromoto is made off at this very early stage in his career.
Earlier today the Kawasaki Nitta Gym announced that the planned November 28th bout between former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] and unbeaten prospect Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] has had to be cancelled.
Sadly during sparring Kuroda tore a tendon in his left arm. The injury worsened and following an MRI it was decided that they would cancel the bout and give Kuroda time to recover.
At the moment the injury seems a pretty bad one, worse than expected. The injury may require surgery, though it's not been decided on yet, and Kuroda's next bout is now looking unlikely to take place before March 2021. That will be close to 2 years after his last bout, a loss to Moruti Mthalane. Although he'll still only be 34 we do wonder if this is a sign that hanging them up and retiring will be better for his longer term health.
The bout, which was originally set for earlier in November before being pushed to late November, was set to be one of the major bouts on an Ohashi promoted "Phoenix Battle" card. Thankfully it appears the card it's self will still go ahead, with WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] defending his title against Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士] in the main event.
Earlier today Hideyuki Ohashi took to social media to announce the full line up for the next "Phoenix Battle" card, which will take place on November 28th at Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the card will see WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] defending his regional title against hard hitting challenger Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. This will be Mori's third defense of the title, that he won in 2018 and will be his first contest since December 2018, when he beat Takuya Mizuno. The talented youngster is tipped for big things, and had been expected to end the year on the verge of a world title fight, but 2020 hasn't exactly gone to plan. As for Tameda the bout will see him looking to bounce back from a TKO loss to Jae Woo Lee, with that defeat occurring at the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament last November.
The main event will see Mori enter as a clear favourite, though Tameda certainly has the power to make life difficult for the champion.
The chief support bout will be the previously reported 8 round clash between former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] and unbeaten prospect Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀]. This will be Kuroda's first bout in well over a year, following his defeat to Moruti Mthalane, whilst Hiromoto will be taking a massive step up in class, in what should amount to a genuine test of the talented youngster. It's worth noting that Kuroda has recently changed full time jobs and will be entertaing this bout with a new found hunger, but will also be moving up in weight for the contest. As for Hiromoto he has the natural size advantage, but obviously doesn't have anything like the experience of Kuroda.
Notable Kuroda Vs Hiromoto was originally announced for November 12th but has been pushed back by just over 2 weeks for this new date.
In an 8 round Welterweight bout Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] will clash with Hisashi Kato (9-9-2, 5) [加藤寿]. This will be Adachi's first bout since transferring to the Ohashi Gym in the summer and will see him looking to build on back to back wins over Change Hamashima and Masafumi Ando. The 35 year old Kato doesn't have the greatest of record but isn't a push over and his last 3 losses have all come to very solid domestic level fighters. He actually took a 3 and a half year break from the ring after his last loss, in December 2015, and has scored two wins since returning to the ring in May 2019.
One final 8 rounder announced for the card will see Seiryu Toshikawa (12-5, 7) [利川聖隆] take on Takahiko Kobayashi (9-3, 7) [小林孝彦], in a bout at 140lbs. On paper this is the least interesting bout on the show, but does promise fireworks and should be a really interesting domestic bout, with both men hungry to make an impression.
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Earlier today we saw the announcement that 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] would be back in action in November, as he return to the ring for the first time since his 2019 loss to Moruti Mthalane. Not only did we get informed that Kuroda would be back in the ring, but we were actually given the who, when, and where for Kuroda's next bout.
The former world title challenger has been announced as part of a November 12th "Phoenix Battle" show at Korakuen Hall, in which he will be moving up to Super Flyweight to battle unbeaten prospect Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] in an 8 round bout.
The 34 year old Kuroda is a true veteran of the sport and has been one of the great servants of Japanese boxing. He has been a professional since 2005 and has managed to win the Japanese Light Flyweight and Flyweight titles and has twice fought for world titles, losing clear but competitive decisions to Juan Carlos Reveco and Moruti Mthalane.
At a press conference to announce the bout Kuroda revealed he has got a new job that has allowed him more flexibility to train properly and despite his age he does seem hungry to make a mark with what is left of his in ring career.
On the other hand Hiromoto is a 23 year old who only began his career in 2019, debuting in September 2019. In his second professional bout he beat Romel Oliveros, and this is a huge step up in class for him. In fact it's a massive leap up in class. He will however feel confident. He is the younger man, the naturally bigger man, and he turned professional with a decent amateur background, going 31-17 in the unpaid ranks.
Interestingly with this being announced as taking place on a Phoenix Battle show we are expecting to see a number of Ohashi Gym fighters announced for the card, and the potential for the show to be aired on Fuji TV, after all the channel has shown the last 3 Pheonix Battle shows and it would make sense to broadcast this one as well, if the show has a decent under-card fight or two.
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