Earlier today we got a show from Okayama, and whilst it wasn't the the best show there was two talking points from the show.
The first of them was the "blink and you miss it" debut of 35 year old Yuya Igi (1-0, 1) [猪木 雄也], who took on fellow debutant Yuki Nakahara (0-1) [中原 裕貴] in a West Japan Rookie of the year bout at 140. This really was over before it ever got started.
The bout with Nakahara trying to box behind his jab, but within seconds Igi landed a right hand, then let his shots fly, landing shot after shot clean to the head of Nakahara. Nakahara stumbled into the corner and the bout was waved off, after just 11 seconds! He was done, the stoppage was fine, and Igi had made an immediate impact on the sport. A very impressive and quick win here by the newbie.
The other major talking point was the "main event" of the show, a 4 round public spar between Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] and Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道].
The spar was put together on super short notice after Akui had a planned bout with Yuto Nakamura (11-6-1, 8) [中村 祐斗] fall through yesterday, when Nakamura was said to be ill, and in poor physical condition.
Despite the issues leading to what was essentially an exhibition, the two men did put on a show for the fans in attendance, mixing up high level boxing, early on, with some more explosive stuff later on. Through out the exhibition Akui looked the bigger, stronger, more powerful man but to his credit Yabuki was there putting his skills to the test in what was a very good spar.
After the two men traded shows Akui thanks Yabuki for taking the call on such short notice, made it clear that he was unhappy at the situation but had switched to a positive mindset, and was targeting a world ranking. He then added some interesting comments, to suggest that rules need changing to prevent such late pull outs, with the suggesting from some quarters being that Nakamura has messed up his weight and pulled out as a result.
As for Yabuki the plan is to attend the up coming WBC Light Flyweight world title bout between Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] and Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], and it seems like he will want to challenge the winner of that bout.
There has also been quotes from Tatsuya Moriyasu, the promoter of the event, who also expressed frustration at the late cancellation, but seemed happy about Yabuki helping to save the show. His plan is to hold his next show, which will almost certainly feature Akui, at some point in the fall.
For fans wanting to watch the spar, and the 11 second bout, along with other action from the show, the entire show will be made available via the Boxing Raise service
Earlier today it was reported the the bout between Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] and former Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (11-6-1, 8) [中村 祐斗], set to take place tomorrow in Okyama, has been cancelled.
The bout was supposed to headline "Momotaro Fight Boxing 40", and supposed to be shown on the Boxing Raise service, on delay, but has sadly been scrapped 1 day before the contest as Nakamura has had to pull out.
The 24 year old Nakamura has fallen ill, with no details on his illness being revealed.
Whilst the bout is cancelled local fans wanting to see the hard hitting Akui will still get the chance, with the promoter putting together a 3 round exhibition with Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]. Not a terrible replacement, though obviously not as good as a bout with Nakamura would have been.
Akui spoke to Boxmob.jp regarding the situation and seemed understanding of Nakamura's situation, whilst also talking up the exhibition with Yabuki, which genuinely should be an entertaining event in it's self. Especially given their history, with Akui stopping Yabuki in an actual fight in 2018.
Earlier today subscription service Boxing Raise released their line up for the month of April and it's a bit of a mixed bag. There are 5 shows, but none of them are live and none of them are particularly big. Notably two of them are also from deep within the Dangan series archive.
The most notable of 3 new shows will be the upcoming Green Tsuda promoted "Crash Boxing Vol 22", a really solid looking show with two touted prospects on it. The show will be headlined by former Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] who takes on Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋]. As well as the main event we are also looking forward to seeing the talented Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝] take on Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. This show takes place tomorrow and will be added to the service at some point over the coming days.
Another show, also taking place on Sunday, will be a Rookie of the Year card. We love Rookie of the Year, and it's nice to see some of the Early Rookie of the Year bouts being made available for fans.
The third of the newer shows will be the April 18th card from Okayama, and will be headlined by Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] taking on former Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (11-6-1, 8) [中村 祐斗]. There's no title on the line here, but it should serve as an interesting test for the explosive Akui, who has earned a reputation for blowing opponents out very early on.
As for the other two shows, they are both shows from around a decade ago. The first of those is Dangan 27, also known as Dangan Battler, from November 2010. The show is certainly not one of the best from the Dangan series, but it has 8 bouts on it, including 5 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds, and hasn't been available to watch on demand before. The other will be Dangan 32, from May 2011, and features several bouts of note, including a very solid bout between Kentaro Masuda [益田健太郎] and Yosuke Fujihara [藤原陽介].
If we're being honest the service, which we are massive fans of, has been poor so far in 2021, and April is a little bit of a stinger as they had lined up another card that had to be scrapped due to an injury suffered by former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載]. Thankfully however May looks set to be a very, very special month with some huge shows expected to take place.
If we're being totally truthful, 2021 has been a quiet year in general for Japanese boxing, as the pandemic has limited shows in the wider Tokyo region. Things now, however, seem like they will begin getting back to normal, and the service should be getting back to it's best sooner rather than later.
Tomorrow in Osaka City we'll get the next show in the Green Tsuda series of shows under their "Crash Boxing" banner. The card isn't a stacked one, by any stretch, but it is an interesting one with two touted Green Tsuda prospects in action.
Today, ahead of the show, the men involved took part in their weigh in for the show.
The first of those prospects in action will be 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝], who moves into his first 8 round as he battles Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史] in a Featherweight bout.
Today, at the weigh in, Maeda came in comfortably under the limit, at just under 125.5lbs whilst Fujita was closer to the limit, coming in at around 125.9lbs. A win for Maeda here is expected to push him one step closer to a potential title fight in the future, though in fairness he is still some way from competing with the best in a very talent heavy Featherweight division. Despite that Fujita should serve as a very good test for the unbeaten youngster.
The other notable prospect on this show will be former Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴], who takes on the brilliantly named, Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋] in an 8 round Super Featherweight bout.
On the scales the talented and super slippery Shimomachi was around 129.4lbs whilst Teruya was around the divisional limit. Notably this will be the first time Shimomachi will be headlining a show and it's clear that he has pressure on his shoulders to perform, though in previous bouts he has looked like one of the brightest young talents in Japan and looks like he has all the tools to go a long way. As for Teruya this will be his first bout since being stopped in 4 rounds by Rentaro Kimura in December.
For fans wanting to watch this show, in full, it will be included, on delay, on the Boxing Raise service.
Earlier this year we reported that there was set to be a show on June 27th in Nagoya, headlined by the professional debut of Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ], who will face Japanese Heavyweight champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] in a highly anticipated match up. Following that we also reported the main support bout for that show would see Tajima's stablemate at the Midori Gym Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] defending the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion title against Haruki Ishikawa (8-3, 6) [石川春樹].
Today we can report that that that show will have a third notable bout on it as touted prospect Narumi Yukawa (1-0) [湯川成美] has been added to the show in a 6 round bout at Lightweight.
The talented Yukawa, who made his debut earlier this year with a decision win over Yuya Azuma, will be up against Kazuki Hase (5-2-1, 3) [長谷和紀] in a solid looking match up.
Yukawa looked like he had the potential to be a star as an amateur before he was caught in possession of marijuana which saw him being given a suspended sentence and being up able to compete as a boxer until the sentence was served. Despite that he has kept his hunger for the sport, and he looked hugely entertaining in his debut, with an aggressive, fun and exciting style. He'll be looking to use that style to great effect here and impress the fans in Nagoya.
Yukawa isn't just an exciting fighter but also a very ambitious one, and according to one very notable Japanese boxing website has set himself the goal of beating Naoya Inoue.
Hase on the other hand is a fighter who hasn't had much attention of buzz, however the 22 year old from Toyama has been a professional since 2018 and has shared the ring with some fairly decent Japanese fighters, albeit novices, such as Kazuki Higuchi. He will come in to this bout as a clear under-dog, but is very much a live under-dog and will be hungry to over-come the touted upstart.
Although yet to be confirmed it's expected for this show to be made available on Boxing Raise, like many other Midori shows from Nagoya. For fans who currently have access to the Boxing Raise service Yukawa's debut is available on there in full.
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