Recently we reported the unfortunate retirement of Korean Light Welterweight hopeful Min Wook Kim, who had long been the outstanding fighter from the Korean penisula. Despite that hard hit to Korean boxing it does seem like the country now has several fighters to get behind. They obviously include the adopted Muhammad Waseem and the world Ye Joon Kim, but also the Japanese based Teiru Atsumi (12-1, 6) [テイル渥美].
Today fight fans in Yamaguchi saw Atsumi continue his good run of form, and secure a 6th straight win, as he scored an 8th round TKO win over Burning Ishii (7-4-1, 2) [バーニング石井].
Atsumi, who was fighting in Japan for the 4th time, secured a 4th straight stoppage as he broke down Ishii and forced the corner team to save their man, who had been under immense pressure through the final round.
For Ishii this was a third stoppage loss, and comes straight after a 7th round TKO loss to Kosuke Saka back in June. Although promising it now seems like he, and his team, need to take a long hard look at their next move. As for Atsumi the future must lead to a title fight following recent wins over Sho Nakazawa, Dennis Tubieron and now Ishii. The Korean looks to be a hidden gem and hopefully he will get the chance to show his talent in bigger bouts in the very near future.
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Earlier today Kanmon Japan Promotions announce their next show, set for December 4th at the Kaikyo Messe in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. The card isn't a massive one, but does feature two really intriguing headline bouts which are worthy of some attention.
The main event, according to today's news, will see Accel Sumiyoshi (7-4-2, 2) [アクセル住吉] battle against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-5-1, 6) [中川 祐輔] in what should be a really fun bout.
For Sumiyoshi the bout sees him looking for a third win of the year and continues his rebuilding after a 0-2-1 run between April 2014 and April 2015, which included a loss in an OPBF Lightweight title fight against Masayoshi Nakatani. For Nakagawa the bout sees him fighting for the first time since he was stopped in August by Daiki Kaneko, and he'll be looking to avoid a third loss in 5 bouts. Coming in to this both fighters are JBC ranked, with Nakagawa ranked #2 at Super Featherweight and Sumiyoshi ranked #7 at Lightweight, and Sumiyoshi also holds an OPBF #2 ranking, which Nakagawa will be hoping to claim if he can claim the win here.
The other co-feature bout will see OPBF ranked fighters colliding as Burning Ishii (7-3-1, 2) [バーニング石井] faces Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (11-1, 5) [テイル渥美], who was of course pulled from a Korean card at the end of the month, likely being offered this fight instead.
The hard matched Ishii will be looking to bounce back from a loss in June to the wonderfully promising Kosuke Saka, who stopped Ishii in 7 rounds, and a win could open up doors for a potential title fight in 2017. For Atsumi the bout will see him looking to extend several runs, including a 5 fight winning run dating back more than 2 years, and a 3-fight Japanese stoppage run, which has already included wins over Sho Nakazawa and Dennis Tubieron.
Also confirmed for this show are Jump Ikeo (5-4-2, 3) [ジャンプ池尾] and Fever Maki (8-4-1, 2) [フィーバー真木], though neither fighter has yet had his opponent announced.
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