Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] successfully defending the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title, as he defeated Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-3-1, 8) [蘇程].
On paper this was expected to be a mismatch, and it lived up to those expectations.
From the opening moments Inoue pressed carefully, looking to establish himself. It was clear Inoue was too quick for Su, though to his credit the Chinese fighter did try to ease himself into the fight. Until he was dropped in the dying seconds of the round by a single right hand.
Su recovered from the knockdown, saw out the end of the opening round and then came out for round 2 more aggressively than he had the opening round. The aggression of Su, given he'd just been dropped was a surprise, though it was clearly a gamble that he felt he had to take. Afterall he'd been cautious and got dropped anyway, so he may as well be aggressive and give it a go. After a mostly solid round, in which he certainly had moments, he was dropped again late in the round, from a pair of solid right hands. Again Su got up and made it to the bell to end the round.
Following the minute's rest between round, Su decided that enough was enough and he retired in his corner, rather than come out for further punishment in round 3.
At the moment it's unclear what the future holds for Inoue, though we would like to see him fighting in the US again perhaps a world title eliminator Stateside, where he suffered his loss to Jamie Munguia a year ago, wouldn't be a bad idea. As for Su he's nowhere near this level, and it was clear very early on that he didn't belong in the ring with Inoue.
Tomorrow in Tokyo we get the chance to see the first Dynamic Glove card of 2020, as G+ televises an interesting double header from Korakuen Hall.
One of the title bouts on the show will see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程] from China.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 154lb limit with no issues at all.
Inoue revealed that he had been over the limit first thing this morning, but by the time he actually got on the scales he was comfortably under, weighing in at 153lbs. That's actually the lightest he's been since a November 2016 win over South Korean Chan Ho Lee, which saw him fighting as a Welterweight.
Inoue sounded very confident at the weigh in and revealed that he has improved over the last year, following his loss in a WBO world title fight to Jamie Munguia. He spoke about how he has developed both offensively and defensively and and it seems clear that he's wanting to work his way towards a second bout at world level.
Su on the other hand was marginally heavier, weighing in at 153.7lbs. He spoke less than Inoue, stating that he'd heard Inoue was a good fighter and that he was looking forward to the fight. He is however the clear under-dog for the bout and is taking a huge step up here.
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In 2019 one of our biggest complaints was the number of Dynamic Glove cards that G+ showed on delay. What we had began to expect as a regular, monthly, live broadcast was turned into a sometimes live sometimes tape delay event.
Thankfully to kick off 2019 G+ have listed both their January and February cards will be getting a live broadcast!
The January card, on January 18th, will be headlined by Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] challenging OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], in what is expected to be a humdinger, and will also see Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程].
The February card, set for February 1st, will be headlined by Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. This card will also feature a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和].
Both of the shows are set to air between 17:45 local time and 22:00
We've known for a while that the first Dynamic Glove of 2019 would be taking place on January 18th 2019 and would feature a number of notable fighters, though details have changed since things were first reported.
Firstly we now know that Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] will not be risking his national title against OPBF counter-part Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], with only Hosokawa's OPBF title on the line. It's disappointing news, but doesn't change the fact that the match up it's self is an excellent one.
We've also now seen World Sports Boxing confirm the details of Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] bout on this card. Inoue will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程], in what will be Inoue's first defense of his second reign.
The 30 year old Japanese fighter is best known for his bout this past January against Jaime Munguia, and since then has picked up two easy wins against limited Thai foes. Su on the other hand is a relatively unknown Chinese fighter who's most notable win to date was his last win, against Junjesie Ibgos. On paper he looks a decent challenger but in reality his 2017 loss to Nikolozi Gviniashvili fills us with a feeling that this will be another another easy win for Inoue.
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