Earlier today at the iconic Korakuen Hall fans saw touted youngster Hinata Maruta (9-1-1, 7) [丸田 陽七太] claim his latest victory, shutting out the the game but over-matched Coach Hiroto (13-3-2, 4) [小内義人] over 8 rounds.
The bout really wasn't the most exciting, and that was seemingly be design from Maruta who boxed really well behind his jab, showed off his movement, his speed and ring IQ but boxed safely, showing the same lack of urgency that has been criticised in the past.
Although Maruta lacked urgency he wasn't inactive, instead he was just fighting comfortably behind a busy and sharp jab. There wasn't a great deal of follow up to the jab, with big right hands a rarity, but there was no need to take risks here and potentially suffer some sort of injury. Instead it was a conscious performance by Maruta against an experienced but slower, older, smaller opponent.
Hiroto, to his credit, did try to fight, and did try to make a go of things, but all too often found himself out of range, and then being pinged in the face by Maruta's razor like jab, which really was the story of the fight.
After the bout Maruta made it known he was wanting to get a title bout, and the 8 rounds here will have served as a decent bout to sharpen his tools. He looked good and sharp, but there was a feeling that there was much more for him to show than he did here. It was clear he was levels above Hiroto, but was also happy to take a clear decision, and get some rounds in the bag.
For Hiroto, who hadn't fought in over a year, the bout will have helped him shake some ring rust, but it's hard to imagine him making any noise of the domestic scene going forward.
For fans wanting to watch this, the bout is now available on Boxing Raise.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get a stacked card with several really good match ups. Among those is a brilliant fight between the highly touted Hinata Maruta (8-1-1, 7) [丸田 陽七太] and the returning Coach Hiroto (13-2-2, 4) [小内義人], who has been out of the ring following an issue with weight last year.
The bout is set to be an 8 round Featherweight and today the two men took part in their weigh in, with both men making weight for the bout.
On the scales Hiroto came in at 125.25lbs, comfortably under the Featherweight limit. Despite making weight he looked a little bit fleshy, and it was clear that he isn't a natural Featherweight having often fought as a Super Bantamweight.
Maruta came just slightly under the divisional limit, and unlike Hiroto he looked good at the weight, in fact if anything he looked like he was still filling out his frame and it's clear the youngster has the frame to fight at Super Featherweight in the years to come.
It's worth noting that Hiroto sounded more confident than he looked, suggesting that he has worked hard to bounce back from more than a year from the ring. Maruta however looked and sounded confident, stating that "I am confident, of course. I will firmly win tomorrow and want to challenge the main winner." That suggests he will be challenging the winner of the Japanese Featherweight title bout, on the same show, between Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] and Reiya Abe (19-2, 9) [阿部 麗也], and that will be an excellent bout when it takes place!
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Last week we reported that Hinata Maruta (8-1-1, 7) [丸田 陽七太] had been listed as fighting on May 1st , with the Dangan card at the Korakuen Hall seemingly the most obvious show for his bout. At the time there was no opponent named, but confirmation that he would be in action on the date.
Today the Dangan twitter account confirmed Maruta's next bout, and confirmed not only that it was going to be on the May 1st Dangan card but also who Maruta would be facing.
The talented youngster from the Morioka Gym will be up against Coach Hiroto (13-2-2, 4) [小内義人], who will be fighting for the first time since fighting to a draw with Ryo Hino, and the first time since the weight mishap that saw him being forced to cancel a fight with Shohei Omori last March. Following the weight issues for the bout with Omori the Kadobi gym punished Hiroto who has now transferred to the Dangan gym, with this being his first bout as a Dangan fighter.
Interestingly the Dangan twitter account suggest that the winner will be targeting the winner of the show's main event, which is the Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] and Reiya Abe (19-2, 9) [阿部 麗也]. And it we're being hone that would be great, in fact the losers meeting could also make for an interesting match up down the line as well.
Earlier this week we were expecting to see the ring return of Shohei Omori (18-2, 13) [大森 将平], who has been out of the action since losing to Marlon Taples in a WBO world title fight last year. Omori's return bout was supposed to be against domestic foe Coach Hiroto (13-2-2, 4) [小内義人], though Hiroto failed to make weight for the contest and forced the bout to be cancelled.
Following the inability to make weight Hiroto has been essentially kicked out of the gym that he fought for, with Kadoebi announcing that they had banned him from March 28th. The gym stated that failing to make weight severely damages the social credibility of boxing, which is based on a weight class system.
Whilst fighters have been punished by the JBC for failing to make weight, as we saw recently with the JBC giving Luis Nery an indefinite ban, it's very rare for a gym to punish their fighters like this, though it does now seem like Japanese boxing is taking weigh ins very seriously.
It seems like the JBC will themselves punish Hiroto for missing weight, and may also punish Kadoebi, though the gym's stance is something that is admirable here, and could help set the mark for how gyms treat fighters who fail to make weight going forward. Sadly it does seem like we're having more and more fighters failing to make weight, and it's becoming an all too common occurence in boxing around the globe.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaka Kuga (16-2-1, 11) [久我勇作] record his second title defense, as be blitzed mandatory challenger Ryo Kosaka (16-4-1, 7) [小坂遼] in just 133 seconds.
Kosaka looked like he was there to win and started looking for body shots, but had no answer to Kuga's power, and was dropped after about 90 seconds. Kosaka got back to his feet but was down again only moments later with a left , forcing the referee to stop the bout with Kosaka back on his feet but lookihookng like a fighter who needed saving before Kuga got the chance to land another bomb.
Having blown away his over-matched challenger Kuga's attention turned towards the future and he's now being linked to his third defense, which is looking likely to take place in Summer and could be against former world title challenger Shingo Wake (23-5-2, 15) [和氣 慎吾]. That bout would essentially act as not only a Japanese title fight but also a worldtitle eliminator, with both men holding a number of world rankings.
Interestingly before Kuga's bout Wake was involved in a public exhibition with another former world title challenger, Shohei Omori (18-2, 13) [大森 将平] who was supposed to fight on the card, before his opponent Coach Hiroto (13-2-2, 4) [小内義人] failed to make weight, resulting in the exhibition bout.
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