The last few months have, for obvious reasons, not seen much boxing taking place anywhere. Thankfully in the last few weeks we have seen the sport begin to dip it's toes into the world of "the new normal", with more events planned, and more being announced almost daily.
Today Kadoebi confirmed some details of a future they will be holding in August.
The Kadoebi Boxing Gym have confirmed that the show will take place on August 19th and one of the bouts on the card will see Masanori Rikiishi (7-1, 4) [佐藤政法] take on Yuichiro Kasuya (13-2-2, 4) [粕谷雄一郎], in what is a a major Japanese bout at Lightweight and will push the winner to the verge of a national title fight.
One of the chief under-card bouts will see popular Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (14-9-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] taking on Fumisuke Kimura (9-5-1, 6) [木村文祐] in an 8 rounder at 140lbs. This is a match up between two Japanese ranked fighters and the winner will move towards a title fight of some kind.
Another under-card bout will see Ryo Tanimoto (5-3, 3) [谷本涼] battle Kaito Okubo (4-1, 1) [大久保海都] in a 6 round Featherweight bout.
Arguably the most interesting bit of news is that the show will be headlined by world ranked Flyweight Ryota Yamauchi (6-1, 5) [山内涼太]. His opponent hasn't been confirmed for the show, yet, but it's assumed it will be a high level opponent with Yamauchi expected to be moved into a world title fight sooner, rather than later.
Back in January we reported that former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (19-2, 13) [岡田 博喜] would be returning to the ring on March 26th at Korakuen Hall, in an 8 round bout against Korean fighter Hwang Kil Kim (11-2, 5) [김황길]. Today that bout was confirmed, with Kadoebi going further than just confirming the bout, but giving the full line up of the show, which will be SLUGFEST 14.
The card, which will feature only 8 round bouts, is a really interesting one, not just due to it being Okada's first bout in Japan in almost 2 years, but because several of the bouts are very well matched, or feature notable names.
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也] look to bounce back from a heavy KO defeat to Jay-R Raquinel last year. Kogawa will be up against Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8-1, 2) [山口隼人], in what should be a relatively safe fight for Kogawa's health, but not a gimme at all, given that Yamaguchi is a talented fighter but a light hitting one. Whilst this isn't a gimme, it is a must win for Kogawa, who turns 35 in April.
Another notable fighter on this show is OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (39-7-1, 33) [渡部あきのり], who fights in a non-title bout against Panturak Namtong (13-5-1, 9), in what looks like a stay busy bout for the Oriental champion.
In terms of more interesting fights we'll see Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (14-9-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] face off with Fumisuke Kimura (9-5-1, 6) [木村文祐], in what should be a very explosive 140lb bout, between two men who are limited, but can punch. An equally interesting match up will see Yoji Saito (1-1-2, 1) [齊藤陽ニ] take on Takahiro Araki (12-9, 2) [荒木貴裕], in what should be a very brutal match up, given the styles of the two men involved.
Arguable the most interesting of the bouts will see the highly regarded Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] fight in his first 8 rounder as he takes on 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yoshiki Minato (8-3, 3) [湊義生], in a very good looking step up for Hiromoto.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got an absolute treat of a Japanese Light Welterweight title eliminator. The match up saw Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (14-9-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] face off with the under-rated Daishi Nagata (14-2-1, 5) [永田大士] in what turned out be a fantastic battle.
On paper this looked good. Both men had exciting styles and knew how to fight. Both were expected to put on a show of aggressive yet technical action. And that's exactly what we got!
Early in the bout the more technically solid Nagata seemed to establish himself, boxing, moving and controlling the action. He was the one who was able to get in close and work as and when he wanted and forced Aoqui to take more than he gave. Aoqui wasn't out classed, but was clearly losing with Nagata taking more and more control of the bout through the first half.
By round 6 Aoqui looked to be in a big hole, and he knew it, as he began to up his tempo, and finally began to get a foot hold in the bout. It was however too little too late and despite making a fight of it late as he landed some huge shots, he was unable to stop Nagata, which he needed to do.
After 8 rounds the bout was scored 77-75, twice, and 79-73, all in favour of Nagata who will get a title fight next year at the Champion Carnival.
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Tomorrow in Tokyo fans are set for a special show from Kadoebi.
One of the most interesting bouts on the show will be Japanese Light Welterweight title eliminator between Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] and Daishi Nagata (13-2-1, 5) [永田大士], with the two men battling for a title shot at next year's Champion Carnival.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout and both men made the 140lb weight limit without any issues
On the scales Aoqui was 139.7lbs whilst Nagata was a little heavier, coming in on the 140lb limit.
Aoqui spoke highly of Nagata, and stated that he's wanting an interesting and exciting fight. He seemed in great spirits and comes into this bout on the back of 3 successive T/KO wins. On the other hand Nagata spoke confidently and seemed to be buoyed by the recent successes at the Misako gym. For him the bout seemed to be a stepping stone to winning the title and he sounded very confident of picking up the win.
For fans interested in watching this it will be shown on delay on Boxing Raise.
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