Earlier today we had a big card, promoted by Shinsei, at the EDION Arena Osaka. The card was headlined by WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji [寺地 拳四朗] battling against Tetsuya Hisada [久田 哲也] (our full write up of that one can be read here), whilst the main event deserved a lot of the attention there was also plenty to talk about from the under-card.
First the original show opener, between Yuta Nakatsuji (1-1, 1) [中逵 友太] Hayato Nishimine (2-0, 1) [西峯 勇人], was cancelled this morning after a positive PCR test. The two men made weigth yesterday but sadly a positive test left the bout being scrapped.
Due to the PCR test we then saw the event kick off, on a free stream provided by Shinsei Promotions, with a match up between Daiki Asai (1-1, 1) [浅井 大貴] and Yu Konomura (10-10-2, 4) [此村 勇]. The bout was a real must win for Asai, who turned professional last year and was stopped Kyonosuke Kameda, and he shone.
Konomura wasn't there to roll over, he never has been, but he was unable to compete with the sharpness of Asai, who looked too good through out the bout. Asai controlled much of the bout with his solid skills, but was always forced to work. In round 6 the clean shots started to accumulate, with Asai rocking Konomura and then forcing the referee to step in. After the bout Asai was over-come by emotion and was seen crying in the ring, in what seemed to be a hugely cathartic moment for him and his career.
The second bout saw the touted Kantaro Juri (3-0, 2) [重里 侃太朗] score a brutal 6th round KO win over Toma Kondo (8-7-1, 1) [近藤 冬真] in what was a really entertaining bout. Through the first few rounds Juri looked sensational, picking some great punches and landing some brilliant combinations. He really looked like something special. And then it seemed like he ran his gas tank down, and in rounds 4 and 5 he looked really gassed, and like a man who was struggling with the tempo he had chosen to set. With Juri slowing Kondo began to turn the fight around, applying pressure and really giving a tired looking Juri a test. Sadly for Kondo his great effort came to an end in round 6, when he took a huge counter right hook that sent him down hard. The referee didn't issue a count. He didn't need to. Kondo was done.
In the final under-card bout we got a thriller as talented teenager Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 4) [花田 歩夢] narrowly over-came the heavy handed Mammoth Kazunori (6-4-1, 6) [マンモス和則] in a 6 rounder that is worth checking out.
Early on Hanada looked fantastic. He was sharp, he was accurate, and he was boxing smart. He picked his shots well, dropped Kazunori and looked the absolute boss. He seemed to be completely in charge through the first 3 rounds and even seemed like he could score a stoppage if he chose to put his foot on the gas. But then things changed. Kazunori, knowing he was a long way behind, stopped trying to box with Hanada and instead started looking for a KO. With every shot. He was turning this into a shoot out and it made for some amazing action as Kazunori launched big shot after big shot, and Hanada had to survive, than fire back. For the final 3 rounds this was incredible.
In the end the knockdown, scored by Hanada early on, proved vital, with Hanada winning via scores of 57-56, twice, and 58-55. Without the knockdown this would have been a majority draw.
Earlier today in Osaka we got the latest show from Harada Boxing, who put on a small but notable card from the EDION Arena, where there was 5 bouts taking place.
The first bout of note here saw a genuine upset as Shota Asami (8-7, 4) [浅海 勝太] shocked Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Sho Omote (8-2, 3) [表 祥]. Asami set the pace early on and landed heavy hooks in rounds 2 and 3. To his credit Omote tried to fight back, but was simply unable to copy with the ambition and drive of Asami who was too hungry, too good and too busy. After 6 rounds all 3 judges had this to Asami 59-55. With the win Asami ends a 2-fight losing run and gives Omote his first loss in well over 3 years.
The second bout of note saw fast rising prospect Ayato Hiromoto (3-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] take his biggest win to date. The talented novice out pointed JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] over 8 rounds, in what was a very big step up in class.
This bout started with the two men looking to feel each other out with their jabs, but by round 3 Hiromoto was unleashing more from his arsenal, with solid 1-2's catching the eye. That lead to a response from Nasu in round 4 as the traded blows and from there on both men showed good touches in a bout that allowed both to show their skills, but neither seemed capable of hurting the other. It seemed like Hiromoto had done enough to edge rounds, and that was the case with 2 of the judges who had winning the bout 79-73. Oddly however the third judge had this 78-74 to Nasu, which seemed a very odd and poor card.
Interesting Hiromoto was originally supposed to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之], though that bout was cancelled when Kuroda was injured, leading to this bout.
In the main event of the show fans saw Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介], the cousin of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, claim his latest victory. The heavy handed and strong Kameda was fighting for the first time since losing the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year to Jinki Maeda and looked to make a statement here. In the opposite corner was professional debutant Daiki Asai (0-1) [浅井 大貴], who had won an All Japan title in the amateurs where he went 61-16 (33).
The opening round saw both men have moments, Kameda made the most of his jab whilst Asai's footwork and movement saw him getting in and out well. Sadly however the pace changed in round 2, when Kameda came out with aggressive intent, and forced the referee to save Asai who seemed to be out on his feet from a straight right hand.
Just over 2 weeks ago we reported that Kyonosuke Kameda (5-2-1, 4) [亀田京之介], the cousin of former world champion Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, had transferred to the Harada Gym. He had left the Hanagata Gym, who stepped in at the last minute last year to let him fight in the All Japan Rookie of the Year, and had signed up with a gym that he had previously trained when he was a youngster.
Today the next step in Kameda's career was announced as the twice beaten youngster confirmed his next bout.
The promising Kameda, who's still only 22 years old, will be back in the ring on November 28th as he fighters on an edition of "Fighting Beat Boxing" at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka.
The youngster's opponent has been named as the debuting 31 year old Daiki Asai (0-0) [浅井 大貴], who was a very solid amateur with a 61-16 (33) amateur record and a former All Japan Amateur champion.
The bout looks set to be the main event of the show and will be a 6 rounder.
Notably there will also be a very interesting 8 rounder on this show with Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀], who was originally planned to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] before Kuroda's recent surgery, taking on JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐]. This is a mouth watering Super Flyweight bout and a great chance to see what Hiromoto is made off at this very early stage in his career.
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