Last year we saw the very skilled Yuga Inoue (8-1-1, 1) [井上夕雅] suffer his first professional loss, coming undone against hard hitting Kai Ishizawa in a fantastic bout for the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title. Today he moved up in weight to take on Daiki Kameyama (7-4-1, 2) [亀山大輝], a man who last seen suffering a decision loss to Shokichi Iwata, at Light Flyweight.
On paper this wasn't a bout for those with just a passing interest in Japanese boxing, but it was one that hardcore fans of the scene would have been really interested in. It featured two very skilled youngsters battling, each looking to get back to winning ways and each looking to re-establish themselves.
Even for fans inside Japan it was also pretty well hidden away, taking place at the Incubation Center in Amagasaki. It was the first time Kameyama had fought outside of Tokyo, and the venue is essentially Inoue's home venue, with this being his 4th bout there.
We mention the venue as that home advantage may well have played a major part in what was a really engaging nip and tuck battle between two men who were incredibly well matched.
From the opening round there was little between the two men, with Kameyama perhaps having the better start, before Inoue began to get into his groove in round 3, as be he began to intensify his body attack. The game plan was a smart one from Inoue, hoping to slow the incredibly quick Kameyama, but it didn't work and Kameyama seemed to keep his speed through the 6 rounds.
Through the 6 rounds it was really a hard one to call, and that was shown on 2 of the scorecards, which had the bout 58-57 in favour of Inoue. They were enough to get him the split decision, with the third judge seeing the bout 59-56 to Kameyama.
Had this been in Tokyo, there's a good chance Kameyama would have got the win, but such a close bout in Amagasaki wasn't going to go against Inoue. A rematch in Tokyo in the future is something we'd love to see, on a bigger profile card, and given the fact both are very young there's a good chance we'll see that down the line!
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw the Japanese debut of touted youngster Shokichi Iwata (2-0, 1) [岩田翔吉], who debuted in the US last year defeating Joel Bermudez.
Today's bout was a tough one on paper for Iwata, who took on southpaw foe Daiki Kameyama (7-3-1, 2) [亀山大輝], who had won the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Light Flyweight and had proven to be a very good southpaw hopeful.
Despite looking like an interesting test Iwata made things look relatively straight forward as he took a clear win over Kameyama.
Iwata took the first round, looking quick on his feet and sharp with his left hook which helped neutralise Kamayama's southpaw stance. Not only was the left hook landing well, but so was the right hand, which landed cleanly at the end of the round. Kameyama bounced back well in the second round, using his own speed and right hook, but he was caught by hooks himself and was dropped in round 3, as Iwata landed a great right hand. Kameyama got up from the knockdown, but it put him in a hole, and left him needing to really chase the fight.
Kameyama, knowing he was behind, tried to up the tempo in round 4, but Iwata moved around the ring, using his speed and footwork to avoid the pressure of Kameyama. The footwork from Iwata continued in the final rounds as he landed on Kameyama and got out of range, showing a good boxing brain, great speed and fantastic ring control.
After the 6th and final round there was no debating the winner, with Iwata taking the bout on all 3 scorecards. Two of the judges had it 59-54 to Iwata whilst the other judge had it 58-56.
With this win it's clear Iwata can be moved quicker than most prospects and we're going to look forward to see what's next for him.
Last December fight fan had the chance to see Japanese youngster Shokichi Iwata (1-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] make his professional debut, doing so in the US where he defeated novice Joel Bermudez. Since then the youngster has acquired a B class Japanese license and revealed that his second professional bout would be in his native Japan.
Over the weekend we were informed of all the details of his Japanese debut, which we can confirm will take place at the Korakuen Hall in May.
The youngster is set to be part of the May Dynamic Glove card, on May 4th, a show that will be headlined by Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his title against Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳]. Iwata's opponent for the bout will be domestic foe Watanabe gym's Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝], who won the 2018 Rookie of the Year and will be looking to build on his his own success from last year.
On paper the Iwata Vs Kameyama bout is a really hard one to call, and should be a test of fire for the two men involved, both of who will have ambitions of doing big things in 2019.
The Light Flyweight final of the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year saw 22 year old's clashing, as Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝] faced off with Tetsuya Mimura (6-1) [見村徹弥], in what looked like a very competitive contest on paper.
The opening round saw a fast start from Kameyama who looks incredibly quick and is showing nice footwork to set up his southpaw jab. He looked fantastic at times with his jab, but unfortunately when it came to adding spite on his shots Kameyama's accuracy went missing wildly, and when that happened Mimura found the space and time to counter, landing the cleaner blows in rounds 1 and 2. Whilst Mimura landed the better quality blows there was something hypnotic and impressive about the the volume of Kameyama, who looked like a little fire cracker, just needing to land.
In round 3 Kameyama finally managed to land some of the better shots, with both hands, though they seemed to be landed not out of being set up with skills but more on the basis of him unpredictable, quick and throwing from unusual angles. Those same unorthodox traits played into his hands again in round 4, until very late in the round when Mimura finally seemed to figure him out and landed a couple of big head shots just before the bell.
The 5th, and final, round saw Kameyama again get the upper hand, even when the two men stood toe to toe, as they did during the middle portion of the round in the bouts highlight. Mimura gritted his teeth however and dug deep to fight back as Kameyama looked to score a stoppage in the final moments.
Mimura impressed at times, he was technically the better fighter, but the speed, unorthodox fighting style and aggression were enough for Kameyama to take the decision, with scores of 50-45 and 48-47, twice. Having enjoyed this bout we can't help but feel that if Kameyama can get a good trainer he has the potential to be a real firecracker on the domestic scene, he's very entertaining even if he is technically limited.
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