Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Kadoebi put on their latest show in their "Slugfest" series. Although not a massive card it was certainly a notable one with a regional title fight and several good looking domestic bouts all on the event.
The opening bout on the show saw 23 year old Tomoya Yamamoto (5-2, 1) [山本 智哉] take a majority decision win over Shunsuke Isa (8-3-1, 1) [伊佐 春輔]. The bout started started at a great pace, but as it went on Yamamoto slowed his output on got on his bike, boxing well at range against an exhausted Isa, who gave everything in round 5. Knowing his man was tired Yamamoto put his foot back on the gas in round 6 to squeak the win the cards. This one was scored 58-56, 58-57 and 57-57 to give Yamamoto the win.
In the second bout we saw another youngster pick up a win as the 22 year old Kaito Okubo (5-1, 2) [大久保 海都] scored a stoppage win over Ryo Tanimoto (5-4, 3) [谷本 涼]. Okubo pressed the action early on, and made the taller Tanimoto uncomfortable, despite some nice shots coming from the rangy southpaw. From round 3 Okubo's pressure began to tell and he started to grind down Tanimoto, who was forced to hold his feet. Up close Okubo won the back and forth exchanges before dropping Tanimoto and forcing the referee to stop the bout. Not a bad performance at all by Okubo on his Korakuen Hall debut.
In one of the main supporting bouts Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (15-8-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] scored a stoppage win against Fumisuke Kimura (9-6-1, 6) [木村 文祐], in a bout between two JBC rankled Light Welterweights. The typically fun to watch Aoqui pressed forward early on and was getting inside with ease in round 2, something that didn't bode well for Kimura. As the bout went on Aoqui continued to increase the pressure and backed Kimura on to the ropes, with Kimura having no real answer. A clash of heads gave Kimura something of a respite, with Aoqui being cut around the eye, but it wasn't enough to stave him off. In round 5 a spiteful body shot took the legs away from Kimura and a follow right forced the stoppage.
The second of the major bouts was a Lightweight affair as Masanori Rikiishi (8-1, 4) [力石 政法] took a clear, and surprisingly comfortable, decision over Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎]. Coming in here both fighters were JBC and OPBF ranked, giving a sense that this was a really meaningful bout, with the winner taking a huge step towards a title fight. The first round was tense, with neither man landing much of note, instead they were seeing what the other could offer, jockeying for ring position. That quiet opening round seemed to instill some confident in Kasuya, who pressed forward in round 3 and made the most of his jab. Sadly for Kasuya that was about as good as it got for him as Rikiishi woke up in round 4 and started to land his straight left hand, and footwork to land clean shots. Kasuya was cut in round 5 and had his pressure used against him in round 6 as Rikiishi started to run away with the contest. After 8 rounds we went to the score cards with scores of 70-74 and 78-74, twice, all in favour of Rikiishi.
In the main event of the show world ranked Flyweight Ryota Yamauchi (7-1, 6) [山内涼太] claimed his first professional title, as he defeated Satoru Todaka (10-4-4, 3) [戸髙達]. The bout was expected to be a bit of a mismatch and it turned out that way, with Yamauchi picking apart Todaka from fairly early on. Todaka tried to fight back but had no answered for Yamauchi who showed patience, skill, power and great shot selection. Todaka quickly had the fight beaten out of him and he seemed to be the verge of being stopped when the bell rang to end round 3. Well down, with his left eye damaged and looking like he had no chance Todaka's team took the decision to stop the bout between rounds 3 and 4. With the win Yamauchi takes a huge step forward with his career and opens up the possibility of a WBO world title fight. As for Todaka, this is almost certainly the end for him, with the fighter himself suggesting yesterday that this would be his last bout win or lose.
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 we reported that Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1, 12) [藤本京太郎] would be back in the ring on October 21st as he takes on Suthat Kalalek (13-10, 12) in a rematch of their 2018 clash. That bout won't be the main event of the card however, instead the main event of the show, Slugfest 11, will be WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title clash, between defending champion Yusuke Sakashita (18-8-3, 13) [阪下優友] and Naoki Mochizuki (16-4, 8) [望月直樹], in what will be a rematch of their December 2016 clash.
The bout will be Sakashita's first defense of the title, which he won earlier this year when he stopped former world title challenger Masahiro Sakamoto.
The 28 year old Sakashita is probably best known for his 2014 loss to Suguru Muranaka for the Japanese Flyweight title. Following that bout he went 2-3 though has now rebuilt well with a 4-0-1 record in his last 5 bouts, including a draw with Takuya Kogawa and stoppage wins over Keisuke Nakayama and Masahiro Sakamoto. Although no world beater he is in good form and his last 3 performances have been among his best.
Interestingly the last man to Sakashita was Mochizuki, who beat him at the end of 2016 with a clear unanimous decision. Since that win he has gone 5-3, with losses to Keisuke Nakayama, Komgrich Nantapech and Junto Nakatani, being stopped by Nakatani in a Japanese title bout earlier this year. Despite the loss to Nakatani he does have some momentum coming into this bout thanks to a June win over Samartlek Kokietgym.
Kyotaro's bout isn't even the chief support bout of the card, instead that's a 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], in what is a really good match up and could end up being a bit of an instant classic. Aoqui is an aggressive, heavy handed and swift fighter and whilst Nagata isn't as quick or sharp he's tough, aggressive and his bout against Rikki Naito showed how much fun he can be to watch.
One other bout announced for this card will see Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] battling against Fumisuke Kimura (9-4-1, 6) [木村文祐] in an interesting 8 round contest.
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