Earlier today the Ohashi gym announced some more details for their October 25th show, "NTT Phoenix Battle 93", which will take place at Korakuen Hall.
The card, which be headlined by former world IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Ryosuke Iwasa (27-4, 17) [岩佐亮佑] facing Genesis Servania (34-3, 16), had previously some bouts announced for it. The aforementioned Iwasa Vs Servania bout, which will headline, and an OPBF Flyweight title bout between current champion Giemel Magramo (26-2, 21) defending his title, for the first time, as he takes on once beaten Japanese fighter Taku Kuwahara (10-1, 6) [桑原拓].
Today we saw Kazuki Nakajima (12-1-1, 10) [嶋 一輝] being added to the show, with Nakajima scheduled to face Thai visitor Chaiwat Buatkrathok (38-6, 25), in what looks like a good bout on paper but ignores the fact the Thai's record is one of the most padded in the entire sport. We also saw former OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (15-2, 10) [小浦 翼] being added to the show, though at the time of writing his opponents is yet to be confirmed for the show.
Earlier today the Ohashi announced that they would be holding Phoenix Battle 93 on October 25th at Korakuen Hall. Along with the announcement of the when and the where of the show, they also announced the card for the show, and announced once of the strongest Phoenix Battle shows, with what can only be described as a legitimate double header.
The first of the two main bouts from the card will see OPBF Flyweight champion Giemel Magramo (26-2, 21) defending his title, for the first time, as he takes on once beaten Japanese fighter Taku Kuwahara (10-1, 6) [桑原拓], in what will be Kuwahara's second title bout. For Magramo the bout sees him return to the venue where suffered a 2020 loss to Junto Nakatani for the WBO Flyweight title. Since then he has picked up two wins, including am OPBF title win against Jayr Raquinel back in October 2021, and comes into this bout with a point to prove. As for Kuwahara he will be looking to make the most of his second crack at a title, following a 2021 loss to Japanese national champion Seigo Yuri Akui.
The other main bout will see former world IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Ryosuke Iwasa (27-4, 17) [岩佐亮佑] return to the ring for the first time since being stopped by Murodjon Akhmadaliev in April 2021. In the opposite corner to Iwasa will be former world title challenger Genesis Servania (34-3, 16), who was stopped last time out by the devastating Andres Cortes. Whilst the other bout will be for a title, this bout is actually expected to be the main event of the show, in what is scheduled to be a 10 rounder.
A third bout of real note will see young prospects collide as Toshiya Ishii (6-1, 4) [石井渡士也] faces off with Jun Ikegawa (3-0-1, 1) [池側純] in an excellently matched 8 rounder.
Earlier today in Kanazawa fight fans got a really interesting match up as former world title challenger Genesis Servania (34-2, 16) took on 2-time former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-8, 35), aka Panya Uthok. On paper this was a match up that promised a lot, given the quality of the fighter, but was also a match up between two men who were certainly beyond their best and were seen as being on the slide, after rather long and hard careers.
The bout began with Servania coming forward, fighting behind his jab, before stepping up his pressure in round 2, when he began to work the body of Pungluang up close. To his credit Pungluang fought back, but was regularly coming off second best.
In round 5, with Servania then comfortably in the lead, the two men clashed heads and Servania was left cut. The cut was in a rather unusual place, at the top of his cheek just under the eye, but was deep and worsened in rounds 6 before forcing the bout to be stopped less than a minute into round 7.
With the cut being caused by a clash of heads we went to the cards, which all favoured Servania with scores of 70-65, and 70-64, twice.
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Servania and Pungluang weigh in!
On Sunday in Kanazawa fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in an interesting looking 10 round bout.
On Saturday the two men took part in the weigh in for the contest, which is contracted to take place at 58KG's.
The weigh we no issue at all for the Thai, who hit the scales at 57.6KG's, easily under the agreed limit.
We have been informed however that Servania did struggle with the limit, originally coming in well above the agreed limit, by around ¾lbs. He would go off for 90 minutes, and then came back and managed to make the limit dead on.
Sadly it appears this bout isn't going to be available to watch unless you're in the venue, though their is hope that fan cam footage will emerge as this is a brilliant match up and the type of fight which should very entertaining, even if both men are past their best.
(Photo - Kashimi Gym)
Earlier today unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-3, 2) [英洸貴] posted an image showing a list of bouts set to take place on December 15th in Japan. Not only was Hanabusa included on the list, in the chief support bout, but saw was a very interesting 10 round main event.
The 20 year year old Hanabusa is scheduled to fight in an 8 round contest on the card against Chinese fighter Baolin Kang (6-2, 1) in a Super Bantamweight bout. This will see Kang dropping back down in weight, after bouts at and above the Featherweight limit, whilst Hanabusa, who was last seen fighting in China in October, will remain at his natural weight class.
In another support bout Japanese based Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (8-2, 3), aka Piccolo Bolivar, will take on Chinese fighter A Fu Bai (8-3, 5), in an 8 round bout at a contracted 136lbs. This looks like a really good match up and a very even looking one.
The main event is, however, the big talking point and will see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in a 10 round bout at a contracted 127lbs. This will be Servania's second bout since losing to Carlos Castro in the US back in February, whilst Pungluang will be looking to avoid a 5th loss in 6 bouts, and will be hoping to bounce back following a loss in August to Mark Magsayo.
The card, for those interested in attending, will take place at the Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall.
A huge things to Hiroki Hanabusa for sharing this list!
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