The latest Senrima Kobe show took place earlier today at the Tokiwa Arena in Kobe, and although it wasn't a big show it was a pretty interesting one, with three notable fighters on the card.
The first of those in action was 2017 Rookie of the Year runner up Hiroki Tokuyama (8-1-1, 2) [徳山洋輝], was scored his third win since losing to Fumiya Fuse in the Rookie of the Year competition. The talented Tokuyama was up against the often under-rated Tatsuya Terada (7-5-2, 1) [寺田達弥], and it was clear that Terada was up for this one. Tokuyama looked to world the body but was caught by right hands from Terada, who seemed to feel confident that he could stop his man. The bout wasn't the tidiest but was exciting, with big shots and thrilling exchanges through out the contest. Tokuyama was under pressure early, following a cut caused by a head clash, and had to pass several doctors inspections during the bout. He'll be glad he did pass those inspections as it saw him taking an 8 round split decision.
Another man who picked up a decision was #3 ranked JBC Minimumweight Ryoki Hirai (11-6-1, 4) [平井亮輝], who over-came Takayuki Teraji (9-18-1, 4) [寺次孝有希] over 8 rounds, and ended a 2 fight losing run. The talented Hirai looked sharp in the early stages, with his speed, accuracy and timing all on point. Teraji however proved that he knew his role, and didn't just allow Hirai to have things all his own way, instead moving through the gears to take a few of the later rounds from Hirai, who was cut from a head clash in round 7.
Despite the wins for Tokuyama and Hirai it wasn't all good for the Senrima Kobe gym, as their stablemate Giraffe Kirin Kanda (14-3, 8) [神田亮] was surprisingly stopped by Fumisuke Kimura (9-4, 6) [木村文祐]. Kanda, fighting for the first time since his up and down thriller with Takuya Matsusaka last December, rocked his man with a right hand early on and had him in trouble in round 3 as well. Sadly for Kanda he then began to look tired and Kimura sensed something, taking the fight to Kanda who was put firmly in survival mode. Kanda held, spoiled and did everything he could to survive, but in round 7 he was cornered and the referee came in to save him. This ends an 8 fight winning run for Kanda, who's previous loss came in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Yuki Nagano. As for Kimura this is easily his biggest win to date, and should see him put into the JBC rankings.
Fight fans in Hyogo may not have had the title action their Osakan counter parts had, but may have ended up getting the low key fight of the weekend.
The bout in question was the headline bout of Pegasus Super Fight Vol 57 and saw Japanese and OPBF ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (14-2, 8) [ジラフ麒麟 神田] engage in a short but thrilling contest with the heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-8, 7) [松坂拓哉].
The bout lasted just 162 seconds, with Kanda taking the opening round win by TKO. That however doesn't tell a fraction of the story of the bout, which featured 4 knockdowns!
Kanda scored the first knockdown, with a straight right hand only seconds into the bout. He would however end up down himself from a right hook soon after the bout restarted. He looked more embarrassed than hurt and would score another knockdown himself soon after getting back up, from another right hand. Kanda would then score his third knockdown, which promoted the referee to wave the bout off.
Despite the short bout the intense action gave the fans something memorable, and perhaps showed that Kanda isn't quite ready for a title fight.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Hyogo will see Japanese and OPBF ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (13-2, 7) [ジラフ麒麟 神田] battle against the limited but heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-7, 7) [松坂拓哉].
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales Kanda was 142.9lbs, and towered over his foe, who was 142.4lbs. Despite the weights being similar Kanda was 12cm, or 6", taller than Matsusaka.
The plan for Kanda is to fight for a title next year. He will however have to over-come Matsusaka and avoid the power of the shorter man if he he wants to advance to fighting for a belt in the new year.
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Yesterday in Kobe fight fans had the chance to see Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (10-2, 6) [神田亮] move a step closer to a title fight, as he stopped Tsunehiko Aitoku (4-6-1) [相德恒彦].
The bout was originally set to be the shows chief support bout, but became the main event after a training injury suffered by Ryoki Hirai (9-4-1, 4) [平井亮輝] forced him out of Japanese eliminator with Kenta Matsui (8-6, 1) [松井謙太], with Matsui now becoming the mandatory to the Japanese Minimumweight title.
Kanda used his height early on and managed to get his right hand into play with out too many issues. In the 4th round the right hand really connected sending Aitoku down, where he took the 10 count, and looked in genuine pain as he battled the count.
It's a worrying loss for Aitoku, who has now been stopped in 6 of 11 bouts and questions need to be asked as to what he can do going forward. For Kanda the win moves him on, but he needs to fight someone better to prepare for a title shot.
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