Earlier today we were informed about the latest show in the Green Tsuda promoted "Crash Boxing" series of shows, as the gym held a press conference to announce the event. The show in question will take place on August 8th in Hirkata City, and is one packed with interesting bouts and notable names.
The main event of the card is an excellent match up between two JBC ranked Super Flyweight as former Japanese national champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-10-4, 11) [奥本 貴之] battles against Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平 宗忍], in a rematch of their 2016 clash. The first time these two men fought Okumoto stopped in 2 rounds, and it's fair to say that the former champion will be confident of another win here. Saying that however Nihei has picked up two decent domestic wins since then, beating Tatsuya Ikemizu and Ryosuke Nasu whilst Okumoto has actually lost his last two bouts, including a huge upset loss in December to Akio Furutani.
In the main support bout we'll see Green Tsuda hopeful Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町 俊貴] in action in an 8 rounder, though his opponent has yet to be announced. Despite not being a big name he is among the best prospects in Japan and fingers crossed this bout will be one of his last bouts before a potential title fight at the end of the year, or in early 2022.
Where the card really is appealing is the depth of young talent on it, not just Shimomachi. Another of the youngsters is his Green Tsuda stablemate Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田 稔輝], who will be taking on the solid Yuya Azuma (5-5-1, 1) [東 祐也], who's only been stopped once in his 5 losses and that was by Rentaro Kimura.
Other youngsters include the debuting pair of Kaito Yamazaki (0-0) [山崎 海斗] and Takafumi Shibata (0-0) [柴田 尊文]. Yamazaki will be expected to have a chin check here as he takes on Kohei Hamamoto (4-2-1, 3) [濱元 耕平], who has stopped his last 3 in the first round whilst Shibata will be up against Ryosie Niguma (5-3-1, 3) [二熊 亮成] in a very interesting match up.
At a press conference for the show this morning Okumoto explained that a conversation with his 8 year old son talking him out of retiring from the sport, and he admitted that he was surprised to be headlining the card, like assuming the headline bout would go to Shimomachi as the rising star of the gym. The promoter, Masaya Motoishi, however explained that he was confident Okumoto would become a champion again explaining that that played a part in his choice to have Okumoto lead the show.
Shimomachi revealed that he sees his bout as a passing point before an eventual title fight. It's expected he'll not be in with someone too testing here, and instead will be using the bout to stay sharp, rather than testing himself and his abilities too much.
Notably Maeda explained that whilst he can challenge for a Japanese title, given his JBC ranking, he feels he's not ready for a shot. And credit to him for being honest on that, as his last performance showed there is still a lot of work for him to do before he faces a title level fighter. We're not sure Azuma will prepare him for a title fight, but he does need more experience.
Another fighter who was mentioned at the press conference was Ryota Yada (20-7, 17) [矢田良太], who was said to have turned down a fight on this show as he's hoping to get a fight at Korakeun Hall later in the year instead, and could find himself in a major domestic show down, rather than a relative low key bout in Hirakata City, on this show.
Earlier today the Green Tsuda Gym announced their next show, set to take place on April 11th at the EDION Arena Osaka. The card isn't a stacked one, but it is one with 7 bouts, including several worthy of making a note of, with a number of very promising prospects set to be part of the event.
The main bout on the card will be an 8 rounder at Super Featherweight and will see former Japanese Youth champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] take on the under-rated Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋]. Although it's hard to see anything but a win for the slippery and talented Shimomachi it is worth noting that Teruya gave the very highly regarded Rentaro Kimura a bit of a test last year, and we wouldn't be surprised by him doing the same here.
A second 8 rounder here will see Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須亮祐] clash with Sonin Nihei (9-5-2, 1) [仁平宗忍]. This should be an interesting technical battle here between two talented, but feather fisted, fighters. Coming in Nasu is 4-4 in his last 8, but the 28 year old shouldn't be written off, and he has faced stiff competition during that run. Nihei on the other hand is 1-4 in his last 5, and can ill afford another loss.
One other 8 rounder on this show will see the really promising Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝] take part in his first 8 round bout as he takes on Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. The talented Maeda impressed in 2020, after winning the Rookie of the Year in 2019, and we expect to see him rise through the ranks this year. Fujita is unlikely to be much of a test for Maeda, though that's likely part of why he was chosen for this bout, with the idea Fujita will put up enough effort to ask questions of Maeda but not be a real threat to the talented 24 year old.
In a 6 rounder we'll see Hibiki Takno (4-3-1) [高杢響] fight in an evenly matched bout with Hideotshi Takane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿]. This one isn't going to make waves, or excite anyone looking at it, but it should be a very competitive bout and is fantastically even on paper.
It was also confirmed that former Maeda opponent Kaito Okubo (5-2, 2) [大久保 海都] would be on this show, though his opponent wasn't announced. He will be in a 6 rounder at Featherweight, as he looks to bounce back from a 2020 loss to Maeda, who stopped him in brutal fashion back in December.
As well as the 5 bouts mentioned the show will also have 2 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
Earlier today Green Tsuda boxing Gym announced that they had had to change the venue for their scheduled December 27th "Crash Boxing Vol 21" show.
Originally the card was scheduled to take place the Hirakata City Gymnasium in Hirakata City. Sadly however that venue will now be closed for the rest of 2020, with Hirakata City stopping all use of sports venues until the end of the year due to Covid19.
As a result the event will now be taking place at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City. The same venue which will also hold a Rookie of the Year event earlier in the day.
The change will see fewer fans allowed in the venue.
The rest of the show remains unchanged, with the same bouts and start time as originally announced.
This past Monday we saw a scheduled Light Flyweight bout between Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] and Reiya Konishi (17-2, 7) [小西伶弥] cancelled at the 11th hour after Konishi had a positive result from a PCR test, suggesting he had Covid19. Over the days that followed Konishi had a number of other tests, all come back negative, suggesting that his original test was a false positive.
Following the negative tests Konishi stated that he wanted to get the bout with Takayama re-organsied for as soon as possible, something Takayama also seemed very open to. What we didn't expect was for the bout to be given a new date just days after the cancellation. However that's exactly what has happened today with a new date being announced just moments ago.
The bout, which was originally scheduled for November 23nd, will now take place on December 27th at the Green Tsuda promoted "CRASH BOXING vol.21 in Hirakata" event.
Following the new date being confirmed Takayama has thanked people for their support and admitted that he was grateful to fight this year, rather than needing to waiting any longer to return to the ring. His trainer, Hiroake Nakade, has also given quotes to the media explaining that for the next month he Takayama will continue to train and will enter the ring in perfect condition.
Even before this bout was added the card the show was already looking like a good one with several notable names on the show. They included "Naniwa Terminator" Ryota Yada (20-6, 17) [矢田良太], who will be in the main event against Yuichi Ideta (13-15-1, 7) [出田裕一], former Japanese champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-9-4, 11) [奥本貴之], Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] and the highly regarded Jinki Maeda (5-0, 3) [前田稔輝]. With Takayama and Konishi the show now has added star power.
On paper a bout between Takayama, a multi-time world champion, and Konishi, a 2-time world title challenger, should provide a lot of fire works, and is up there for the bouts we are most excited about for what's left of the year. It might not have a title on the line but the styles of the two should give us a sensational barn burner.
Earlier today the Green Tsuda Gym announced their next card under the "Crash Boxing Banner" and it's set to be an interesting one on December 27th from the Hirakata City Gymnasium in Osaka, with 7 bouts announced for it. Notably several of the fighters set for the card had originally been pencilled in to fight on November 3rd, before that show was cancelled due to Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] testing positive for Covid19.
Not only have all 7 bouts been announced but also a serious step up in how the show will be ran in regards to making the event more covid safe than any other in Japan.
The first will all be given PCR tests 4 weeks before the fight, and 10 days before the fight, as well following the usual rules of a PCR test on the day of the weigh in. The venue, which can be set up to take 3,5000 people in a normal event, is expected to have between 1,300 and 1,500 fans in attendance along with 30 guards and 10 medical staff.
The day before PCR tests will be carried out at a local hospital, with space being rented for the testing and weighing, and fighters will then be bussed to a hotel, with cafeteria's only available to those involved in bouts. A bus will also be prepared to take fighters from the hotel to the venue, with Masaya Motoishi, the promoter, clearly wanting to lead the way in how to have more covid safe events.
As for the bouts, the main event will see "Naniwa Terminator" Ryota Yada (20-6, 17) [矢田良太] battle against Yuichi Ideta (13-15-1, 7) [出田裕一] in an 8 round Welterweight bout, with the plan being for Yada to essentially tune up ahead of an OPBF title fight next year. On paper this really should be little more than a stay busy bout for the hard hitting Yada.
In the co-feature former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-9-4, 11) [奥本貴之] will take on Akio Furutani (8-4, 3) [古谷昭男], in an 8 round bout fought at a contracted 53KG's, which is around 116.9lbs. For Okumoto this will be his first bout since losing the Japanese title in December 2019 whilst Furutani will be looking to build on an October 2019 upset win over Keisuke Nakayama.
The only title bout on the show will see Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] seek his second defense as he takes on Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場 悟]. The 24 year old Shimomachi will, if he wins, need to vacate the title due to his age, though given his recent performance we're really excited to see him moving into the main Japanese title mix. As for Hoshiba he'll be coming into this bon the back of successive victory and will be a live under-dog, albeit a very clear under-dog.
Staying with youngsters we'll also see the brilliant Jinki Maeda (5-0, 3) [前田稔輝] face off with Kaito Okubo (5-1, 2) [大久保海都], in a bout that has been rescheduled from November 3rd. Although relatively deep down the card this could end up being the show stealer. We've been really impressed by Maeda, who won Rookie of the Year in 2019, but Okubo is no push over and should pose a genuine test for Maeda.
The other 3 bouts on the card are all 4 rounders including the debut of Ryuicho Kitazono (0-0) [北園 龍一] and a bout featuring unbeaten 35 year old female fighter Rin Murai (1-0-2) [村井 理].
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