Earlier today Japanese fans had the chance to see the sensationally gifted Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太] record his second defnce of the WBC Youth Bantamweight title, as he stopped Indonesian visitor Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-1, 5).
Murata looked to control the bout early on with his jabs, and switches between head and body shots whilst keeping the shorter man at range. The Indonesian had some success in round 2, with one judge giving him the round, but the visitor struggled to have more than a few fleeting moments and by the end of round 4 Murata looked like he could do as pleased.
Up by scored of 40-36, twice, and 39-37 after 4 rounds it looked like Murata was lookign to try new things, and looked happy to test his stamina, but in round 6 he really hurt the Indonesian. Knowing he had his man hurt Maruta went for the finish and dropped the visitor with some brutal body shots, that left Lamandau down for the 10 count.
Following the bout it was annouced that Murata would be back in the ring in July and will likely be fighting for an OPBF or a Japanese title when he returns to the ring.
On the under-card Naoto Iwai (3-1, 1) [岩井 尚斗], suffered a 6 round split decision loss to Ryosuke Nasu (7-2-2,1) [那須亮祐], whilst Middleweight Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) blew away an over-matched Thai foe.
For fans interested in watching this bout it will be added to the Boxingraise service in the coming hours.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see super-talent Hinata Maruta (4-0, 3) [丸田 陽七太], defending his WBC Youth Bantamweight title for the second time, as he takes on Indonesian foe Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-0, 5). Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men came in under the 118lb weight limit.
Maruta came in at around 117.75lbs, comfortably under the divisional limit, and looked in great shape whilst also towering over the Indonesian fighter. The talented youngster looked confident and seemed comfortably with a gameplan of boxing at range and using his physical advantages, as well as his kills.
Lamandau was amazingly closer to the Super Flyweight limit than the Bantamweight limit, coming in at 115.5lbs, a massive way under the limit. Despite being dwarfed he was confident and seemed to feel that his boxing will be too good for Maruta, with the visitor stating that his intent was to take the title back to Indonesia.
For fans outside of Japan the bout will be featured on boxingraise.com and will be available on demand, though it won't be aired live on the subscription service.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
We'll admit that we have been a little bit frustrated at the Boxingraise service in recent weeks, feeling they could have done more particularly in February, in regards to their content. We know it's a typically quiet part of the year but the service could have shown what is on the horizon and featured more "old" footage of shows from the past.
Today however they took a big step up to announce the next 3 shows that will be made available on their service, and there is speculation that March could see a flurry of activity on their service.
Their next card will be "Dangan Ladies Vol 4", a show headlined by Ayumi Goto (5-0, 4) [後藤あゆみ] battling with Kim Actub (4-6-1, 3) for the OPBF female Super Bantamweight title. This show was a "given" for the service as it's part of the Dangan promoted cards, and all of the Dangan shows are on the service as the same parent company run them. For those interested this card, which takes place on March 15th will be on tape delay, and should be online within 24 hours of taking place.
The service will then feature tape delay coverage of the March 19th "Big Fight Boxing 49" card, on 24 hour delay. The main event here will see Tenta Kiyose (11-2-1, 4) [清瀬 天太] battle Taisei Higashi (7-9-1, 5) [東 泰誠] and although far from a good card on paper it should have a fair bit of lower tier excitement and action.
The crown in the jewel of the 3 shows announced today was "Overheat Boxer's Night 80", which will be aired live on March 22nd. The main event here will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Kenta Nakagawa (13-2-1, 9) [中川 健太] making a mandatory defense of his title against Ryuichi Funai (26-7, 18) [船井 龍一]. The under-card is a bit weak but the main event is set to be a treat.
Rumours are that the service will give us at least one more tape delay card before the month is out, with "Art of Boxing 4" headlined by Hinata Maruta (4-0, 3) [丸田 陽七太] against Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-0, 5) expected to be added.
We've known that WBC Youth Bantamweight champion Hinata Maruta (4-0, 3) [丸田 陽七太] would be returning to the ring on March 26th to defend his title on "Art of Boxing 4" at the Satsukiyama Gym in Ikeda, Osaka. We didn't however know who he would be defending his title against. Today however we have seen his opponent's name being leaked.
We now know that Maruta's opponent for his up coming bout will be unbeaten Indonesian fighter Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-0, 5), who will be fighting outside of Indonesia for the first time.
Little is really known about Lamandau but newspapers from the Indonesan state that he won a KTI, an Indonesian boxing body, title last year when he stopped Amirulfadzly Pendy in the third round, of a scheduled 10 rounder. In the video of that bout the Indonesian looked short but powerful, and will seemingly be giving away height, reach and speed to Maruta.
On paper the challenger's best win is a 6 round decision over Suparyanto Doglo, who is best known for being stopped in 3 rounds by a then 1-0 Muhammad Waseem. That win came in Lamandau's second bout and is one of 3 bouts that Lamandau has won by decision, all over the 6 round distance.
At the moment it's unclear whether the show will be featured on boxingraise, who are yet to announce their schedule for for March, but it does look likely that the show will be covered on on the subscription service as a delayed broadcast.
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