Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we got the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of events, and it was an interesting one showing some of the future, and present, of the Teiken Gym. The card wasn't one littered with huge names, but it had a very notable main event fighter along with a number of promising young hopefuls, who were all looking to make a mark and move towards bigger and better things.
The show began with an East Japan Rookie of the Year qualifying bout, that saw 20 year old Shuta Takahashi (2-1, 2) [高橋秀太] take a quick win over debuting 33 year old Fuma Uno (0-1) [宇野楓麻]. The explosive youngster, who hasn't seen the second round in any of his bouts so far, started fight in a bout that was a war from the off. Uno, to his credit, fought back hard and tried to get Takahashi's respect making for a thrilling opening minute. Sadly for Uno he was dropped by an uppercut and was instantly under pressure when the bout resumed. Despite being under a lot of pressure Uno managed to fight back and seemed to have Takahashi on the backfoot, however the aggression from Uno came at a cost and he would be dropped a second time, this time from a counter, with the referee waving off the bout immediately. For a bout that lasted just 84 seconds this was brilliant!
The second bout saw former Japanese amateur standout Kota Kaneko (1-0, 1) [金子 虎旦] score an impressive debut win, as he took out Thai visitor Pasith Visetso (6-3, 4) in 2 rounds. From the opening moments Kaneko looked like a star. He had the good looks that will draw attention of female fans, but also the calm, considered composure that great fighters have. He looked like he was barely trying whilst seeing what Visetso had to offer in the opening moments, before moving through the gears and dropping the Thai in round 2 with some wonderful punches. Although Visetso got up from the knockdown, which came from a body shot, he was drown again soon afterwards. Kaneko might have been making his professional debut here, but he did go 56-13 in the unpaid ranks and on the evidence of this performance, has the ability to go a very, very, very long way.
The third bout on the show saw Subaru Murata (2-0, 2) [村田 昴] make his Japanese debut, after making his professional debut last June in the US, and take a dominant win over Filipino visitor John Mark Tihuk (6-2-2, 2). From the off Murata looked aggressive, composed and razor sharp, again a solid opponent. Sadly for the visitor he seemed to come up short in every way as Murata showed the skills that had seen be one of the best Japanese amateurs of the last few years. Tihuk had moments, but they were few and far between as Murata looked too strong, too big, too fast, and in the end too powerful. Tihuk's team seemed to realise their man was coming off second best, especially after a very one sided 4th round, and he retired between rounds 4 and 5 saving their man from further punishment.
Someone who did get a good work out was the unbeaten Katsuya Fukui (4-0, 3) [福井 勝也], who returned to the ring for the first time in over a year. The talented Fukui took on Filipino Jason Buenaobra (8-7-3, 3) and it was clear Buenaobra wasn't there to just fold, but instead was in the ring looking to upset the talented Japanese novice. As a result the visitor gave a genuinely solid account of himself in the early rounds and had moments of success on the front foot whilst also showing some clever defensive movements. In round 3 Fukui dropped his man, but the visitor still had fight in him as he got back up and continued to test the youngster. As the rounds went on however the power and accuracy of Fukui took it's toll on the visitor and with Buenaobra taking punishment the referee came in and waved the bout off, saving the visitor. The stoppage seemed a poor one from the referee, but it did seem like a stoppage was coming and sooner or later.
Another unbeaten Japanese prospect on this card was the very, very, very highly touted Mikito Nakano (6-0, 5) [中野 幹士], who battled Juanito Paredes (9-8-1, 4). The talented Nakano looked great from the off and was too quick and too sharp for Paredes, who really struggled to land cleanly on Nakano. In round 3 Nakano went out looking to see off his man and succeeded with that midway through the round with a short left hand that looked relatively innocuous but dropped Paredes for the 10 count. The finish was an odd one, but Nakano's overall performance was good and it feels like it's now time he stepped up to fringe domestic title level.
The chief support bout saw the unheralded Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊] score the biggest win of his career, as he upset former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (19-4, 15) [永野祐樹], and claimed the interim title. Going in Kobata was the clear un der-dog, but amazingly he seemed like the boss through out the bout. He was out landing Nagano, countering well, and seemed to soak up the pressure of Nagano without issues at all, whilst also being able to back up Nagano when he wanted. Worryingly for Nagano was the fact Kobata rarely seemed to miss, and finding holes both up top and down low. Through the first 4 rounds it was incredibly hard to give Nagano anything and sadly for Nagano things didn't get better in round 5. Nagano started the round offensively, trying to turn things around, but as the round went on he slowed down whilst Kobata began to land clean left hands at will. Those left hands left Nagano stumbling and the referee stopped the bout, just moments before Nagano's team got into the ring.
Sadly the main event was little more than a mismatch as Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14) [中谷正義], fighting in Japan for the first in more than 3 years, blasted out Filipino visitor Harmonito Dela Torre (22-4, 14) inside 8- seconds. Nakatani looked sharp and busy from the off, and although Dela Torre tried to fight back he was down in the first minute. He got back to his feet but was down almost immediately, with referee giving the 10 count after the second knockdown, which came from a pair of heavy left hands from Nakatani
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of events. The show is a notable Japan Vs Philippines ones, with a number of notable Japanese fighters, including a host of prospects, taking on dangerous Filipino visitors, which also has an interim Japanese title fight on the show.
Today, ahead of the show, the fighters took part in their weigh in. We won't go through all the weights, but we will take a look at the two main bouts on the show.
The main event will see Japanese Lightweight contender Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13) [中谷正義] return to a Japanese ring for the first time in more than 3 years as he takes on Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (22-3, 14), in one of the aforementioned Japan Vs Philippines bouts. The two men, who will be fighting just above the Lightweight limit, at 137lbs, both made the contracts weight with no issues at all. On the scales Nakatani was 136.7lbs whilst Dela Torre was was 135.6lbs. Both men looked in good shape, though it was clear that Nakatani was the one better suited to the weight, as he looked genuinely great whilst Dela Torre looked like a Super Featherweight who didn't need to drain water weight to make the contracted limit and had a slightly fleshy look.
The other main bout will see Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] and Takeru Kobata (11-5-1, 4) [小畑 武尊] clash for the Interim Japanese Welterweight title. On the scales Nagano, the favourite, was 146.6lbs whilst Kobata was slightly heavier at 146.8lbs.
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Earlier today Teiken announced that Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13) [中谷正義] would be returning to the ring on June 13th, in what will be his first bout since losing to Vasyl Lomachenko last June. The tall and rangy Japanese Lightweight will be taking on Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (22-3, 14), in a 10 round bout at a contracted 137lbs at Korakuen Hall.
The bout isn't just Nakatani's return to the ring following the loss to Lomachenko, but also marks the first time he has fought in Japan since a 2018 win over Hurricane Futa, and his first bout at Korakuen Hall since his 2014 win against Yoshitaka Kato. In fact this is the first time he has fought in Japan since signing with Teiken in 2019.
Talking about the bout Nakatani has explained that he is happy to have a fight in Japan, he also seemed happy to be fighting someone dangerous, like Dela Torre.
As for the Filipino fighter, this will see him return to Japan for the first time since October 2019, when he was stopped inside a round by Yuichiro Yoshino. Despite that loss Nakatani isn't looking past the Filipino who is very much a dangerous fighter himself. Since the loss to Yoshino he has scored two wins, but this is a huge step up from those bouts.
The bout will serve as the main event of a Dynamic Glove card, with the card also featuring a Japanese Welterweight Interim title bout, between Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] and Takeru Kobata (11-5-1, 4) [小畑 武尊].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see the talented and heavy handed Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎] become a triple crown winner, as he blast out Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (20-3, 12). With the win Yoshino unified his Japanese national title with the previously vacant OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles.
Dela Torre looked to come forward to begin with but landed on the guard of Yoshino who managed to land a good jab early. Dela Torre wasn't put off by the by the jab off Yoshino and got on the front foot, seemingly landing the better blows and coming forward more aggressively. That was a mistake and a counter left hook connected clean with the Filipino who was dropped. The referee stopped the bout with Dela Torre still down, after just over 2 minutes of the first round.
It's unclear what's next for Yoshino, but it's hard to see him having much competition in the region. A fight with Masayoshi Nakatani would have been interesting, had Nakatani not recently retired. As a result there's very few regional foes who would be worthy of his time, and hopefully he won't look to hold on to the titles too much given he has the ability to go further.
As for Dela Torre this is his 3rd loss in 4 bouts and it's hard to imagine him bouncing back from this type any time soon. It us worth noting however that prior to the finishing blow he looked really up for this, and if he can get some confidence building wins under his belt over the near year or two he could end up getting more regional title shots.
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Tomorrow in Tokyo fans will see Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎] battle against Harmonito Dela Torre (20-2, 12) in a bout for the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles, with the winner essentially becoming the undisputed Asian champion at 135lbs.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make weight with no issues at all. In fact both men looked in great shape and both sounded confident of picking up what would be the biggest win of their career.
Yoshino stated that Dela Torre wasn't as tall as expected though still seemed to be aware that the Filipino had long arms and reach. Despite the reach of the Filipino Yoshino sounded very confident and seemed to suggest that he was going to fight his fight. He also revealed that in his preparation for this fight he took part in a US training camp, which had left him with awful jet lag, though that was a few weeks ago and isn't expected to be any kind of an issue for tomorrow's bout.
As for the Filipino he suggested that Yoshino was a good fighter, but was confident he'd pick up the win.
For fans no able to get to Korakuen Hall tomorrow this bout will be aired on tape delay over the weekend on Fuji TV as part of their Diamond Glove series of shows.
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