Due to the fact some fans will not be wanting to know the result of today's from Korakuen Hall, as the bouts will be shown on Tape Delay on Monday on G+ we will begin this with a paragraph of text to act as a spoiler warning. Please be aware this is a 1-off paragraph designed to not ruin the bout for those who have accidentally stumbled on this page ahead of the TV broadcast of the bout on Monday. This is something we are only going to be doing when we know that a bout will be televised on delay and will only ever be a 1 paragraph thing, with the idea of allowing fans to watch events as live.
Please be wary spoilers will begin in the next few paragraphs as we go through the results of today's show starting at the opening and going through, bout by bout, to the main event, featuring Super Featherweights Kenichi Ogawa [尾川 堅一] and Kazuhiro Nishitani [西谷和宏].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Teiken put on their latest show, which was originally supposed to take place back in September, though was pushed back after Jorge Linares had a positive result in a PCR test. As a result the show was pushed back by around a month, and was removed from Live TV, getting a Tape Delay place on Japanese premium TV channel G+.
The show began with a 6 round Super Bantamweight bout as Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場 悟] scored a minor upset win over Takayoshi Suzuki (5-2-1, 1) [鈴木 敬祥]. The bout began with Suzuki looking to use his reach, but Hishiba cut the distance relatively early on and in round 4 a body shot from Hoshiba hurt his man, and he kept coming, out working Suzuki to earn a unanimous decision. The scores for this were 58-56 from all 3 judges.
In another minor upset Ryuya Tsugawa (8-1, 4) [津川 龍也] over-came Hikari Mineta (8-2, 5) [峯田 光], with Tsugawa scoring a 6th round TKO win over Mineta. To begin with both men struggled to connect anything cleanly but the pace began to get going in round 3 and then increased again in round 4, with Tsugawa getting the advantage. At least that was how it seemed until a counter from Mineta at the end of the round dropped Tsugawa. It was too late in the round for Mineta to jump on his man and by the start of round 5Tsugawa had recovered and started land clean shots, worsening facial damage on Mineta, who was stopped in round 6 by the ringside doctor.
One man who picked up an expected win was touted Light Flyweight prospect Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉], who stopped Ryo Narizuka (9-10-1) [成塚亮] in the 7th round of their scheduled 8 rounder. Early on Narizuka used his reach to pose some questions to Iwata but the talented Iwata managed to neutralise the advantage with his speed and skills. By round 2 it was starting to seem like Iwata was, soon or later, going to break down his man as he began to landing solid shots. Credit however went to Narizuka who regrouped well and gritted out some tough moments. That was until round 7 when Iwata began to get inside and land big hooks, with both hands, and forced the referee to jump in and save Narizuka.
In a very notable domestic win fans saw Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion Yamato Hata (11-1, 10) [波田 大和] take a decision win over former amateur standout Koshin Takeshima (4-1-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心]. This one started at a high tempo from the off, and was a thrilling contest with both men looking to establish themselves before the other. The tempo slowed down slightly in the middle rounds, but the action didn't really relent and in round 6 Hata dropped Takeshima. The knockdown seemed to force Takeshima to change tactics somewhat and began to press forward looking for a mistake to counter, sadly for Takeshima he was unable to land a decisive blow, and found himself forced to cover up under the pressure of Hata's offensive output. In the end it seemed, perhaps, that the natural size and power advantage of Hata played a part in the result, and all 3 judges had the bout scored 78-73 in favour of the hard hitting Hata. Incidentally this is Hata's first bout to go the distance and only his second to go beyond 5 rounds.
The co-feature proved to be a mismatch as Hayate Kaji (15-0, 9) [梶颯] easily over-came Hiroki Yajima (9-9-3, 4) [矢島大樹]. Credit however goes to Yajima, who survived 8 torrid rounds despite being down twice. Yajima was down in the opening round, from a short right hand and Yajima was down again in round 7 and deducted a point for holding. Those knockdowns and the deduction helped Kaji take a very, very comfortable win, with scores of 78-70, twice, and 79-69. Sadly aside from the knockdowns the bout did lack clean action. Despite the win it's still hard to know whether or not Kaji has what it takes to progress onto a Japanese title, or higher, and it will take a much stiff test than this to see where Kaji is at, and where he can go.
The main event saw world ranked Super Featherweights facing off with Kenichi Ogawa (25-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] taking on Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-5-1, 12) [西谷和宏] in what was a legitimately great match up. The bout began cautiously from both men, with Nishitani trying to get his shots off at range and Ogawa not giving his foe many opportunities to counter. By round 3 there was a feeling of tension and the pace began to increase, with the most notable moment being a left from Nishitani that dropped Ogawa for the bouts first knockdown.
With Ogawa being down he needed revenge and in round 4 he got that revenge, dropping Nishitani with a straight right hand. That neutralised the early 10-8 and left the bout very finely balanced. In round 5 Nsihitani seemed to swing the balance in his favour, with some good 1-2's from range, from there on however Ogawa took control, boxing well and landing his right hands at will to take the rounds and secure the win.
After 10 rounds the judges all had the bout 97-91 in favour of Ogawa, who takes a huge step towards a second world title fight.
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will be able to see the unbeaten and touted Hayate Kaji (14-0, 9) [梶颯] continue his climb towards his first title fight. The unbeaten Kaji will be taking on Hiroki Yajima (9-8-3, 4) [矢島大樹] in the chief support bout of a Teiken promoted event, under the Dynamic Glove banner.
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both men looked in great condition whilst making the 115lbs limit.
On the scales Kaji, left in the picture below, was around 114.5lbs and looked like a man with a point to prove after some disappointing performances recently. Yajima on the other hand was bang on the 115lb limit and looked in fantastic shape. Whilst we have mentioned Kaji's disappointing performances it is worth noting that Yajima has gone 1-3 in his last 4 and 2-3-2 in his last 7.
For fans unable to get a ticket for this event the show will be screened on G+ early next week on tape delay.
(Image below courtesy of Teiken)
The long awaited WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), who are fighting for the vacant title, has seen it's scheduled date slip once again. Thankfully however it does appear that this will be the final change in date for a bout that was supposed to take place in April, before all shows in Japan were put on hold.
The bout, which has had dates pencilled in for April, May and July now appears set in stone for August 21st, at Korakuen Hall on a Teiken promoted card. That's 20 days later the previously reported date, but we do have more details regarding the event and the bout won't be the only one of note on the show.
The show was announced by Teiken earlier today on their website, confirming the show would be a Dynamic Glove Special, suggesting that G+ will be televising the bout live. That may leave the door open for two different G+ cards in the month, which is something we have seen rumoured for the rest of 2020 given the backlog of fights and the very limited TV dates typically available.
As well as the much anticipated, and repeatedly rescheduled, main event we also now know that the card show will feature Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Hayate Kaji (14-0, 9) [梶颯]. Both men were pencilled in for the original April show, but due to the on-going global situation that card was postponed. Sadly neither man has yet had their opponents for the show confirmed.
It's unclear what has caused this delay, but giving the two men around 3 weeks extra to prepare after lengthy lay offs due to the world situation doesn't appear to be a bad thing, and could serve both fighters well. At the time of writing it's unclear whether the show will be allowing fans or note, though that may explain the postponement of the bout.
It should be noted that the WBO title is currently vacant, and has been since Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成] gave it up earlier in the year when he moved up in weight.
Back in December we saw a WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout, which ended with champion Joe Noynay (18-2-2, 7) retained his title with a technical draw against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一]. Since then neither man has fought, but today we have found when Ogawa will be back in action!
We've been told today that Ogawa has been added to the April 4th Dynamic Glove card at Korakuen Hall, as the chief support bout to the recently announced WBO Flyweight world title bout between Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) and Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人].
At the time of writing no opponent has been announced for Ogawa but he's pencilled in for the chief support bout on the card. We expect the opponent to be announced in the next week or two.
One other man pencilled in for the show is the unbeaten Hayate Kaji (14-0, 9) [梶颯], who will be fighting in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout, though like Ogawa his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
We expect to see more Teiken fighters added to the show in the coming weeks, and we're expecting at least 1 more notable fighter to be added to the show.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to attend a Teiken card, featuring a host of notable hopefuls. Among those were a trio who have shown promise, but left some question marks in recent bouts, with either poor performances of losses.
One of those was Masaya Tamayama (13-2, 7) [玉山将也], who had recently lost in a domestic clash against Riku Nagahama, and was in need of a win following that set back in July. Tamayama needed only 3 rounds to get back to winning ways with an easy win over limited Thai visitor Wachirasak Waiyawong (4-4, 3). Whilst the Thai had been stopped in 2 rounds by Koki Inoue last year he had also gone 6 rounds with Brandon Ogilvie, losing a split decision, last December, so Tamayama does deserve some credit for this win, which came following a big salvo of shots with Wachirasak Waiyawong on the ropes.
Another of that trio was Hayate Kaji (14-0, 9) [梶颯], who had struggled past both Arnold Garde and Rey Orais, putting the breaks on what had looked like a really promising career. Sadly he failed to shine again today as took a close decision over Diomel Diocos (14-5-3, 4). Whilst Diocos isn't a bad fighter, at all, he is a natural Flyweight, who was stopped in 4 rounds by Daigo Higa back in 2017, and wasn't expected to give the hard hitting Kaji much of a test. Instead however Diocos proved to be tough and full of ambition, giving Kaji all he could handle early on, dropping Kaji in the early going. The fight did however turn when Diocos suffered cut and got the fight slowly beaten out of him in the later stages. After 8 rounds the judges had this 77-74, twice, and 76-75, though again we're left with more questions than answers about Kaji.
The third of this trio was Kenshin Oshima (7-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who had drawn against Nobuaki Kanazawa last year and had struggled to over-come Joe Tanooka and Ikuro Sadatsune in recent bouts. He took another win today as he defeated Filipino fighter Eranio Semillano (17-11-3, 5) in a bout with some odd looking scorecards. Semillano looked quick and sharp early on, though was forced to take some solid counter shows from Oshima, who looked to be landing the better shots. Semillano's toughness show he come through the counters, though repeated head clashes saw Semillano dedicted a pount in round 4. The headclahses continued through the fight to the point where the referee took a second point from the Filipino in the final round. After 8 rounds the scorecards here were 80-70, 79-74 and 76-75, giving Oshima the unanimous decision win. Whilst this was exciting early on it certainly wasn't pretty as we got to the end of the contest.
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