Earlier today at the Capio in Tsukuba we had the latest show from Yamamguchi Tsuchiura Promotions. The card wasn't a huge one but did feature several fighters of note on it, including a former Japanese title challenger, one of the best young prospects in the sport and a very entertaining, though much more limited fighter.
The first bout of note on thus show saw Ryu Horikawa (3-0-1, 1) [堀川 龍] take a unanimous decision win over Daiki Kameyama (7-5-1, 2) [亀山 大輝], in a competitive and solid test for the 20 year old Horikawa. The bout started with Kameyama coming forward and being aggressive, but it wasn't long until Horikawa began to control the distance, and land quick shots at range. Kameyama began to struggle with the movement and clean, effective, punching of Horikawa, who countered well when he needed to. Although always game Kameyama failed to turn things around in the later stages, with Horikawa taking the decision with scores of 59-56, 58-57 and 58-56.
Horikawa and Kameyama showing some good boxing skills we then got a bout featuring the limited but always entertaining Yuta Ashina (5-2) [足名 優太], who took a close decision over Yuya Nemoto (6-9-3, 1) [根本 裕也]. Unlike most Ashina bouts this one didn't really shine like his usual contests. Ashina, who reached the All Japan Rookie of the Year final last year, showed uncharacteristic calmness in the first round, and continually struggled to get going. What we saw was Nemoto using his experience to control portions of the action, despite being cut from a headclash early on, and what action we got was mostly slow paced, at mid range. A bit of a stinker, sadly, after a string of great bouts for Ashina. Despite the disappointing action Ashina took the win via majority decision with scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 57-57.
The main event saw the tough and rugged Tatsuya Takahashi (32-9-6, 21) [高橋 竜也] take a decision win over Hibiki Jogo (10-3, 5) [城後 響], with Takahashi moving one step close to another title fight. The bout saw Jogo look to use his speed advantage over the taller, longer Takahashi, but the clumsiness of both men saw heads come together, leaving Takahashi with a damaged eye. In round 2 Takahashi began to find his groove, using his 1-2's well at range and then began to work more on the inside in rounds 3 and 4. With the bout slipping away from him Jogo changed tactics and in round 5 he began to find the range for his straight shots and he started a fight back, the fight back was a relative short one though with Takahashi taking control back in round 7 before the two men went to an inside war in the final round.
After 8 rounds the scorecards came in, 78-74, 77-75 and 77-76 all in favour of Takahashi.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka, and those tuning in on ytv, had the chance to see talented Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] score one of his biggest wins to date, stopping Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介].
On paper this was an excellent match up, arguably the best bout of the show, and promised to be explosive.
The Korean took an aggressive mentality in to the ring, bringing the pressure to the Japanese punching, showing no real respect of Tsutsumimoto's vaunted power. It wasn't reckless from Atsumi, but was aggressive as he looked to apply constant, educated pressure.
Tsutsumimoto, to his credit, showed good composure early on, and found a brilliant right hand in round 2, but always looked like he was being put on the back foot.
About 2 minutes into round 4 Tsutsumimoto found himself close to the ropes and was caught by a big right hand and dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown but pressure from Atsumi soon forced the referee to stop the bout.
Also on this card was a win for Hibiki Jogo (9-2, 4) [城後響], who out pointed Filipino journeyman Marzon Cabilla (17-18-1, 6) over 8 rounds.
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Earlier today Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝], the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, attended a press conference to announce his next bout.
The unbeaten second generation fighter will be headlining "Dramatic Boxing 79", on April 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka. His opponent for the bout will be Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2) [松浦 大地] in what looks like another small step forward for Tatsuyoshi, who appears to be taking forward step after forward step.
As well as Tatsuyoshi's bout there was always a couple of other things announced for the show. One of those, what appears to be the chief support bout, will be an excellent match up between Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) [堤本京介] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) [テイル渥美], in what looks like a sure fire fight of the show. We've also been informed that Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] will be on the show.
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Earlier today at the L-Theatre in Osaka fight fans had a small yet notable card.
The originally announced main event was an attractive looking match up between the in form Dynamic Kenji (10-3, 7 [木久健次] and talented youngster Naoto Iwai (5-2, 3) [岩井尚斗]. Sadly that bout was cancelled late on due to Kenji suffering an eye infection.
As a result of Kenji's medical issues the main event became a match up between Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] and Tricky Kumagai (9-9, 6) [熊谷直昭].
On paper this looked a mismatch, but as we know records don't tell us the whole story, and Kumgai lived up to his name, by being tricky.
Jogo looked the quicker fighter, and was sharp with his jab early on. Kumagai seemed to be fully aware he was the less skilled boxer, but looked to land the bigger shots, launching huge overhand rights early on. As the bout went on and Jogo slowed we saw Kumagai have more success, that success really came out very late in the bout, as a right hand dropped Jogo, just before the bell. It was too little too late for Kumgai, but the 10-8 round did make things very interesting on the score cards, which were 77-75, 76-75 and 76-76, giving Jogo the very thin majority decision win.
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