Back in February we reported that Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] had been hoping to defend his IBF and WBA Super Bantamweight titles against IBF "interim" champion Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑] in Uzbekistan in Summer. Sadly 2020 hasn't gone to plan, for anyone, and those plans were put on ice due to the on going global situation. A situation that essentially put a stop to any boxing in summer, and is still causing problems for fights with fighters from different countries.
Now it appears that those plans aren't off all together, but were merely postponed.
Earlier today Olamsports, a brilliant website for Uzbek sporting news, reported an interview with Akhmadaliev from Uzbek TV in which he states:
"God willing, we are planning to hold the fight on November 28 at the Humo Arena in Tashkent.
An opponent? We are currently studying a Japanese boxer who is a contender for the IBF. He is tall and slender. We work on ourselves with coaches. I will try to work with twice as much force as in the last battle, ”
Although he didn't explicitly name Iwasa he is one of only 3 potential Japanese options from the IBF rankings. The others are Hiroaki Teshigawara (22-2-2, 15) [勅使河原 弘晶] and Ryo Akaho (35-2-2, 23) [赤穂亮].
Akaho, who is ranked #13 with the IBF, isn't a "tall and slender" fighter, he stands at 5'6" and is a rather short and stubby fighter.
Teshigawara is stands at 5'7", and is taller and rangier than Akaho, though has just fought this past week and it would be a quick turn around for him to be ready for November 28th. It should, however, be noted that he has hit the gym straight after his last bout, and although it's a quick turn around it is a possible one given that he didn't really take any punishment in his last bout. Interestingly he is ranked #3 by the IBF and has recently transferred to the Misako gym in an attempt to secure a world title fight.
Iwasa, however, is the most likely option and he's the tallest of the trio, standing at 5′ 7½″. He's also the IBF mandatory challenger and the man most likely to get the fight. He has been out of the ring since December 2019, when he won the IBF "interim" title with a TKO win over Marlon Tapales, in one of his best performances to date.
The interview can be seen below about 16 minutes into the video.
Once again we need to say a huge thanks to the fantastic @JalolAkhmedov for bringing this to our attention.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the latest show in the Diamond Glove series of shows, which will be aired this coming weekend on Fuji TV. The card featured 4 bouts in total, including OPBF Super Bantamweight title bout featuring champion Hiroaki Teshigawara taking on Shingo Kawamura and a very, very interesting co-feature between two Japanese ranked Super Featherweights.
For those wanting to watch this, as live, over the weekend we please note that spoilers will begin in the next paragraph, starting with the Super Featherweight bout and then moving on to the main event. If you wish to avoid those spoilers, please stop reading now.
The chief support bout saw former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-7-1, 13) [源大輝] take on the criminally under-rated Kanehiro Nakagawa (10-6, 5) [中川兼玄] in a bout between two men who were ranked by the JBC.
On paper it seemed Minamoto would have been favoured here, but it was Nakagawa who really bossed the action. Nakagawa blocked a lot of Minamoto's early shots, whilst landing his own solid blows, especially with his straight right hand. That was the key to his game plan and Minamoto never found an answer for it. By the mid way point Nakagawa was in a comfortable lead, though did begin to slow down and Minamoto finally began to have success in round 5, as he dug deep. Minamoto also had success in round 6, and it seemed the fight back was on, before Nakagawa got his second wind, and traded shots up close.
After 8 rounds the judges had this one 79-73, and 78-74, twice, all in favour of Nakagawa. After the bout Nakagawa stated that he was now aiming for a Japanese title fight.
In the main event fans saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (22-2-2, 15) [勅使河原 弘晶] record his 4th defense, as he stopped Shingo Kawamura (16-6-4, 8) [河村真吾] in the 6th round.
The defending champion, who is very highly ranked by the IBF, looked calm, relaxed and in control from the opening moments. He moved well, found his range and was landing at ease. Kawamura had one or two moments, but every time he had any success Teshigawara got out of range, regrouped and completely destroyed any momentum Kawamura seemed to be building.
After 4 rounds the open scoring kicked in, with Teshigawara leading 40-36, on all 3 cards. He continued to control the action and put his foot on the gas in round 6, dropping Kawamura. Kawamura got to his feet but he was done and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.
After the bout it seemed to be suggested that Misako Gym were trying to secure Teshigawara a world title fight in the deep and really interesting Super Bantamweight division. It seems hard to imagine him getting a shot, given the politics of boxing, though he is currently ranked by the IBF and WBC and would make for a very interesting challenger, even if he's not a big international name.
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶] defending his title against Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men came in bang on the 122lbs Super Bantamweight limit.
At the weigh in Teshigawara sounded confident, stating "I'm strong now because I've been practicing for a long time". It also sounds like his recent move to the Misako gym, is going well, with Teshigawara telling Boxmob that his new trainer "He is teaching me from the perspective of making me a world champion." It also seems like he is benefitting from working along side Kenshiro Teraji "I'm inspired by the fact that the players who catch the world are practicing like this."
Kawamura on the other hand sounded determined to not let another chance pass him by. He explained he "will patiently stick to my boxing and find a win. It doesn't have to be an interesting match. I will win tomorrow," and also stated that weight loss wasn't an issue for him, despite the fact he has, typically, been fighting at Featherweight. There is a real chance that his physical power and strength could be a big advantage, though he is, rightfully, the under-dog here.
For fans wanting to watch this one, and aren't able to get to Korakuen Hall tomorrow the bout will be aired on Fuji TV this coming weekend as part of their Diamond Glove series, with the broadcast set to begin at 26:00 Sunday night local time.
Related - World ranked Teshigawara takes on Kawamura in next OPBF title defense!
Earlier today it was announced that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶] would be making his next defense on October 8th at Korakuen Hall. In the opposite corner to the champion will be the out of form Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾].
The bout will be Teshigawara's first since officially transferring to the Misako earlier this month, and it's expected to be one of his final defenses of the regional title. The plan, for the longer term, is certainly to move him towards a world title fight but with Teshigawara having not fought in 2020 it seems sensible to have him in the ring as soon as they can.
During his reign so far Teshigawara has already recorded 3 defenses of the title, stopping Yuki Iriguchi, Shohei Omori and Shohei Kawashima. In fact he has now stopped 8 of his last 9, and is living up to the "Crush Boy" nickname.
As for Kawamura this is pretty much last chance saloon. In his last 5 bouts, dating back more than 2 years, he has gone 0-2-3, including losses to both Satoshi Shimizu and Ryo Sagawa. It is, however, worth noting that this bout will see him drop down in weight and the hope will be that he's more suited to Super Bantamweight than Featherweight.
Earlier this year, before boxing was put on hiatus, Kawamura was scheduled to face Musashi Mori, in a bout for Mori's regional title at Featherweight. Given he's now gotten this opportunity he should be considering himself a lucky man, especially given his recent results.
The bout is set to be the main event of a Diamond Glove card, with the only other bout currently announced for the show being a contest between former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-6-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Kanehiro Nakagawa (9-6, 5) [中川兼玄].
As with all Diamond Glove shows this card will receive a tape delay broadcast on Fuji TV, though the date and time of that broadcast haven't yet been confirmed.
Earlier this month we reported that JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (12-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎] would be defending his title against Valentine Hosokawa (25-7-3, 12) [細川繁] on September 3rd. That would be part of a small Misako card featuring just two bouts, the Yoshino bout and a low key contest between Yasutaka Fujita (5-1, 5) [藤田裕崇] and Kensuke Nakamura (4-8-2) [中村 堅亮].
Now we've learned there is actually more to this show.
As well as the two official bouts the show will also feature a public spar between WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] and OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶].
The two men will be participating in a 2 round spar as they both work towards ring returns.
At the moment neither man has had their next bout announced, though both are looking to return to the ring later in the year with their eyes on big fights. Kenshiro is hoping to make his 8th world title defense later this year whilst Teshigawara is looking to move a step closer to an IBF world title fight.
Whilst this isn't a huge story it's a sign that both men are wanting to give back to fans, and both are getting closer and closer to full fighting fitness. With that in mind we suspect both men are getting closer and closer to having their next bouts decided.
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