Yesterday the Tokiwa Arena, in Kobe played host to the latest show in the Senrima Super Fight series, from Senrima Kobe Promotions. The card wasn't a super stacked one, or a deep one, but was a pretty interesting one with several fights of note on it, including a Japanese Youth title fight.
The first of the bouts of note saw Tetsuya Mimura (9-3, 2) [見村 徹弥] score a second round TKO win over Pocky Nishikawa (7-10-2, 2) [ポッキー西川]. The talented, but light punching, Mimura got through with a left hand to the body, which hurt Nishikawa, and a follow up attacked forced the referee to step in and wave the bout off, with Nishikawa offering little whilst under pressure. It should be noted this is the 5th time Nishikawa has been stopped in 10 losses, and the 34 year old is now winless in more than 8 years. As for Mimura the win ends a 2 fight slide, though he is much, much better than recent results suggest.
In the Japanese Youth Title fight Seira Kishida (6-1-2, 2) [岸田 聖羅] took an 8 round decision over Seika Fukuda (6-3, 1) [福田 星河], to become the new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion. The bout was an interesting one from the off, with Fukuda trying to close the distance, and Kishida trying to create space, which he did well in round 2, before Fukuda closed the range more effectively in round in the middle rounds, particularly rounds 4 and 5. Sadly for Fukuda his success was coming at a cost, and he was putting a lot into trying to make the fight his style, whilst Kishida seemed more relaxed, picked his spots well and finished really well by boxing at range, and making the most of the slowing legs of his foe. After 8 rounds all 3 judges had Kishida winning 78-74, and all of the judges gave him the final 3 rounds as he eased his way to victory.
The chief support bout saw Shun Kosaka (17-8, 4) [小坂 駿] ending a 3 fight losing streak as he took a comfortable 8 round decision over Sho Omote (9-4, 3) [表 祥]. Kosaka set the tempo with his jab, controlling the range and action earlier on whilst Omote tried to land the bigger, more eye catching shots. Sadly for Omote however he really had no sustained success, and every time he did get something going, Kosaka got back on the jab, create space and re-established his control of the bout, before letting heavier shots go. Omote put in a fair effort, but was consistently second best here, with the judges scoring the bout 79-75, 78-74 and 77-76, a score that was far too close to reflect the nature of the bout.
The main event of the show was the real highlight of the event, with Keisuke Iwasaki (7-3-2, 2) [岩﨑 圭祐] taking a majority decision win over Hiroki Tokuyama (11-4-1, 2) [徳山 洋輝]. The fight started with the two men fighting at mid range and letting their hands and from there we saw a really interesting bout, with both men having success. Iwaksaki seemed to land the cleaner, more eye catching shots, but the naturally bigger Tokuyama seemed to the heavier blows overall. Despite that it was a right hand from Iwasaki that proved to be the most meaningful punch of the fight, as he dropped his man in the fights only knockdown. Tokuyama looked to rebuild from the knockdown, and had a solid 4th round, but couldn't drop Iwasaki, who countered well, and stood his ground when under pressure in round 8. After 8 rounds the judges had this one 78-73, twice, to Iwaksai, and 76-76, to secure him a majority decision win and keep him in line for a Japanese title fight later in the year
Earlier today at the Tokiwa Arena in Kobe fans were able to attend a small, yet rather notable Senrina Kobe Promotions show featuring a number of talented, and often over-looked, Japanese fighters. Several of which were ranked youngster, or men tipped for potential success.
The first bout of note saw a minor upset as Hiroyuki Takahara (8-3, 6) [高原 裕之] stopped touted youngster Tom Mizokoshi (7-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢]. The fight was an intense fight early on and really a fun one for the fans, but in the third round Takahara dropped Mizokoshi with a right hand. Following the knockdown Mizokoshi required a stretcher to help him leave the ring, though thankfully it does appear that was a precaution rather than any potential brain issues. After the bout Mizokoshi took to social media, explaining that was the first time that he had been down in his career, and that he had suffered a fracture to his jaw.
Sadly the result today will mean that Mizokoshi is unlikely to take part in a previously scheduled bout for later in the year. We want to wish him a speedy recovery.
The second bout of note also saw an upset of sorts, as Yuna Hara (9-2-1, 5) [原 優奈] defeated the JBC ranked Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀 千春], with a 3rd round TKO. Hara looked sharp and quick from the off, and looked like he was wanting to make a statement. In round 3 that statement came as he dropped Takasaku. The win will see Hara climb into the rankings when they are updated and will give his career a huge boost.
The chief support bout was much more competitive, as Yuga Inoue (10-1-1, 1) [井上 夕雅] took a split decision win over Tetsuya Mimura (8-3, 1) [見村 徹弥]. Given both men had a single stoppage to their name neither man was expected to take the other out, and that proved to be the case in what was an intriguing match up. Mimura seemed to have some early success but Inoue managed to change the tempo and increased the pressure well. It was the change in out put and pressure from Inoue that began to catch the eye, and began to grind down Mimura and win over the judges. The skills of Mimura impressed, but the pressure and work rate of Inoue was enough to take him the split decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in his favour, whilst the dissenting judge had it 77-75 in favour of Mimura.
In the main event fans again saw the fighters go to the final bell as Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] took a clear decision win over Hiroki Tokuyama (9-3-1, 2) [徳山 洋輝], to retain his JBC ranking. Tokuyama came out aggressively but was dropped in the early stages. That didn't stop him but was dropped again in round 2 and it was clear that his aggression was being punished by the clean, sharper punches of Nasu. Nasu then went off the boil and couldn't close the show, but did manage to take a clear decision with scores of 79-71, 78-72 and 77-73.
The latest Senrima Kobe show took place earlier today at the Tokiwa Arena in Kobe, and although it wasn't a big show it was a pretty interesting one, with three notable fighters on the card.
The first of those in action was 2017 Rookie of the Year runner up Hiroki Tokuyama (8-1-1, 2) [徳山洋輝], was scored his third win since losing to Fumiya Fuse in the Rookie of the Year competition. The talented Tokuyama was up against the often under-rated Tatsuya Terada (7-5-2, 1) [寺田達弥], and it was clear that Terada was up for this one. Tokuyama looked to world the body but was caught by right hands from Terada, who seemed to feel confident that he could stop his man. The bout wasn't the tidiest but was exciting, with big shots and thrilling exchanges through out the contest. Tokuyama was under pressure early, following a cut caused by a head clash, and had to pass several doctors inspections during the bout. He'll be glad he did pass those inspections as it saw him taking an 8 round split decision.
Another man who picked up a decision was #3 ranked JBC Minimumweight Ryoki Hirai (11-6-1, 4) [平井亮輝], who over-came Takayuki Teraji (9-18-1, 4) [寺次孝有希] over 8 rounds, and ended a 2 fight losing run. The talented Hirai looked sharp in the early stages, with his speed, accuracy and timing all on point. Teraji however proved that he knew his role, and didn't just allow Hirai to have things all his own way, instead moving through the gears to take a few of the later rounds from Hirai, who was cut from a head clash in round 7.
Despite the wins for Tokuyama and Hirai it wasn't all good for the Senrima Kobe gym, as their stablemate Giraffe Kirin Kanda (14-3, 8) [神田亮] was surprisingly stopped by Fumisuke Kimura (9-4, 6) [木村文祐]. Kanda, fighting for the first time since his up and down thriller with Takuya Matsusaka last December, rocked his man with a right hand early on and had him in trouble in round 3 as well. Sadly for Kanda he then began to look tired and Kimura sensed something, taking the fight to Kanda who was put firmly in survival mode. Kanda held, spoiled and did everything he could to survive, but in round 7 he was cornered and the referee came in to save him. This ends an 8 fight winning run for Kanda, who's previous loss came in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Yuki Nagano. As for Kimura this is easily his biggest win to date, and should see him put into the JBC rankings.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!