Earlier this week Shinsei Promotions along with Dangan Promotions announced a stacked all female card set to take place on September 1st at Korakuen Hall. The card is a genuinely mouth watering all female card with 5 titles bouts in total, including 2 world title bouts, two regional title bouts and a Japanese title bout.
The first of the 5 bouts scheduled for the show will see Sumira Yamanaka (5-0, 1) [山中菫] battle against Honoka Kano (4-0-2, 2) [狩野ほのか] for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Female Atomweight title. For both fighters this will be their first title fight, and it looks like a really tough one for Yamanaka, who will be giving up significant size to Kano, who is a freakish 5'5" for an Atomweight and has around 20cm (8") height advantage over Yamanaka.
The second title bout on the running order will see Mizuki Hiruta (2-0) [晝田瑞希] take on Hinami Yanai (2-0, 1) [桺井妃奈実] for the vacant Japanese female Flyweight title bout. Hiruta is a wonderfully talented boxer who uses movement, technical skills and a busy, accurate work rate, to control action whilst Yanai is more of an aggressive, pressure fighter, so this should be a real match up of styles for the title.
The third title bout on the show will OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (4-1-1, 1) [松田恵里] defending her title against Kaori Nagai (6-4-3, 2) [長井香織]. For Nagai, a former Japanese champion, this bout is a chance to rebuild from a loss in May to Mizuki Chimoto, whilst Matsuda will be looking to claim her first win since September 2019, when she beat Mont Blanc Miki, having gone 0-1-1 since then in bouts for the IBF Atomweight title.
The first world title bout on the card will see IBF Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (25-9-2, 6) [宮尾綾香] defending her title against Mika Iwakawa (10-6-1, 3) [岩川美花]. Miyao won the title earlier this year, when she beat Matsuda for the previously vacant title, and this will be her first defense of the title. As for Iwakawa, a former WBO champion, this will be her first bout since losing the WBO title back in February to Nanae Suzuki.
The main event of the card will see the aforementioned Nanae Suzuki (11-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] defending her WBO Atomweight title, for the first time, as she takes on former WBC Minmumweight champion Yuko Kuroki (19-7-2, 9) [黒木優子] in an excellent match up, and a very, very tough first defense.
Earlier today Ohashi gym put on their latest show, with a notable low level card at Korakuen Hall. The card wasn't a huge one, but it was an interesting one, with a number of very interesting match ups.
The first of the notable bouts saw the unbeaten Honoka Kano (4-0-2, 2) [狩野ほのか] score her 4th win, as she defeated Megumi Hosoda (3-4, 1) [細田めぐみ] in a clash between two JBC ranked female fighters. These two had clashed last year, fighting to a draw, but this time around Kano was in control, being too accurate, too sharp, and too quick. She fought well, and was well deserving of her clear decision victory.
Another notable bout saw youngster Kosuke Tomioka (5-2, 4) [富岡 浩介] end a 2-fight losing run as he over-came the debuting Kotoji Irita (0-1) [入田 琴司] in the 6th round of their clash. This was high level stuff from two talented southpaws, started off cagey but picked up the face as the fight went on. By round 5 Tomioka seemed to be landing the better shots and seemed to be breaking Irita down, and early in round 6 Tomioka managed to back Irita into the corner, letting shots go before the referee stepped in to save Irita.
In a very notable supporting bout Ryo Nakai (4-1-1, 2) [中井 龍] scored the biggest win of his career, as he stopped veteran Ribo Takahata (17-10-1, 7) [高畑 里望] in 5 rounds. Nakai was sharp from the off, going to the body of his older, taller foe, whilst Takahata tried to fight back from the inside. In round 2 Nakai began to get in and out of range, as he went through the gears. From there Takahata never managed to get back into the fight and was slowly broken down by Nakai, who closed the show in round 5 when he unleashed on Takahata, who was stuck on the ropes. This was the break out performance that Nakai's career needed and will see him break into the Japanese rankings.
In the chief support bout of the show the unbeaten Narumi Yukawa (5-0, 4) [湯川 成美] scored his latest win, as he stopped Takaki Sakurai (8-9-1, 3) [櫻井 孝樹] in 6 rounds. Yukawa was in charge through out the bout, and bossed his more experienced foe around before finally forcing the referee to stop the bout early in round 6.
The main event of the show saw Katsuki Mori (10-1, 2) [森 且貴] claim the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title, as he over-came Shunsuke Isa (9-4-1, 1) [伊佐 春輔] in a super close and hotly contested 8 round, fought at break neck pace. Both men impressed with their movement, and hand speed, in what was a genuinely thrilling back and forth. Isa tried to control the distance, using his 1-2's and movement well, whilst Mori looked to bring the fight forward, attack the body and take Isa's legs away. It was tough to score, but thrilling action, with both men showing some eye catching offense and defensive skills. What Mori did really was up to the tempo in the second round, and that proved to be the difference, with Mori winning 4 of the last 5 rounds on two of the cards to secure a razor thin split decision. Scores from all 3 judges were 77-75.
Interestingly after the bout both men stated the other was better than expected, and both also seemed encouraged to build on the back of this bout.
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