Earlier today it was announced, at a press conference in Osaka, that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] would be facing fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] on April 24th, with the bout being Kenshiro's 8th defense of the WBC title and Hisada's second world title shot.
The bout has a long history, that dates back around 4 years, though hasn't been delayed for the usual "marinating" reasons given by promoters in the west. Instead it's been on the docket twice and cancelled twice.
Originally the bout was supposed to take place in Spring 2017 when Kenshiro was the Japanese Light Flyweight champion and was supposed to defend the title against Hisada in a mandatory title fight, as part of the Champion Carnival. That bout was cancelled when Kenshiro was able to secure a WBC world title fight against Ganigan Lopez, and instead we saw Kenshiro claim the WBC title whilst Hisada went on to beat Kenichi Horikawa for the Japanese title.
The bout was then set to take place in late 2020, before the baby faced Kenshiro was suspended after issues outside of the ring, where he drunkenly damaged someone's vehicle. That suspension lasted 3 months, from the start of December, and saw him also being being made to pay a fine and do some 48 hours of social activities to try and make amends. That social activity saw Kenshiro spending time watching students at elementary school in Kyoto and then helping pick up trash in Tokyo, working at a nursing, helping with harvesting vegetables cleaning shrines and helping with boxing lessons.
At today's press conference Kenshiro apologised for the issues last year, apologising to Hisada and the gym, as well as the people affected by his suspension. He seemed hungry to make amends in the ring as well as his out of the ring activity.
As for Hisada, who famously fought WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi in 2019, he explained he was getting older due to waiting for this bout, but that he had a lot of time to prepare and that he's actually seen that as a positive, explaining his chances of winning have increased. It's worth noting this is a particularly important bout for him as it would see him becoming the first world champion from the Hisada gym, who's former chairman passed away last year.
Whilst no TV has been confirmed for the bout, the poster for the event does have the BOXING REAL logo on it, and it has been confirmed that the bout will be live streamed on YouTube by the BOXING REAL channel!
Other details that have been confirmed the event will take place at the EDION Osaka, fans will be in attendance, and the under-card will feature a number of interesting bouts. The best among those are an 8 round Super Flyweight bout between Japanese ranked Isao Aoyama (12-8-1, 3) [青山功] and the once touted Tetsuro Ohashi (7-2-1, 2) [大橋哲朗] and a mouth watering Flyweight bout between 18 year old Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 5)* [花田歩夢] and Mammoth Kazunori (6-3-1, 6) [中山和則], which should be incredibly explosive.
*Hanada has a bout not recognised by Boxrec or the JBC.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the legendary Korakuen Hall saw once beaten hopeful Tsubasa Murachi (6-1, 3) [村地翼] take one of the most notable wins of his young career, as he over-came Isao Aoyama (12-8-1, 3) [青山功] in their scheduled 8 rounder.
The bout started with both men being aggressive and both looking like they had a point to prove. Aoyama used his jab well, whilst Murachi looked to work the body. Sadly the opening round saw a clash of heads that left Aoyama cut over the right eye, and marred the bout very early on. Despite the cut though he fought on.
In round 2 the men traded punches at mid-range in an exciting back and forth, though it really seemed like Murachi was heavier handed, stronger, quicker and the cleaner puncher. Aoyama was very much in the round, but seemed to be taking more than he was giving. That seemed to be the case through rounds 3 and 4, with Murachi establishing an early lead.
In round 5 Aoyama picked up his pace, in a notably tactical change, but it was one that Murachi dealt with well, tightening his guard and hammering Aoyama's body with some big shots, whilst also worsening the cut of Aoyama's which was starting to get nasty, That cut would go on to force the end of the bout early in round 7 and take up to the scorecards.
Unsurprisingly, given he had looked the boss for much of the bout, Murachi got the win, with scores of 68-65, 69-65 and 70-64, and we should see him get a solid boost up the Japanese rankings in the new year.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall get an intriguing show, with one of the under-card bouts being an excellent match up between the once beaten Tsubasa Murachi (5-1, 3) [村地翼] and the under-rated Isao Aoyama (12-7-1, 3) [青山功], in what will be a clash between two JBC ranked fighters.
Coming in to this one Murachi, ranked #19 by the JBC at Bantamweight, will be looking to score his second win since a losing to Froilan Saludar in a WBO Asia Pacific title bout in 2019. On the scales he weighed in at 116.6lbs, coming in .2lbs under the contracted weight for the bout.
Despite being knocked out by Saludar the 23 year old Murachi bounced back well in September, when he comfortably out pointed Ryotaro Kawabata over 8 rounds, in a very polished 8 round performance. He'll be looking for something similar here.
Aoyama, who is ranked #11 by the JBC at Super Flyweight hit the scales at the same weight, coming in at one of his heavier weights. He is lighter than he was in his most recent loss, a TKO3 defeat to Ikuro Sadatsune in October 2018, but heavier than he was in his January win over Marzon Cabilla.
Whilst the winner of this isn't expected to be moved directly into a title fight, the winner will be just a few wins away from a potential domestic fight and on paper this could end up being the show stealing bout. Both men have a point to prove, and both will be coming into this looking to move their career's forward towards a big and exciting 2021.
The bout will be part of tomorrow's Diamond Glove show and may see highlights shown on Tape delay over the weekend on Fuji TV.
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Back in September we reported that Tsubasa Murachi (5-1, 3) [村地翼] and stablemate Rentaro Kimura (2-0, 2) [木村蓮太朗], who both notched wins on September 27th, would be back in action on December 10th at Korakuen Hall.
Earlier this week we broke the news that Kimura's opponent for that show would be Thunder Teruya (7-7-1, 4) [照屋雄太], who has really turned his career around after a 2-6-1 start, with the two men set to fight in an 8 round bout.
Now we can also reveal that Murachi has seemingly had his opponent named!
From what we understand Murachi will take on Isao Aoyama (12-7-1, 3) [青山功] in an 8 round bout at 53KG's, which is a contracted weight just under 117lbs.
For Murachi the bout will be his second since losing to Froilan Saludar in a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title bout, which really came too soon in his career. For Aoyama the bout will see him getting a chance to build on a January win over Marzon Cabilla. On paper Aoyama will be the under-dog, but he is 3-1 in his last 4 and is no push over, giving the likes of Akinori Hoshino and Keisuke Nakayama really good, close, and competitive bouts.
Murachi's bout with Aoyama and Kimura's bout with Teruya, will be part of a show that will be headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] defending his title against Akihiro Kondo (32-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広]. The show will take place under the Diamond Glove banner, with bouts shown on tape delay on Fuji TV.
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