Earlier today fight fans around the globe had the chance to see rising youngster Hiroki Hanabusa (8-0-3, 3) [が英洸貴] score his latest win, as he took out Sorawit Bamrungrai (6-3, 3), in just over 70 seconds to kick off 2020 with a brilliant body shot KO.
As reported earlier in the year was essentially a tune up for Hanabusa, who's focus now shifts to his scheduled bout against Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴], which will take place on April 12th in Osaka.
After today's win Hanabusa spoke to some of the Japanese media and revealed that he's not going to take much of a break after today's win, and explained that he's going to resume training right away and will be working on counter measures for a tall southpaw, like Shimomachi.
For Hanabusa the bout with Shimomachi will be his first title bout, and will be biggest bout since the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year final whilst Shimomachi will be finally making his first defense of the belt, after winning the belt last August, against Kenta Nomura. He had been scheduled to defend the belt in December, but no available opponent was available at the time for the bout.
If we're being honest this ins't a huge by any stretch, but is one of the most intriguing match ups out there between two very talented young fighters, who are both going to have their eye on winning much bigger titles than the Japanese youth title before they finish their career. It's not a huge bout, but it is a compelling match up all the same.
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The first of two title bouts at Korakuen Hall today saw a new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion being crowned, as the vacancy was filled by the heavy handed Yamato Hata (10-1, 10) [波田 大和], who stopped the game but over-powered Ryusei Ishii (8-6-1, 5) [石井龍誠] in the 5th round.
The fight started pretty well for Ishii who got behind his jab and found a way to control the pace and tempo of the early going. Sadly for him however it didn't take long for Hata's power to kick in and towards the end of the opening round Ishii had been shaken, twice, by Hata's heavy hands.
Hata's power shots would come in to play again in round 2, when he dropped Ishii early in the round. Ishii got back to his feet, and put on a brave effort, but was hurt again moments before the bell.
It was clear, there and then, that Ishii was going to need to find a way to neutralise Hata's power, and keep it neutralised. He had had success, at times, but it seemed all Hata had to do was touch him clean and Ishii would in trouble. That proved to be the case again in round, as Ishii was once again rocked, and left with a bloodied nose. It seemed like the referee had began keeping a close eye on Ishii by the end of the round.
To his credit Ishii wasn't going to just give in and he tried through round 4, but it was rather futile and in round 5 a big assault by Hata left the referee with little option than to step in and wave the contest off, just past the 2 minute mark.
It was a brave effort from Ishii, but the power, and aggression of Hata proved to be the difference maker, and net the 23 year old Teiken fighter his first professional title.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see a new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion being crowned, as Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和] battle for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for for the bout and both men made the 130lb limit dead on, with no issues at all.
Ishii, who is getting his second shot at a Japanese Youth title, explained that he's just going to rely on his own boxing ability and skills to take the win here.
Hata on the other hand explained that he will do his best. He's nervous, as usual, but suggested that his power was going to be the difference.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be aired live on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
Related - Hard hitting Hata takes on Ishii for Japanese Youth title
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, and live on Boxing Raise, we saw a new Japanese Youth Lightweight champion being crowned as the unbeaten Kaiki Yuba (7-0-2, 5) [湯場海樹] stopped Kanta Takenaka (7-5-1, 2) [竹中関汰] for the previously vacant title.
The fight began quite slowly, with both men looking to measure their range. The southpaw Vs orthodox dynamic saw both men essentially ignore their jabs and instead look to line up their straights. This saw Yuba end the opening round in control of center ring. The second round saw Yuba build on his success, and land a number of booming right hands, really giving Takenaka a chin checking.
It seemed like the power of Yuba would eventually be the difference however Takenaka looked to change gameplans, and began to vary his work more, mixing up his shots as he tried to change the pattern of the fight in round 3.
The changes Takenaka began to make left him more open to shots being fired back, and in round the power of Yuba began to take it's toll, dropping Takenaka early in the round. Takenaka tried to make up for the knockdown but was again open to big shots, and was rocked to his core soon afterwards. With Yuba knowing his man was hurt he unloaded and scored a second knockdown. This time the referee had seen enough and waved the bout off with Takenaka on the canvas.
Yuba, who's father Tadashi was a 5 weight Japanese champion, claims his first title with this win, which was scored 1:51 into round 4. As for Takenaka this was the third time he's been stopped in 13 professional bouts.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we get a stacked card with a lot of action. One of the interesting under-card bouts will be a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight as the unbeaten, second generation, Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) [湯場海樹] takes on the unheralded Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [竹中関汰] for the vacant title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men came in with room to spare.
On the scales Yuba, the slightly taller fighter, was around 134.5lbs whilst Takenaka was 134.75lbs.
At the weigh in both men spoke to the media, with Yuba explaining that he had honed his tactics to deal with Takenaka's style and that he would remain calm and use his boxing brain. Takenaka on the other hand spoke about desire to win a title, and make fans aware of his name.
For fans who aren't able to get over to Japan and attend the event, which is an excellent one on paper, the full show is set to be streamed for subscribers of the Boxing Raise service.
Related - Yuba and Takenaka clash for Japanese youth title!
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