Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see unbeaten Japanese Youth Flyweight champion Joe Shiraishi (10-0-1, 5) [白石聖] record his first defense, blasting out challenger Jukiya Washio (7-5-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也] inside a round.
The 23 year old Shiraishi, who won the title in September when he took a decision over Yoshiki Minato, landed a peach of a counter left hook on to Washio who dropped to the canvas. Washio tried to beat the count but was unable to steady himself in time, giving the referee no option but to stop him, at an official time of 2:09 of round 1.
With this win Shiraishi will continue to move towards a shot for the main Japanese Flyweight title, and although it's unlikely he'll get that shot in 2020, we wouldn't be surprised to see him well and truly in the mix for a title shot the following year.
As for Washio, it's hard to know where his career really goes from here. This was his first stoppage loss, but he's now 3-5 in his last 8 and the 22 year old clearly needs to drop down a level and be given a chance to regroup before stepping back up to this type of bout.
Another notable youngster picking up a win on this card was 21 year old Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁], who beat Masafumi Ando (6-10-2, 3) [安藤暢文]. Ando had moments but was clearly looking the lesser man, with a lot of holding coming in round 6, enough for him to be deducted a point. The bout was then called off, with Ando citing a shoulder injury at the end of the round.
We've known for a while that on December 28th we'd be getting an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator in Osaka between Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] and Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11). Until today there was no real details about the supporting bouts on that card, though today we were informed of two notable bouts taking place on the show.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round Welterweight bout, between 21 year old hopeful Rikuto Adachi (13-2, 10) [安達陸仁] and the under-rated Masafumi Ando (6-9-2, 3) [安藤暢文], who comes into this bout just 7 months removed from a KO win over former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa. This isn't a massive bout, but is an interesting one, much more interesting than it looks on paper.
The other bout that caught our eye is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and under-rated challenger Jukiya Washio (7-4-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也]. For Shiraishi this will be his first defense, following his title win in September, and he looks to keep his momentum going after also winning the Rookie of the Year in 2017. Washio has lost his last 2, and 4 of his last 7, but he's a capable fighter and should prove a decent test for Shiraishi, who will be looking for bigger fights next year.
Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans had the chance to see a new Japanese Youth Flyweight champion being crowned, as Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-3, 3) [湊義生] battled for the second time.
The two youngster had originally clashed in 2017, with Shiraishi taking home the win en route to the 2017 Rookie of the Year. In 2018 Minato had gone on to win the Rookie of the Year leading an extra edge to today's bout.
Despite the rivalry between the two men, and the development both men had made since their first bout, this turned out to be much less competitive than expected, though was still highly intriguing.
Shiraishi took control early on, finding his rhythm behind his 1-2, and established himself in the opening round. Minato however struggled to find his way into the bout, finding it hard to avoid the straight punches of Shiraishi, and being tagged by hooks when he did get close.
Despite being behind early, and being outboxed, no one could suggest happily accepted defeat. Instead he was trying, and in round 4 he held his own, in a round that two of the judges scored 10-10. Minato tried to up the tempo against in round 5, but was thwarted by the clean punching of Shiraishi, who landed a solid body shot and took the play away from Minato before he could build any momentum of his own.
Minato's will to win saw him turn on the aggression even further in round 8, knowing he needed a KO to win. It was a great effort but far too little too late from Minato who knew he was a beaten man on the scorecards.
After 8 rounds all 3 judges had the bout scored 79-74 to Shiraishi, who becomes the third ever Japanese Youth Flyweight champion. Given today's performance there is good reason to believe he will go on to mix it for a senior title in the coming years. For Minato this is certainly not the end and we'll look forward to seeing how he bounces back from this losses.
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Tomorrow in Osaka City fight fans will see a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout pitting the unbeaten Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] against former foe Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生].
These two men previously faced off in in 2017, with Shiraishi taking a decision over Minato in a Rookie of the Year bout, with Tomita actually winning the Flyweight Rookie of the Year 3 months later, adding an extra edge to this fight.
Coincidentally Tomita would actually bounce back from the loss to Tomita, to win the Rookie of the Year himself, the following year.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the 112lb Flyweight limit.
On the scales Shiraishi, the taller of the two, was 111.7lbs and he stated he was going to focus on his boxing and that this was the best preparation that he's had for a bout. Minato on the other hand was a touch lighter, coming in around 111.5lbs for the contest. Minato stated that he had trained well and sounded like a man full of confidence, telling the press he would capture the title.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available, on delay, on Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today we were informed that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was planning to make his first defense of the title on September 16th at the 9th "Champ Fight" show from the Ioka Gym.
The champion, who won the belt in February, hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed though we have been told that the contest will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will headline the card, which will feature several other notable fighters from the Ioka Gym.
Among those other bouts set for the show is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生], in what looks like it could be a very interesting contest and one that's very hard to call. Shiraishi won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has added a couple of knockout wins over international opponents since then. Minato on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year last year, but was stopped by Seigo Yuri Akui back in April.
There will also be a very interesting Japanese Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁] and Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀], in what could be a very explosive encounter. This will be Adachi's first bout since losing to Kudura Kaneko in May, whilst Hamashima will be looking to bounce back from back to back losses. The loser of this match up really will have a long climb back to have any bouts of significance.
Also on this show, though yet to have their opponents announced, are Tetsuya Terada (7-5-2,1) [寺田達弥] and Japanese based French born fighter Keny Guy Mutshe (1-0, 1)
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