On May 10th we'll see an A-Sign Bee card, headlined by a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout, which will see defending champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-4-2, 8) [新藤寛之] facing mandatory challenger Hironobu Matsunaga (14-1, 8) [松永 宏信].
Earlier today the A-Sign twitter account announced the under-card bouts for the show, and there was one that really stood out.
The stand out supporting bout is a Bantamweight bout between Matcha Nakagawa (13-1-1, 5) [武田航] and Kai Chiba (10-1, 7) [千葉開]. This has the potential too out-shine the main event and should be a very competitive fight between two men each looking to make their mark and move towards a title bout.
Another intriguing fight confirmed for the card is an 8 round bout between the popular Joe Tanooka (15-6-4, 1) [田之岡条] and Naoto Mizutani (5-6-1, 2) [水谷直人]. On paper this doesn't have the same feel as the previously mentioned bout, but Tanooka has lost 3 of his last 4 and will have to work for the win here against the under-rated Mizutani.
One more bout announced will see former Japanese title challenger Masaki Saito (15-13-6, 5) [斉藤正樹] battle against former OPBF title challenger Ryuto Araya (12-7-1, 4) [荒谷龍人] in what looks like a competitive bout on paper.
On August 24th Dangan will be putting on Dangan 215, a show that really is a great one on paper for fans able to attend at the Korakuen Hall. Thankfully you won't need to be in Tokyo to watch the card live with Dangan's online service "Boxingraise" confirming they would be streaming the entire show live as part of their monthly subscription service.
The card's big selling point is the double title aspect of the card, with two Japanese title fights.
One of those will see youngster Riku Kano (13-3-1, 7) [加納 陸] challenge Japanese Minimumweight champion Shin Ono (22-9-3, 5) [小野 心]. For Ono the bout will service as his first defense, following his title winning effort against Ryoki Hirai earlier in the year whilst Kano will be getting his first Japanese title shot, though has previously won an interim OPBF title and a WBA Asia title. The winner of this will be seen as a potential world title challenger towards the end of the year, whilst the loser really will have a long way to climb back if they are to be considered a contender.
The other title bout will be for the Japanese interim Light Middleweight title, as Ryosuke Maruki (15-5-1, 10) [丸木 凌介] and Akinori Watanabe (36-7, 30) [渡部あきのり] meet in what could be an explosive and action packed contest. For Maruki the bout will be his third shot at the title, after having come up short against Yuki Nonaka and Nobuyuki Shindo, both in close contests, whilst Watanabe will be looking to add to his collection of career titles which saw him claim a number of belts at Welterweight.
Other bouts of note on this card will see Kenshin Oshima (3-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] taking on Joe Tanooka (15-4-4, 1) [田之岡条], in what is a fantastic match up, and a bout featuring the in form Kyosuke Sawada (11-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] taking on former Japanese title challenger Yosuke Fujihara (17-5, 4) [藤原陽介].
Although fight fans will need access to boxingraise it is a fantastic show for subscribers, and well worth the attention for those tempted to try the service.
Back in February 2015 Kenya Yamashita (11-3, 8) [山下賢哉] suffered hsi first professional loss, suffering a decision defeat to the talented but light punching Joe Tanooka (13-4-4, 1) [田之岡条]. Today the two men met in a rematch, in the final of the Super Flyweight Japanese Youth Tournament, and this time it was Yamashita coming out on top, and doing so in amazingly quick fashion.
It seemed like the fight didn't start as "round 1 of fight 2" but rather round 9 of Yamashita Vs Tanooka, and both guys were happy to let their hands go from the opening seconds. The more naturally skilled Tanooka looked to want to keep the bout at range, but a thunderous short left hand whilst Tamashita was stepping in caught Tanooka square on the jaw, dropping him hard. Tanook attempted to get up, but looked out of it as the referee waved off the bout, after just 52 seconds!
Whilst Yamashita celebrated avenging his first loss Tanooka struggled to his feet, taking quite a while to get his senses in check following one of the best shots Yamashita is ever likely to land.
For fans who want to see this bout it is now available on boxingraise.com!
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get a real treat as they get the chance to see a Youth Tournament show filled with great bouts. One of those is a Super Flyweight showdown between the exciting and aggressice Kenya Yamashita (10-3, 7) [山下賢哉] and the highly skilled but light punching Joe Tanooka (13-3-4, 1) [田之岡条]. The bout serves as not only the Super Flyweight Youth Final but also a rematch, with Yamashita looking to avenge his first professional loss.
At the weigh in today both men made weight, though it was a struggle for Yamashita, who came in over the 115lb limit on his first attempt and had to get on the scales for a second shot before making the limit. Interesting Yamashita has fought much of his career at Flyweight, where he won the 2014 Rookuie of the Year, but is 2-3 at Super Flyweight, including a loss to Tanooka in 2015.
There was no struggle for Tanooka, the taller man, in making weight with the boxer-mover making weight with room to spare, coming in around 114.75lbs. He looked in great shape, and will be looking to make his height and reach count when he attempts to neutralise the power and aggression of Yamashita.
For fans without a ticket, this bout will be shown on Boxingraise, giving us all a chance to see the contest on delay.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the latest Dangan card, and it was a notable one packed full of interesting fighters.
One of the most notable was the talented but light hitting Joe Tanooka (14-3-4, 1) [田之岡条] claimed a technical decision over veteran Hajime Nagai (14-9-2, 4) [長井 一]. The bout was an interesting and exciting contest, with some good back and forth action, but a headclash caused Nagai damage to his nose and eye, which forced the bout to be halted in round 6, with Tanooka taking the decision 58-57, 58-57 and 58-56.
Japanese #2 ranked Flyweight Seiya Fujikita (11-3, 4) [藤北 誠也] took a step closer towards a Japanese title fight as he over-came limited Thai Atiwit Munyapho (0-4) in 3 rounds. Atiwit was dropped several times by Fujikita before being stopped.
Former world title challenger Shin Ono (20-8-3, 4) [小野 心] also scored a stoppage against a limited Thai, as he took out Chanai Jaikrajang (0-3) in the 4th round of their scheduled 6 rounder!
One other fighter of note picking up a stoppage was the highly touted Tsubasa Koura (10-0, 7) [小浦 翼], who stopped the very limited Thongchai Chaiyonggym (0-6) in 2 rounds, to extend his unbeaten run and move a step towards getting his first title bout.
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