Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw rising Super Flyweight hopeful Ryusei Kawaura (9-0, 6) [川浦 龍生] score his biggest win to date, as he stopped the highly skilled Joe Tanooka (15-8-5, 1) [田之岡 条] in 3 rounds.
The talented Kawaura, who has long been tipped as one to watch, was put under some pressure early on as Tanooka came out with a point to prove. Despite Tanooka showing some ambition he couldn't break through the defenses of Kawaura who showed off a tight guard, good reflexes and a smart defensive brain and he neutralised the offense of his opponent.
In round 2 Kawaura began to put his foot on the gas, finding the range for his left hand which exploded in round 3 as he staggered Tanooka, and then dropped him hard. The knockdown was a nasty one and saw the referee quickly wave off the bout, rather than issuing any sort of a count.
Following the win Kawaura, along with promoter Hiroshi Kawashima, spoke to the media.
Kawashima admitted that he was impressed by his man, and it seems clear that the work they are doing in the gym is showing in Kawaura's performances. He was said to have looked better today than he has in sparring it seems obvious that he is among the most under-rated fighters in Japan. Something this performance today showcased.
Kawaura revealed his aim for the future is titles and it seems clear that his target for the near future is a bout with triple-crown champion Ryoji Fukunaga (13-4, 13) [福永亮次], and that would be a fantastic match up, if it can be sorted. Sadly however that seems unlikely to be next, and Kawashima seemed to suggest either another bout at this type of level, or a Japanese title eliminator could be next.
Interestingly the two men revealed that if, rather than when, Kawaura wins a title the plan is for him to defend in his home of Tokushima. First however he will need to win a title.
Earlier today we were informed that talented Japanese hopeful Ryusei Kawaura (8-0, 5) [川浦 龍生] would be back in action on April 14th, in what looks set to be his toughest bout so far.
We were informed that the talented, and unbeaten Kawaura would be up against the skilled but light punching Joe Tanooka (15-7-5, 1) [田之岡 条], with the men clashing at Korakuen Hall.
Entering the bout Kawaura ranked by the JBC, WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF, with a #3 ranking from the JBC Super Flyweight, #5 ranking with the WBO Asia Pacific and #15 with the OPBF. He and his team, including former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, are eying potential title fights in the near future and he should, if he wins here, begin chasing belts by the end of the year.
The unbeaten Kawaura is a very, very talented boxer, who has a style similar to that of Kawashima who is widely regarded as one of the smartest defensive boxers in Japanese history. He's looking to record a 9th straight win and build on a 2nd round TKO win over Musashi Yoshina last October.
Tanooka on the other hand is currently unranked, due to a horrific run of form which has seen him going 1-4-1 in his last 6. Despite that poor run he's not an easy man to beat as a he's a very smart boxer-mover, with good speed and skills. Sadly he does lack power, as seen by the fact he has a single stoppage in 27 bouts.
For Tanooka this will be his first bout since August 2019, when he lost a competitive decision to Naoto Mizutani, in their second bout following a draw earlier in the year.
Despite his limitations in terms of power Tanooka has the skills to ask some real questions of Kawaura and this should be a very interesting technical match up.
Nakagawa and Chiba to clash in May
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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