Earlier this week Kadoebi Gym announced that they had signed 2014 Rookie of the Year winner Masayoshi Hashizume (17-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who really seemed to fall off the side of the earth in recent years.
Once regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Japan Hashizume was a member of the Ioka gym early in his career and genuinely impressed in the first part of his career. He debuted way back in 2013, when he debuted as a 19 year old and just 15 months later he won the All Japan Rookie of the year. By that point he was 7-0 (4) and had already taken 4 unbeaten records.
Sadly 2015, 2016, and 2017 were under-whelming years for Hashizume, who was matched with a string of very poor foreign opponents, which hindered his development before an unexpected draw against Kota Fujimoto in late 2017. The draw was a sign that his team had dropped the ball, and the easy wins over poor imports had done nothing for his development.
Thankfully Hashizume bounced back in 2018 with two solid wins before a controversial split decision draw against Takayuki Okumoto in a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, at the end of the year. A bout many felt Hashizume should have got the nod in. Since then he has fought just once, taking a narrow win in April 2019 against Jayar Estremos.
Sadly we feel that Hashizume is one of the many fighters let down by the Ioka Gym, which had so much talent at one point, but struggled to really develop it in the way they should have. In fact Hashizume is probably the biggest victim of the Ioka Gym's under-development of fighters.
Thankfully with Kadoebi now signing him the fighters is good for the talented Super Flyweight southpaw. He's still in his 20's he's still talented, and if he's still hungry Kadoebi there's no reason Kadoebi couldn't land some very good fights for him at 115lbs or 118lbs going forward. He had clear potential and don't think it's too late for him to realise that early career potential.
A few days ago we reported that Kadoebi had announced that their next show would be taking place on March 24th at Korakuen Hall under the Slugfest banner. They also announced a number of fighters set for that show, confirming that Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ], Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥] would all be involved.
Despite confirming the 6 fighters above there was no bouts announced, just the involvement of their own fighters on the show.
Today that changed with Kadoebi announce the opponents for all 6 of their fighters.
The show will open with Taiga Ito taking on the limited Tatsuya Aizu (3-10, 3) [會津タツヤ] in a 4 round Middleweight bout. On paper Ito will be seen as the favourite though he was stopped last time out in a Rookie of the Year bout whilst the limited Aizu scored a win last time out, and also boasts a clear advantage in power.
The second bout on the show will see the always fun to watch Yoji Saito battle against 33 year old foe Takahiro Araki (12-9, 4) [荒木 貴裕]. Saito is one of the fighters who always comes out throwing bombs, and is always looking for a tough, rough and brutal fight, though has struggled to get over the line and get the wins if he hasn't been able to blow opponents out. Araki on the other hand is a veteran, having been a professional since 2012, but has been stopped 5 times including in both of his last 2 bouts.
Jukiya Iimura, who really impressed in his debut this past Saturday, will be up against the debuting Tomoki Kawasaki (0-0) [川崎 智輝], in a clash of 22 year olds. On paper this looks like an all novice bout, but Iimura proved he was a very advanced novice, and his amateur record was very solid, and Kawasaki is also turning professional after a solid amateur career. This might be a 1-0 (1) guy vs a 0-0 guy but we wouldn't be surprised to see this bout outshine many of the others on the card, and to see two very young, talented fighters put on something of a show here.
The talented, though frustrating, Yuichiro Kasuya will be up against 28 year old Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤未来]. On paper this is a massive step up for Naito, the brother of Rikki Naito, but he's certainly got the tools to make a mark on the sport, and could have the aggression and energy to make life hard for Kasuya. On the other hand Kasuya is the much more talented fighter, and is an excellent technical boxer, though one who can, at times, look like he's missing that 4th and 5th gear. If Kasuya is in full flow he should win here, but if not this could become a very awkward one for him.
Former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa will feature in the chief support bout, as he takes on former OPBF and Japanese title contender Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿]. For Kogawa the bout will see him trying to build on his October win against Hayato Yamaguchi, in what was a stellar performance from the veteran. Kosaka on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from an opening round blow out loss to Seigo Yuri Akui, way back in October 2019. On paper this one looks interesting, though Kosaka is 1-3 in his last 4 and will enter as the underdog.
In the main event Seiya Tsutsumi will be up against Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], who desperately needs a win to get his career back on track. Sadly for Kuwabata we suspect Tsutsumi will be in a mood to make a statement after a frustrating 2020 that saw him score draws against Kazuki Nakajima and Daigo Higa. Although Kuwabata is a very talented fighter we can't help but feel the power and aggression of Tsutsumi will be too much for the skills of Kuwabata.
Earlier today Kadoebi Gym announced that their next "Slugfest" show would be taking place on March 24th with some limited details about the event also being announced, though no bouts have been confirmed at this moment in time.
From the limited details announced we know that the main event will feature the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], who will be back in the ring for his first fight since his draw with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa [比嘉 大吾], last October.
Also confirmed for the show are Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], former multi-time world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], the always fun to watch Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ], Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥], who made his very impressive debut yesterday at Korakuen Hall.
Although details of the show are scarce at the moment Kadoebi have stated that they will announce further details in the near future.
Given the imagine they have posted along with their announcement we suspect the show will be shown on Boxing Raise, potentially as the services live card for the month of March.
For those who missed Tsutsumi's bout with Higa we've included the video of the bout below.
Earlier today the JBC and JPBA announced that boxing events with fans would have to finish before 8PM local time due to Covid19. This meant that a number of shows already arranged have had to adjust to accommodate the rules.
The first promoter to announce changes to their show following the announcement was Kadoebi who have announced that their January 16th card, headlined by a brilliant match up between OPBF Welterweight champion Riku Nagahama (12-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] and hard hitting challenger Ryota Toyoshima (12-2-1, 8) [豊嶋亮太], will start earlier than originally planned.
The doors were planned to be open at 16:45 local time, with the first bell at 17:45. Now however the doors will be opened at 15:15 with the first bell at 16:00, almost 2 hours earlier than originally planned.
The change will allow all the bouts to take place, with fans in attendance, and will be finished before the 8PM cut off time.
Kadoebi have since added that there is still of the show being cancelled all together if they can't secure a medical facility on the day, as the rules now require. The hope is that that won't be an issue, but there is always a chance.
For fans watching on TV, G+ still have the original start time set for their broadcast, with the show airing from 16:45, though it's unclear if they will show the early bouts on tape delay, after the main event, or not air them at all. Fingers crossed they do get shown or get made available through Kadoebi directly.
For those who have tickets and can't attend due to Covid19, Kadoebi have stated that you should contact them, or the fight you purchased the tickets from, to get a refund.
Earlier today it was announced that OPBF Welterweight champion Riku Nagahama (12-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] would be making his first defense on January 16th at Korakuen Hall as part of a "Dynamic Glove" card, to be televised by G+.
The talented Nagahama won the title back in February, when he upset Japanese-Afghan Kudura Kaneko, taking a wide decision over the then 11-0 Kaneko. Since then however Nagahama has been unable to build on the win due to the on going global situation and his moment has understandably slowed. It's a shame as that win was one that seemed ready to launch his career forward, and was a 4th successive win for the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year.
Despite taking a while to return to the ring he's not facing an easy first challenger, instead he will be up against the very capable Ryota Toyoshima (12-2-1, 8) [豊嶋亮太], who won the All Japan Rookie of the Year in 2016.
The challenger comes into this bout on the back of 5 straight wins, including victories over Moon Hyun Yun and Woo Min Won. He'll be the slight under-dog but is very much a live under-dog here in a very evenly matched bout.
As well as the OPBF title bout the card is stacked with touted novices with several promising debutants from the Kadoebi gym on the show.
One of those debutants is Flyweight hopeful Jukiya Iimura (0-0) [飯村 樹輝弥], who will be debuting in a 6 rounder against 35 year old Daisuke Yamada (6-5, 1) [山田大輔]. The 22 year old Iimura is regarded as one of the best youngsters at the Kadoebi gym and went a very impressive 68-13 in the amateurs, whilst coming runner up in the 2018 National Athletic meet.
Another of the debutants is 22 year old Super Bantamweight Jun Ikegawa (0-0) [池側 純], who went 51-15 in the unpaid ranks and was hugely impressive in terms of his skills and promise. He'll be up against 23 year old Kakeru Yoshikawa (4-1-2) [吉川 翔], in what looks like a genuine test over 6 rounds.
A third touted prospect is 21 year old Yugo Kon (0-0) [今 優吾], who went 23-11 in the unpaid ranks and will be kicking off his career with a 6 rounder against 24 year old Koji Tsurumi (4-3-1, 1) [鶴海 高士]. Kon isn't as highly as regarded as the two debutants mentioned above, but is younger than those two and is certainly still very well though of.
One other bout of note is an all debutant affair between Yudai Murakami (0-0) [村上 雄大], from the Kadoebi Gym, and Naoki Shimizu (0-0) [清水 直樹], of the MT Gym, who clash in a 4 round bout at Lightweight. Despite being a 4 rounder both of these youngsters were able to run up credible amateur records, with Murakami going 29-6 and Shimizu running up a 14-7 tally. We expect this to be a pretty decent match up given their experienced in the unpaid ranks.
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