The current on going global issues have lead to some interesting stories, both positive and negative. Among those is the situation where a fighter has essentially found themselves stuck in a foreign country.
According to Thai news sources that has happened to Japanese Lightweight hopeful Kaiki Yuba (7-0-2, 5) [湯場海樹], who has reportedly spent the last few months in Thailand. Despite being stuck on foreign soil Yuba hasn't wasted his time and has instead been continuing to tick over and train, and has been training with with teenage Thai puncher Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12).
For those unaware Thanongsak is a highly regarded Light Flyweight hopeful who has been dubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and is co-promoted by Japanese promoted Green Tsuda. That link to the Japanese gym has likely been furthered here, with Thanongsak likely picking up some Japanese and getting a chance to train with a much bigger fighter.
At the moment it seems that boxing is set to return too Thailand on July 11th, with a card from TL Boxing, that's a day earlier than boxing in Japan. We are now expecting a spate of shows to be announced in the coming weeks as fighters start to be pencilled in for events in August and September. Seeing fighters ticking over with training, where ever they are, is certainly going to help their chances of fighter sooner rather than later, and getting their career back on track.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association winners for January were announced, with 3 winners for the month, including two stable mates.
The MVP for the month was Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登],who defeated Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] on January 18th. The win saw Takesako unifying the Japanese Middleweight title, which he already held, with the OPBF Middleweight title, which he took from Hosokawa, to become a unified champion.
The Fighting Spirit award winner for the month was Takesako's stablemate Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] who defended the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title with an early win against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-3-1, 8) [蘇程]. The rugged Inoue dropped Su twice before Su retired in his corner at the end of round 2.
The Newcomer award was won by the heavy handed Kaiki Yuba (7-0-2, 5) [湯場海樹], who stopped Kanta Takenaka (7-5-1, 2) [竹中関汰] to claim the Japanese Youth Lightweight title on January 28th.
The trio of award winners will be able honoured at an award ceremony on March 7th, as part of the Dynamic Glove show at Korakuen Hall. For those interested in seeing these ceremony's it will be aired live on G+.
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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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The excellent streaming and Video on Demand service Boxing Raise announced their January line up early today an confirmed they would have 2 live shows and would add 3 old shows to their Video on Demand library.
The first of the live shows will take place on January 12th and will be the Knock Out Dynamite final show. It's sadly not the show that was announced originally, with 2 bouts falling through completely and one need a replacement opponent. It is however the first Japanese show of 2020 and features Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望] and Mongolian fighter Byambatsogt Tuguldur (1-0) taking on Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24), in a tough looking match up.
The other live show takes place on January 28th, despite the banner stating the 31st, and will be the God's Left Bantamweight tournament final. This features the tournament final, between tournament final between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) [中嶋一輝], as well as a WBO female Minimumweight title fight between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) [多田悦子] and a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight between Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) [湯場海樹] and Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [竹中関汰].
As for the old shows these are Dangan 127, Dangan 131 and Dangan 134, all from 2015.
These shows include bouts featuring the always exciting, though now retired, Shinya Iwabuchi, a then unknown Sho Kimura, a brilliant clash between Ryoichi Tamura and Yusuku Suzuki and a Japanese title fight featuring Takuya Kogawa
It's not the strongest month from Boxing Raise, but it's not terrible, with both live cards expected to give us some thrills and a nice selection of action from the back catalogue.
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