Earlier today the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka played host to the latest show from the Mutoh Gym. The card wasn't a huge one but it was a notable one, with a notable debut, a touted prospect and a regional title fight.
The regional title fight saw the world ranked Ryosuke Nishida (6-0, 1) [西田凌佑] successfully defend the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, as he shut out Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-2, 6) over 10 rounds.
On paper the bout looked interesting but in the ring it proved to be little more than a show case of boxing from Nishida, who controlled large swathes of the bout behind his southpaw jab and clean right hands. He never really seemed to go into top gear as he simply never needed to. Pelesio did have moments, but they were few and far between, with little coming from them, such a right hand in round 2 that never seemed to trouble Nishida, despite landing well. By round 4 Pelesio was looking frustrated with the fact Nishida was controlling the range, and he clearly wanted things to change, but Nishida refused to change the game plan and continued to land as and when he wanted, whilst neutralising Pelesio. As the rounds ticked by Pelesio became more frustrated and in round 10 he finally had enough as he began to through caution to the wind, though still struggled to tie down the talented champion.
After 10 rounds the judges all turned in identical 100-90 scorecards. After the bout Nishida's team suggested he would be back in action in Spring and were considering fighting overseas.
Prior to the main event Kaito Yamasaki (4-0, 2) [山崎海斗] made light work of Thai visitor Adirek Meesrida (2-1, 2), with the Thai being stopped in 74 seconds, following a knockdown by Yamasaki. Fans also got the chance to see the debut of Takeru Inoue (1-0, 1) [井上彪], who broke down Piya Chaichot (1-1) in 6 rounds. The Thai put up a good effort early on, and showed some real grit and toughness, but in rounds 5 and 6 he was taking a beating and the referee stepped in after a big assault from Inoue.
Earlier today Mutoh Gym held a press conference to announce You Will Be the Champion 14, which will take place on October 9th at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka.
It was announced that the main event of the show sill see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida (5-0, 1) [西田凌佑] defending his title against Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-1, 6).
The bout will serve as Nishida's second defense of the title, which he won with a decision over Daigo Higa in April 2021, and will see Pelesio stepping up massively for his first title bout and his first bout outside of the Philippines. Entering the bout Nishida is world ranked by the IBF, WBO and WBC, as well as the #1 ranked fighter with the OPBF. Pelesio on the other hand is the #15 ranked challenger for Nishida's title, and also holds an OPBF ranking.
Whilst the main event was announced the rest of the card wasn't, though there were some fighters announced for the show. One of those was the fast rising Kaito Yamasaki (3-0, 1) [山崎海斗], who will compete in an 8 round bout at Featherweight, and Takeru Inoue (0-0) [井上彪], who will be in a 6 round. The talented Inoue went an impressive 56-14 as an amateur, winning two notable national competitions and is tipped for big things over the coming years as the Mutoh gym continue to snap up some of the best prospects in Japanese.
Back in April we saw Ryosuke Nishida (4-0, 1) [西田凌佑] announce himself as one to watch as he score a notable upset as he dominated former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (17-2-1, 17) [比 嘉 大吾], and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title in the process. Sadly since that huge win he has been quiet, and things regarding his future plans have been eerily quiet. That was until today when h was part of a press conference by the Mutoh Gym who announced his first defense and their next big show.
The unbeaten 25 year old will return to the ring on December 19th, at the Sumiyoshi Kumin Center in Osaka, to headline "You Will Be The Champion 11", where he will face off with Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Tetsuro Ohashi (8-2-1, 2) [大橋哲朗].
On paper this is a weak defense for Nishida, though given his last two bouts have been against former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-5, 16) [大森 将平] and former world champion Daigo Higa it's hard to complain about him having an easier one now.
At the press conference Nishida stated that Ohashi has has good speed and technical ability, but that he had been training, and feels that he is better than he was in his last bout. Adding that he will definite win this one.
Also announced for this show is the return of Riku Kunimoto (4-1, 2) [国本陸], following his loss earlier this year to Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 12) [竹迫司登]. The former Japanese title challenger will be up against the unbeaten Kazuki Kyohara (5-0-2, 3) [京原和輝]. The hope for Kunimoto is to get a second title fight next year, and use a win here to boost his confidence and momentum coming in to that.
One other man announced for this show is former amateur standout Kaito Yamasaki (1-0) [山崎海斗], who is expected to fight in an 8 rounder against a yet to be named opponent.
Results from Hirakata City!
Earlier today in Hirakata City fight fans got the latest Green Tsuda show, continuing their series of "Crash Boxing" events. The shows, which was streamed on YouTube, featured a number of notable fighters, including two very promising debutants, a highly regarded prospect and a former Japanese national champion.
One of the highly regarded debutants was Takafumi Shibata (1-0) [柴田 尊文], who got off to an ideal start to his professional career as he easily defeated Ryosie Niguma (5-4-1, 3) [二熊 亮成] in a 6 rounder at at 140lbs. From the off Shibata was defensively tight, taking a look at Niguma before letting his own shots go, fighting behidn his jab, then mixing more and more of his arsenal into the bout as the fight went on. After 6 rounds it was hard to give Niguma more than a round, though served the ideal debut opponent for Shibata, who looks like he could be moved quickly at either 140lbs or 135lbs going forward.
Following Shibata we then saw Kaito Yamazaki (1-0) [山崎 海斗] make his debut, and pick up a 6 round decision win over his own as he defeated Kohei Hamamoto (4-3-1, 3) [濱元 耕平]. To his credit Hamamoto showed some nasty intent here, and landed some clubbing shots early on, but as the bout went on Yamazaki's amateur pedigree shone through, with the youngster really easing into the bout and dominating it in the end, leaving Hamamoto cut and busted by the end of the round 5. Credit to Hamamoto for sticking in, but he was clearly second best here.
In a notable support bout fans saw unbeaten prospect Jinki Maeda (8-0, 4) [前田 稔輝] pick up his latest win, as he defeated Yuya Azuma (5-6-1, 1) [東 祐也] via another 6 round decision. Azuma came to win, and there was no faulting his effort especially early on, but as the bout went on Maeda began to settle, boxing smartly, and boxing to his strengths to rack up the rounds, laving Azuma swollen in the process. Azuma never showed any quit, but after 6 rounds there was denying he had come off second best against a very, very talented young prospect.
In the main event former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (24-10-4, 11) [奥本 貴之] ended a 2 fight losing streak as he over-came Sonin Nihei (10-6-2, 2) [仁平 宗忍], in what was a second bout between the two men. They two had fought in 2016, with Okumoto taking a 2nd round TKO win over Nihei, but today he had to work for a win, with Nihei showing grit and determination. Nihei put up a genuine effort early on but as the bout went on Okumoto's power, determination and will to win broke through as he went on to win round after round, and even seemed to have Nihei on the verge of being stopped late on.
Earlier today we were informed about the latest show in the Green Tsuda promoted "Crash Boxing" series of shows, as the gym held a press conference to announce the event. The show in question will take place on August 8th in Hirkata City, and is one packed with interesting bouts and notable names.
The main event of the card is an excellent match up between two JBC ranked Super Flyweight as former Japanese national champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-10-4, 11) [奥本 貴之] battles against Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平 宗忍], in a rematch of their 2016 clash. The first time these two men fought Okumoto stopped in 2 rounds, and it's fair to say that the former champion will be confident of another win here. Saying that however Nihei has picked up two decent domestic wins since then, beating Tatsuya Ikemizu and Ryosuke Nasu whilst Okumoto has actually lost his last two bouts, including a huge upset loss in December to Akio Furutani.
In the main support bout we'll see Green Tsuda hopeful Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町 俊貴] in action in an 8 rounder, though his opponent has yet to be announced. Despite not being a big name he is among the best prospects in Japan and fingers crossed this bout will be one of his last bouts before a potential title fight at the end of the year, or in early 2022.
Where the card really is appealing is the depth of young talent on it, not just Shimomachi. Another of the youngsters is his Green Tsuda stablemate Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田 稔輝], who will be taking on the solid Yuya Azuma (5-5-1, 1) [東 祐也], who's only been stopped once in his 5 losses and that was by Rentaro Kimura.
Other youngsters include the debuting pair of Kaito Yamazaki (0-0) [山崎 海斗] and Takafumi Shibata (0-0) [柴田 尊文]. Yamazaki will be expected to have a chin check here as he takes on Kohei Hamamoto (4-2-1, 3) [濱元 耕平], who has stopped his last 3 in the first round whilst Shibata will be up against Ryosie Niguma (5-3-1, 3) [二熊 亮成] in a very interesting match up.
At a press conference for the show this morning Okumoto explained that a conversation with his 8 year old son talking him out of retiring from the sport, and he admitted that he was surprised to be headlining the card, like assuming the headline bout would go to Shimomachi as the rising star of the gym. The promoter, Masaya Motoishi, however explained that he was confident Okumoto would become a champion again explaining that that played a part in his choice to have Okumoto lead the show.
Shimomachi revealed that he sees his bout as a passing point before an eventual title fight. It's expected he'll not be in with someone too testing here, and instead will be using the bout to stay sharp, rather than testing himself and his abilities too much.
Notably Maeda explained that whilst he can challenge for a Japanese title, given his JBC ranking, he feels he's not ready for a shot. And credit to him for being honest on that, as his last performance showed there is still a lot of work for him to do before he faces a title level fighter. We're not sure Azuma will prepare him for a title fight, but he does need more experience.
Another fighter who was mentioned at the press conference was Ryota Yada (20-7, 17) [矢田良太], who was said to have turned down a fight on this show as he's hoping to get a fight at Korakeun Hall later in the year instead, and could find himself in a major domestic show down, rather than a relative low key bout in Hirakata City, on this show.
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