On February 28th we'll get the chance to see the much touted Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19) [松本亮] challenge WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9) in a bout to be held at the Korakuen Hall. The bout ia a really good one, though rumours are that Fuji TV will not be airing it live but will instead have it as a tape delay broadcast to be aired the following weekend.
Until today a lot of the details of the card were completely unknown, however today saw Ohashi gym release a number of match ups from the under-card, and whilst it's not a stacked card, it does have plenty of notable and interesting names involved on it.
One bout will see Quaye Peter (10-9-2, 6) take on Yuichi Ideta (13-10-1, 7) [出田裕一] in what looks like a real 50-50 style match up and a potentially brilliant bout to put the fans on the edge of their seat. We're not going to suggest that either Peter or Ideta are amazing fighters, but that is part of what makes this bout so interesting, both men have real limitations and should match up well together.
In a less competitive looking contest we'll see Japanese Youth Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (11-0, 8) [平岡アンディ] battle against the tough Fumisuke Kimura (6-2, 4) [木村文祐]. Although a bit of a mismacth on paper, given that Kimura has gone 1-2 in his last 3 bouts and has only 1 win in the last 5 years, this should test Hiraoka's stamina and mental toughness, with Kimura unlikely to just go away, as some of Hiraoka's other opponents have done.
One other bout announced will see the heavy handed Kazuaki Miyamoto (5-1, 4) [宮本知彰] take on highly experienced veteran Seiichi Okada (20-6-1, 11) [岡田誠一]. The 35 year old Okada, who has now been a professional for close to 13 years, has won his last 2, but he is 4-5-1 in his last 10 and looks to be a fighter well past his best. For Miyamoto however the bout is a chance to give his career a huge shot in the arm and get things moving forward at an increased pace.
Earlier today Japanese prospect Kazuaki Miyamoto (2-0, 2) [宮本 知彰] scored his second win as a professional as he stopped an over-matched Indonesian opponent in the 3rd of a scheduled 6 rounds.
Miyamoto, who debuted back in July with a 2nd round win over a Thai novice, showed his ability here as he dominated the Indonesian, who seemed to clinch and hold more often than actually punching. In defense of the visitor he had nothing to match the skills or speed of Miyamoto who landed when he wanted and seemed to be too strong, too powerful and simply too good.
In round 3 Miyamoto landed a nasty uppercut that buckled the legs of his man and a follow up attack forced the referee to save the over-matched opponent before he came to real harm.
For fight fans interested in watching this one it should be uploaded to boxingraise on Monday along with the whole show from the Yodogawa center from Osaka.
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Over the past few hours we have been informed that Juiki Tatsuyoshi (4-0, 2) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the massively charismatic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, would be returning to the ring on July 9th to take part in his first 6 round bout.
The bout, which will be the headlined bout of an upcoming Osaka Teiken card, will see Tatsuyoshi battle against Indonesian fighter Rio Nainggolan (2-2, 2)* and see the Japanese youngster graduate from the 4 round bouts that he has been cutting his teeth in so far.
It also seems that a notable supporting bout on this card will be a 6 rounder and see the debut of former amateur stand out Kazuaki Miyamoto (0-0) [宮本 知彰], who recently passed his B license pro-test.
Interestingly the announcement of the bout, and show, came with two other bits of news in regards to Osaka Teiken.
One of those bits of news is that Sho Nakazawa (8-1, 4) [中澤 奨], has decided to have a change of scenery and has been "loaned" to the Teiken gym in Tokyo, for 1 year. For Nakazawa the plan seems to be to try and improve by spending time in the same gym as some of the top fighters in Japan, before a possible full time move to Tokyo in the near future.
The other bit of news is that the once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (13-2, 6) [池水 達也] has left the Osaka Teiken gym and has joined the Ioka Gym, following his second loss in 3 bouts.
*Also reported as 5-2 (1)
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