In the second part of today's under-card at Korakuen Hall we had a single bout, as the BS NTV show went live and G+ continued their live coverage of the event. The one bout on this second of the show was an interesting match up between two unbeaten men. One the son of a massive Japanese star from the 1990's and the other a former amateur standout, looking to put his name on the boxing map.
Heading into the bout it was easy to favour the more experienced Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0-1, 9) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the iconic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. Especially given he was in against the relatively unknown Kazuhiro Imamura (2-0-1, 1) [今村和寛]. Very quickly however it was clear the skills and southpaw stance of Imamura were going to give Tatsuyoshi issues, and Imamura didn't seem worried at all about what seemed to be quite clear size difference between the two men.
In round 2 Imamura began to put his foot on the gas and it was clear that he was starting to get to Tatsuyoshi, who was looking in some worry.
Sadly however just as the bout was starting to warm up a clash of heads left Tatsuyoshi cut over the left eye, with just seconds of round 2 remaining. Tatsuyoshi was then taken to the ringside doctor who waved the bout off.
Unfortunately with so little of the bout gone it result was declared a technical draw. This was a disappointing outcome for Imamura, who seemed to be in charge, and we can't help but feel it was a lucky escape for Tatsuyoshi, who seemed to be in tougher than expected.
Later today at Korakuen Hall we'll see Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) battle for the vacant WBO Flyweight title, in a highly anticipated bout between two young and talented fighters each looking to leave their mark at the highest level.
Prior to that bout there is a 4 fight under-card split essentially into 2 parts. That under-card features 3 low level bouts, shown exclusively on G+, and then a more notable bout shown on both G+ and BS NTV.
As we write this the first part of that under-card is over, and really didn't last very long leaving a lengthy break in the broadcast, that G+ have decided to fill with highlights from Nakatani's bouts.
The show kicked off with an East Japan Rookie of the Year semi-final bout at Middleweight, with Teiken promoted Kenji Yoshino (2-1, 2) [吉野 健二] taking a 2nd round TKO win over Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤 大賀], with the two men meeting for the second time. In their first bout Ito had beaten Yoshino and today Yoshino got revenge, landing a sensational left hook towards the end of the second round.
A second Rookie of the Year bout was at Lightweight, where the hard hitting Hiromasa Urakawa (6-1, 4) [浦川 大将] took a technical decision in a very sloppy fight with Toshiki Tanaka (2-3) [田中 利樹]. This was messy from the off, and ended early in round 3 with Urakawa suffering a nasty cut from a head clash. He won on all 3 cards, but things were easy for him.
The third, and final bout of the first part of the show saw Junpei Tsujimoto (7-2-3, 5) [辻本 純兵] defeat Daiki Ogura (4-4-1, 4) [小倉 大樹] in a 2 round thriller. Ogura couldn't miss with his left hook, and seemed to take the first round, before dropping Tsujimoto in round 2. Tsujimoto was all over the place following the knockdown down as Ogura went for the kill and continued to land left hooks over and over. He seemed on the verge of a stoppage, and then got blasted himself by a huge right hand that seemed to be thrown in desperation by Tsujimoto. This was dramatic, exciting, and such a huge turn around. This was the one bout of the under-card that was actually worth watching.
As we write this we're set to get the second part of the under-card, which will see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0, 9) [辰吉寿以輝] battle Kazuhiro Imamura (2-0, 1) [今村和寛] in a very interesting looking 8 round bout.
Earlier this week we reported that on November 6th we would be getting a vacant WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20).
Today that bout was officially announced, with all the details of the event now being confirmed! That includes the date, November 6th, and the venue, Korakuen Hall, as well as TV and ticketing information, which we'll discuss below.
For those wondering about any last minutes issues with travel, we are glad to report that Magramo is now in Japan, having arrived in the country yesterday, and he will remain in a hotel for his isolation period, before taking part in a number of pre-fight formalities.
The event will be shown live on both BS NTV, starting at 19:00 with that broadcast ending at 20:54, and G+, starting at 17:45 and running to 22:00 local time. For those without a premium TV set up, the event will also be shown, on tape delay, on NTV from 27:19 local time, so 3:19 on November 7th.
Sadly however there will be no tickets sold for the event, meaning that if you want to watch it, it will only be on TV.
The bout has been set to fill the vacancy left by Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成], who moved up in weight to challenger WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who are expected to clash on December 31st.
As previously reported the chief support bout will see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0, 9) [辰吉寿以輝] battle Kazuhiro Imamura (2-0, 1) [今村和寛] in a mouth watering 8 round match up
The on again, off again, on again, off again vacant WBO Flyweight title bout between unbeaten Japanese hopeful Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and once beaten Filipino Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) appears to be sorted, out with a new date now set!
The bout has appeared on the JBC Official Supporters Club (JOSC) schedule, and is listed as being the main event of a Teiken promoted show on Friday November 6th at Korakuen Hall.
Originally the bout was supposed to take place in April, before boxing was put on hiatus in Japan due to the on going global situation. It was then rescheduled multiple times, but Magramo was unable to travel to Japan due to issues related to the on going pandemic and problems with securing a visa.
Thankfully Japan have relaxed their their rules in international travel and it's now assumed we, finally, have the date set for the bout, with no more delays or issues.
At the time of writing there has been no official TV coverage of the bout announced, though suspicion is that G+ and potentially YTV, will carry the show. Potentially even as a split broadcast.
The reason YTV have been mentioned here is the under-card. JOSC actually have the full show listed, with second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0, 9) [辰吉寿以輝] set to face Kazuhiro Imamura (2-0, 1) [今村和寛] in a mouth watering 8 round match up. In the past YTV have streamed a number of Tatsuyoshi's bouts, and may well look to continue that relationship here.
In total the show will feature 5 bouts, with the other contest scheduled for 4 or 6 rounds.
A full announcement regarding this new date is expected to come in the next few days, along with confirmation of the TV details of the contest.
Earlier today in Fukuoka fight fans had the chance to see debutant Kazuhiro Imamura (1-0, 1) [今村 和寛] kick off his career in impressive fashion, as he stopped Fumiaki Sueyoshi (5-3, 4) [末吉 史明] in round 3.
Imamura, who fought 52 amateur bouts, attacked the body well from the opening round. Sueyoshi, to his credit, tried to press the action, but Imamura managed land straight right hands.
In round 3 the pressure of Sueyoshi proved to be his own downfall, with Imamura landing a fantastic combination to drop his man, forcing the referee to stop the bout.
Although not an amateur stand out, going 32-20 in the unpaid ranks, Imamura looked like a very capable prospect and will be worth following.
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