Earlier today Misako Gym announced that a date has been sent for a Japanese Welterweight title unification bout, between regular champion Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] and the recently interim champion Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊], with the bout set for October 11th at Korakuen Hall.
Obara was supposed to defend his title earlier this year against Yuki Nagano (19-4, 15) [永野祐樹], but was forced to pull out of the contest due to a leg injury suffered in training. Due to Obara's injury Kobata and Nagano clashed for the interim title, with Kobata stopping Nagano in 5 rounds back in June.
For Obara the bout will serve as his third defense of the title, and he has his eyes on another major international fight if he can get past Kobata. He is currently world ranked and knows that time is running out on his career to land the huge fights he wants.
As for Kobata the bout will be his first for a full title, and a chance to announce himself, big time, on the domestic scene. It is, however, a huge ask for him against the most talented fighter he has faced in his career, and a huge step up from facing the likes of Nagano.
As well as the title bout this card is also confirmed to feature the Japanese title eliminator between Shuma Nakazato (11-2-3, 7) [仲里周磨] and Ken Koibuchi (8-4-1, 7) [鯉淵健], with the winner set to get a Japanese title fight next year, as part of the Champion Carnival.
Back on March 29th Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] was forced to pull out of a scheduled defense against former champion Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] due to a leg injury suffered in training.
With Obara out for a yet to be determined amount of time the JBC have the title situation to continue to develop, and today Teiken, who promote Nagano, have announced that their man will be returning to the ring on June 13th to face Takeru Kobata (11-5-1, 4) [小畑 武尊] for the interim title.
The bout, which will be held at Korakuen Hall as the main event of June's Dynamic Glove show, will see the top two ranked contenders for the title clash, in what should be an explosive and exciting clash.
The 32-year-old Nagano explained "The interim championship is different from the real champion, so it feels like I'm going to play the challenger deciding match again. I know that the opponent is a southpaw, but I watch the game too much. I've never done it before, so I'd like to check the style of the other party and take measures."
As for Kobata, the 23-year-old won the Japanese Youth title last year, and is really stepping up in class here. He's aggressive and exciting, with good combinations and body work, but he will be very much the under-dog. Talking about the fight he stated "I will do my best to defeat former champion Nagano with respect so that I will not miss this chance.
At the time of writing no other bouts for this show have been announced.
Earlier today news broke from Japan that Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara's (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] has had to pull out of his April 12th bout against former champion Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹].
The hard hitting Obara has reportedly suffered an injury to his right leg during training and been forced out of the bout at short notice.
Obara's team, the Misako Gym, have apologised to fans, Nagano and Teiken Gym, for the late withdrawal.
At the moment it's unclear whether the bout will be re-arranged for when Obara recover, or whether the men will be going in different directions. One thing that is known however, is that the show will still go ahead, headlined by a mouth watering clash between former Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (11-2, 6) [佐川遼] and former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Shun Kubo (15-2, 10) [久保隼].
Earlier today saw the announcement of a brilliant looking Japanese Featherweight bout as former Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (11-2, 6) [佐川遼] is set to clash with former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Shun Kubo (15-2, 10) [久保隼], with the bout set to take place on April 12th at Korakuen Hall.
For Sagawa this will be his second bout since losing the Japanese Featherweight title in 2021 to the wonderfully gifted Hinata Maruta, in what was a break out win for Maruta. Since that loss he has avenged his only other loss, stopping Retsu Kosaka in 8 rounds back in October. At his best he is a very good technical boxer, with good hand speed, movement and a brilliant boxing brain, but with two stoppage losses to his name there is the suggestion that he's not the toughest fighter out there.
As for Kubo, who will be making his Korakuen Hall debut, this will be his fifth bout since losing the WBA Super Bantamweight title to Daniel Roman in 2017. Sadly since that loss he hasn't been hugely active, and was, rather notably, stopped in 2019 by Can Xu in a bout for the WBA Featherweight title. Although a talented and intelligent fighter there are real worries about his durability, especially at the top of the domestic and above.
The bout will be on the same card as Keita Obara's (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] upcoming Japanese Welterweight title fight against Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹], which makes for an excellent Japanese domestic card.
Earlier today it was announced that Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] would be making his third defense on April 12th at Korakuen Hall as he takes on the man he beat for the title in 2020, Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹], with the bout being part of a Diamond Glove card.
The men faced in February 2020, with Obara entering as the mandatory challenger for Nagano's title, and stopping the then defending champion in 7 rounds. Since that title win Obara has defended the title twice, including against Nagano's Teiken stable mate Masaya Tamayama, who he stopped in 5 rounds last December. With that result in mind Nagano will be looking to not just avenge his own loss to Obara, but also that of his gym mate.
Notably Nagano was last in action last December, when he stopped Yuki Beppu in a title eliminator, stopping Beppu in 5 rounds. He looked good in that win, though Beppu did look somewhat a faded force, and Obara is league above Beppu.
The only other bout announced for the show will see Taishin Isotani (1-0, 1) [磯谷大心] fight in his second professional bout. Although not regarded as a top prospect, Isotani will get attention due to his very famous grandfather, former multi-time world champion Koichi Wajima. Isotani will be involved in a scheduled 4 rounder against fellow novice Kodai Hosoya (1-0, 1) [細谷洸太], in what could be a very exciting shoot out!
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