Earlier today we had a big card, promoted by Shinsei, at the EDION Arena Osaka. The card was headlined by WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji [寺地 拳四朗] battling against Tetsuya Hisada [久田 哲也] (our full write up of that one can be read here), whilst the main event deserved a lot of the attention there was also plenty to talk about from the under-card.
First the original show opener, between Yuta Nakatsuji (1-1, 1) [中逵 友太] Hayato Nishimine (2-0, 1) [西峯 勇人], was cancelled this morning after a positive PCR test. The two men made weigth yesterday but sadly a positive test left the bout being scrapped.
Due to the PCR test we then saw the event kick off, on a free stream provided by Shinsei Promotions, with a match up between Daiki Asai (1-1, 1) [浅井 大貴] and Yu Konomura (10-10-2, 4) [此村 勇]. The bout was a real must win for Asai, who turned professional last year and was stopped Kyonosuke Kameda, and he shone.
Konomura wasn't there to roll over, he never has been, but he was unable to compete with the sharpness of Asai, who looked too good through out the bout. Asai controlled much of the bout with his solid skills, but was always forced to work. In round 6 the clean shots started to accumulate, with Asai rocking Konomura and then forcing the referee to step in. After the bout Asai was over-come by emotion and was seen crying in the ring, in what seemed to be a hugely cathartic moment for him and his career.
The second bout saw the touted Kantaro Juri (3-0, 2) [重里 侃太朗] score a brutal 6th round KO win over Toma Kondo (8-7-1, 1) [近藤 冬真] in what was a really entertaining bout. Through the first few rounds Juri looked sensational, picking some great punches and landing some brilliant combinations. He really looked like something special. And then it seemed like he ran his gas tank down, and in rounds 4 and 5 he looked really gassed, and like a man who was struggling with the tempo he had chosen to set. With Juri slowing Kondo began to turn the fight around, applying pressure and really giving a tired looking Juri a test. Sadly for Kondo his great effort came to an end in round 6, when he took a huge counter right hook that sent him down hard. The referee didn't issue a count. He didn't need to. Kondo was done.
In the final under-card bout we got a thriller as talented teenager Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 4) [花田 歩夢] narrowly over-came the heavy handed Mammoth Kazunori (6-4-1, 6) [マンモス和則] in a 6 rounder that is worth checking out.
Early on Hanada looked fantastic. He was sharp, he was accurate, and he was boxing smart. He picked his shots well, dropped Kazunori and looked the absolute boss. He seemed to be completely in charge through the first 3 rounds and even seemed like he could score a stoppage if he chose to put his foot on the gas. But then things changed. Kazunori, knowing he was a long way behind, stopped trying to box with Hanada and instead started looking for a KO. With every shot. He was turning this into a shoot out and it made for some amazing action as Kazunori launched big shot after big shot, and Hanada had to survive, than fire back. For the final 3 rounds this was incredible.
In the end the knockdown, scored by Hanada early on, proved vital, with Hanada winning via scores of 57-56, twice, and 58-55. Without the knockdown this would have been a majority draw.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena, Osaka fight fans will get the chance to see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] make his 8th defense as he takes on Japanese veteran Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] in a highly anticipated clash.
Today, ahead of the bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Kenshiro was well under the limit, weighing in at just over 107lbs. He looked in good condition, despite coming in so light, and also looked the naturally bigger man at the weigh in. Through out the whole process he seemed calm and relaxed and ate some porridge to help recover from the weigh cut. It seemed food was very much on his mind, as he also revealed he wanted a McDonald's McShake after the fight takes place.
Hisada on the other looked absolute shredded and was bang on the 108lb limit. Facially it seemed like the weight cut had take more out of him than Kenshiro, but he looked absolutely sensational, and not like a 36 year old coming to the end of his career. Despite looking like the weight cut had take something out of his face he revealed he was on the weight yesterday, and it seems like making weight wasn't an issue at all.
It was also confirmed at the weigh in that fans will be in attendance as planned, with the local state of emergency announcement not taking place until April 25th, the day after the fight.
Sadly for those wanting to watch, we have been told by the broadcaster this will only be available live in Japan, on pay service Cantere Doga. However it's now been reported that the bout will be aired on TV in the future on a tape delay basis. When we have more details of that broadcast we will share that.
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This coming weekend we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] taking on Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] as he looks for his 8th defense of the title.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in a press conference and their physical examinations for the contest, as well as having other details for the bout confirmed.
Lets start with the physical, which sees both men being very similar physically, though Hisada was the slightly thicker set man, having a bigger neck and much thicker chest. In terms of reach and height however the two men were almost identical, with Kenshiro being just over 0.5" taller.
Interesting we were given quite a lot of information about the health of the two men. These details show us that Hisada has a low blood pressure, at 93 over 56, whilst Kenshiro's is pretty much in the ideal range. On the other hand Hisada's heart rate was much slower than that of the champion.
It was also announced that both men had under-gone PCR tests and got negative results.
At the press conference, which can be seen below, we saw quite a lot of information coming out. (Note - All quotes below are rough English translations)
Firstly promoter Masato Yamashita has revealed the event will go ahead unless the venue is forced to close under the new state of emergency measures in Osaka Prefecture. He explained "It is the responsibility of holding the game as long as it is undertaken. We will hold this event unless the venue is closed. I can't do it. If I'm told to do it with no audience, I'll do it with no audience. "
In saying that the show is planning to have 2,200 fans in attendance, with 2000 tickets already sold and 200 more will be available on the day of the event.
In regards to the fighters Kenshiro stated "If I can fight as usual, there is no problem. I want to fight at my own pace without rushing."
As for Hisada the gameplan seems to be about prevent Kenshiro from being himself, stating "I am in good condition and feeling good. I am excited to think that the day when I will become a world champion is approaching. I will not let the champion move as usual."
It should be noted, at the age of 36, that Hisada is looking to break the record as the oldest man to become a Japanese world champion, and he sounded confident as he explained "I want to show that I can fight at this age (36 years old) and that I can make my dreams come true, and give me excitement and courage. I will win overwhelmingly more than the champion,"
It's now, sadly, been confirmed that the main event, and the chief support bout will not be free to view as expected and will instead be available exclusively on Cantere Doga, a subscription service in Japan which can be signed up for here https://live.ktv-smart.jp/ for 330yen a month (about $3 or £2.50ish). Interestingly international subscription is possible via a bank card, though it's unclear if the stream will work internationally without things like VPN's being in use.
The under-card is expected to be shown for free on YouTube, with only the main event and chief support being shown on the paid service, with a broadcast starting at 14:30 on Cantere Doga.
Sadly with the inability to confirm that the stream will work internationally, we will not be advising anyone outside of Japan to sign up for Cantere Doga. Instead we would be hoping that, sometime soon, it will be aired on TV on some form of tape delay, or made available on delay by Shinsei promotions.
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Earlier today WBA "Super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人] took part in an online press conference, speaking to the press in Japan, with the event taking part before he began working out at the Watanabe Gym.
At the event Kyoguchi spoke about his last bout, which saw him score a TKO win over Axel Aragon Vega at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. He explained "I was able to do boxing differently in the previous bout, so I want to pursue it. I want to increase the withdrawal of offense and defense." Explaining that he was fighting at a mid range more than usual, and went on to explain he wanted to work on that in the future.
In regards to what the bout meant he explained "I'm in an environment where big matches can be realized, so I've broadened my horizons now. It's a good experience for me to be able to play in the United States".
After the win over Vega in March Kyoguchi flew back then went through 2 weeks of quarantine, due to the on going pandemic. When that was over he went to Osaka to visit his family and spend time with his father, who recently had surgery to treat cancer.
Following his time with family Kyoguchi returned back to Tokyo and has been helping Watanabe Gym stablemate Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] prepare to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title against Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-0, 3) [川満俊輝], with that bout set for May 23rd.
In regards to what is next for Kyoguchi things are a little bit unclear, though it is known that the team of 20 year old Thai fighter Thanongsak Simsri (15-0, 13) is attempting to secure a fight with Kyoguchi. Longer term however Kyoguchi revealed he's interested in a unification bout with WBO champion Elwin Soto (18-1, 12). That bout became a lot more likely recently, when Soto signed with Matchroom, the same promotional stable that is now promoting Kyoguchi. In regards to that potential bout, Kyoguchi stated "I think the chances have become more realistic. I'm interested in the WBO belt because I haven't held it yet. I think it may happen by the end of the year."
Rather notably Kyoguchi downplayed a bout with the winner of the upcoming WBC Light Flyweight title bout, which will see champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] taking on Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
In regards to that bout he seemed to suggest that despite having not won the WBC title he has beaten Hisada and isn't particularly interested in facing the winner. Essentially putting the kibosh on a potential Kyoguchi Vs Kenshiro bout that lower fights have been clamouring for for several years now.
Later this month we'll see WBC Light Flyweight title champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] defending his title against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也]. Today, ahead of that bout, Hisada took part in an interview and media work out.
At the press conference Hisada spoke about his age. If he wins he would become the oldest man in Japan to win a world title, breaking a record set by Hozumi Hasegawa's in his final bout. Despite the fact he would create a record Hisada himself downplayed that explaining "I'm not aiming for a record. I can challenge even at the age of 36 and just prove that I can fight on the front lines of the world. I'm concentrating only on winning."
Originally this bout was supposed to take place last year, in December, before Teraji was suspended by the JBC due to an issue where he got drunk and damaged someone's car. In regards to that Hisada stated "The match in December was delayed, but I believed that there was a match and continued to practice. I think it was a plus because I was able to spar with various players because the match was extended,". Among those he sparred with as a result were Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] and Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]. He has reportedly been able to spar more than 240 rounds for this bout as well as getting advice from the aforementioned Hasegawa.
As for the work out it's self, that was a short one. Hisada did a round of shadow boxing and then a round on the mitts. It was also revealed that he would continue sparring until 10 days before the bout, as he continues to put finishing touches to his gameplan.
In regards to the gameplan, Hisada seems to be working on a plan where he can work both up close, as we've seen from him in the past, and at range, something that he clearly seems to have been working on here to help neutralise the skills of of Kenshiro.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be streamed live on Boxing Real on YouTube, and will be available for free.
(Image credit - Harada Gym)
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