Earlier today Japanese youngster Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴] claimed his first professional title, as he stopped Kenta Nomura (6-3, 3) [野村健太] to become the new Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion.
Shimomachi got off to the perfect start, dropping Nomura in the opening round to secure a 10-8. Nomura managed to regroup, really well, and set the pace in round 2, using, using a good boxing brain to draw mistakes from Shimomachi.
Nomura's tricks didn't work quite as well in round 3, but from round 4 on wards they were really effective, and saw Nomura make up for the bad start, especially in round 6. It seemed that, despite being dropped early on, Nomura was in the ascendancy when it mattered and he looked to have figured out Shimomachi.
Sadly for Nomura he found out, in round 7, that Shimomachi had another trick up his sleeve, landing a dynamite left hook that dropped Nomura. Noimura's fighting heart saw him beat the count, but a follow up from Shimomachi forced the referee to step in and wave the bout off.
After the bout Shimomachi seemed unhappy with his performance, but relieved to have got the win and taken the title. On the other hand Nomura stated he couldn't remember anything from the bout.
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Tomorrow in Osaka fans will get a really interesting Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title fight, with the once beaten Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] facing off with Kenta Nomura (6-2, 3) [野村健太].
Today the two youngsters took part in their weigh in ahead of tomorrow's bout and both men made the 122lb weight limit with no issue.
Nomura was the heavier man, coming in at 122lbs, whilst Shimomachi was 121.7lbs.
At the weigh in the two men both seemed incredibly confident. Shimomachi stated that he made weight well, and appeared to be in great condition as well and self assured. Nomura was similar in his comments, stating that his preparation had gone well. Not surprisngly both also stated that they will win tomorrow.
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Earlier today in Osaka the Green Tsuda gym announced their next show, Crash Boxing volume 18. The show, set for August 4th at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, is a pretty stacked one with a couple of title fights, the next bout of a former Japanese champion and the next bout of a very highly regarded Thai prospect.
The main event of the card will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (22-8-4, 10) [奥本貴之] defending his title against Dynamic Kenji (11-3, 7) [木久健次] in a mouth watering clash. The champion, seeking his third defense, will be looking to build from close bouts against Hiroyuki Kudaka, Masayoshi Hashizume and Yuta Matsuo whilst Kenji will be getting his first title fight. Neither man looked great last time out, but they should put on an absolute thriller here in a bout that neither man can really afford to lose.
The other title bout on this card will see Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] battle against Kenta Nomura (6-2, 3) [野村健太] in an excellent match up for the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title. The winner of this will get their first title and it's a bout that we're expecting to be fantastic, with two under-rated youngsters meeting in a big bout for this stage in their career. Of course a Japanese Youth title doesn't always put you on the fast track, we would be surprised to not have the winner move towards a proper national title in the years to come.
In notable supporting bouts we'll see former Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] and former Japanese amateur standout Kazuki Tanaka (10-2, 7) [田中一樹]. Neither man has had their up coming opponents named yet, though both are in the rebuilding process, with Yada wanting to rebuild from his title loss and Tanaka looking to secure his second win since a defeat to Keita Kurihara.
Arguably the most interesting part of the undercard is the Green Tsudada debut of Thai teenager Thanongsak Simsri (9-0, 9), who is being referred to as "Srisaket II" in the Thai press. Simsri signed with Green Tsuda earlier this month and is tipped as something of a prodigy, so we're really looking forward to what he can do with a Japanese gym behind him. Sadly his opponent, for an 8 rounder, has also not yet been confirmed.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw what was essentially a Japanese youth title eliminator at Super Bantamweight, as the hard hitting Arashi Iimi (7-2, 7) [飯見嵐] clashed with Kenta Nomura (6-2, 3) [野村健太], with the winner of this match up getting a shot against Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] for the vacant title later in the year.
Coming in Iimi seemed the favourite. He was the bigger puncher and was the the 2017 East Japan Rookie of the Year winner, having lost in the all-Japan final to Shimomachi at Korakuen Hall. Surprisingly however he was upset, and upset quickly!
Nomura looked confident early and pressed behind his jab, dictating the pace completely behind his lead hand, and getting in and out with no problems. In round 2 Nomura dropped his man, twice, with the towel coming in to save Iimi mid way through the round.
Whilst the loss costs Iimi a chance to avenge his first loss, it does set up an interesting looking match between Shimomachi and Nomura, a match up that became very interesting given how easily Nomura stopped Iimi.
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Earlier today saw the announcement of 3 Japanese Youth title eliminator bouts, as the JBC title pictures at Light Flyweight and Super Bantamweight get sorted out.
The Super Bantamweight division had one eliminator announced, a bout between Arashi Iimi (7-1, 7) [飯見嵐], the 2017 East Japan Rookie of the Year winner, and Kenta Nomura (5-2, 2) [野村健太]. These two youngsters will battle on April 1st at the Diamond Glove show. The winner of this match up will then face Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] for the vacant title later in the year.
The Light Flyweight division will have two bouts taking place, in what are essentially tournament semi-final bouts for the vacant title, with the winners fighting for the belt later in the year.
One of those bouts will take place on the April 11th Diamond glove card, and will see Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] battle Hizuki Saso (10-5-1, 3) [佐宗緋月], in a really interesting contest. Shiba was a former amateur standout, who has really exciting since turning professional Saso is much more experienced, and comes into this bout on the back of solid wins over Jeffrey Galero and Desierto Nagaike.
The other Light Flyweight semi-final bout will see the exciting Tsuyoshi Sato (8-1-1, 4) [佐藤剛] take on the big punching Tetsuya Tomioka (5-3, 5) [富岡哲也] in what should be a real war. Sato has a really fun, aggressive style whilst Tomioka is a stop or be stopped fighter, who has only lost to highly regarded fighters in the form of Junto Nakatani, Katsunori Nagamine and Ryuto Oho. This bout will be held on April 6th.
Both of these bouts at 108lbs are really hard to call, though any combination in the final should give us something really special.
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