Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese powerhouse promoter hosted a card featuring some of it's most notable hopefuls all fighting in 8 rounders.
Among those hopefuls was the very highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0-1, 1) [李 健太] who unfortunately suffered a minor set back thanks to a technical draw against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-2, 5). On paper this bout looked really,really interesting but failed to live up to the expectations we had due to repeated headclashes. Those headclashes forces the bout to be halted in round 3, with Lee suffering from several very nasty cuts. Before the headclashes the bout had been interesting, but seemed to one that Lee's more rounded and smooth skills were shining in.
Another of the hopefuls was Mikito Nakano (4-0, 4) [中野幹士], who scored a big win over Filipino foe KJ Natuplag (8-2-2, 7). Natuplag had come to win and was an awkward opponent, giving Nakano issues in the first couple of rounds, pressing and launching big shots. In round 3 however Nakano's power told, and left uppercuts from the Japanese hopeful wobbled, and then dropped the Filipino. This proved to be the type of tough test that Nakano needed, and although a win at just 18 seconds into round 3 doesn't make it seem tough the way the first 2 rounds were were perfect to see what Nakano was made of and how he could adapt.
It's worth noting that entering the bout Natuplag was ranked by the OPBF so we now expect to see Nakano take that ranking, and begin his journey towards a potential regional title fight. He clearly has work and development to do before that, but this was a big step forward for the former amateur standout.
Earlier today we were informed that Teiken would be holding a show on November 2nd featuring some of their brightest prospects, each taking their next step forward as they continue their march towards title glory.
The main event of the card will feature Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也], though his opponent hasn't been announced at the time of writing. Masaki, ranked #3 by the JBC, will be featuring in an 8 round bout and the suspicion is that he will be taking on an international opponent but someone who isn't a significant step forward from his last bout, which saw him defeat Al Toyogon.
In the co-feature Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], whilst other leading support bouts will feature Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也] and Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯]. Sadly not one of this trio have had their opponents named, however we're expected Oshima to face a decent test following a good win last time out, Tamayama to be in a confidence building performance after a loss and Kaji is likely to face an imported opponent to rebuild his aura after a poor performance in his last outing.
Strangely two most interesting, and the two least experienced, men on the card have both had their opponents named.
One of those is highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] will be up against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-1, 5), in what is a really good fight. Lee is expected to be a major player on the regional scene, at the very least, at 140lbs and looks to have the skills to be a potential player at the world level. Kundimang on the other hand is an unbeaten youngster and is regarded as a legitimate prospect himself. Aged 22 Kundimang has won his last 9, and last time out he stopped Ryan Sermona, so should pose a genuine test for Lee. Notably this will be Lee's first 8 round bout.
The other is Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who is set to face Filipino KJ Natuplag (8-1-2, 7), who was beaten last time out by Joe Tejones but should be regarded as a step up in class for Nakano. The unbeaten Japanese fighter was a former standout amateur who is tipped to be a major star of the future, and he has looked the business so far, but the Filipino has never been stopped and could well ask serious questions of Nakano. Then again if Nakano stops Natuplag here it will be very hard for Teiken to hold him back, and there could well be title fights in 2020 for Nakano.
Today there was a pretty big card at the Angono Sports Complex in Angono, Rizal. The card wasn't a stacked one in terms of world class talent, but did have some pretty notable Filipino fighters on it, with a nice mixture of veterans and youngsters on it.
Among those veterans was the returning was the returning Denver Cuello (37-5-6, 25), who was fighting for the first time since the summer of 2018. The former world title challenger, now 32, made light work of Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa (21-46-2, 14). Amisa seemed to be hurt by everything he was caught with and was dropped in the opening round, before being taken apart in round 2 and being stopped, with the bout being waved off whilst Amisa was on his knees on the canvas. Given the long lay off Cuello looked good, but clearly wasn't the fighter he had once been and will likely want another couple of fights before facing a notable foe.
Another veteran picking up a win was former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 31), who scored a 4th round TKO win over veteran Indonesian Boido Simanjuntak (24-54-2, 10). A third notable Filipino veteran was former world title challenger Ardin Diale (35-13-4, 17), who scored defeated Richard Rosales (13-9-2, 7), who retired after round 3.
As for the youngsters it was 22 year old KJ Natuplag (8-0-2, 7) who impressed, stopping Robert Udtohan (24-6-3, 15) in the 5th round. On paper this is a goof win, though it is Udtohan's 4th stoppage loss in 6 bouts, and his 5th loss in 6, leaving real question marks as to his desire. Another youngster picking up a good win was Adrian Lerasan (7-3, 1), who took an 8 round decision win over the heavy handed Jeny Boy Boca (12-6, 10)
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