Earlier today we saw the first Japanese card of 2020 and whilst it wasn't a sensational card, it did featuring some interesting match ups, and notable fighters.
Prior to the first punches being thrown the Korakuen Hall hosted a ceremonial pray, for the safety and success of the fighters. After that the card began to get under way.
The opening couple of bouts didn't feature anyone too notable, with the first notable names being former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] and current OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎], who took part in a 2 round spar. This exhibition, which was put together at late notice against Tsuchiya's original opponent failed to secure a visa in time.
After that we saw former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平] stop Filipino Danny Tampipi (9-11-2, 5) in the 5th round. This was expected to be a blow out, but credit to Tampipi who took his shots like a champion and stayed in their until the final round. He was punished by the much bigger Omori but showed how game he was until the referee had finally seen enough.
We then moved onto the main section of the show, the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament finals.
Unfortunately the first of the finals had been cancelled, when Yuki Yamauchi (4-0, 3) [山内祐希] pulled out of his bout with Ren Sasaki (10-0, 6) [佐々木蓮]. Sasaki became the winner by default and collected his award in the ring.
We then got the first of two tournament finals, and action suddenly heated up. The final, at 60KG's, saw Filipino slugger Marvin Esquierdo (16-2-1, 10) stop Japanese veteran Ribo Takahata (16-9-1, 6) [高畑里望]. in the 4th round. Takahata had been dropped hard in round 2, but had fought back well until going down a second time late in round 4, and forcing the referee to wave off the bout. This win netted Esquierdo a very nice bonus for scoring a stoppage.
The final bout was less explosive, but even more interesting as Mongolian novice Tuguldur Byambatsogt (2-0) defeated Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez (26-6-2, 24) in the 65KG final. Byambatsogt out boxed Baez easily in the first 3 rounds, fighting behind his jab and footwork, but seemed to slow down in the 4th round as Baez began to mount something of a comeback. Baez's comeback was however short lived with Byambatsogt showing a more aggressive side in round 5, dropping Baez to secure a clear decision win. The young Mongolian looks like a real potential star, and has shown he can box and fight, but he will need to temper his negativity if he's to become a big name. Despite the negativity Byambatsogt has the talent to go a very long way.
Give that financial bonuses were on the card for early stoppages this wasn't the explosive event we were hoping to see. Despite that there was enough to take away from the card to be entertained, with out being thrilled. Fingers crossed next weekend's Dynamic Glove card is a little bit more explosive and exciting than this was.
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On Sunday we get the conclusion of the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament. One of the finals, the one at 60KG's, will see Filipino Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling Japanese veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望].
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both men mad weight with room to spare.
On the scales Takahata was 59.7KG's, or 131.6lbs, whilst Esquierdo was slightly lighter at 59.6KG's, or 131.4lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this bout but don't have tickets to the venue, the entire show will be live streamed on the excellent Boxing Raise.
For those unaware the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament, is a prize match tournament, where fighters are given a bonus if they stop their opponent. The quicker they get a stoppage the bigger their bonus.
In the first stage of the competition Esquierdo scored an opening round win over Koichi Ito, to bag the biggest bonus available, whilst Takahata failed to secure a stoppage bonus as he took a decision over Mongolian novice Bat Ireedvi Tsendsvren.
Related - One to watch - Ribo Takahata vs Marvin Esquierdo
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall, and on the excellent Boxing Raise service, we'll see the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament come to an end. One of the two finals on the show, up at 65KG's, will see Mongolian fighter Tuguldur Byambatsogt (1-0) taking on Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the weight with no issue.
The experienced Baez, also known as "Destino Japan", was just over 143lbs for the bout, making the tournament weight limit with some room to spare, whilst Tuguldur was bang on the limit, coming in at 143.3lbs.
The Knock Out Dynamite Tournament, for those unaware, is a prize match tournament, where fighters are given a bonus if they stop their opponent. The bonus is bigger if they score a stoppage earlier rather than later. In the first stage of this tournament Baez took out Tatsuya Miyazaki in the opening round, whilst the Mongolian fighter took a 5 round decision over veteran Shusaku Fujinaka.
Related - Introducing... Tuguldur Byambatsogt
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The excellent streaming and Video on Demand service Boxing Raise announced their January line up early today an confirmed they would have 2 live shows and would add 3 old shows to their Video on Demand library.
The first of the live shows will take place on January 12th and will be the Knock Out Dynamite final show. It's sadly not the show that was announced originally, with 2 bouts falling through completely and one need a replacement opponent. It is however the first Japanese show of 2020 and features Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望] and Mongolian fighter Byambatsogt Tuguldur (1-0) taking on Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24), in a tough looking match up.
The other live show takes place on January 28th, despite the banner stating the 31st, and will be the God's Left Bantamweight tournament final. This features the tournament final, between tournament final between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) [中嶋一輝], as well as a WBO female Minimumweight title fight between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) [多田悦子] and a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight between Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) [湯場海樹] and Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [竹中関汰].
As for the old shows these are Dangan 127, Dangan 131 and Dangan 134, all from 2015.
These shows include bouts featuring the always exciting, though now retired, Shinya Iwabuchi, a then unknown Sho Kimura, a brilliant clash between Ryoichi Tamura and Yusuku Suzuki and a Japanese title fight featuring Takuya Kogawa
It's not the strongest month from Boxing Raise, but it's not terrible, with both live cards expected to give us some thrills and a nice selection of action from the back catalogue.
Back in November former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] announced that he would be returning to the ring, ending a retirement that followed a 2017 bout against Shota Suito [水藤 翔太]. Sadly however his return bout was cancelled earlier today.
The plan had been for Tsuchiya to take on Chinese fighter Yangyang Li (8-1-2) as part of the January 12th Knock Out Dynamite Tournament final, the first Japanese show of 2020.
Sadly however Li has been unable to secure a visa in time for the bout, forcing it to be cancelled.
At the moment it's unclear what the plan is for Tsuchiya, who may fight in an exhibition on the card or may delay or even cancel his comeback all together.
Unfortunately this cancellation is the second on the card, which has also seen a bout between Yuki Yamauchi (4-0, 3) [山内祐希] and Ren Sasaki (10-0, 6) [佐々木蓮] being cancelled, as Yamauchi pulled out of the contest several weeks ago. It's also worth noting that a third bout on this card, Shohei Omori (20-3, 15) [大森 将平] facing off with Leshan Li (16-4-2, 9) [黎乐善], had to be changed when Li was stopped in late 2019, and has been replaced by Danny Tampipi (9-10-2, 5).
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