Yesterday Taisei Gym announced that they had postponed their next show, which was originally planned for June 6th, and have pushed it back to July 23rd due to the issues that are still affecting Osaka in regards to the on going State of Emergency. As a result the show now falls on a holiday, but no changes, other than date, have been made to the event.
The card is a genuinely solid double header. One of the main bouts will see Riku Kano (17-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] defending the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title against the once touted Takumi Sakae (22-3-1, 16) [榮拓海], in a solid match up between two men tipped for big things, who haven't yet managed to deliver on early promise. The other will see WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-11-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending his title against Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀], in what is a must win bout for both men.
As was originally planned, the show will take place at EDION Arena Osaka, and will be shown online via the TVOsaka YouTube channel.
Sadly this could be a sign of things to come and their may, still, be shows set for June in Osaka that could end up needing to be postponed due to the current situation in Japan.
Earlier today Taisei Marumoto, the chairman of the Taisei Gym, held a press conference to announce the next show he would be promoting, and credit to him as he has managed to put together a pretty solid show for June 6th including two WBO Asia Pacific title fights.
The main event of the show will see Taisei promoted youngster Riku Kano (17-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title, as he takes on the once touted Takumi Sakae (22-3-1, 16) [榮拓海].
Kano won the title last year, with a narrow decision win over Ryoki Hirai (13-7-1, 4) [平井亮輝] in November. It was among the biggest wins for Kano, who turned professional at a young age and was groomed for success, though has failed to come close to the heights expected of him. Although he's not gone all the way, as many had expected, he is still only 23 and has scored notable wins over the likes of Hirai, Merlito Sabillo and Pigmy Kokietgym.
Sakae impressed early in his career, winning the 2013 All Japan Rookie of the Year, and seemed to be getting groomed as the next big star from Fukuoka. Sadly however his unbeaten run came to an end in 2016, when he lost to Tatsuya Fukuhara in a bout for the Japanese national title. Since that loss he has gone 8-2-1, including losses to Ryoki Hirai and Norihito Tanaka. Notably he hasn't been seen in the ring since beating Stevanus Nana Bau way back in September 2019 and it will be around 21 months between that fight and this one one with Kano.
The other WBO Asia Pacific title bout will see veteran Yuki Nonaka (33-11-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight title against Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀].
The 43 year old Nonaka, the oldest male boxer in Japan, has been out of the ring since September 2019, when he successfully defended his title against Korean challenger Hyun Min Yang. The following month he signed with American promoter Greg Cohen, but plans to fight in 2020 were dashed by the Covid19 pandemic, essentially costing Nonaka a potentially huge bout in the US. At his best he was a fantastically talented and relaxed boxer, but it's hard to know what he'll have after 21 months out, and aged 43.
Koshikawa on the other hand was a former amateur standout who turned professional with a decent amount of buzz but his career stumbled early on and now, aged 30 he desperately needs a break out win. He started his professional career under the guidance of former world champion Celes Kobayashi and in 2019 he challenged Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga [松永 宏信], being stopped by the under-rated Matsunaga. Since then he has transferred from the Celes gym, and this bout will be his first since joining the Ichiriki gym in February.
As well as the two title fights this card will also feature 5 under-card bouts.
As with the last Taisei Show, from back in November, this show will be streamed in full on TV Osaka's official YouTube channel.
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Over the last few days the JBC have updated their "Boxer Change Information" page. There wasn't too many changes of note, though one that did stand out was the transfer of Izuki Tomioka (7-4-1, 2) [富岡 樹], who has moved from the REBOOT.IBA gym over to Kadoebi.
The change is good one for the parties involved, with Kadoebi getting a very talented fighter, Tomioka getting a more well established set up behind him.
Interestingly Tomioka's last bout was actually on a Kadoebi show late last year, when he lost to former Japanese 140lb champion Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜]. Rather notably we have seen fighters who have pushed Kadoebi talent close in the past being signed up, and that appears to have been the case again here.
Tomioka spoke about the transfer in an interview with Boxmob, and explained "I thought something was missing and changed the environment,". Tomioka also expressed a sense of gratitude for the folks at REBOOT.IBA.
Officially this transfer went through on February 9th. The only other transfer to go through in February is also one worth noting. That's the transfer of former Japanese title challenger Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀], who moved from the Celes Gym to the Ichiriki gym. His transfer was dated February 1st. His next bout will be his first since a 2019 Japanese title fight against Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga [松永 宏信].
We've known for a while that Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] will be defending is title against mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] on November 7th as part of the Champion Carnival.
Today we were informed that the show has now had it's under-card set.
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] take on unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], in what will be an 8 round bout at 70KG's, which is 154.3lbs. This will mean that Inoue will not be defending his WBO Asia Pacific title, but will be fighting in what is seen as more of a tick over fight.
For Inoue this will be his first bout since stopping Cheng Su back in January, to defend his regional title, and will very much be a case of getting some ring time after a lengthy lay off. His opponent however, won't there to just roll over and NwachukwuNwachukwu will be looking to build on his unbeaten record, and his big win in February over Junpei Tsujimoto. Although he's not regarded as being on the same level as Inoue he's very much a live under-dog and a hungry fighter with ambitions himself.
One of the other bouts worthy of interest on this card will see the unbeaten Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) [高橋拓磨] take on Kodai Kiyota (9-6-2, 9) [清田 広大], who returns to the ring more than 11 years after his last bout! Takahashi has certainly been an interesting prospect to following, but he didn't look great last time and it seems like they are matching softly here given his previous performance. This is scheduled for 6 rounds and is a must win for Yakahashi.
Other bouts on this card will include a match up between Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀] and Yuichi Ideta (13-15-1, 7) [出田裕一] and a clash between Shinnosuke Hasegawa (12-2-1, 8) [長谷川慎之介] and Ikemen Atsushi (7-6-2, 2) [イケメン淳]. Both of these are scheduled for 8 rounds.
For fans wanting to watch this show it's expected to be shown on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
Earlier today we were informed, of the details regarding the Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸], which will be one of the final Champion Carnival bouts this year.
The bout was always expected to be relatively late, for a Champion Carnival bout, given that Takesako was set to face Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] for the OPBF title in January, in a bout which Takesako won to unify the titles. He was then, understandably, going to take some time away from the ring to recover from what was a tough and gruelling bout. There was also a case of finding a suitable date, for TV.
Today we were told the bout would be taking place at Korakuen Hall on May 2nd, under the Dynamic Glove banner, meaning it would be getting televised on G+.
For Takesako the bout will be his second of 2020, following his 12 round decision win over Hosokawa in January. As for Kunimoto the bout will be his first since April 2019, when he stopped Shoma Fukumoto, and will only be his second since the the start of 2019. It's a shame the challenger, who didn't have an opponent for an eliminator last year, will be coming into this after more than a year out of the ring, and fingers crossed ring rust won't be an issue when we see the two men face off.
Interestingly a couple of the under-card fighters have been confirmed, alongside the main bout. One of those is former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀], who will be fighting for the first time since being stopped by Hironobu Matsunaga in November. The other is 2019 Rookie of the Year winner Seiya Meguro (6-0, 3) [目黒聖也], who fights for the first time since his All Japan Rookie win in December. At the time of writing neither man has had their opponent announced for the show.
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