Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Dangan put on their latest show, which was part of an A and B Class tournament. Although the card certainly wasn't a huge one it did have several noteworthy bouts on it.
One of the notable bouts on the card saw JBC ranked female fighters face off, in what turned out to be a bit of an upset. Former notable female amateur Sayo Segawa (1-1, 1) [瀬川 紗代] was expected to claim her second professional win as she took on 29 year old Natsuki Tarui (4-6-2) [樽井 捺月]. Instead however the experience of Tarui played dividends as she narrowly took a 6 round split decision. By the end of this one both women looked absolutely shattered following what had been a very high octane and draining bout. Credit to Tarui however for digging that little bit deeper and taking the narrow win.
In a B Class tournament qualifying bout at Bantamweight Koki Mioya (8-1-2, 2) [三尾谷 昂希] took a clear decision win over Daiju Hamaguchi (4-5, 2) [濱口 大樹]. Hamaguchi looked to try and make this a fight, using his physicality, but Mioya was good through out and there was no real arguing with the decision. After 6 rounds the scores were 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 all to Mioya, who was well worth the win.
In a 5 round Prize Fight, where a bonus is given for scoring a stoppage, Ryo Nakai (2-0-1, 1) [中井 龍] took a decision win over Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤 未来]. This was a fairly entertaining and well fought bout, but in the end Nakai's amateur pedigree, ring craft and more polished body punching proved to be the difference maker. Despite the loss for Naito we really wouldn't write him off and he certainly has the ability to make a mark on the domestic scene over the coming years.
In the main event, an A Class tournament qualifying bout, fans saw the big punching Shu Utsuki (7-0, 6) [宇津木秀] showcase what he could do as he took the fight to Takayuki Sakai (9-3-2, 6) [酒井 孝之], and took his man out in round 2. Utsuki looked like the boss from the opening seconds and pressed and pressured Sakai around the ring as and when he pleased. In round 2 Utsuki put his foot on the gas and dropped Sakai with a gorgeous short right hand. The referee instantly stopped this one.
Following today's wins Mioya and Sakai will both be in action in January in the their relevant tournament finals.
The 2018 Super Bantamweight Rookie of the Year was one of the most anticipated match ups at today's Korakuen Hall show, as it pitted Koki Mioya (5-1-2) [三尾谷昂希] against Hiroki Hanabusa (5-0-2, 2) [英洸貴] in a bout that looked very hard to call. The bout lived up to some of those expectations, with both men having their moments in a competitive and compelling bout, though one that didn't seem to quite catch fire as we had hoped.
The fight regularly saw southpaw Mioya using smart footwork to fight on the outside, moving around Hanabusa and using his southpaw jab to try and control the distance. Hanabusa on the other hand looked to bring the pressure and force a fight. Early on Mioya was happy to have a fight with Hanabusa, esp towards the end of round 1, but as the fight went on Mioya became more reluctant to stand his ground.
Although Mioya didn't want to stand and trade he was having real success on the outside and managed to tie up, regularly, when Hanabusa got too close. It wasn't pretty, but it worked to shut down the offense of Hanabusa who continued to be the one pressing the fight to the final bell. By the however the bout had become a frustrating affair with Mioya's holding causing regular breaks in action.
Given the highly competitive nature it was a hard bout to call as we went to the final bell, and in the end we went to the judges, who struggled to split the fighters with two scorecards of 48-48. The third card however favoured Hanabusa, 48-47, giving him the Rookie of the Year crown on the dominant point rule.
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