Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of shows, with this show set to be aired in May on G+. The card featured several bouts of note, including a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout, between Hironobu Matsunaga and Rei Nakajima.
For those wanting to watch this, as live, when it's finally aired, we have included this spoiler warning introduction. Please note that spoilers will begin in the next paragraph, starting with the the first under-card bout, and then moving on through the other bouts on the show. If you wish to avoid those spoilers, please stop reading now.
The show began with a 4 round bout between unbeaten novices Taichi Mano (1-0-2) [真野 泰地] and Kanta Kawamura (1-0-1, 1) [川村 栞汰], who both managed to remain unbeaten as they fought to a 4 round split decision draw. This was a good back and forth to kick the show off, and neither man ever really seemed to take control. A good, solid, honest bout to kick off the event, and one that neither man deserved to lose.
The second bout saw teenage Kai Watanabe (1-0) [渡邉 海] kick off his professional career in successful manner, as he out pointed 33 year old Hikaro Sato (2-6-1) [佐藤 光] over 4 rounds. Watanabe was too good from the off. He backed well behind his long reach and whilst Sato tried to turn things around he just walked into shots, taking a lot of punishment, and being cut in round 2. This really was a one sided show case of Watanabe's ability, and a very solid performance from the teenager.
The final 4 rounder saw Teppei Saito (4-1, 2) [齋藤 哲平] take a majority decision against Ayumu Komoto (2-2-1, 2) [河本 歩夢]. Like the bout that opened the event this was really competitive, but it always seemed that Saito was just a touch more eye catching with his work in the first 3 rounds. Komoto was always in the bout, but didn't do quite enough to earn the draw.
The first of 3 notable bouts saw Reiya Abe (21-3-1, 9) [阿部麗也] take a technical decision win over Koshin Takeshima (4-2-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心]. Takeshima started well, and seemed to take the first round, but he was cut in round 2 from an accidental headclash and never seemed to settle after that. In fact Abe seemed to build from knowing Takeshima was a wounded fighter, and he dropped Takeshima in round 3. Takeshima would then suffer another cut, again from an accidental headclash, as his face became a genuine mess.
Knowing he was behind Takeshima tried to turn things around in round 4, and has some success, but Abe's clever boxing saw him take rounds 5 and 6. In round 7 Takeshimna was deducted a point for holding, and late saw the bout being stopped due to his cuts.
At an official time of 2:42 in round 7 the bout was stopped with Abe taking the decision thanks to scores of 67-64, 68-64 and 68-63.
In the second notably bout Japanese Youth Minimumweight champion Kai Ishizawa (8-1, 7) [石澤開] successfully defended his title with a majority decision win over Yuni Takada (8-7-2, 3) [高田勇仁]. This was surprisingly competitive, with Takada really performing much better than expected.
Early on Takada used his speed well and let his hands go whilst moving and stopped Ishizawa from setting his feet. It was the perfect game plan to neutralise Ishizawa's pressure. Sadly however that was an energy sapping gameplan from Takada and one that was not going to be easy to do for 8 rounds against someone as aggressive, strong and powerful as Ishizawa.
In the later rounds Ishizawa's pressure finally started to break through as he got cl0se and got his shots off, doing what he needed to win. After 8 rounds we went to the scorecards with scores of 76-76, 78-74 and 79-73, giving Ishizawa his first decision wins as a professional.
In the main event Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (18-1, 11) [松永 宏信] recorded his third defense, but really hard to work for it as he narrowly over-came Rei Nakajima (4-1) [中島玲].
Nakajima made the most of his speed advantage early on, and seemed to look confident in the early round, but Matsunaga did what he has been doing for years, and began to find his rhythm in round 2, coming forward behind his jab. In rounds 3 and 4 he began to force his fight, and Nakajima really was made to feel somewhat uncomfortable due to the aggression and pressure of Matsunaga.
After 5 rounds Matsunaga was leading on all 3 cards, 48-47, twice and 49-46.
Knowing he was behind Nakajima looked to change things around, but Matsunaga wasn't having it and looked to tighten his stranglehold on the action. That was despite some really good moments from Nakajima, who really tried to change the tide of the bout, especially in round 9.It was, however, too little too late.
After 10 rounds the two men seemed to have some real respect for each other, following what was a well contested bout. Sadly for Nakajima however he did come up short on all 3 cards, with scores of 97-93, twice and 96-94 all in favour of Nakajima.
Again for those wanting to watch, the show will be televised on G+ on May. A disappointingly long wait for a show that took place with more than a week of April still remaining.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fans will get the chance to see former Japanese title challenger Reiya Abe (20-3-1, 9) [阿部麗也] battling the once beaten Koshin Takeshima (4-1-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心] in a very interesting looking 8 round bout fought between the Featherweight and Super Featherweight divisions.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the agreed weight, of 58KG's, without any issue.
On the scales Abe was 127.6lbs whilst Takeshima was 127.9lbs, just slightly heavier.
After making weight Abe spoke about being aware of Takeshima's amateur pedigree, speed and skills, but sounded confident that he would have the tools to deal with Takeshima. Sadly however he seemed to almost rule out going for a KO. For fans who have followed Abe over the years, it's been his safety first approach which has held him back from becoming a fan favourite. He is incredibly talented, but lacks any sense of urgency. He seems to be looking at this bout as a chance to give his career a boost and move on to bigger and better things.
Takeshima seemed less confident, but still sounded like a man who felt he could pick up a win here and really get his career back on track. Interestingly this will be his first bout since transferring to the Midori Gym, where he looks to rebuild from a couple of poor performance and setbacks.
Sadly for fans wanting to watch this we need to wait until May 10th, which is when G+ will air the bout on tape delay.
(Image credit - Yokohama Hikari Gym)
Over the last 24 hours or so the schedule on the JOSC (JBC Official Supporters Club) website has revealed a new bout set for April 21st, as part of a Yokohama Hikari show at Korakuen Hall.
The bout in question will see Japanese Youth Minimumweight champion Kai Ishizawa (7-1, 7) [石澤開] defending his title, for the first time, as he takes on Yuni Takada (8-6-2, 3) [高田勇仁], in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
The talented and hard hitting Ishizawa won the belt back in 2018, when he stopped Yuga Inoue in a sensational bout. The following year the title seemed to be forgotten as Ishizawa focused on securing a Japanese title fight, losing in an eliminator against Masataka Taniguchi. Sadly 2020 was a bit of a write off for Ishizawa, who only squeezed one bout into the year, though did shake off some ring rust with a TKO in over Masashi Tada.
On paper Takada looks like a poor challenger, especially given that he's win-less in his last 3 and is 2-4-1 in his last 7, however he's not a push over. Last year he fought to a draw with Hizuki Saso and suffered a competitive loss to former Japanese champion Norihito Tanaka, and in 2019 he gave the exciting Toshiki Kawamitsu arguably his toughest bout to date.
Ishizawa should have too much for Takada, but we certainly won't be complain about seeing the heavy handed youngster back in action, with bigger and better things surely on the horizon for him.
The bout will be on a show, headlined by Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (17-1, 11) [松永 宏信] defending his title his title against Rei Nakajima (4-0) [中島玲] and will also feature Reiya Abe (20-3-1, 9) [阿部麗也] battling Koshin Takeshima (4-1-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心].
A week ago we reported that Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (17-1, 11) [松永 宏信] would be back in the ring on April 21st to defend his title against Rei Nakajima (4-0) [中島玲] at Korakuen Hall. At the time that was the only bout announced for the show, though with it being a show from Yokohama Hikari we did expect other notable fighters to be added to the event.
Today we were informed of a second bout on the card, and it's another really interesting one, as two men with JBC and OPBF rankings clash in a well matched 8 round.
That bout is one which will see the fantastically talented Reiya Abe (20-3-1, 9) [阿部麗也] take on the once beaten Koshin Takeshima (4-1-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心] in an 8 rounder at 58KG's, or around 128lbs.
The talented Abe is 1-1-1 in his last 3, though they include a draw with the then Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto, a razor thin loss to Ryo Sagawa and a very good win over the then 10-0 Ren Sasaki. At his best he is one of the smartest and most talented fighters in Japan, though at times he has been a touch lazy and too patient, so hopefully we will begin to see a more aggressive side to him here.
Takeshima on the other hand turned professional after a very promising amateur career Like Abe he is 1-1-1 in his last 3, with his loss coming last time out to Yamato Hata, at Super Featherweight, his draw being a technical draw to Daisuke Watanabe in the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament, and his win came against big punching Filipino Jon Jon Estrada. With his loss last time out we're expecting to see more aggression from Takeshima here, especially given how timid he looked against Hata.
Here we're expecting a really technical and tactical bout, but one that may have more action than typical bouts involving these two men.
Due to the fact some fans will not be wanting to know the result of today's from Korakuen Hall, as the bouts will be shown on Tape Delay on Monday on G+ we will begin this with a paragraph of text to act as a spoiler warning. Please be aware this is a 1-off paragraph designed to not ruin the bout for those who have accidentally stumbled on this page ahead of the TV broadcast of the bout on Monday. This is something we are only going to be doing when we know that a bout will be televised on delay and will only ever be a 1 paragraph thing, with the idea of allowing fans to watch events as live.
Please be wary spoilers will begin in the next few paragraphs as we go through the results of today's show starting at the opening and going through, bout by bout, to the main event, featuring Super Featherweights Kenichi Ogawa [尾川 堅一] and Kazuhiro Nishitani [西谷和宏].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Teiken put on their latest show, which was originally supposed to take place back in September, though was pushed back after Jorge Linares had a positive result in a PCR test. As a result the show was pushed back by around a month, and was removed from Live TV, getting a Tape Delay place on Japanese premium TV channel G+.
The show began with a 6 round Super Bantamweight bout as Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場 悟] scored a minor upset win over Takayoshi Suzuki (5-2-1, 1) [鈴木 敬祥]. The bout began with Suzuki looking to use his reach, but Hishiba cut the distance relatively early on and in round 4 a body shot from Hoshiba hurt his man, and he kept coming, out working Suzuki to earn a unanimous decision. The scores for this were 58-56 from all 3 judges.
In another minor upset Ryuya Tsugawa (8-1, 4) [津川 龍也] over-came Hikari Mineta (8-2, 5) [峯田 光], with Tsugawa scoring a 6th round TKO win over Mineta. To begin with both men struggled to connect anything cleanly but the pace began to get going in round 3 and then increased again in round 4, with Tsugawa getting the advantage. At least that was how it seemed until a counter from Mineta at the end of the round dropped Tsugawa. It was too late in the round for Mineta to jump on his man and by the start of round 5Tsugawa had recovered and started land clean shots, worsening facial damage on Mineta, who was stopped in round 6 by the ringside doctor.
One man who picked up an expected win was touted Light Flyweight prospect Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉], who stopped Ryo Narizuka (9-10-1) [成塚亮] in the 7th round of their scheduled 8 rounder. Early on Narizuka used his reach to pose some questions to Iwata but the talented Iwata managed to neutralise the advantage with his speed and skills. By round 2 it was starting to seem like Iwata was, soon or later, going to break down his man as he began to landing solid shots. Credit however went to Narizuka who regrouped well and gritted out some tough moments. That was until round 7 when Iwata began to get inside and land big hooks, with both hands, and forced the referee to jump in and save Narizuka.
In a very notable domestic win fans saw Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion Yamato Hata (11-1, 10) [波田 大和] take a decision win over former amateur standout Koshin Takeshima (4-1-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心]. This one started at a high tempo from the off, and was a thrilling contest with both men looking to establish themselves before the other. The tempo slowed down slightly in the middle rounds, but the action didn't really relent and in round 6 Hata dropped Takeshima. The knockdown seemed to force Takeshima to change tactics somewhat and began to press forward looking for a mistake to counter, sadly for Takeshima he was unable to land a decisive blow, and found himself forced to cover up under the pressure of Hata's offensive output. In the end it seemed, perhaps, that the natural size and power advantage of Hata played a part in the result, and all 3 judges had the bout scored 78-73 in favour of the hard hitting Hata. Incidentally this is Hata's first bout to go the distance and only his second to go beyond 5 rounds.
The co-feature proved to be a mismatch as Hayate Kaji (15-0, 9) [梶颯] easily over-came Hiroki Yajima (9-9-3, 4) [矢島大樹]. Credit however goes to Yajima, who survived 8 torrid rounds despite being down twice. Yajima was down in the opening round, from a short right hand and Yajima was down again in round 7 and deducted a point for holding. Those knockdowns and the deduction helped Kaji take a very, very comfortable win, with scores of 78-70, twice, and 79-69. Sadly aside from the knockdowns the bout did lack clean action. Despite the win it's still hard to know whether or not Kaji has what it takes to progress onto a Japanese title, or higher, and it will take a much stiff test than this to see where Kaji is at, and where he can go.
The main event saw world ranked Super Featherweights facing off with Kenichi Ogawa (25-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] taking on Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-5-1, 12) [西谷和宏] in what was a legitimately great match up. The bout began cautiously from both men, with Nishitani trying to get his shots off at range and Ogawa not giving his foe many opportunities to counter. By round 3 there was a feeling of tension and the pace began to increase, with the most notable moment being a left from Nishitani that dropped Ogawa for the bouts first knockdown.
With Ogawa being down he needed revenge and in round 4 he got that revenge, dropping Nishitani with a straight right hand. That neutralised the early 10-8 and left the bout very finely balanced. In round 5 Nsihitani seemed to swing the balance in his favour, with some good 1-2's from range, from there on however Ogawa took control, boxing well and landing his right hands at will to take the rounds and secure the win.
After 10 rounds the judges all had the bout 97-91 in favour of Ogawa, who takes a huge step towards a second world title fight.
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