Earlier today the Harada gym announced their next show would be taking place on June 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka, and whilst it is a very, very small show, it does have an excellent main event between two very bright young Japanese fighters who are both set to compete in their first title bout.
The bout in question will see the unbeaten Tsubasa Narai (7-0, 6) [奈良井 翼] battle against Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介] in a bout for the Japanese Youth Featherweight title. A bout that promises to be very explosive, and very exciting.
The unbeaten Narai really came to our attention last year, when he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year, at Super Featherweight, and did so by stopping everyone he fought in the tournament. He was one of the genuine standouts from the competition and was among the most exciting men to watch from the entire competition. This however is a step up from those bouts and it will also be the first time Narai has fought away from the Korakuen Hall, his boxing home.
Notably Narai will be dropping down in weight for this bout, and if he can make the 126lb limit with no issues he's going to be very, very dangerous at this domestic youth level.
As for Kameda, the cousin of the three fighting Kameda brothers, this is set to be his second bout as a fighter out of the Harada gym, and his second bout since losing in the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year to Jinki Maeda. Despite that loss Kameda has looked like a very dangerous fighter, with really havy hands and a hunger to make an impact in the sport. The 22 year old is, clearly, a work in progress, but still someone who has an exciting style and the Kameda surname, two things that will get him attention going forward.
Interestingly Kameda will be the much taller man, surprisingly he's around 5" taller than Narai, though whether he can make that advantage count here is a big question.
Given that neither man likes hearing the final bell, both men can bang, and both like to fight this bout has fireworks written all over it and should be a great contest for fans at the EDION Arena. Sadly the other bouts announced for this show are very low level bouts, and this is, by far, the standout bout on the card.
Earlier today in Osaka we got the latest show from Harada Boxing, who put on a small but notable card from the EDION Arena, where there was 5 bouts taking place.
The first bout of note here saw a genuine upset as Shota Asami (8-7, 4) [浅海 勝太] shocked Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Sho Omote (8-2, 3) [表 祥]. Asami set the pace early on and landed heavy hooks in rounds 2 and 3. To his credit Omote tried to fight back, but was simply unable to copy with the ambition and drive of Asami who was too hungry, too good and too busy. After 6 rounds all 3 judges had this to Asami 59-55. With the win Asami ends a 2-fight losing run and gives Omote his first loss in well over 3 years.
The second bout of note saw fast rising prospect Ayato Hiromoto (3-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] take his biggest win to date. The talented novice out pointed JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] over 8 rounds, in what was a very big step up in class.
This bout started with the two men looking to feel each other out with their jabs, but by round 3 Hiromoto was unleashing more from his arsenal, with solid 1-2's catching the eye. That lead to a response from Nasu in round 4 as the traded blows and from there on both men showed good touches in a bout that allowed both to show their skills, but neither seemed capable of hurting the other. It seemed like Hiromoto had done enough to edge rounds, and that was the case with 2 of the judges who had winning the bout 79-73. Oddly however the third judge had this 78-74 to Nasu, which seemed a very odd and poor card.
Interesting Hiromoto was originally supposed to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之], though that bout was cancelled when Kuroda was injured, leading to this bout.
In the main event of the show fans saw Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介], the cousin of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, claim his latest victory. The heavy handed and strong Kameda was fighting for the first time since losing the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year to Jinki Maeda and looked to make a statement here. In the opposite corner was professional debutant Daiki Asai (0-1) [浅井 大貴], who had won an All Japan title in the amateurs where he went 61-16 (33).
The opening round saw both men have moments, Kameda made the most of his jab whilst Asai's footwork and movement saw him getting in and out well. Sadly however the pace changed in round 2, when Kameda came out with aggressive intent, and forced the referee to save Asai who seemed to be out on his feet from a straight right hand.
Just over 2 weeks ago we reported that Kyonosuke Kameda (5-2-1, 4) [亀田京之介], the cousin of former world champion Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, had transferred to the Harada Gym. He had left the Hanagata Gym, who stepped in at the last minute last year to let him fight in the All Japan Rookie of the Year, and had signed up with a gym that he had previously trained when he was a youngster.
Today the next step in Kameda's career was announced as the twice beaten youngster confirmed his next bout.
The promising Kameda, who's still only 22 years old, will be back in the ring on November 28th as he fighters on an edition of "Fighting Beat Boxing" at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka.
The youngster's opponent has been named as the debuting 31 year old Daiki Asai (0-0) [浅井 大貴], who was a very solid amateur with a 61-16 (33) amateur record and a former All Japan Amateur champion.
The bout looks set to be the main event of the show and will be a 6 rounder.
Notably there will also be a very interesting 8 rounder on this show with Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀], who was originally planned to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] before Kuroda's recent surgery, taking on JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐]. This is a mouth watering Super Flyweight bout and a great chance to see what Hiromoto is made off at this very early stage in his career.
Earlier today it was announced that Kyonosuke Kameda (5-2-1, 4) [亀田京之介], the cousin of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, had transferred to the Harada Gym, officially severing his ties with the Hanagata Gym.
Kameda had previously been with the Kyoei Gym until it closed last year after a dispute between owner and the chairman of the gym. It has re-opened since but several fighters had already left by that point, including Kameda who had left the gym and signed a temporary agreement with Hanagata so that he could compete in the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year final last December. That deal was only meant to be a temporary one, and allowed Kameda to leave after the Rookie of the Year.
What was a temporary solution to the problem of Kyoei closing was prolonged by the on going global situation, though from what we understand Kameda was able to leave at any point, after the Rookie of the Year final. The fact he has gone to Harada Gym is a little bit of a surprise however, as that sees him heading back over to West Japan, after previously fighting in Tokyo, under Kyoei and Hanagata. That move was originally done on September 16th though news was slow to filter through.
Whilst the move to an Osakan gym might be something of a surprise it should be noted that papers in Japan report that he has been living in Osaka recently. Not only that but he was continuing his training under the guidance of Shiro Kameda, his uncle. Although Shiro was training the youngster he's not JBC licensed and Kyonosuke still needed a gym, which is where Harada comes in, opening the door to Kameda to essentially restart his professional career later this year.
The Harada isn't a big name one, though is certainly not a bad one. It's standout, at the moment, is former world title challenger Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], who is expected to announce his next bout in the coming months, and Kameda will be regarded as part of the future of the gym.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall was an awards ceremony for the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for November.
The MVP for the month was Japanese 154lb champion Hironobu Matsunaga (16-1, 10) [松永 宏信], who made his first defense in November. The exciting Matsunaga will be back in the ring on March 7th, when he defends his belt against mandatory challenger Yuto Shimizu (14-4-2, 5) [清水優人] at the Champion Carnival. He explained he was honoured to win the MVP award, and stated that his bout with Shimizu will be an interesting fight.
The fighting Spirit Award winner was OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13) [栗原 慶太]. He revealed that he would be back in the ring in March, though didn't have many other details and admitted than an opponent hasn't been decided on as of yet. We suspect, although it's yet to be confirmed, that he will be on the Mach 7th card, along with Matsunaga.
Interestingly the winner of the Newcomer award, Kyonosuke Kameda (5-2-1, 4) [亀田京之介], wasn't at today's event. Instead his trainer attended the event, receiving the commemorative prize on behalf of Kameda.
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