Earlier today the EDION Arena Osaka, played host to a small, but notable, upset as fans saws hard hitting youngster Kyonosuke Kameda (7-3-1, 6) [亀田 京之介] fail in his first defense of the Japanese Youth Featherweight title, losing a decision to under-dog Hiroki Hanabusa (9-2-3, 3) [英洸貴].
Heading in to the bout it seemed like Kameda had all the moment. He had won the title in impressive fashion, stopping Tsubasa Narai, and and had looked like someone proving himself as a talented boxer himself, not just a man with a famous boxing famile. Hanabusa on the other hand had lost his last two bouts, and had done little to even deserve a shot here. In fact it looked like he had been hand selected as an easy first defense.
No one told Hanabusa he wasn't supposed to be there to win, or that he was supposed to make up the numbers however.
From the opening moments Hanabusa came out aggressively, closing the distance and taking the fight to Kameda, who looked to fight as a counter puncher and make the most of his heavier hands. Kameda had success at times with his counter shots, particularly in round 2, but he was always under pressure and Hanabusa responded to everything with more output, more pressure and more aggression.
The pressure and aggression of Hanabusa wasn't just winning him rounds, but also frustrating and stifling Kameda, who was deducted a point in round 6 for pushing Hanabusa away. A point that left him in a bit of a hole. Hanabusa knew he was away from home, on a show promoted by Kameda's promoter, Harada Gym, and knew that he couldn't give the judges a chance to deny him a victory, and kept the pressure up in the final rounds. Kameda tried to have a war in round 8, giving his all, but it was too little too late and he couldn't break the will or spirit of Hanabusa.
After 8 rounds the judges had this 77-75, and 76-75, twice, all in favour of Hanabusa who scored the biggest win of his career, and took home the Japanese Youth Featherweight title.
At the same event in Osaka we also had the retirement ceremony of Japanese veteran Tetsuya Hisada (34-11-2, 20) [久田 哲也], who officially hung up the gloves earlier this year. Hisada, who began his career in 2003, was emotional as he thanked the Harada a gym for their support, and the way they had helped him come back from defeats and continue to fight on and develop. He also teared up whilst reading a letter from his eldest daughter.
Hisada described Takeshi Harada, the chairman of the Harada gym, as being like a big brother and explained that he is now working as a video creator, doing advertising videos.
We would like to wish Hisada all the best in his post boxing career.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City we'll see Japanese Youth Featherweight champion Kyonosuke Kameda (7-2-1, 6) [亀田 京之介] make his first defense, as he takes on former Rookie of the Year winner Hiroki Hanabusa (8-2-3, 3) [英洸貴] in an interesting looking match up. For Kameda it's a great chance to build on his title win, which came earlier this year against Tsubada Narai, whilst Hanabusa will be looking to get his career back on track after back to back defeats.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men made the 126lb limit with no issues. In fact both men came in at exactly 126lbs for the bout, bang on the divisional limit.
After making weight the two men spoke to Boxmob.jp. During his discussion he stated that he doesn't have boring bouts and explained that his intention was not just to win, but to do so in an exciting manner. Notably he has been training for this bout by sparring some top names, including former 3 weight world champion Kosei Tanaka (15-1, 9) [田中恒成] who he said he learned a lot from.
As for Hanabusa, who is getting his second shot at a Japanese Youth title fight, he seemed to suggest he was playing mind games and avoiding making eye contact with Kameda. He seemed to be quietly confident and a lot less brash than the champion, however he also stated that he wanted to have an exciting bout, and treat the fans who had travelled from his hometown of Kanazawa for the fight.
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Back in July we saw Kyonosuke Kameda (7-2-1, 6) [亀田 京之介] claim the Japanese Youth Featherweight title, stopping the previously unbeaten Tsubasa Narai (7-1, 6) [奈良井 翼] in 2 rounds to claim the title in what was a genuinely entertaining, though short lived, bout. Since then things have been quiet regarding Kameda's future. At least they were prior to this past weekend when it was announced that Kameda will defending his title for the first time on November 13th at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
The hard hitting champion, the cousin of the three fighting Kameda brothers, will be up against former Rookie of the Year winner Hiroki Hanabusa (8-2-3, 3) [英洸貴] in what looks like a solid first defense.
Kameda, as mentioned the cousin of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, has come a long way since being stopped in his professional debut, back in 2018. He doesn't look like a world champion in the making but at 22 years old he certainly seems to have the tools needed to compete high up the domestic rankings, and perhaps even win a Japanese title down the line. He does however have a lot of work to do for that to happen, and we suspect the next few years will be key for his development, with the Youth title being a major part of that.
Hanabusa on the other hand is someone who is struggling for form recently. He won Rookie of the Year in 2018, but has gone 3-2-1 (1) since then and struggled to really show what he can do. He challenger for the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title in 2020, but was stopped in 5 rounds by the criminally under-rated Toshiki Shimomachi, and was beaten by Katsuya Fukui earlier this year. Thankfully for him those two losses have come to excellent fighters, and in some ways can be dismissed as simply being against fighters who are just too good, but another loss here will be very hard to bounce back from.
On paper this should be a match up between the boxing skills of Hanabusa, who is a very nice tidy boxer, and the power and physicality of Kameda. As a result this could end up being a very interesting bout where Hanabusa could look levels above, but always be walking the proverbial tight rope.
Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, fight fans saw a Japanese Youth Featherweight title bout between Kyonosuke Kameda (7-2-1, 6) [亀田 京之介] and Tsubasa Narai (7-1, 6) [奈良井 翼]. On paper this was a mouth watering match up to end an Harada promoted card, as it featured two hungry youngsters each looking to claim the first title belt of their careers.
The bout started slowly, with Kameda pressuring an using his reach and height well, whilst making Narai miss, fall short and struggle to really pin him down. It wasn't a dominant round for Kameda, but he clearly did enough to win it, whilst getting a good read on Narai.
In round 2 we saw both men being more aggressive, though sadly for Narai that came at a cost, and despite having some success in the middle of the round he ended up tasting the power of Kameda, who detonated a number of right hands on him as the round went on. Narai tried to respond to fire with fire of his own but as they exchanged he took the worst of it, with a left hook rocking Narai who was down just moments later from a left hook an right hand.
Narai tried to beat the count, and was up before the 10 count, but was all over the place leaving the referee with no option but to stop him.
For Kameda this is a huge win for his career netting him his first professional title and putting him only a few fights away from a potential Japanese title fight, which could happen in 2022 or 2023. As for Narai, he'll feel angry with himself for taking so many risks so early, and he really should have held back a little bit, but it was certainly a learning experience for him, and one he can bounce back from.
For fans who missed this one it is now available, on demand, on Boxing Raise.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka we'll see a new Japanese Youth Featherweight champion being crowned as Tsubasa Narai (7-0, 6) [奈良井 翼] and Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介] battle for the vacant title in a potentially very explosive clash.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and neither man had any issues at all with the scales whilst also getting negative PCR tests.
Kameda, the taller man, was under the limit with a little bit of room to spare, hitting the scales at around 125.7lbs. He explained that despite the bout being postponed, having originally been scheduled for June, he was able to stay in good shape, and that he has made weight without any issues. He explained to boxmob that he was confident heading into the bout, and it really did seem like he had his eyes firmly set on the title.
Narai, who won the All Japan Rookie of the Year at Super Featherweight before moving down in weight for this bout, was even lighter on the scales, coming in at around 125.5lbs for the contest. He stated that Kameda wasn't as tall as he expected, and in fairness we expected a much bigger height difference as well. Like Kameda he came across as really confident and it almost seemed like the delay to the bout has helped him, as he's seen sparring mate Haruki Ishikawa show what he could do, with Ishikawa stopping Tom Mizokoshi in late June to claim the Japanese Youth title at 122lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this one it will be shown On Demand on BoxingRaise, though will not be shown live.
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