Back in December the OPBF Bantamweight title fight between Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11) [栗原 慶太] and Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8) [小林佑樹] was blighted by a number of time keeping errors, errors that lead to a number of officials being punished. Those errors unfortunately left a shadow over what was a brilliant fight, though it was seen as a one off.
Sadly yesterday we saw another case of time keeping error in Japan, in fact just like the Kurihara Vs Kobayashi fight it was another time keeping error in Osaka, though this time at the EDION Arena and not the Sumiyoshi Ward center.
This time around it came in round 3 of the match up between Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] and Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介]. The round was cut a full minute short, in what was a very clear error from the time keeper.
Atsumi would win the bout the following round, stopping his opponent. Interestingly the promoter tried to make out that Tsutsumimoto was bossing round 3, though the reality is that the round a minute early didn't really change the result, and didn't save Atsumi in anyway.
Rather oddly the promoters fighter lost not only this bout but also the Kurihara one, suggesting this has nothing to do with officials being biased, just inept. It is however clear that the JBC are unhappy with this happening, and their will be an investigation into this error, like their was in December as well.
For those wanting to watch the fight, and decide whether the bell coming early really effected the result we've included it below thanks to ytv who streamed the bout live on their website.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka, and those tuning in on ytv, had the chance to see talented Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] score one of his biggest wins to date, stopping Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介].
On paper this was an excellent match up, arguably the best bout of the show, and promised to be explosive.
The Korean took an aggressive mentality in to the ring, bringing the pressure to the Japanese punching, showing no real respect of Tsutsumimoto's vaunted power. It wasn't reckless from Atsumi, but was aggressive as he looked to apply constant, educated pressure.
Tsutsumimoto, to his credit, showed good composure early on, and found a brilliant right hand in round 2, but always looked like he was being put on the back foot.
About 2 minutes into round 4 Tsutsumimoto found himself close to the ropes and was caught by a big right hand and dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown but pressure from Atsumi soon forced the referee to stop the bout.
Also on this card was a win for Hibiki Jogo (9-2, 4) [城後響], who out pointed Filipino journeyman Marzon Cabilla (17-18-1, 6) over 8 rounds.
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Earlier today Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝], the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, attended a press conference to announce his next bout.
The unbeaten second generation fighter will be headlining "Dramatic Boxing 79", on April 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka. His opponent for the bout will be Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2) [松浦 大地] in what looks like another small step forward for Tatsuyoshi, who appears to be taking forward step after forward step.
As well as Tatsuyoshi's bout there was always a couple of other things announced for the show. One of those, what appears to be the chief support bout, will be an excellent match up between Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) [堤本京介] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) [テイル渥美], in what looks like a sure fire fight of the show. We've also been informed that Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] will be on the show.
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Moments ago at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka city, fight fans had the chance to see hard hitting Japanese prospect Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) [堤本京介] take part in a short cameo, as he defeated 21 year old Thai visitor Anurak Madua (6-3, 4), in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
The bout saw the hard hitting Tsutsumimoto pressing his man straight away. It was clear within seconds that the Thai was worried, as he used his feet to stay away from Tsutsumimoto. Sadly for Madua he could never create the distance he needed and even when he fired back he simply could not get the respect of Tsutsumimoto.
Part way through the round Tsutsumimoto and land single, hard left hook. The shot hurt Madua who tried to cover up but was stood stationary as Tsutsumimoto launched a follow up, which featured a hard body shot that crumpled the visitor. The shot landed clean and sent him down for the count, giving Tsutsumimoto his 8th stoppage win in 10 bouts.
For Madua this was his third bout in Japan, and his third stoppage loss on Japanese soil.
Back in October we reported that the hugely promising Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd to take a huge step up in class and battle Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The bout really intrigued us, as we'd been impressed by Tsutsumimoto as an amateur, and felt he had the style to go a long way, and to go there quickly.
Sadly we've now been informed that Tsutsumimoto is out of the December 22nd bout, with his place on the show now being taken by 28 year old countryman Takayuki Sakai (7-1-2, 5) [酒井孝之].
It's unclear as to why Tsutsumimoto is off the show, though it appears to have been a very recent change in plans. In fact Kyoei, the promoter of Sakai, only reported the bout in the last day or so.
The contest between Sakai and "Pharanpetch" will be shown on G+ as part of a show that also features Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹] and a bout between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), in what is a make or break for both men.
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