Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had an interesting card with several notable names involved. Sadly however the show won't be televised until this coming Tuesday, when G+ air it on delay. For those wanting to watch as live this warning is for you, however, if you're not interested in watching as live the result, and spoilers will be below.
The main event of the card saw former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] score his biggest win to date as he stopped former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-5, 13) in the 6th round of their contest.
The bout, set for 10 rounds at 114lbs, was regarded as a big step up for Nakatani, but it seemed like he was getting to Melindo at the right time. The Filipino visitor was the older, smaller man who had had 3 very tough bouts in recent times, and had been damaged in all 3. That damage was expected to be a major issue here, though we ended up seeing the size and physical attributes of Nakatani being a bigger issue. Early on Nakatani established his jab, and used his reach, before pressing the bout closer and beating up on the smaller Filipino, who was stopped in the 6th round when the referee needed to come in and save him.
The win for Nakatani is likely to see him moving towards a world title fight in the near future, whilst the end must surely be nigh for the talented, but shop worn, Filipino.
Another 6 round stoppage saw former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (35-2-2, 23) [赤穂亮] defeat Korean visitor Kyung Min Kwon (7-6, 3) [권경민]. Kwon had come to win, and credit to him, but he was unable to match the skills of Akaho, who's jab landed controlled the early part of the fight. As the fight went on Akaho began to land more telling power shots, and in round 6 he hurt Kwon, who was saved by the referee soon afterwards when Akaho went for the finish.
It was an easy day for the often under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎], who ended a 2 fight losing streak by beating Filipino Robin Langres (10-4, 4). Langres was coming off second best through the first 2 rounds before a left eye injury caused the doctor to pull him out at the start of round 3.
Former amateur standout Shigetoshi Kotari (1-0, 1) [神足 茂利] made a successful debut stopping Lasben Sinaba (3-3, 3) in round 2. The promising Kotari dropped his man with a right hand and looked really promising, but Sinaba really wasn't up to much and we wouldn't be surprised to see him getting his name added to the JBC's invitation prohibited boxer's list.
Akaho and Kwon make weight!
Tomorrow former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] will face off with Korean visitor Kyung Min Kwon (7-5, 3) [권경민], in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made fight at their first attempt.
The local hit the 55.5KG, around 122.35lbs, contracted weight dead on. He was apparently well under the weight yesterday and has obviously not had to drain down today to make weight.
Kwon, who looked to be the naturally bigger man, was actually the lighter fighter, coming in at 121.9lbs.
Akaho revealed that not only had he made weight easily, given he was almost 1lb under the agreed limit yesterday, but he also hadn't sparred much for the bout. He also stated that he has got recently engaged and plans to get married shortly after the fight.
Kwon stated that he has has trained hard and despite being the clear under-dog will certainly not be there to make up the numbers. He showed his toughness in a loss to Satoshi Shimizu up at Featherweight and we suspect he could be a tougher than expected test for Akaho.
For fans wanting to watch this it will, unfortunately, not be aired until G+ show it on delay on Tuesday evening local time.
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At the end of July Shigetoshi Kotari (0-0) [神足 茂利] took part in his pro-test bout, sparring with Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人]. Since then he has had his debut bout announced, and it's been added to a big card at Korakuen Hall.
The card in question is the October Dynamic Glove card, which will take place on October 5th and will be headlined by Nakatani, who takes on former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13) in a big step up.
At the moment Kotari's opponent hasn't been named, but the bout will be a 6 round bout at Featherweight, and is likely to come against an international opponent.
As an amateur Kotari went 50-23 and competed in the final stages of numerous national tournaments, though did tend to fall short in the later stages of major competitions.
The card will also feature a string of other noteworthy fighters. These include former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮], who faces off with Korean foe Kyung Min Kwon (7-5, 3), who returns to Japan for the first time since his 8th round TKO loss to Satoshi Shimizu, back in a 2018 OPBF title fight. This bout will be fought over 10 rounds and is the show's main support bout.
Another notable fighter on this card is the under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎], who looks to bounce back from a loss to former world title challenger Sho Ishida. Sadatsune will be up against Filipino Robin Langres (10-3, 4), in an a very good looking 8 round match up at Bantamweight.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] record his second defense of the OPBF Featherweight title, as he stopped tough Korean challenger Kyung Min Kwon (6-4, 3) in 8 rounds.
The Japanese fighter used a sharp southpaw jab early on and found a home for his left hand to the body. Kwon however showed his toughness and took the best of Shimizu's early attack, which included a some spiteful right uppercut's in round 4. The early success of Shimizu saw him leading 40-36 after 4 rounds, as the open scoring was announced. By that point it seemed like Shimizu was a level above Kwon, who showed the stereo typical heart and toughness of the great Korean fighters from the past, though lacked their skills and fire power.
Kwon battled hard in round 5 but the Japanese puncher dropped him hard in round 6, from a nasty left hand that second a 10-8 round in his favour. From then on it seemed less a case of whether Kwon would make it to the last round, and more a case of how long he would last.
Sadly for Kwon a Shimizu attack in round 8 would force the referee's hand and see the Korean being saved from further punishment.
After the bout Shimizu stated he was lookign to get a world title fight before the end of 2018.
Interestingly Kwon stated he would like to return to Japan for a fight in the future, and given his toughness, it's hard to see the Japanese fans not welcoming him back for another bout down the line.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired this coming weekend on Fuji TV on tape delay.
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Shimizu and Kwon make weight!
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5) [清水 聡] make his second defense of the title, as he battles Korean challenger Kyung Min Kwon (6-3, 3).
Today the two men took part on their weigh in for the bout and both fighters managed to make weight, no issues for either man.
Shimizu stated that making weight for this bout was easy, and it seems as if he is now fully adjusted to making weight as a professional. He looked good at the weigh in and began drinking soup afterwards to aid his recovery for the actual bout. He seemed some what dismissive of his challenger, though that would appear to be down to his own self belief and it's clear that he is confident of not ony winning but going on to bigger and better things.
Kwon on the other hand appeared calmy confident, but looked tiny compared to the champion. He will be fighting in his first bout at this level and is taking a massive step up in class, for what will be his first bout outside of Korea.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on delay on Fuji TV on April 1st as part of their Phoenix Battle telecast.
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