Earlier today it was announced, at a press conference in Osaka, that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] would be facing fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] on April 24th, with the bout being Kenshiro's 8th defense of the WBC title and Hisada's second world title shot.
The bout has a long history, that dates back around 4 years, though hasn't been delayed for the usual "marinating" reasons given by promoters in the west. Instead it's been on the docket twice and cancelled twice.
Originally the bout was supposed to take place in Spring 2017 when Kenshiro was the Japanese Light Flyweight champion and was supposed to defend the title against Hisada in a mandatory title fight, as part of the Champion Carnival. That bout was cancelled when Kenshiro was able to secure a WBC world title fight against Ganigan Lopez, and instead we saw Kenshiro claim the WBC title whilst Hisada went on to beat Kenichi Horikawa for the Japanese title.
The bout was then set to take place in late 2020, before the baby faced Kenshiro was suspended after issues outside of the ring, where he drunkenly damaged someone's vehicle. That suspension lasted 3 months, from the start of December, and saw him also being being made to pay a fine and do some 48 hours of social activities to try and make amends. That social activity saw Kenshiro spending time watching students at elementary school in Kyoto and then helping pick up trash in Tokyo, working at a nursing, helping with harvesting vegetables cleaning shrines and helping with boxing lessons.
At today's press conference Kenshiro apologised for the issues last year, apologising to Hisada and the gym, as well as the people affected by his suspension. He seemed hungry to make amends in the ring as well as his out of the ring activity.
As for Hisada, who famously fought WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi in 2019, he explained he was getting older due to waiting for this bout, but that he had a lot of time to prepare and that he's actually seen that as a positive, explaining his chances of winning have increased. It's worth noting this is a particularly important bout for him as it would see him becoming the first world champion from the Hisada gym, who's former chairman passed away last year.
Whilst no TV has been confirmed for the bout, the poster for the event does have the BOXING REAL logo on it, and it has been confirmed that the bout will be live streamed on YouTube by the BOXING REAL channel!
Other details that have been confirmed the event will take place at the EDION Osaka, fans will be in attendance, and the under-card will feature a number of interesting bouts. The best among those are an 8 round Super Flyweight bout between Japanese ranked Isao Aoyama (12-8-1, 3) [青山功] and the once touted Tetsuro Ohashi (7-2-1, 2) [大橋哲朗] and a mouth watering Flyweight bout between 18 year old Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 5)* [花田歩夢] and Mammoth Kazunori (6-3-1, 6) [中山和則], which should be incredibly explosive.
*Hanada has a bout not recognised by Boxrec or the JBC.
Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya fight fans had the latest show from Midori Promotions, and it was a pretty notable one, featuring several Japanese ranked fighters and the announcement of a highly anticipated debut.
The show began with the debut of Felipe Do Prado (0-1) [デビュー戦×ドプラド フェリペ], and sadly for the Japanese based Brazilian the bout didn't go his way. Do Prado showed balls and was brave, but was stopped in round 3 by Daichi Hirai (2-1, 1) [平井 乃智]. Prior to the stoppage the debutant had had a point taken for spitting out his gum shield and was then stopped standing with the referee saving him.
The second debutant on the show fared better, with Takuto Mino (1-0) [美濃 巧人] picking up a razor thin decision win over Yamato Watanabe (2-3) [渡辺 大和]. All 3 judges scored this 39-37, though one judge did favour Watanabe, whilst the other two went with Mino.
Fans were given a bit of a treat in an all debutant bout between Kenta Kamimura (1-0) [上村 健太] and Yuto Kagata (0-1) [加々田 優人]. The bout saw both men hitting the canvas, high intensity action and drama at every turn. This was a genuine treat for fans who really won't have been expecting two novices to put on a show like these two did. Whilst it was low level action, it was still thrilling stuff, with Kamimura taking the decision 37-36, on all 3 cards.
In a minor upset the hard hitting Mammoth Kazunori (6-3-1, 6) [マンモス和則] suffered a close decision loss to Keisuke Iwasaki (4-2-1, 1) [岩﨑 圭祐]. The fight started slowly, and took a while to get going, though it was always clear that Kazunori had the power to hurt Iwasaki, who was wobbled from a hand hand. Despite the power of Kazunori making the most impact the judges all went with Iwasaki, who took the decision 58-56 on all 3 cards. Notably some fans in the venue, who have posted on social media, felt this could, and perhaps should, have gone the other way.
The chief support bout saw Japanese ranked Flyweight Japanese ranked Katsuya Murakami (9-2-1, 2) [村上 勝也] pick up his latest win as he easily, confidently and calmly out boxed the more limited Kazunori Yorimasa (5-7-3, 2) [頼政 和法] over 8 rounds. Murakami was pretty much in control through out, using his jab, foot work, reach and speed to win a very comfortable decision. After 8 rounds two of the judges had this a shut out whilst the other found a pity round for Yorimasa.
In the main event Japanese ranked Lightweights faced off with #2 ranked contender Masanori Rikiishi (9-1, 5) [力石 政法] battling the #15 ranked Soreike Taichi (7-4, 5) [木村太一]. In the end this was one sided, with Rikiishi being far, far too good for his man and stopping him in round 3. Before the stoppage Taichi had been down twice, and he had very, very little to test Rikiishi with.
After the bout it was revealed that Rikiishi was planning to mount a challenge for the Japanese Super Featherweight title, dropping down in weight to chase a second bout with Kosuke Saka, the man who gave him his sole defeat.
As well as the fights there was also a cameo of sorts from Japanese-Brazilian Mitsuro Tajima [但馬ミツロ] , who was originally scheduled to make his professional debut this month. Instead of debuting Tajima took part in a public work out and announced some details of his now scheduled debut.
The 5-time Japanese amateur national champion will debut as a professional on March 7th 2021 in a bout at the Nagoya Congress Center. His opponent is set to be a Korean fighter, who is reportedly Jong Kook Kim (6-1, 3).
Tomorrow in Kariya City fight fans will get the chance to see Japanese ranked Lightweights clash as #2 ranked contender Masanori Rikiishi (8-1, 4) [力石 政法] takes on #15 ranked Soreike Taichi (7-3, 5) [木村太一].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the contracted weight for the bout, weighing in at 59.5KG's, or 131.2lbs.
Interestingly, given their rankings at Lightweight, this bout is being held closer to the Super Featherweight limit than the Lightweight limit. Despite that both men looked in great shape and it didn't seem like either man was particularly troubled by the weight. In fact Boxmob have reported that Rikiishi was able to eat with out problems on the day of the weigh in.
For those interested no one on the show had issues with the scales.
The chief support bout, a Super Flyweight contest between Kazunori Yorimasa (5-6-3, 2) [頼政 和法] and the Japanese ranked Katsuya Murakami (8-2-1, 2) [村上 勝也], saw Yorimasa hit the scales at 114.4lbs and Murakami come in slightly heavier, but still under the limit.
Another of the main support bouts, between the big punching Mammoth Kazunori (6-2-1, 6) [マンモス和則] and Keisuke Iwasaki (4-2-1, 1) [岩﨑 圭祐] will bee fought at 51.6KG's, which is around 113.75lbs. On the scales Iwasaki was the heavier man, at 113.3lbs whilst Kazunori was 112.6lbs.
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