Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see unbeaten Japanese Youth Flyweight champion Joe Shiraishi (10-0-1, 5) [白石聖] record his first defense, blasting out challenger Jukiya Washio (7-5-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也] inside a round.
The 23 year old Shiraishi, who won the title in September when he took a decision over Yoshiki Minato, landed a peach of a counter left hook on to Washio who dropped to the canvas. Washio tried to beat the count but was unable to steady himself in time, giving the referee no option but to stop him, at an official time of 2:09 of round 1.
With this win Shiraishi will continue to move towards a shot for the main Japanese Flyweight title, and although it's unlikely he'll get that shot in 2020, we wouldn't be surprised to see him well and truly in the mix for a title shot the following year.
As for Washio, it's hard to know where his career really goes from here. This was his first stoppage loss, but he's now 3-5 in his last 8 and the 22 year old clearly needs to drop down a level and be given a chance to regroup before stepping back up to this type of bout.
Another notable youngster picking up a win on this card was 21 year old Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁], who beat Masafumi Ando (6-10-2, 3) [安藤暢文]. Ando had moments but was clearly looking the lesser man, with a lot of holding coming in round 6, enough for him to be deducted a point. The bout was then called off, with Ando citing a shoulder injury at the end of the round.
We've known for a while that on December 28th we'd be getting an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator in Osaka between Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] and Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11). Until today there was no real details about the supporting bouts on that card, though today we were informed of two notable bouts taking place on the show.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round Welterweight bout, between 21 year old hopeful Rikuto Adachi (13-2, 10) [安達陸仁] and the under-rated Masafumi Ando (6-9-2, 3) [安藤暢文], who comes into this bout just 7 months removed from a KO win over former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa. This isn't a massive bout, but is an interesting one, much more interesting than it looks on paper.
The other bout that caught our eye is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and under-rated challenger Jukiya Washio (7-4-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也]. For Shiraishi this will be his first defense, following his title win in September, and he looks to keep his momentum going after also winning the Rookie of the Year in 2017. Washio has lost his last 2, and 4 of his last 7, but he's a capable fighter and should prove a decent test for Shiraishi, who will be looking for bigger fights next year.
After months of having Dynamic Glove shows on tape delay today we got a live one and it was packed with hopefuls looking to make the most of being on a card featuring Jorge Linares' Japanese return.
The show began with the debuting Katsuya Fukui (1-, 1) [福井勝也] shining as he dismantled Korean visitor Sang Hoon Kim (4-2-2, 3) in 2 rounds. Fukui looked genuinely class against his Korean foe, and his amateur background was on show through out as he applied smart pressure, landed accurate clean shots with both hands and eventually wore down Kim. Kim was dropped from a body shot and was counted out whilst rising to his feet, with no complaints at all.
We've question Teiken and their lack of prospects in the past, but over the last 12 months or so they have snapped up bright hopefuls and Fukui should be regarded up there with Mikito Nakano, Lee Kuntae and Shokichi Iwata as a vert special young hopeful.
The second bout again saw Japan get a win over Korea as the hard hitting Kenta Endo (5-0-1, 4) [遠藤健太] showed off his destructive power with an opening round KO win over Gi Won Shin (3-3-3). Shin was in trouble from a combination and Endo kept the pressure on before closing the show with a brutal 1-2 that left Shin on his back and his team rushing around him. At 35 years old Endo's potential is limited by time, but he is certainly someone worth watching and could us give some very exciting fight in the future.
The third bout on the card as another early finish as 2018 Rookie of the Year runner up Hikari Mineta (7-1, 4) [峯田光] made light work of the hard hitting but chinny Yuji Oba (6-5, 4) [大場 雄二]. The fight had been relatively competitive through the first round, until Mineta landed a dynamite right hand that sent Oba down, flat on his back, for the 10 count.
A second all Japanese bout saw Ryota Toyoshima (12-2-1, 8) [豊嶋亮太] take on Masafumi Ando (6-9-2, 3) [安藤暢文]. On paper this had the markings of a mismatch though in reality it was always going to be much more competitive than it looked. The 23 year old Toyoshima was the clear favourite but Ando was coming in to this on the back of a huge win in May against former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa and his confidence showed as tried to lure Toyoshima in to traps.
Toyoshima was the aggressor but Ando often responded, looking to land big single counters. Towards the end of round 4 however Toyoshima had began to figure out Ando and in round 5 he came close to stopping Ando, who's face had began to mark up.
Although Ando got through round 6 with no issues Toyoshima turned it on again in round 7. This time the aggression of Toyoshima had success and dropped Ando, twice, who fought much of the round in survival mode. Toyoshima had really tuned in his body attack in the round, switching from the headwork earlier on, and it paid off big time. Surprisingly however Ando's toughness kept him fighting on and how some how made it through a torrid 8th round as he lost a wide decision. The all favoured Toyoshima, with scores of 80-70, twice, and 80-69. Ando's toughness proved to be a test but a test that Toyoshima passed in style.
Earlier today we saw the names of the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for May being announced, with 3 winners being announced.
The MVP of the month is OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (14-5, 12) [栗原 慶太], who needed just 35 seconds to blow away Warlito Parrenas (26-10-1, 23) and retain his regional title. This was an incredible performance from Kurihara and really did create a lot of buzz about the young puncher.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the newly crowned Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (15-1, 9) [松永 宏信], who shocked Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] to claim the belt. This was a huge win for Matsunaga who has now won 9 in a row and really bounced back excellently from his Rookie of the Year loss to Yuki Beppu back in 2014.
The Newcomer Award was won by Masafumi Ando (6-8-2, 3) [安藤暢文], who shocked the Japanese boxing scene when he stopped former Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (15-7, 13) [有川 稔男], in what was a massive upset on the domestic scene.
The fighters will be able to attend a special ceremony on July 12th at the Korakuen Hall to receive their awards.
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Just over a year ago Toshio Arikawa (15-7, 13) [有川 稔男] was the Japanese Welterweight champion. He had run up 2 defenses and run off a 7 fight winning run, including big wins over Akinori Watanabe and Nobuyuki Shindo, avenged 2 of his losses and was looking like a real force on the domestic scene.
Today his career is in tatters, potentially over, following a third straight stoppage loss. Not only was this a third success loss inside the distance, but this was a massive upset.
The first of the 3 losses was an understandable one, losing the Japanese title to the hard hitting and talented Ryota Yada [矢田良太] and the second came against the highly regarded Kudura Kaneko [クドゥラ金子]. Today's however came against the very unfancied Masafumi Ando (6-8-2, 3) [安藤暢文]. Ando, with a sub .500 record hadn't scored a stoppage in well over 5 years, with his last one coming against Daiki Mori back in 2013 and was 2-3-2 in his last 7.
Despite being a major under-dog Arikawa had started well enough and took the initiative early on, but was caught by Ando's right hook in round 2 and it was clear that Ando could get through with his shots from the southpaw stance. Arikawa managed to get success in round 3, dropping Ando, but that success was very shorted lived and within a minute he was himself dropped, from a hard counter right. He wouldn't recover, and was stopped as he rose to his feet.
Whilst losses to Yada and Kaneko were set backs this was so much worse, and Arikawa himself seemed to suggest that this was going to be the end, saying he didn't think he was going to continue.
For Ando this is a career defining win, the biggest of his career, by a mile. For Arikawa it's a sad way to go out of the sport.
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