Earlier today news broke that former amateur stand out, and very promising professional prospect, Masahiro Suzuki (4-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] has transferred from the World Sport Boxing Gym and signed with the Kadoebi Gym.
Suzuki, who impressed massively on debut when he stopped Antonio Siesmundo, is tipped for major success and we expect this move to be a good one.
Interestingly this sees Suzuki joins the gym that also manages his brother, Toshihiro Suzuki [鈴木 稔弘]. Toshihiro is a Youth Olympic Silver Medal winner and as we often see when fighters fight in the same gym it can help both improve their performances and moral, with a bit of friendly competition.
Of course with the Japanese boxing scene currently on hiatus it's unclear when either of the Suzuki brothers will be in action, though we're looking forward to seeing both, when we finally see the suspension of boxing lifted in the country.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans were given not only the 3 Hajime No Ippo Tournament quarter final bouts but also an interesting match up between the talented Masahiro Suzuki (4-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] and the under-rated Hokuto Matsumoto (5-3, 1) [松本北斗].
This bout didn't get much attention, at least not compared to the 3 tournament bouts, but this was another bout worthy of attention, with Suzuki being a genuine prospect, with a lot of potential and a very good amateur pedigree.
Although the bout didn't get much attention it was an entertaining one, with both men really going for it. Matsumoto got off to a great start but it wasn't long until Suzuki managed to work his way back into the contest, and left Matsumoto cut and swollen. Matsumoto tried battling through the damage, and had moments, but was stopped in round 5 after the doctor took a second look at him.
The bout went to the scorecards, with the injuries being ruled as having come from a head clash. With less than a minute of round 5 remaining the scores were tallied, 48-47, 48-47 and 47-48, giving Suzuki a razor thin split decision.
Despite being very impressed by Suzuki on his debut he hasn't yet built on that debut as we'd hoped, however a tough bout today certainly won't have done his career any harm, and may well serve him better than an easy win. He's talented and getting tough bouts under his belt will certainly not be a bad thing for him and his development. As for Matsumoto he put his name in the mix for good domestic bouts and we look forward to seeing where he goes from here.
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The Boxing Raise service, which we love despite it's sometimes awkward scheduling, have announced that in November they will be picking up 4 cards, including 2 very exciting live tournament shows and 2 tape delay recorded shows.
The first of the shows will be this Saturday's God's Left Bantamweight tournament show, featuring the God's Left semi final bouts between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉], and Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] against Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁]. The card also includes a Japanese title eliminator between Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] and Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也], and the ring return of former OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (14-1, 9) [小浦 翼].
The service will also live stream November 19th Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament on November 19th. This show will feature quarter final bouts for a Featherweight tournament as Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] takes on Japan's Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士], Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) [草野慎悟] meets Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3) [马强] and we get an excellent all Japanese bout between Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-1, 6) [渡部大介]. This card will also feature Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] against Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
As for the delay cards, Boxing Raise will be showing the November 17th and November 22nd cards.
The first of those two cards will see Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香], defending her OPBF female Minimumweight title against Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな], whilst the second will feature former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battling against Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔]
We've known for a while that on November 19th we'll see the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament kick off, but the reality is that the under-card wasn't too well known.
We known about the 3 tournament semi-final bouts, but nothing about the supporting bout.
Today we were informed that the main supporting bout will feature one of the best young fighters in Japan, taking on his next notable test, as he continues to climb towards his first title bout,
The man we're talking about is World Sport Boxing's very talented Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘], who will be up against fellow Japanese fighter Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
Suzuki has impressed since his debut, just a year ago, with a 6th round TKO win against Antonio Siesmundo, and this will be his third bout this year. the 24 year old is expected to be raced towards titles in the near future, and coming into this he is already ranked #8 by the JBC.
Aged 23 Matsumoto is less well known than Suzuki but his only losses have come via close decision to Shogo Yamamoto, in June 2018, and a 5th round KO loss to the big punching Kenta Endo, this past June. He's no world beater but has the skills to test Suzuki in what should be a great warm up for the fans ahead of the Featherweight tournament bouts
On Saturday at Korakuen Hall fans were given a rare double award ceremony with the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for August and September both being recognised for their achievements in recent months.
The 6 award winners were all honoured and given chance to talk.
The MVP for August was Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] who confirmed that his next bout would be the previous reported January clash with OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍].
The August Fighting Spirit award winner, Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13) [勅使河原 弘晶], revealed that he would be defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title on December 12th, though his opponent was yet to be confirmed. This means the December 12th Diamond Glove show will a double header with Teshigawara defending his belt on a card that will also feature Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (8-1, 4) [佐川遼] defending his title against Ryo Hino (13-1-2, 8) [日野僚].
The third of August's winners was Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘], who didn't have much to say about the future directly, essentially saying he was happy to win the award. It seems likely, though is yet to be confirmed, that he will be back in action in January.
September's MVP was the aforementioned Ryo Sagawa (8-1, 4) [佐川遼], who seemed to suggest that he didn't deserve the MVP award, but was happy to receive it. As mentioned earlier he'll be back in the ring in December to defend the Japanese Featherweight title.
The September Fighting Spirit award winner was Yusaku Kuga (19-3-1, 12) [久我勇作], who, seemed surprised that he wasn't the MVP for the month, echoing the comment from Sagawa. Though he did seem to suggest that he was aiming to claim the MVP award next time he fought, though he didn't reveal the scheduling or his next bout.
The Newcomer award for September was Rikito Shiba (4-0, 2) [芝力人] who seemed to suggest he was unhappy with his September performance, despite winning the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title, and was expecting a better performance when he fights again, on December 15th against Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道] in a Japanese title eliminator.
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