Earlier today Boxing Raise announced their schedule for the month of November. Unlike October there is set to be one live show, along with 6 tape-delay shows, including two of which took place on November 1st.
One of the two shows from November 1st being put on to the service was the Midori promoted card headlined by Masanori Rikiishi [力石 政法] taking on Soreike Taichi [木村太一] in a bout between Japanese ranked fighters. At the time of writing this main event is available on the service but the rest of the card isn't.
The other show from November 1st is the West Japan Rookie of the Year final, which will likely go up in the next few days. There is currently no bouts from this show uploaded, but they will be up shortly.
The next show to be added will be the November 3rd East Japan Rookie of the Year show. This is likely to be added either same day, or the day after the event, and will decide a number of the fighters involved in the East Japan final in December.
After 3 shows in 3 days it's then a lengthy wait until November 21st for the next show, but this is well worth the wait. This event will be the next DANGAN card and will be headlined by OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (24-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] battling Yusuke Konno (16-4, 9) [今野裕介] in a bout for the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles.
This is a really good card, and also features a solid match up between Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-2, 7) [木村吉光] and Shuma Naklazato (10-1-2, 7) [仲里周磨] and a mouth watering clash between Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Suzumi Takayama (3-0, 3) [高山涼深] and Hiroto Yashiro (2-0, 2) [矢代博斗]
Notably this November 21st card will be shown live.
We then don't have much of a wait, with the Morioka promoted card on November 22nd being made available on delay. This is a low level card, but it is headlined by an interesting match up between Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] and former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平].
The service will then add the November 25th card headlined by former world title challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-8, 10) [田中教仁] taking on Yuni Takada (8-5-2, 3) [高田勇仁].
The month will then end with a tape delay Dangan card consisting of all 4 round bouts, which tend to be low level action, but fun action, with novice giving us fun, intense, action.
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.
Former 5-time Japanese Amateur Light Heavyweight champion Mitsuro Tajima [但馬ミツロ] was one of a number of top Japanese amateur fighters to turn professional this year. He showed what he could do back in the Spring, when he passed his B-Class test bout at the Kaneko Gym.
Yesterday Makoto Okaniwa, the matchmaker for Midori Promotions, announced that Tajima will be participating in a public work out on November 1st in Aichi, giving the press and fans, a chance to see what he'll be bringing to to the ring in his long awaited professional debut.
Tajima himself, a Japanese Brazilian, is a big fighter for the Japanese scene, standing at around 6" tall and will be expecting to fight as a Heavyweight in the professional ranks. Given that the Japanese Heavyweight ranks are relatively weak the expectation is that he will be moved quickly, and could end up fighting for a Japanese title sooner, rather than later. He had previously stated, in an interview with Boxmob, that he wished to fight for the Japanese title on debut, though seems to willing to wait until his second bout for such a fight.
Of course given his wish to move quickly it should be no surprise that Tajima has got lofty aspirations in the sport, and has recently told the Japanese press that he "wants to be a living legend".
On November 1st we expect to not only see how Tajima's transition to the professional scene looks, and how his training is going but also hear plans about his future in the professional ranks.
At the moment the Midori Gym is going through a really exciting time, thanks to the rise of fighters like Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (11-3, 11) [佐藤政道] and Masanori Rikiishi (8-1, 4) [力石 政法]. With Tajima also in their ranks, it seems like the gym is set for real success in the near future.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Kadoebi put on their latest show in their "Slugfest" series. Although not a massive card it was certainly a notable one with a regional title fight and several good looking domestic bouts all on the event.
The opening bout on the show saw 23 year old Tomoya Yamamoto (5-2, 1) [山本 智哉] take a majority decision win over Shunsuke Isa (8-3-1, 1) [伊佐 春輔]. The bout started started at a great pace, but as it went on Yamamoto slowed his output on got on his bike, boxing well at range against an exhausted Isa, who gave everything in round 5. Knowing his man was tired Yamamoto put his foot back on the gas in round 6 to squeak the win the cards. This one was scored 58-56, 58-57 and 57-57 to give Yamamoto the win.
In the second bout we saw another youngster pick up a win as the 22 year old Kaito Okubo (5-1, 2) [大久保 海都] scored a stoppage win over Ryo Tanimoto (5-4, 3) [谷本 涼]. Okubo pressed the action early on, and made the taller Tanimoto uncomfortable, despite some nice shots coming from the rangy southpaw. From round 3 Okubo's pressure began to tell and he started to grind down Tanimoto, who was forced to hold his feet. Up close Okubo won the back and forth exchanges before dropping Tanimoto and forcing the referee to stop the bout. Not a bad performance at all by Okubo on his Korakuen Hall debut.
In one of the main supporting bouts Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (15-8-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] scored a stoppage win against Fumisuke Kimura (9-6-1, 6) [木村 文祐], in a bout between two JBC rankled Light Welterweights. The typically fun to watch Aoqui pressed forward early on and was getting inside with ease in round 2, something that didn't bode well for Kimura. As the bout went on Aoqui continued to increase the pressure and backed Kimura on to the ropes, with Kimura having no real answer. A clash of heads gave Kimura something of a respite, with Aoqui being cut around the eye, but it wasn't enough to stave him off. In round 5 a spiteful body shot took the legs away from Kimura and a follow right forced the stoppage.
The second of the major bouts was a Lightweight affair as Masanori Rikiishi (8-1, 4) [力石 政法] took a clear, and surprisingly comfortable, decision over Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎]. Coming in here both fighters were JBC and OPBF ranked, giving a sense that this was a really meaningful bout, with the winner taking a huge step towards a title fight. The first round was tense, with neither man landing much of note, instead they were seeing what the other could offer, jockeying for ring position. That quiet opening round seemed to instill some confident in Kasuya, who pressed forward in round 3 and made the most of his jab. Sadly for Kasuya that was about as good as it got for him as Rikiishi woke up in round 4 and started to land his straight left hand, and footwork to land clean shots. Kasuya was cut in round 5 and had his pressure used against him in round 6 as Rikiishi started to run away with the contest. After 8 rounds we went to the score cards with scores of 70-74 and 78-74, twice, all in favour of Rikiishi.
In the main event of the show world ranked Flyweight Ryota Yamauchi (7-1, 6) [山内涼太] claimed his first professional title, as he defeated Satoru Todaka (10-4-4, 3) [戸髙達]. The bout was expected to be a bit of a mismatch and it turned out that way, with Yamauchi picking apart Todaka from fairly early on. Todaka tried to fight back but had no answered for Yamauchi who showed patience, skill, power and great shot selection. Todaka quickly had the fight beaten out of him and he seemed to be the verge of being stopped when the bell rang to end round 3. Well down, with his left eye damaged and looking like he had no chance Todaka's team took the decision to stop the bout between rounds 3 and 4. With the win Yamauchi takes a huge step forward with his career and opens up the possibility of a WBO world title fight. As for Todaka, this is almost certainly the end for him, with the fighter himself suggesting yesterday that this would be his last bout win or lose.
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