At the start of the month the excellent @BarbosaBox revealed details of a Japanese super show set for November 1st, with 3 very notable bouts. Today that card was confirmed as Teiken held a press conference, not just confirming the details from Barbosa box, but also announcing there was a 4th notable bout for the card, as well as details regarding venue, tickets and the Japanese broadcaster for the show.
As originally reported the card is a super show for the lighter fighters, especially the Light Flyweight division with a mouth watering world title double header at 108lbs. The main bout will see WBA Light Flyweight "Super" Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (16-0, 11) [京口 紘人] take on WBC champion Kenshiro Teraji (19-1, 11) [寺地 拳四朗] in a much anticipated, and highly demanded all-Japanese unification bout, whilst the chief support bout will see unbeaten Japanese fighter Shokichi Iwata (9-0, 6) [岩田 翔吉] challenge WBO world champion Jonathan Gonzalez (26-3-1-1, 14). The two title bouts really are sensational match ups, and could well lead to a triple title unification bout in the new year.
The third bout that had been previous mentioned was a non-title bout between WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (22-0, 17) [中谷 潤人] and Francisco Rodriguez Jr (36-5-1, 25), with the two men clashing in a 10 rounder at Super Flyweight, giving Nakatani a chance to test the waters at a new weight.
The press conference to announce the show also saw Teiken announce that the unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino (14-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎] would be defending his WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title against Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14) [中谷正義], in a bout that will likely put the winner on the verge of a world title fight, whilst the loser will have a long, long way to climb back. Entering the bout both men are world ranked, and both will be sniffing around a shot at the unified Lightweight throne.
The show, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, will be broadcast in Japan by Amazon Prime, who continue to put on the most notable shows in Japan and have seemingly found working formula of putting on massive shows in the country, something they could replicate around the globe over the coming years.
It's also now been confirmed that the show will also be broadcast in the US on ESPN+, giving international fans a chance to watch the stacked event.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we got the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of events, and it was an interesting one showing some of the future, and present, of the Teiken Gym. The card wasn't one littered with huge names, but it had a very notable main event fighter along with a number of promising young hopefuls, who were all looking to make a mark and move towards bigger and better things.
The show began with an East Japan Rookie of the Year qualifying bout, that saw 20 year old Shuta Takahashi (2-1, 2) [高橋秀太] take a quick win over debuting 33 year old Fuma Uno (0-1) [宇野楓麻]. The explosive youngster, who hasn't seen the second round in any of his bouts so far, started fight in a bout that was a war from the off. Uno, to his credit, fought back hard and tried to get Takahashi's respect making for a thrilling opening minute. Sadly for Uno he was dropped by an uppercut and was instantly under pressure when the bout resumed. Despite being under a lot of pressure Uno managed to fight back and seemed to have Takahashi on the backfoot, however the aggression from Uno came at a cost and he would be dropped a second time, this time from a counter, with the referee waving off the bout immediately. For a bout that lasted just 84 seconds this was brilliant!
The second bout saw former Japanese amateur standout Kota Kaneko (1-0, 1) [金子 虎旦] score an impressive debut win, as he took out Thai visitor Pasith Visetso (6-3, 4) in 2 rounds. From the opening moments Kaneko looked like a star. He had the good looks that will draw attention of female fans, but also the calm, considered composure that great fighters have. He looked like he was barely trying whilst seeing what Visetso had to offer in the opening moments, before moving through the gears and dropping the Thai in round 2 with some wonderful punches. Although Visetso got up from the knockdown, which came from a body shot, he was drown again soon afterwards. Kaneko might have been making his professional debut here, but he did go 56-13 in the unpaid ranks and on the evidence of this performance, has the ability to go a very, very, very long way.
The third bout on the show saw Subaru Murata (2-0, 2) [村田 昴] make his Japanese debut, after making his professional debut last June in the US, and take a dominant win over Filipino visitor John Mark Tihuk (6-2-2, 2). From the off Murata looked aggressive, composed and razor sharp, again a solid opponent. Sadly for the visitor he seemed to come up short in every way as Murata showed the skills that had seen be one of the best Japanese amateurs of the last few years. Tihuk had moments, but they were few and far between as Murata looked too strong, too big, too fast, and in the end too powerful. Tihuk's team seemed to realise their man was coming off second best, especially after a very one sided 4th round, and he retired between rounds 4 and 5 saving their man from further punishment.
Someone who did get a good work out was the unbeaten Katsuya Fukui (4-0, 3) [福井 勝也], who returned to the ring for the first time in over a year. The talented Fukui took on Filipino Jason Buenaobra (8-7-3, 3) and it was clear Buenaobra wasn't there to just fold, but instead was in the ring looking to upset the talented Japanese novice. As a result the visitor gave a genuinely solid account of himself in the early rounds and had moments of success on the front foot whilst also showing some clever defensive movements. In round 3 Fukui dropped his man, but the visitor still had fight in him as he got back up and continued to test the youngster. As the rounds went on however the power and accuracy of Fukui took it's toll on the visitor and with Buenaobra taking punishment the referee came in and waved the bout off, saving the visitor. The stoppage seemed a poor one from the referee, but it did seem like a stoppage was coming and sooner or later.
Another unbeaten Japanese prospect on this card was the very, very, very highly touted Mikito Nakano (6-0, 5) [中野 幹士], who battled Juanito Paredes (9-8-1, 4). The talented Nakano looked great from the off and was too quick and too sharp for Paredes, who really struggled to land cleanly on Nakano. In round 3 Nakano went out looking to see off his man and succeeded with that midway through the round with a short left hand that looked relatively innocuous but dropped Paredes for the 10 count. The finish was an odd one, but Nakano's overall performance was good and it feels like it's now time he stepped up to fringe domestic title level.
The chief support bout saw the unheralded Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊] score the biggest win of his career, as he upset former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (19-4, 15) [永野祐樹], and claimed the interim title. Going in Kobata was the clear un der-dog, but amazingly he seemed like the boss through out the bout. He was out landing Nagano, countering well, and seemed to soak up the pressure of Nagano without issues at all, whilst also being able to back up Nagano when he wanted. Worryingly for Nagano was the fact Kobata rarely seemed to miss, and finding holes both up top and down low. Through the first 4 rounds it was incredibly hard to give Nagano anything and sadly for Nagano things didn't get better in round 5. Nagano started the round offensively, trying to turn things around, but as the round went on he slowed down whilst Kobata began to land clean left hands at will. Those left hands left Nagano stumbling and the referee stopped the bout, just moments before Nagano's team got into the ring.
Sadly the main event was little more than a mismatch as Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14) [中谷正義], fighting in Japan for the first in more than 3 years, blasted out Filipino visitor Harmonito Dela Torre (22-4, 14) inside 8- seconds. Nakatani looked sharp and busy from the off, and although Dela Torre tried to fight back he was down in the first minute. He got back to his feet but was down almost immediately, with referee giving the 10 count after the second knockdown, which came from a pair of heavy left hands from Nakatani
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of events. The show is a notable Japan Vs Philippines ones, with a number of notable Japanese fighters, including a host of prospects, taking on dangerous Filipino visitors, which also has an interim Japanese title fight on the show.
Today, ahead of the show, the fighters took part in their weigh in. We won't go through all the weights, but we will take a look at the two main bouts on the show.
The main event will see Japanese Lightweight contender Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13) [中谷正義] return to a Japanese ring for the first time in more than 3 years as he takes on Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (22-3, 14), in one of the aforementioned Japan Vs Philippines bouts. The two men, who will be fighting just above the Lightweight limit, at 137lbs, both made the contracts weight with no issues at all. On the scales Nakatani was 136.7lbs whilst Dela Torre was was 135.6lbs. Both men looked in good shape, though it was clear that Nakatani was the one better suited to the weight, as he looked genuinely great whilst Dela Torre looked like a Super Featherweight who didn't need to drain water weight to make the contracted limit and had a slightly fleshy look.
The other main bout will see Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] and Takeru Kobata (11-5-1, 4) [小畑 武尊] clash for the Interim Japanese Welterweight title. On the scales Nagano, the favourite, was 146.6lbs whilst Kobata was slightly heavier at 146.8lbs.
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Earlier today Teiken announced that Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13) [中谷正義] would be returning to the ring on June 13th, in what will be his first bout since losing to Vasyl Lomachenko last June. The tall and rangy Japanese Lightweight will be taking on Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (22-3, 14), in a 10 round bout at a contracted 137lbs at Korakuen Hall.
The bout isn't just Nakatani's return to the ring following the loss to Lomachenko, but also marks the first time he has fought in Japan since a 2018 win over Hurricane Futa, and his first bout at Korakuen Hall since his 2014 win against Yoshitaka Kato. In fact this is the first time he has fought in Japan since signing with Teiken in 2019.
Talking about the bout Nakatani has explained that he is happy to have a fight in Japan, he also seemed happy to be fighting someone dangerous, like Dela Torre.
As for the Filipino fighter, this will see him return to Japan for the first time since October 2019, when he was stopped inside a round by Yuichiro Yoshino. Despite that loss Nakatani isn't looking past the Filipino who is very much a dangerous fighter himself. Since the loss to Yoshino he has scored two wins, but this is a huge step up from those bouts.
The bout will serve as the main event of a Dynamic Glove card, with the card also featuring a Japanese Welterweight Interim title bout, between Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] and Takeru Kobata (11-5-1, 4) [小畑 武尊].
Late on Saturday night we had a Top Rank card, in Las Vegas, that had our attention with a trio of Asian fighters featuring on it.
The first of the Asian fighters on the show was former Japanese amateur standout Subaru Murata (1-0, 1) [村田昴] who faced off with American fighter Keven Monroy (1-2, 1) in a 4 rounder at 122lbs. From the opening moments it was clear that Murata was the quicker, sharper boxer and through out the first round Murata landed some sensational combinations on to Monroy, who showed plenty of fire as he tried to fight back through the round. It looked like the two men were fighting at totally different speeds, but Monroy refused to go away and it was clear he wasn't intimidated by Murata's reputation or speed.
Through the second round Murata continued to punish the gutsy and brave Monroy, who was dropped hard from a big left hand. Sadly referee Russell Mora stopped the bout before giving Monroy a fair chance to get his feet, a decision that clearly angered Monroy who was coherent moments later and disputing the stoppage with the referee. Sadly this was an horrific call ending, what had been a very impressive performance from Murata who looks every bit a star in the making.
In a career best win we saw unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (10-0, 6) [Жанибек Алимханулы] dominate former WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Rob Brant (26-3, 18), who barely turned up.
The first started with Alimkhanuly dictating the action from the center of the ring, finding his southpaw jab and solid straight left hands from very early. Brant, who has typically been a solid and capable fighter, looked shocked by the crisp punching of Alimkhanuly, and that worry never changed as the Kazakh broke him down round by round, and never seemed to get out of first gear whilst doing so.
In round 6 Brant, who was already 5-0 down and looking like a man who didn't want to be there, was hurt and took a knee early in the round. Despite taking a knee, and being hurt, Brant got back to his feet and the slow, gradual, beating of Brant continued, with Brant offering so little it was almost embarassing as Alimkhanuly patiently broke him down. Thankfully between rounds 9 and 10 Brant was stopped by his corner, ending what was a truly terrible night for him.
The win, for Alimkhanuly, almost certainly sets him up for a world title fight and in reality, he never really had to break a sweat. This was a controlled, comfortable, easy win for the Kazakh who is seems like he has a lot more to offer than he showed here.
Sadly it wasn't to be a third win on the show for an Asian fighter as the main event saw Japan's Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13) [中谷正義] suffer a 9th round TKO loss to Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (15-2, 11).
The open round was, almost certainly, the best for Nakatani as very little was landed by either man, and the one moment of drama was a headclash that left Lomachenko cut on the head, and saw blood trickle down his face. Sadly from there on the bout was one-sided as Nakatani struggled with the speed, timing, and footwork of Lomachenko, who landed clean with alarming regularity.
Lomachenko's left hand was the key, and he found the head of Nakatani pretty much at with, with both hard single shots and with combinations that took a toll on the Japan fighter both mentally and physically. Sadly or Nakatani the only thing he had any real success with was the occassional right hand to the body, and he had to take risks to land them, risks that he was punished for.
In round 3 the clean punches of Lomachenko clearly hurt Nakatani, who went to the canvas, though it did seem to be a push from Lomachenko that sent the Japanese fighter down. An opinion that seemed to be shared by the referee. Sadly for Nakatani however he was legitimately knocked down just 2 rounds later as Lomachenko began to go through the gears. Fortunately for Nakatani it was at the end of the round but he was given a real beating in round 6 as Lomachenko looked to close the show early.
Although he was getting beaten up and broken down Nakatani's toughness was keeping him in the fight. Some how. That was despite the knockdown, being hurt numerous times, and his right eye near enough swelling shut in round 7. Sadly though there was a limit to Nakatani's toughness and in round 9 he was dropped a second time as Celestino Ruiz finally waved off the bout. That round 9, prior to the stoppage, had however been an absolute beat down, and it was clear that Lomachenko was beginning to go through the gears and look to make a point.
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