Earlier today Hideyuki Ohashi promoted an event at Korakuen Hall, headlined by an OPBF title bout between OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara [栗原慶太] and Takuma Inoue [井上拓真].
One of the spectators at the event was Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥], the current WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight champion, who has had many fans asking when he'll be fighting again and who against.
Today those questions as to what is next for the "Monster" ended up being asked of Ohashi who explained, that the next bout would be a mandatory defense for Inoue against Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20), a bout the IBF have now ordered.
Although Ohashi only revealed who was likely for Inoue the details regarding "where" were released by Teiken head honcho Akihiko Honda, who revealed that it was likely to be held in Japan, with Sanspo.com reporting that the bout is now "expected to be after this spring", meaning a potential early Summer bout for Inoue.
Part of the reason for the delay is the on going global situation, and travel into Japan at the moment is difficult, which is why it's expected to be summer before the bout can actually be staged.
If this bout is indeed in Japan this will be Inoue's first bout at home since his November 2019 win over Nonito Donaire in the WBSS Bantamweight final.
Rather notably Dasmarinas was in the Ohashi gym himself in 2019, where he sparred with Takuma Inoue ahead of Takuma's bout with Nordine Oubaali, a bout that served as the chief support for Naoya's bout with Donaire. That would have given Naoya and his team a good chance to get a read on Dasmarinas ahead of a potential showdown with Naoya.
As for Dasmarinas he's been out of the ring since October 2019, though that was, in part, due to the on going pandemic.
On November 7th Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] will face off with WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12) at the Saitama Super Arena. To prepare for Oubaali the Japanese fighter has been sparring with a number of notable fighters and today he took part in spar for the media at the Ohashi gym.
Today's sparring saw him share the ring with IBF #1 ranked Bantamweight Michael Dasmarinas (29-2-1, 19), who is a talented skilled southpaw, like Oubaali, and will be helping Inoue prepare for the French-Moroccan champion.
Dasmarinas, who has previously been a sparring partner for Shinsuke Yamanaka, forced Inoue to work, but looked much slower than Inoue who got in and out well, countered well and looked sharp with both offense and defense. Despite this only being a 2 round spar for the press it did seem like Inoue quickly settled to Dasmarinas's southpaw stance and looked on point with his movement.
The plan is for the two men to spar frequently through the coming weeks as Inoue continues to work on measures to counter the southpaw stance of Oubaali. Inoue himself described Dasmarinas as being aggressive and seemed to suggest that he was similar in terms of style to Oubaali.
Interestingly Dasmarinas is the #1 contender to the IBF title held by Takuma's older brother Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥], who is himself preparing to take on Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26) on November 7th in the WBSS Bantamweight final.
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Earlier today in the Philippines there was two world title eliminators, both of which were all Filipino fights, and both of which were IBF eliminators streamed live on the GAB facebook page.
The first of those bouts was an IBF Minimumweight title bout, which saw the unbeaten Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) put on a career best performance to out point Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2-1, 9) over 12 rounds. Salva, who hadn't really looked that rounded before today, showed good technical ability and out boxed Cuarto through much of the bout. The longer the bout the more ragged Cuarto became as exhaustion became an issue, and although he put up a good effort, he was clearly the loser.
The official cards were 116-112, twice, and 117-111, all in favour of Salva who is now inline for about with Deejay Kriel.
The second was at Bantamweight, where Michael Dasmarinas (29-2-1, 19) out pointed Kenny Demecillo (14-5-2, 8) to become the new mandatory challenger, though will be expected to wait to the end of the WBSS before getting a shot at the belt. The bout saw Damarinas starting well, and he did look quite clearly the better fighter early on, landing particularly solid body body shots. As he slowed however Demecillo came back into the bout and ran him close in the final few rounds, with a particularly exciting final round.
After 12 rounds Dasmarinas got the decision with scores of 115-1113, 116-112 and 117-111. Despite the win, he did fail to really impress, and none of the top Bantamweights will be too worried by his performance here.
Earlier today we were sent the full bout card for the MP Promotions show on March 23rd.
The card will be headlined by an IBF Bantamweight world title eliminator, as Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) battle to become the mandatory for the IBF title. This bout had previously been announced for a different show, in Singapore, that appears to have fallen through.
A second world title eliminator will be at Minimumweight, and will see Samuel Salva (16-0, 10) taking on Rene Mark Cuarto (16-1-1, 9).
Other bouts of note on this show will see Ronnie Baldonado (13-1-1, 9) battle Elias Joaquino (12-3-2, 6), in a mouth watering domestic battle and another great domestic clash between Orlie Silvestre (12-5-1, 8) and Joel Taduran (8-10-2, 2).
On the international stage we'll see Singaporean fighter Muhamad Ridhwan (11-1, 8) and Landy Cris Leon (11-18-5, 5) battle in a supposed showcase for Ridhwan and a great match up touted Chinese prospect Lei Wang (2-0, 1) taking on the under-rated Adam Diu Abdulhamid (13-7, 5) in a really tough looking bout.
(A huge thanks to Ian Melodillar @iaknows for the image)
Back in December we reported that Muhamad "The Chosen Wan" Ridhwan (11-1, 8) would be facing off with former WBO Bantamweight world champion Paulus "The Rock" Ambunda (27-2, 11) on March 29th, in a rematch. The rematch will see Ridhwan look to avenge his sole defeat, which he suffered last year, and will allow Ambunda to take another step towards another potential world title bout.
Today we saw Ringstar boxing announce, through their twitter account the under-card for that show.
The bouts that were announced today will see New Zealand's Chase Hale (6-3-1, 2) taking on unbeaten Indian Pawan Goyat (2-0), up at Super Middleweight, a Welterweight bout between hard hitting Malaysian Keng Fai Hui (5-0-1, 5) an unbeaten Indian fighter Sagar Narwar (6-0-1, 2), a Light Welterweight bout between Australian fighter Russel Harrison (2-0, 1) and American Jonathon Clemons (1-0) and Filipino Light Flyweight Rey Caitom Jr (7-0-1, 2) taking on Indian Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1), who was stopped on New Year's Eve.
These bouts have been added to a card that already had and IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) and an interesting regional title fight between Nort Beauchamp (17-2, 3) and Indonesian Defry Palulu (20-2-1, 13).
Interestingly Ringstar had previously announced a potentially match up between Yuya Nakamura (9-2-1, 7) and Lorenz Romarate (11-1-1, 8), in what could be the bout of the night given the styles of the two men involved.
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