Last week All Star Boxing announced that they had signed a co-promotional deal with Teiken to promote Mikito Nakano (5-0, 4) [中野幹士], Kenji Fujita (1-0, 1) [藤田健児] and Subaru Murata (0-0) [村田昴], with the hope being for the trio to be in action in the near fuutre.
Now it's been reported that the trio will be fighting on May 21st on an All Star Boxing show set to take place on May 21st, as part of the "Boxeo Telemundo" series.
At the moment none of the trio have got opponents confirmed for the show, though the event it set to be staged at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, in Tampa, Florida.
For Murata this will be his professional debut, following a long and successful amateur career, whilst Fujita will be looking to build on an impressive performance back in his debut, which took place in March, whilst Fujita will be looking to move his career forward with his 6th professional bout.
Whilst none of the Japanese trio have had their opponents announced the main event of the card is known, and that will see former world title challenger Jonathan Gonzalez takes on Mexican veteran Armando Torres. Incidentally both of these man are known in Japan. Gonzalez famously challenged Kosei Tanaka, who was the WBO Flyweight champion at the time, whilst Torres fought his first 13 bouts in Japan, and later returned to the country for a one off bout in 2009.
Miami, FL; On early Thursday morning President of All Star Boxing, Inc Felix "Tuto" Zabala Jr has announced he has signed a trio of Japanese prospects to an exclusive multi-year promotional agreement. Mikito Nakano (5-0 4 KO's), Kenji Fugita (1-0 1 KO) & Subaru Murata (Pro Debut) will look to invade the U.S this coming spring where they will make regular appearances on Zabala's long running hispanic boxing series " Boxeo Telemundo" which is slated to commence May 7th in Kissimmee, FL.
Mikito Nakano, 25, of Hiroshima, Japan but now residing in Tokyo were he represented Tokyo University of Agriculture during his amateur career, compiling a record of 68 wins with only 8 loses and multiple amateur crowns. Nakano has jumpstarted his career displaying great power with 4 knockouts in 5 fights, his trainer Carlos Linares of Venezuela has nicknamed the young phenom "Manos De Acero" meaning "Iron Fist".
"I am ready to invade the U.S and be Japans biggest boxing star" stated a Jubilant Mikito Nakano "Soon the World will see my Iron Fist"
Kenji Fujita, 27, of Kurashiki, Okoyama, Japan but also residing in Tokyo were he trains under the Teiken Boxing Gym. Fujita, is one of Japans best amateurs out of the bantamweight division were he had accomplished over 150 wins and traveled to multiple boxing tournaments including countries like Kazakhstan, Philippines and Aremnia amongst others. Fujita made his much anticipated pro debut at the famed Korakuen Hall this past March, stopping Motosuke Kimura in the 6th round.
"We are happy with our pro debut win this past march under Teiken promotions" noted Kenji Fujita " I am excited to soon be able to fight and train in the United States were I can acquire great experience for my professional career.
Subaru Murata, 23, from Iwade City, Japan represented Nihon University as a boxer were he has much success as an amatuer, in 2018 he won the All Japan Championship and the following year he took the "Excellent Fighter" award in Japans annual boxing award ceremony. Murata also fought in AIBA Youth Championships amongst other competitions where he finished 68-12 as an amateur and will now make the leap into the pro ranks.
"It is truly an honor for me to continue my career as a professional with such a legendary promotional company in Teiken" stated Murata " I can't wait to fight in the United States and show my skills at the International level"
We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Mr. Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions as we welcome this new generation of Teiken fighters" stated Felix Zabala " We look to showcase these prospects on our Boxeo Telemundo series which will help them grow a fanbase in the United States" Zabala added " The goal is for them to become International stars"
Teiken is the oldest Boxing club in Japan dating back to 1926, some of its world champions are Ryota Murata, Shisuke Yamanaka, Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, Toshiyuki Igarashi, Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez RIP, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Takahiro Ao, Jose Luis Bueno, Takashi Miura, amongst others.
Yesterday we, finally, saw the official announcement that unified Super Bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6) [Муроджон Ахмадалиев] would be facing off with mandatory challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑] on April 3rd at the Humo Arena in Tashkent.
Today, following that announcement, Iwasa and promoter Celes Kobayashi held an online press conference to talk about the contest and their plans.
Iwasa explained that he managed to endure the wait, and made it clear that waiting well over a year to fight was frustrating and that he had lost motivation during some of the wait. That was notable when a scheduled date in November vanished. Since February however he has found his hunger and been sparring at the Teiken Gym against the likes of Yamato Hata (11-1, 10) [波田 大和], Mikito Nakano (5-0, 4) [中野幹士], Kenji Fujita [藤田健児] and Subaru Murata [村田昴]. He explained the reason for sparring those 3 in particular was their speed and their styles. When sparring stops he will be training alongside Celes gym stablemate Jin Minamide (4-1, 3) [南出仁], with the two focusing on weight loss and staying sharp.
Talking about the contest Iwasa openly stated "I have a special feeling. It will be the biggest match in my boxing life so far." He also explained that he has no anxiety about fighting away from home, something he's done several times now, with bouts in the UK and the US.
In regards to his approach to the bout, Iwasa stated "I won't let my opponent get into the rhythm." Kobayashi added that the key was to start fast and not lose the early rounds against Akhmadaliev, who they seem to see as a momentum fighter, and they need to stop the momentum from forming early on in the bout.
If he wins Iwasa has his "Eagle Eye" on one man, and that's a bout with WBC Super Bantamweight champion Luis Nery, who he wants to face due to Nery's two wins over Shinsuke Yamanaka. He added that Nery had to be "blown away".
Interesting more TV details regarding the fight became available. It was known that DAZN would be airing the bout, and will be in Japan as well, but for those in Japan without DAZN the bout will be shown on Tape Delay on BS NTV, though the date of that replaying airing wasn't announced.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we got the latest in the Dynamic Glove series, televised live on G+. It was, if we're being totally honest, not a show we had high expectations of and didn't really seem like a strong one on paper with most novices in action. Despite the low expectations the show genuinely managed to deliver, and really exceeded expectations.
The show began with the first of 3 all debutant bouts as Kanta Kawamura (1-0, 1) [川村 栞汰] clashed with Koyo Nakayama (0-1) [中山 弘陽]. This was a real fun but short one with Kawamura taking out Nakayama in the first round. Nakayama was dropped very early on and then stopped standing when the referee stepped in following a big uppercut. Despite being a debutant Kawamura looked very good here.
Although the first bout was great it was out done by the second bout on the show as Kenshiro Ishimori (2-0, 1) [石森 憲士朗] and Tomoya Tanaka (0-3) [田中 智也] put on a surprise thriller. The opening round saw Tanaka drop Ishimori with a fantastic counter right hand. Sadly for Tanaka that wasn't the end and Ishimori wasn't done and in the following round Ishimori dropped Tanaka for the 10 count.
The third bout was another surprisingly great novice bout between the debuting pair of Takumi Hashimoto (1-0) [橋本 拓海] and Soshi Goto (0-1) [後藤 宗士]. Through out the bout Hashimoto pressed forward, set a high tempo, forced a fun action pace on to the bout and gave us something exhilarating through out. Goto played his part with some solid counters, and a lot of heart, but it was a clear win for Hashimoto, who really did impress us with a fantastic performance, and he was a worthy decision winner.
In another surprisingly competitive and compelling bout Yuta Dynamite Takahashi (1-2) [ダイナマイト高橋佑太] took a razor thin decision win over Shoya Hiratoko (0-1) [平床 聖也]. This was an action packed bout, with the result decided by a knockdown scored by Takahashi. A real decent lower level bout.
The final of the all debutant bouts saw Hiroshi Sakashita (1-0) [坂下 広併] take a clear decision win over Anju Chioa (0-1) [千田 安殊]. Sakashita set the tempo early with his jab and then increased his output during the bout, but Chioa fought back bravely and saw out the 4 round bout. After 4 rounds Sakashita took the unanimous decision.
The first of the two main bouts saw former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (18-3, 14) [永野祐樹] in bounce back from February's loss to Keita Obara. The heavy handed Nagano took on Masafumi Ando (6-11-2, 3) [安藤暢文] and took him out within a round. Ando used a busy jab early on, but towards the end of the opening round several right hooks from Nagano landed, wobbling and hen dropping Ando. Ando got to his feet but was all over the place, forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
In the main event unbeaten Featherweight prospect Mikito Nakano (5-0, 4) [中野幹士] was given a bit of a test by Ruito Saeki (7-4-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗], in what was easily Nakano's toughest bout so far.
From the off Nakano took control of center ring whilst Saeki used the ropes. On paper this looked idea for the faster, smart, more powerful Nakano, but it turned to be a real game of cat and mouse, and Saeki's toughness saw him able to take the shots of Nakano, often riding them, whilst looking to land counters.
Saeki's tactic wasn't the most fan friendly but did get him success, particularly in round 3, where he dropped Nakano with seconds of the round left. It was a flash knockdown but still notable success and the first time Nakano had been down during his professional career.
Despite the knockdown Saeki never managed to build, with Nakano becoming more wary of the counters, giving Saeki few chances and landing solid single shots without taking much in return. The straight left of Nakano found a home in both the body and the head of Saeki, but couldn't harm his rugged foe. The one thing that did damage Saeki was a headclash that left him cut around the right eye, but it was a minor inconvenience.
The final round was rather interesting. The bout was in the bag for Nakano, but the final moments saw the unbeaten man cut around the eye, and he dabbed at it a lot. It's not clear it's a really bad cut, or if he's just not been cut much during his time in the ring, but he certainly seemed bothered by it.
After 8 rounds Nakano took the decision, 78-73 on all 3 cards, and ticked a lot of boxes. He has shown he has the stamina to go 8 rounds, he has shown he can pull himself off the canvas to win, and has shown more than just power. There is however still work to do, and this bout will serve as a great opportunity for his team to see what has done wrong, and to work on it. As for Saeki, it's probably fair to say he didn't really try too hard to win, if we're being blunt, but he did enough to test Nakano who needed a good test. It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't exciting, but it was intriguing.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see unbeaten Featherweight prospect Mikito Nakano (4-0, 4) [中野幹士] look to advance his career and score his fifth win as he takes on Ruito Saeki (7-3-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗].
The bout, which will headline tomorrow's "Dynamic Glove", live on G+, is regarded as a really interesting one. It will be Nakano's first bout with a Japanese opponent and will be a clear step up from what he has been facing, whilst Saeki will be looking to get his career back on track after a disappointing run of results, which has seen him going winless in 3.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made weight for the bout, which is being fought at a contracted 58.5KG's, which is 129lbs.
On the scales Nakano, who looked in amazing condition, was in bang on the limit. He sounded hungry to make an impression and make the most of his opportunity to headline a televised card.
Saeki on the other hand came in around 128.5lbs, which was comfortably under the contracted limit. Compared to Nakano however he didn't look close to be in the shape that the touted prospect was in.
(Image credit - Yokohama Hiakri Gym)
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