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.
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On December 5th we'll see the next show in the Dynamic Gloves series. At the moment the full details of the show haven't been announced though we have been informed of two of the bouts on the show.
The main event will see the hotly tipped Mikito Nakano (4-0, 4) [中野幹士] headlining in an 8 round bout against Ruito Saeki (7-3-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗]. This is, on paper, the toughest bout so far for Nakano and a win here would put him within touching distance of his first title fight. The talented Nakano has looked really impressive, but has looked levels above his competition so far and Saeki is a good step upwards for him, but Nakano will again be strongly favoured here.
Although the clear under-dog it is worth noting that Saeki has never been stopped and has gone 8 rounds with Takenori Ohashi and Ken Osato. He is certainly a durable fighter however he hasn't scored a win since November 2017 and we don't imagine that changing when he gets in with Nakano.
The other bout announced for the card will see former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹] battle against Masafumi Ando (6-10-2, 3) [安藤暢文] in an 8 rounder. On paper this is a mismatch, though it's understandable given that this will be Nagano's first bout since he lost the Japanese title to Keita Obara back in February, and he'll want a chance to rebuild his confidence following that defeat.
At the moment it's unclear if this will be aired live on G+ or on delay, though given there doesn't appear to be a title bout, of any kind, on the card we are assuming that this is likely to be aired on tape delay.
Given only 2 bouts have been announced there is room for more bouts to be add to the card, and we wouldn't be surprised if several of the former amateur stars who signed with Teiken earlier this year feature on the show.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese powerhouse promoter hosted a card featuring some of it's most notable hopefuls all fighting in 8 rounders.
Among those hopefuls was the very highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0-1, 1) [李 健太] who unfortunately suffered a minor set back thanks to a technical draw against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-2, 5). On paper this bout looked really,really interesting but failed to live up to the expectations we had due to repeated headclashes. Those headclashes forces the bout to be halted in round 3, with Lee suffering from several very nasty cuts. Before the headclashes the bout had been interesting, but seemed to one that Lee's more rounded and smooth skills were shining in.
Another of the hopefuls was Mikito Nakano (4-0, 4) [中野幹士], who scored a big win over Filipino foe KJ Natuplag (8-2-2, 7). Natuplag had come to win and was an awkward opponent, giving Nakano issues in the first couple of rounds, pressing and launching big shots. In round 3 however Nakano's power told, and left uppercuts from the Japanese hopeful wobbled, and then dropped the Filipino. This proved to be the type of tough test that Nakano needed, and although a win at just 18 seconds into round 3 doesn't make it seem tough the way the first 2 rounds were were perfect to see what Nakano was made of and how he could adapt.
It's worth noting that entering the bout Natuplag was ranked by the OPBF so we now expect to see Nakano take that ranking, and begin his journey towards a potential regional title fight. He clearly has work and development to do before that, but this was a big step forward for the former amateur standout.
Earlier today we were informed that Teiken would be holding a show on November 2nd featuring some of their brightest prospects, each taking their next step forward as they continue their march towards title glory.
The main event of the card will feature Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也], though his opponent hasn't been announced at the time of writing. Masaki, ranked #3 by the JBC, will be featuring in an 8 round bout and the suspicion is that he will be taking on an international opponent but someone who isn't a significant step forward from his last bout, which saw him defeat Al Toyogon.
In the co-feature Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], whilst other leading support bouts will feature Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也] and Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯]. Sadly not one of this trio have had their opponents named, however we're expected Oshima to face a decent test following a good win last time out, Tamayama to be in a confidence building performance after a loss and Kaji is likely to face an imported opponent to rebuild his aura after a poor performance in his last outing.
Strangely two most interesting, and the two least experienced, men on the card have both had their opponents named.
One of those is highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] will be up against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-1, 5), in what is a really good fight. Lee is expected to be a major player on the regional scene, at the very least, at 140lbs and looks to have the skills to be a potential player at the world level. Kundimang on the other hand is an unbeaten youngster and is regarded as a legitimate prospect himself. Aged 22 Kundimang has won his last 9, and last time out he stopped Ryan Sermona, so should pose a genuine test for Lee. Notably this will be Lee's first 8 round bout.
The other is Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who is set to face Filipino KJ Natuplag (8-1-2, 7), who was beaten last time out by Joe Tejones but should be regarded as a step up in class for Nakano. The unbeaten Japanese fighter was a former standout amateur who is tipped to be a major star of the future, and he has looked the business so far, but the Filipino has never been stopped and could well ask serious questions of Nakano. Then again if Nakano stops Natuplag here it will be very hard for Teiken to hold him back, and there could well be title fights in 2020 for Nakano.
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