Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had an interesting card with several notable names involved. Sadly however the show won't be televised until this coming Tuesday, when G+ air it on delay. For those wanting to watch as live this warning is for you, however, if you're not interested in watching as live the result, and spoilers will be below.
The main event of the card saw former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] score his biggest win to date as he stopped former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-5, 13) in the 6th round of their contest.
The bout, set for 10 rounds at 114lbs, was regarded as a big step up for Nakatani, but it seemed like he was getting to Melindo at the right time. The Filipino visitor was the older, smaller man who had had 3 very tough bouts in recent times, and had been damaged in all 3. That damage was expected to be a major issue here, though we ended up seeing the size and physical attributes of Nakatani being a bigger issue. Early on Nakatani established his jab, and used his reach, before pressing the bout closer and beating up on the smaller Filipino, who was stopped in the 6th round when the referee needed to come in and save him.
The win for Nakatani is likely to see him moving towards a world title fight in the near future, whilst the end must surely be nigh for the talented, but shop worn, Filipino.
Another 6 round stoppage saw former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (35-2-2, 23) [赤穂亮] defeat Korean visitor Kyung Min Kwon (7-6, 3) [권경민]. Kwon had come to win, and credit to him, but he was unable to match the skills of Akaho, who's jab landed controlled the early part of the fight. As the fight went on Akaho began to land more telling power shots, and in round 6 he hurt Kwon, who was saved by the referee soon afterwards when Akaho went for the finish.
It was an easy day for the often under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎], who ended a 2 fight losing streak by beating Filipino Robin Langres (10-4, 4). Langres was coming off second best through the first 2 rounds before a left eye injury caused the doctor to pull him out at the start of round 3.
Former amateur standout Shigetoshi Kotari (1-0, 1) [神足 茂利] made a successful debut stopping Lasben Sinaba (3-3, 3) in round 2. The promising Kotari dropped his man with a right hand and looked really promising, but Sinaba really wasn't up to much and we wouldn't be surprised to see him getting his name added to the JBC's invitation prohibited boxer's list.
Tomorrow at the iconic Korakuen Hall fans will see former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] face off with former Light Flyweight world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13) in a bout being fought at a contracted 114lbs.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weight in, and both men made weight.
On the scales the unbeaten local was 113.75bs and looked in good shape. Although he has typically been fighting at Flyweight it is likely that he'll move to Super Flyweight in the near future, and given how he looked his body will fill into the 115lbs division rather well when he full commits to the weight class. Though a move up doesn't look like it's in his immediate plans, and it seems he can still make Flyweight with no issues.
Melindo was surprisingly the heavier man, hitting the scales at 114lbs, despite looking like the naturally smaller man, and he was clear the shorter fight. Despite giving away natural size, reach and height Melindo does have the edge in experience, and has been competing at world level for years, though has taken a lot of punishment in recent bouts against the likes of Hekkie Budler, Ryoichi Taguchi and Kenshiro.
For fans wanting to watch this it will, sadly, not be aired live. Instead the show will be broadcast on G+ on Tuesday at 21:30 local time.
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At the end of July Shigetoshi Kotari (0-0) [神足 茂利] took part in his pro-test bout, sparring with Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人]. Since then he has had his debut bout announced, and it's been added to a big card at Korakuen Hall.
The card in question is the October Dynamic Glove card, which will take place on October 5th and will be headlined by Nakatani, who takes on former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13) in a big step up.
At the moment Kotari's opponent hasn't been named, but the bout will be a 6 round bout at Featherweight, and is likely to come against an international opponent.
As an amateur Kotari went 50-23 and competed in the final stages of numerous national tournaments, though did tend to fall short in the later stages of major competitions.
The card will also feature a string of other noteworthy fighters. These include former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮], who faces off with Korean foe Kyung Min Kwon (7-5, 3), who returns to Japan for the first time since his 8th round TKO loss to Satoshi Shimizu, back in a 2018 OPBF title fight. This bout will be fought over 10 rounds and is the show's main support bout.
Another notable fighter on this card is the under-rated Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎], who looks to bounce back from a loss to former world title challenger Sho Ishida. Sadatsune will be up against Filipino Robin Langres (10-3, 4), in an a very good looking 8 round match up at Bantamweight.
Today we were informed that former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on October 5th as part of a Dynamic Glove card at the legendary Korakuen Hall.
At the moment details of Akaho's opponent for the card are sparse, though the fighter has, himself, revealed that his opponent is a Korean champion, not going into any more detail than that.
Due to how fractured the Korean scene is it's unclear which Korean champion Akaho will be up against, though it's clear that he will be looking for a better performance than last time out. In his last bout Akaho took a razor thin majority technical decision win over Hyuma Fujioka, back in April, in what was supposed to be an easy win against a very limited Southpaw opponent. Sadly none of the Korean champions at 122lbs or 126lbs are southpaws, so unlikely that Akaho will be looking to develop his weakness to lefties.
Akaho's addition to the card adds a bit of name value to a show that will be headlined by the previously reported bout between Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] and former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13), though we're still waiting for a lot of information about this card.
Among the things we're waiting for is whether or not the show will be broadcast on G+ live, or just on tape delay, though we expect to know that during the month of September.
Earlier this week we reported that the unbeaten Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人] would be vacating his Japanese Flyweight title to begin his pursuit of a world title, and would be back in the ring on October 5th to take on former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13). What wasn't clear at the time is what would happen to fill the vacancy of the Japanese title. That has now been answered.
The title will be up for grabs on October 27th when former Nakatani foes clash for the belt. In one corner will be Seigo Yuri Akui (13-2-1, 9) [阿久井政悟] whilst in the other we'll have Shun Kosaka (16-5, 4) [小坂駿].
Akui is very much a stop or be stopped fighter. Although he has 5 decision bouts on his record, 4 wins and a draw, he's not seen the final bell since his all Japan Rookie of the Year win in 2015, against Hiroki Hosoya. Since then he has gone 7-2 with only 2 bouts, his losses to Nakatani and Jaysever Abcede, lasing more than 5 rounds. In fact in that 9 fight run he has scored 5 opening round blow outs. Ultra dangerous early he's a fun guy to watch and a real exciting fighter.
Kosaka is a man who has seemingly gotten a lot of opportunities recently, without really shining. He lost in an OPBF title fight last year to Jayr Raquinel and then lost in a Japanese title eliminator to Nakatani. He has bounced back from those losses with a split decision win over the limit Shunji Nagata, but that win hardly qualifies Kosaka for a shot at the vacant title.
At the moment other details of this bout have yet to be announced, including where and who will be promoting it, though we're guessing it will be on a Shinsei show in likely in Kobe.
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