Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the Monthly Award winners for the month of September, with 3 fighters being recognised for their achievements.
The MVP for the month was the newly crowned OPBF Bantamweight champion Kai Chiba (14-3, 9) [千葉 開], who claimed his title with a 12th round TKO win over Keita Kurihara (16-7-1, 14) [栗原慶太] on September 22nd, in what was a career defining victory for Chiba. The 29 year old Chiba, who was tipped for big things before a number of stumbles, is expected to kick on from this win and move on to bigger and better things, with this win working as a platform for him to not only defend his title, but also build his career off.
The Fighting Spirit award was also won by a regional champion, as Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (21-0, 16) [平岡アンディ] , who retained his regional title on September 13th when he defeated Filipino puncher Alvin Lagumbay (13-6-1, 11) in 2 rounds. Whilst we're not yet 100% sure on Hiraoka's next step, he is expected to return to the ring on December 13th or December 26th as part of another Ohashi promoted event.
The third award, the Newcomer award, was won by Mizuki Hiruta (3-0) [晝田瑞希], who claimed the Japanese female Flyweight title, with a decision win over Hinami Yanai (2-1, 1) [桺井妃奈実] back on September 1st.
Earlier this week Shinsei Promotions along with Dangan Promotions announced a stacked all female card set to take place on September 1st at Korakuen Hall. The card is a genuinely mouth watering all female card with 5 titles bouts in total, including 2 world title bouts, two regional title bouts and a Japanese title bout.
The first of the 5 bouts scheduled for the show will see Sumira Yamanaka (5-0, 1) [山中菫] battle against Honoka Kano (4-0-2, 2) [狩野ほのか] for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Female Atomweight title. For both fighters this will be their first title fight, and it looks like a really tough one for Yamanaka, who will be giving up significant size to Kano, who is a freakish 5'5" for an Atomweight and has around 20cm (8") height advantage over Yamanaka.
The second title bout on the running order will see Mizuki Hiruta (2-0) [晝田瑞希] take on Hinami Yanai (2-0, 1) [桺井妃奈実] for the vacant Japanese female Flyweight title bout. Hiruta is a wonderfully talented boxer who uses movement, technical skills and a busy, accurate work rate, to control action whilst Yanai is more of an aggressive, pressure fighter, so this should be a real match up of styles for the title.
The third title bout on the show will OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (4-1-1, 1) [松田恵里] defending her title against Kaori Nagai (6-4-3, 2) [長井香織]. For Nagai, a former Japanese champion, this bout is a chance to rebuild from a loss in May to Mizuki Chimoto, whilst Matsuda will be looking to claim her first win since September 2019, when she beat Mont Blanc Miki, having gone 0-1-1 since then in bouts for the IBF Atomweight title.
The first world title bout on the card will see IBF Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (25-9-2, 6) [宮尾綾香] defending her title against Mika Iwakawa (10-6-1, 3) [岩川美花]. Miyao won the title earlier this year, when she beat Matsuda for the previously vacant title, and this will be her first defense of the title. As for Iwakawa, a former WBO champion, this will be her first bout since losing the WBO title back in February to Nanae Suzuki.
The main event of the card will see the aforementioned Nanae Suzuki (11-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] defending her WBO Atomweight title, for the first time, as she takes on former WBC Minmumweight champion Yuko Kuroki (19-7-2, 9) [黒木優子] in an excellent match up, and a very, very tough first defense.
Sagawa stops Kubo, Hiruta scores second pro win, Watari scores impressive debut win!
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall got the latest show in the Diamond Glove series. The card wasn't the deepest, due in part to losing the planned main event at short notice, but it was still a pretty notable one, with a solid looking 8 rounder in the main event, alongside the debut of a former amateur standout, and the second professional bout of a very, very highly regarded female hopeful.
The first of the three notable bouts on this card saw the amazingly promising Mikyo Watarai (1-0, 1) [渡来美響] make his debut as he stopped Takafumi Shibata (2-1) [柴田尊文]. As an amateur Watari went 77-15, and he used that amateur experience here to over-come Shibata, who was a solid amateur him. Shibata came to win, but was dropped from a counter left hook in the first round as Watari announced himself as one to watch. From there on Shibata attempted to turn things around, but struggled to have sustained success whilst Watari worked the body well. In round 4 Watari ended up hurting Shibata and going to work until the referee stepped in and save Shibata who was under a lot of pressure at the time.
The second bout of note saw Mizuki Hiruta (2-0) [晝田瑞希] announce herself as a super prospect, as she took a wide and clear win over OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Terumi Nuki (12-5, 8) [貫輝美], in what was Hiruta's second professional. From the off the pink haired Hiruta dominated the action with straight punches as she looked to control the range and tempo of the bout. Nuki on the other hand was determined to try and close the distance, but that just left her walking into shots from the extremely talented Hiruta who was in a comfortable lead as we entered the second half of the fight. In round 7 Nuki had a massive break through as she finally connected with some of her heavy leather and dropped Hiruta, but couldn't finish her off. Instead Hiruta recovered to her feet and and despite being under pressure in round 8 did enough to take a comfortable and clear decision win. After 8 rounds Hiruta took the win with scores of 77-73, twice, and 76-74.
The final bout on the card saw former Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (12-2, 7) [佐川遼] score one of the most wins of his career so far, as he took out former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Shun Kubo (15-3, 10) [久保隼] inside 3 rounds. Sagawa was aggressive from the off, landing clean right hands to the body in the opening round. Kubo tried to fire back, looking to land long left hands, at range. From there on Sagawa began to pick up the pace, and in round 3 he managed to drop his man. To his credit Kubo attempted to beat the count, but the referee reached 10 as Kubo was trying to get to his feet, giving Sagawa the KO win.
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