We've seen a lot of bouts set for this year being cancelled or delayed, whilst a lot of them have to d to obvious issues regarding the on going global situation there have been other issues, such as injuries to deal with. Amazingly however we are already getting injuries delaying bouts that are scheduled for the new year!
Just last week we saw the planned Featherweight title unification bout between WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] and OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] being delayed from March to May, to allow Mori to recover from a left hand injury. Today broke of another delay to a bout announced for next year.
This time it was a delay to the scheduled 8 round bout between Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] and Yoshiki Minato (9-3, 4) [湊義生].
Originally this bout was scheduled for January 14th, on Phoenix Battle 75, but it has now been pushed back to March 11th.
The delay here is down to Kuwahara suffering an injury. The specifics of the injury haven't been announced, though with the bout set for a March date the hope is clearly that the injury isn't too bad, and will only force a couple of months delay rather than anything longer.
On Saturday WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] recorded his third defense as he scored an 11th round TKO victory over Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. Just a day later he announced that he would be back in March to defend his title against OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡], in a unification bout.
On Tuesday that clash was officially confirmed for March 11th.
Sadly just a day after that announcement, the bout has had to be pushed back to May 13th.
The delay, as reported by Boxing Magazine on twitter is due to Mori suffering a hand injury in Saturday's win over Tameda:
The tweet, states that Mori injured his left hand against Tameda and will will need lengthy treatment for it. We assume that an injury to his hand was known about, though was assumed to be a minor injury, which has now been given a proper diagnoses and turned out to be more serious than first assumed. As a result it'll need treatment and a longer rest than first expected, causing the bout to be pushed back by around 2 months.
Despite the delay the bout is still one to really look forward to and it's a relief to see that the bout has only been pushed back and not cancelled all together.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest Ohashi promoted event under their long established "Phoenix Battle" series. The card, which was gutted by injuries, ended up up just featuring 3 professional bouts and a public exhibition, as Ohashi looked to add value to had been a show that had promises a lot but ended up looking quite bare.
The main event of that card was a WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title bout between champion Musashi Mori [森 武蔵] and hard hitting challenger Tsuyoshi Tameda [溜田剛士], with the main support bout being a clash between former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada [岡田誠一] and Hiromu Murota [室田拡夢].
Today it was confirmed both of those bouts, along with the exhibition between former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16) [八重樫 東] and Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] would be shown, in some form, on Fuji TV in early December.
The Fuji TV website lists the broadcast as being set for a 26:55 to 28:00 time slot on December 5th, which is 1:55am to 3am on December 6th for those not familiar with Japanese TV scheduling. Obviously this will be a tape delay broadcast and will be edited, but we're still glad to be getting this own aired in some form as there was worries it would slip by the TV cameras and not be aired at all.
Note - Due to the broadcast we've removed all records apart from those of Yaegashi and Kuwahara, from this article rather than potentially ruining the results for those who aren't aware of the outcomes.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] recorded his third defense as he scored an 11th round TKO victory over Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士] at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo.
Today Mori was back in the ring, in his home of Aichi Prefecture, where he was given chance to speak to the audience at the "Splendid Boxing" show at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
It was there that Mori announced his next bout.
It was revealed by Mori that he will be back in the ring on March 11th to face OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] in a return to Korakuen Hall, in a bout between two of the leading Japanese fighters in the talent laden Featherweight division.
At the moment the full details haven't been confirmed, though it appears the bout will be to unify the two regional titles. If that is the case it'll be Mori's 4th defense of the WBO Asia Pacific crown and Shimizu's 6th defense of the OPBF belt.
Interestingly Shimizu and Tameda, the man Mori beat this weekend, are both from the Ohashi Gym and that little bit of history would, potentially help add an extra layer to this bout, which already sells it's self.
Fingers crossed the promoter officially announced the show in the coming days, along with some of the under-card, for what promises to be an excellent main event.
In a surprisingly early show at Korakuen Hall today, starting at 11AM local time, fight fans were able to attend a short but notable card with 3 professional bouts and an exhibition.
The exhibition saw former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16) [八重樫 東] spar with rising contender Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓], in a 2 round spar featuring rounds of 2 minutes. This was a bit of fun between two members of the Ohashi gym, which was very much fan service.
With big gloves on the two men let shots fly in an entertaining affair before Yaegashi spoke to the fans. He spoke about his retirement in September, how he was out of breath and had a laugh with Kuwahara before speaking highly about the youngster and explaining that he sees him as a future world champion.
Kuwahara was also respectful of Yaegashi and it seemed clear this was focused on him getting some ring time after a lengthy inactive period. Thankfully Kuwahara will be back in the ring for an actual fight on January 14th, and the hope is that he will have a much better 2021 than his 2020. His eyes seem to be on titles for the new year, and it's going to be interesting to see which belt he ends up aiming for.
The first official bout on the card saw Japanese #1 ranked Lightweight contender Seiryu Toshikawa (13-5, 8) [利川聖隆] test the waters at 140lbs and stop Takahiko Kobayashi (9-4, 7) [小林孝彦] in the 5th round. Kobyashi showed ambition early on, landing some good body shots and a solid jab, he also cut Toshikawa in round 3. It wasn't until round 4 that Toshikawa finally came alive, putting the pressure on and forcing the fight. This pressure began to turn the tide and Kobayashi was dropped in round 4, and then needed to be saved by the bell late on. Although the bell came to Kobayashi's aid in the 4th round he was still there for the taking in round 5, and Toshikawa managed to close the show in the opening minute of the round.
The second bout saw former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-7-2, 13) [岡田誠一] fight to a draw with Hiromu Murota (6-4-3, 4) [室田拡夢]. Although not the best bout fans in the venue will see this was a pretty technical and solid contender between someone in good form, Murota, and someone who has seen much better days, but continues to be a capable fighter. The now 38 year old Okada is winless since December 2018, but still showing that he's a capable fighter and still putting on decent performances like this, but we wonder just how much longer he'll continue. Interesting Akira Yaegashi was as Murota's chief second here, making it the first time Yaegashi has worked the role, though he has worked as a second in the past.
We then got the main event, and boy was this an interesting on. In one corner was WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] ,who was seeking his third defense of the title. His challenger today was the heavy handed Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. On paper this looked like a true test for Mori, who is ranked #4 by the WBO, and it proved to be the test he needed to really prove what eh could do.
From the off Tameda looked dangerous and hungry. There was pressure and desire from Tameda who took the first round and establish a clear lead on 2 of the 3 scorecards in the first 4 rounds. His pressure, power, tenacity and work rate. This was a sensational start to the bout for Tameda who got off to the dream start.
Mori began to find his groove in round 5, using his jab and footwork establish some control on the action, and then began to turn the screw, pressing forward on a tiring Tameda with straight shots, uppercuts, and short, crisp, clean work. Tameda was still in there, but he was no on the receiving end of damaging shots, and had to dig deep to try and stop the champion's momentum. He did that in round 8, but it was merely a temporary break.
After 8 rounds the scorecard, although not announced, were finely balanced. One judge had it 77-75 to Mori, and had it even at 76-76 and the third judge had Tameda in the lead 78-74. The momentum however was now well and truly on Mori's side, and had been through the middle portion of the fight.
In round 9 Mori got on his toes, boxed, moved and used the ring, then managed to cut Tameda around the right eye with a straight left hand. The cut was a bad one and the doctor took a look, before allowing the bout to continue. After the restart Mori jumped on his man, letting shots go until the referee waved off the bout 1:39 into round 11.
(Image courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
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