Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series. The show, which will be aired on G+ early next week, was one that looked promising when it was first announced but ended up losing it's main event around a week before the show took place. As a result it went from looking good to a little bit under-whelming, though thankfully the fans ended up with a decent show in the end.
The event began with unbeaten prospect Takuma Takahashi (6-0, 6) [高橋 拓磨] sending 37 year old fighter Kodai Kiyota (9-7-2, 9) [清田 広大] into retirement. Kiyota, who hadn't fought in 10 years, was taken out in the first round by Takahashi, who landed a huge right hand that dropped Kiyota. The referee waved off the bout and gave Takahashi a much needed confidence boost after his ugly, controversial, and terrible performance against Leonardo Doronio back in January.
Following Takahashi's win fans then saw a really interesting match up between Shun Sekine (4-0-1, 3) [関根 駿] and Atsuyuki Sato (5-2-2, 3) [佐藤諄幸]. The two 23 year olds fought really evenly here. Sekine started well, before Sato responded, then Sekine had to step it up, before Sato matched him again. Round after round there was little to split the two men and that showed on the score-cards after 6 rounds. Two of the judges had this even, 57-57, whilst the third judge had Sekine winning 58-56, resulting in a majority decision draw.
The third bout on the card saw Shinnosuke Hasegawa (13-2-1, 9) [長谷川 慎之介] score his 12th straight win as he stopped Ikemen Atsushi (7-7-2, 2) [イケメン淳] in the 5th round of their bout. The JBC #3 ranked Super Featherweight was dropped in the opening round, but recovered well, gritted his teeth and managed turn things around. In round 5 he forced Atsushi's corner to throw in their towel and save their man.
The main event saw former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] battling unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-1-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ]. On paper this was a mismatch, and the real question was whether or Nwachukwu was going to last the distance. In reality however this ended up being an interesting bout with the winner more disappointed than the loser. To his credit Inoue looked good to begin with, he looked sharp, used his jab well and like a fringe world class fighter. Nwachukwu on the other hand showed he was tough, hungry, determined and not there to lose. In round 4 Nwachukwu managed to find his groove, and managed to have some success, though the big talking point was a clash of heads that left Inoue cut and marked up around his left eye.
With his eye cut Inoue fought back the desire to have a war and stuck to his boxing, though was certainly made uncomfortable in the later rounds. He even admitted that he had had his rhythm disturbed by the headclash.
After 8 rounds Inoue took a clear decision, winning the bout 78-75, 78-74 and 79-73. Despite the win he was left a mess and after the bout he was picked with plaster covering his left eye and on the right side of his forehead.
After the bout Inoue stated he wasn't at his best and his promoter also seems to be eyeing bigger and better things, likely in an attempt to keep his man eager and hungry.
As for Nwachukwu he seemed to be looking at making the most of this, and move forward with a positive attitude, and with lessons learned from this bout.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown on G+ on Tuesday next week.
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] battling unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], in the main event of a Dynamic Glove card.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men came in under the 70KG, 154.3lbs, contracted limit for the bout.
On the scales Inoue was 153.8lbs, well under the limit. In fact he was under the Light Middleweight limit, the division that he typically fights at and currently holds the WBO Asia Pacific title in. At the weigh in he looked in amazing shape and he seemed determined to win, explaining that if he loses he'll lose his world ranking and that it wouldn't be a good sign for his future if he can't win a bout against a world domestic level fighter. Although he has dreams for a fighting for a world, again, it's clear he is focused on the opponent in front of him and will not over-looking him.
Surprisingly Nwachukwu, who is ranked #13 by the JBC at Middleweight, was even further under the limit at 153.4lbs. He explained that he was calm and much less nervous than he expected. He is however fully aware that Inoue is no push over, and that he will have to rely on his strength, power and stamina. It is however a very big ask for him.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on tape delay on Tuesday November 10th on G+, which is available on isakura for fans outside of Japan.
Earlier today news broke from Japan that the scheduled November 7th bout between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] has had to be cancelled.
The bout has been cancelled due to Takesako suffering an issue with his left shoulder after sparring this past week. Originally the issue arose on October 27th, he then iced it, went to a medical facility on the 28th and advised to rest for 2 months.
The injury, which has occurred to his left subscapularis, is one that would essentially left him a one handed fighter had the bout gone ahead so it's hard to complain about his decision. Sadly though it does push this bout back to 2021, if it takes place at all.
This is the third time the bout has been scheduled and then cancelled. It was originally set as part of the Champion Carnival and pencilled in for May 2nd, was rescheduled due to the on going global situation. It was then pushed back back to July 27th, before Kunimoto pulled out, citing training issues, and now we've had this cancellation.
At the time of writing the plan is for the show to still take place, with former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] battling unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ] in the show's main event.
We've known for a while that Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] will be defending is title against mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] on November 7th as part of the Champion Carnival.
Today we were informed that the show has now had it's under-card set.
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] take on unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], in what will be an 8 round bout at 70KG's, which is 154.3lbs. This will mean that Inoue will not be defending his WBO Asia Pacific title, but will be fighting in what is seen as more of a tick over fight.
For Inoue this will be his first bout since stopping Cheng Su back in January, to defend his regional title, and will very much be a case of getting some ring time after a lengthy lay off. His opponent however, won't there to just roll over and NwachukwuNwachukwu will be looking to build on his unbeaten record, and his big win in February over Junpei Tsujimoto. Although he's not regarded as being on the same level as Inoue he's very much a live under-dog and a hungry fighter with ambitions himself.
One of the other bouts worthy of interest on this card will see the unbeaten Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) [高橋拓磨] take on Kodai Kiyota (9-6-2, 9) [清田 広大], who returns to the ring more than 11 years after his last bout! Takahashi has certainly been an interesting prospect to following, but he didn't look great last time and it seems like they are matching softly here given his previous performance. This is scheduled for 6 rounds and is a must win for Yakahashi.
Other bouts on this card will include a match up between Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀] and Yuichi Ideta (13-15-1, 7) [出田裕一] and a clash between Shinnosuke Hasegawa (12-2-1, 8) [長谷川慎之介] and Ikemen Atsushi (7-6-2, 2) [イケメン淳]. Both of these are scheduled for 8 rounds.
For fans wanting to watch this show it's expected to be shown on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for the month of February, and there was 3 award winners this month.
The MVP for the month was Keita Obara (23-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太], who claimed the Japanese Welterweight title early in the month when he stopped Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹] to become a 2-weight champion, and to kick off the 2020 Champion Carnival.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Riku Nagahama (12-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸], the newly crowned OPBF Welterweight champion. Nagahama, who incidentally fought the last bout to be staged in Japan, won the title by out pointing the previously unbeaten Kudura Kaneko (11-1, 8) [クドゥラ 金子] towards the end of the month.
The Newcomer award was won by Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], who took an impressive victory over Junpei Tsujimoto (6-2-3, 4) [辻本 純兵] on the same show as Obara's win.
The three men will get the chance to take part in an award ceremony that has yet to have a confirmed date, due to the coronavirus.
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