On Friday the official blog of Hideyuki Ohashi announced that 21 year old amateur stand out Kaiyu Toyoshima [豊嶋海優] had decided to turn professional and would do so at the Ohashi Gym, following a very impressive run as an amateur.
Although not one of the biggest names in amateur boxing in Japan Toyoshima competed in numerous notable tournaments, he was the captain of the Toyo University team and even featured on some of the posters used to market some of the university league shows.
At the moment it's unclear when he will begin his professional journey, with the date of his debut yet to be decided, though it's expected that he will begin climbing up the professional ranks before the end of 2021.
Interestingly the amateur boxing record site on Strefa sadly only has 1 recorded bout for him, and incidentally that's a loss against Ryutaro Nakagaki (1-0, 1) [中垣龍汰朗] in the 2018 Japanese National Championships. Going forward the two men will now be Ohashi Gym stablemates and it'll be interesting to see if that bout plays as something of a factor in the two youngsters trying to out do each now they are both professional fighters.
Notably that fight between Toyoshima and Nakagaki can be seen below thanks to the brilliant
sakana 1976, who uploaded the bout after it took place in 2018, and who should be subscribed to by every fan who wants to get an insight in the Japanese amateur scene. For those wanting to watch Toyoshima is in red and Nakagaki is in blue.
Earlier today the very well regarded Ohashi Gym announced that former K-1 sensation Yoshiki Takei [武居由樹] had signed with them as he begins his professional boxing career, with the plan to debut in Spring 2021 after partaking in his pro-test in January.
The 24 year old really was a sensational kick boxer, winning both the K-1 WORLD GP super Bantamweight championship and the Krush Bantamweight title during his short but success career in kick boxing. As a professional kick boxer he fought just 25 times, though amassed a very impressive 23-2 (16) record and won 22 bouts in a row following a 1-2 start to his professional career.
Although we're not huge followers of kick boxing some of Takei's opponents are people even we recognise, such as Tenshin Nasukawa, with the two men fighting to a draw in the amateurs in 2012, and former boxer Kenji Kubo, who Takei knocked out in 2018 with a right hook. That's right, he knocked out a former professional boxer, with a punch!
From footage of Takei his boxing skills do look solid for a kick boxer, and his hands were clearly something he worked on, with very crisp punches, good understanding of punching range and timing on his punches. Obviously he was also fantastic with his kicks, but we suspect his transition to professional boxing will be a smooth one given how good his hands are.
The talented southpaw will be trained by former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi and will be competing at either Bantamweight or Super Bantamweight. The hope is for him to become a world champion in professional boxing, adding to his combat sport accolades.
For those who have never seen him we have included a 2019 K-1 bout of his below, as he took on Spain's Alex Rivas.
(Image credit - Ohashi Gym)
Earlier today Hideyuki Ohashi took to social media to announce the full line up for the next "Phoenix Battle" card, which will take place on November 28th at Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the card will see WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] defending his regional title against hard hitting challenger Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. This will be Mori's third defense of the title, that he won in 2018 and will be his first contest since December 2018, when he beat Takuya Mizuno. The talented youngster is tipped for big things, and had been expected to end the year on the verge of a world title fight, but 2020 hasn't exactly gone to plan. As for Tameda the bout will see him looking to bounce back from a TKO loss to Jae Woo Lee, with that defeat occurring at the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament last November.
The main event will see Mori enter as a clear favourite, though Tameda certainly has the power to make life difficult for the champion.
The chief support bout will be the previously reported 8 round clash between former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] and unbeaten prospect Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀]. This will be Kuroda's first bout in well over a year, following his defeat to Moruti Mthalane, whilst Hiromoto will be taking a massive step up in class, in what should amount to a genuine test of the talented youngster. It's worth noting that Kuroda has recently changed full time jobs and will be entertaing this bout with a new found hunger, but will also be moving up in weight for the contest. As for Hiromoto he has the natural size advantage, but obviously doesn't have anything like the experience of Kuroda.
Notable Kuroda Vs Hiromoto was originally announced for November 12th but has been pushed back by just over 2 weeks for this new date.
In an 8 round Welterweight bout Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] will clash with Hisashi Kato (9-9-2, 5) [加藤寿]. This will be Adachi's first bout since transferring to the Ohashi Gym in the summer and will see him looking to build on back to back wins over Change Hamashima and Masafumi Ando. The 35 year old Kato doesn't have the greatest of record but isn't a push over and his last 3 losses have all come to very solid domestic level fighters. He actually took a 3 and a half year break from the ring after his last loss, in December 2015, and has scored two wins since returning to the ring in May 2019.
One final 8 rounder announced for the card will see Seiryu Toshikawa (12-5, 7) [利川聖隆] take on Takahiko Kobayashi (9-3, 7) [小林孝彦], in a bout at 140lbs. On paper this is the least interesting bout on the show, but does promise fireworks and should be a really interesting domestic bout, with both men hungry to make an impression.
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Earlier today boxing resumed in Tokyo with the first card in the Japanese capital. The show was fought behind closed doors and will have it's two bouts shown on Fuji TV this coming Sunday. For fans wanting to watch them spoiler free this is our spoiler free introduction. We will let you know there was two bouts, one went the way that was expected, the other did not. If you do not wish to have the outcomes spoiled please stop reading here, and just know that on Sunday night you will get at least 1 surprise.
One of the two bouts was an OPBF Featherweight title bout and the other was a Champion Carnival bout for the Japanese Light Welterweight title. They were the only two bouts on the show, promoted by the Ohashi gym.
This same introduction will be used for both this bout, and the one that went the way fans expected to offer some protection for those who have clicked the link and still want to watch the fights as live.
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The bout that went the way people would have expected was the OPBF Featherweight title clash that saw defending champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] secure his 5th defense, as he stopped Kyohei Tonomoto (9-3-1, 4) [殿本恭平] in the 7th round.
Very early on the challenger was down, tasting the power of Shimizu's hard left hand. He got to his feet but was down again soon afterwards from a right hook. This left Tonomoto, who was brave, in a big hole and know the power of Shimizu was incredibly destructive.
As the bout went on Tonomoto managed to battle his way into the bout, though given the whole he was in he had a lot of work to do.
In round 7 the challenger once again tasted the power of the champion and wasbacked into the corner before Shimizu wailed away with clean punches. This forced the referee to stop the contest, giving Shimizu the TKO win.
For the champion this was a much needed victory. The 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner would likely have seen his career over had he lost here, especially given his loss a year ago to Joe Noynay at Super Featherweight. It does seem he is fighting at a better weight for himself. Following his win his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi stated he wanted his fighter to face fellow regional title holder Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵], who holds the WBO Asia Pacific title. That is a bout that has been talked about and is one we'd love to see later in the year, preferably when fans are allowed to attend bouts.
Earlier today details were released recording an Ohashi promoted card set for September 16th at Korakuen Hall, in what will be the 74th show in the "Phoenix Battle" series. Whilst the full card hasn't yet been announced two bouts have been, and they both feature a notable Ohashi gym fighter in what should a good test for them.
One of the two Ohashi gym fighters is 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Katsuki Mori (6-0,1) [森且貴], who will take on Yuki Uchida (7-7, 1) [内田 勇気] in a 6 rounder. This is a great match up for Mori to get some experience and rounds against a limited but reliable domestic level fighter. Uchida is unlikely to push a fighter as a talented and skilled as Mori, but should manage to take Mori 6 rounds at a decent pace as the youngster continues to build on his very promising career.
The other Ohashi gym fighter confirmed for this event is Bantamweight hopeful Kazuki Nakajima (8-0-1, 7) [中嶋一輝], who will look to build on his controversial bout against Seiya Tsutsumi from back in January. The talented Nakajima will be up against Kenta Nomura (7-3, 3) [野村健太], who is looking to build on an upset win last January against Ryo Suwa, in an 8 round bout.
Although we expect to see more bouts added to this show closer to the date it's great to see Mori in action again, given how fantastic he looked in the Rookie of the Year last year, and hopefully we'll see a more polished Nakajima than the one who got the controversial decision of Tsutusmi.
Interestingly this will be the third "Phoenix Battle" card following the restart of boxing in Japan, following shows in July and August, with the promoter being one of the first to really pencil events in and get their fighters back in the ring.
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