Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans got the latest show from Kadoebi.
Whilst not a bumper show, it was a card with several notable fights on it, with a particularly interesting trio of under-card bouts.
The first of that trio saw talented youngster Yuki Nakajima (3-1, 3) [中嶋憂輝] bounce back from his August loss to Ryu Horikawa by destroying the brave, but out-gunned Yasuhiro Tanaka (6-5-2) [田中康寛]. Nakajima really did as he wished he, and although he was caught quite a few times by Tanaka it really seemed like Tanaka was fighting a tank with a pea shooter. Tanaka never got Nakahjima's respect and instead took a bit of a shellacking from Nakajima, who stopped his man in round 3. Tanaka was dropped by a beauty of a left hook, and although he got back to his feet a follow up forced the referee to jump in.
The second of the bouts saw touted novices clash, with Mikio Sakai (2-0) [酒井幹生] doing enough to take a narrow decision over Ran Tomomatsu (1-1) [友松藍]. These two were incredibly well matched, despite having very different styles. Of the two Tomomatsu always appeared the stronger man, and was the one marching forward, but Sakai's more polished boxing, and smart ring craft was certainly able to neutralise a lot of Tomomatsu's pressure. The boxing of Sakai seemed to be more impressive to the judges who had him edging out a majority decision. Given the lack of professional experience these two had this was a fantastic bout, and is well worth checking out if you have a Boxing Raise subscription.
The third of the notable under-card bouts saw Yuichiro Kasuya (13-2-2, 4) [粕谷雄一郎] and Satoru Sugita (15-6-2, 10) [杉田聖] battle to an 8 round draw. Despite the two men having different strengths and styles, they actually matched up perfectly and made for a very entertaining fight, with Kasuya being the quicker fighter and Sugita having that bit more power on everything he landed. We didn't expect much here but the two men really delivered a very good and engaging 8 round battle which ended in split decision draw.
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Earlier today we saw some under-card details emerge for the upcoming Slugfest 12 card, which will be promoted by Kadoebi in December. Whilst the under-card isn't the deepest, or at least what's been confirmed for the show isn't deep, there was one bout that genuinely stood out as being something to be very, very excited about.
That match up is a clash between touted novice prospects Ran Tomomatsu (1-0) [友松藍] and Mikio Sakai (1-0) [酒井幹生], two men who are expected to go on to big things, at least on the domestic scene.
The 26 year old Sakai is a bright hopeful from the Kadoebi gym, who ran up a 44-22 (19) record and was a solid amateur, with a style that was expected to make him a successful professional fighter. His debut came in August, when he beat Elfelos Vega, and although he didn't blow anyone away in his debut it was still a solid debut for the Middleweight hopeful.
Tomomatsu made his debut back in June, when he beat the then 6-0 Sang Geun Lee in a really fan friendly 6 round slug fest. He went 32-9 (16) as an amateur, and was the runner up in the 2016 All Japan amateur championships, at Light Heavyweight. Although he looked less polished than Sakai he did look very exciting in his professional debut.
As mentioned these two will clash on Slugfest 12, a card that will place on December 16th at Korakuen Hall. At the moment the bout is pencilled in as the chief support for a card being headlined by OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32) [渡部あきのり]
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw a Japan Vs South Korea show, with 4 bouts pitting fighters from the two countries against each other. Sadly for the visitors from the Korean peninsula, it was a show to forget with all 4 visitors picking up losses.
The first bout saw Korean teenager In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수] suffer an opening round stoppage loss to Japanese professional novice Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深]. Takayama took control very early on, catching the visitor coming in and dropping him after about 90 seconds. Takayama would then continue on the foot and force the referee to step in after just 2 minutes and 6 seconds.
The second bout went the distance as Mirai Naito (8-1, 3) [内藤未来] took a 6 round decision over Do Jin Lee (6-2-3) [이도진]. On paper this looked a competitive match up, but Naito proved to be far too good, shutting out the Korean on 2 of the 3 cards, whilst the third had it 58-56 to the Japanese local.
The bout that did end up being the most competitive came at Light Middleweight and saw Ran Tomomatsu (1-0) [友松藍], narrowly over-came the hard hitting Sang Geun Lee (6-1, 4) [이상근], over 6 hotly contested rounds. The Japanese debutant, a former All Japan national amateur champion, was in a war here with both men letting shots go in a fantastic back and forth. Lee, a big puncher, gave as good as he got, but just came up short against Tonomatsu, who got a baptism of fire and only just came out without being burnt. Given how Watanabe have fast tracked prospects a win here really is a sign that they will push him, and push him hard. Don't be surprised to see him in another tough bout later in the year.
The final bout pitting the two nations against each other saw Korean prospect Jeong Han Cha (5-1, 5) [차정한] will suffer his first loss, coming up short against Japanese puncher Takahiko Kobayashi (9-3, 7) [小林孝彦]. Cha was hurt in round 2 then dropped at the end of the round. Had the round gone on much longer the Korean could have been stopped there. He was hurt again in round 3, before being saved by the referee late in round 4.
Sadly this will be a show for Korean fighters to forget, whilst the Japanese will clearly have a reason to celebrate.
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