Earlier today Japanese fighter Renji Ichimura (8-5, 7) [市村蓮司] announced he was retiring from boxing, at the age of 26!
The once touted Ichiumura made his debut in 2013 and despite a couple of early career losses really came into his own in 2015 when he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year at Super Bantamweight. That Rookie win saw him blast out the then 6-0 Jin Miura in the East Japan final and Takaaki Kanai in the All Japan final.
Although not the most skilled, or the sturdiest, Ichimura was a dangerous fighter and a fun one to watch, with real power in his hands, as we saw last year when he stopped Shingo Kusano, before Kusano's excellent run in the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament,
In his announcement, on social media, Ichimura didn't explain why he was retiring but thanked people for their support and stated he was happy with what he achieved, and would be retiring with out regrets.
Sadly that loss came well over 2 years ago, and from what we under-stand he has struggled to get his license transferred from his previous gym. Thankfully it now seems like those issues have been, or are very close to being, sorted.
Ichimura posted the following (in Japanese, above) on his personal twitter account.
"I will return to boxing in 2019
I would be pleased if you could support us again
Support so close to this support
I will give back to those who gave it to me
Thanking you in advance!"
Showing that he will be back in the new year, though does seem like the full details of his return haven't been decided yet.
Yesterday we reported that Sanosuke Sasaki (11-4, 5) [佐々木左之介] was set to battle former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (17-4-1, 6) [新藤 寛之] on November 14th at the Korakuen Hall. Now we have more details on that card, which was formerly announced as Dangan 171 earlier today.
One of the chief supporting bouts will feature Japanese ranked Ryoichi Tamura (7-2-1, 4) [田村 亮一] and 2015 Super Bantamweight Rookie of the Year Renji Ichimura (7-3, 6) [市村 蓮司]. The bout is really well matched on paper, with both men winning 7 of their 10 career bouts, but they have fought at different levels with Tamura being more proven, courtesy of bouts against the likes of Kenji Kubo, Hideo Sakamoto and Yuki Matsudo. Despite Tamura facing more notable names Ichimura has the edge in power and is the puncher coming in to this match up.
Another great supporting bout will see the unbeaten Daishi Nagata (7-0-1, 4) [永田 大士] face the struggling Quaye Peter (9-7-2, 5). Nagata enters the bout ranked in the top 5 by the JBC at 140lbs and has been impressive, at times, however he has been fortunate to remain unbeaten and Peter could be the one to end that unbeaten run. On the other hand Peter is a very inconsistent fighter and wins over Kazuya Maruki and Ryoji Tanaka have been joined by some disappointing defeats, at his best he could easily beat Nagata but that inconsistency has been a huge issue through his career.
In a really intriguing contest we'll see two JBC ranked Super Flyweight's facing off. This bout sees the wonderfully talented but light hitting Jo Tanooka (13-3-3, 1) [田之岡 条] takes on the "win-some lose-some" Ken Achiwa (11-11-4, 4) [阿知和 賢]. Tanooka is one of the best pure boxers in Japan, and scored his only stoppage win last time out, despite being talented he can be out fought and Achiwa will be trying to turn the bout into a fight. Although Achiwa's record is less than spectacular he has gone unbeaten in his last 5 bouts, including a draw with Tatsuya Takahashi and a win over Ganbare Shota.
Also on this card will be the fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (3-0, 3) [京口 紘人]. His opponent hasn't been confirmed but Dangan have reached out to Filipino fighters ranked by the OPBF in the hope of securing a solid opponent and helping Kyoguchi move towards a title fight in 2017, likely an OPBF title fight.
Former Japanese champions set to face off on November 15th!
Earlier today we were informed that 2015 Rookie of the Year MVP Renji Ichimura (6-2, 5) [市村 蓮司] would be back in action on March 13th in a 6 round bout against the once beaten Takuya Mizuno (7-1-1, 7) [水野 拓哉].
The bout will be the headline bout for the show, "Super Fight Vol.48", and will be scheduled for the 6 round distance.
Ichimura made a name for himself last year, winning 4 of his 5 bouts. Those included opening round KO wins against Jin Miura in the Eastern Japan Rookie of the Year final and against Takaaki Kanai in the All Japan final. Despite having two losses he is a genuinely dangerous fighter who has recorded 4 opening round stoppages in 8 bouts and is really dangerous in the early stages of bouts.
Of course Ichimura isn't the only one with power coming in to this bout with Mizuno having stopped everyone he has beaten so far, including 4 stoppage wins last year in a combined 8 rounds. Whilst he was beaten last time out, losing a close decision to Tenta Kiyose, that was in the West Japan Rookie of the Year final.
Given the styles and power of both men this really should be a treat for fans at the Aioi Hall in Aichi.
Early on Christmas saw the announcement of the December winners of the Japanese monthly awards, the final monthly awards of the year, and it was a good day for Teiken.
The MVP for the month was Teiken's heavy handed Super Featherweight Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14) who claimed the OPBF title on December 14th when he beat the previously unbeaten Rikki Naito via technical decision. The win for Ogawa was a coming out win and he's now proven that he deserves to be regarded among th eother top emerging Super Featherweights from Japan, including Naito and Masayuki Ito.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Ogawa's Teiken stablemate Yasutaka Ishimoto (27-8, 7), who claimed the Japanese Super Bantamweight title on December 21st when he beat Yusaku Kuga in a thriller for the then vacant title.
The State of the Art award was also won by a Super Bantamweight, Renji Ichimura (6-2, 5). Ichumura was the winner in this year's Rookie of the Year at 122lbs, when he stopped fellow finalists Takaaki Kanai in just 96 seconds.
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