Back in September we reported that Tsubasa Murachi (5-1, 3) [村地翼] and stablemate Rentaro Kimura (2-0, 2) [木村蓮太朗], who both notched wins on September 27th, would be back in action on December 10th at Korakuen Hall.
Earlier this week we broke the news that Kimura's opponent for that show would be Thunder Teruya (7-7-1, 4) [照屋雄太], who has really turned his career around after a 2-6-1 start, with the two men set to fight in an 8 round bout.
Now we can also reveal that Murachi has seemingly had his opponent named!
From what we understand Murachi will take on Isao Aoyama (12-7-1, 3) [青山功] in an 8 round bout at 53KG's, which is a contracted weight just under 117lbs.
For Murachi the bout will be his second since losing to Froilan Saludar in a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title bout, which really came too soon in his career. For Aoyama the bout will see him getting a chance to build on a January win over Marzon Cabilla. On paper Aoyama will be the under-dog, but he is 3-1 in his last 4 and is no push over, giving the likes of Akinori Hoshino and Keisuke Nakayama really good, close, and competitive bouts.
Murachi's bout with Aoyama and Kimura's bout with Teruya, will be part of a show that will be headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] defending his title against Akihiro Kondo (32-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広]. The show will take place under the Diamond Glove banner, with bouts shown on tape delay on Fuji TV.
We've known for a couple of weeks that fast rising Japanese star Rentaro Kimura (2-0, 2) [木村蓮太朗] would be returning to the ring on December 10th for an 8 round bout at Korakuen Hall. What wasn't known, until today, were the other details regarding the bout.
What we now know is that that bout will see the talented youngster take on Thunder Teruya (7-7-1, 4) [照屋雄太].
On paper this doesn't look anything great, in fact given Teruya's record this looks really poor, however his record doesn't show all the facts. In fact it misses off the fact that Teruya has really turned things around. He was once 2-6-1 (1) and seemed to be going absolutely no where. In his last 6 fights however he has gone 5-1 (3) and appears to have some momentum behind him.
Whilst Teruya is better than his record suggests he will still clearly be the under-dog against the excellent Kimura, who is tipped to be the first world champion from a Shizuoka gym. He has looked sensational since turning professional and has shown all the tools needed to rise, rapidly, through the ranks. This is likely to be one of his final bouts before facing a Japanese ranked opponent and beginning his rise towards a title fight.
One other thing to note is that this bout will be part of December's "Diamond Glove" show, and will be featured on Fuji TV, who appear to be getting behind Kimura. They showed his debut in July and recently featured some footage from his September bout. They appear to see him as a new potential star and if they get behind him they really could have another sensational fighter to build their boxing content around.
For those who haven't seen Kimura before we have included his most recent bout, in full, below, thanks to his promoter, Suruga Boys.
Earlier today we saw a a live show being streamed from Shizuoka in which a number of talented youngsters were given a chance to shine. Following the card the promoter held a press conference revealed that two of the men on the show have already got the date for their next bouts set.
One of those men is Tsubasa Murachi (5-1, 3) [村地翼], who took an 8 round decision win over the tough and rugged Ryotaro Kawabata (12-4-2, 6) [川端遼太郎].
The talented Murachi, who was last seen in the ring around a year ago when he was stopped by Froilan Saludar, looked really great here as he pretty much won every round. The talented youngster looked sharp, quick and like the confident fighter who had impressed fans in his first 4 bouts and didn't look like he had any mental damage from the loss to Saludar.
Whilst Murachi was in the main event of the show the real high light was seeing the insanely talented Rentaro Kimura (2-0, 2) [木村蓮太朗] put on a genius level performance as he took apart the ridiculously tough Takafumi Iwaya (4-4) [岩屋卓史]. The iron chinned Iwaya took a pounding from round 1 to late in round 5, when Iwaya's team finally threw in the towel saving their man.
At the post fight press conference it was revealed that both men will be back in the ring on December 10th on a show at Korakuen Hall.
For Murachi there was no other details other than the when and where, but in regards to Kimura we did learn that the contest will be his first 8 rounder as he looks to move towards his first title fights.
Earlier today we got the chance to enjoy a live stream from the Suruga Boys show in Shizuoka. Whilst not a big card it was an interesting one. Among the bouts on the card were a former Japanese national champion, an unbeaten prospect and a former WBO Asia Pacific title challenger.
The show kicked off with a really crude bout between novices, as Prince Fujiwara (2-0-1, 2) [プリンス 藤原] and the debuting Masaya Aizu (0-1) [会津 聖哉] clashed in a Super Bantamweight bout. The fight was certainly not a high level one, but was an entertaining way to kick the show off with both men having their flaws on show and both being tagged as a result. Aizu looked to use his long arms to establish range, but Fujiwara seemed like he believed in his power, even when he was being tagged. In round 3 that power proved to be the difference maker, with Fujiwara rocking his man late in the round before dropping him only moments later. Aizu got to his feet but was rightfully stopped by the referee who put Aizu's health first.
The second bout on the show went the distance as Tentaro Kimura (5-0-2) [木村 天汰郎] out pointed Wataru Yokoyama (4-9-1, 3) [横山 渉] in a rather forgettable encounter. Kimura fought almost all the fight as a back foot counter puncher, which wouldn't have been a problem, but for the fact he couldn't draw many leads from Yokoyama, who cautiously pressed forward. Kimura did land solid shots every round, but they were few and far between whilst Yokoyama rarely landed anything of note. The drama was lacking here, and the most notable moment was Kimura making Yokoyama stumble, though he failed to follow up on the moment with any sort of sustained attack.
In the third bout we saw former Japanese 140lb champion Koichi Aso (24-9-1, 15) [麻生 興一] and Shogo Yamaguchi (12-6-3, 7) [山口 祥吾] put on a war, as many had expected. From the opening round it was clear that both men had the same mentality, winning a fight. This wasn't boxing, this wasn't point pinching. This was a fight. Aso's trademark pressure, behind a high guard, forced the action to be close and personal. Yamaguchi tried to avoid a war in the opening round, but was quickly forced to rethink things, and from round 2 to round 8 we got some great action up close as both men unleashed uppercuts and hooks.
Not only was the action exciting but it was wonderfully captivating, with each man giving as good as they got, and each man needing to deep incredibly deep. By round 5 it seemed like Aso was tiring, wearing out and showing his age, before he gritted his teeth and fought back, then it seemed like Yamaguchi was tiring, before he turned it around.
After 8 rounds it was almost impossible to call, with the judges turning in scores of 77-75, twice, and 76-76, to give Aso the majority decision victory. Sadly it does look like retirement is looming for Aso, with the 34 year old looking very much like an old fighter who has lost several steps since his prime years. Saying that however he still knows how to put on a show.
In the chief support bout we saw a master at work as Rentaro Kimura (2-0, 2) [木村蓮太朗] put on a virtuoso performance against the insanely tough Takafumi Iwaya (4-4) [岩屋卓史]. Kimura used Iwaya as a human punch bag in the first 2 rounds, landing pretty much every punch in the book. He showed a double handed attack to the body and head of Iwaya who some how stayed up right, despite being hammered. Time and time against Kimura would land shots that looked like they should put Iwaya down, but he stayed up.
Sadly for Iwaya he wasn't just being beaten up, but at times he was being toyed with as Kimura ducked, dodged, slipped and seemed to avoid almost everything Iwaya threw at him. It was a showcase of a young talent who appears to have it all.
After seeing their man take a shellacking for 4 rounds it seemed Iwaya's team were keeping a closer eye on things in round 5, and when Kimura began to put the jets on they wisely threw in the towel, realising their man was too tough for his own good. For those who haven't seen Rentaro Kimura we seriously suggesting making a big effort to see him as soon as you can. He is a very, very special talent, and he showed it here. Yes, Iwaya is nothing special, except in terms of toughness, but Kimura was showing things that were incredibly to see in such a novice professional. In many ways he appears to be Japan's Vasyl Lomachenko, with some very similar footwork, angles and movement. He's a sensational talent, and should be watched very carefully over the coming years.
In the main event we saw the talented Tsubasa Murachi (5-1, 3) [村地翼] bounce back from his 2019 loss to Froilan Saludar as he easily beat the tough Ryotaro Kawabata (12-4-2, 6) [川端遼太郎].From the opening round it was clear Murachi was out to make a statement, and he was hammering Kawabata with some huge right hands within seconds of the bout beginning. Somehow Kawabata was taking the shots, and kept marching forward.
Round after round Murachi would land some solid headshots, picking up the pace when he wanted. The shots he was connecting with included some truly massive right hands up top that really did test the chin of Kawabata, who managed to take them and continue to come forward.
As the rounds went on it seemed like the only question would be how long would Kawabata survive? Amazingly however Kawabata did more than just survive, as he began to come forward, despite his face swelling up badly, and in the final two rounds he forced Murachi to back up, though he did eat a lot of hard leather whilst pressing forward.
After 8 rounds, which was a surprise in it's self, we went to the scorecards which all had the bout a wide and clear win for Murachi, with scored of 80-72, twice, and 79-73.
For Murachi the performance was perfect, given the fact we saw him being knockout last time we saw him in the ring, though he would likely be frustrated that he couldn't force a stoppage. For Kawabata however it was a painful loss, and the clearest defeat of his career.
Tomorrow we'll get the chance to see super prospect Rentaro Kimura (1-0, 1) [木村蓮太朗] return to the ring for his second professional bout, as he takes on Takafumi Iwaya (4-3) [岩屋卓史] at the FujisanMesse in Shizuoka.
Today, ahead of their bout, Kimura and Iwaya took part in their weigh in, and both men made the contracted 58KG, around 127.8lbs, limit.
On the scales Kimura was exactly 58KG's, and looked in tremendous shape, as he did for his debut in July.
Kimura, who is regarded as super prospect in Japan, made his debut earlier this year, blasting out Yuya Azuma in impressive fashion at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo and it appears to make a statement tomorrow in tomorrows bout, which takes place in his home town. He's often spoke about wanting to become the first world champion froma gym in Shizuoka, and so fighting there does seem to be something that is important to him, and shining in is home town debut is clearly a focus.
Iwaya, who is promoted by Nobuhiro Ishida, came in comfortably under the limit, weighing in just over 126lbs. He is, notably, a replacement to a replacement for this bout and has been all but written off. He does come in on the back of 3 straight wins but this is a massive step up for him, despite his edge in professional experience.
The bout, which will be streamed live by the promoter on their YouTube channel, is a great chance for fans to see what Kimura can do, before he takes on bigger and better tests in 2021. He's spoke about wanting to win a world title in 10 bouts, so we are expecting a clear step up in class next year, and wouldn't be surprised by him fighting for silverware before the end of next year.
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