Results from Korakuen Hall!
Please note - Today's show from the Korakuen Hall won't be televised until this coming week, when G+ will televise the card "as live". As a result of not wanting to ruin the broadcast for those wanting to watch we'll be leaving this disclaimer in and begin with out results article from the third paragraph. We will, also, be uploading the videos after the show is broadcast in mid-week. So again, for those wanting to watch the fights as live in video section, do not read beyond this paragraph.
Today at the Korakuen Hall Teiken put on the next show under the long established Dynamic Glove banner, and it was one with a number of prospects in action and a few good match ups on paper. It was however one with a weak main event that was put together on later notice due to a fight being ruled off as a visiting fighter from South Africa was unable to secure a visa in time., and was certainly open to criticism given the fact that the late replacement hadn't been able to put up much of a fight in 4 previous visits to Japan.
So lets begin by talking about that main event bout which saw Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] easily over-come Filipino visitor Glenn Medura (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Medura was dropped twice before retiring in his corner at the end of round 4, and had posed very little threat for Ogawa, who will now face Fuzile in September in an IBF world title eliminator.
The main support bout saw Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也] take a shut out 10 round win over Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-4-1, 6), in what will go down as one of Masaki's best wins. Earlier in the year with saw Toyogon ask some questions of Ryo Sagawa but here he looked very poor against a red hot Masaki, who himself showed improvements from a couple of frustrating recent bouts. Masaki will clearly be hunting a title bout in the near future, and a rematch with Hironori Mishiro, the current OPBF champion, is a bout that makes a lot of sense for the Teiken fighter. Mishiro however, may, have different plans.
In a Japanese Welterweight bout Riku Nagahama (10-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] managed to take a decision win over Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也], in what is among the very best wins for Nagahama. This was a hotly contested bout with Nagahama taking the narrow decision, 77-75, twice, and 77-76, and kicking off with a win following his recent move to the Kadoebi gym. Another close 8 round bout saw the touted Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯] squeak a win over Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-19-2, 5) with a split decision. Kaji, who came through the Rookie of the Year a few years ago and looked like a star in the making, struggled to hurt Orais who showed his veteran experience and perhaps deserved the upset here. Kaji really needs to get his career sorted as this is not the first time he has come close to suffering a defeat and it seems only a matter of time before he comes up short.
In a really interesting test former amateur stand out Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] was forced to work for a win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (9-1-1, 5). Lee looked to always be in control, though Paniamogan refused to go away and was certainly the type of test Lee deserved after his debut, which saw his opponent really look out of of his depth. Lee showed off good technical boxing, sharp punching, but still, clearly, needs time to develop his professional style, and a bout like this will serve as a major tool in shaping him and correcting his flaws.
It was a much easier day for fellow amateur stand out Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who blitzed Arvin Yurong (12-4, 3) in 2 rounds, in a very impressive performance. Young had been stopped 3 times prior to this, but had managed to ask questions last time of Xiang Li and in China. Today however Young was taken out mid-way through round 2 from a pair of Nakano right hooks. This was the sort of test Nakano needed and the sort that saw him stamp what he can do in the mind of fans.
To begin the show Takayoshi Suzuki (4-1-1, 1) [鈴木敬祥] scored an opening round win over Tsuyoshi Naito (4-5-4, 2) [内藤 剛], with Naito retiring at the end of the round.
Kaji and Orais make weight!
Tomorrow fight fan at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a notable Japanese Super Flyweight bout, as unbeaten prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] takes on Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5) in what is, essentially, a Japanese title eliminator.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for tomorrow's bout and both men made weight with no issues, whilst looking in great shape and ready for their fight.
On the scales both men were 115lbs and both sounded very confident.
For Kaji the prediction is a KO win in an interesting fight, as he takes a huge step towards a long awaited Japanese title fight. Orais on the other hand stated he wanted to get a shot at the title and would look to set up a victory in the early rounds, likely building a game plan based on chipping away at Kaji early and neutralising the younger, more powerful fighter.
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Kuntae Lee added to July 6th show!
Over the last few weeks we've seen a lot of talk and speculation regarding the July edition of the Dynamic Glove show. We can now reveal that the show has had a lot of details revealed, and looks like it will be a rather stacked card with a mixture of recognisable fighters and prospects.
The show, set for July 6th at the Korakuen Hall, will be headlined by the IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and South African Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), which will set the winner up for a world title. We've known about that for a while, though today we've had confirmation that the chief support bout is also going to be at Super Featherweight, as Shuya Masaki (12-1, 5) [正木脩也] takes on a yet to be confirmed opponent in a 10 round supporting bout.
As we've reported previously other supporting bouts will see Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] take on Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5) and a Welterweight bout between Masaya Tamayama (12-1, 6) [玉山将也] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸], with both of these set to be 8 rounders.
Last week we also confirmed that Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士] had been added to the card and today we can also confirm, after quite a lot speculation, that Kuntae Lee (1-0, 1) [李 健太] will also be on the show. At the moment neither Nakano or Lee have had an opponent confirmed, though both are expected to be matched with international opponents, and hopefully both will take notable steps up in class following blow out wins earlier in the year.
After several months of Dynamic Glove shows not being shown live on G+ we really have got hopes that this one wll be aired live given the talent on show, and the significance on the main event.
Over the last week or so we've seen a lot of talk about the July 6th edition of Dynamic Glove, which is set to be headlined by an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator, between Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8). Since that bout was announced by Teiken we've seen more and more news being revealed about the card, including a bout featuring the hotly tipped Mikito Nakano (2-0, 2) [中野幹士].
Today we were informed of another set for the card, with Super Flyweight prospect Hayate Kaji (12-0, 9) [梶颯] now confirmed to be on the show against Japanese based Filipino veteran Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5), in what looks to be a very clear step towards a potential Japanese title fight.
The unbeaten Kaji, who won the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year crown at the age of 18, has been hit and miss in recent fights. He has failed to shine against the likes of Jun Blazo and Arnold Garde, but the feeling has been that he needs to be fighting for a purpose, and against Orais we will see him fighting a man ranked in the top #3 by the JBC, with a win over Orais being a gateway to a title fight.
For Orais, who is now 34, this is a must win to keep his career alive, and he will need a much better performance than we saw him last time out, when he lost to Yuta Matsuo last October. At his best he was very capable, though now appears to be clearly winding his career down to focus more on his work a a trainer at the FLARE Yamagami gym.
Earlier today fight fans on boxingraise, and those at the Korakuen Hall, saw Yuta Matsuo (15-3-1, 8) [松尾雄太] and Rey Orais (20-18-2, 5) fight in a a Japanese Super Flyweight eliminator.
On paper it was easy to favour Matsuo, who had the better record and was the younger and more active fighter. Orais however started well, behind intelligently and using his tight guard and body shots to get off to a good to a good start and the early lead.
Sadly for Orais it seemed like Matsuo picked up the pace in round 3, and the veteran was dropped twice in round 4 as Matsuo totally took over the fight. To his credit Orais returned form the knockdowns by taking the fight to Matsuo, but it seemed more out of desperation than real self belief and he couldn't break through the guard of the harder hitting Matsuo.
In round 5 Orais was dropped again, and this time took the 10 count, as Matsuo secured himself a shot at the Japanese belt at the 2019 Champion Carnival. Sadly for Orais this will almost certainly end his in ring career, though he will likely continue in his role as a trainer at the Flare Yamagami Gym.
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