Earlier today Ohashi gym put on their latest show, with a notable low level card at Korakuen Hall. The card wasn't a huge one, but it was an interesting one, with a number of very interesting match ups.
The first of the notable bouts saw the unbeaten Honoka Kano (4-0-2, 2) [狩野ほのか] score her 4th win, as she defeated Megumi Hosoda (3-4, 1) [細田めぐみ] in a clash between two JBC ranked female fighters. These two had clashed last year, fighting to a draw, but this time around Kano was in control, being too accurate, too sharp, and too quick. She fought well, and was well deserving of her clear decision victory.
Another notable bout saw youngster Kosuke Tomioka (5-2, 4) [富岡 浩介] end a 2-fight losing run as he over-came the debuting Kotoji Irita (0-1) [入田 琴司] in the 6th round of their clash. This was high level stuff from two talented southpaws, started off cagey but picked up the face as the fight went on. By round 5 Tomioka seemed to be landing the better shots and seemed to be breaking Irita down, and early in round 6 Tomioka managed to back Irita into the corner, letting shots go before the referee stepped in to save Irita.
In a very notable supporting bout Ryo Nakai (4-1-1, 2) [中井 龍] scored the biggest win of his career, as he stopped veteran Ribo Takahata (17-10-1, 7) [高畑 里望] in 5 rounds. Nakai was sharp from the off, going to the body of his older, taller foe, whilst Takahata tried to fight back from the inside. In round 2 Nakai began to get in and out of range, as he went through the gears. From there Takahata never managed to get back into the fight and was slowly broken down by Nakai, who closed the show in round 5 when he unleashed on Takahata, who was stuck on the ropes. This was the break out performance that Nakai's career needed and will see him break into the Japanese rankings.
In the chief support bout of the show the unbeaten Narumi Yukawa (5-0, 4) [湯川 成美] scored his latest win, as he stopped Takaki Sakurai (8-9-1, 3) [櫻井 孝樹] in 6 rounds. Yukawa was in charge through out the bout, and bossed his more experienced foe around before finally forcing the referee to stop the bout early in round 6.
The main event of the show saw Katsuki Mori (10-1, 2) [森 且貴] claim the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title, as he over-came Shunsuke Isa (9-4-1, 1) [伊佐 春輔] in a super close and hotly contested 8 round, fought at break neck pace. Both men impressed with their movement, and hand speed, in what was a genuinely thrilling back and forth. Isa tried to control the distance, using his 1-2's and movement well, whilst Mori looked to bring the fight forward, attack the body and take Isa's legs away. It was tough to score, but thrilling action, with both men showing some eye catching offense and defensive skills. What Mori did really was up to the tempo in the second round, and that proved to be the difference, with Mori winning 4 of the last 5 rounds on two of the cards to secure a razor thin split decision. Scores from all 3 judges were 77-75.
Interestingly after the bout both men stated the other was better than expected, and both also seemed encouraged to build on the back of this bout.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans has an excellent double header thanks to the Ohashi Gym.
The first of the two major bouts on the card was an OPBF Bantamweight title fight, as defending champion Kazuki Nakajima (10-1-1, 8) [中嶋一輝] faced off with former champion Keita Kurihara (16-6, 14) [栗原慶太] in what looked like a thrilling match up on paper.
Going in to this one, we, and plenty of others, anticipated a potential shoot out between two heavy handed guys who likely believed their power would be the difference maker.
In the opening round Nakajima looked to use his more polished skills and southpaw stance to his advantage. It worked well, and he seemed to get respect form Kurihara through the opening round. In round 2 however the challenger began to find his groove, and pressed, getting closer to Nakajima and finding the room for the occasional left hook. In round three Kurihara's power showed what it could do as he backed Nakajima on the ropes and landed a brutal right hand that dropped Nakajima. To his credit Nakajima beat the count and looked to continue the fight but was dropped again, from another right hand.
After the bout Kurihara spoke about landing the left hook in round 2, and how it played a factor in the finish, forcing Nakajima to keep an eye on his left hand left the door open to landing the heavy rights that closed the show.
The second of the major bouts saw Andy Hiraoka (18-0, 13) [平岡アンディ] extend his unbeaten run and claim the Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific titles at 140lbs, as he stopped Jin Sasaki (11-1, 10) [佐々木尽] in 11 rounds. The bout was highly anticipated, despite Sasaki missing weight yesterday, but turned out to be rather one sided with Sasaki struggling to ever get into the fight.
The early going saw Hiraoka's jab proving to be a brilliant tool, neutralising the power and style that Sasaki wanted. To his credit Sasaki pressed, and proved he was there to fight, but struggled to close the distance and struggled to get close enough to sustained any sort of an attack. After 5 rounds the judges all had the bout in favour of Hiraoka, with two scores of 49-46 and one having it 48-47, giving Sasaki more credit than he deserved.
By round 6 Sasaki was starting to slow down, his pressure less intense his output less notable and his speed slowing. That left Hiraoka in even more control and in round 7 he landed a right hook followed by a left hand for the first knockdown of the fight. Later that same round Sasaki was put down for a second time and he was in survival mode for the rest of the round.
Sasaki tried to will his way back into the fight in round 8, but it wasn't enough as Hiraoka used his speed, movement and reach well to land body shots on his dangerous, but faded, foe. He let Sasaki use his energy trying to turn the bout around, but it wasn't enough and in the 11th round Sasaki was dropped for the third time, with an uppercut. This timet the referee decided enough was enough and stopped the bout, giving Hiraoka the TKO win.
At the time of the stoppage Hiraoka was up 99-89 on two of the cards, and 98-90 on the other with round 11 having not been scored.
Other bouts on the card saw a successful debut for former amateur standout Kaiyu Toyoshima (1-0) [豊嶋 海優], who took a 6 round decision win over Shohei Horii (3-7-2, 2) [堀井 翔平], and a victory for 42 year old veteran Ribo Takahata (17-9-1, 7) [高畑 里望], who stopped Katsunori Endo (7-4-1, 4) [遠藤 勝則] in the 6th round of a scheduled 8 rounder.
Earlier today we saw the first Japanese card of 2020 and whilst it wasn't a sensational card, it did featuring some interesting match ups, and notable fighters.
Prior to the first punches being thrown the Korakuen Hall hosted a ceremonial pray, for the safety and success of the fighters. After that the card began to get under way.
The opening couple of bouts didn't feature anyone too notable, with the first notable names being former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] and current OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎], who took part in a 2 round spar. This exhibition, which was put together at late notice against Tsuchiya's original opponent failed to secure a visa in time.
After that we saw former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平] stop Filipino Danny Tampipi (9-11-2, 5) in the 5th round. This was expected to be a blow out, but credit to Tampipi who took his shots like a champion and stayed in their until the final round. He was punished by the much bigger Omori but showed how game he was until the referee had finally seen enough.
We then moved onto the main section of the show, the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament finals.
Unfortunately the first of the finals had been cancelled, when Yuki Yamauchi (4-0, 3) [山内祐希] pulled out of his bout with Ren Sasaki (10-0, 6) [佐々木蓮]. Sasaki became the winner by default and collected his award in the ring.
We then got the first of two tournament finals, and action suddenly heated up. The final, at 60KG's, saw Filipino slugger Marvin Esquierdo (16-2-1, 10) stop Japanese veteran Ribo Takahata (16-9-1, 6) [高畑里望]. in the 4th round. Takahata had been dropped hard in round 2, but had fought back well until going down a second time late in round 4, and forcing the referee to wave off the bout. This win netted Esquierdo a very nice bonus for scoring a stoppage.
The final bout was less explosive, but even more interesting as Mongolian novice Tuguldur Byambatsogt (2-0) defeated Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez (26-6-2, 24) in the 65KG final. Byambatsogt out boxed Baez easily in the first 3 rounds, fighting behind his jab and footwork, but seemed to slow down in the 4th round as Baez began to mount something of a comeback. Baez's comeback was however short lived with Byambatsogt showing a more aggressive side in round 5, dropping Baez to secure a clear decision win. The young Mongolian looks like a real potential star, and has shown he can box and fight, but he will need to temper his negativity if he's to become a big name. Despite the negativity Byambatsogt has the talent to go a very long way.
Give that financial bonuses were on the card for early stoppages this wasn't the explosive event we were hoping to see. Despite that there was enough to take away from the card to be entertained, with out being thrilled. Fingers crossed next weekend's Dynamic Glove card is a little bit more explosive and exciting than this was.
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On Sunday we get the conclusion of the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament. One of the finals, the one at 60KG's, will see Filipino Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling Japanese veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望].
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both men mad weight with room to spare.
On the scales Takahata was 59.7KG's, or 131.6lbs, whilst Esquierdo was slightly lighter at 59.6KG's, or 131.4lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this bout but don't have tickets to the venue, the entire show will be live streamed on the excellent Boxing Raise.
For those unaware the Knock Out Dynamite Tournament, is a prize match tournament, where fighters are given a bonus if they stop their opponent. The quicker they get a stoppage the bigger their bonus.
In the first stage of the competition Esquierdo scored an opening round win over Koichi Ito, to bag the biggest bonus available, whilst Takahata failed to secure a stoppage bonus as he took a decision over Mongolian novice Bat Ireedvi Tsendsvren.
Related - One to watch - Ribo Takahata vs Marvin Esquierdo
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The excellent streaming and Video on Demand service Boxing Raise announced their January line up early today an confirmed they would have 2 live shows and would add 3 old shows to their Video on Demand library.
The first of the live shows will take place on January 12th and will be the Knock Out Dynamite final show. It's sadly not the show that was announced originally, with 2 bouts falling through completely and one need a replacement opponent. It is however the first Japanese show of 2020 and features Marvin Esquierdo (15-2-1, 9) battling veteran Ribo Takahata (16-8-1, 6) [高畑里望] and Mongolian fighter Byambatsogt Tuguldur (1-0) taking on Vladimir Baez (26-5-2, 24), in a tough looking match up.
The other live show takes place on January 28th, despite the banner stating the 31st, and will be the God's Left Bantamweight tournament final. This features the tournament final, between tournament final between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kazuki Nakajima (8-0, 7) [中嶋一輝], as well as a WBO female Minimumweight title fight between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) [多田悦子] and a Japanese Youth Lightweight title fight between Kaiki Yuba (6-0-2, 4) [湯場海樹] and Kanta Takenaka (7-4-1, 2) [竹中関汰].
As for the old shows these are Dangan 127, Dangan 131 and Dangan 134, all from 2015.
These shows include bouts featuring the always exciting, though now retired, Shinya Iwabuchi, a then unknown Sho Kimura, a brilliant clash between Ryoichi Tamura and Yusuku Suzuki and a Japanese title fight featuring Takuya Kogawa
It's not the strongest month from Boxing Raise, but it's not terrible, with both live cards expected to give us some thrills and a nice selection of action from the back catalogue.
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