HCMC Vietnam March 24, 2020
One of the Philippine's most respected fighters Richard Pumicpic has the form and power to destroy the coming out party for red hot Vietnam technician Nguyen Van Gioi in Manila on May 9th. In what is sure to be a rough and tough welcome to the pro ranks, Gioi is tasked with besting the iron willed and fisted Manila boxer. The man nicknamed "The Beast" has 21 professional wins to his name, and should have many more on his resume against top opposition. It is no secret that the solidly built pinoy has been the victim some absolutely terrible decisions whilst on the road and away from his home country. In spite of that, this destructive come forward weapon of mass destruction is ranked #3 in the Philippines, and #40 in the world. He also boasts a win against Philippines top ranked super feather, “The Jaw Breaker” Joe Noynay and top ten in the world.
Vietnam's Nguyen Van Gioi is clearly a special talent. Despite limited opportunities to compete in his home country, this deft southpaw shows superb balance and timing, and is regarded by many as one of Vietnams’s most skilled warriors. Gioi fought at Victory 8 Hanoi in October 2019, and put on a near flawless display against rising star Virgel Vitor, edging the Philippines visitor with impeccable defence and counters. This is truly a testament to the skills of Nguyen Van Gioi, that he can be matched against “The Beast” Richard Pumicpic at his professional debut, and as such, a win against a fighter ranked top 40 in the world would surely be one for the record books!
Stay posted: Victory 8 Manila May 9th
*story sourced from Victory 8 Boxing
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we got the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament semi finals. Surprisingly the bouts both ended with Japanese winners, setting up an all-Japanese final. We say it was surprising as, in all fairness, the two locals seemed to be the under-dogs.
The first of the men to secure their place in the final was Shingo Kusano (13-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟], who managed to out point Korean dangerman Jae Woo Lee (7-3, 6) [이재우].
Kusano, who had been dropped several times in his quarter final bout, wasn't expected to be able to cope with the power and aggression of Lee. Impressively however the local fighter boxed excellently, using his legs and experience to out box, out move and out think Lee. The Korean was never out of the bout, and continuously pressed, but struggled to impress the local judges.
After 8 rounds Kusano had done enough to take a narrow majority decision, with scores of 77-75, twice, and 76-76.
Kusano was joined in the final by Daisuke Watanabe (10-4-2, 6) [渡部大介], who took an upset win over Filipino veteran Richard Pumicpic (21-11-2, 6).
The Filipino came out fast, and looked to make action exciting from the other, but a head clash left him bloodied, and Watanabe began to time him well. The local never looked comfortable with the aggression and toughness of Pumicpic, but did enough to take the rounds on the eyes of the judges, who had him the winner in a hotly contested bout.
After 8 rounds the scores were 77-75, twice, and 78-74, all in favour of Watanabe.
At the start of the tournament this is certainly not the final we would have expected, but we're looking forward to it. The bout is pencilled in for May 17th, at the Sumida Ward General Gymnasium, but of course does depend on the Coronavirus and it's long term impact on boxing in Japan, with the virus already forcing a suspension of the sport in Japan in March.
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Tomorrow fight fans will get the semi finals of the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament.
One of those semi-finals will see talented Filipino Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6) clashing with local fighter Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-2, 6) [渡部大介] in a mouth watering match up.
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and on the scales the Filipino was bang on the 126lbs limit, whilst Watanabe was 125.75lbs.
The bout will see Watanabe looking to build some momentum following his sloppy technical draw against Koshin Takeshima in their quarter final bout whilst Pumicpic will be fighting for the first time in the tournament after getting a bye in the first stage of the tournament.
For fans who haven't yet purchased a ticket, or those outside of Japan, the bout will be shown live on subscription service Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today online subscription service Boxing Raise revealed their schedule for February and sadly it's rather lacking with only 3 shows in total, and only 1 live one. That is however a sign of a quiet February in Japan more than anything, with only 7 shows scheduled for the entire month, including the February 1st card which was shown on G+.
The first of the Boxing Raise cards is actually available already and took place today at Korakuen Hall. The card was a rather small and low key one, featuring only 4 round bouts. Whilst the show didn't get much attention it is good to see the service uploading the bouts on the same day which hasn't always been the case.
The next show to be including on the service this month is the February 14th Kadoebi card. This will be headlined by Froilan Saludar (31-3-1, 22) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title against Ryoji Fukunaga (11-4, 11) [福永亮次] in what looks likely to be an explosive match up. Other bouts of note on this card will include Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] facing off with Filipino MJ Bo (8-3-2, 4) and a brilliant match up between Yuki Nakajima (3-1, 3) [中嶋憂輝] and Shisui Kawabata (2-1, 2) [川畑嗣穂].
The only live card for the month will take place on February 27th and is an excellent looking card, headlined by an OPBF Welterweight title bout between Riku Nagahama (11-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] and Kudura Kaneko (11-0, 8) [クドゥラ 金子] and also featuring the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament semi finals. Those semi-finals will see Jae Woo Lee (7-2, 6) [이재우] taking on Shingo Kusano (12-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟] and Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6) clashing with Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-2, 6) [渡部大介].
Whilst it's a shame there's so little content this month, it is impressive that Boxing Raise do have 3 of the 7 Japanese cards from the entire month.
We've known for a week or saw that both Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] and Tsubasa Koura (14-1, 9) [小浦 翼] would be on the February 27th show at Korakuen Hall. The was made public when the poster was revealed a few days ago. What wasn't originally known was the opponents for the two men, which was only revealed recently.
Koura, a former OPBF Minimumweight champion who lost the title last year to Lito Dante last March, will be fighting for the first time in 11 months. Koura was supposed to fight in January, but issues with his opponent, Indonesian fighter Silem Serang, saw it falling through at short notice. He'll be up against Chinese fighter Yujie Zeng (14-10-1, 6) [曾玉洁], in what looks like an easy bout on paper, but will see Koura taking on a naturally bigger man, who has only been stopped once in his 25 fight career.
Tsuchiya, who's a former Japanese Lightweight champion, was also supposed to fight in January before his opponent, Yangyang Li (8-1-2), was unable to get a visa. That was going to be his first bout since June 2017. His opponent for February won't struggle to get a visa this time around as he takes on fellow Japanese fighter Shogo Yamaguchi (11-5-3, 6) [山口祥吾]. Given Tsuchiya's long break from the ring we didn't expect him to face someone too testing, and in Yamaguchi we see Tsuchiya in with an opponent who has failed to win his last 3 and is without a win since 2018.
These bouts will take place on the same card as the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament semi finals, which will see Jae Woo Lee (7-2, 6) [이재우] against Shingo Kusano (12-8-1, 5) [草野慎悟] and Richard Pumicpic (21-10-2, 6) against Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-2, 6) [渡部大介]. The card will also feature an OPBF Welterweight title bout between Riku Nagahama (11-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] and Kudura Kaneko (11-0, 8) [クドゥラ 金子].
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