Earlier today the Ohashi gym announced their third show of the year, which is set for March 8th at Korakuen Hall, and will see two men look to bounce back from recent losses, and will also feature a Japanese Youth title fight.
One of the fighters looking to bounce back is former OPBF Bantamweight champion Kazuki Nakajima (10-1-1, 8) [中嶋一輝], who will be up against Shohei Kawashima (18-6-2, 4) [川島翔平]. For Nakajima this will be his first bout since losing the OPBF title to Keita Kurihara (16-6, 14) [栗原慶太] back in October. On paper this should be an easy win for Nakajima, who has the edge in youth, power, and natural size, but Kawashima has got the skills to at least ask some questions of Nakajima, if Nakajima is questioning himself after the Kurihara bout.
The other fighting looking to bounce back is Taku Kuwahara (8-1, 4) [桑原拓], who is looking to rebuild after a 10th round TKO loss to Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (16-2-1, 11) [阿久井政悟] last summer. Kuwahara is, understandably, in a bit soft here after that loss as he takes on Takashi Hisano (6-5-1, 3) [久野喬]. This really should be a straight forward win for Kuwahara, but it's clear his team will want to see how he responds to the loss to Akui, especially given how brutal and tough that bout off.
In a Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title fight we'll see Haruki Ishikawa (9-3, 7) [石川春樹] make his first defense of the title, as he takes on Ryuya Tsugawa (8-1, 4) [津川龍也]. On paper this is a really good match up, and although it'll be third from top on the card, it could end up being the show stealing bout.
Other fighters on the card include Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0-1, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] and Rikuto Adachi (15-3, 11) [安達陸仁].
Earlier today we saw the announcement of the first Ohashi show of 2022, which is set to take place on January 11th at Korakuen Hall. The card is a very solid one, from top to bottom, it's really the main event which will have people's attention, and will also see a new Japanese champion being crowned.
The match up at the top of the card will see hard hitting Japanese destroyer Kai Ishizawa (9-1, 8) [石澤開] take on the unbeaten Katsuki Mori (9-0, 2) [森 且貴] for the vacant Japanese Minimumweight title, which was vacated by Masataka Taniguchi (14-3, 9) [谷口将隆] ahead of his upcoming WBO world title fight. This should be a fantastic match up pitting Ishizawa's pressure, power and aggression, against the speed, movement, and skills of Mori, who is stepping up massively for the contest.
For both men it will be their first bout for a Japanese title, though Ishizawa has won, and defended, the Japanese Youth title in the past, and is more proven and battled hardened fighter. Despite that it's Mori's promoter in charge of the show, and we suspect Mori and his team wouldn't have raced into a fight with Ishizawa unless they felt ready to face the feared 24, soon to be 25, year old.
Whilst the main event is the major talking point for this card, it will be packed with notable names. These include young hopefuls like Rikuto Adachi (15-3, 11) [安達 陸虎], Tentaro Kimura (7-0-2) [木村天汰郎] and Narumi Yukawa (3-0, 2) [湯川成美] as well as veterans like Makoto Kawasaki (11-8-1, 2) [川崎 真琴].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest show from the Ohashi Gym. Sadly this was a weak card overall, one of the weakest from Ohashi in recent memory, but there was certainly a couple of bouts worthy of some attention.
One of those was the chief support bouts, which saw Rikuto Adachi (15-3, 11) [安達 陸虎] take a razor thin win against Tetsuya Kondo (6-4, 4) [近藤 哲哉] in an 8 rounder fought between Welterweight and Light Middleweight.
From the off Adachi looked to use his reach and size to fight at range, but Kondo didn't really let him get away with that, and instead looked to press behind his 1-2, getting close to Adachi and neutralising the height and reach difference. To his credit Adachi kept trying to create space, having success in rounds 3, but as the rounds went on Kondo had more and more success, making Adachi fight his fight at times.
After 8 rounds this was incredibly close, though two of the judges did side with Adachi, who took the split decision with scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76.
The other major bout on this card was the second professional boxing bout of former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (2-0, 2) [武居由樹] who headlined the show as he took on the hard hitting Azusa Takeda (5-1, 5) [竹田梓]. Sadly this one did not last long.
Takei started the bout looking to measure the distance and landed a good southpaw left hand. Takeda tried to get close, tightening up his guard to close the distance, and the two men were then involved in a short back and forth. The excitement was tense, but short lived with a huge right hook from Takei being followed by a left hand to the body which dropped Takeda. To his credit Takeda got to his feet but was ruled as not being in a fit condition to continue, as his legs looked like they were still betraying him.
After the bout Takei revealed the combination he finished the bout with was something he had been taught by trainer Akira Yaegashi, and explained that he wanted to be fighting for his first title before the end of 2022.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the latest show in the Ohashi promoted Phoenix Battle series of shows, which will be aired this coming weekend on Fuji TV. The card featured 5 bouts in total, a Japanese Youth Welterweight title bout between Rikuto Adachi and Takeru Kobata, a the professional boxing debut of Yoshiki Takei and an interesting match up between Taku Kuwahara and Yoshiki Minato.
For those wanting to watch this, as live, over the weekend we please note that spoilers will begin in the next paragraph, starting with the the first under-card bout, which is unlikely to be televised at all, and then moving on through the other bouts on the show. If you wish to avoid those spoilers, please stop reading now.
The opening bout on the show saw teenage hopeful Yushin Uchida (2-1, 2) [内田 勇心] score an opening round win over Shunsei Sawada (0-1) [澤田 春聖]. This bout, which lasted 161 seconds, saw Uchida drop his man twice to secure the victory.
Amazing the Japanese Youth Welterweight title bout lasted even less time than the opening bout on the show, and this ended with an upset! The much unfancied Takeru Kobata (9-5-1, 4) [小畑武尊] managed to destroy the once touted Rikuto Adachi (14-3, 11) [安達陸仁] in just 123 seconds! Adachi landed the first shot of note, a good body shot, but that seemed to kick start Kobata who pressured afterwards and landed a huge straight left. The shot dropped Adachi an the referee quickly waved off the bout.
For Kobata this is a massive win, a huge upset, and a career defining result up to this point in his career. As for Adachi, it's a second stoppage loss in 4 bouts, and not the return to the ring he would have wanted after more than a year out of the ring.
The third bout on the card ended up being the most competitive, though that wasn't saying a lot. That saw unbeaten hopeful Taku Kuwahara (8-0, 4) [桑原拓] take a wide 8 round decision over Yoshiki Minato (9-4, 4) [湊義生]. From the off Kuwahara was too quick, too sharp, too accurate and too good for Minato who gave a solid effort, but was second best in every facet of his game.
After 8 rounds the scores here were 80-72, twice, and 79-73 to Kuwahara. To his credit the winner did give Minato props, stating that he was strong and good at closing the distance, though the bout was still a clear win for the talented Ohashi gym prospect.
The chief support bout saw former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (1-0, 1) [武居由樹] begin his professional career, and do so in impressive fashion as he took out Kazunori Takai (6-8-3, 3) [高井一憲] in the shortest bout on the show. In fact this one lasted just 103 seconds! Takei pressed from the off and backed Takai on to the ropes, where he landed a good right hook and then brilliant combination to drop his man. Takai got back to his feet but was dropped again from a straight left hand just moments later. After the win Takei stated that he wanted to "become a fighter who can carry Japan on my back" an on the back of this performance he may well be able to do just that.
As a K-1 kickboxer Takei was a star and it seems like he has the tools to be a big star in boxing, having been responsible for a huge number of ticket sales on this event. That crossover appeal, added to his clear talent, makes him one of the most interesting prospects in Japan right now, and someone we suspect will be fast tracked.
In the main event fans saw unbeaten hopeful Andy Hiraoka (17-0, 12) [平岡アンディ] take a 3rd round TKO win over Fumisuke Kimura (9-7-1, 6) [木村 文祐], in what was a second bout between the two men. Hiraoka, who hadn't fought in Japan for well over a year, was in charge from the off, pressing the action and backing up Kimura. To his credit Kimura showed his toughness in the first 2 rounds, but in round 3 the referee had seen enough and stepped in, saving Kimura from further punishment.
Interestingly these two men fought back in 2018, and Kimura managed to last 8 rounds with Hiraoka, so this result was an improvement from the youngster. It was also his first main event, and the first time a show has been sold around him. It is however a clear sign that Hiraoka needs to step up now, and title bouts should be sooner rather than later. There's no reason for his team to hold him back, and Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific title fights should be on his radar for later in the year.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, fight fans will be able to see a Japanese Youth Welterweight champion being crowned as Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] and Takeru Kobata (8-5-1, 3) [小畑武尊] battle for the vacant title. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 147lb limit with no issues. In fact both men came in at an identical 146.6lbs.
Despite weighing in at the same weight the two men looked very, very different on the scales.
At the weigh in Adachi looked in good shape, showing off some impressive abs, and towered over Kobata. In fact Adachi looked much, much bigger than Kobata, more than the 3" that we were expecting. Kobata on the other hand looked a touch fleshy, and lacked the muscle definition of Adachi, though looked comfortable at the weight.
The bout will be Adachi's first in well over a year, with his last bout being a win over Masafumi Ando in December 2019. Since then he has had several bouts fall through and has moved gym, from the Hiroki Ioka gym to the Ohashi Gym. Given his size advantage it's clear he will be looking to keep this at range, and box behind his long levers.
As for Kobata he revealed that his plan is to get inside and pressure. n obvious gameplan and one that should make the contest an interesting one. Interestingly this will be his third bout since the start of 2020, and he will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Shoki Sakai which he suffered last December.
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