Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see unbeaten Japanese Youth Flyweight champion Joe Shiraishi (10-0-1, 5) [白石聖] record his first defense, blasting out challenger Jukiya Washio (7-5-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也] inside a round.
The 23 year old Shiraishi, who won the title in September when he took a decision over Yoshiki Minato, landed a peach of a counter left hook on to Washio who dropped to the canvas. Washio tried to beat the count but was unable to steady himself in time, giving the referee no option but to stop him, at an official time of 2:09 of round 1.
With this win Shiraishi will continue to move towards a shot for the main Japanese Flyweight title, and although it's unlikely he'll get that shot in 2020, we wouldn't be surprised to see him well and truly in the mix for a title shot the following year.
As for Washio, it's hard to know where his career really goes from here. This was his first stoppage loss, but he's now 3-5 in his last 8 and the 22 year old clearly needs to drop down a level and be given a chance to regroup before stepping back up to this type of bout.
Another notable youngster picking up a win on this card was 21 year old Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁], who beat Masafumi Ando (6-10-2, 3) [安藤暢文]. Ando had moments but was clearly looking the lesser man, with a lot of holding coming in round 6, enough for him to be deducted a point. The bout was then called off, with Ando citing a shoulder injury at the end of the round.
We've known for a while that on December 28th we'd be getting an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator in Osaka between Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] and Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11). Until today there was no real details about the supporting bouts on that card, though today we were informed of two notable bouts taking place on the show.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round Welterweight bout, between 21 year old hopeful Rikuto Adachi (13-2, 10) [安達陸仁] and the under-rated Masafumi Ando (6-9-2, 3) [安藤暢文], who comes into this bout just 7 months removed from a KO win over former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa. This isn't a massive bout, but is an interesting one, much more interesting than it looks on paper.
The other bout that caught our eye is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and under-rated challenger Jukiya Washio (7-4-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也]. For Shiraishi this will be his first defense, following his title win in September, and he looks to keep his momentum going after also winning the Rookie of the Year in 2017. Washio has lost his last 2, and 4 of his last 7, but he's a capable fighter and should prove a decent test for Shiraishi, who will be looking for bigger fights next year.
Earlier today we were informed that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was planning to make his first defense of the title on September 16th at the 9th "Champ Fight" show from the Ioka Gym.
The champion, who won the belt in February, hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed though we have been told that the contest will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will headline the card, which will feature several other notable fighters from the Ioka Gym.
Among those other bouts set for the show is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生], in what looks like it could be a very interesting contest and one that's very hard to call. Shiraishi won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has added a couple of knockout wins over international opponents since then. Minato on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year last year, but was stopped by Seigo Yuri Akui back in April.
There will also be a very interesting Japanese Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁] and Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀], in what could be a very explosive encounter. This will be Adachi's first bout since losing to Kudura Kaneko in May, whilst Hamashima will be looking to bounce back from back to back losses. The loser of this match up really will have a long climb back to have any bouts of significance.
Also on this show, though yet to have their opponents announced, are Tetsuya Terada (7-5-2,1) [寺田達弥] and Japanese based French born fighter Keny Guy Mutshe (1-0, 1)
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw a Japanese Youth Welterweight title bout, with defending champion Kudura Kaneko (10-0, 7) [クドゥラ金子] battling against Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁].
On paper this was a brilliant match up, and it proved to be a very competitive one, at least in the early going.
Adachi took the first round, using his speed and jab to control the tempo. In round 2 Kudura would begin to press more, forcing Adachi to back up more, and it was clear clear that Kudura had belief in his power.
Adachi tried to fight back against the pressure in round 3, but was rocked hard late in the round by a Kudura right hand, and had the round been a few moments longer he could have ended up on the canvas. Things would however go better for the challenger in round 4, with his footwork being the key to a solid bounce back round.
Sadly for Adachi his hopes were totally smashed in round 5, as he was dropped hard by a Kudura right hand, just moments before the bell. The shot was huge and dropped Adachi hard, though he would try to beat the count before being stopped at an official time of 3:07 in round 5.
With the win Kudura takes a huge step towards a shot at the main Japanese title, held by Yuki Nagano, though it's back to the drawing board for Adachi. Given the fact both men are in their early 20's this bout was a risk for both. It's fair to say that Adachi can certainly rebuild, but Kudura has again shown his promise and it's obvious he can go much, much further than this in the years to come.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be added, in the coming days, to the Boxing Raise library, which has again picked up the rights to a really interesting Japanese bout at youth level, and we really are hoping that the youth title continues to give us this type of fight.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to attend a much anticipated Japanese Youth title bout, as defending champion Kudura Kaneko (9-0, 6) [クドゥラ金子] takes on Hiroki Ioka protege Rikuto Adachi (12-1, 9) [安達陸仁]. The bout isn't one which has been making noise in the West, but it is a really key bout for two talented, young and promising Welterweights.
Today the men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made the limit whilst looking in amazing shape.
The champion, who is a Japanese fighter originally from Afghanistan, was comfortably under the 147lb limit. He weighed in at 145.75lbs and whilst he looked in great shape he did look naturally smaller than Adachi, who hit the scales at 147lbs.
With both men only being 21 there's a great chance that both will progress through the rankings in the years to come, however the fact they are meeting this early is fantastic and something to be really exciting about. No matter who wins or loses the Japanese Welterweight scene will have a new notable contender following this bout, and the loser, although needing to play catch up, will certainly not be written off.
For those unable to make it to the EDION Arena Osaka for the bout, it will be added to the Boxing Raise service in the coming days, giving everyone a chance to see this one.
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