Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese powerhouse promoter hosted a card featuring some of it's most notable hopefuls all fighting in 8 rounders.
Among those hopefuls was the very highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0-1, 1) [李 健太] who unfortunately suffered a minor set back thanks to a technical draw against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-2, 5). On paper this bout looked really,really interesting but failed to live up to the expectations we had due to repeated headclashes. Those headclashes forces the bout to be halted in round 3, with Lee suffering from several very nasty cuts. Before the headclashes the bout had been interesting, but seemed to one that Lee's more rounded and smooth skills were shining in.
Another of the hopefuls was Mikito Nakano (4-0, 4) [中野幹士], who scored a big win over Filipino foe KJ Natuplag (8-2-2, 7). Natuplag had come to win and was an awkward opponent, giving Nakano issues in the first couple of rounds, pressing and launching big shots. In round 3 however Nakano's power told, and left uppercuts from the Japanese hopeful wobbled, and then dropped the Filipino. This proved to be the type of tough test that Nakano needed, and although a win at just 18 seconds into round 3 doesn't make it seem tough the way the first 2 rounds were were perfect to see what Nakano was made of and how he could adapt.
It's worth noting that entering the bout Natuplag was ranked by the OPBF so we now expect to see Nakano take that ranking, and begin his journey towards a potential regional title fight. He clearly has work and development to do before that, but this was a big step forward for the former amateur standout.
Earlier today we were informed that Teiken would be holding a show on November 2nd featuring some of their brightest prospects, each taking their next step forward as they continue their march towards title glory.
The main event of the card will feature Shuya Masaki (13-1, 5) [正木脩也], though his opponent hasn't been announced at the time of writing. Masaki, ranked #3 by the JBC, will be featuring in an 8 round bout and the suspicion is that he will be taking on an international opponent but someone who isn't a significant step forward from his last bout, which saw him defeat Al Toyogon.
In the co-feature Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], whilst other leading support bouts will feature Masaya Tamayama (12-2, 6) [玉山将也] and Hayate Kaji (13-0, 9) [梶颯]. Sadly not one of this trio have had their opponents named, however we're expected Oshima to face a decent test following a good win last time out, Tamayama to be in a confidence building performance after a loss and Kaji is likely to face an imported opponent to rebuild his aura after a poor performance in his last outing.
Strangely two most interesting, and the two least experienced, men on the card have both had their opponents named.
One of those is highly touted Kuntae Lee (2-0, 1) [李 健太] will be up against unbeaten Indonesian foe Rivo Kundimang (9-0-1, 5), in what is a really good fight. Lee is expected to be a major player on the regional scene, at the very least, at 140lbs and looks to have the skills to be a potential player at the world level. Kundimang on the other hand is an unbeaten youngster and is regarded as a legitimate prospect himself. Aged 22 Kundimang has won his last 9, and last time out he stopped Ryan Sermona, so should pose a genuine test for Lee. Notably this will be Lee's first 8 round bout.
The other is Mikito Nakano (3-0, 3) [中野幹士], who is set to face Filipino KJ Natuplag (8-1-2, 7), who was beaten last time out by Joe Tejones but should be regarded as a step up in class for Nakano. The unbeaten Japanese fighter was a former standout amateur who is tipped to be a major star of the future, and he has looked the business so far, but the Filipino has never been stopped and could well ask serious questions of Nakano. Then again if Nakano stops Natuplag here it will be very hard for Teiken to hold him back, and there could well be title fights in 2020 for Nakano.
Indonesian boxing news site Ronde Aktual have reported that unbeaten local hopeful Rivo Kundimang (9-0-1, 5) extended his unbeaten run over the weekend with a stoppage win against Filipino Ryan Sermona (21-10-1, 14).
The bout saw a head clash of heads in round 2, which left Sermona cut. The doctor inspected the cut, cleaned up the blood and let the bout continue, rather than have the bout left with a technical draw.
The doctor's decision may have been questionable, though did see the bout enter the third round. It was here that the local found his range and began working away on the inside, forcing the referee to save the Filipino, who was in no mans land before the referee jumped in.
The win sees Kundimang claim the IBF Pan Pacific title at 140lbs, and take a huge step towards securing an IBF world ranking. Sadly for Sermona he has now lost 2 of his last 3.
(Image courtesy of Ronde Aktual)
Earlier today Indonesian website rondeaktual.com revealed that unbeaten Indonesian prospect Rivo Kundimang (8-0-1, 4) would be back in the ring on April 6th in his next bout.
Sadly whilst the date of his next bout was revealed, as was the fact he will be fighting for an IBF Intercontinental title, there was little else that seemed to be set in stone.
For example the bout could be either 10 or 12 rounds, and will be against a Filipino, who has yet to be publicly named. Despite the fact the bout is less than 2 weeks away.
For those who haven't seen Kundimang before the 22 year old southpaw, who fights at 130lbs, has won his last 8 after a draw on debut against the much more experienced Geisler AP. He has a pretty fun style and is a good looking kid with a lot of potential. That potential will however need to be nurtured, and that is typically where Indonesian fighters are sadly falling short. Fingers crossed his opponent in April will be named shortly, and he will be tested sooner, rather than later.
(Image courtesy of http://rondeaktual.com)
Earlier today it was confirmed that unbeaten Indonesian hopeful Rivo Kundimang (8-0-1, 4) would be returning to the ring in Jakarta in March on a Daniel Martin show, to face an "international" opponent.
Specifics in regards to the date and and Kundimang's opponent have yet to be confirmed but the unbeaten 22 year old is regarded as one of the biggest hopes in Indonesian boxing, and and he had a really impressive 2018, socring 7 wins. It's unlikely he'll be that active this year, though he did actually fight for the first time in 2018 in March. During last year h won the IBPC and WBC Asian Boxing Council Youth Light Welterweight titles, in what was a huge year for the youngster.
We have have also been informed that Kundimang has began sparring with 4 domestic fighters to help prepare for his upcoming bout, and that it will be a "bigger bout" than his previous ones, the biggest of which have been bouts against the likes of Musa Andy Letding and Girapan Boonpeng.
Hopefully the March card will be announced shortly, as we're expecting to see several interesting names added to the show.
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