This past Thursday in Japan fight fans had the chance to see an interesting card thanks to Koki Kameda and Midori Gym, who worked together to put on a pretty notable, even if not massive, card.
The show had a number of notable bouts and stories coming from it. One of those was the return to the ring of former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (25-2-3, 16) [宮崎 亮], who returned after more than 5 years of inactivity, to stop Takayuki Teraji (9-20-1, 4) [寺次孝有希]. The talented Miyazaki looked to find his range in the first round, and find his rhythm. It wasn't a great start from him, though that's not a surprise given hi lengthy inactivity, though it didn't look at all for him to turn things on, dropping Teraji with a brutal straight right hand. There was some good body work before the finish, but this was very much more about Miyazaki shaking some ring rust, rather than really shining.
Another notably story on the card was an appearance from Japanese Heavyweight hopeful Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ], who took part in an exhibition with former boxer Yosuke Nishinjima (24-2-1, 15) [西島洋介氏]. Due to a lack of suitable opposition this was seen as better than waiting long for Tajima to debut, with Koki Kameda explaining that the plan is for Tajima to go on a training camp in Russia in 2022 before, finally, making his professional debut. There is real expectation on his shoulders, but it feels like it's been a very, very, very long time since his got his professional, and things are certainly a bit frustrating for him, and his fans.
In the main event Masanori Rikiishi (10-1, 6) [力石 政法] scored a stoppage win over Japanese based Filipino Roli Gasca (26-10-1, 9), who took the bout on short notice. Originally Rikiishi was supposed to take on Roldan Aldea, but due to the Japanese response to Omicron Aldea was unable to get to Japan, and Gasca stepped in. Sadly Gasca didn't look his best, and also looked under-sized. Rikiisi dropped his man in in round 3, before forcing Gasca's corner to pull him from the right between rounds 4 and 5. The plan is now for Rikiishi to face more notable opponents, and he is also on the verge of a title fight, so fingers crossed 2022 will be a miuch, much better year for him than 2021, where this has been his only bout.
.Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a trio of notable prospects in action, all 3 of which managed to net wins against international opponents.
The first of the trio in action was Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心], who was forced to work really hard to over-come hard hitting and tough Filipino Jon Jon Estrada (11-7-1, 10). Coming in to this bout both men were in the the WBO Asia Pacific rankings, and the bout looked like a really good one on paper.
Given that Takeshima had had things pretty much all his own way through his first 3 fights this was a genuine test, and Estrada didn't come to lose. Instead the Filipino got in the ring and brought his typical pressure, giving Takeshima problems, though the talented Japanese youngster did do enough to rack up the rounds.
After 8 rounds Takeshima took the decision 79-73, twice, and 79-74, to gain his most meaningful win and likely put himself on he verge of a regional title fight.
The second prospect to pick up a win was the exciting Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人], who did was expected and blitzed limited Indonesian foe Thomas Tope Hurek (3-4-1, 1) inside a round. The talented Hatanaka, who will be in action in August against Jaysever Abcede, dropped his man with a right hand and Hurek was unable to beat the count. Officially this KO was scored at 2:11 in round 1 and Hatanaka will have shaken some rust before his bout with Abcede.
The third prospect was Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉] who was given the toughest test by far, as he narrowly over-came former OPBF champion Roli Gasca (25-9-1, 8). The 24 year old Mizuno seemed to have the edge in power and size, but Gasca's experience saw him neutralise a lot of Mizuno's work, whilst doing well with his own shots, landing clean blows on the Japanese fight, especially to the body. It was a really hard one to score but in the end the home crowd seem to just help Mizuno over the line, as he took the majority decision. After 8 rounds the judges had this one 76-76 and 77-75, twice, for Mizuno.
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Earlier today in Mie Japanese fight fans were given a small Japanese card.
The first notable bout on the card saw former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (25-8-1, 8) defeat Shuma Sugawara (6-2, 4) [菅原秀馬] in an 8 round contest. The bout, Gasca's first since November 2017, saw him starting quietly getting a read on Sugawara who tried to establish his distance. After a quiet opening round Gasca began to find his range, and landed several straights. That drew a response from Sugawara though it was Gasca who seemed to get the last work, with a good right hook landing cleanly. Sugawara tried to turn the fight around with, but his lack of a jab made life easy for the experienced and skilled Gasca, who landed straight shots as and when he wanted.
With Gasca well in the lead after Sugawara tried to turn things around in the final round, but he was unable to trap the smart Gasca, who used good footwork to see out Sugawara's offensive charge. After 8 rounds it was a clear win for Gasca, with scores of 80-73, 79-73 and 78-74.
The main event of the show saw Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (10-5, 7) [中村祐斗] successfully defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-5, 1) [近藤冬真], in a nail biter.
The fight was a hard to one to split from the off, with two of the judges having the bout even after 4 rounds, The champion looked to establish control behind his jab but the challenger brought the action and had more than his share of success, responding to everything Nakamura did. The fight wasn't just competitive early on but also in the second half, with Nakamura tagging the body of Kondo whilst Kondo pressed, especially in round 8. It was a nip and tuck affair, and that showed on the scorecards with scores of 77-75 to Nakamura, 77-76 to Kondo and a deciding score of 78-75 to Nakamura, who retained his title with a split decision here.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
Earlier this week we were informed that former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) would be back in the ring, fighting for the first time since November 2017. The talented Filipino, who beat Hiromasa Ohashi back in 2011 or the regional title, would only enjoy a short reign, losing the belt to Yukinori Oguni, but would prove a notable fighter on the regional scene with a draw against Akifumi Shimoda and close losses to Oguni, in a rematch, and Richard Pumicpic.
The talented Filipino will be up against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬] at the Messe Mie in Tsu on April 14th, in what will be the chief support bout of Real Fight 5.
Sugawara is much less well known than the Filipino but is riding a 5 fight winning run and the 23 year old will know that a win will give his career a massive boost, much more so than his wins on the domestic level have done so far.
We mentioned that Gasca Vs Sugawara was the chief support, the main event of the card will be an all Japanese affair with Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] taking on Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真]. This looks pretty interesting with both having similar win-loss records, though Nakamura is clearly the puncher, and with both having suffered 3 recent losses.
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