Taisei announces Riku Kano Vs Yuga Inoue, Ishida Vs Baldonado and Ozaki's debut
Earlier today Taisei Marumoto, the head of the Taesei Gym, announced his next show, which is set for September 3rd at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City. The card, From Mita to the World 19, is an interesting one, set to be streamed on Youtube and feature a number of notable Japanese fighters, including a great looking all Japanese main event for a regional title.
The headline bout, the aforementioned title bout, will see world ranked Flyweight contender Riku Kano (19-4-1, 10) [加納 陸] battle against Yuga Inoue (13-2-1, 2) [井上夕雅], with the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title up for grabs.
The bout will be the first serious test for Kano at 112lbs, after having fought for a world title at Minimumweight and winning a regional title at Light Flyweight, and a win here would likely help him move towards a WBO world title fight. As for Inoue the bout is a chance for him to add to his title collection, which includes the Japanese Youth Flyweight title, which he won last November, and for him to claim a world ranking.
As well as the interesting main event we also see several notable names on the show,. In the chief support bout we'll see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (30-3, 16) [石田 匠] take on Filipino visitor Ronnie Baldonado (15-3-1, 9), who looks to avoid a third straight loss.
The card will also feature the debut of 19 year old Yuga Ozaki (0-0) [尾崎 優日], who begins his professional campaign after going 32-8 in the amateur ranks and winning a silver medal at the Asian Junior Championships. In the opposite corner to Ozaki will be will be Thailand's Narathip Sungsut (5-8, 2), with the men clashing in a scheduled 6 rounder.
Olympian Charly Suarez and fellow unbeaten boxer Carl Jammes Martin aim to reach the next level of their respective pro careers when they eye the vacant regional belts of their divisions.
The 33-year-old Suarez (9-0, 6 KOs) battles young Mindanaoan Tomjune Mangubat in a 12-round World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia superfeatherweight championship.
Martin, 22, will seek the vacant WBA Asia superbantamweight strap against veteran Ronnie Baldonado of Cotabato.
The title fights will happen Saturday (March 12) at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Paranaque.
"This fight is crucial for me because this could pave the way for an international campaign soon. But first things first, my focus is Mangubat at the moment," said Suarez during Friday's presser.
A lot will be at stake for the Ifugao-native Martin (18-0, 15 KOs), currently ranked 12th by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), as he will also defend his Philippine 122-lb belt which he claimed last December.
"My opponent is moving up in weight but it won't make him a huge underdog because admittedly, he's faced boxers who are way talented compared with my past foes," said Martin who is dubbed The Wonderboy.
The explosive card promoted by VSP Promotions and Ultimate Knockout Challenge (UKC) of Cucuy Elorde will also feature a 12-round Philippine flyweight title bout between titleholder Bienvenido Ligas and challenger Roland Jay Biendima.
Photo Caption 1: Ifugao boxing prospect Carl Jammes Martin (right) is expected to face a stiff challenge against veteran internationalist Ronnie Baldonado in a 12-round WBA Asia superbantamweight title fight Saturday, March 12, at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Parañaque.
Photo Caption 2: Olympian and many-time International campaigner Charly Suarez (right) will seek his 10th win as a pro when he faces Tomjune Mangubat (left) of Bukidnon in a 12-round WBA Asia championship Saturday, March 12, at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Parañaque.
Earlier today we were sent the full bout card for the MP Promotions show on March 23rd.
The card will be headlined by an IBF Bantamweight world title eliminator, as Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) battle to become the mandatory for the IBF title. This bout had previously been announced for a different show, in Singapore, that appears to have fallen through.
A second world title eliminator will be at Minimumweight, and will see Samuel Salva (16-0, 10) taking on Rene Mark Cuarto (16-1-1, 9).
Other bouts of note on this show will see Ronnie Baldonado (13-1-1, 9) battle Elias Joaquino (12-3-2, 6), in a mouth watering domestic battle and another great domestic clash between Orlie Silvestre (12-5-1, 8) and Joel Taduran (8-10-2, 2).
On the international stage we'll see Singaporean fighter Muhamad Ridhwan (11-1, 8) and Landy Cris Leon (11-18-5, 5) battle in a supposed showcase for Ridhwan and a great match up touted Chinese prospect Lei Wang (2-0, 1) taking on the under-rated Adam Diu Abdulhamid (13-7, 5) in a really tough looking bout.
(A huge thanks to Ian Melodillar @iaknows for the image)
Later this month we'll see WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] facing off with mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成]. For Kimura the bout is a chance to score a 3rd defense and to really build his reputation, following a string of good wins just not yet an outstanding one. On the other hand a win for Tanaka would see him becoming a 3-weight world champion in just 12 bouts, tying the record of Vasyl Lomachenko.
Today Tanaka took part in a public work out at the Hatanaka gym under the watchful eye of promoter Kiyoshi Hatanaka.
The work saw Tanaka speak to the media, stating that his condition is good and that he was nervous for the all-Japanese world title fight. Both Tanaka and Hatanaka seemed to be aware that the bout will pit Tanaka's incredible speed and skills against Kimura's stamina and toughness. Tanaka himself stated that the resulted depended on whether Kimura would break his heart or not, and it's clear that the youngster knows he will be pushed harder than ever.
At today's work out Tanaka sparred for 4 rounds with former foe Ronnie Baldonado (12-1-1, 9), and looked really sharp in the spar. It's clear that their bout earlier this year saw both men build mutual respect and Baldonado is being used as a virtual Kimura to help Tanaka prepare for the next 10 days or so.
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Over the last few years we have seen Japanese fighters put on the fast track to success, with a number of Japanese youngsters racing their way to titles and notable victories. One of the most notable of those is former WBO Minimumweight and Light Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成], who became a world champion 5th fight and a 2 weight champion in his 8th.
Today Tanaka began his pursuit of a third divisional world title as he took on Filipino Ronnie Baldonado (10-1-1, 7) and gave the visitor his first defeat, stopping him in the 9th round of a fairly one-sided contest.
Tanaka looked to control the distance early on, using his speed and jab though was clearly cautious of Baldonado's dangerous power shots. As the bout went on though Tanaka became more aggressive, bullying Baldonado on to the ropes in round 3, and dropping him with a series of body shots in round 4. Baldonado was clearly in pain from the body assault but showed his toughness to beat the count, and get saved by the bell.
To his credit the Filipino gritted his teeth and looked to turn the fight around from rounds 5 and 6 as he showed his resolve. That however wasn't enough and in round 9 Tanaka again found the place for his body shots and badly hurt Baldonado, with the referee saving the Filipino.
After the fight Tanaka and WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura has some friendly words and it's clear that Tanaka is wanting to fight for a Flyweight title next time out,. On this performance he looks ready and like he has developed into a Flyweight well, but Kimura will be a much tougher tests than Baldonado was here.
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