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 former 3-weight world champion turned promoter Koki Kameda announced that his next show, "3150 Fight Vol 1" has now got a new date set for it, after being cancelled in September due to the on going Covid19 Pandemic.
The show, which will take place at the Mielparque Hall, in Osaka, is now set to take place on December 16th with AbemaTV broadcasting the event live.
Sadly the full line up for the show hasn't been announced though it's been confirmed that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] would be competing in the main event, in a 6 round against a yet to be named opponent, and that Kameda is planning for him to be moved aggressively in 2022 to try and secure a world title bout towards the end of next year. Although this will be his first bout in more than 5 years, with his last coming in August 2016 when he lost to Ryoichi Taguchi, Miyazaki did explain that he's remained involved in boxing and it seemed like he was hungry to make up for lost time.
Miyzaki was at the press conference to announce the show, along with Kameda, and was also joined at that press conference by Japanese Heavyweight Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ], who is now contracted to the 3150 Gym, and will be making his debut under their guidance. Sadly no date has been set for Tajima's debut, but it was confirmed that he is now the proud holder of a JBC A class license, and is only the 9th Japanese fighter to get an A Class license before his debut.
Back in August we reported that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] was set to return to the ring on September 25th, his first fight in years, as he looked to restart his career under the guidance of Koki Kameda. That bout was supposed to see Miyazaki, who was last seen losing to Ryoichi Taguchi in 2016, take on Taigi Higashi (6-5, 2) [東 大河] in a bout that promises to be an exciting one, as most Miyazaki bouts were.
Sadly however the news out today is that that bout has been postponed indefinitely due to Covid19 cases in Osaka and the surrounding region.
The show was set to be the second promoted by Koki Kameda and his new 3150 Gym, though with Covid cases being as high as they are in Japan it seems unlikely that fans would have been allowed in the venue. It seems that Kameda realised this and has cancelled the show for now, rather than running a second event with out fans, as his first was also held in empty arena.
At the moment it seems likely that this event is postponed and not cancelled however, with Kameda expected to re-arrange it for later in the year, after the current Covid19 wave dies down and when Osaka will be safe to hold events with fans.
Back in July we reported that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] was looking to make a return to the ring, and had signed with the 3150 Fight Club, the gym run by Koki Kameda. At the time however it was unclear what the immediate plan was for Miyazaki, and just how quickly he was looking to return to the ring.
Today we saw more details of Miyazaki's ring return being confirmed, and we now know who Miyazaki will face in his return, when, and where.
The former world champion will be back in action on September 25th at the Osaka 176Box, in Osaka, where he will face off against the tough, but limited Taigi Higashi (6-5, 2) [東 大河], who has regularly been fighting against good prospects in recent years, and often at Super Flyweight.
For Miyazaki the bout will be his first in over 5 years, with his last bout being a loss to the then WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi back in 2016. It will also be his first above the Super Flyweight limit, in fact the bout will be fought at a contracted 53KG's, which is around 117lbs! And is scheduled for 6 rounds, his first 6 rounder since 2007!
The reality is that Higashi should prove to be tough enough, big enough, and strong enough to make Miyazaki work for a win, but Miyazaki, if he's taking this comeback seriously, should win without too many worries. He'll have to work for it, and we suspect he'll have to work 6 rounds at a high pace, but he should have the tools to win and shake off some ring rust.
Earlier today it was announced that former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] would be making an unexpected return to professional boxing at the age of 32, ending a near 5 year break from the ring to restart a career that promised much, but sadly under-delivered.
The aggressive and exciting Miyazaki is best known for his short world title reign that began with a FOTY contender in 2012, against Pornsawan Porpramook, and saw him defending the title against Carlos Velarde, with a sensational KO, and Jesus Silvestre, with a razor thin decision, before moving up in weight and suffering an shock upset to Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. Prior to the loss he was regarded as the #2 fight at the Ioka Gym, behind Kazuto Ioka.
Following his first loss Miyazaki scored a string of low key wins before getting a second world title shot, losing a clear decision to Ryoichi Taguchi in August 2016. After that bout he quietly retired, handing in a retirement notice in August 2017, and had some out of the ring issues.
For his return Miyazaki has signed up with the 3150 Fight Club, the gym run by Koki Kameda, and it seems the plan will be for him to fight likely later later this year, though no date has been announced for the return of the former champion.
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