Earlier today in Tokyo we had a show at Korakuen Hall. The wasn't a big one but did have two notable bouts on it.
The first of the two notable bouts saw OPBF Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (14-0-1, 13) [竹迫司登] score a 3rd round KO win over Thai visitor Niwat Kongkan (11-9, 8). Takesako, who had been out of the ring for around 16 months, controlled the bout from the off, with his powerful jab and straight right hand. The power of Takesako was too much for the visitor who was dropped numerous times before a straight right hand closed the show. After the bout Takesako stated that he wanted to unify regional titles, suggesting he's now hunting for the WBO Asia Pacific title, before moving towards a world title in the future.
In the main event we saw former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (39-2-2, 26) [赤穂亮] destroy Edrin Dapudong (35-8-1, 21) in just 167 seconds. Akaho managed to hurt Dapudong several times, before landing a brutal left hook that sent the Filipino to the canvas, where he remained for the 10 count whilst on his knees. This was only the second time Dapudong had been stopped in 44 bouts, but was a statement from Akaho who revealed that his team are in touch with two former world champions for his next bout. The Japanese slugger revealed that he is expecting to face either Mexican bad boy Luis Nery (31-1, 24) or multi-weight Filipino John Riel Casmero (31-4, 21) next time out, and that promoter Ichitaro Ishii is waiting or contracts to be signed to announce who Akaho will be up against.
Interestingly, on the subject of Casimero, he has also been linked to a potential show down in December with Takuma Inoue (16-1, 3) [井上拓真].
Just moments ago the latest Dynamic Glove card from Korakuen Hall finished and if we're being honest, it was not a card to remember. In fact it was a really poor show overall, with no bout really standing out as a must watch for those wantign to watch on replay.
On paper the bout between former amateur standout Shigetoshi Kotari (3-1-1, 2) [神足茂利] and glass cannon Kazuaki Miyamoto (7-8, 6) [宮本知彰] wasn't a particularly interesting match up. In fact on paper it seemed like a gimmie for Kotari, and the result would suggest it was, however Kotari had to work to earn a 5th round TKO win over Miyamoto, who came to win.
The first 2 rounds saw Kotari control the bout with his high level boxing skills, but in round 3 we saw Miyamoto look to force a dog fight, and land some bombs of his own, forcing Kotari to go through something of a chin check. Sadly for Miyamoto he couldn't crack the chin of Kotari who ended up dumping taking the pressure, and using it against Miyamoto who was eventually stopped in round 5 having been down several times. Despite the stoppage loss this was a great effort for Miyamoto, who came to fight and gave Kotari tough some rounds, even if Kotari did seem in control of much of the action.
In the second of the meaningful bouts on this show the hard hitting Ken Koibuchi (8-5-1, 7)* [鯉淵健] took on Taison Mukaiyama (7-3, 4) [向山太尊]. From the opening stages Kobuchi seemed to have the upper hand, pressing Mukaiyama backwards and landing big, clean, solid shots. As the bout went on however Mukaiyama began landing some good counter shots, creating space and having some genuine success of his own. Sadly though the power of Koibuchi was always dangerous and at the end of round 3 a huge overhand right from Koibuchi stiffened the legs of Mukaiyama, who looked genuinely unconscious on his feet. Lucky for him the shot was on the bell and he got to his corner and a minute to recover.
Unfortunately however Mukaiyama likely needed more than a minute and early in round 4 he was under pressure again, with the referee stepping into save him as he continued to take some huge blows.
After capturing the attention at the weigh in yesterday, by wearing a bra, Mugicha Nakagawa (24-8-2, 14) [中川 麦茶] took part in his first bout for more than 2 years as he faced off with former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (38-2-2, 25) [赤穂亮], in the chief support bout. The bout was somewhat messy early on, with both looking rusty and the styles not quite meshing. Sadly that never really changed with the two giving us a real mess of a bout.
Nakagawa wanted to keep things at range, box and move and use his jab, whilst Akaho wanted to get close and land hooks coming in, as a result there was a lot of times the two just came together. As a result of the messy action it was hard to score and a really hard one to watch.
Round 3 continued to see some ugly action, but both men did land some quality work, and Nakagawa's clean head shots were really catching the eye, and at one point he forced Akaho on to the retreat. Nakagawa's success continued in round 4, another round that had some incredibly messy moments, as he landed some excellent counters which continued to frustrate Akaho.
In round 5 Nakagawa went low, which left Akaho irate and saw Nakagawa being taken a point. It was a nothing blow, and given the other minor fouls and soon afterwards there was a takedown by Nakagawa, which forced the referee to put the men in neutral corners and talk to both. Sadly for Akaho when the action resumed he was seemingly hurt from another combination up top from Nakagawa. The referee would again give Nakagawa a verbal warning in round 6, as if he felt he was walking a point being deducted, but just moments later both men unloaded rabbit shots, as the bout continued to head towards a farce.
In round 7 it seemed that Akaho was hurt early on, and gassing, though he managed to put his foot on the gas midway into the round, landing some heavy hooks and clearly tagging Nakagawa hard, with Nakagawa forced to slip and slide under pressure from Akaho's wild, crude, heavy hooks. In the 8th round the two men had a huge headclash early on, not the first of the bout, though it left neither man cut. After the clash Akaho looked to come on strong, and landed some very heavy looking hooks but was pushed over to the canvas in the final 30 seconds. Thankfully come the final bell, would could move on, following what is likely to be one of the ugliest bouts we'll see in a Japanese ring this year. To the fans credit however they applauded the action, which was incredibly polite of them.
After 8 rounds the decision went to Akaho, though it did seem the judges were being a little bit generous to him, with two judges scoring it 79-73 in his favour whilst the other had it 77-75 to him. Regardless of the win it seems his career is about over at the age of 34, and on this performance we're not in a rush to see either man fight again. This was one of those bouts that really didn't click and if you missed, you should feel very, very lucky.
In the main event we saw Japanese domestic amateur standout Koki Koshikawa (9-4, 6) [越川孝紀] takes on Makoto Kawasaki (13-8-1, 2) [川崎真琴]
Thankfully this one was a palette cleanser following the mess we had had in the chief support bout. From the off the younger, fresher, hungrier Koshikawa was all over Kawasaki, with intense pressure and high output through the first minute. Kawasakiw as forced to fight fire with fire, and landed some decent blows in the odd exchange, but was clearly on the wrong end of the punishment for much of the round with Koshikawa mixing good head shots and body shots on to the veteran.
As the rounds went on Koshikawa continued to be the aggressor, pressing hard, but he was putting a lot into each round, and his intensity did begin to wane round by round, giving Kawasaki some space to work with.
By round 5 the tempo from Koshikawa was about done, and both began to look exhausted. Sadly for Koshikawa, that really let Kawasaki into the bout as he began to lean into the younger man and have success with shots up close. Even with more success however Kawasaki was still regularly being caught himself by the busier, younger fighter. Some how however the judges appear to have been watching a different fight, and the open scoring after round 5 had Kawasaki leading 48-47 and 49-46, with the third judge having Koshikawa in a 48-47 lead.
Sadly by round 7 this had gone from an entertaining war, driven by the aggression of Koshikawa, into a bout that was fought up close, with little output from either man, with both happy to lean into each other for large stretches of the bout. Despite that there were still eye catching moments, especially the counter shots of Kawasaki. Those counter shots impressed the judges in the final rounds, along with his love 2-punch combinations that switched between head and body against the really tired looking Koshikawa.
After 10 rounds we went to the scorecards and the judges had this on 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 all in favour of Kawasaki. Some of those cards seemed far, far too wide in a bout where Koshikawa's early output really should have been enough for him to take plenty of rounds. Though Koshikawa did seem to blow his load in the first half, and struggled with his pacing in the second half of the bout.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of shows, which will be aired this coming week on G+. The card featured a number of bouts, ranging from a Rookie of the Year qualifying contest to a man who is in the wold rankings and someone regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Japan.
For those wanting to watch this, as live, when it's finally aired, we have included this spoiler warning introduction. Please note that spoilers will begin in the paragraph after the next one. We will include the full undercard results for this show as well as the two main bouts.
The show opened up with a 4 round bout between Yuya Kumagai (1-1, 1) [熊谷 祐哉] and Yuki Yamamoto (0-2) [山本 勇貴] and this was exciting from the off with Yamamoto getting the early advantage and looking good in the early stages before Kumagai laned a huge right and flipped the fight on it's head, dropping his man in round 3. Yamamoto beat the count but was saved by the referee later in the round.
The second bout saw teenager Kohei Sakashita (1-1) [坂下 広併] suffer his first loss as the 35 year old Hiroki Ashizawa (4-2, 3) [芦沢 広樹] took a narrow decision over the youngster. This was competitive from the off, but the older, more mature Ashizawa, who was returning to the ring for the first time in 6 years, managed to battle through exhaustion and narrowly come out on top. This was an exciting little war, and a good win for Ashizawa, though we do need to wonder about the longer term potential for both men.
In bout number 3 fans saw Toshiki Tanaka (3-3, 1) [田中 利樹] destroy Daiki Yokota's (3-3, 1) [横田 大樹] ring return. Yokota, who last fought back in October 2005, yes you read that right this was his first fight in more than 15 years, was dropped hard from a 1-2 from Tanaka and the referee stopped this one, not even issuing a count. Yokota was done.
Another quick blow out occured in the final of the scheduled 4 rounders, and this was actually an East Japan Rookie of the Year qualifying bout, as Kai Watanabe (2-0, 1) [渡邊 海] blasted out Soshi Hattori (0-1) [服部 壮志] in just 76 seconds. Watanabe dropped his man hard with a clean straight right hand that forced the referee to wave off the bout with Hattori on the canvas.
In one of the more notable fights JBC #1 ranked Lightweight contender Seiryu Toshikawa (14-5, 8) [利川 聖隆] beat the #15 ranked Masaki Saito (15-16-6, 5) [斉藤 正樹] in very wellcontested 8 round bout. The bout saw Saito use his experience well, make life difficult for Toshikawa, and show a lot of veteran tricks, but in the end Toshikawa managed to do just enough to take the win, digging deep in the second half of the fight. This was a genuine test for the youngerman, and he passed it... though didn't seem like he was even close to ready for a Japanese title fight. As for Saito this was the perfect performance for him to end his career on and the 36 year old has been a genuine credit to Japanese boxing during his long career.
After 8 rounds the judges had this one 77-75, twice, and 78-74 all to Toshikawa.
In the chief support bout the highly touted Shokichi Iwata (6-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] took an 8 round decision over veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-11-3, 8) [大内 淳雅]. The fight started well for Iwata, who dropped Ouchi in the first round and from there he general controlled the bout, landing the better, clean, heavier blows. Ouchi, as he always does, gave a genuine effort through the contest but was coming off second best through. The effort of Ouchi made the fight look competitve at times, but Iwata really did do more than enough to take a comfortable decision, and take a huge step towards a potential title fight.
After 8 rounds the judges had this one 79-72 and 78-73, twice, all in favour of Iwata.
Sadly the main event ended up being disappointingly one sided as former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (37-2-2, 25) [赤穂亮] stopped boxing policeman Daisuke Sugita (6-2, 3) [杉田大祐]in just 3 rounds. The world ranked Akaho hurt Sugita early in the fight, with the ropes keeping Sugita up and Akaho having a knockdown scored in his favour as a result. Sugita, to his credit, fought back after that but was in trouble through out and in round 3 Sugita hit the canvas with a straight right-left to the body combination. He showed great determination to get to his feet, but the referee had seen enogh and waved off the bout.
This was stopped at an official time of 1:49 into round 3.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will get the chance to see 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (36-2-2, 24) [赤穂亮] face off with boxing police officer Daisuke Sugita (6-1, 3) [杉田大祐], in a really good main event bout that headlines a Dynamic Glove show.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh and both men made the contraced 56KG's (around 123.46lbs) without any issues at all.
On the scales the more experienced Akaho came in bang on the contracted weight and looked in good shape. Ranked #in the top 15 by the WBO at Bantamweight this is not a fight he can afford to lose if he hopes to land a third shot at a world title. Sadly though it does seem his best days are behind him, and whilst he is ranked there isn't a world champion out there Bantamweight that he would be favoured against.
Sugita on the other hand came in mrginally under the limit, at around 123.25lbs. He looked in incredible condition and he also looked the naturally man, which could be a problem for Akaho, who has typically fought as a bit of a bull, and struggled against bigger, stronger men. A win for Sugita would almost certainly help him earn a Japanese ranking and move to within touching distance of a domestic title fight.
Sadly for fans unable to make their way to Korakuen Hall this event will not be aired live. Instead it will be shown on tape delay, this coming Thursday from 7PM local time on on G+.
(Image credit - Yokohama Hikari)
Earlier this week we reported that Ryo Akaho (36-2-2, 24) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on June 5th as he takes on Daisuke Sugita (6-1, 3) [杉田大祐] as part of a Dynamic Glove show at Korakuen Hall.
We've now learned that another bout on that same card will feature fast rising Japanese Light Flyweight hopeful Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] in a notable bout against tough veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-10-3, 8) [大内 淳雅].
The unbeaten Iwata, who was tipped as a potential star when he made his debut back in 2018, hasn't been moved as quickly or as aggressively as many had hoped. Despite that he's been impressive and wins over Daiki Kameyama and Ryo Narizuka are certainlydecent wins for someone in their first 5 bouts. Sadly, like many fighters, the issues in 2020 really slowed his career down , and he fought just once during the year after havign fought 3 times in 2019.
Ouchi on the other hand is a legit veteran who turned professional in 2003 and has had 35 bouts. Not only has he had a solid number of fights but he has also faced a who's who including Ryoichi Taguchi, Masayuki Kuroda, Kenshiro Teraji and Masamichi Yabuki.
From what we understand this is set to be an 8 rounder, and will be officially announced in the coming days.
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