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+.
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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.
At the moment the Japanese boxing calendar is very much a mess, with 2 Dynamic Glove shows being delayed from the start of May to the middle of the month, and one that took place in April not being aired until later this month, in what must be a scheduling nightmare. Despite that there is already talk about June's Dynamic Glove show, which has had 1 bout announced for it far.
The bout in question will see former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (36-2-2, 24) [赤穂亮] take on boxing-police man Daisuke Sugita (6-1, 3) [杉田大祐] on June 5th at Korakuen Hall, in a 10 round bout at a contracted 56KG's (~123.5lbs).
For Akaho this will be his first bout since stopping Yuto Nakamura in December 2020, in what was a complete and utter mismatch against a naturally smaller, younger man who stood no real chance of being competitive. Aged 34 it's hard to know just how much longer Akaho has left in his body, but it's clear his dreams of getting a third world title fight are fading.
Sugita on the other hand has been out of the ring since beating Filipino tough guy Edison Berwela in November 2019for the WBA Asia Super Bantamweight title. That was his second successive win since losing in January 2019 to Reiya Abe, in what was a very one sided bout. Aged 32 he still has a few years left in his career, though sadly the global issues in 2020 did stop hois momentum, and essentially cost him a full year of his career.
At the moment no other bouts for the show have been confirmed, though announcements regarding the full show are expected later this week.
Way back in July 2019 we saw Japanese Bantamweight Yusuke Suzuki (11-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] go through an hellacious war with Yuta Saito (12-10-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] to take the Japanese Bantamweight title from Saito in a bloody, brutal, hard, tough fight.
Following that loss Saito retired from the sport, choosing to do so very soon after the bout.
Suzuki however had ended 2019 as the Japanese champion and was entering 2020 with the view to defend the belt against mandatory challenger Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-1, 6) [澤田京介], with that bout originally scheduled for April 9th 2020. Sadly though that date was derailed completely by the Covid19 pandemic which put the ice on boxing in Japanese a good chunk of 2020.
No it’s been confirmed that Suzuki Vs Sawada will never happen, with Suzuki announcing his retirement from the sport due to a detached retina, ending his career as the reigning champion.
Suzuki revealed that he had wanted to defend the title but that he had been having problems with his right eye for a while, and they got worse recently in training. Rather than risk his sight he has made the wise decision to hang them up and walk away from in ring competition.
Prior to turning professional Suzuki had been a solid amateur, running up a 54-24 (25) record. He turned professional in 2012 and climbed into the Japanese rankings very early in his career, following a win over Takaaki Ishikawa in early 2014. Sadly however he had to wait until 2019 for a show at the title, and made the most of his chance, dethroning Saito in a genuine brutal bout.
Although best known for his title win Suzuki didn’t have it easy. In his 14 bout professional career he beat solid domestic and regional fighters, like Kyosuke Sawada, Takaaki Ishikawa, Monico Laurente, Akinori Hoshino, Eita Kikuchi and Saito. Whilst coming up short against Yusaku Kuga, Ryoichi Tamura and Jeffrey Francisco.
When asked by Boxmob about his best performance Suzuki stated his title win was his best, and that he was glad to be able to show the title to those who had supported him through his career.
He is now going to set up a company and hopes to be able to use the company to help support fighters in the future.
With Suzuki retiring the title situation does become a little bit of a mess, though the assumption is that Sawada will fight for the vacant title against the next highest available contender. That would, potentially, be either Ikuro Sadatsune (11-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎], who is ranked #2 in the latest rankings, or Kenshin Oshima (7-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who is ranked #3.
Sadly the retirement of Suzuki does bring back the curse of the JBC Bantamweight title, which scuppered a host of events in 2018. This ended up seeing Ryo Akaho [赤穂 亮], vacating due to injury, Suzuki himself being injured, Suguru Muranaka [村中 優] missing weight, Saito being ill after winning the title. Strangely we’ve seen almost everyone who has been linked to the title since Akaho vacated retiring. Maybe the curse lives on after all.
We would like to wish Suzuki all the best in his post boxing life.
For those who missed Suzuki's final bout we've included it below.
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