Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Dangan put on their latest show, which was part of an A and B Class tournament. Although the card certainly wasn't a huge one it did have several noteworthy bouts on it.
One of the notable bouts on the card saw JBC ranked female fighters face off, in what turned out to be a bit of an upset. Former notable female amateur Sayo Segawa (1-1, 1) [瀬川 紗代] was expected to claim her second professional win as she took on 29 year old Natsuki Tarui (4-6-2) [樽井 捺月]. Instead however the experience of Tarui played dividends as she narrowly took a 6 round split decision. By the end of this one both women looked absolutely shattered following what had been a very high octane and draining bout. Credit to Tarui however for digging that little bit deeper and taking the narrow win.
In a B Class tournament qualifying bout at Bantamweight Koki Mioya (8-1-2, 2) [三尾谷 昂希] took a clear decision win over Daiju Hamaguchi (4-5, 2) [濱口 大樹]. Hamaguchi looked to try and make this a fight, using his physicality, but Mioya was good through out and there was no real arguing with the decision. After 6 rounds the scores were 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 all to Mioya, who was well worth the win.
In a 5 round Prize Fight, where a bonus is given for scoring a stoppage, Ryo Nakai (2-0-1, 1) [中井 龍] took a decision win over Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤 未来]. This was a fairly entertaining and well fought bout, but in the end Nakai's amateur pedigree, ring craft and more polished body punching proved to be the difference maker. Despite the loss for Naito we really wouldn't write him off and he certainly has the ability to make a mark on the domestic scene over the coming years.
In the main event, an A Class tournament qualifying bout, fans saw the big punching Shu Utsuki (7-0, 6) [宇津木秀] showcase what he could do as he took the fight to Takayuki Sakai (9-3-2, 6) [酒井 孝之], and took his man out in round 2. Utsuki looked like the boss from the opening seconds and pressed and pressured Sakai around the ring as and when he pleased. In round 2 Utsuki put his foot on the gas and dropped Sakai with a gorgeous short right hand. The referee instantly stopped this one.
Following today's wins Mioya and Sakai will both be in action in January in the their relevant tournament finals.
Earlier today we were informed of two fighters being featured on a show in Thailand on November 26th.
The show hasn't yet had all the bouts announced for it, but we have been informed that two Kadoebi Gym fighters will be on the show, which takes place in Bangkok in the afternoon, in 6 rounders
One of those Kadoebi fighters is Ryo Nakai (0-0-1) [中井龍], who looks to score his first win as a professional following a draw with unbeaten Filipino Jay Lloyd Quidlat. The 21 year old Nakai turned professional in a 6 rounder, following a 30-16 (15) amateur record, and whilst he was held to a draw there is pretty big expectations on his shoulders following a pretty strong amateur background. The fact he debuted in a 6 rounder against an unbeaten prospect shows the belief his team have in him, and the fact he's now set for his international debut is certainly evidence that Kadoebi want him to get international experience before he gets bigger bouts on the road.
The other Kadoebi fighter booked for this card is the often over-looked, though hugely fun to watch, Yusuke Konno (15-4, 8) [今野裕介], the current WBA Asia Light Welterweight champion.
The talented Konno is looking to to secure his 5th straight win, and 9th win in 10. Although Konno's record doesn't look impressive he has been impressive with wins over Kazuya Maruki, Vladimir Baez and, most recently, Baishanbo Nasiyiwula. The win over Baishanbo was a huge one in China and sadly Konno hasn't been able to build on it, though a bout now in Thailand does keep the exciting 140lb slugger busy before a bigger bout at some point in 2020.
At the time of writing neither Nakai or Konno have had their opponents named, though we suspect opponents will be local novices, with the focus being more about keeping the two busy than really forwarding their career with big wins.
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