We know in Japan that prospects can be fast tracked incredibly quickly, as we've seen in recent years with the likes of Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人], and Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]. It appears the next fighter set for that type of trajectory is Super Bantamweight hopeful Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑].
Yesterday news broke that the 24 year old Nishida would be returning to the ring on August 12th to take on former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平] at the Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall, in Osaka.
Nishida had been a stand out amateur and before Coronavirus put boxing on hold in Japan he had been set to face off with Matcha Nakagawa (13-2-1, 5) [武田航] on April 19th. That bout cancelled and this seems to be a much, much stiffer test for the youngster.
Although talented and highly regarded Nishida's competition so far hasn't done much to test him. his debut opponent, Sakol Ketkul, was stopped in just 2 minutes whilst Pablito Canada was dominated back in December. On the other hand he really was a talented amateur and has shown a lot to get excited about, even if this does appear to be a case of his team rushing him a bit too much.
On the other hand Omori hasn't had the best of times in recent years. He was once touted, and looked sensational when he won the Japanese title but has gone 6-3 in his last 9 bouts, and has been stopped twice my Marlon Tapales and once by Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶]. Despite those losses Omori is still a tough opponent for a professional novice like Nishida, and this could well be too much too soon for the promising youngster.
At the moment no other bouts for this show have been announced, though it seems like that Muto will try and get some of their other prospects on to the event.
Earlier today the Muto Gym, the Japanese partner of MTK Global in their "MTK Japan" expansion, held a press conference in Osaka to announce five bouts.
From the bouts two were already known about, but the other three weren't, and were completely new announcements.
The most notable of the bouts mentioned today was actually one that was revealed yesterday.
That was the Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸]. Kunimoto, a Muto Gym fighter, will be getting his shot at the Japanese title on May 2nd as part of a Dynamic Glove card at Korakuen Hall, but he will be up against it as he takes on a dominant and heavy handed champion and it's clear he will be the under-dog.
Another bout that was known about before this press conference was a bout between Muto fighter Yusuke Mine (3-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] and former world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], which was announced earlier in the day. This bout will take place on March 30th at Korakuen Hall, and again it's the Muto fighter who will be regarded as the under-dog.
One of the bouts are set to take place on April 12th, and will see Tulio Kuwabata (3-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], also known as Dekanarudo Torio, look to bounce back from a December loss to Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (9-1-2, 8) as he takes on Japanese ranked fighter Kazuki Tanaka (11-3, 8) [田中一樹], who is looking to bounce back from a loss to Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] in a Japanese title eliminator. This looks like a ridiculous match up, at this point, for Kuwabata, who is talented but deserves an easy win after being blown out by Jordan. This is yet another case of the Muto fighter being the under-dog.
The two remaining bouts are both set for April 19th, and both look more competitive than the other three.
One of those will see Akio Furutani (8-4, 3) [古谷 昭男] take on Chikato Sumida (9-3, 1) [住田愛斗], in what is set to be an 8 round bout at Super Flyweight on "You Will Be the Champion 11". This looked really even on paper and Furutani, the Mutoh fighter, is probably the slight favourite.
The other bout, on the same card, will see Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] taking a massive step up in class as he is set to take on Matcha Nakagawa (13-2-1, 5) [武田航], in another 8 rounder, in what looks like a mouth watering match up. Although taking a huge step up Nishida does look like a special fighter and he maybe has the best chance of notching an upset.
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Earlier today at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka fans saw a touted trio of prospects from the Muto gym, take on a trio of Filipino visitors. Despite the local hopefuls being very highly touted they had mixed fortunes.
Of the trio it was Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田 凌佑] who had the best day, taking a commanding win over Pablito Canada (7-18-4, 1). The talented Nishida couldn't stop Canada, though he did everything but. Nishida was too good in every way and clearly frustrated Canada who had points deducted for hitting on the break and a deliberate head butt. After 6 rounds the scores here were 60-52, from all 3 judges.
The highly regarded Yusuke Mine (3-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] will feel like he got a lot more than he expected, when he shared the ring with former OPBF Flyweight champion Ardin Diale (35-16-4, 17). Mine got the win, but boy did he have to dig deep here. Diale dropped the youngster with a jab at the end of round 1 and then dropped him again, with a right hand, in round 3 as Min found himself in a deep hole, very early on. The knockdowns forced a change in gameplan from Mine, who began to press more, cramping Diale for distance and working up close. It changed the fight and work Diale out, with the Filipino being deducted a point in round 8 for repeatedly spitting out his gum shield. After 8 rounds Mine took the win with scores of 76-75 and 76-73, twice, but had been given a serious test.
The third of the prospects was Tulio Kuwabata (3-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] who fought Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (9-1-2, 8) in the chief support bout. Jordan did what his country men failed to do, and took out Kuwbata in in the first round. Jordan dropped Kuwabata with a counter right hand, and although Kuwabata got back to his feet he was dropped a second time, and failed to beat the count.
For Muto the bouts for Mine and Kuwabata were risky match ups, and they were perhaps lucky to only see one of their men lose here. For Mine it bout was a serious lesson, whilst Kuwabata has to go back to the drawing board. Diale has again proven he's a live fighter, despite picking up recent losses and Jordan looks like a genuine dangerman, and one to watch going forward.
Yesterday we reported that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be up against former OPBF Flyweight champion Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in his next bout, which will take place in December.
That bout will be part of the under-card for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title fight between champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] and South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
We can now report who Mine's and Kobayashi's stablemates, Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生], will be facing.
Kuwabata, who is in the events chief support bout, will fight in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout against once beaten Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (8-1-2, 7). On paper this is a brilliant match up, pitting a talented former amateur, in just his 4th pro bout, against a hard hitting fellow youngster, with Jordan entering on the back of a 5 fight unbeaten run. This should be a test for Kuwabata, and whilst we expect him to win, we do expect to see him being genuinely given a tough night.
Nishida on the other hand, only debuted in October, will be in a 6 round bout against tough Filipino journeyman Pablito Canada (7-17-4, 1). On paper this is a safe bout for Nishida to get a win in, but Canada get the upset wins, and fans in Mandaluyong City saw that recently when he upset former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan. Again the local prospect should have too much, but this could be a banana skin if Nishida over-looks his foe.
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Earlier today the Muto gym announced their next big show, which is now set for December 22nd at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center.
The main event will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] defending his belt, for the first time, against South Korean Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
On paper this should be an easy win for Kobayashi, given that Chang was stopped in 2018 by Masahiro Sakamoto.
Kobayashi won the title earlier this year, with an upset stoppage of Ben Mananquil, and few will complain about him getting an easy defense after recent bouts against the likes of Vincent Astrolabio, Keita Kurihara and Mannaquil. Though this is a bit too easy if we're being totally honest.
Also confirmed for the card were a trio of young Muto gym prospects. These were Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑], Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生]. At the moment none of this trio have had opponents announced for the card, though Mine and Kuwabata did seem to hint that their team were hunting for ranked fighters to face to test them.
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