Earlier today Korakuen Hall played host to the latest show from the long running Dyanmic Glove series of shows. The show wasn't the most notable in the series' history, but it was a chance for Teiken to show case some of their notable prospects, with the show held in front of just over 800 fans at Korakuen Hall, and a show that is set to be shown this coming week on NTV G+.
The show kicked off with the debut of former amateur stand out Hiroki Ogawa (1-0, 1) [小川寛樹], who took out Thai teenager Phongthep Bunchari (1-1, 1) in 4 rounds. Ogawa spent much of the first round pressing and poking, showing good patience, before moving through the gears as the bout went on, and in round 4 left hands to the body sent the Thai down for the 10 count.
In a second Japan Vs Thai bout we saw the once beaten Kenshi Noda (3-1, 1) [野田賢史] bounce back from a 2020 loss to Toshiki Kawamitsu, as he took a 6 round decision win over Kitidech Hirunsuk (9-3, 5). Noda controlled this bout through out, and after 6 rounds it was hard to give the Thai anything, in fact none of the judges gave him even a share of the round, turning in identical 60-54 scorecards for Noda.
Another bout that went the distance saw the highly skilled Junya Shimada (2-0) [嶋田淳也] take a decision over Rechel Calo (3-1, 1). Shimada was in control of much of this bout, and was aggressive through out, however Calo came to fight and was looking to land his heavy right hands through out, making Shimada take things serious and keep on his P's and Q's. A good win for Shimada, with scores of 60-54 and 59-55, twice, and one that saw him shaking some ring rust after more than a year out of the ring.
The fourth bout on the show saw the once beaten Hiromasa Urakawa (8-1, 6) [浦川大将] score a 4th round TKO win over Thai puncher Perapan Judkan (8-2, 7). The bout started with Urakawa being cautious, but by round 2 he had seen enough of the Thai to fight fire with fire, which resulted in some messy action and head clashes, with Judkan being deducted a point for use of the head in round 2. In round 4 a jaw sent Judkan down, and the referee waved off the bout without issuing a count.
We saw another 4th round TKO in the bout that followed, as the very promising Hiroto Yashiro (3-0, 3) [矢代博斗] over-came Thai visitor Suphaphon Hanvichachay (3-1, 2), in a battle of southpaws. Yashiro started well, and looked sharp, but was caught by a clean left hand in round 2. Yashiro covered from that left hand and finished the round struggle, before hammering the Thai in round 4, forcing the visiting team to throw in the towel and save their man.
In the chief support bout of the show former standout amateur Gonte Lee (4-0-1, 2) [李健太] made light work of Moo Hyun Kim (9-3, 5), scoring a 2nd round TKO. Lee measured his range well through the opening round before dropping Kim with a short left hand in round 2. Kim beat the count but was under pressure immediately and the referee stopped the bout 50 seconds into the round. After the bout Lee stated that his aim was to become the Japanese champion, and whilst he is some way from a Japanese title fight, it does seem likely he will get a shot in the next year or two, and he certainly has the tools to become a fixture on the title scene.
The main event of the show saw Ryota Toyoshima (16-2-1, 10) [豊嶋亮太] retain the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, as he stopped Filipino challenger Adam Diu Abdulhamid (17-11, 9) in 5 rounds. Toyoshima looked the more polished fighter from the off, and landed to the body well in the opening, before mixing up more body shots in round 2. Abdulhamid tried to counter back but failed to get the breakthroughs he was wanting and couldn't slow down the champion who kept pressing and kept landing, eventually forcing a stoppage in round 5, with the referee saving the challenge, whi was on the back foot and offering very little.
Tomorrow fight fans will be able to see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Ryota Toyoshima (15-2-1, 9) [豊嶋亮太] look to continue his impressive recent form and defend his WBO Asia Pacific title, as he takes on Filipino challenger Adam Diu Abdulhamid (17-10, 9).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales the champion was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 146.4lbs, and he looked in great shape. He about making weight easily and being in great condition, with the intention being to put in good performance tomorrow and show what he can do. Regarding his foe, he was aware of the power of Albulhamid, and also his balance and guard, but suggested that he'd stop the challenger, and put in a better performance than he did at any point last year. He also added that he was wanting to continue his climb towards a world title fight.
As for the challenger, he was also 146.4lbs. Notably he admitted having not seen any footage of Toyoshima, though admitted that he seemed big and strong. We've got to admit it is a worry that for Abdulhamid backers that he has never seen Toyoshima, given that footage of the champion is out there, and we do feel like that might be a bit of a mistake for what is the most important fight of his career so far.
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Earlier this week Teiken announced that OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Ryota Toyoshima (15-2-1, 9) [豊嶋亮太] would be back in the ring on August 6th, with the fighter planning to defend his WBO Asia Pacific title against Filipino challenger Adam Diu Abdulhamid (17-10, 9).
On paper this is a mismatch, with the world ranked Toyoshima expected to easily over-come his challenger, but in reality the bout serves as a decent test for Toyoshima, who is looking to move ever closer to a world title fight.
The talented Japanese fighter comes in riding a long unbeaten streak, having won 8 in a row dating back to 2018, and has moved his career forward with solid regional and domestic wins against the likes of Moon Hyun Yon, Woo Min Won, Riku Nagahama, Yuki Beppu and Shoki Sakai. Along the way he has looked like a talented boxer-puncher, who still needs more seasoning, experience and development before facing another world ranked opponent.
The 27 year old Abdulhamid is, himself, no world beater, but he has proven to be a solid, capable fighter, who has tested the likes of JR Inson, Reymond Yanong, Apinun Khongsong, Youli Dong and Steve Gago. He's proven to be a decent regional level fighter, on the Asia-Pacific scene, but has come up short in his most notable bouts. Sadly this bout does come just a few months removed from his most recent loss, a 6th round TKO defeat in Russia to Vitaly Petryakov, and it's hard to imagine him being at his best so soon after that defeat.
It's not often we see a fighter announce his gameplan at the weigh in, and then follow through on it, nearly to a T, the following day. Today however we saw one such as case OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Ryota Toyoshima (15-2-1, 9) [豊嶋亮太] did almost everything he stated he would, as he retained his titles and defeated Shoki Sakai (26-13-2, 12) [坂井 祥記]. The only thing Toyoshima failed to do was stop Sakai, but he gave it a good shot against one of the toughest men in world boxing.
At the weigh in Toyoshima stated that he was going to be going after the body of the challenger, and was going to try and stop him with body shots. When the fight took place, earlier today at Korakuen Hall, that's exactly what we saw from him. From round the first round to round 12, Toyoshima went after the body of Sakai, trying to chop him in half, break his ribs, and become the first man to stop Sakai, who has gone the distance with some big over the years.
The first started in a good nature as both men let shots got, Toyoshima attacking the body and Sakai trying to reply by closing the distance behind his jab, and working up close. That was the pattern for much of the fight, Toyoshima landing huge body shots, often in combinations, and Sakai trying to turn things around with a combination of shots switching between head and body. For the first few rounds Sakai had some success, but round by round that success was less and less evident, as Toyoshima's work rate, clean shots and eye catching power blows stole the show.
After 3 rounds it was a clearly Toyoshima's fight, but he also went on to show he could stand on the inside and bang, or bully Sakai, something we saw in a rather peculiar 4th round as the two men stood toe to toe and spent time wrestling, pushing, and forcing their physicality on the other. This was a round that should have suited Sakai but it didn't and it wasn't long under Toyoshima resumed total control with his body returning in round 5.
After round 5 we go the open scoring for the bout and the judges had cards of 50-45, 49-46, 48-47 all to Toyoshima. It was hard to argue with any of them, though 48-47 did seem a bit too close.
In the middle rounds Toyoshima continued to attack the body, trying to stop his man, but Sakai took the punishment, gritted his teeth and fired back, having a very solid round 8 and then having a good finish to the bout in the championship rounds, as Toyoshima took his foot off the gas. By then the bout was pretty much over, and all Sakai's late charge did was make the scorecards look respectable, with the judges turning in scores of 116-112, twice, and 117-111.
Whilst the bout was entertaining, and Toyoshima was the rightful winner, there was some very strange things about the contest. Originally it was only listed to be for the OPBF title, but in the end both of Toyoshima's regional title were on the line, and the open scoring, usually after rounds 4 and 8 in OPBF title bouts, was only used once, after round 5. Also Sakai was seemingly nit in the WBO Asia Pacific rankings.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Ryota Toyoshima (14-2-1, 9) [豊嶋亮太] defending his OPBF title against the teak tough Shoki Sakai (26-12-2, 12) [坂井 祥記], a rare "re-imported" boxer. The match up will headline the December edition of Dynamic Glove and promises to be a very TV friendly fight for viewers of G+.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men made the 147lb limit with no issues at all.
The champion was well under the limit, hitting the scales at 146.5lbs and he looked shredded, in arguably the best condition of his career. He not only looked in great shape, and incredibly serious, but he was also full of confidence and seemed happy to be taking on someone as tough and rugged as Sakai.
Toyoshima has had a great year so far, beating Riku Nagahama and Yuki Beppu to win and unify the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles, and he'll know that a win over Sakai would further boost his standing in the sport and take one step closer to a potential world title fight. Notably he spoke about wanting to stop Sakai, who has been a notoriously tough and stubborn opponent, who hasn't been stopped in his previous 40 bouts.
As for Sakai, who was bang on the 147lb limit, he spoke about wanting to win to become more well known among Japanese fans. It's worth noting that his career, for the most part, was spent fighting in the West and this is only his fourth bout in Japan, a country he hadn't fought in until last year. This will also mark his second title fight in the country, following a hotly contested loss to Keita Obara for the Japanese title back in April. He explained that he wants to win and return to a Mexican ring, which is where he has built much of his career.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be aired live on G+ tomorrow.
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