Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we had the second Dynamic Glove show of the year and it was an event with very mixed fortunes for Teiken fighters, as fans at the Hall and on G+ found out.
The show began with Shinta Aihara (3-5) [藍原 伸太], one of the 7 Teiken fighters on the card, losing a clear decision to KC Prachanda (4-2-1, 3) [KC プラチャンダ]. Prachanda won every round and dropped Aihara at the very end of the 4th round to secure the win.
Things did improve for the world famous Teiken gym as two of their big hopefuls picker up wins. The first of those was Hiroto Yashiro (2-0, 2) [矢代 博斗], who took out Indonesian visitor Abdul Rauf (1-3) in round 3. Credit goes to Rauf for seeing out a massive attack in round 2, when Yashiro really went for the finish, but the pressure, and intense body work, got too much for him and he was dropped in round 3. Although Rauf beat the count the referee had seen enough and waved off the bout.
The other big hoping picking up a win was the highly regarded Kenshi Noda (2-0, 2) [野田 賢史], who took out Thomas Tope Hurek (2-5-1, 1) in the opening round. Noda, who was making his TV debut, took his chance to shine and he looked very sharp against Hurek. Hurek tried to make things ugly but took a combination, finished by a brutal shot that left him in agony for the 10 count.
Given the recent JBC rule change in regards to Indonesian fighters, these were perfect examples of why the rule is coming in. Rauf was tough but lacked skills whilst Hurek was terrible.
After back to back wins for Teiken fighters things then went down hill for Teiken fighters with back to back losses.
The first of those saw Kenta Endo (5-1-1, 4) [遠藤 健太] lose his unbeaten record to the unheralded Shun Akaiwa (5-1-1, 3) [赤岩 俊]. Heading in the hard hitting Endo was ranked by the JBC and he looked like he was heading upwards. The first round was a good one for Endo, though he did get caught by the younger, fresh Akaiwa a few times. The pace increased in round 2 as Endo tried to take the fight to Akaiwa more often, and let his powerful shots go in combinations. It made for exciting action but left Endo open as he launched some very wide looping hooks. At the very end of the round, with Akaiwa on the ropes and under pressure, a short counter left dropped Endo. Discussions about it being after the bell or on the bell were there to be had, but Endo himself was unloading when he got caught, taking away any argument he may had to being hit after the bell. Endo would beat the count but never seemed to recover and was stopped the following round in what was a genuinely fantastic little under-card bout.
Another loss for Teiken saw Junpei Tsujimoto (6-2-3, 4) [辻本 純兵] suffer a second round TKO to 22 year old Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], in what was surprisingly a clash of 2018 Rookie of the Year winners. Coming in both fighters had JBC rankings, with Tsujimoto being a ranked Welterweight and Nwachukwu being ranked at Middleweight, though the two men fought at Light Middleweight. After a competitive opening round Nwachukwu forced a fight and broke down Tsujimoto, who was hammered to the body early in the round and dropped from a huge right part way through the round. Tsujimoto beat the count but was still hurt and Nwachukwu went all out until the referee jumped in and saved Tsujimoto.
The hard hitting Yamato Hata (10-1, 10) [波田 大和] got Teiken's third win for the show as he stopped the game but over-powered Ryusei Ishii (8-6-1, 5) [石井龍誠] in 5 rounds to claim the Japanese Youth Super Featherweight title. This was Hata in control from early on with Ishii unable to cope with the power of Hata, and doing more to survive than try to win.
Having won a Youth title the gym had little time to celebrate and before we saw a Japanese Welterweight title fight. This fight saw defending champion Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹], himself a Teiken fighter, losing the title to former world title challenger Keita Obara (23-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太]. Nagano pressed the action but was up against a better fighter and Obara simply broke him down over 7 rounds, dropping him in round 2 and slowly breaking him down with big shots.
After the 7 bouts Teiken went 3-4, on a show they'll want to forget.
The first of two title bouts at Korakuen Hall today saw a new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion being crowned, as the vacancy was filled by the heavy handed Yamato Hata (10-1, 10) [波田 大和], who stopped the game but over-powered Ryusei Ishii (8-6-1, 5) [石井龍誠] in the 5th round.
The fight started pretty well for Ishii who got behind his jab and found a way to control the pace and tempo of the early going. Sadly for him however it didn't take long for Hata's power to kick in and towards the end of the opening round Ishii had been shaken, twice, by Hata's heavy hands.
Hata's power shots would come in to play again in round 2, when he dropped Ishii early in the round. Ishii got back to his feet, and put on a brave effort, but was hurt again moments before the bell.
It was clear, there and then, that Ishii was going to need to find a way to neutralise Hata's power, and keep it neutralised. He had had success, at times, but it seemed all Hata had to do was touch him clean and Ishii would in trouble. That proved to be the case again in round, as Ishii was once again rocked, and left with a bloodied nose. It seemed like the referee had began keeping a close eye on Ishii by the end of the round.
To his credit Ishii wasn't going to just give in and he tried through round 4, but it was rather futile and in round 5 a big assault by Hata left the referee with little option than to step in and wave the contest off, just past the 2 minute mark.
It was a brave effort from Ishii, but the power, and aggression of Hata proved to be the difference maker, and net the 23 year old Teiken fighter his first professional title.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see a new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion being crowned, as Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和] battle for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for for the bout and both men made the 130lb limit dead on, with no issues at all.
Ishii, who is getting his second shot at a Japanese Youth title, explained that he's just going to rely on his own boxing ability and skills to take the win here.
Hata on the other hand explained that he will do his best. He's nervous, as usual, but suggested that his power was going to be the difference.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be aired live on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
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Earlier today we reported that the February 1st edition of Dynamic Glove would be televised. We've now been given some interesting information about the card as the under-card was revealed, at least partially.
We've known for a while that the main event would see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. What we didn't know was who would be filling up the lower end of the card.
We were told the chief support bout would be a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和], and now we've learned that two top prospects would also be on that card.
One of those confirmed for the show was Kenshi Noda (1-0, 1) [野田 賢史] and the other was Hiroto Yashiro (1-0, 1) [矢代 博斗], both of whom debuted back on September 2nd.
Whilst neither Noda or Yashiro are big names both were very accomplished amateurs. Noda went 45-16 in the unpaid ranks and is tipped for big things whilst Yashiro is tipped even more highly, being the nephew of a former Japanese national champion, and he went 75-19 in the unpaid ranks.
At the time of writing neither man has had their opponent named but both are pencilled in to be involved in 6 round bouts, and this is a great chance for fans to see what both men are capable of.
In 2019 one of our biggest complaints was the number of Dynamic Glove cards that G+ showed on delay. What we had began to expect as a regular, monthly, live broadcast was turned into a sometimes live sometimes tape delay event.
Thankfully to kick off 2019 G+ have listed both their January and February cards will be getting a live broadcast!
The January card, on January 18th, will be headlined by Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] challenging OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], in what is expected to be a humdinger, and will also see Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程].
The February card, set for February 1st, will be headlined by Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. This card will also feature a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和].
Both of the shows are set to air between 17:45 local time and 22:00
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