Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest show from from former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima. Although not a big show it did feature one of the most over-looked prospects in Japan, and a man that many are tipping as a future Japanese champion, in the main event.
That man is talented Super Flyweight hopeful Ryusei Kawaura (8-0, 5) [川浦龍生], who extended his unbeaten run today with a sensational performance against domestic foe Musashi Yoshino (9-6, 3) [吉野ムサシ].
Yoshino came out aggressively, and showed little respect to Kawaura's reputation as a very skilled, slippery and smart fighter. That however was a bad idea, and despite being aggressive it was Yoshino on the wrong end of the most damaging shots, particularly to the body, through the opening stanza.
In round 2 Kawaura put his foot on the gas and scored two knockdowns, with the referee waving off the bout after the second one.
Dubbed "Untouchable II", due to mentor Hiroshi Kawahsima being "Untouchable", Kawaura looked brilliant here and the plan now seems to be to get a title fight in 2021. With that in mind it's likely he will be paying very close attention to the December 14th clash between Kenta Nakagawa (19-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] and Ryoji Fukunaga (12-4, 12) [福永亮次], who will be looking to unify the JBC, WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF titles.
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When we talk about top Japanese prospects there are a lot of fighters who get over-looked and lack the attention that their ability deserve. One great example of that is Super Flyweight hopeful Ryusei Kawaura (7-0, 4) [川浦龍生], who has been tipped as one to watch but gets very little fan fare.
Although not a big name prospect Kawaura is expected to move their rankings in the next few years, and potentially fight for a title in 2021. In fact originally plans had been for him to get a title fight in 2020, before the year became a bit of a write off for his career, and that of many others.
Thankfully we have learned that Kawaura's 2020 won't be a total write off, and we now know that he will have a tick over fight on October 19th, when he will battle in an 8 round bout against Musashi Yoshino (9-5, 3) [吉野ムサシ] at Korakuen Hall.
The unbeaten Kawaura is promoted by former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, and has adopted Kawashima's nickname of "Untouchable", becoming "Untouchable II". Like his mentor Kawashima is a smart boxer with a cleaver defensive mindset, and has got the skills to go a very, very long way. Sadly though he has lacked the bouts needed to make a mark on the sport, and with his 27th birthday just over 6 months away it really is time he stepped up.
As for Yoshino his form has been inconsistent and he has lost 2 of his last 5. He's not a terrible opponent, but he really will be a very, very clear under-dog against Kawaura here.
Earlier today in Tokyo fight fans saw talented Japanese fighter Ryusei Kawaura (7-0, 4) [川浦 龍生] score his latest win, as he defeated Filipino foe Joy Joy Formentera (11-4, 7) with an 8 round decision at Korakuen Hall
Kawaura, a protege of former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, is incredibly well regarded in Japan though has been lacking in terms of activity, despite every fight being a step forward for the talented "Untouchable II", and today was another step forward.
The unbeaten Japanese fighter was pushed hard at times here in what was a really good technical battle and a fantastic test, as both men tried ti counter each other counters in a high skilled battle.
Formentera had come to win, and not just make up the numbers. He showed off quick hands and nice skills, having real moments of success, but he was often just coming off second best, despite drawing blood from Kawaura.
Formentera's success saw each of the judges find something to give him, but it wasn't close to enough, with the scores all reading 79-73 to Kawaura, who now looks likely to fight for a Japanese title in 2020. As for Formentera this loss is a set back, but one that he can take a lot of positives from and he has shown his ability against a top prospect.
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Earlier today we saw the next bout featuring Ryusei Kawaura (6-0, 4) [川浦 龍生] being confirmed, and like his last one he will against be headlining a show at the Korakuen Hall.
The unbeaten fighter, who is fighting of the gym run by former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, will be fighting Filipino foe Joy Joy Formentera (11-3, 7), in what is scheduled to be an 8 round contest.
For the highly touted Kawaura the bout will be his second this year and follows on from a career best victory in May against the experienced Renoel Pael. Sadly the 25 year old is lacking in terms of his activity, and this will be his 7th bout in 3 years. Thankfully every bout is a notable step in the right direction, and this is another which should move his career forward.
The 25 year old Formentera will be fighting outside of the Philippines for just the third time in his career. He was on debut back in January 2013, and his other losses have both been on the road, with a 2016 defeat to Jing Xiang in China and a 2017 loss to Sukkasem Kietyongtyuth in Thailand. Coming into this however he is riding a 3 fight KO run, including a win last time out against Prince Andrew Laurio.
The bout will headline "Untouchable Fight 30" on November 20th and is likely to be one of Kawaura's final bouts before moving into a title bout, and fingers crossed he is more active in 2020 than he has been this year!
When a Japanese prospect isn't with one of the bigger gyms they can be very easy to over-look. One great example of that right now is Ryusei Kawaura (6-0, 4) [川浦 龍生], who is one of the best kept secrets in world boxing.
Today the 25 year old protege of former WBC Super Flyweight champion Hiroshi Kawashima scored his best win to date, dominating Filipino visitor Renoel Pael (23-9-1, 12) over 8 rounds.
Pael, a solid regional level fighter, had a competitive first round, as Kawaura looked settle into the fight. That was about as good as it got for the Filipino. From round 2 onwards he was made to look second best, slow, clumsy and a fighter more reliant on his toughness than his skills. That's despite the fact Pael is a pretty good fighter.
In round Pael broke through with body shots in round 2, dropped his man in round 3, landed straight left hands at will in round 4, and saw off some wild attacks from Pael in round 5, as the Filipino began to fight in a desperate manner. Despite Pael trying to rough up the prospect Kawaura maintained his calm, controlled the distance and made Pael pay for his aggression, despite not managing to secure a second knockdown.
After 8 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Kawaura getting the decision 80-71, twice, and 77-74 from a judge was tried to give Pael the benefit of the doubt when he could.
After the bout Kawashima and Kawaura seemed to suggest titles were in their sight, whilst Pael, who is now 1-3 in Japan, suggested he'd like to return to the country again. Given how he has performed, his toughness and his desire we'd not be surprised to see him return again in the near future.
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