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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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see the highly touted Ryusei Kawaura (5-0, 4) [川浦 龍生] take on his first domestic foe, as he faced off with on Yuki Yoshimura (8-4-4, 2) [吉村祐紀].
On paper this was a step backwards for Kawaura, who had beaten Marjun Pantilgan back in April, but he didn't fight like a man who was going backwards. Instead he fought like a man with a point to prove, and he looked razor sharp from the offer.
Kawamura moved lightly on his feet, picking when he to fight and when to back off, whilst looking fantastic. Sadly for Yoshimura he was, as expected, not good in any way to force Kawaura out of his rhythm, and that showed particularly well in round 2, when Yoshimura tried to the pace, and was just caught by clean, hard shots, including a fantastic straight left hand. Kawaura's left hand again played a major part in round 3, when he landed the straight at range and then came in and landed a nasty combination that ended up dropping Yoshimura for the count.
We're hoping that 2019 will see Kawaura step up, he has the talent to go a very long way and a bout like this does keep him busy, but the reality is that he should be taking on better fighters and fighting in bigger bouts in the new year. His team know they have a genuine talent on their hands, and hopefully they allow that talent to really flourish as Kawaura matures and builds on his strong amateur pedigree.
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Earlier this year we saw 24 year old prospect Ryusei Kawaura (4-0, 3) [川浦 龍生] take a notable step up in class, as he defeated Marjun Pantilgan, scoring an 8 round decision win over the Filipino in April. Since then Kawaura has sadly been out of the ring, and not building on that victory. Sadly it's been inactivity has been a problem through Kawaura's career so far, with the youngster debuting in November 2016 but never really being active enough to make a mark since.
Today we were informed that Kawaura would be back in the ring on November 22nd as he continues to move towards a title fight.
Sadly the opponent for Kawaura's next bout looks to be a step backwards as he takes on Japanese foe Yuki Yoshimura (8-3-4, 2) [吉村祐紀].
Talking about inactivity Yoshimura made his debut aged 21, way back in 2005, but has had his career halted by notable breaks, including almost 2 years out of the ring from 2008 to 2010 and a year break from 2010 to 2016. Had he been active he could well have made a mark on the domestic scene but it feels like he really has wasted his best years.
This bout will be the chief support bout on the show, supporting the brilliant Welterweight main event between Kudura Kaneko (8-0, 5) [クドゥラ金子] and former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa (15-5, 13) [有川 稔男].
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