Yesterday we reported that Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] had vacated the Japanese Lightweight title in pursuit the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. When we did that report we did wonder where that left Shuhei Tsuchiya (21-4, 17) [土屋 修平] but it appears that the JBC #1 ranked Lightweight knew exactly where he was and today, just 24 hours after Arakawa's announcement, we saw an announcement of Tsuchiya's bout.
The announcement was that Tscuhiya would be returning to the ring on December 19th, as the headline bout of a Dangan 172, and would be facing JBC #2 ranked Lightweight Masashi Noguchi (12-5-1, 6) [野口 将志] for the vacant title. The bout isn't the most mouth watering but given that it's just 5 weeks away it's not a bad bout and could potentially be a very fun contest.
The bout came along with other announcements from the card which will feature an intriguing match up between JBC #4 ranked Super Bantamweight Yosuke Fujihara (16-4, 4) [藤原 陽介] and the #5 ranked Daisuke Watanabe (4-2, 3) [渡部 大介] as well as a huge step up in class for Tsubasa Koura (8-0, 5) [小浦 翼] as he takes on former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-2, 7) and a bout between OPBF ranked Bantamweight Tenta Kiyose (10-2-1, 3) [清瀬 天太] and JBC ranked Super Flyweight Ryuta Otsuka (16-9-2, 6) [大塚 隆太].
As with all the numbered Dangan cards this show will be included on boxingraise and looks to be another intriguing pre-Christmas card for Japanese fans, who have one amazing festive period to look forward to!
It's fair to say that 2015 ended with the Ioka gym having one of the best days. The day saw Kazuto Ioka retain the WBA Flyweight title, with an excellent stoppage win over Juan Carlos Reveco, it saw Takahiro Yamamoto retain his OPBF Bantamweight title, with a 2nd round stoppage of Yuki Strong Kobayashi and it also saw Sho Ishida (21-0, 11) retain his Japanese Super Flyweight title with an easy win over Ryuta Otsuka (15-9-2, 5), in what was one of the worst mismatches of the day.
Ishida, a really talented young product from the Ioka Gym, looked in control from the off, using his superior size, speed, power and skills to establish his fight. Otsuka, as a result was dropped early, beaten from then on and saved by his corner men in round 4 as he suffered another knockdown.
Whilst the bout was a farcical mismatch it was, in many ways, a send off for Ishida who is now looking to fight for a world title in 2016. He would certainly have to join the queue of fighters wanting a title fight next year but he has made his intention clear and joins the long list of contenders looking to make a mark in 2016.
It's fair to say that boxing fans have specific dates marked on their calendar. One of those is the weekend before Mayo de Cinco, another is the weekend before Mexican Independence day, another is the birthday of the Thai King, a date that is particularly notable for Thai fans. The key date for Japanese fans however is December 31st, a day that has become synonymous with Japanese boxing in recent years courtesy of Ioka and Watanabe, who have held rival shows for several years now.
The Watanabe and Ioka rivalry continues this year with both shows featuring a pair of world title bouts. At the moment Watanabe haven't released the details of their under-card but Ioka have and we've known about two supporting title bouts for a while.
Those title bouts, which have been known about for weeks, will see OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (16-4, 13) defending his title against Yuki Strong Kobayashi (9-4, 5) and Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (20-0, 10) defending his title again against Ryuta Otsuka (15-8-2, 5).
We also now know that the Ioka card will feature former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (23-1-3, 14) facing off against Thailand's Thongchai Chaiyonggym (0-1) in a tune up bout, before a possible world title bout in 2016.
Thongchai's record, which is possibly incomplete, features only a single bout on boxrec. That bout came earlier this year against current Japanese Minimumweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara, who stopped him in 3 rounds. With that in mind we would expect Miyazaki to do a quick job on the Thai. As for Miyazaki this bout is his 4th since he was upset, back on December 31st 2013, by Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. Since that loss he has stopped his last 3 foes and we suspect that run will continue here.
Sometimes we know a bout has been made weeks before it is officially announced. One such bout was announced this morning despite the fact it was boxing's worst kept secret.
That bout will see WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (18-1, 10) defending his belt against former champion Juan Carlos Reveco (36-2, 19), in what will be a rematch of their competitive bout from back in April. As expected it will take place in Osaka, at the EDION Arena Osaka, and will be on New Years Eve with TBS televising the bout.
The contest has been ordered by the WBA who demanded that the men to fight in a rematch following a protest filed by Reveco's team after their first bout, which was won by Ioka with a majority decision. The complaint, filed from Reveco's team, seems to have bee a good one for both men who will likely generate a good pay day here just like they did in their first bout, and it should also be a bout that pleases TBS who were disappointed with the figures for Ioka's latest bout.
At the moment this bout has been one of three announced for the card.
Another of those title bouts will see OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (16-4, 13) defending his title against Yuki Strong Kobayashi (9-4, 5) whilst Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (20-0, 10) will be putting his title on the line against Ryuta Otsuka (15-8-2, 5).
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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