The usually brilliant Boxing Raise has had a notable downturn this year, with no new shows at all in February and until today they also had nothing official on their schedule for March.
Thankfully that changed today when they revealed their schedule for the month, and it's a mix bag.
Firstly it appears they won't have any live streams this month, which is a massive shame and a real negative for the service. Second they only have 3 shows the entire month. Thankfully however they are all good shows, and the first of those is already available for fans.
The first of those shows, the one now online, was Green Dream Vol 14, headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight youth title fight between Satoru Hoshiba [干場悟] and Tom Mizokoshi [溝越 斗夢]. This was a genuine great fight and for those with the service this is well worth watching.
The second show will be Victoriva 6, which takes place on March 18th. This card will be headlined by the much anticipated IBF Atomweight title bout, pitting champion Saemi Hanagata (16-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] against the skilled Eri Matsuda (4-0, 1) [松田恵里] and will also feature the long awaited debut of Narumi Yukawa (0-0) [湯川成美].
The final show on the service this month will be Slugfest 18 from Kadoebi Gym. This will be headlined by a contest between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] and will feature a genuine who's who of the Kadoebi Gym, including Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥].
For subscribers it's a decent line up, though it's a huge shame that nothing is being shown live.
Outside of Boxing Raise Japanese fan will have plenty to watch over the remained of the month with the Splendid Boxing show on March 21st being shown live on YouTube via Sakana and Seki Chan, with a live feed here, the March 25th Dynamic Glove card will be live on premium Japanese TV channel G+ and the March 28th "Real Spirits 71" from Shinsei Gym being shown live on YouTube channel BOXING REAL.
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Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya fight fans got the latest Japanese Youth title bout, as Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] and Satoru Hoshiba (7-5, 2) [干場悟] clashed for the vacant Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title.
The two men were meeting for the second time, after previously fighting in 2019 with Mizokoshi taking a 2nrd round TKO, and this one was far less conclusive than their first bout.
From the off the styles of the men were clear. Hoshiba was the pressure fighter, looking to close the distance and take the fight to Mizokoshi, who was the smoother, faster fighter. The uppercuts, jab and footwork of Mizokoshi were eye catching and helped him take the early rounds, whilst neutralising the pressure of Hoshiba.
As the rounds went on the pressure of Hoshiba managed to get the success he was after, and he was persistently pressing forward, getting to the body and trying to break down Mizokoshi, taking his legs away. The success of Hoshiba saw him shining in rounds 4 and 5, but he couldn't grind down Mizokoshi before the youngster changed tactics, and get back to using his feet.
With a change made Mizokoshi managed to re-establish some control of the bout in round 6, though Hoshiba refused to back off, and continued pressing, looking for the blows to take his man down. Sadly for Hoshiba however it wasn't enough to break down Mizokoshi, who went through some tricky moments in the final rounds but saw them out.
After 8 rounds we went to the scorecards, and all 3 judges had the bout 77-75, all 3 in favour of Mizokoshi. Oddly the judges rarely agreed on single rounds, though all came to the same scores. The three only agreed on rounds 1, 2 and 7, though it was one of those fights where, for the most part, the action was intense and the rounds were consistently close and competitive.
Tomorrow at the Aioi Hall in Kariya City we'll see a new Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion being crowned as Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場悟] and Tom Mizokoshi (7-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] face off for the vacant title.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men came in bang on the 122lb limit and both of the youngsters looked in good shape for what promises to be an exciting bout.
The belt became vacant a few months ago, when it was vacated by the talented Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴], allowing Hoshiba and Mizokoshi to battle for the belt.
Interestingly these two have fought before and did so in a short but thrilling 2 round bout in 2019, which Mizokoshi won by TKO. Prior to stopping Hoshiba he had been in trouble, and it seems clear that Hoshiba wants revenge for that loss.
In quotes given to Boxmob.jp, Hoshiba has stated that he isn't going to change his style, a style that got him stopped against Mizokoshi, for this bout. Mizokoshi on the other hand revealed that he has taken counter measures for the pressure and power of Hoshiba, and he also came across as confident that he had the tools to score a victory here.
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Back in December we had expected to see the slippery and talented Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] defending the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title against exciting and aggressive Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場悟]. The bout was supposed to take place at the EDION Arena Osaka on December 27th but was sadly cancelled in the build up. That cancelation was due to Shimomachi suffering from influenza. After that it was unclear what was going to happen with the title and with the match up, especially given that Shimomachi was 24 and there is an age limit on the title.
On January 8th Shimomachi officially vacated the title and today, just one day later, we now know how the vacancy will be filled, and thankfully for Hoshiba he won't be missing out on a shot to win the belt.
The vacancy will be filled on March 14th when the 23 year old Hoshiba takes on 21 year old Tom Mizokoshi (7-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢], who is looking to bounce back from his own set back, a 3rd round TKO loss to Hiroyuki Takahara last August. In fact that loss was a particularly painful one with reports circulating that Mizokoshi had a broken or fractured jaw from that defeat, which ended up costing him another scheduled bout.
The two men will be clashing at the Aioi Hall in Kariya City, a venue that both men are familiar with and both men have already fought in 5 times, including a 2019 bout between the two men.
For those unaware of their first bout, their 2019 bout was a genuine hidden gem, tucked away on the Boxing Raise service. The bout saw Hoshiba pressing forward throughout, showing his aggressive mentality and exciting style. Sadly for Hoshiba though it was a style that cost him in round 2 when he tried to finish off a hurt Mizokoshi and paid the price, being countered, hurt himself and then stopped as Mizokoshi pulled the win out of the bag.
Given their history together and the Youth title being on the line, this should be one to genuinely look forward to for fans in Kariya and hopefully, like their first bout, this will be made available on Boxing Raise.
One of the many notable bouts to come later this year was the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title bout between talented champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] and exciting challenger Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場悟].
Sadly that bout has now been called off due to Shimomachi pulling out of the contest with an illness.
Thankfully, for those worried, this isn't another boing contracting Covid19, though Shimomachi has been suffering from the flu.
The slippery and skilled Shimomachi released a statement through Green Tsuda gym chairman Masaya Motoishi, stating "This happened just before the match, which caused a great deal of trouble to Hoshiba, the people involved, the customers who came to see it, and the gym staff. I'm sorry." [Translated]
Sadly this will mean Shimomachi's reign as the Japanese Youth Champion likely ends with a whimper and not a bang, as he's now 24 and expected to begin the pursuit for senior titles. Hopefully however he'll be back in the ring in 2021 advancing his very promising career. As for Hoshiba fingers crossed he gets a shot at the title at some point next year.
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