Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Kadoebi put on their latest show in their "Slugfest" series. Although not a massive card it was certainly a notable one with a regional title fight and several good looking domestic bouts all on the event.
The opening bout on the show saw 23 year old Tomoya Yamamoto (5-2, 1) [山本 智哉] take a majority decision win over Shunsuke Isa (8-3-1, 1) [伊佐 春輔]. The bout started started at a great pace, but as it went on Yamamoto slowed his output on got on his bike, boxing well at range against an exhausted Isa, who gave everything in round 5. Knowing his man was tired Yamamoto put his foot back on the gas in round 6 to squeak the win the cards. This one was scored 58-56, 58-57 and 57-57 to give Yamamoto the win.
In the second bout we saw another youngster pick up a win as the 22 year old Kaito Okubo (5-1, 2) [大久保 海都] scored a stoppage win over Ryo Tanimoto (5-4, 3) [谷本 涼]. Okubo pressed the action early on, and made the taller Tanimoto uncomfortable, despite some nice shots coming from the rangy southpaw. From round 3 Okubo's pressure began to tell and he started to grind down Tanimoto, who was forced to hold his feet. Up close Okubo won the back and forth exchanges before dropping Tanimoto and forcing the referee to stop the bout. Not a bad performance at all by Okubo on his Korakuen Hall debut.
In one of the main supporting bouts Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (15-8-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] scored a stoppage win against Fumisuke Kimura (9-6-1, 6) [木村 文祐], in a bout between two JBC rankled Light Welterweights. The typically fun to watch Aoqui pressed forward early on and was getting inside with ease in round 2, something that didn't bode well for Kimura. As the bout went on Aoqui continued to increase the pressure and backed Kimura on to the ropes, with Kimura having no real answer. A clash of heads gave Kimura something of a respite, with Aoqui being cut around the eye, but it wasn't enough to stave him off. In round 5 a spiteful body shot took the legs away from Kimura and a follow right forced the stoppage.
The second of the major bouts was a Lightweight affair as Masanori Rikiishi (8-1, 4) [力石 政法] took a clear, and surprisingly comfortable, decision over Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎]. Coming in here both fighters were JBC and OPBF ranked, giving a sense that this was a really meaningful bout, with the winner taking a huge step towards a title fight. The first round was tense, with neither man landing much of note, instead they were seeing what the other could offer, jockeying for ring position. That quiet opening round seemed to instill some confident in Kasuya, who pressed forward in round 3 and made the most of his jab. Sadly for Kasuya that was about as good as it got for him as Rikiishi woke up in round 4 and started to land his straight left hand, and footwork to land clean shots. Kasuya was cut in round 5 and had his pressure used against him in round 6 as Rikiishi started to run away with the contest. After 8 rounds we went to the score cards with scores of 70-74 and 78-74, twice, all in favour of Rikiishi.
In the main event of the show world ranked Flyweight Ryota Yamauchi (7-1, 6) [山内涼太] claimed his first professional title, as he defeated Satoru Todaka (10-4-4, 3) [戸髙達]. The bout was expected to be a bit of a mismatch and it turned out that way, with Yamauchi picking apart Todaka from fairly early on. Todaka tried to fight back but had no answered for Yamauchi who showed patience, skill, power and great shot selection. Todaka quickly had the fight beaten out of him and he seemed to be the verge of being stopped when the bell rang to end round 3. Well down, with his left eye damaged and looking like he had no chance Todaka's team took the decision to stop the bout between rounds 3 and 4. With the win Yamauchi takes a huge step forward with his career and opens up the possibility of a WBO world title fight. As for Todaka, this is almost certainly the end for him, with the fighter himself suggesting yesterday that this would be his last bout win or lose.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall world ranked Flyweight Ryota Yamauchi (6-1, 5) [山内涼太] will be seeking his first professional title, as he takes on Satoru Todaka (10-3-4, 3) [戸髙達] in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the Flyweight limit with no issues.
On the scales Yamauchi was bang on the 112lb Flyweight limit and looked in great physical condition. He not only looked great physically but was also the naturally bigger guy and seemed incredibly confident. The 25 year old spoke about his loss to Wulan Tuolehazi last year, in a WBA International title, and seemed confident of making the most of his second chance at a title. He spoke about wanting to prove he's a capable fighter and winning a title, some he apparently failed to do as an amateur, despite his clear and obvious talent.
Todaka was well under the limit, coming in at 111.5lbs, though that was no surprise given he's generally been a Light Flyweight through his career. Rather notably, before the fight, he spoke about this probably being his final bout. Despite that it appears he's up for this and set to end his career with a bang, win or lose.
Despite not being the most well established title out there it has served as a gate way belt for fighters like Nonito Donaire, Tepparith Kokietgym and Sho Kimura, and if Yamauchi wins, as many expect he's going to move in line for a WBO world title fight in the near future. With that in mind this is a major bout for him.
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Last month we reported that world ranked Flyweight Ryota Yamauchi (6-1, 5) [山内涼太] would be back in action on August 19th at the next Kadoebi show, though at the time it was unclear who he would be facing. The only thing we knew about Yamauchi's bout was that it would be a step towards a world title bout.
Today it was revealed that Yamauchi would be facing off with fellow Japanese fighter Satoru Todaka (10-3-4, 4) [戸髙達], in what will be a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title, which has been vacated by Yusuke Sakashita (19-8-3, 14) [阪下優友].
For Yamuchi this will be his third bout since losing a very competitive bout with Wulan Tuolehazi in China last year. Since then he has taken a close decision over Alphoe Dagayloan and stopped MJ Bo to get his career back on track and a win here would take him to within touching distance of a world title fight.
As for Todaka he was beaten last year in a Japanese Light Flyweight title bout by Kenichi Horikawa. Since then he has scored a win over Takuya Kihashi and got his career back on track, but this is a huge step up from that bout.
Interestingly the winner of this could, potentially, be in the running to face Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] or Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), following their WBO Flyweight world title bout set for August 21st. We don't see either man being suitable to challenge for a title later this year, but a win for Yamauchi could well open the door to that potential world title shot in the future.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw a a Japanese Light Flyweight title bout being crowned, as veteran Kenichi Horikawa (39-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] became a 2-time champion, filling a vacancy left by Tetsuya Hisada, as he stopped Satoru Todaka (9-3-4, 3) [戸髙達] in a thrilling and action packed bout.
The 38 year old Horikawa took the fight to Todaka from early on. Todaka fought hard, and did well with body shots and clinched to neutralise Horikawa in the opening round, but the veteran kept the pressure up and left Todaka with a nose bleed by the end of round 2. The pressure became more intense afterwards and although Todaka fought back it was clear that Horikawa was getting the better of things time and time against.
After 5 rounds the judges had Horikawa up, 49-46, twice, whilst one judge had the bout even, 46-46. Sadly for Todaka he was being beaten up and he seemed to know that things had to change in the second half, he had to be more active and bring more of a fight to the veteran.
In round 6 Todaka gritted his teeth and try to attack the body of Horikawa. Horikawa however showed his veteran experience and used his footwork brilliantly to avoid most of the attacks of Todaka, whilst landing his own solid shots. The effort of Todaka had come at a cost and he had began to slow, with Horikawa coming on strong in round 8, damaging the eye of the tiring Todaka, who was saved by his corner before the start of round 9.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see a New Japanese Light Flyweight champion being crowned, as Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] and Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達] battle for the belt that Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] vacated late last year.
Today the two men took part on their weigh in, and both men made weight.
Horikawa, fighting for the 55th time as a professional, was 107.6lbs and looked in great shape. He is looking to become a 2-time Japanese champion, and will be fighting in his first title bout since transferring to the Misako. It seems there a new lease of life in the 38 year old and he's clearly enjoying the new environment, following a long term relationship with his former team.
Todaka on the other hand was on the divisional limit and sounded confident, but seems to be aware that he's the under-dog and will be up against a real veteran here.
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