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 (9-3-4, 3) [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.
Related - Horikawa and Todaka battle for vacant Japanese crown!
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Thursday next week Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the next Diamond Glove card. The show will be headlined by Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶], defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title against Yuki Iriguchi (10-2-1, 4) [入口裕貴], and will also feature Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] battling with Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達] for the Japanese Light Flyweight title.
Over the last day or so Fuji TV have revealed that the show will be aired the following weekend, on Saturday night/Sunday morning, as their next "Diamond Glove" broadcast.
As is typical for these Diamond Glove shows it will have a 1 hour time slot, beginning at 27:10 Saturday night, or 3:10 Sunday morning, meaning we'll likely only get TV edited highlights of the bouts unless they finish early.
Whilst we're not fans of delay footage, we are glad that this does have a scheduled air date, and is only a few days after the bouts take place.
Teshigawara looks to defend OPBF crown against Iriguchi!
Horikawa and Todaka battle for vacant Japanese crown!
This looks set to be the main event of the card and is a very attractive match up on a very good looking card!
Despite this news being broken by Dangan, it's been revealed the card will be a Diamond Glove show.
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