Results from Korakuen Hall!
Earlier today the Korakuen Hall played host to the latest Diamond Glove show, which featured two title bouts, and long with several promising young prospects. Whilst the card certainly wasn't a huge one it was certainly a notable one and one deserving of attention.
The card kicked off with a scheduled 6 rounder between two Rookie of the Year winners as Ryota Karimata (8-0, 4) [狩俣綾汰] clashed with Ren Kojima (6-3-2) [小島蓮]. On paper this one looked really interesting, though Karimata had the edge on paper as he is a natural Light Flyweight whilst Karimata is a young Minimumweight, who lacked power at 105lbs. Sadly that difference in natural size, along with power and maturity, played a major role as Karimata stopped Kojima in 5 rounds. Kojima got off to a good start, but as the bout went on Karimata's body work beat the fight out of him, dropping him in round 3 before hunting him in round 4 and stopping him in round 5.
In the second bout on the show another Rookie of the Year winner in action as Akira Hoshuyama (7-0, 4) [宝珠山晃] blasted away veteran Hideyuki Watanabe (8-15-3, 6) [渡邉秀行] inside a round. The talented Hoshuyama was scheduled to do 8 rounds for the first time, but needed less than 2 minutes to destroy Watanabe, who was dropped twice. On paper this win doesn't look like much, but Watanabe has long been a good test for fighters, and gave Takuya Kogawa a really tough one just 3 fights ago, and was genuinely testing Rikito Shiba back in June of this year. This is a win worthy of attention for Hoshuyama.
In the first of two title bouts we saw a new Japanese female Minimumweight champion being crowned as Nanako Suzuki (6-2, 1) [鈴木なな子] took a split decision win over Sayo Segawa (1-2, 1) [瀬川紗代]. This 6 rounder was thrilling and competitive from the off, with both women having success through out, in what was a very, very hotly contested bout. At times Segawa looked the more polished, but she failed to get Suzuki's respect, and Suzuki managed to have some great offensive moments, with her wilder, more aggressive nature.
After 6 rounds all three judges had it close, but Suzuki did enough to the decision 58-56 on two of the cards, whilst the third judge gave it to Segawa by the same score.
The second title bout was a lot less competitive as Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] dominated Masaya Tamayama (14-3, 8) [玉山 将也]. The heavy handed Obara dropped Tamayama in the opening round, and made it clear that he really wasn't wanting to mess around today. Yamayama beat the count, and looked to try and turn things his way in round 2, but he struggled with the skills and power of Obara, who landed some heavy shots in rounds 2 and 3, whilst late cutting Tamayama over the left eye. Tamayama looked brave but out of his depth as Obara landed clean straight shots through round 5, until the doctor stopped the bloodied Tamayama, who was pouring blood from his eye brow.
After the bout Obara and his promoter stated they wanted to go overseas and face a world ranked fighter next year. At the age of 36 it seems Obara might be in his last notable run, and fingers crossed he can land a big US bout. Given the Welterweight scene right now, he's not going to be getting a world title bout, but there's no reason he couldn't land a bout against a top rising American Welterweight before he calls time on his career.
Tomorrow Korakuen Hall will play host to a Japanese Welterweight title bout, as defending champion Keita Obara (24-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太] takes on Masaya Tamayama (14-2, 8) [玉山 将也]. Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 147lb weight with out problems.
On the scales both weighed in on the Welterweight limit, and both looked in great shape for the contest.
Obara, as ever, looked ripped, strong and like a man who stays in tremendous shape all year round. Despite being 35 years old, he hasn't really slowed down, and looked fantastic in his title win, last year against Yuki Nagano, and looked solid against the stylistically awkward Shoki Sakai earlier this year. Despite the fact Sakai really was up for that bout and tried to walk Obara down.
Regarding the bout Obara predicted a KO win, and seemed confident his right uppercut was going to be the key. He was going to control the distance and take out Tamayama.
Tamayama, who looked just as shredded as Obara, will be getting his biggest bout to date, by far. He explained that he has trained to win, and that he's in the best shape of his career. He spoke about his respect for Obara, but that he intended to put pressure and make the fight his fight. Given how Tamayama fights his style could be awkward for Obara, if he can the champions power.
On the same show we'll also see a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout, as Nanako Suzuki (5-2, 1) [鈴木なな子] and Sayo Segawa (1-1, 1) [瀬川紗代] clash for the vacant title. On the scales Segawa was 104.7lbs whilst Suzuki was well under the limit at around 104.2lbs.
Hard hitting Obara takes on Tamayama in second defense
Suzuki and Segawa battle for vacant national title
Earlier today saw the announcement of the December Diamond Glove card, and it's been revealed that that show will have two genuinely excellent bouts on it, with one being a Japanese title fight and one being a sensational bout between two talented young prospects, each looking to end 2021 in style.
The title bout in question will see Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (24-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太] defending his belt against Masaya Tamayama (14-2, 8) [玉山 将也].
Obara, seeking his second defense, will be the big favourite here however the 34 year old is certainly on the back end of his career and is coming in on the back of a very, very, tough bout with Shoki Sakai earlier this year. Tamayama on the other hand is 27, coming in to his prime, hasn't had the wars that Obara has had will feel it's his time to shine, and take the title from the heavy handed veteran.
The other bout, on paper an even better bout, will see unbeaten prospects collide as the very highly regarded Rentaro Kimura (5-0, 3) [木村蓮太朗] takes on Jinki Maeda (8-0, 4) [前田 稔輝] in a genuinely mouth watering match up.
Of the two men Kimura is the more well regarded fighter, and a man tipped for huge things, but he was dropped twice in his last bout as he narrowly over-came Yoji Saito, in a barn burner. Maeda on the other hand has won Rookie of the Year and holds a very notable win over current Japanese Youth Champion Kyonosuke Kameda. The winner of this will be chasing a title fight of their own in 2022.
The show will also feature a Japanese female title bout, as Sayo Segawa (1-1, 1) [瀬川 紗代] clashes with Nanako Suzuki (5-2, 1) [鈴木なな子], for the Japanese female Minimumweight title, and bouts featuring Akira Hoshuyama (6-0, 3) [宝珠山晃] and Ryota Karimata (7-0, 3) [狩俣綾汰].
The show in question will take place at Korakuen Hall on December 9th, and will be aired on tape delay on Fuji TV.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Dangan put on their latest show, which was part of an A and B Class tournament. Although the card certainly wasn't a huge one it did have several noteworthy bouts on it.
One of the notable bouts on the card saw JBC ranked female fighters face off, in what turned out to be a bit of an upset. Former notable female amateur Sayo Segawa (1-1, 1) [瀬川 紗代] was expected to claim her second professional win as she took on 29 year old Natsuki Tarui (4-6-2) [樽井 捺月]. Instead however the experience of Tarui played dividends as she narrowly took a 6 round split decision. By the end of this one both women looked absolutely shattered following what had been a very high octane and draining bout. Credit to Tarui however for digging that little bit deeper and taking the narrow win.
In a B Class tournament qualifying bout at Bantamweight Koki Mioya (8-1-2, 2) [三尾谷 昂希] took a clear decision win over Daiju Hamaguchi (4-5, 2) [濱口 大樹]. Hamaguchi looked to try and make this a fight, using his physicality, but Mioya was good through out and there was no real arguing with the decision. After 6 rounds the scores were 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 all to Mioya, who was well worth the win.
In a 5 round Prize Fight, where a bonus is given for scoring a stoppage, Ryo Nakai (2-0-1, 1) [中井 龍] took a decision win over Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤 未来]. This was a fairly entertaining and well fought bout, but in the end Nakai's amateur pedigree, ring craft and more polished body punching proved to be the difference maker. Despite the loss for Naito we really wouldn't write him off and he certainly has the ability to make a mark on the domestic scene over the coming years.
In the main event, an A Class tournament qualifying bout, fans saw the big punching Shu Utsuki (7-0, 6) [宇津木秀] showcase what he could do as he took the fight to Takayuki Sakai (9-3-2, 6) [酒井 孝之], and took his man out in round 2. Utsuki looked like the boss from the opening seconds and pressed and pressured Sakai around the ring as and when he pleased. In round 2 Utsuki put his foot on the gas and dropped Sakai with a gorgeous short right hand. The referee instantly stopped this one.
Following today's wins Mioya and Sakai will both be in action in January in the their relevant tournament finals.
Sayo Segawa shines on debut!
Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former female amateur standout Sayo Segawa (1-0, 1) [瀬川紗代] make her professional debut, taking on Thai foe Watcharin Khodam (1-3, 1).
The diminutive Segawa, who went 32-9 (14) in the unpaid ranks, looked very talented from the off as she applied constant and educated pressure against her Thai. Watcharin got through the first round without taking too much punishment, but it was clear that Segawa was warming into things.
Straight from the bell to begin round 2 the debutant upped her tempo, landing combinations straight. Those shots from Segawa had Watcharin looking shocked by the accuracy and hand speed of Segawa, who continued pressing, and after 1 minute 18 seconds of round 2 the referee stepped in saving the Thai visitor.
Despite the opponent being very poor this was still an excellent performance from Segawa who looks like she's going to be a star of the future, and at just 22 years old she is well worth attention from fans of female boxing. There's work to do, but she looked very exciting and very, very promising.
As for Watcharin it's hard to see her making any sort of a mark on the regional scene.
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