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.
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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