Earlier today it was announced that Japanese Bantamweight champion Kyosuke Sawada (15-2-2, 6) [澤田京介] would be returning to the ring on June 23rd, at Dangan 251, to make his first defense of the title, in what will be a mandatory defense. In the opposite corner would be the talented, and incredibly unlucky Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], who gets his first title opportunity.
the 34 year old Sawada won the title back in February, when he took a 5th round technical decision win against Kenshin Oshima. Sadly for him he suffered a nasty cut in that bout, which has prevented him from rapidly building on the victory. That win came in his second shot at the belt, and he will now be looking to avoid the Bantamweight curse, which has struck successive champions in recent years, with injuries, losses and weight problems.
As for Tsutusmi the switch hitting 26 year old has had a career marked with frustration, including controversial draws with Kazuki Nakajima and Daigo Higa in 2020. Sadly since those draws, both of which could have seen him getting the win, Tsutsumi has been out of the ring, with a planned 2021 bout against Tulio Kuwabata falling through on the week of the fight. With more than 18 months out of the ring, ring rust could be an issue, but if he's closer to 100% he will almost certainly feel this is his chance to claim his first professional title.
In the chief support bout on this card we'll see Shingo Wake (27-7-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾] looking to bounce back from a 2021 loss to Takuma Inoue. In the opposite corner to the former world title challenger will be Naoto Mizutani (9-7-2, 3) [水谷直人].
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Kadoebi put on their latest show, which will be added to the Boxing Raise archive in the near future.
The card wasn't a big one, and sadly became smaller when a scheduled bout between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] was cancelled on Monday when Kuwabata was taken to hospital due to poor physical condition.
Despite not being a big show it did feature some notable names, and with that in mind we've decided to go through the results from the show.
In the opening bout fans saw Taiga Ito (4-2) [伊藤大賀] score his latest win, as he took a 4 round unanimous decision against fellow novice Tatsuya Aizu (3-11, 3) [會津タツヤ]. From the off Ito was too sharp and too accurate for Aizu, though credit to Aizu for giving a fair effort through out the bout. The scores for this were 39-37, across the board, and with this win Ito has now been promoted to a B class fighter in Japan.
In the second bout on the show fans saw the hard hitting Yoji Saito (3-1-2, 3) [齊藤陽ニ] score a 2nd round KO win over Takahiro Araki (12-10, 4) [荒木 貴裕]. The heavy blows of Saito dropped Araki in round 2. Although he got back to his feet the referee complete the 10 count, with Araki in no fit state to continue.
The third bout was a really competitive one with Yuichiro Kasuya (14-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎] being pushed all the way by Mirai Naito (8-3, 3) [内藤未来] in a very hotly contested 8 rounder. Kasuya was more aggressive in the early stages than we've seen him in the past, though sadly that aggression resulted in headclashes, leaving Naito cut. Both men began to up the ante in rounds 3 and 4 and it was a genuinely exciting contest, with both men letting shots go, and trying to control the pace and tempo.
Sadly for Naito the cleaner, crisper shots in the later stages seemed to come from Kasuya, who's extra touch of class impressed the judges. After 8 rounds all 3 judges turned in identical scores, of 77-75, giving Kasuya a razor thin win.
In the main event of the show former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (31-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] battled Shun Kosaka (16-7, 4) [小坂駿] in an 8 round Flyweight bout. From the opening round Kogawa set the pace, looking to come forward, though to his credit Kosaka responded well and landed some nice counter shots of his own.
As the bout went on Kosaka got on his toes more, moved around the ring and started to try to box on the outside. Kogawa however seemed determined to try and turn this into a fight, pressing forward, even if it did result in him missing. A lot. In the end however it was the pressure, offense and work rate of Kogawa that impressed the judges, and they all scored the bout for him, with scores of 77-75, twice, and 78-74.
Whilst this is a second straight for Kogawa, following a brutal KO loss a few years ago, it's very clear the 35 year old has lost a few steps from his prime and we really do wonder just how much more his body can take in the sport. As for Kosaka this is a 4th loss in 5 bout.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll be getting the latest show from the "Slugfest" series of events, promoted by Kadoebi.
As reported earlier in the week the main event from the show has had to change, due to the late cancellation of the anticipated match up between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], with Kuwabata being hospitalised earlier this week. Despite that we still a solid show.
The weigh in for the event took place earlier today and all the fighters managed to make weight.
The new main event of the show will see former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] battle against Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿] in a Flyweight bout. On the scales today Kogawa was around 111.8lbs and looked in great shape. Kosaka, who also looked in good shape, was slightly lighter at 111.3lbs.
The chief support bout will take at Lightweight and will see Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎] face off with Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤未来]. On the scales today both men came in at an identical 134.7lbs. Of the two Kasuya looked in slightly better condition though both looked very good, and this should be a very interesting bout, even if it's not the most action packed.
Another notable fight on this show will see the always fun to watch Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] take on Takahiro Araki (12-9, 4) [荒木 貴裕] in a Super Featherweight bout. On the scales Saito was the much heavier man, weighing in at 129.6lbs whilst Araki was just 129lbs and looked like the smaller man when the two stood next to each other.
The shows opening bout will see Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] battle against Tatsuya Aizu (3-10, 3) [會津タツヤ] in a 4 round Middleweight bout. On the scales Ito came in at 159.2lbs whilst Aizu was slightly heavier, at around 159.4lbs.
For fans wanting to watch the show it will be made available on Boxing Raise, albeit on tape delay.
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On Wednesday Kadoebi will be putting on an interesting card at Korakuen Hall, which will also be made available on tape delay on the Boxing Raise service.
Although that show is just a few days away we have seen news break regarding the event today, as Kadoebi have announced the cancellation of of the main event.
Sadly Kadoebi have announced that the bout between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], aka Tulio Dekanarudo, has been cancelled today.
The cancellation was due to Kuwabata having such poor physical condition that he's had to be hospitalised.
As a result of the cancellation Tsutsumi is now expected to feature in an exhibition bout of some kind on the show.
Sadly this is hugely disappointing news for fans of Tsutsumi, who saw him fight to two draws in 2020 including a notable one with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa [比嘉 大吾]. Fingers crossed however that Kadoebi will be able to get him back in the ring for a bout sooner rather than later following this cancellation.
As for Kuwabata, we wish him a speed recovery to full health.
Staying with cancelled bouts involving Kadoebi fighters, the promoter has also revealed that Hidetoshi Nakane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿] has had to pull out of his scheduled April 11th bout with Hibiki Takano (4-3-1) [高杢響], due to a broken bone.
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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