Ealier today Japanese fight fans had a notable card at the Korakuen Hall. The main event ended in disappointment, but the under-card was certainly nottoo shabby.
The main under-card bout saw Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (7-0, 3) [正木 脩也] score the biggest win of his career, as he dominated veteran Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. Eto was dropped in round 4 and struggled to make any dent on Masaki in what was a very one sided contest. Following the bout there was speculation that Eto was likely to retire.
Another leading under-card bout saw Ryoji Fukunaga (9-2, 9) [福永 亮次] score a 7th round TKO over Yoshinobu Kakinaga (6-3, 2) [垣永 嘉信], in what was a really good, highly competitive technical contest.
Another notable under-card bout ended in bizarre fashion with Yuki Nagano (11-2, 8) [永野 祐樹] taking a very odd first round TKO against Yoshiyuki Suzuki (5-10-5, 1) [鈴木 義行
Lower down the card were wins for Super Flyweight prospects Hayate Kaji (7-0, 6) [梶 颯] and Haruaki Kamiya (6-0, 2) [神谷 治昭], who both stopped over-matched Thai's.
Someone else who impressed on the under-card was debutant Takashi Hiraiwa (1-0, 1) [平岩 貴志] make his debut and scored a 2nd round win over Yusuke Goto (1-1, 1) [後藤 祐介]. As for the show opener, that was probably the most competitive bout on the card and saw Koki Moiya (1-0-1) [三尾谷 昂希] take a narrow decision over Yukito Kurosaki (2-1, 1) [黒﨑 雪仁].
For those interested we have included the video of the Masaki Vs Eto bout below.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall,as well as those tuning into G+, will get the chance to see former amateur stand Shuya Masaki (6-0, 3) [正木 脩也] take a huge step up in class and battle against Japanese ranked Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. Today those two men took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales Eto, the shorterman, was 130.3lbs for the bout. The natural Super Featherweight, who recently had a daughter, was confident of over-coming Masaki and stated that his aim was to score a KO here over the unbeaten man. Despite that confidence it is worth noting that Eto has lost his last two bouts and hasn't scored a win since July 2015, when he beat Edgar Gabejan
Masaki wasn't just the taller man but also the heavier fighter, and came in around 131lbs for the bout. It's a weight that suggests his future will be at Super Featherweight, though he will likely grow into a Lightweight as his career goes on. He too was saying that the aim was a KO and it seems like fighting his first Japanese ranked opponent has driven him on in regards to his training camp.
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Earlier today Teiken announced a show for April 1st. The card, which will be aired on G+ as "560th Dynamic Gloves", has had three bouts announced for it, and confirmation that it will take place at the Korakuen Hall, with the main event being a contest between world ranked Flyweights and the chief support bout being a re-scheduled contest that fell apart last year.
That aforementioned main event will see former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-2, 12) [五十嵐 俊幸] battle with world ranked Miguel Cartagena (15-3, 6).
For Igarashi the bout sees him taking a step back up in competition following a string of relatively uninteresting opponents, such as Joel Taduran, Jonathan Francisco and Weerachai Taboonrueang. Despite those recent low key bouts Igarashi has made it known that he's looking to return to world level for the first time since losing the WBC Flyweight title in 2013 to Akira Yaegashi, in what was Igarashi's 2nd defense of the title.
Although less well known Cartagena has mixed with good competition in recent times, with very mixed results. he has gone 3-3 in his last 6 bouts, with stoppage losses to Timur Shailezov and Emmanuel Rodriguez as well as a decision loss to Ricardo Rodriguez. On the other hand he has scored wins against the experienced Javier Franco and, very notably, a opening round blow out win against Joebert Alvarez last time out.
The chief supporting bout will see touted Teiken prospect Shuya Masaki (6-0, 3) [正木 脩也] battle against Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟]. This bout was originally made for November last year before Eto was forced to pull out with an injury. With Eto pulling out Masaki stayed busy with a quick win over Tienchai Yoongkaogym.
Coming in to the bout Masaki is an unbeaten prospect who is very highly touted and has shown a lot of promise with wins against the likes of Vergil Puton and Yuya Shimakura. Despite showing promise this is a serious step up in class for the 22, soon to be 23, year old.
As for Eto the bout will be a must win, after back to back losses to Masayuki Ito and Masaru Sueyoshi. With last year's pull out against Masaki he has been inactive and hasn't fought since June, when he lost to Sueyoshi, that will have been his only bout in more than a year coming into this contest against Sueyoshi.
Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those tuning in on G+, will get the chance to see a live Gushiken card.
Among the bouts being televised from that card will be a bout between former WBA "interim" Flyweight champion Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] and little known Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5). The bout, which will be Eto's second since losing to the then WBC Super Flyweight Carlos Cuadras last year, was signed at a contracted 52.1KG just under the Super Flyweight limit.
On the scales Eto made the weight with a little wriggle room, coming in at a little under 114¾lbs, and looked like he had extra weight to lose if he really had to. Blazo on the other hand cruised under the limit, coming in at around 113¼lbs, closer to the Lightweight limit than the contracted limit for the bout, and in credit to him he's come in looking like a man who has workd incredible hard to make the weigh that he's made.
Eto sounded confident at the wiegh in, and is looking to secure a future world title fight, but it does seem like he doesn't know much about Blazo. As for the Filipino he seemed uncomfortable about the cold weather that Japan is experiencing but was looking to move towards a world ranking with a win.
Also on the card will be the touted Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也], who faces late replacement Tienchai Yoongkaogym (2-6, 1). This bout was made at just under 132lbs with both men making weight for the bout.
Originally Masaki was supposed to face Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] however Eto was forced to pull out with an injury in the build up to the bout and was replaced by the relatively unknown Thai. Although the opponent looks like a clear step down for Masaki the Japanese prospect isn't hiding his desite to move into the Japanese next year and it seems likely that he'll be looking to move towards a title fight in the next year or two.
For Tienchai the bout is his 8th in Japan, where his is 6-1 so far, incliding losses to the likes of Go Onaga and Tatsuya Ikemizu, however he did score a surprise win last year over Yuya Miyagi. It's unlikely he'll last long with Masaki but the prospect does want to get back in the ring and remain active, so we can't complain about him having this fight.
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Often with boxing we get under-card bouts that are more interesting, at least to us, than the main event. That'll be the case on November 5th when the OPBF Flyweight title bout between defending champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾] and Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2) will likely be over-shadowed by a bout on the under-card.
That bout will see former Japanese and OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] battling the unbeaten Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也] in a really intriguing contest.
On paper it's easy to over-look the unbeaten 22 year old Masaki. The Teiken man hasn't looked sensational so far and although he is highly regarded by those at the Teiken gym he certainly didn't blow us away against Vergil Puton back in March. Interestingly he will be also be coming into this after the hard battle with Yuya Shimakura, who was left in hospital following the contest.
Despite not looking great there is real excitement about Masaki who had been fighting in 8 rounders recently and he does look like a man who has a lot more to offer than we've been able to see. We're not suggesting he's a world champion in the making but he looks like a man with extra gears in his locker that has refused to test so far.
Eto on the other hand is a recognised contender on the Japanese on Oriental domestic scene and he gave former Japanese champion Rikki Naito hell when the two fought in 2014. He does however come in to this bout on the back of successive losses, losing to Masayuki Ito last December and Masaru Sueyoshi this past June, and can ill afford another set back, in fact a loss for Eto would see him falling to 3-4 in the last 7 bouts.
Although out of form Eto is certainly not a bad fighter and the hunger of looking to turn his career around will likely get the best out of him, and at his best he is a pretty solid fighter with a huge edge in experience here and their is a lot of excitement at the SGS gym, under whom he fights.
It's also worth noting that Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] will be on the same card, facing Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5), with Koki looking less than great last time out against another over-looked Filipino, Michael Escobia.
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