Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the latest show in the Diamond Glove series of shows, which will be aired this coming weekend on Fuji TV. The card featured 4 bouts in total, including OPBF Super Bantamweight title bout featuring champion Hiroaki Teshigawara taking on Shingo Kawamura and a very, very interesting co-feature between two Japanese ranked Super Featherweights.
For those wanting to watch this, as live, over the weekend we please note that spoilers will begin in the next paragraph, starting with the Super Featherweight bout and then moving on to the main event. If you wish to avoid those spoilers, please stop reading now.
The chief support bout saw former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-7-1, 13) [源大輝] take on the criminally under-rated Kanehiro Nakagawa (10-6, 5) [中川兼玄] in a bout between two men who were ranked by the JBC.
On paper it seemed Minamoto would have been favoured here, but it was Nakagawa who really bossed the action. Nakagawa blocked a lot of Minamoto's early shots, whilst landing his own solid blows, especially with his straight right hand. That was the key to his game plan and Minamoto never found an answer for it. By the mid way point Nakagawa was in a comfortable lead, though did begin to slow down and Minamoto finally began to have success in round 5, as he dug deep. Minamoto also had success in round 6, and it seemed the fight back was on, before Nakagawa got his second wind, and traded shots up close.
After 8 rounds the judges had this one 79-73, and 78-74, twice, all in favour of Nakagawa. After the bout Nakagawa stated that he was now aiming for a Japanese title fight.
In the main event fans saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (22-2-2, 15) [勅使河原 弘晶] record his 4th defense, as he stopped Shingo Kawamura (16-6-4, 8) [河村真吾] in the 6th round.
The defending champion, who is very highly ranked by the IBF, looked calm, relaxed and in control from the opening moments. He moved well, found his range and was landing at ease. Kawamura had one or two moments, but every time he had any success Teshigawara got out of range, regrouped and completely destroyed any momentum Kawamura seemed to be building.
After 4 rounds the open scoring kicked in, with Teshigawara leading 40-36, on all 3 cards. He continued to control the action and put his foot on the gas in round 6, dropping Kawamura. Kawamura got to his feet but he was done and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.
After the bout it seemed to be suggested that Misako Gym were trying to secure Teshigawara a world title fight in the deep and really interesting Super Bantamweight division. It seems hard to imagine him getting a shot, given the politics of boxing, though he is currently ranked by the IBF and WBC and would make for a very interesting challenger, even if he's not a big international name.
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶] defending his title against Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men came in bang on the 122lbs Super Bantamweight limit.
At the weigh in Teshigawara sounded confident, stating "I'm strong now because I've been practicing for a long time". It also sounds like his recent move to the Misako gym, is going well, with Teshigawara telling Boxmob that his new trainer "He is teaching me from the perspective of making me a world champion." It also seems like he is benefitting from working along side Kenshiro Teraji "I'm inspired by the fact that the players who catch the world are practicing like this."
Kawamura on the other hand sounded determined to not let another chance pass him by. He explained he "will patiently stick to my boxing and find a win. It doesn't have to be an interesting match. I will win tomorrow," and also stated that weight loss wasn't an issue for him, despite the fact he has, typically, been fighting at Featherweight. There is a real chance that his physical power and strength could be a big advantage, though he is, rightfully, the under-dog here.
For fans wanting to watch this one, and aren't able to get to Korakuen Hall tomorrow the bout will be aired on Fuji TV this coming weekend as part of their Diamond Glove series, with the broadcast set to begin at 26:00 Sunday night local time.
Related - World ranked Teshigawara takes on Kawamura in next OPBF title defense!
Earlier today it was announced that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶] would be making his next defense on October 8th at Korakuen Hall. In the opposite corner to the champion will be the out of form Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾].
The bout will be Teshigawara's first since officially transferring to the Misako earlier this month, and it's expected to be one of his final defenses of the regional title. The plan, for the longer term, is certainly to move him towards a world title fight but with Teshigawara having not fought in 2020 it seems sensible to have him in the ring as soon as they can.
During his reign so far Teshigawara has already recorded 3 defenses of the title, stopping Yuki Iriguchi, Shohei Omori and Shohei Kawashima. In fact he has now stopped 8 of his last 9, and is living up to the "Crush Boy" nickname.
As for Kawamura this is pretty much last chance saloon. In his last 5 bouts, dating back more than 2 years, he has gone 0-2-3, including losses to both Satoshi Shimizu and Ryo Sagawa. It is, however, worth noting that this bout will see him drop down in weight and the hope will be that he's more suited to Super Bantamweight than Featherweight.
Earlier this year, before boxing was put on hiatus, Kawamura was scheduled to face Musashi Mori, in a bout for Mori's regional title at Featherweight. Given he's now gotten this opportunity he should be considering himself a lucky man, especially given his recent results.
The bout is set to be the main event of a Diamond Glove card, with the only other bout currently announced for the show being a contest between former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-6-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Kanehiro Nakagawa (9-6, 5) [中川兼玄].
As with all Diamond Glove shows this card will receive a tape delay broadcast on Fuji TV, though the date and time of that broadcast haven't yet been confirmed.
It's fair to say that 2020 has been a bad for most of us, and that right now a lot of us are just looking forward to normality and getting things back to feeling like we have some control on what we do on a day to day basis.
One of the fighters who has had an incredibly frustrating time is WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵]. He was supposed to be in the ring in April, defending his title against Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾] on April 18th, as he looked to move towards a potential world title fight. That bout was then cancelled, with Mori then being scheduled to fight in July, before that bout was cancelled too, due to an inability to have fans in attendance.
Thankfully Mori appears to be hungry to return to the ring and rather than sitting on the sidelines stewing in frustration he has began a sparring camp in Osaka.
Interestingly Mori, who hasn't sparred in a long time, sparred for 4 rounds yesterday with Kawamura, the man he was supposed to face in April.
Mori has revealed that the man he's now wanting to fight, later in the year, is OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (8-1, 8) [清水 聡]. Shimizu will be defending his title in July, against Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2-1, 4) [殿本恭平], and a win would likely see Mori's team make a solid offer to the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner.
Whether that bout happens or note Mori is expecting to be in action in November as he continues to rise through the ranks and search for a route towards a world title fight. His team had hoped to land a world title shot in Spring 2021, though it now seems likely that that opportunity has slipped due to on going situation and his rocky 2020.
Just a few minutes ago WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] announced the details regarding his next bout.
The youngster will be defending his WBO regional title as he takes on veteran Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾] in Kumamoto on April 18th as the main event of "Splendid Boxing in Kumamoto Vol 2".
The 20 year old Mori won the title in late 2018, when he beat Richard Pumicpic, and since then has developed significantly, defended the belt twice and began working with legendary trainer Ismael Salas. He's some way from a world title fight, though he has made it known he wants one soon, and this will be a chance for him to further show his improvement under Salas.
Sadly coming in to this Kawamura is without a win in 5 bouts, having drawn his last 3 and losing the previous 2. Despite his poor form he has mixed with good company, facing the likes of Satoshi Shimizu and Ryo Sagawa.
Also booked for this card is a brilliant match up at Light Flyweight between former world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-2, 7) [小西伶弥] and former Japanese Youth champion Rikito Shiba (4-1, 2) [芝力人], in what should be an excellent supporting bout and matches two men who really need a win following losses last time out. For Shiba this will be his first bout since being stopped in a Japanese title eliminator to Masamichi Yabuki (10-3, 10) [佐藤政道] whilst Konishi is looking to bounce back from a clear loss to Felix Alvarado.
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