Earlier today 3150 Fight Club chairman Koki Kameda [亀田 興毅] took part in a press conference along with Masato Yamashita, the head of Shinsei Promotions, to announce a card set to take place at the EDION Arena on May 5th.
By it's self that wouldn't be huge news, given Shinsei put on lots of shows in West Japan and work with a number of local promoters.
This however was news worthy as they announced the the main event would be the ring return of former Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅], who has been out of the ring since July 2019, when he lost to Rey Vargas.
Whilst it is fantastic news to see Tomoki back in the ring it is worth noting that his opponent is an underwhelming one, with the former champion taking on Hironori Miyake (9-10-2, 1) [三宅寛典] in a scheduled 8 rounder. That's the same Miyake that was stopped in 4 rounds by a debuting Keisuke Matsumoto last year.
At the press conference to announce the bout Mr Yamashita explained "I and Chairman Koki each searched for Kameda's opponent, but it was difficult to find it, only Miyake gave himself up as a big game." It should be noted however that they were rumoured to have only been looking at right handed fighters, which may have ruled out a number of potential opponents.
Interestingly Kameda stated "I want to do various things on the day. If I can do live distribution," what makes this particularly interesting is the fact Shinsei themselves have been doing online distribution of shows via the Boxing Real YouTube channel, and that would almost certainly be a possible option for this event.
As well as Kameda's bout there will be 6 other contests scheduled for the event. From those 6 only one appears to be officially confirmed. That is a bout between WBA world ranked Featherweight Hiroshige Osawa (36-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] and and 35 year old Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀千春], in what also looks to be a pretty underwhelming contest.
It should be noted that Osawa has been out of the ring since October 2019, and was ordered to fight in a WBA world title eliminator last year, before Covid19 essentially froze boxing and ended up seeing that eliminator being ignored.
Earlier today it was announced that the Shinsei Gym would be holding their next show on March 28th in Kobe, with the plan being to hold a show pretty much every month after that, where possible, through the rest of 2021.
The full details of the show weren't released, though the main event for the show was announced, and the hope is for it to be the first show of the year in West Japan. Sadly that is a rather depressing thought, for it to take until almost the start of April for the first show in the region, but it is a starting point, at least.
The main has been announced as being a bout between former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (14-2, 9) [久保隼] and 22 year old tough guy Ruito Saeki (7-4-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗], who went the 8 round distance late last year with Featherweight/ Super Featherweight prospect Mikito Nakano.
The Kubo Vs Saeki bout is planned as an 8 round bout at a contracted limit of 58.5KG, which is 129lbs.
The Chairman of the Shinsei Gym, Masato Yamashita, managed to hold 4 shows late last year and seems to be relying on the experience of those shows to help him here, especially given that all 4 shows went well in 2020. He's quoted in the Japanese press as stating "I have decided not to do it under a state of emergency, but it is at such times that the gym that can do boxing will take measures against infection and hold it. I want to do it. I don't want to put out the fire of Kansai boxing. "
Notably Shinsei are responsible for the "Boxing Real" YouTube channel which made the Shinsei shows accessible world wide in 2020. Fingers crossed that continues this year, as the quality of the streams, and the quality of the bouts, was genuinely excellent, and it certainly helped get eyes on boxing in Kansai, an area that can go over-looked at times when it comes to boxing in Japan.
Earlier today saw the release of the poster for Real Spirits Vol 69 and one of the major take aways from the poster was the show's chief support bout.
That bout will be a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout as Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] defends her title against Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) [田中美樹].
For Narita this will be her first defense, following her title win in January against Yumiko Shimooka, and she will be looking to build on that win and boost her momentum. At the age of 31 she does have time to build a solid career, but another loss here will seriously slow things down.
Miki, who's 28, is looking to bounce back from a TKO5 loss to Eri Matsuda in a Japanese Atomweight title bout, back in September 2019. Sadly for the challenger she has failed to pick up a win in her last 3 bouts, and will be more than 2 years removed from her last win when she gets in the ring here.
The show will take place on December 13th, and from what we under-stand it will be made available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel. At the moment however it's unclear if the show will be live stream, in part, or just uploaded for viewing on demand.
Earlier today the Masato Yamashita and members of the Shinsei Gym attended an annual praying event at the Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe.
Yamashita was joined by 5 fighters, as well as trainers and staff members, as they prayed for the safety and success of their fighters for the coming years.
At the event Tetsuro Ohashi (7-1-1, 2) [大橋哲朗] spoke about a disappointing 2019, where he suffered his first loss, but spoke positively of the year ahead.
It was also revealed that former WBO female Minimumweight champion Kasumi Saeki (4-0, 3) [佐伯霞] was looking towards returning to the ring later this year. It was revealed that she had gotten married in July and and was beginning a family, hence her vanishing from the boxing world last year after winning her first world title.
One other interesting little story in regards to the Shinsei gym is that the sister of former world champion Ryuya Yamanaka [山中 竜也], who had to retire due to a brain injury, was planning to turn professional with the gym. It's unclear when she'll be planning her debut but she spoke about wanting to become a world champion like her brother.
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When we talk about the most noteworthy gyms in Japan it's fair to say that Masato Yamashita's Shinsei Gym is one of the most over-looked, and one of the ones that is consistently over-achieving for such a small gym.
It's the gym that has lead the likes of Hozumi Hasegawa, Etsuko Tada, Ryuya Yamanaka, Shun Kubo and current champion Kasumi Saeki to world titles and has crafted a number of solid and notable contenders.
Over the weekend the gym was in the news for other reasons, rather than ones related to it's fighters and their results.
The reason was that it was relocating, to a much bigger location.
The gym held an event to confirm that on November 1st they would be upping sticks and move into a 3 storey build in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, just minutes away from Aoki Station.
The gym will take up all 3 floors, with the ground floor being the car park and changing rooms, the first floor being the training area, which is 3 times bigger than the one they've had, and the other floor being offices and dormitories for the trainees.
At the event Yamashita mentioned how this was the third move since the gym was opened 13 years ago, but it seems like this will become the long term home for the outfit, with the gym looking like it's been selected for the continued growth and success of the gym.
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