Yesterday the Tokiwa Arena, in Kobe played host to the latest show in the Senrima Super Fight series, from Senrima Kobe Promotions. The card wasn't a super stacked one, or a deep one, but was a pretty interesting one with several fights of note on it, including a Japanese Youth title fight.
The first of the bouts of note saw Tetsuya Mimura (9-3, 2) [見村 徹弥] score a second round TKO win over Pocky Nishikawa (7-10-2, 2) [ポッキー西川]. The talented, but light punching, Mimura got through with a left hand to the body, which hurt Nishikawa, and a follow up attacked forced the referee to step in and wave the bout off, with Nishikawa offering little whilst under pressure. It should be noted this is the 5th time Nishikawa has been stopped in 10 losses, and the 34 year old is now winless in more than 8 years. As for Mimura the win ends a 2 fight slide, though he is much, much better than recent results suggest.
In the Japanese Youth Title fight Seira Kishida (6-1-2, 2) [岸田 聖羅] took an 8 round decision over Seika Fukuda (6-3, 1) [福田 星河], to become the new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion. The bout was an interesting one from the off, with Fukuda trying to close the distance, and Kishida trying to create space, which he did well in round 2, before Fukuda closed the range more effectively in round in the middle rounds, particularly rounds 4 and 5. Sadly for Fukuda his success was coming at a cost, and he was putting a lot into trying to make the fight his style, whilst Kishida seemed more relaxed, picked his spots well and finished really well by boxing at range, and making the most of the slowing legs of his foe. After 8 rounds all 3 judges had Kishida winning 78-74, and all of the judges gave him the final 3 rounds as he eased his way to victory.
The chief support bout saw Shun Kosaka (17-8, 4) [小坂 駿] ending a 3 fight losing streak as he took a comfortable 8 round decision over Sho Omote (9-4, 3) [表 祥]. Kosaka set the tempo with his jab, controlling the range and action earlier on whilst Omote tried to land the bigger, more eye catching shots. Sadly for Omote however he really had no sustained success, and every time he did get something going, Kosaka got back on the jab, create space and re-established his control of the bout, before letting heavier shots go. Omote put in a fair effort, but was consistently second best here, with the judges scoring the bout 79-75, 78-74 and 77-76, a score that was far too close to reflect the nature of the bout.
The main event of the show was the real highlight of the event, with Keisuke Iwasaki (7-3-2, 2) [岩﨑 圭祐] taking a majority decision win over Hiroki Tokuyama (11-4-1, 2) [徳山 洋輝]. The fight started with the two men fighting at mid range and letting their hands and from there we saw a really interesting bout, with both men having success. Iwaksaki seemed to land the cleaner, more eye catching shots, but the naturally bigger Tokuyama seemed to the heavier blows overall. Despite that it was a right hand from Iwasaki that proved to be the most meaningful punch of the fight, as he dropped his man in the fights only knockdown. Tokuyama looked to rebuild from the knockdown, and had a solid 4th round, but couldn't drop Iwasaki, who countered well, and stood his ground when under pressure in round 8. After 8 rounds the judges had this one 78-73, twice, to Iwaksai, and 76-76, to secure him a majority decision win and keep him in line for a Japanese title fight later in the year
Earlier today fight fans in Sakai City were given one of the biggest Japanese upsets of the year as JBC #2 ranked Flyweight Shun Kosaka (16-7, 4) [小坂 駿] was narrowly beaten Shota Asami (9-8, 4) [浅海 勝太] in a very competitive 8 rounder. An 8 rounder that was expected to help Kosaka prepare for a second crack at a Japanese title in the near future.
The 26 old Kosaka, who fought Seigo Yuri Akui for the Japanese title in 2019, had come in to this out of sorta, with a loss in March to Takuya Kogawa, but the expectations was that Asami wouldn't be any trouble at all for him. Afterall Kosaka has mixed with Jay Raquinel, in an OPBF title fight, Junto Nakatani, as well as the aforementioned Akui and Kogawa. Asami on the other hand had lost to far, far worse fight than Kosaka had been losing to.
From the off this was fought with a good competitive spirit from both men, with both showing a willingness to take a shot when they had to. Asami was pressing forward and Kosaka was landing jabs and left hooks, despite Kosaka landing plenty of decent shots it was the aggressive march of Asami that caught the end eye, and Asami impressed the judges taking the opening round on all 3 cards, and round 2 of two of the cards.
In round 3 Kosaka had one of his best rounds, controlling the tempo of the bout and creating space between the two men, that saw him working well. It was clear through the round that he was the more skilled boxer, and the man who would win if the bout stayed at mid-range. Asami knew that he couldn't out box Kosaka and in round 4 Asami began to amp up the pressure, pressing Kosaka who tried to circle around him. The pressure, aggression and desire of Asami impressed the judges, with all 2 of them giving him rounds 4.
From there on it was always hard for Kosaka to get his foot into the bout with Asami constantly pressing, coming forward and trying to swarm him, out working him and neutralising the skill difference. Kosaka certainly had moments, but he was being forced to fight Asami's fight and the judges knew it, as they began to award Asami round after round.
After 8 rounds the judges turned in cards of 79-73 and 78-76 to Asami, with a dissenting judg having it 77-75 to Kosaka, in what was a very questionable score.
With the win it's clear Asami will be getting a JBC ranking, though it's unclear just how highly he will be ranked by the commission when the rankings are next up dated. As for Kosaka it's really hard to know where he goes from this loss.
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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A few days ago we reported that Kadoebi had announced that their next show would be taking place on March 24th at Korakuen Hall under the Slugfest banner. They also announced a number of fighters set for that show, confirming that Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], 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], Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥] would all be involved.
Despite confirming the 6 fighters above there was no bouts announced, just the involvement of their own fighters on the show.
Today that changed with Kadoebi announce the opponents for all 6 of their fighters.
The show will open with Taiga Ito taking on the limited Tatsuya Aizu (3-10, 3) [會津タツヤ] in a 4 round Middleweight bout. On paper Ito will be seen as the favourite though he was stopped last time out in a Rookie of the Year bout whilst the limited Aizu scored a win last time out, and also boasts a clear advantage in power.
The second bout on the show will see the always fun to watch Yoji Saito battle against 33 year old foe Takahiro Araki (12-9, 4) [荒木 貴裕]. Saito is one of the fighters who always comes out throwing bombs, and is always looking for a tough, rough and brutal fight, though has struggled to get over the line and get the wins if he hasn't been able to blow opponents out. Araki on the other hand is a veteran, having been a professional since 2012, but has been stopped 5 times including in both of his last 2 bouts.
Jukiya Iimura, who really impressed in his debut this past Saturday, will be up against the debuting Tomoki Kawasaki (0-0) [川崎 智輝], in a clash of 22 year olds. On paper this looks like an all novice bout, but Iimura proved he was a very advanced novice, and his amateur record was very solid, and Kawasaki is also turning professional after a solid amateur career. This might be a 1-0 (1) guy vs a 0-0 guy but we wouldn't be surprised to see this bout outshine many of the others on the card, and to see two very young, talented fighters put on something of a show here.
The talented, though frustrating, Yuichiro Kasuya will be up against 28 year old Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤未来]. On paper this is a massive step up for Naito, the brother of Rikki Naito, but he's certainly got the tools to make a mark on the sport, and could have the aggression and energy to make life hard for Kasuya. On the other hand Kasuya is the much more talented fighter, and is an excellent technical boxer, though one who can, at times, look like he's missing that 4th and 5th gear. If Kasuya is in full flow he should win here, but if not this could become a very awkward one for him.
Former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa will feature in the chief support bout, as he takes on former OPBF and Japanese title contender Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿]. For Kogawa the bout will see him trying to build on his October win against Hayato Yamaguchi, in what was a stellar performance from the veteran. Kosaka on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from an opening round blow out loss to Seigo Yuri Akui, way back in October 2019. On paper this one looks interesting, though Kosaka is 1-3 in his last 4 and will enter as the underdog.
In the main event Seiya Tsutsumi will be up against Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], who desperately needs a win to get his career back on track. Sadly for Kuwabata we suspect Tsutsumi will be in a mood to make a statement after a frustrating 2020 that saw him score draws against Kazuki Nakajima and Daigo Higa. Although Kuwabata is a very talented fighter we can't help but feel the power and aggression of Tsutsumi will be too much for the skills of Kuwabata.
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