On May 13th we'll see a brilliant unification bout at Featherweight, as WBO Asia Pacific champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] takes on OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡]. The bout is one of the best all-Japanese bouts we could get this year, and it's fair to say that Japanese national champion Hinata Maruta (11-1-1, 9) [丸田陽七太] will be waiting in the wings for the winner, in a potential triple title unification bout.
Whilst that is a great match up there wasn't really any details regarding the under-card. That was until today, when the under-card was officially announced, with 3 bouts being confirmed for the show, along with the main event.
The opening bout for the show will see the unbeaten Shun Sekine (4-0-1, 3) [関根 駿] clash with Atsuyuki Sato (5-2-2, 3) [佐藤諄幸], in what will be the second meeting between the two men. These two fought to a 6 round draw last November, and will be hoping to avoid the same result here, in another scheduled 6 rounders.
The second bout on the show is a very interesting one between Katsuya Yasuda (7-0, 4) [保田 克也] and Tomoki Takada (8-5-2, 5) [高田朋城], who are scheduled for 8 rounds. These wo men both enter the bout with JBC rankings, with Takadda being ranked #8 and Yasuda #18, and the winner will take huge strides towards getting a Japanese title fight. Of the two men Yasuda is the more classically skilled, with smart defense and a good amateur pedigree, however Takada bring a lot of pressure, has solid power and enters on the back of some good form and 2 opening round blow outs.
The chief support bout will see Keisuke Matsumoto (2-0, 2) [松本圭佑] compete in his first 8 round bout as he battles Hiromu Murota (6-4-3, 4) [室田拡夢]. On paper this looks like a straight forward win for the unbeaten prospect but Murota is no push over, he's unbeaten in his last 5 and fought to a draw recently with former Japanese national champion Seiichi Okada. He'll be in the ring looking to upset the youngster, and should serve as a genuine test for the talented, though still somewhat raw, Matsumoto.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series. The show, which will be aired on G+ early next week, was one that looked promising when it was first announced but ended up losing it's main event around a week before the show took place. As a result it went from looking good to a little bit under-whelming, though thankfully the fans ended up with a decent show in the end.
The event began with unbeaten prospect Takuma Takahashi (6-0, 6) [高橋 拓磨] sending 37 year old fighter Kodai Kiyota (9-7-2, 9) [清田 広大] into retirement. Kiyota, who hadn't fought in 10 years, was taken out in the first round by Takahashi, who landed a huge right hand that dropped Kiyota. The referee waved off the bout and gave Takahashi a much needed confidence boost after his ugly, controversial, and terrible performance against Leonardo Doronio back in January.
Following Takahashi's win fans then saw a really interesting match up between Shun Sekine (4-0-1, 3) [関根 駿] and Atsuyuki Sato (5-2-2, 3) [佐藤諄幸]. The two 23 year olds fought really evenly here. Sekine started well, before Sato responded, then Sekine had to step it up, before Sato matched him again. Round after round there was little to split the two men and that showed on the score-cards after 6 rounds. Two of the judges had this even, 57-57, whilst the third judge had Sekine winning 58-56, resulting in a majority decision draw.
The third bout on the card saw Shinnosuke Hasegawa (13-2-1, 9) [長谷川 慎之介] score his 12th straight win as he stopped Ikemen Atsushi (7-7-2, 2) [イケメン淳] in the 5th round of their bout. The JBC #3 ranked Super Featherweight was dropped in the opening round, but recovered well, gritted his teeth and managed turn things around. In round 5 he forced Atsushi's corner to throw in their towel and save their man.
The main event saw former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] battling unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-1-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ]. On paper this was a mismatch, and the real question was whether or Nwachukwu was going to last the distance. In reality however this ended up being an interesting bout with the winner more disappointed than the loser. To his credit Inoue looked good to begin with, he looked sharp, used his jab well and like a fringe world class fighter. Nwachukwu on the other hand showed he was tough, hungry, determined and not there to lose. In round 4 Nwachukwu managed to find his groove, and managed to have some success, though the big talking point was a clash of heads that left Inoue cut and marked up around his left eye.
With his eye cut Inoue fought back the desire to have a war and stuck to his boxing, though was certainly made uncomfortable in the later rounds. He even admitted that he had had his rhythm disturbed by the headclash.
After 8 rounds Inoue took a clear decision, winning the bout 78-75, 78-74 and 79-73. Despite the win he was left a mess and after the bout he was picked with plaster covering his left eye and on the right side of his forehead.
After the bout Inoue stated he wasn't at his best and his promoter also seems to be eyeing bigger and better things, likely in an attempt to keep his man eager and hungry.
As for Nwachukwu he seemed to be looking at making the most of this, and move forward with a positive attitude, and with lessons learned from this bout.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown on G+ on Tuesday next week.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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