Earlier today in Hirakata City fight fans got the latest Green Tsuda show, continuing their series of "Crash Boxing" events. The shows, which was streamed on YouTube, featured a number of notable fighters, including two very promising debutants, a highly regarded prospect and a former Japanese national champion.
One of the highly regarded debutants was Takafumi Shibata (1-0) [柴田 尊文], who got off to an ideal start to his professional career as he easily defeated Ryosie Niguma (5-4-1, 3) [二熊 亮成] in a 6 rounder at at 140lbs. From the off Shibata was defensively tight, taking a look at Niguma before letting his own shots go, fighting behidn his jab, then mixing more and more of his arsenal into the bout as the fight went on. After 6 rounds it was hard to give Niguma more than a round, though served the ideal debut opponent for Shibata, who looks like he could be moved quickly at either 140lbs or 135lbs going forward.
Following Shibata we then saw Kaito Yamazaki (1-0) [山崎 海斗] make his debut, and pick up a 6 round decision win over his own as he defeated Kohei Hamamoto (4-3-1, 3) [濱元 耕平]. To his credit Hamamoto showed some nasty intent here, and landed some clubbing shots early on, but as the bout went on Yamazaki's amateur pedigree shone through, with the youngster really easing into the bout and dominating it in the end, leaving Hamamoto cut and busted by the end of the round 5. Credit to Hamamoto for sticking in, but he was clearly second best here.
In a notable support bout fans saw unbeaten prospect Jinki Maeda (8-0, 4) [前田 稔輝] pick up his latest win, as he defeated Yuya Azuma (5-6-1, 1) [東 祐也] via another 6 round decision. Azuma came to win, and there was no faulting his effort especially early on, but as the bout went on Maeda began to settle, boxing smartly, and boxing to his strengths to rack up the rounds, laving Azuma swollen in the process. Azuma never showed any quit, but after 6 rounds there was denying he had come off second best against a very, very talented young prospect.
In the main event former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (24-10-4, 11) [奥本 貴之] ended a 2 fight losing streak as he over-came Sonin Nihei (10-6-2, 2) [仁平 宗忍], in what was a second bout between the two men. They two had fought in 2016, with Okumoto taking a 2nd round TKO win over Nihei, but today he had to work for a win, with Nihei showing grit and determination. Nihei put up a genuine effort early on but as the bout went on Okumoto's power, determination and will to win broke through as he went on to win round after round, and even seemed to have Nihei on the verge of being stopped late on.
Earlier today we were informed about the latest show in the Green Tsuda promoted "Crash Boxing" series of shows, as the gym held a press conference to announce the event. The show in question will take place on August 8th in Hirkata City, and is one packed with interesting bouts and notable names.
The main event of the card is an excellent match up between two JBC ranked Super Flyweight as former Japanese national champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-10-4, 11) [奥本 貴之] battles against Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平 宗忍], in a rematch of their 2016 clash. The first time these two men fought Okumoto stopped in 2 rounds, and it's fair to say that the former champion will be confident of another win here. Saying that however Nihei has picked up two decent domestic wins since then, beating Tatsuya Ikemizu and Ryosuke Nasu whilst Okumoto has actually lost his last two bouts, including a huge upset loss in December to Akio Furutani.
In the main support bout we'll see Green Tsuda hopeful Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町 俊貴] in action in an 8 rounder, though his opponent has yet to be announced. Despite not being a big name he is among the best prospects in Japan and fingers crossed this bout will be one of his last bouts before a potential title fight at the end of the year, or in early 2022.
Where the card really is appealing is the depth of young talent on it, not just Shimomachi. Another of the youngsters is his Green Tsuda stablemate Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田 稔輝], who will be taking on the solid Yuya Azuma (5-5-1, 1) [東 祐也], who's only been stopped once in his 5 losses and that was by Rentaro Kimura.
Other youngsters include the debuting pair of Kaito Yamazaki (0-0) [山崎 海斗] and Takafumi Shibata (0-0) [柴田 尊文]. Yamazaki will be expected to have a chin check here as he takes on Kohei Hamamoto (4-2-1, 3) [濱元 耕平], who has stopped his last 3 in the first round whilst Shibata will be up against Ryosie Niguma (5-3-1, 3) [二熊 亮成] in a very interesting match up.
At a press conference for the show this morning Okumoto explained that a conversation with his 8 year old son talking him out of retiring from the sport, and he admitted that he was surprised to be headlining the card, like assuming the headline bout would go to Shimomachi as the rising star of the gym. The promoter, Masaya Motoishi, however explained that he was confident Okumoto would become a champion again explaining that that played a part in his choice to have Okumoto lead the show.
Shimomachi revealed that he sees his bout as a passing point before an eventual title fight. It's expected he'll not be in with someone too testing here, and instead will be using the bout to stay sharp, rather than testing himself and his abilities too much.
Notably Maeda explained that whilst he can challenge for a Japanese title, given his JBC ranking, he feels he's not ready for a shot. And credit to him for being honest on that, as his last performance showed there is still a lot of work for him to do before he faces a title level fighter. We're not sure Azuma will prepare him for a title fight, but he does need more experience.
Another fighter who was mentioned at the press conference was Ryota Yada (20-7, 17) [矢田良太], who was said to have turned down a fight on this show as he's hoping to get a fight at Korakeun Hall later in the year instead, and could find himself in a major domestic show down, rather than a relative low key bout in Hirakata City, on this show.
Earlier today fight fans at the EDION Arena in Osaka got the latest show from Green Tsuda, with the legendary promotional stable putting on "Crashing Boxing Vol 22". The show wasn't among the biggest events held by the promoter but it was certainly an interesting card, featuring two of our favourite prospects from East Japan.
In total there was 6 bouts that took place, with one other being scheduled for the show but cancelled several weeks ago. That cancelled bout was supposed to be a clash between Hibiki Takno (4-3-1) [高杢響] and Hideotshi Takane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿] but was cancelled when Takane suffered an back in March.
The show opened with unbeaten hopeful Ryuichi Kitazono (2-0, 2) [北園 龍一] scoring his second stoppage win, as he defeated teenager Iori Yamamoto (0-2) [山本 伊織]. This was a dramatic fight, with Yamamoto dropping his man in the first round and being all over him at the end of the round, before the bell saved Kitazono. Kitazono managed to get a knockdown of his own in round 2, as he landed a clean right hand just before the bell. The fight then came to an end in round 3 when a brutal left hook from Kitazono damaged his man and forced Kitazone to be saved.
The second bout also ended in the third round, with Motoki Morimoto (1-2-1, 1) [森本 元樹] stopping the debuting Tatsuya Asai (0-1) [浅井 達也], and claiming his first win. This started slowly but gradually got going in round 2 as the pace warmed up, and Morimoto dropped Asai with a classy counter. In round 3 Asai seemed hungry and determined to turn things around, but was caught by a big 1-2 and the referee was forced to stop save the debuting youngster.
The third bout also ended in an early finish as Korean born Japanese based hopeful Youngdoo Choi (4-0, 4) stopped Kaito Okubo (5-3, 2) [大久保 海都] in the 4th round. The heavy handed Choi, who had so far fought all his bouts in Thailand and last fought in 2018, dropped Okubo in round 3 and then again in round 4, with a follow up attack forcing the referee to step in in round 4 and save Okubo from further punishment.
Whilst this was Choi's Japanese debut, we can imagine the aggressive nature and his power connecting with Japanese very quickly, and we're really hoping he can build on this win in the near future as Korean boxing really does need a bright hopeful to get behind.
The first of the well known Japanese prospects on this card was Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田稔輝], who had a bit of a scare against the under-rated Yushi Fujita (9-9-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. This started tensely and Fujita used his experience and made Maeda miss, and look like a novice at times. In round 4 a counter left hand dropped Maeda, who seemed genuinely hurt when he got back to his feet and had to regroup mentally. After the knockdown Maeda boxed well, showed good composure and did enough to earn the decision, doing so with scores of 78-73, twice, and 77-74.
Despite being dropped this was the perfect type of match up for Maeda. He took on an awkward, experienced, southpaw. He suffered a knockdown, had to grit his teeth and did enough to earn a clear decision, but a hard earned one. The perfect learning experience and a bout that he seemed to feel taught him a lot. That is never a bad thing.
The biggest surprise on this card saw the light punching Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平宗忍] score his second career stoppage, as he defeated Ryosuke Nasu (12-7-3, 2) [那須亮祐] in 3 rounds, in a bout that we assumed was always going to go the distance. Nihei targeted the body in round 1, whilst Nasu looked to establish his jab. As the bout went on the bout became more violent, with the two men both standing and letting shots go, until the very end of round 3, when a big right hand from Nihei dropped Nasu on the bell. Nasu narrowly beat the count, but the referee was of the view that Nasu wasn't fit to continue and waved off the bout at an official time of 3:10 of round 3.
In the main event former Japanese Youth champion Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町俊貴] scored his latest win, stopping Thunder Teruya (7-9-1, 4) [サンダー照屋] in round 3. From the off Shimomachi was slippery, fast and sharp. He was making Teruya miss through the first round and in round 2, when Teruya pressed more, he was still unable to have consistent success against his slippery opponent, who was landing some eye catching shots. In round 3 Shimomachi turned the screw further, and landed some sensational shots on Teruya who staggered into the ropes and needed saving by the referee as Shimomachi began to land at will.
Impressively for Shimomachi this bout saw him moving from his natural Super Bantamweight up to Super Featherweight and still shining. He admitted that Teruya's power was more than he was used to, though that proved not to matter. The plan now is for him to go back to his natural weight and try to secure a title fight, potentially with Japanese champion Gakuya Furuhashi (27-8-1, 15) [古橋大輔], in what would be an amazing match up or defense against offense.
For fight fans with the Boxing Raise service, this show will be made available in the coming days, allowing fans to see all the bouts on the event.
Earlier today the Green Tsuda Gym announced their next show, set to take place on April 11th at the EDION Arena Osaka. The card isn't a stacked one, but it is one with 7 bouts, including several worthy of making a note of, with a number of very promising prospects set to be part of the event.
The main bout on the card will be an 8 rounder at Super Featherweight and will see former Japanese Youth champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] take on the under-rated Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋]. Although it's hard to see anything but a win for the slippery and talented Shimomachi it is worth noting that Teruya gave the very highly regarded Rentaro Kimura a bit of a test last year, and we wouldn't be surprised by him doing the same here.
A second 8 rounder here will see Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須亮祐] clash with Sonin Nihei (9-5-2, 1) [仁平宗忍]. This should be an interesting technical battle here between two talented, but feather fisted, fighters. Coming in Nasu is 4-4 in his last 8, but the 28 year old shouldn't be written off, and he has faced stiff competition during that run. Nihei on the other hand is 1-4 in his last 5, and can ill afford another loss.
One other 8 rounder on this show will see the really promising Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝] take part in his first 8 round bout as he takes on Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. The talented Maeda impressed in 2020, after winning the Rookie of the Year in 2019, and we expect to see him rise through the ranks this year. Fujita is unlikely to be much of a test for Maeda, though that's likely part of why he was chosen for this bout, with the idea Fujita will put up enough effort to ask questions of Maeda but not be a real threat to the talented 24 year old.
In a 6 rounder we'll see Hibiki Takno (4-3-1) [高杢響] fight in an evenly matched bout with Hideotshi Takane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿]. This one isn't going to make waves, or excite anyone looking at it, but it should be a very competitive bout and is fantastically even on paper.
It was also confirmed that former Maeda opponent Kaito Okubo (5-2, 2) [大久保 海都] would be on this show, though his opponent wasn't announced. He will be in a 6 rounder at Featherweight, as he looks to bounce back from a 2020 loss to Maeda, who stopped him in brutal fashion back in December.
As well as the 5 bouts mentioned the show will also have 2 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
Earlier today it was announced that 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Jinki Maeda (5-0, 3) [前田稔輝] has been added to the November 3rd card in Osaka, headlined by Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
The promising Maeda hasn't just been added to the card but will be in the show's chief support bout, where he will take on Kaito Okubo (5-1, 2) [大久保 海都] in a 6 round Featherweight bout.
The 23 year old Maeda is regarded by many who follow the Japanese scene as one of the most promising Featherweights in the country. He made his debut in April 2019 and just 8 months later won the All Japan Rookie of the Year, beating Kyonosuke Kameda in the final. He has fought once since then, and looked sensational in stopping Arashi Iimi in August.
Although less well known Kubo is a 22 year old prospect who debuted in 2018 and won his first 3 bouts. He did lost in July 2019 but since then has bounced back and won his last 2 bouts, both by stoppage.
The bout will be one of a 3-fight under-card for the show which will be headlined by Kyoguchi defending his Ring magazine and WBA Light Flyweight "Super" titles against unbeaten Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12).
Another of the under-card bouts will see Sonin Nihei (9-5-2, 1) [仁平宗忍] battle against Shunji Nagata (12-18-2, 4) [長田 瞬志] in a 6 rounder Super Flyweight bout.
At the time of writing the remaining under-card bout hasn't been confirmed.
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