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.
Yesterday in China fight fans had a small but notable card in Diaobingshan.
The main event of this card was an solid looking match up between Chinese local Jun Zhao (12-2-1, 9) [赵君] and Japanese visitor Sonin Nihei (9-5-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍]. It didn't scream amazing bout on paper, but the styles of the two always made it seem likely that the bout would be action packed and exciting. And it delivered!
After a relatively quiet feeling out round the two men really began to go through the gears by the end of round 2 they were trading on the inside in a pulsating war. Nihei was the one coming inside, getting close and working the higher tempo. Zhao was being dragged into Nihei's fight, though tried to create space. It was space that Zhao needed, being the bigger puncher he was struggling to work up close and was having his power smothered, time and time again by the visitor.
Nihei's effort and pressure did catch the eye, a lot, but it came at a cost and in the later rounds his pace did slow slightly and his energy became an issue. As his energy faded it allowed Zhao the space he needed to work and get full extension on his shots. With a tiring Nihei on the ropes and Zhao having space to work with the Chinese fighter turned on the heat and forced Nihei to be save with the referee and Nihei's corner jumping in to stop the punishment.
In the chief support bout Mongolian hopeful Erkhembayar Batbayar (6-0, 4) stopped Korean Middleweight Jun Yong Lee (6-6-4, 3) in the 7th of a scheduled 10 rounds. This was the first time Batbayar had actually fought at Middleweight having fought as high as Cruiserweight, and it did seem like the 160lb weight class was more suited to him. It's rare to talk about a Mongolian fighter, but Batbayar is certainly worthy of some attention with his aggression and power.
Tomorrow in China fight fans will see hard hitting local hopeful Jun Zhao (11-2-1, 8) [赵君] battle against under-rated Japanese fighter Sonin Nihei (9-4-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍] in Diaobingshan.
The bout, which will see the two men battle for the the WBA Asia Bantamweight title, had it's weigh in earlier today and both men comfortably made the 118lb limit.
The Chinese fighter came in at 117.75lbs and looked good on the scales, though looked somewhat nervous at times.
Nihei was slightly lighter, weighing in at 117.5lbs, and whilst he looked more confident he also looked just a touch fleshy for what is his second bout outside of Japan.
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