If there is one set of emerging brother's that really excite us it's the Shigeoka brothers, Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] and his older brother Yudai Shigeoka (2-0, 1) [重岡優大].
We've known for some time that the older of the two men, 22 year old Yudai, would be fighting again on March 17th at Korakuen Hall. Today we found out more details of the bout, and if we're totally honest we're really disappointed.
The bout has been confirmed as an 8 round contest at Minimumweight with Shigeoka facing Sanchai Yotboon (6-4, 6), the fighter Ginjiro stopped in 3 rounds in 2018, in what was Ginjiro's debut. Since then Sanchai has returned to Japan for 3 fights and been stopped in all 3, making this match up a huge step backwards for the 22 year old who was last seen beating Lito Dante in a 6 rounder.
If we're being honest we would be very surprised if Sanchai lasted more than 3 rounds here, and we suspect Yudai would be disappointed if Sanchai even lasted that long.
On the same card Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Suzumi Takayama (3-0, 3) [高山 涼深] has had his opponent named as Sophon Klachun (5-4-1, 1), who had lost in 4 previous visits to Japan, including a stoppage defeat last September to Daiki Funayama. On paper this is a better test for Takayama than Sanchai is for Shigeoka, but not significantly better.
Thankfully the card does have an excellent main event, as OPBF Minimumweight champion Lito Dante (16-11-4, 8) battles against Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆], in an OPBF and Japanese Minimumweight title fight, and WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa (9-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花] defends her title against Nanae Suzuki (10-3-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江],
Back in mid-December Japanese youngster Yudai Shigeoka (2-0, 1) [重岡優大] shone, when he beat OPBF Minimumweight champion Lito Dante (16-11-4, 8). Since then we've come to learn that Dante will actually return to Japan on March 17th to defend his Oriental title against Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆], in a bout that will also be for the Japanese Minimumweight title.
Whilst the "irregular" double title bout will be the main event, and is the only bout which has been formerly announced for the show, we can now report that Shigeoka will be on the card, in fact he is one of 3 other fighters now confirmed for the event.
At the moment details regarding Shigioka's opponent are yet to be confirmed, but what is known is that he will be fighting over 8 rounds for the first time, and the bout will be at Minimumweight. Given his win over Dante, how dominant it was, we would expect a solid rival here in what could be his final bout before he fights for a title, of some kind, later in the year.
Given how Shigeoka's younger brother, Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗], won his first title in his 4th bout then beat Rey Loreto (25-15, 17) in his 5th bout, we are expecting something big from Yudai Shigeoka in his next few bouts.
Another fighter now set for this show, also in 8 round action, is Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Suzumi Takayama (3-0, 3) [高山 涼深], who also hasn't had his opponent for the event confirmed. As well as his opponent not being named it's currently unclear whether he will be defending his title or note on this event.
The only other fighter listed for the show, at the moment, is Daiju Hamaguchi (4-4, 2) [濱口 大樹], who is fighting in a 6 round bout at Super Bantamweight. He's 1-4 in his last 5, so we don't expect to see him being tested here. As with Shigeoka and Takayama his opponent hasn't yet been confirmed.
Whilst much of the attention in Japanese boxing today was on Tokyo, and the Knock Out Dynamite tournament show, there was a second show taking place in Kobe, headlined by a Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title bout.
The match up saw former amateur standout Suzumi Takayama (3-0, 3) [高山涼深] take the title with an 8th round TKO win over the previously unbeaten Tetsuro Ohashi (7-1-1, 2) [大橋哲朗]. Prior to getting to the result however fans got a treat.
The opening round saw Takayama take the early advantage, dropping Ohashi with a right hook. The following round Ohashi got revenge, putting Takayama down with a solid counter left hand.
With both having gone down early they both quickly began to respect the other and looked to box behind their jabs. This lead to a very competitive back and forth, until Takayama dropped Ohashi early in round 8. Ohashi beat the count but was hurt and was quickly dropped again. At this point his team threw in the towel, taking the wise decision to save their man from any further punishment.
With the win Takayama takes his professional title and moves a step towards getting some big domestic fights. On the other hand Ohashi, a Rookie of the Year winner in 2018, suffers his first loss but this is certainly not the end for him, and we suspect with a few more fights under his belt he will fight again for this belt, and win it.
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see a new Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion being crowned, as the unbeaten Tetsuro Ohashi (7-0-1, 2) [大橋哲朗] takes on former amateur stand out Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深] in Kobe.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the 115lb weight limit with no issues at all.
On the scales Ohashi was 114.2lbs and looked in great shape. The youngster, who had won the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Super Flyweight, seemed confident and stated that he will win the belt. Despite being confident he did admit that Takayama looked strong.
Takayama on the other hand was 114.9lbs. Despite his amateur pedigree he started that this was like a debut to him, almost explaining that professional and amateur boxing are completely different. Despite that he against came across as confident.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available on Boxing Raise on tape delay.
Related - Ohashi and Takayama battle for Japanese Youth title!
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Earlier the Korakuen Hall fight fans were able to see the Japanese award winners for June, well 2 of them, at an award ceremony which took part during 's Diamond Glove event.
One of those fighters was the unbeaten Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人], who took the Fight Spirit award for the month. He began the month by blasting out Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7-1, 4) in impressive fashion, with Cuerdo being a late replacement opponent for Nakatani after original opponent Wolf Nakano was forced out with an injury. Nakatani, who will return to the ring in against former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13), stated he was honoured to receive the prize and seemed pretty excited about his upcoming bout against Melindo.
Nakatani was joined by Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深], who impressed near the end of June with a blow out win against Korean foe In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수]. His next bout hasn't been announced, but it does seem like he's aware of when and where it will be, with hints that it has been agreed, potentially for early as part of a bigger Watanabe card. He clearly has ambitions and stated he wasn't satisfied with the award, and stated he is aiming for the top.
Sadly the MVP for the month, Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁], was unable to attend due to suffering an injury recently, an injury that has forced a bout he had been scheduled for, to be cancelled. We're hoping that he can have a speedy recovery.
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