Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Ohashi Gym put on a pretty interesting card with several notable names.
On paper the best match up on the show was a bout between hard hitting Japanese hopeful Tsuyoshi Tameda (20-4-2, 18) [溜田剛士] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (16-3, 8) [テイル渥美]. On paper this was an amazing match up, and many attending the show likely expected this to out-shine the main event, which featured Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue [浩樹井上].
Sadly it failed to be the competitive back and forth that we all wanted. Instead it was a demolition job from Tameda, who's power proved to be far too much for Atsumi.
Early on both men looked to establish their jabs but it wasn't long until the power of Tameda dropped Atsumi for the first knockdown of the fight, from a huge right hand. From then on it seemed like a case of "when" rather than "if" Tameda would win and Atsumi would be dropped for a second time before the end of the opening round. He made it out of the round but was dropped again at the start of the second round, with the referee saving Atsumi soon afterwards.
This didn't quite live up to the expectations we had, but was a thoroughly exciting affair, and the win is a massive one for Tameda, who has now scored back to back stoppage wins since being stopped last year by Hinata Maruta.
Sadly for Atsumi this loss will almost certainly end his hopes of getting a title fight before he takes part in compulsory military service for South Korea.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see a brilliant match up between hard hitting Japanese hopeful Tsuyoshi Tameda (19-4-2, 17) [溜田剛士] and Japanese based Korean fighter Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美]. On paper this looks set to be an excellent bout between two tough guys who can really fight.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for their bout and both men made the Featherweight limit for the contest, weighing in bang on the divisional limit for the bout.
At today's weight in Tameda stated that he thought Atsumi was a good young man and a good person, but seemed confident he had the skills to win, and to give fans a good contest. Atsumi on the other hand spoke about needing to win, as he has military service to do for South Korea before he turns 30, and at the age of 26 time is running out on his hopes to win a title.
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Back in December the OPBF Bantamweight title fight between Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11) [栗原 慶太] and Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8) [小林佑樹] was blighted by a number of time keeping errors, errors that lead to a number of officials being punished. Those errors unfortunately left a shadow over what was a brilliant fight, though it was seen as a one off.
Sadly yesterday we saw another case of time keeping error in Japan, in fact just like the Kurihara Vs Kobayashi fight it was another time keeping error in Osaka, though this time at the EDION Arena and not the Sumiyoshi Ward center.
This time around it came in round 3 of the match up between Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] and Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介]. The round was cut a full minute short, in what was a very clear error from the time keeper.
Atsumi would win the bout the following round, stopping his opponent. Interestingly the promoter tried to make out that Tsutsumimoto was bossing round 3, though the reality is that the round a minute early didn't really change the result, and didn't save Atsumi in anyway.
Rather oddly the promoters fighter lost not only this bout but also the Kurihara one, suggesting this has nothing to do with officials being biased, just inept. It is however clear that the JBC are unhappy with this happening, and their will be an investigation into this error, like their was in December as well.
For those wanting to watch the fight, and decide whether the bell coming early really effected the result we've included it below thanks to ytv who streamed the bout live on their website.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka, and those tuning in on ytv, had the chance to see talented Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (16-2, 8) [テイル渥美] score one of his biggest wins to date, stopping Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-2, 8) [堤本京介].
On paper this was an excellent match up, arguably the best bout of the show, and promised to be explosive.
The Korean took an aggressive mentality in to the ring, bringing the pressure to the Japanese punching, showing no real respect of Tsutsumimoto's vaunted power. It wasn't reckless from Atsumi, but was aggressive as he looked to apply constant, educated pressure.
Tsutsumimoto, to his credit, showed good composure early on, and found a brilliant right hand in round 2, but always looked like he was being put on the back foot.
About 2 minutes into round 4 Tsutsumimoto found himself close to the ropes and was caught by a big right hand and dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown but pressure from Atsumi soon forced the referee to stop the bout.
Also on this card was a win for Hibiki Jogo (9-2, 4) [城後響], who out pointed Filipino journeyman Marzon Cabilla (17-18-1, 6) over 8 rounds.
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Earlier today Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝], the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, attended a press conference to announce his next bout.
The unbeaten second generation fighter will be headlining "Dramatic Boxing 79", on April 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka. His opponent for the bout will be Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2) [松浦 大地] in what looks like another small step forward for Tatsuyoshi, who appears to be taking forward step after forward step.
As well as Tatsuyoshi's bout there was always a couple of other things announced for the show. One of those, what appears to be the chief support bout, will be an excellent match up between Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) [堤本京介] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) [テイル渥美], in what looks like a sure fire fight of the show. We've also been informed that Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] will be on the show.
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