Earlier today Boxmob reported that the scheduled March 11th bout between former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (24-3, 21) [松本亮] and Takashi Igarashi (13-5, 5) [五十嵐嵩視] has now, sadly, had to be cancelled.
The bout, which was set for an Ohashi promoted show at Korakuen Hall, has been called off due to Igarashi suffering a nasty injury in sparring, which has left unable to be fight in less than a month's time.
The injury is, reportedly, a broken jaw, which would need significantly longer to heal than the 4 or so weeks we have until the bout.
Sadly this is the second cancellation from the show, with Kaito Takeshima (6-3-1, 1) [竹嶋海刀] needing to pull out of a contest with Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-1, 2) [石井渡士也], due to health reasons.
Despite the cancellations from the show the event still promises a lot.
It features a mouth watering match up between Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] and Yoshiki Minato (9-3, 4) [湊義生], the professional debut of former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (0-0) [武居由樹], who takes on Kazunori Takai (6-7-3, 3) [高井一憲], a Japanese Youth Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] and Takeru Kobata (8-5-1, 3) [小畑武尊] and the return to a Japanese for the unbeaten Andy Hiraoka (16-0, 11) [平岡アンディ], who battles Fumisuke Kimura (9-6-1, 6) [木村 文祐].
Even with those bouts still set for the show, we are crossing our fingers and hoping there won't be more cancellations from this event.
We've known for a while that the Ohashi Gym would be holding an event at Korakuen Hall on March 11th but until today many of the bouts on that card were unknown.
There were 3 bouts that were known. One of those was a clash between Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] and Yoshiki Minato (9-3, 4) [湊義生], which was originally planned for January before needing to be postponed due to Kuwahara being injured. Another was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout between champion Toshiya Ishii (3-1, 2) [石井渡士也] and Kaito Takeshima (6-3-1, 1) [竹嶋海刀]. The third was a bout between former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (24-3, 21) [松本亮] and Takashi Igarashi (13-5, 5) [五十嵐嵩視], in what is expected to be an easy win for Matsumoto, who is looking to rebuild his confidence.
Other fighters named for the card were the world ranked 140lb hopeful Andy Hiraoka (16-0, 11) [平岡アンディ], the promising Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] and former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (0-0) [武居由樹], none of whom had had their opponents named until today.
Now we know that that the 24 year old Hiraoka, who is ranked #12 by the IBF, will take on Fumisuke Kimura (9-6-1, 6) [木村 文祐] in an 8 round bout. On paper this shouldn't be a test for Hiraoka, but the reality is that it keeps him busy and sees him fight in Japan for the first time since July 2019. It seems likely that when he returns to the US, for another bout on a Top Rank show, he'll take on a more notable opponent.
We also now know that Adachi will battle against Takeru Kobata (8-5-1, 3) [小畑武尊] in an 8 rounder for the vacant Japanese Youth Welterweight title, making this show a double Youth title event. Adachi will be favoured here, though it is worth noting that he's fought since December 2019 and this will be his Ohashi Gym. Kobata on the other hand fought last December, losing a decision to Shoki Sakai on December 26th.
As for the debuting Takei, he will be up against Kazunori Takai (6-7-3, 3) [高井一憲]. On paper this looks to be somewhat underwhelming for Takei, who has looked very good in K-1 and looked very impressive in a recent spar with Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. Takai, who's a 34 year old southpaw is 0-5-1 in his last 6 dating back more than 3 years, including 2 stoppage losses.
One other bout on this card will see 18 year old Yushin Uchida (1-1, 1) [内田勇心] battle the debuting Shunsei Sawada (0-0) [澤田春聖] in a 4 rounder.
Earlier this month we reported that Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] and Yoshiki Minato (9-3, 4) [湊義生] would clash on March 11th. Originally they were supposed to face off in January but an injury to Kuwahara saw the bout being pushed back.
Yesterday we saw another bout being added to that card, with Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-1, 2) [石井渡士也] confirmed to be defending his title against Kaito Takeshima (6-3-1, 1) [竹嶋海刀] on the same show.
Now we've seen several more additions to the event as the show has began to fill out.
One of the big announcements for the show is that Japanese Light Welterweight hopeful Andy Hiraoka (16-0, 11) [平岡アンディ] will be on the show. This will be his first bout in Japan in well over a year and see him looking to build on wins in the US. Sadly however his opponent for the show is yet to be announced. In fact there is no details at all about his bout, other than that he will be on the show.
Another fighter without an opponent is Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁], who is scheduled for a 8 round bout, in what will actually be his Ohashi debut.
The show is also expected to feature the debut of former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (0-0) [武居由樹], who recently signed with the Ohashi gym and announced that he was heading to professional boxing.
One other bout that was announced was a show down between former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (24-3, 21) [松本亮] and Japanese domestic fighter Takashi Igarashi (13-5, 5) [五十嵐嵩視], with the two men clashing in an 8 rounder. The touted Matsumoto hasn't looked good recently, and does appear to be in with an easier opponent that he's faced in a while, though we do wonder where his head is at mentally when it comes to the sport.
In Kobe earlier today we saw former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (14-2, 9) [久保隼] pick up his latest win, as he out pointed domestic foe Takashi Igarashi (13-5, 5) [五十嵐嵩視]. Sadly however the bout never really caught fire. In fact it never came close to catching fire and was very much a public sparring session, rather than a fight.
From the opening stages neither man looked particularly comfortable and both looked ultra cautious. Kubo seemed to dictate the space of the bout in the first round, but neither man showed much in terms of hunger or ambition. That sadly proved to be the case for much of the bout, with both men trying to play it safe, too sae.
Every so often we would see Igarashi mount a rush, charging at Kubo, who saw it off, and got back to dictating behind his reach, essentially fencing with his lead hand and tagging Igarashi with good singles at range, but there was little intensity in the out put from either.
Thankfully in round 5 we finally saw Kubo showing something more, showing some hunger. He landed a number of solid single shots, and solid 2-punch combinations. Sadly though they were glimpses of skills, before he got back to range. Even when he seemed to shake Igarashi their was no urgency to impress. As for Igarashi he had moments, but also failed to have the urgency needed to to turn moments into anything more.
By round 7 it was some what tricky to care. The bout had smouldered, and smouldered, and never come to light. Thankfully Igarashi, knowing he had to do something more, did finally let his shots go in round 8, but it was too little, too late, and Kubo was never in any danger.
After 8, rather tedious, slow paced and forgettable rounds, we went to the scorecards which had Kubo winning 79-73, twice, and 78-74.
Sadly, given this was streamed world wide, neither man impressed. At all. Whilst there is some defense to that, such as Kubo being out of the ring since May 2019 and Igarashi being out of the ring for almost 2 years, it doesn't make it any better for fans who sat through a turgid 8 rounder here.
Tomorrow fight fans will be able to see former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-2, 9) [久保隼] fight for the first time since he was stopped by Can Xu in May 2019. Although not a major star Kubo is well liked in Kobe and will be looking to begin the rebuilding process of his career as he takes on Takashi Igarashi (13-4, 5) [五十嵐嵩視] in an 8 round bout.
The contest, which will be fought just above the Featherweight limit, had the two men take part in their weigh in today and both men made weight with no real issues.
The 30 year old Kubo made the weight bang on, weighing the contracted 58KG's, which is around 127.9lbs, on the scales. This is the heaviest weight of his career, and is actually the first time he has ever come in above the Featherweight limit.
At the weigh in Kubo seemed calm and spoke about how well he has been able to train for this bout. And he looked really comfortable and self assured.
As for Igarashi he came in under the weigh limit, weighing around 127.6lbs. Notably this is his first bout in almost 2 years, and the long lay off seems to have made the 24 year old hungry to impress. He spoke about wanting to make the most of this opportunity and make a name for himself. He also revealed something in regards to his gameplan, stating that he was planning to get into the pocket and work up close, to neutralise the height and reach of Kubo.
Fans interested in this one will be glad to know this will be available to watch live, as it will be streamed for free on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
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