Back in December was saw Takayuki Okumoto (23-9-4, 11) [奥本貴之] lose the Japanese Super Flyweight title to Kenta Nakagawa (18-3-1, 12) [中川 健太], and suffer some pretty nasty cuts. It was unclear on what his future held at the time, but now we know that he's going to continue on in the sport, and has a date set for his return.
The fun to watch battler from the Green Tsuda gym will be involved on the April version of "Crash Boxing" on April 12th at the EDION Arena Osaka, though at the moment no opponent has been named.
Whilst Okumoto is the biggest name set for the show, he's not the only fighter confirmed for the event at the moment.
We also know that Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴] will be in action, as he defends his title against Hiroki Hanabusa (7-0-3, 2) [が英洸貴], as long as Hanabusa gets through his February 11th bout against Sorawit Bamrungrai without any issues.
One other man confirmed for the show, but without an opponent, is Japanese ranked Bantamweight fighter Kazuki Tanaka (11-3, 8) [田中一樹]
Today's double header at the EDION Arena Osaka, was one to forget for the team at Green Tsuda who saw two of their biggest names suffer serious set backs.
Following the up and down battle between Ryota Yada [矢田良太] and Yuki Beppu [別府優樹], more about that bout here, fans then got a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, with defending champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-9-4, 11) [奥本貴之] trying to defend against former champion Kenta Nakagawa (18-3-1, 12) [中川 健太]. Sadly for Okumoto his reign came to an end, after 3 defenses.
Okumoto had gone into the bout with confidence and that confidence showed early on, as he pressed behind his jab, looking to keep Nakagawa at range and control the fight. The idea was a smart one, but it was a flawed one with Nakagawa setting an awkward rhythm and taking the lead at the mid-way point.
After 5 rounds, when the scores were announced, Nakagawa was leading on all 3 cards, 48-47, twice, and 49-46.
Despite the competitive start it was clear that Nakagawa was the one in charge, and his control over the bout tightened significantly in the second half. He was beginning to land right hands to the body, left hands up top and continually forced the issue, preventing Okumoto from getting back into things. Even when Okumoto did manage to build some success it was cut off quickly, and he was never able to dictate things for long.
Things went from bad to worse to Okumoto in round 9. With the score cards well and truly against him he was then cut, badly, on the right eye lid. He passed a doctors inspection, but it was still bad and he had to fight with a bloodied through the final round and a bit.
After 10 rounds there was no disputing the outcome, with Nakagawa winning 98-92, twice, and 99-92.
Nakagawa will make his fist defense at the 2020 Champion Carnival, when he faces either Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] or Yuta Matsuo (15-4-1, 8) [松尾雄太], who battle on December 22nd in their title eliminator.
As for Okumoto his future is less clear, though we suspect he'll bounce back with an easy win next year, then look to get back into the title scene as early as he can.
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Tomorrow in Osaka, at the EDION Arena Osaka, fans will see a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, as defending champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-8-4, 11) [奥本貴之] takes on former champion Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川 健太].
Today, ahead of their bout tomorrow, both fighters took part in their weigh in and they both made weight with no issues, and looked in fantastic shape, for what promises to be an excellent match up.
On the scales Okumoto was slightly under the limit, at 114.75lbs whilst Nakagawa was bang on the divisional limit of 115lbs.
Okumoto seemed confident, and suggested that he would win and win well, though also appeared to have his eyes on the future and bigger opportunities. Nakagawa on the other hand seemed confident, stating he was in the shape of his career and that he would be the champion again tomorrow.
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Back in mid-October the Green Tsuda gym announced a triple title show set for December 8th in Osaka.
The bouts announced for the card were on a great looking clash at Welterweight, between Yuki Beppu (20-1-1, 19) [別府優樹] and Ryota Yada (19-5, 16) [矢田良太], who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, between Takayuki Okumoto (23-8-4, 11) [奥本貴之] and Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] and a Japanese Youth title bout featuring Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴] against a then un-named opponent.
Sadly for Shimomachi he never actually ended up with an opponent able to challenge for his title and today we were informed that his plans had changed.
Whilst Shimomachi will still fight on December 8th in Osaka, his opponent will no be a domestic foe but will instead take on Indonesian teenager Jufry Kakahure (5-2, 5).
For Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Shimomachi the bout has got to be a disappointment, following his title win in August against Kenta Nomura. The 23 year old, who is unbeaten in his last 10, has been really impressive in recent years, winning the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the Japanese Youth title earlier this year.
On the other hand the bout is a big opportunity for Kakahure, who debuted in 2019 and will be making his international debut here. The 19 year old is certainly no world beater, but this is a chance for him to take on a talented fighter who may have just taken his eye off the ball, given the failure of Shimomachi's team to land him a title defense.
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Back in September we revealed that Japanese Welterweight Yuki Beppu (20-1-1, 19) [別府優樹] was going to be back in the ring on December 8th, to fight for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title against former Japanese national champion Ryota Yada (19-5, 16) [矢田良太].
Today that bout was officially announced, along with 2 other title bouts, as Green Tsuda confirmed a December card under their "Crash Boxing" banner at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The card, "Crash Boxing vol 19", will be headlined by a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout, as Takayuki Okumoto (23-8-4, 11) [奥本貴之] defends his belt for the 4th time, and takes on former champion Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川 健太], in an all southpaw bout.
For Okumoto the bout will see him looking to build on an excellent win over Dynamic Kenji earlier this year, and go into 2020 as the champion ahead of the Champion Carnival.
The Beppu Vs Yada bout will be the main support bout, and pits two wonderfully nicknamed fighters against each other. Beppu is known as the "Kyushu Tyson", after the region he's from the knockout's he's scored, whilst Yada is the "Naniwa Terminator", also due to where he's from and his style.
The third title bout will see Toshiki Shimomachi (10-1-2, 6) [下町俊貴] make his first defense of the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title. At the moment his opponent hasn't yet been named but will be in the coming weeks.
This show might not be a huge one, despite the three titles title bouts, but again it adds to what is becoming a very, very packed December for Japanese fight fans. They have started to see more and more cards being announced for the month, and there's now two set for the EDION Arena Osaka on December 8th. We're also expecting a huge announcement later this week as the month's scheduled continues to be put together.
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