Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Dangan put on their latest show, which was part of an A and B Class tournament. Although the card certainly wasn't a huge one it did have several noteworthy bouts on it.
One of the notable bouts on the card saw JBC ranked female fighters face off, in what turned out to be a bit of an upset. Former notable female amateur Sayo Segawa (1-1, 1) [瀬川 紗代] was expected to claim her second professional win as she took on 29 year old Natsuki Tarui (4-6-2) [樽井 捺月]. Instead however the experience of Tarui played dividends as she narrowly took a 6 round split decision. By the end of this one both women looked absolutely shattered following what had been a very high octane and draining bout. Credit to Tarui however for digging that little bit deeper and taking the narrow win.
In a B Class tournament qualifying bout at Bantamweight Koki Mioya (8-1-2, 2) [三尾谷 昂希] took a clear decision win over Daiju Hamaguchi (4-5, 2) [濱口 大樹]. Hamaguchi looked to try and make this a fight, using his physicality, but Mioya was good through out and there was no real arguing with the decision. After 6 rounds the scores were 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 all to Mioya, who was well worth the win.
In a 5 round Prize Fight, where a bonus is given for scoring a stoppage, Ryo Nakai (2-0-1, 1) [中井 龍] took a decision win over Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤 未来]. This was a fairly entertaining and well fought bout, but in the end Nakai's amateur pedigree, ring craft and more polished body punching proved to be the difference maker. Despite the loss for Naito we really wouldn't write him off and he certainly has the ability to make a mark on the domestic scene over the coming years.
In the main event, an A Class tournament qualifying bout, fans saw the big punching Shu Utsuki (7-0, 6) [宇津木秀] showcase what he could do as he took the fight to Takayuki Sakai (9-3-2, 6) [酒井 孝之], and took his man out in round 2. Utsuki looked like the boss from the opening seconds and pressed and pressured Sakai around the ring as and when he pleased. In round 2 Utsuki put his foot on the gas and dropped Sakai with a gorgeous short right hand. The referee instantly stopped this one.
Following today's wins Mioya and Sakai will both be in action in January in the their relevant tournament finals.
The ever useful Watanabe Gym fight scheduled has been a valuable source of information regarding future bouts in recent weeks. One of the more notable recent additions is the next bout of talented Shu Utsuki (6-0, 5) [宇津木秀] and female hopeful Kanako Taniyama (2-1-1, 1) [谷山佳菜子], who are now both pencilled in for a Korakuen Hall show on October 30th.
Utsuki's opponent is set to be Takayuki Sakai (9-2-2, 6) [酒井 孝之], in what looks a pretty decent bout given that Utsuki will have been out of the ring for exactly 12 months, the long period of in activity in his career. The hope had been for him to fight for a title in 2020, though that's now clearly looking like an impossibility.
Utsuki is very highly touted, and is seen as one of the many promising prospects at the Watanabe gym. He's shown himself to be very heavy handed, technically solid and has scored 4 stoppages in a row, including wins over Da Xu, Jerry Castroverde and Omrri Bolivar.
Sakai on the other hand has been a professional since 2015 and had been riding an 8 fight unbeaten streak until being stopped in 4 rounds by Yuichiro Kasuya last August. Although not tipped as a star he's certainly a capable fighter and scored a good win over Pharanpetch Tor Buamas in December 2018.
As for Taniyama her opponent will be Rena Koizumi (3-2, 2) [小泉 礼奈].
Taniyama turned professional in 2018 with some expectations on her shoulders after a success amateur career. After winning her first two professional bouts she has failed to win either of her last two, having a controversial and a razor thin technical decision loss, both to Tomoko Okuda.
Koizumi on the other hand is riding a 2 fight winning streak at the moment, but will be regarded as the under-dog here.
As with all bouts right now, things are subject to change, and these may end up being cancelled, but it is something to look forward to, with Utsuki in particular being one to watch.
Earlier this week Kadoebi revealed that the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" card would be Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] at Korakuen Hall. Now the promoter has gone on to reveal details from the under-card of that show, and it's become a really good card, as we expect from Kadoebi.
The chief support bout will see highly regarded Japanese prospect Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4) [山内涼太] look to bounce back from a controversial loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, as he takes on world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5, 5). The Filipino visitor has won his last 7 in a row, including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak, Ronguo Wu and Esneth Domingo and is on a good run, whilst Yamauchi will be looking to get back on the fast track to the top with a win. This is, our eyes, a better match up than the main event.
Another leading support bout will see Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and Takayuki Sakai (9-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之] clash in a bout between two JBC ranked Lightweights. Interestingly both men enter with JBC rankings, but each also has a regional ranking, with Kasuya having a WBO Asia Pacific rankings and Sakai having an OPBF ranking.
In a notable contest Mikio Sakai (0-0), will make his professional debut after going 44-22 (19) in the amateurs. The debutant will be matched hard with Japanese based Colombian puncher Elfelos Vega (7-6, 5). Vega has lost 4 of his last 5, but has shared the ring with the likes of Takeshi Inoue and Charles Bellamy during that stretch.
One other fighter of note in action on this show will be Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ], though his opponent hasn't been named. This will be his first bout since fighting to a draw with Aso Ishiwaki earlier in the year.
In Osaka this afternoon fight fans saw experienced Thai Amphol Suriyo (23-4, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, battle against late replacement Takayuki Sakai (8-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之], with Amphol looking to build on his upset win over Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan. Sakai had been brought into the bout as a relatively late replacement for the touted Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎], though reasons were never made totally clear as to why Tsutsumimoto was removed from the bout.
On paper this was a huge step up for Sakai, but he seemed confident of not only winner, but of stopping the Thai as he pressed forward from the opening moments, backing Amphol on to the ropes and going to work on the Thai up close. The aggression and style of Sakai lead to moments of success from Amphol, who really dug into the body of Sakai in the opening round.
In round 2 the Thai was cut as Sakai came forward, though again picked his moments for counters well and kept Saki honest, despite being pinned on the back foot. It seemed clear that Amphol was looking to land big shots when Sakai rushed in but Sakai, to his credit, showed real maturity in defending well, even when he was attacking. It was similar again in round 3, with Sakai getting more and more success, by the round as Amphol's reactions slowed slightly, and more shots of Sakai got through.
In round 4 it seemed like the Thai was tiring, his shots were losing their snap, and he was throwing far fewer of them. His combinations to to the body, which were prevalent in the first couple of rounds, were almost entirely gone whilst Sakai was beginning to look more and more relaxed.
The relaxed nature of Sakai, and the fact he was having things a bit too easy, seemed to cause him problem sin 5 as Amphol suddenly let more shots of his own go and seemed to have Sakai hurt at one point. It was however a big effort from Amphol, who seemed to put everything into the attack, and he was punished soon afterwards as Sakai let his hands go, pinning an exhausted Amphol on the ropes and unloading with head shots. Those shots forced the referee to save the Thai.
The win is, by far, the biggest of Sakai's career, and he'll likely be looking for a regional title fight in 2019. For Amphol it's hard to know where he goes from here.
Back in October we reported that the hugely promising Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd to take a huge step up in class and battle Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The bout really intrigued us, as we'd been impressed by Tsutsumimoto as an amateur, and felt he had the style to go a long way, and to go there quickly.
Sadly we've now been informed that Tsutsumimoto is out of the December 22nd bout, with his place on the show now being taken by 28 year old countryman Takayuki Sakai (7-1-2, 5) [酒井孝之].
It's unclear as to why Tsutsumimoto is off the show, though it appears to have been a very recent change in plans. In fact Kyoei, the promoter of Sakai, only reported the bout in the last day or so.
The contest between Sakai and "Pharanpetch" will be shown on G+ as part of a show that also features Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹] and a bout between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), in what is a make or break for both men.
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