Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest show under the Diamond Glove banner of shows. The card was a pretty notable one with several bouts of note on it, including a Japanese title eliminator and a Japanese title fight.
The first of the notable bouts on this card saw second generation fighter Jinya Yamaguchi (2-0, 2) [山口 仁也] score a 4th round win over Filipino visitor Argelo Samson (4-2, 4). Yamaguchi started slowly, and was dropped early in the bout by a right hook. Despite being knocked down Yamaguchi recovered well and then opened up in round 3, wobbling Samson late in the round, before dropping his man in round 4. Samson beat the count but was stopped soon afterwards as Yamaguchi unloaded on him with a flurry.
The second bout of note saw Mikyo Watarai (2-0, 1) [渡来 美響] score his second professional win, as he took a 6 round shut out win over Filipino visitor Romer Pinili (5-2-1, 4). Watarai dominated the bout, but he was unable to stop Pinili, who showed real grit, determination and toughness to see out 6 rounds. Credit needs to go to Pinili for surviving, but he didn't come close to being competitive, and really was relying on his grit, especially in the later rounds.
The third bout of some real note saw another prospect pick up a win as Josuke Nagata (4-0) [永田 丈晶] out boxed and out pointed the explosive Yuki Nakajima (5-2-2, 5) [中嶋 憂輝] over 8 rounds to claim his fourth win, and his most notable to date. The talented Nagata controlled swathes of the bout behind his accurate punching and combinations, which forced Nakajima on to the back foot, somewhere he's never been comfortable. The smart up and down combinations and intelligent defense from Nagata saw him make this look easy, as he shut out Nakajima on two cards, whilst the third judge saw a wat to find a round for Nakajima.
In the chief support bout we saw a Japanese Lightweight title eliminator as Shuma Nakazato (12-2-3, 7) [仲里周磨] defeated Ken Koibuchi (8-5-1, 7) [鯉淵健] over 8 rounds. This was a genuine war with both landing big shots, and head clashes also being a factor, with Nakazato suffering several cuts from head clashes. Despite the head clashes Nakazato did enough to take home the win, though had to take some serious punishment along the way, particularly in round 7 as Koibuchi dug hard and looked to core a late stoppage. After 8 rounds the score cards were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76 giving Nakazato the majority decision win.
In the main event we saw Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (26-4-1, 23) [小原 佳太] over-come interim champion Takeru Kobata (12-6-1, 5) [小畑 武尊] in 3 rounds. On paper this one always seemed like a mismatch, despite the good recent form from Kobata, though the opening round was tense with both men showing a lot of respect to each other. In the second round Obara seemed to find his groove, though only landed a single notable right hand, which was essentially a warning shot. In round 3 he managed to land another right hand, which sent Kobata down. Although Kobata did recover his feet he staggered forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
Obara and Kobata make weight
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see regular Japanese Welterweight Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] battle against interim champion Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊]. Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 147lb limit without any real issues.
Obara, who weight in first, came in bang on the limit for what will be his first bout in 10 months. He was scheduled to fight back in April, against Yuki Nagano, but was forced to pull out of that bout due to an injury to his right leg. Notably he stated that he hasn't really used his legs to train, and instead rested them as much as he could. Despite that he did say training had gone well, but was a "little worried psychologically". He also admitted that Kobata was taller than expected but that his own experience was going to be key here. If he wins he intends to move onwards and upwards and fight world ranked opponents from overseas next.
As for Kobata he was well under the limit, at 146.5lbs. He explained that he had sparred a lot, and that he was relying on scoring a stoppage here, admitted "so I can't see a vision of winning by decision. I'm aiming for KO."
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Earlier today Misako Gym announced that a date has been sent for a Japanese Welterweight title unification bout, between regular champion Keita Obara (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] and the recently crowned interim champion Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊], with the bout set for October 11th at Korakuen Hall.
Obara was supposed to defend his title earlier this year against Yuki Nagano (19-4, 15) [永野祐樹], but was forced to pull out of the contest due to a leg injury suffered in training. Due to Obara's injury Kobata and Nagano clashed for the interim title, with Kobata stopping Nagano in 5 rounds back in June.
For Obara the bout will serve as his third defense of the title, and he has his eyes on another major international fight if he can get past Kobata. He is currently world ranked and knows that time is running out on his career to land the huge fights he wants.
As for Kobata the bout will be his first for a full title, and a chance to announce himself, big time, on the domestic scene. It is, however, a huge ask for him against the most talented fighter he has faced in his career, and a huge step up from facing the likes of Nagano.
As well as the title bout this card is also confirmed to feature the Japanese title eliminator between Shuma Nakazato (11-2-3, 7) [仲里周磨] and Ken Koibuchi (8-4-1, 7) [鯉淵健], with the winner set to get a Japanese title fight next year, as part of the Champion Carnival.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we got the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of events, and it was an interesting one showing some of the future, and present, of the Teiken Gym. The card wasn't one littered with huge names, but it had a very notable main event fighter along with a number of promising young hopefuls, who were all looking to make a mark and move towards bigger and better things.
The show began with an East Japan Rookie of the Year qualifying bout, that saw 20 year old Shuta Takahashi (2-1, 2) [高橋秀太] take a quick win over debuting 33 year old Fuma Uno (0-1) [宇野楓麻]. The explosive youngster, who hasn't seen the second round in any of his bouts so far, started fight in a bout that was a war from the off. Uno, to his credit, fought back hard and tried to get Takahashi's respect making for a thrilling opening minute. Sadly for Uno he was dropped by an uppercut and was instantly under pressure when the bout resumed. Despite being under a lot of pressure Uno managed to fight back and seemed to have Takahashi on the backfoot, however the aggression from Uno came at a cost and he would be dropped a second time, this time from a counter, with the referee waving off the bout immediately. For a bout that lasted just 84 seconds this was brilliant!
The second bout saw former Japanese amateur standout Kota Kaneko (1-0, 1) [金子 虎旦] score an impressive debut win, as he took out Thai visitor Pasith Visetso (6-3, 4) in 2 rounds. From the opening moments Kaneko looked like a star. He had the good looks that will draw attention of female fans, but also the calm, considered composure that great fighters have. He looked like he was barely trying whilst seeing what Visetso had to offer in the opening moments, before moving through the gears and dropping the Thai in round 2 with some wonderful punches. Although Visetso got up from the knockdown, which came from a body shot, he was drown again soon afterwards. Kaneko might have been making his professional debut here, but he did go 56-13 in the unpaid ranks and on the evidence of this performance, has the ability to go a very, very, very long way.
The third bout on the show saw Subaru Murata (2-0, 2) [村田 昴] make his Japanese debut, after making his professional debut last June in the US, and take a dominant win over Filipino visitor John Mark Tihuk (6-2-2, 2). From the off Murata looked aggressive, composed and razor sharp, again a solid opponent. Sadly for the visitor he seemed to come up short in every way as Murata showed the skills that had seen be one of the best Japanese amateurs of the last few years. Tihuk had moments, but they were few and far between as Murata looked too strong, too big, too fast, and in the end too powerful. Tihuk's team seemed to realise their man was coming off second best, especially after a very one sided 4th round, and he retired between rounds 4 and 5 saving their man from further punishment.
Someone who did get a good work out was the unbeaten Katsuya Fukui (4-0, 3) [福井 勝也], who returned to the ring for the first time in over a year. The talented Fukui took on Filipino Jason Buenaobra (8-7-3, 3) and it was clear Buenaobra wasn't there to just fold, but instead was in the ring looking to upset the talented Japanese novice. As a result the visitor gave a genuinely solid account of himself in the early rounds and had moments of success on the front foot whilst also showing some clever defensive movements. In round 3 Fukui dropped his man, but the visitor still had fight in him as he got back up and continued to test the youngster. As the rounds went on however the power and accuracy of Fukui took it's toll on the visitor and with Buenaobra taking punishment the referee came in and waved the bout off, saving the visitor. The stoppage seemed a poor one from the referee, but it did seem like a stoppage was coming and sooner or later.
Another unbeaten Japanese prospect on this card was the very, very, very highly touted Mikito Nakano (6-0, 5) [中野 幹士], who battled Juanito Paredes (9-8-1, 4). The talented Nakano looked great from the off and was too quick and too sharp for Paredes, who really struggled to land cleanly on Nakano. In round 3 Nakano went out looking to see off his man and succeeded with that midway through the round with a short left hand that looked relatively innocuous but dropped Paredes for the 10 count. The finish was an odd one, but Nakano's overall performance was good and it feels like it's now time he stepped up to fringe domestic title level.
The chief support bout saw the unheralded Takeru Kobata (12-5-1, 5) [小畑 武尊] score the biggest win of his career, as he upset former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (19-4, 15) [永野祐樹], and claimed the interim title. Going in Kobata was the clear un der-dog, but amazingly he seemed like the boss through out the bout. He was out landing Nagano, countering well, and seemed to soak up the pressure of Nagano without issues at all, whilst also being able to back up Nagano when he wanted. Worryingly for Nagano was the fact Kobata rarely seemed to miss, and finding holes both up top and down low. Through the first 4 rounds it was incredibly hard to give Nagano anything and sadly for Nagano things didn't get better in round 5. Nagano started the round offensively, trying to turn things around, but as the round went on he slowed down whilst Kobata began to land clean left hands at will. Those left hands left Nagano stumbling and the referee stopped the bout, just moments before Nagano's team got into the ring.
Sadly the main event was little more than a mismatch as Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14) [中谷正義], fighting in Japan for the first in more than 3 years, blasted out Filipino visitor Harmonito Dela Torre (22-4, 14) inside 8- seconds. Nakatani looked sharp and busy from the off, and although Dela Torre tried to fight back he was down in the first minute. He got back to his feet but was down almost immediately, with referee giving the 10 count after the second knockdown, which came from a pair of heavy left hands from Nakatani
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of events. The show is a notable Japan Vs Philippines ones, with a number of notable Japanese fighters, including a host of prospects, taking on dangerous Filipino visitors, which also has an interim Japanese title fight on the show.
Today, ahead of the show, the fighters took part in their weigh in. We won't go through all the weights, but we will take a look at the two main bouts on the show.
The main event will see Japanese Lightweight contender Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13) [中谷正義] return to a Japanese ring for the first time in more than 3 years as he takes on Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (22-3, 14), in one of the aforementioned Japan Vs Philippines bouts. The two men, who will be fighting just above the Lightweight limit, at 137lbs, both made the contracts weight with no issues at all. On the scales Nakatani was 136.7lbs whilst Dela Torre was was 135.6lbs. Both men looked in good shape, though it was clear that Nakatani was the one better suited to the weight, as he looked genuinely great whilst Dela Torre looked like a Super Featherweight who didn't need to drain water weight to make the contracted limit and had a slightly fleshy look.
The other main bout will see Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] and Takeru Kobata (11-5-1, 4) [小畑 武尊] clash for the Interim Japanese Welterweight title. On the scales Nagano, the favourite, was 146.6lbs whilst Kobata was slightly heavier at 146.8lbs.
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