Earlier today the Ohashi announced that they would be holding Phoenix Battle 93 on October 25th at Korakuen Hall. Along with the announcement of the when and the where of the show, they also announced the card for the show, and announced once of the strongest Phoenix Battle shows, with what can only be described as a legitimate double header.
The first of the two main bouts from the card will see OPBF Flyweight champion Giemel Magramo (26-2, 21) defending his title, for the first time, as he takes on once beaten Japanese fighter Taku Kuwahara (10-1, 6) [桑原拓], in what will be Kuwahara's second title bout. For Magramo the bout sees him return to the venue where suffered a 2020 loss to Junto Nakatani for the WBO Flyweight title. Since then he has picked up two wins, including am OPBF title win against Jayr Raquinel back in October 2021, and comes into this bout with a point to prove. As for Kuwahara he will be looking to make the most of his second crack at a title, following a 2021 loss to Japanese national champion Seigo Yuri Akui.
The other main bout will see former world IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Ryosuke Iwasa (27-4, 17) [岩佐亮佑] return to the ring for the first time since being stopped by Murodjon Akhmadaliev in April 2021. In the opposite corner to Iwasa will be former world title challenger Genesis Servania (34-3, 16), who was stopped last time out by the devastating Andres Cortes. Whilst the other bout will be for a title, this bout is actually expected to be the main event of the show, in what is scheduled to be a 10 rounder.
A third bout of real note will see young prospects collide as Toshiya Ishii (6-1, 4) [石井渡士也] faces off with Jun Ikegawa (3-0-1, 1) [池側純] in an excellently matched 8 rounder.
Earlier today Korakuen Hall played host to the latest show from the Ohashi Gym.
The show featured a host of notable bouts on it including notable debutants, several bouts with prospects and a Japanese title fight.
The show started with one of the debutants, as Kenta Yamakawa (1-0) [山川 健太] took a 4 round shut out over Zapp Morimoto (1-2, 1) [ザップ森本] in the opening bout of the show. The bout saw Yamakawa show his jab, his movement, and his variation though out the contest, with Morimoto playing the role of the ideal foil for Yamakawa who looked like a very promising young prospect.
Another debutant on this card was 23 year old Yuya Tanaka (1-0) [田中 湧也], who had to work for a win over 5'11" southpaw Fuya Tomita (7-5, 2) [冨田 風弥]. Tanaka struggled early on with the saw of Tomita and was dropped in round 2 from a right hook of Tomita's. He did however show good composure and rebuilt from the knockdown to control much of the fight on route to taking a decision. It was however a hard earned victory and one that saw a good test for Tanaka, following a 53 amateur career. He learned plenty here, over-came a tough foe and did well against someone who isn't easy to look good against.
Another promising prospect on this card was Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0-2, 2) [中垣 龍汰朗], who was surprisingly held to a draw by Toma Kondo (8-7-2, 1) [近藤 冬真]. From the off Kondo tried to press the action, and by doing saw he really limited the success Nakagaki could get. Nakagaki looked the better boxer through out, but the pressure and relentlessness of Kondo really stopped the younger man from controlling the action behind his jab, and forced him to fight Kondo's fight. After 8 rounds this was a tough one to score, and that was shown on the scorecards with a card of 78-74 to Nakagaki, a score of 77-75 to Kondo and a 76-76, resulting in a split decision draw.
The first of 3 Japan Vs Thailand bouts saw the once beaten Katsuya Yasuda (9-1, 5) [保田 克也] score a 6th round TKO win over Thai veteran Krai Setthaphon (29-9, 19). The bout was a tough one for Yasuda, who was dropped in the first round, and really struggled to get going early on. Thankfully for him however things did get better for him, and in round 5 he dropped his foe with a right hook. He then closed the show at the start or round 6 with a straight left hand that dropped Krai for a second time and forced the referee to wave the bout off.
The second Japan Vs Thailand bout was more straight forward for the local, as Taku Kuwahara (10-1, 6) [桑原 拓] blasted out Parinya Khaikanha (4-1, 4) in 2 rounds. From the off Kuwahara was quicker, sharper and more accurate, and looked to make the most of his speed. The Thai came to fight however and looked to press the action a lot more in round 2, whilst let him open to a brutal uppercut that dropped him hard, with the referee immediately waving this one off. After the bout Parinya was take out of the ring on a stretcher, whilst Kuwahara revealed he was wanting to fight for a title next, and potentially rematch Japanese champion Seigo Yuri Akui (17-2-1, 11) [阿久井政悟].
The third and final bout in the Japan Vs Thailand match ups saw Japan go 3-0, with Kazuki Nakajima (12-1-1, 10) [嶋 一輝] scoring a 5th round TKO win over former world title challenger Karoon Jarupianlerd (49-12, 23), aka Petchbarngborn Kokietgym. From the opening round Nakajima seemed in control, but took his time, trying to get a read on what the visitor had to offer. In round 5 Nakajima opened up with a series of clean punches, including some big uppercuts, which forced the referee to step in and save the Thai, who has now been stopped 3 times in his career, all in Japan.
In the main event we saw Japanese Light Middleweight champion Makoto Kawasaki (13-8-2, 2) [川崎真琴] retain his title, and record his first defense, as he fought to a draw with Ryosuke Maruki (18-7-2, 13) [丸木凌介]. This really was a bout of two halves, with Kawasaki dominating the early going, using his jab to control the action and the tempo, whilst Maruki had a horribly slow start. This lead to Kawasaki leading the bout 49-46, twice, and 48-47 when the scores were announced after round 5. From round 6 however things really flipped and Maruki pressed the action more, forcing the fight and clawing his way back into the bout, though he did too little to take the win, with all 3 judges scoring this 95-95.
Following the bout Kawasaki revealed he had felt under pressure for his first defense and had potentially over-trained for the bout, whilst Maruki seemed to admit that he wishes he could have started fighting the way he'd finished the bout much earlier.
Earlier today the Ohashi Gym announced the main event of their July 12th Phoenix Battle show, "Phoenix Battle 90", as well some of the under-card fights on the show.
The main event will see Japanese 154lb champion Makoto Kawasaki (13-8-1, 2) [川崎真琴] make his first defense, after winning the title earlier this month. The 37 year old veteran will be facing off with Ryosuke Maruki (18-7-1, 13) [丸木凌介], who is set to get his second shot at the title.
Kawsaki's title win, which came on April 2nd when he beat Koki Koshikawa, saw the veteran score the biggest win of his career, by far though he certainly didn't look incredible in the win and the feeling is that his reign could be short one. As for Maruki, the exciting challenger has previously come up short in a great bout with Nobuyuki Shindo, and was also stopped in a bout for the interim title against Akinori Watanabe. Given the styles of the two men, and their man flaws, it's hard to not anticipate a thrilling action bout here.
Another bout that was announced for this card will see Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0-1, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] take on Toma Kondo (8-7-1, 1) [近藤 冬真] in a scheduled 8 rounder.
Also on the card will be former OPBF Bantamweight champion Kazuki Nakajima (11-1-1, 9 ) [中嶋 一輝], talented Flyweight Taku Kuwahara (9-1, 5) [桑原 拓], promising Lightweight Katsuya Yasuda (8-1, 5) [保田克也] as well as the debut of promising former amateur standout Yuya Tanaka (0-0) [田中湧也]. At the time of writing, none of these three have had their opponents for their bouts named.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans got the latest show in the Phoenix Battle series of events, from Hideyuki Ohashi and the Ohashi Gym. The card was certainly nothing massive, but it did feature a Japanese Youth title bout, as well as several touted Ohashi Gym fighters, who were looking to bounce back from recent losses.
The show kicked off with Yoshiki Minato ( 10-5, 5) [湊 義生] score a 2nd round TKO win over Yuji Okinori (10-8-2, 3) [興法 裕二]. Minato started the bout aggressively and got to work on Okinori's body early on. In round 2 his body shots took their toll, and he sent Okinori down. Okinori would show some fighting spirit by beating the count, but was down again soon afterwards, forcing the referee to wave off the bout.
The second bout saw once touted youngster Rikuto Adachi (16-3, 12) [安達 陸虎] score a 6th round TKO win over veteran Toshihiro Kai (6-14-3, 2) [甲斐 斗志広]. The younger, sharper Adachi got behind his jab well in the opening round, before crushing the distance in round 2 and getting to work on Kai, who had to battle back despite taking consistent punishment. In round 6 the pressure, combinations and connects of Adachi broke through, as he dropped Kai for the 10 count with a body shot.
In many ways the most interesting bout was right in the middle of the show, as Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Haruki Ishikawa (9-4, 7) [石川 春樹] faced off with the unheralded Ryuya Tsugawa (9-1, 5) [津川 龍也]. On paper this bout was the best on the show, and it really delivered with both men having moments, and both fighting as if the title was the most important thing to them. Ishikawa looked confident in the early going, but it wasn't long until Tsugawa began to have breakthroughs with his body shots, and clean accurate shots began to catch Ishikawa with regularity. Round 4 saw Ishikawa have his best round, landing a great left hook, but it was short lived success for the champion, who was dragged into a war over the following two rounds, with 6 rounds being a thrilling 3 minutes of action. Sadly for Ishikawa round 6 seemed to take the fight out of him, and in round 7 he was looking like damaged goods as Tsugawa went hunting a finish, forcing Ishikawa's team to throw in the towel. The win is, by far, the biggest of Tsugawa's career, and sees him netting his first professional title.
After a great title bout, we then had a total mismatch, as Taku Kuwahara (9-1, 5) [桑原 拓] bounced back from his 2021 loss to Seigo Yuri Akui, and demolished the horribly over-matched Takashi Hisano (6-6-1, 3) [久野 喬] in just 32 seconds. Kuahara came out aggressively, hurting Hisano with a left hook and unleashed shots until Hisano hit the canvas, with the referee waving the bout out.
The main event was also a mismatch as former OPBF Bantamweight champion Kazuki Nakajima (11-1-1, 9 ) [中嶋 一輝] score a quick win over Shohei Kawashima (18-7-2, 4) [川島 翔平]. Nakajima came out looking to close the gap and although Kawashima tried to fight back he was unable to cope with the power of Nakajima, who dropped him hard at the end of the round, with the referee issuing the 10 count and giving the finish at an official time of 3:00 of round 1.
Earlier today the Ohashi gym announced their third show of the year, which is set for March 8th at Korakuen Hall, and will see two men look to bounce back from recent losses, and will also feature a Japanese Youth title fight.
One of the fighters looking to bounce back is former OPBF Bantamweight champion Kazuki Nakajima (10-1-1, 8) [中嶋一輝], who will be up against Shohei Kawashima (18-6-2, 4) [川島翔平]. For Nakajima this will be his first bout since losing the OPBF title to Keita Kurihara (16-6, 14) [栗原慶太] back in October. On paper this should be an easy win for Nakajima, who has the edge in youth, power, and natural size, but Kawashima has got the skills to at least ask some questions of Nakajima, if Nakajima is questioning himself after the Kurihara bout.
The other fighting looking to bounce back is Taku Kuwahara (8-1, 4) [桑原拓], who is looking to rebuild after a 10th round TKO loss to Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (16-2-1, 11) [阿久井政悟] last summer. Kuwahara is, understandably, in a bit soft here after that loss as he takes on Takashi Hisano (6-5-1, 3) [久野喬]. This really should be a straight forward win for Kuwahara, but it's clear his team will want to see how he responds to the loss to Akui, especially given how brutal and tough that bout off.
In a Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title fight we'll see Haruki Ishikawa (9-3, 7) [石川春樹] make his first defense of the title, as he takes on Ryuya Tsugawa (8-1, 4) [津川龍也]. On paper this is a really good match up, and although it'll be third from top on the card, it could end up being the show stealing bout.
Other fighters on the card include Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0-1, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] and Rikuto Adachi (15-3, 11) [安達陸仁].
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