Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series. The show, which will be aired on G+ early next week, was one that looked promising when it was first announced but ended up losing it's main event around a week before the show took place. As a result it went from looking good to a little bit under-whelming, though thankfully the fans ended up with a decent show in the end.
The event began with unbeaten prospect Takuma Takahashi (6-0, 6) [高橋 拓磨] sending 37 year old fighter Kodai Kiyota (9-7-2, 9) [清田 広大] into retirement. Kiyota, who hadn't fought in 10 years, was taken out in the first round by Takahashi, who landed a huge right hand that dropped Kiyota. The referee waved off the bout and gave Takahashi a much needed confidence boost after his ugly, controversial, and terrible performance against Leonardo Doronio back in January.
Following Takahashi's win fans then saw a really interesting match up between Shun Sekine (4-0-1, 3) [関根 駿] and Atsuyuki Sato (5-2-2, 3) [佐藤諄幸]. The two 23 year olds fought really evenly here. Sekine started well, before Sato responded, then Sekine had to step it up, before Sato matched him again. Round after round there was little to split the two men and that showed on the score-cards after 6 rounds. Two of the judges had this even, 57-57, whilst the third judge had Sekine winning 58-56, resulting in a majority decision draw.
The third bout on the card saw Shinnosuke Hasegawa (13-2-1, 9) [長谷川 慎之介] score his 12th straight win as he stopped Ikemen Atsushi (7-7-2, 2) [イケメン淳] in the 5th round of their bout. The JBC #3 ranked Super Featherweight was dropped in the opening round, but recovered well, gritted his teeth and managed turn things around. In round 5 he forced Atsushi's corner to throw in their towel and save their man.
The main event saw former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] battling unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-1-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ]. On paper this was a mismatch, and the real question was whether or Nwachukwu was going to last the distance. In reality however this ended up being an interesting bout with the winner more disappointed than the loser. To his credit Inoue looked good to begin with, he looked sharp, used his jab well and like a fringe world class fighter. Nwachukwu on the other hand showed he was tough, hungry, determined and not there to lose. In round 4 Nwachukwu managed to find his groove, and managed to have some success, though the big talking point was a clash of heads that left Inoue cut and marked up around his left eye.
With his eye cut Inoue fought back the desire to have a war and stuck to his boxing, though was certainly made uncomfortable in the later rounds. He even admitted that he had had his rhythm disturbed by the headclash.
After 8 rounds Inoue took a clear decision, winning the bout 78-75, 78-74 and 79-73. Despite the win he was left a mess and after the bout he was picked with plaster covering his left eye and on the right side of his forehead.
After the bout Inoue stated he wasn't at his best and his promoter also seems to be eyeing bigger and better things, likely in an attempt to keep his man eager and hungry.
As for Nwachukwu he seemed to be looking at making the most of this, and move forward with a positive attitude, and with lessons learned from this bout.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown on G+ on Tuesday next week.
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We've known for a while that Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] will be defending is title against mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] on November 7th as part of the Champion Carnival.
Today we were informed that the show has now had it's under-card set.
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] take on unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], in what will be an 8 round bout at 70KG's, which is 154.3lbs. This will mean that Inoue will not be defending his WBO Asia Pacific title, but will be fighting in what is seen as more of a tick over fight.
For Inoue this will be his first bout since stopping Cheng Su back in January, to defend his regional title, and will very much be a case of getting some ring time after a lengthy lay off. His opponent however, won't there to just roll over and NwachukwuNwachukwu will be looking to build on his unbeaten record, and his big win in February over Junpei Tsujimoto. Although he's not regarded as being on the same level as Inoue he's very much a live under-dog and a hungry fighter with ambitions himself.
One of the other bouts worthy of interest on this card will see the unbeaten Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) [高橋拓磨] take on Kodai Kiyota (9-6-2, 9) [清田 広大], who returns to the ring more than 11 years after his last bout! Takahashi has certainly been an interesting prospect to following, but he didn't look great last time and it seems like they are matching softly here given his previous performance. This is scheduled for 6 rounds and is a must win for Yakahashi.
Other bouts on this card will include a match up between Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀] and Yuichi Ideta (13-15-1, 7) [出田裕一] and a clash between Shinnosuke Hasegawa (12-2-1, 8) [長谷川慎之介] and Ikemen Atsushi (7-6-2, 2) [イケメン淳]. Both of these are scheduled for 8 rounds.
For fans wanting to watch this show it's expected to be shown on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
This year's Champion Carnival has been completely altered by the on going global situation that caused boxing, around the world, to go on hiatus. One of the many things affected by that was this year's Champion Carnival, which was scheduled to be completed by the summer, but was hardly even started.
One of the bouts that was set for the Champion Carnival was a bout between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸].
Originally this bout was set for May 2nd, with that date being cancelled due to the sport's hiatus. Then it was rescheduled to July 27th, with that date falling through due to issues with Kunimoto and his in ability to train for the bout.
Today we saw a new date being announced for the bout, with the two men now set to fight on November 7th at Korakuen Hall as part of the Dynamic Glove series.
For Takesako the bout will be his fourth defense of the title, which he won back in March 2018. Since winning the belt he has been busy, with 6 bouts, though one of those was non-title bout against Chaiwat Mueanphong whilst another was an OPBF title bout with Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa, which didn't see Takesako risking his title. That win over Hosokawa came in January this year and as Takesako's most recent bout.
For Kunimoto the bout will be his first title bout, and is a major step up in competition. He hasn't been in the ring since April 2019, when he stopped Shoma Fukumoto. He's proven to be a talented fighter, but with more than 18 months between fights we do wonder how rusty he'll look when he gets in their with the dangerous Takesako.
At the moment the bout is the only one announced for the show, though we would expect other notable fighters on the card from World Sports, the gym that manages Takesako. These could include the likes of Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] and Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) [高橋拓磨] .
At Korakuen Hall earlier today fight fans got the latest in the Dynamic Glove series of shows, shown on G+. The card was billed as a double header, with two title bouts at the top of the card. Despite the title bouts the contest that really ended up delivering the action was actually a supporting bout, which ended up being a chaotic 3 round shoot out.
The bout in question saw the unbeaten Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) [高橋拓磨] being given a very, very real scare by Filipino journeyman Leonardo Doronio (17-18-3, 11).
On paper this looked like an easy win for the hard hitting Takahashi. He was a rookie professional, but with over 100 amateurs bouts and wins over fighters like Jonel Dapidran and Sitthidet Banti this wasn't seen as a step up. In many ways it was seen as a bit of a lateral step for Takahashi, who is tipped for big things.
Takahashi came out like a man who expected an easy win but Doronio showed his experience, before landing a warning shot, a clean over hand right about 90 seconds into the contest. Only moments later a left hook from Doronio landed clean and sent the unbeaten prospect down.
Doronio sensed his chance and went all out looking for the finish before Takahashi could recover. Before the round was over Takahashi was dropped for the second time, from a right-left that secured Doronio a 10-7 round. Had those knockdowns been scored by Takahashi there's a chance the bout would have been stopped there and then.
Takahashi did well to rebuild in round 2 getting behind his jab and moving well, using his skills to attack, and trying up before Doronio had a chance to fire back. It was the perfect bounce back round for Takahashi, but it was clear that Doronio was still there, and still very much looking to take out the unbeaten prospect.
Just seconds into round 3 Takahashi began to turn things around, dropping Doronio. Sadly for Takahashi followed it up with several shots onto the downed Filipino, and completely got away with it. This should have been a point deduction at the very least, and it did seem like the referee was considering taking a point. This wasn't a single shot on Doronio when he was down, but a full on combination. After the bout resumed both men came out swinging and Takahashi was shaken to his core. This saw Doronio again going for the kill in some wild back and forth, leaving Takahashi cut over the left eye. The all exchanges were thrilling, though it wasn't long until Doronio was down again. And again took one from Takahashi whilst down.
This time the referee waved the bout off, when he could genuinely have given Doronio 5 minutes to recover, giving Takahashi the 3rd round TKO.
After the bout the cut on Takahashi's eye was tidied up and it looked a legitimate mess. Given this was meant to be an easy win this was a nightmare for the Japanese hopeful, who was dropped twice, badly cut and showed a real dirty side. This is a worrying performance for Takahashi, and despite the win there are a lot of question marks now hanging over him.
As for Doronio he has proven himself as a good, solid test and he against proved he is better than his record suggests. This was a 4th loss in 5 bouts, but he is a danger man, and we suspect we'll see him back in Japan sooner rather than later after this performance.
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At the moment there's an on going Japanese card at the Korakuen Hall. Due to whatever reasons G+ have it won't be televised for a few days, though the show is a fairly notable one, with a trio of local prospects as well as two title fights.
Rather than looking at the double main event we want to focus this results piece on just the prospect trio, who are all expected to go onto title action in the coming years.
The first of the prospects in action was Celes Gym's new signing Issei Ochiai (1-0) [落合 壱星] who began his career with a 6 round decision win against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-3). On paper this looked straight forward, but Lerchai had twice been to Japan and given Ryoki Hirai and Seita Ogido good tests so for a debut opponent he was solid, and that was shown in the ring. Ochiai showed good patience early on, but slowly built momentum through the 6 round bout, avoiding the counters from the Thai, who looked dangerous with his wild shots. After 6 rounds there no doubting the winner, with Ochiai taking the win, 59-56, twice, and 59-55. A good debut, and a solid test for Celes Kobayashi's newest recruit.
The second of the prospects was the hard hitting, if somewhat technically flawed, Takuma Takahashi (4-0, 4) [高橋拓磨], who also faced a Thai foe. The unbeaten Takahashi was up against Sitthidet Banti (11-5, 5) in an 8 round Welterweight bout. Coming into the bout Takahashi had fought just 5 rounds and Banti had never been stopped, going rounds with the likes of Xiangxiang Sun in China and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol in Thailand. The bouts wasn't the tidiest, or the best, but in round 6 Takahashi finally got to his man, taking him down part-way through the round. The Thai would fail to beat the count, and be counted out at the 1:16 mark of round 6. This was the sort of test Takahashi needed, against an awkward foe who knew how to survive, and the fact he passed that test the way he did really is impressive. We feel Takahashi needs serious polishing, but this is still a very good win this early in his career.
The third of the prospects was Kenshin Oshima (6-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who notched his third straight win with a decision over Filipino Wilbert Berondo (14-4-2, 6). Although not a big name Berondo is always a good test at this level and it showed as he pushed Oshima hard in the early going. Oshima ended up taking a decision, with scores of 78-74 across the cards, but had to work hard for the win and it's clear that he's got work to do to reach the top. There's a lot to like about him, but a lot of work is needed. However it's worth noting that Oshima is now expected to get a Japanese title eliminator later in the year and that could be too much too soon. For Berondo he again showed he was as good test at this level, and should certainly get more Japanese pay days, though surprisingly this was only his second bout in the country, his first being his loss to Hinata Maruta in 2016. That Maruta is still the only stoppage loss on his record.
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