Earlier today Kadoebi Gym announced that their next "Slugfest" show would be taking place on March 24th with some limited details about the event also being announced, though no bouts have been confirmed at this moment in time.
From the limited details announced we know that the main event will feature the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], who will be back in the ring for his first fight since his draw with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa [比嘉 大吾], last October.
Also confirmed for the show are Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], former multi-time world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], the always fun to watch Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ], Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥], who made his very impressive debut yesterday at Korakuen Hall.
Although details of the show are scarce at the moment Kadoebi have stated that they will announce further details in the near future.
Given the imagine they have posted along with their announcement we suspect the show will be shown on Boxing Raise, potentially as the services live card for the month of March.
For those who missed Tsutsumi's bout with Higa we've included the video of the bout below.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall got the latest show from Kadoebi. Although it wasn't a huge show, and had been a show cut apart by injuries that saw two bouts being cancelled in the build up to it.
Despite bouts falling through there was 3 bouts of note that were still on the show.
Th first of those saw former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (31-6-1, 14) [粉川拓也] prove there was still life in his career, not something we expected. The veteran took on domestic foe Hayato Yamaguchi (15-9-1, 2) [山口隼人] and managed to secure a 6th round TKO. The bout was competitive and exciting early on, with both men fighting well on the inside in round 2, as the pace picked up but by round 4 the physical strength and power of Kogawa started to break down the naturally smaller Yamaguchi. Despite being on the wrong end of things Yamaguchi dug his toes in, but it was for nought and he was stopped in round 6 when Kogawa landed a series of unanswered shots.
With the win Kogawa essentially saves his career, which looked done when he was knocked out by Jayr Raquinel last year. As for Yamaguchi it's unclear where he goes form this loss.
The second bout of note saw the hard hitting Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] pick up his second win as a professional as he stopped Masashi Wakita (10-10-2, 5) [脇田将士] inside a round. From the off Saito pressed and pressured, using his physical strength to bully Wakita on to the ropes and around the ring. From there on Saito just unloaded, whilst Wakita tried to fight back. Part way through the round Saito's pressure forced Wakita to the canvas. To his credit Wakita got to his feet but the referee waved off the bout.
For those wondering why we're excited about a guy who started the day 1-1-2, Saito is a really, really exciting guy to watch, and we saw that here. He was a good amateur, and although he's not shone as a professional he is so much fun to watch and well worth following.
The main event saw Japanese ranked Lightweights clash as Kazuki Saito (7-3, 6) [斎藤一貴] faced off with Tatsuya Yanagi (17-6-2, 7) [柳達也].
Yanagi got the first break through of the fight in the second round, dropping Saito with a left hook. The shot landed solidly, but it didn't seem like a huge shot, and was sadly a case of what we've seen before, Saito not having a great chin. To his credit Saito fought back well, making a fight of things in the following rounds. That was until round 6, when Saito found himself pinned on the ropes and Yanagi unloaded until the referee stepped in to save him from further punishment.
For Yanagi this moves him a step closer to a Japanese title fight, whilst Saito's career really is hanging by a thread now, following a third loss in 5 bouts for the talented, though fragile Kadoebi promoted Lightweight.
For fans wanting to watch these bouts they have already been uploaded to the brilliant Boxing Raise service.
Tomorrow in Tokyo former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也] will be in action, in what is a must win bout for the veteran. In the opposite corner to the popular Kogawa will be Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8-1, 2) [山口隼人], in what could end up being low key one of the most exciting bouts of the week.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the Flyweight limit without any issues.
On the scales the 35 year old Kogawa was bang on the 112lb limit for the bout, and and looked in great shape. He is desperately in need of not just a win here, but a good performance following a brutal KO loss in 2019 to Jay Raquinel, and a string of under-whelming performances against the likes of Hideyuki Watanabe and Yusuke Sakashita. Sadly it has looked, in recent years, like Kogawa's long and hard fought career has been catching up with him, and his warrior style has likely taken something from him as he's aged.
Yamaguchi on the other hand came in at 111.7lbs. He looked in tremendous shape for what could be a chance to score a career best win. Aged 31 Yamaguchi is looking to bounce back from a 2019 decision loss to Daiki Tomita, in what was a WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight bout. Interestingly this will be his first bout at Flyweight since a 2015 win over Seiya Fujikita, and a win could open the door for him to got a title fight at Flyweight in 2021. Sadly though a loss for him would likely end any hopes of getting another title fight.
For fans wanting to watch this one, which could genuinely be a war, the bout will be made available on demand on Boxing Raise.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated their website to show their line up for the rest of October, with the plan now being to have 6 shows on their service this month. Sadly none will be live, but 6 shows in a month is solid regardless.
The first show will be the Kaneko Boxing card, which will take place on October 9th. This will be headlined by a brilliant match up between Rei Nakajima (3-0) [中島玲] and former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍]. The next show to be added will be the Kadoebi show from October 14th, which will feature the likes of Kazuki Saito (7-2, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也].
The next show will be from October 18th and will be headlined by Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (14-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] will be facing mandatory challenger Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也] as part of the Champion Carnival.
After those 3 shows we then get a pair of DANGAN cards, including a 4 round show from October 22nd and the October 30th A and B class tournament show, featuring the likes of Shu Utsuki (6-0, 5) [宇津木秀].
The final show from October that Boxing Raise will get is the East Japan Rookie of the Year show from October 31st.
Although not a great month in terms of quality for Boxing Raise the depth of the shows, ranging from Japanese title level to Rookie of the Year, is solid and the cards are full of good looking bouts and hopefuls. It's not an amazing month, but it's certainly not a bad one.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!