Earlier today fight fans in Tokyo got a brief glimpse of what hard hitting magician-boxer Zirolian Riku (12-3, 11) [高橋陸] can do between the ropes, as he took on Takuya Ota (8-4-1, 6) [太田卓矢] in a "blink and you miss it" contest.
The opening seconds saw the two men look to find their range before a left hook from Riku landed clean and dropped Ota hard. The referee, quickly waved off the bout giving Riku the win after just 39 seconds.
Although it was a short bout the decision from the referee was right and even moments later Ota had no idea where he was and was seen looking glassy eyed on his knees whilst Riku was celebrating.
For Riku this was a fourth straight win, and a second successive TKO1 win, following a blow out oin September against Kanta Takenaka, in 154 seconds. As for Ota this is a third stoppage loss and he looks a long way removed from the man who reached the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year final.
Interestingly the chief support bout on this card saw a minor upset as Hideaki Takagi (4-7-2) [高木 秀明] out pointed Kazumasa Morohashi (4-2-1, 2) [諸橋 一将] in a 6 rounder. Takagi really was much, much better than his record suggested and he out worked Morohashi through out, dropping his man in round 5 and taking the decision 60-53 across all 3 judges scorecards.
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Although we're only in Mid-October at the moment we are already seeing a lot of shows being put together for December. Among the shows being made is a Flash Akabane show for December 9th, under the Over Heat Boxers Night banner.
The full show hasn't been announced yet but we are aware of several bouts from this card.
Arguably the most interesting part of this show is the debut of former amateur stand out Shota Fukumori [福森 翔太], who went 55-23 (26) in the unpaid ranks. The talented southpaw will be kicking his career off with a 6 round Lightweight bout, though his opponent for the show hasn't yet been named as of yet. The hope is that Fukumori, who is currently 28 years old, will make a quick mark on the professional ranks, as he can't take too long to adapt to the pros given his age.
Although Fukumori making his debut is big news the main event of the card will see the hard hitting magician-boxer Zirolian Riku (11-3, 10) [高橋陸] take on Takuya Ota (8-3-1, 6) [太田卓矢], in what looks like a solid 8 round domestic bout. This bout will be fought at a contracted 60KG's, which is around 132.3lbs, and should be a good test for the popular Riku, who is currently #20 in the JBC rankings.
We're also expected a really good 6 rounder in a solid looking support bout between Ryukyu Oho (6-4, 3) [大保龍球] and Daiki Imanari (5-2, 3) [今成太希], who look very well matched. This is the bout scheduled just before Fukumori's debut, which will be the chief support bout.
Earlier today the Suruga Boys announced their next event, revealing that it will take place at the Fujisan Messe in Shizuoka, behind closed doors on September 27th. Whilst the promotional outfit isn't a big one, this card is very much one worthy of interest with several notable fighters being featured on it.
Among the bouts confirmed for this show are an interesting 8 round contest between Koichi Aso (23-9-1, 15) [麻生興一] and Shogo Yamaguchi (12-5-3, 7) [山口祥吾]. Coming in to this bout Aso is looking to bounce back from a loss in May 2019 to Tatsuya Yanagi whilst Yamaguchi is looking to build on a February win over former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya.
Another 8 rounder will be the main event, which will have Tsubasa Murachi (4-1, 3) [村地翼] looking to bounce back from last year's KO loss Froilan Saludar. The talented youngster, who was stopped by Saludar in a WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title bout will be up against 29 year old Ryotaro Kawabata (12-3-2, 6) [川端遼太郎].
On paper the main event looks really good, though it should be noted that Kawabata has only fought once since the start of 2017, and that was an easy comeback win over Marihot Hutajulu last October. He looks good on paper but it could well be a bout where his recent inactivity will be an issue. Saying that that however we're really interested to see how Murachi looks after the devastating loss to Saludar.
To us the chief support bout for the event is the most interesting bout on the card. That will see the very exciting Rentaro Kimura (1-0, 1) [木村蓮太朗] facing off with Takuya Ota (8-3-1, 6) [太田卓矢].
The reason we're so excited about this one is the way Kimura looked in his recent debut. He blitzed Yuya Azuma last week in a sensational debut performance that was finished off with a truly brutal KO. That was a debut that left us wanting more of the young Super Featherweight and a return to the ring in September is fantastic news.
As for Ota he is no push over. He reached the All Japan Rookie of the Year final in 2018, losing a decision in the final to Yusaku Sekishima, but was stopped last time out by the talented Xiang Li in China. It's hard to imagine him pushing Kimura but it's a decent step up for the youngster.
Originally the hope had been for Murachi and Kimura to be in action in May, but issues surrounding the "on going situation" meant that wasn't possible. Despite that we're glad Kimura made his debut earlier this month, and very happy to see him scheduled to fight again so soon.
Moments ago we saw Yusaku Sekishima (8-1, 4) [関島優作] being crowned as the the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year at Super Featherweight following a decision win over the rugged Takuya Ota (6-2-1, 4) [太田卓矢].
The bout was a pretty technical one, with both fighters showing the other a lot of respect, and looking to land their right hands early on. It was a fight style that seemed to suit Ota better, but Sekishima seemed to be the smart fighter, with more to his game and he managed to land the more eye catching shots. Sekishima began to mix things up in round 2, slipping shots and countering more, though he failed to ever really back up Ota who took the shots well, trudging forward through out.
In round 3 we saw the pattern change again, with both men gritting their their teeth and biting down on their gum shields that little bit more. This led to both being tagged hard, and both looking hurt at various points. Ota, when tagged, regularly tried to goad Sekishima in, but the taunting did little to make Sakishima take excess risks.
Ota was instead the man who was taking more risks, and in round 4 he really went for Sekishima, who turned the tables and rocked him. Had Ota not been as tough as he is there is a chance he could have gone down under the onslaught from his foe. Ota wasn't even discouraged by the success of Sekishima and soon afterwards backed Sekishima up on to the ropes, and tried to take him out, before being countered.
The final round again saw Ota coming forward, using his jab to back up Sekishima and then trying to land right hands. Around a minute into the round Ota finally hurt his man, and went off on the offensive, looking for a decisive blow. Sekishima went into survival mode, back tracking around the ring, looking to a moment to recover, a moment that Ota was unwilling to give him. Realising that Ota wouldn't leave him alone Sekishima was forced to fire back, as he stumbled to the final bell.
Having landed eye catching counters through out Ota had been the one impressing the judges, all of whom scored the bout 49-46 in his favour.
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