This coming weekend we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] taking on Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] as he looks for his 8th defense of the title.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in a press conference and their physical examinations for the contest, as well as having other details for the bout confirmed.
Lets start with the physical, which sees both men being very similar physically, though Hisada was the slightly thicker set man, having a bigger neck and much thicker chest. In terms of reach and height however the two men were almost identical, with Kenshiro being just over 0.5" taller.
Interesting we were given quite a lot of information about the health of the two men. These details show us that Hisada has a low blood pressure, at 93 over 56, whilst Kenshiro's is pretty much in the ideal range. On the other hand Hisada's heart rate was much slower than that of the champion.
It was also announced that both men had under-gone PCR tests and got negative results.
At the press conference, which can be seen below, we saw quite a lot of information coming out. (Note - All quotes below are rough English translations)
Firstly promoter Masato Yamashita has revealed the event will go ahead unless the venue is forced to close under the new state of emergency measures in Osaka Prefecture. He explained "It is the responsibility of holding the game as long as it is undertaken. We will hold this event unless the venue is closed. I can't do it. If I'm told to do it with no audience, I'll do it with no audience. "
In saying that the show is planning to have 2,200 fans in attendance, with 2000 tickets already sold and 200 more will be available on the day of the event.
In regards to the fighters Kenshiro stated "If I can fight as usual, there is no problem. I want to fight at my own pace without rushing."
As for Hisada the gameplan seems to be about prevent Kenshiro from being himself, stating "I am in good condition and feeling good. I am excited to think that the day when I will become a world champion is approaching. I will not let the champion move as usual."
It should be noted, at the age of 36, that Hisada is looking to break the record as the oldest man to become a Japanese world champion, and he sounded confident as he explained "I want to show that I can fight at this age (36 years old) and that I can make my dreams come true, and give me excitement and courage. I will win overwhelmingly more than the champion,"
It's now, sadly, been confirmed that the main event, and the chief support bout will not be free to view as expected and will instead be available exclusively on Cantere Doga, a subscription service in Japan which can be signed up for here https://live.ktv-smart.jp/ for 330yen a month (about $3 or £2.50ish). Interestingly international subscription is possible via a bank card, though it's unclear if the stream will work internationally without things like VPN's being in use.
The under-card is expected to be shown for free on YouTube, with only the main event and chief support being shown on the paid service, with a broadcast starting at 14:30 on Cantere Doga.
Sadly with the inability to confirm that the stream will work internationally, we will not be advising anyone outside of Japan to sign up for Cantere Doga. Instead we would be hoping that, sometime soon, it will be aired on TV on some form of tape delay, or made available on delay by Shinsei promotions.
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We are now just a couple of days away from the year ending WBO Super Flyweight world title bout, pitting champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] against unbeaten mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men under-went the usual pre-fight medical screening and thankfully there was no issues found with either man. They also both under-went a PCR test.
In terms of physical measurements, there really wasn't much at all between the two men. Ioka had a 2cm reach advantage and was marginally, .2cm, the taller man. Interestingly Tanaka had a thicker neck, but Ioka's chest was significantly bigger than Tanaka's
Ioka, sporting cornrows because he's not wanting to cut his hair for the fight, spoke about having Ismael Salas by his side for the fight, and spoke about wanting to repay the support of fans who have been behind him.
He once again made it clear that he feels the bout is about levels and he came across as a man confident that this is going to be a rather easy bout. He added that he was in good condition and it seemed very much like he was going about this like he has any fight, and that there nothing special about this one.
Interestingly, when compared to his last fight, Ioka seems to have changed size slight, and his reach measurement is 2cm longer than it was a year ago, when he fought Jeyvier Cintron,
As for Tanaka he seemed pumped for the fight, and stated that he was in the best condition of his career, despite moving up in weight. He spoke about how is different physically to the man he was a year ago, when he stopped Wulan Tuolehazi, and it seemed really clear that he was focused on being 100% for this bout.
To prepare for the bout has pretty much had the Hatanaka Gym in Nagoya all to himself, with Kiyoshi Hatanaka closing the gym to everyone other than people Tanaka wanted there, and Tanaka has also added to his team.
In regarding the contest it's self he echoed comments that he has made repeatedly, stating that Ioka is a good fighter, that he thinks the fight will be a great one, that he was confident and that he was aiming for a KO.
As well as the details above there was no abnormalities found in checks on the chest, abdomen, pupils or reflexes.
The bout, in Tokyo, will be shown globally through channels like TBS in Japan, Boxnation in the UK, Fox Sports in Australia and ESPN channels in Latin America, though still has no US TV Outlet, meaning US fans have the choice of trawling through illegal streams or using a service like Isakura to watch the bout live.
For those wanting to go the Isakura route, a 3 day trial will need to be ordered at some point on December 30th as it can take up to 12 hours to get the details sent through. More details about Isakura can be found here.
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It was only a few hours ago that we saw Naoya Inoue battle with Jason Moloney in Las Vegas, but we are already looking to the future, and we are already looking the next world title fight to feature and Asian fight.
The bout come on November 3rd in Osaka when Ring Magazine and WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12).
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men under-went their physical examinations allowing us to compile something of a tale of the tape:
What we get from these are mostly advantages for the champion. Although the two men have fought the same amount of bouts Kyoguchi has more than twice as many rounds as the challenger, he has 6 world title fighters, to Simsri's 0, and his has experience of going much deeper into bouts than the challenger.
The champion is also the older, more naturally mature man, at 26, and is also slightly taller and more thick set than the challenger.
The one physical advantage of Simsri's is his reach, which is 6cm (around 2.5"), longer than Kyoguchi's. On paper Simsri might look like the bigger puncher, with 3 more stoppages, but that's more a case of Kyoguchi fighting at a higher level, against tougher opponents. In fact 4 of Kyoguchi's 5 distance bouts have been at world level.
Interestingly today was the first tine the two men had actually met and got their first chance to see their upcoming opponent in person.
Kyoguchi admitted that he though it was amazing that Simsri was fighting for a world title at 20 years old, though did suggest the challenger had some nerves. He also stated that he didn't care about the reach disadvantage, and explained he had been sparring naturally bigger opponents.
Simsri admitted that he had nerves, but still seemed fairly confident. He stated that Kyoguchi had a strong looking body, but it seems like he is looking to neutralise Kyoguchi's physical strength but using his reach. Notably he seemed surprised by having such a clear reach advantage.
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We are just a few short days away from the final world title bout of the year, which will see Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] defending the WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jeyvier Cintron (11-0-0-1, 5). Today, in one of the pre-fight formalities for the contest, the two men went through their physical examinations.
It was at the physical that the size disparity of the two men became very clear.
Cintron was 5.5cm, more than 2", taller than the champion and boasted a 12cm, almost 5", reach advantage over the Japanese star.
Ioka suggested it wouldn't be a problem, explaining he had been sparring with taller, fighters, and had also focused on southpaw counter measures, looking to neutralise the southpaw advantages of Cintron. He seemed relaxed and calm about the contest, like a man who had been here before and a man who has been fighting at world level for years.
Cintron on the other hand explained that numbers didn't matter, and spoke about the success that his trainer, Ivan Calderon, had despite being shorter than many of his opponents. It seemed like he knew he needed to be more than just the bigger man to win, and that he'd have to actually use his advantages to defeat Ioka.
For those wanting to watch the bout will be broadcast across Japan at 6PM local time on TBS, and affiliated channels.
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On December 31st we'll see WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成] defending his title against Chinese challenger Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6) [乌兰]. Today, ahead of that bout the two men met up as part of the ceremonial pre-fight events, including their pre-fight physical.
At the physical today both men passed with no issues, though that certainly didn't mean there wasn't something to talk about, as both matched each almost identically in terms of physical measurements. Tanaka was the taller man, by less than 1cm, whilst Tuolehazi had 1.5cm thicker chest. They were only 2 physical difference between the the fighters.
Of course whilst they similar in stature they are different in styles, experiences, skills and other factors. This will be Wulan's 18th bout, and Tanaka's 15th, but Wulan's first at world level, whilst Tanaka will be having his 9th world title fight.
Tanaka's chest has actually grown since his last bout, and he's explained that was the fact he was able to train to the final days this time, and made weight easier than usual. Interestingly both men predicted that they would be hunting a KO win here, though neither man has been stopped so far in their careers.
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