The last few years have been relatively rough for the once touted Shingo Kawamura (15-3-1, 7) [河村真吾]. In 2014 he went 1-1, took almost 11 months out following the loss to little known Thai Kongthara KKP and could only muster a technical draw on his return. He would suffer another loss in early 2016 and his record had quickly gone from 8-1 to 11-3-1.
Today however Kawamura got his career back on track in a big way, as he scored a career best win and over-came Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-2, 5) in a thrilling and competitive 8 rounder.
Coming in to the bout Atsumi had been on a bit of a tear. He had all the momentum on his side with a 7-0 run, including 5 stoppages and wins over the likes of Sho Nakazawa and Burning Ishii. That form however failed to show here as the two men had a war. Kawamura got off first and seemed to hurt Atsumi in the early going. He was forced to take some return fire but the first half of the bout seemed to be fought at his pace, and he was the one in charge after 4 rounds. Atsumi however failed to just role over, and came on strong in the later rounds, rocking Kawamura who seemed almost certain to go down, but some how remained on his feet, in round 7.
Despite being hurt in round in the penultimate round Kawamura hung on, survived and even gave Atsumi some leather in round 8, as he claimed a narrow decision, with scores of 77-76,78-76 and 77-75. The win for Kawamura will be a huge boost to his career, and is likely to see him rewarded with OPBF and JApanese rankings. Given the close nature of the bout a rematch wouldn't be out of the question and Atsumi may well be chasing a return.
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Earlier today fight fans around the globe saw two world title bouts from Osaka. Fans in the arena didn't just have those title bouts but also a pretty notable under-card with a number of significant fighters in actions.
The first of the bouts of note saw Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-1, 7) take a very good 6 round decision win over tough Filipino Neil John Tabanao (13-4, 9). The bout pitted two top 10 OPBF ranked contenders against each other and Atsumi certainly deserved the win, but was pushed hard with Tabanao looking to turn things around right through the final round.
The once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (15-2, 6) [池水 達也] scored his second straight win as he over-came Thai visitor Nattakorn Sithjacknoi (0-1) with a very wide 8 round decision. The bout was scored 80-69, twice, and 80-68 with the Thai beind dropped, and deducted a point and basically looking toothless but tough through out.
The unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (13-0, 10) [橋詰 将義] made light work of his Thai foe, Chanchai Saithonggym (0-1), with a 4th round KO from a nasty right hook. It took just 3 rounds for former OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (19-5, 16) [山本 隆寛] to see off Petchinsee Rongriangkilakorat (0-1), in what was Yamamoto's first bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Mark John Yap.
Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (24-0, 13) [石田 匠] also scored a quick blow out, stopping diminutive Thai Patiporn Saithonggym (0-1) in 3 rounds. Ishida, ranked #1 by the WBA at Super Flyweight, will be expecting a world title fight in the near future and seems to have been doing little more than keeping the rust off with this performance.
There was also a stoppage win for 20 year old hopeful Hayate Ikuta (8-0, 4) [幾田 颯], who took 5 rounds to see off Chatphet Saithonggym (0-2).
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Although WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] may not be sticking around at Super Flyweight for too much longer, following Roman Gonzalez's recent loss, the talented "Monster" is said to be preparing for a May defense of his title, before considering a move up to Bantamweight.
Sadly when you hit like a monster you tend to struggle getting durable sparring partners at the same weight. As a result Inoue has been sparrign with Teiru Atsumi (12-1, 6) [テイル渥美], who is a highly regarded Japanese based Korean Featherweight who has had success at Super Featherweight.
According to sources Inoue hasn't only looked great in those sessions, showing a more mature mature against the significantly bigger man, but has looked vicious with Atsumi said to have been clearly hurt by Inoue in the spar. That's a man who is 3, or 4, divisions bigger than Inoue and is a tough strong fighter himself.
Inoue gave quotes to the media recently saying that he is starting to work on punching and blocking, working on his guard and defense and it seems likely that a move up in weight is imminent. When he does move up he will have to be more defensively cautious and it seems like that's already in his mind, planning ahead now for that move.
As for Inoue's next bout, an announcement is expected shortly.
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Recently we reported the unfortunate retirement of Korean Light Welterweight hopeful Min Wook Kim, who had long been the outstanding fighter from the Korean penisula. Despite that hard hit to Korean boxing it does seem like the country now has several fighters to get behind. They obviously include the adopted Muhammad Waseem and the world Ye Joon Kim, but also the Japanese based Teiru Atsumi (12-1, 6) [テイル渥美].
Today fight fans in Yamaguchi saw Atsumi continue his good run of form, and secure a 6th straight win, as he scored an 8th round TKO win over Burning Ishii (7-4-1, 2) [バーニング石井].
Atsumi, who was fighting in Japan for the 4th time, secured a 4th straight stoppage as he broke down Ishii and forced the corner team to save their man, who had been under immense pressure through the final round.
For Ishii this was a third stoppage loss, and comes straight after a 7th round TKO loss to Kosuke Saka back in June. Although promising it now seems like he, and his team, need to take a long hard look at their next move. As for Atsumi the future must lead to a title fight following recent wins over Sho Nakazawa, Dennis Tubieron and now Ishii. The Korean looks to be a hidden gem and hopefully he will get the chance to show his talent in bigger bouts in the very near future.
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Earlier today Kanmon Japan Promotions announce their next show, set for December 4th at the Kaikyo Messe in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. The card isn't a massive one, but does feature two really intriguing headline bouts which are worthy of some attention.
The main event, according to today's news, will see Accel Sumiyoshi (7-4-2, 2) [アクセル住吉] battle against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-5-1, 6) [中川 祐輔] in what should be a really fun bout.
For Sumiyoshi the bout sees him looking for a third win of the year and continues his rebuilding after a 0-2-1 run between April 2014 and April 2015, which included a loss in an OPBF Lightweight title fight against Masayoshi Nakatani. For Nakagawa the bout sees him fighting for the first time since he was stopped in August by Daiki Kaneko, and he'll be looking to avoid a third loss in 5 bouts. Coming in to this both fighters are JBC ranked, with Nakagawa ranked #2 at Super Featherweight and Sumiyoshi ranked #7 at Lightweight, and Sumiyoshi also holds an OPBF #2 ranking, which Nakagawa will be hoping to claim if he can claim the win here.
The other co-feature bout will see OPBF ranked fighters colliding as Burning Ishii (7-3-1, 2) [バーニング石井] faces Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (11-1, 5) [テイル渥美], who was of course pulled from a Korean card at the end of the month, likely being offered this fight instead.
The hard matched Ishii will be looking to bounce back from a loss in June to the wonderfully promising Kosuke Saka, who stopped Ishii in 7 rounds, and a win could open up doors for a potential title fight in 2017. For Atsumi the bout will see him looking to extend several runs, including a 5 fight winning run dating back more than 2 years, and a 3-fight Japanese stoppage run, which has already included wins over Sho Nakazawa and Dennis Tubieron.
Also confirmed for this show are Jump Ikeo (5-4-2, 3) [ジャンプ池尾] and Fever Maki (8-4-1, 2) [フィーバー真木], though neither fighter has yet had his opponent announced.
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