Earlier tpoday Ohashi Gym announced their next Phoenix Battle show, Phoenix Battle 78, which will take place on July 8th at Korakuen Hall and it's a brilliant card with two Japanese Youth title bouts, as well as several other notable fighters on the lower end of the show.
The main event of the card will be a Japanese Youth Super Flyweight bout pitting two of the hottest young talented in Japan against each other, with former amateur standout Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] taking on explosive teenager Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 4) [花田 歩夢] for the vacant title, in what should be a genuinely spectacular contest.
For those who haven't seen these two Nakagaki is a brilliant pure boxer, who had issues with power in the amateurs but appears to have adapted to the professional ranks really well and is looking like a solid puncher, and a very special boxer. He was a stellar amateur and appears to be set for the hyper fast track to the top, and with his ability few can blame him for wanting to win titles as early as possible. Hanada on the other hand began his career in Mexico, where he looked exciting and talented, but incredibly young. He returned to Japan in 2019 and made his JBC debut in 2020, with an excellent performance against Ryukyu Nagamine. Hanada returned to the ring this past April, and although he wasn't punch perfect he over-came the very dangerous Mammoth Kazunori.
Whilst the men might only have 8 bouts between them this is a genuinely brilliant match up and he sort of thing that the Japanese Youth title has been giving us over the last few years.
The other Japanese Youth title bout will see Takeru Kobata (9-5-1, 4) [小畑武尊] make his first defense of the Japanese Youth Welterweight title, as he takes on Tetsuya Kondo (6-2, 4) in what should be an explosive enounter.
The under-rated Kobata won the title in March, with a big upset win against Rikuto Adachi, and will be looking to build on that win here as he returns to Korakuen Hall for just the third time in his career. A win for him would show that his victory over Adachi wasn't a fluke and was instead a sign that he's a legitimate prospect and someone to keep an eye on, despite his 5 losses. Kondo on the other hand will be getting his first title bout and continues to rebuil his career following an opening round TKO loss in 2019 to the destructive Jin Sasaki. That loss aside Kondo hasn't been stopped before but is expected to be giving natural size to Kobata.
Lower down the show we'll see hard hitting Japanese ranked Featherweight Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士].battle against Soreike Taichi (7-4, 5) [木村太一], as both men desperately look to bounce back from recent back to back stoppage defeats. We'll also see Japanese ranked Minimumweights collide as Katsuki Mori (8-0, 1) [森且貴] clashes with Ren Kojima (6-1-2) [小島 蓮], in a battle between two men who have won the All Japan Rookie of the Year, with Mori winning in 2019 and Kojima winning in the latest edition of the tournament.
Although not a monster card, set to get massive international attention this is an incredibly good domestic card, with a number of really good bouts and a chance for the young talent in Japan to shine. The main event is a genuinely amazing bout, the co-feature should be exciting, Tameda and Taichi should be explosive and it's always a job to see Mori and Kojima in action. This is a fantastic line up from Ohashi and we really hope nothing forces any changes to what looks set to be a strong domestic card.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans were able to attend the latest show in the "Dynamic Young Fight" series of shows from Yamaguchi Tsuchiura Promotions.
The card was originally planned to have 5 bouts, but a contest featuring veteran Tatsuya Takahashi (32-9-6, 21) [高橋 竜也] was scrapped earlier this month, leaving us with just 4 contests in total. The reason for the cancellation was never made public, though it is worth noting that Takahashi's original opponent had been replaced before the bout was scrapped.
The first bout on the show was a blink and you miss it affair, as Masaya Suga (1-0, 1) [須賀 将哉] got rid of Tatsuhiko Kumada (0-1) [熊田 龍彦] in just 27 seconds. Despite this being a super short bout, Suga dropped Kumada twice in 27 seconds, with the referee waving off the bout after the second knockdown.
The second bout saw the unbeaten Shingo Koyasu (2-0, 2) [小安 愼悟] score his second professional win, as he stopped the debuting Rikita Negishi (0-1) [根岸 力太] in the second round. Koyasu made the most of a 15cm height advantage early on, using his his reach an range well in the opening round. In the second round Negishi managed to get close and tried to force a war up and neutralise the the reach of Koyasu. Sadly being for Negishi that back fired, and uppercut from Koyasu dropped his man. Negishi beat the count but was under pressure straight away as Koyasu forced the stoppage.
The penultimate bout on the show saw 23 year old hopeful Tetsuya Kondo (6-2, 4) score his latest win, as he knocked out Yuya Nemoto (6-10-3, 1) in the second round. Kondo dropped his man just before the end of the opening round, after landing some solid shots through the round. Nemoto tried to get a foot hold in the bout in round 2, but was dropped from a right hook late in the round, and he failed to beat the count.
The main event saw two Japanese ranked Featherweights clash as Daisuke Watanabe (12-4-2, 7) [渡部大介] battled against Yosuke Kawano (14-10-2, 8) [河野洋佑] in a scheduled 8 rounder. This started at a good pace at mid range, before Watanabe started to close the distance in round 2, breaking Kawano down with body shots. To his credit Kawano tried to respond with right hands and had moments of his own, but seemed to be taking more than he was giving. In round 7 however Watanabe put a close to the bout, as he rocked Kawano with a right hand, then followed up whilst Kawano was retreating.
For Watanbe, who entered tanked #3 by the JBC, this is another good win in an 8 fight unbeaten run which has seen him over-come Dai Iwai, Richard Pumicpic and Shingo Kusano, as well as winning the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament. That winning run has very much left him banging on the door for his first title fight, and in fairness he deserves one, despite having 4 losses to his name. As for Kawano he will likely find himself dropping out of the JBC rankings.
Earlier today the Shinjuku FACE played host to the latest show under the A-Sign Boxing banner, thanks to Hachioji Nakaya gym and Ichitaro Ishii, from Yokohama Hikari, who streamed the bout on the A-Sign Boxing YouTube channel.
Originally planned as a small, 4 bout, card the show was down a bout before it even began. That was due to 2019 Rookie of the Year winner Hyoga Taniguchi (4-2-2, 1) [谷口彪賀] being forced out of his scheduled bout with Hiro Ichimichi (4-0-1, 3) [一道宏] due to motor vehicle accident. Sadly that left us with just 3 bouts on the show, though credit to everyone involved in going ahead with the show and delivering us a memorable card.
The show began with a genuine upset, as Ryugo Ushijima (4-2-2, 2) [牛島龍吾] suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of the experienced Hyuma Fujioka (11-10-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬]. Sadly for Ushijima he never got a handle on Fujioka at all, with the veteran being too crafty, too smart, too quick and too experienced. After 6 rounds there was only one winner, and it wasn't Ushijima. To his credit Ushijima never stopped trying, but he had very little success, and one judge managed to give all 6 rounds to Fujioka. That seemed harsh, but there no doubt about the rightful victor.
The second bout on the show saw Tetsuya Kondo (5-2, 3) [近藤 哲哉] take a majority decision win over Ken Koibuchi (6-5, 5) [鯉渕 健] in a bout that started slowly, but ended up getting super exciting in the middle stages. The first two rounds were some what quiet, with Kondo taking the first and Koibuchi taking the second. Then the touch paper was lit in round 3 and Koibuchi dropped Kondo. He then went all out looking for the finish, unloading everything he had as Kondo did everything he could to survive. Somehow Kondo saw off the storm, and sadly for Koibuchi he pretty much went all in, failing to follow up in round 4. The exhaustion of Koibuchi allowed Kondo back into the bout and in the final 2 rounds. Going to the bell this was a hard one to call, with Kondo getting the nod on the cards. We feel it went the wrong way, but wouldn't argue too much here, very close and well matched bout.
There was no need for judges in the main event as rising star Jin Sasaki (9-0, 8) [佐々木尽] scored his latest win, stopping Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-14-1, 9) [宮崎辰也] in the opening round. Miyazaki went out looking for the upset before being dropped mid-way through the round. Despite the knockdown he got back to his feet, and pressed forward before being knocked loopy in the final seconds of the round, and dangling over the ropes before the referee jumped in.
Following his win it was announced that Sasaki would clash with Aso Ishiwaki (8-2-1, 6) [石脇麻生] on December 26th. The bout is expected to be a JBC Youth title bout at 140lbs. Given the styles of the two men this has the hall marks of a brutal and thrilling bout, and a potential late contender for Fight of the Year. The styles and mentalities of the two should gel and we can't help but think this has the ingredients to be something very special.
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