Back in December we had expected to see the slippery and talented Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] defending the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title against exciting and aggressive Satoru Hoshiba (7-4, 2) [干場悟]. The bout was supposed to take place at the EDION Areana Osaka on December 27th but was sadly cancelled in the build up. That cancelation was due to Shimomachi suffering from influenza. After that it was unclear what was going to happen with the title and with the match up, especially given that Shimomachi was 24 and there is an age limit on the title.
On January 8th Shimomachi officially vacated the title and today, just one day later, we now know how the vacancy will be filled, and thankfully for Hoshiba he won't be missing out on a shot to win the belt.
The vacancy will be filled on March 14th when the 23 year old Hoshiba takes on 21 year old Tom Mizokoshi (7-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢], who is looking to bounce back from his own set back, a 3rd round TKO loss to Hiroyuki Takahara last August. In fact that loss was a particularly painful one with reports circulating that Mizokoshi had a broken or fractured jaw from that defeat, which ended up costing him another scheduled bout.
The two men will be clashing at the Aioi Hall in Kariya City, a venue that both men are familiar with and both men have already fought in 5 times, including a 2019 bout between the two men.
For those unaware of their first bout, their 2019 bout was a genuine hidden gem, tucked away on the Boxing Raise service. The bout saw Hoshiba pressing forward throughout, showing his aggressive mentality and exciting style. Sadly for Hoshiba though it was a style that cost him in round 2 when he tried to finish off a hurt Mizokoshi and paid the price, being countered, hurt himself and then stopped as Mizokoshi pulled the win out of the bag.
Given their history together and the Youth title being on the line, this should be one to genuinely look forward to for fans in Kariya and hopefully, like their first bout, this will be made available on Boxing Raise.
Earlier today at the Tokiwa Arena in Kobe fans were able to attend a small, yet rather notable Senrina Kobe Promotions show featuring a number of talented, and often over-looked, Japanese fighters. Several of which were ranked youngster, or men tipped for potential success.
The first bout of note saw a minor upset as Hiroyuki Takahara (8-3, 6) [高原 裕之] stopped touted youngster Tom Mizokoshi (7-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢]. The fight was an intense fight early on and really a fun one for the fans, but in the third round Takahara dropped Mizokoshi with a right hand. Following the knockdown Mizokoshi required a stretcher to help him leave the ring, though thankfully it does appear that was a precaution rather than any potential brain issues. After the bout Mizokoshi took to social media, explaining that was the first time that he had been down in his career, and that he had suffered a fracture to his jaw.
Sadly the result today will mean that Mizokoshi is unlikely to take part in a previously scheduled bout for later in the year. We want to wish him a speedy recovery.
The second bout of note also saw an upset of sorts, as Yuna Hara (9-2-1, 5) [原 優奈] defeated the JBC ranked Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀 千春], with a 3rd round TKO. Hara looked sharp and quick from the off, and looked like he was wanting to make a statement. In round 3 that statement came as he dropped Takasaku. The win will see Hara climb into the rankings when they are updated and will give his career a huge boost.
The chief support bout was much more competitive, as Yuga Inoue (10-1-1, 1) [井上 夕雅] took a split decision win over Tetsuya Mimura (8-3, 1) [見村 徹弥]. Given both men had a single stoppage to their name neither man was expected to take the other out, and that proved to be the case in what was an intriguing match up. Mimura seemed to have some early success but Inoue managed to change the tempo and increased the pressure well. It was the change in out put and pressure from Inoue that began to catch the eye, and began to grind down Mimura and win over the judges. The skills of Mimura impressed, but the pressure and work rate of Inoue was enough to take him the split decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in his favour, whilst the dissenting judge had it 77-75 in favour of Mimura.
In the main event fans again saw the fighters go to the final bell as Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] took a clear decision win over Hiroki Tokuyama (9-3-1, 2) [徳山 洋輝], to retain his JBC ranking. Tokuyama came out aggressively but was dropped in the early stages. That didn't stop him but was dropped again in round 2 and it was clear that his aggression was being punished by the clean, sharper punches of Nasu. Nasu then went off the boil and couldn't close the show, but did manage to take a clear decision with scores of 79-71, 78-72 and 77-73.
Earlier today Makoto Okaniwa., manager／official coordinater of midori promotions.,inc revealed in Japan, informed us of the new date set for the Japanese Light Flyweight title bout between defending champion Yuto Takahashi (11-4, 5) [高橋悠斗] and mandatory challenger Masamichi Yabuki (10-3, 10).
The bout, which was originally set for March 15th though had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, will now take place on May 6th.
We've also been informed that the supporting bout between Tom Mizokoshi (7-1-1, 4) [溝越斗夢] and Mugicha Nakagawa (24-7-2, 14) [中川麦茶選手] is still expected to be part of the card, though the other other under-card bouts are currently in negotiations.
It must be noted that there is a chance this will still be postponed, again, if the virus continues to cause sporting events in Japan to be effected in the way it has during March, though the date is now the one the bout is pencilled in for going forward.
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