In Nagoya earlier today fight fans saw a new champion being crowned as local hopeful Tom Mizokoshi (8-3-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] was dethroned of the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title, in his first defense, by the hard hitting Haruki Ishikawa (9-3, 7) [石川春樹].
Prior to the bout both men had stated that they were looking for KO's though that didn't show it's self in the opening round, as Ishikawa boxed calmly and Mizkoshi looked to land some solid counters, using his speed really well. Whilst the first round was a quiet one, it was the calm before the storm, with Mizokoshi looking to start round 2 quicker but ended up getting too close and eating a huge left hook that dropped the defending champion hard.
To his credit Mizkoshi got to his feet, but he was a wounded animal and Ishikawa smelled blood, going for the kill and knocking out Mizokoshi just moments later, when the bout resumed.
After the bout an emotional Ishikawa spoke about taking the title belt to his father's grave, following his dad's passing a year ago tomorrow. It was incredibly clear that the win meant a lot to him, and being able to score the win so close to the anniversary of his father's passing seemed to make an event more important win. He also stated that he would like to have a rematch with Toshiya Ishii (3-1, 2) [石井渡士也], who beat him in 2019.
As for Mizokoshi he notably complained about jaw pain after the bout, and this could be an issue as he did suffer some facial fractures following a loss last year, and it would be a huge shame to see those issues resurfacing here.
The under-card, on the whole, was weak however the main support bout did see the talented Narumi Yukawa (2-0, 1) [湯川 成美] score his second win as a professional, as he beat Kazuki Hase (5-3-1, 3) [長谷 和紀] in 4 rounds. The bout saw Yukawa starting offensively, and pressing, but he was dropped in round 3 from a hard left hook as his aggression was punished. Thankfully for him he recovered to his feat, composed, and went on to batter Hase in round 4, forcing a knockdown and subsequent stoppage from the referee.
Tomorrow fight fans in Nagoya will get the chance to see Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] defending his title against Haruki Ishikawa (8-3, 6) [石川春樹] in a really good looking match up, that not only pits two talented youngsters against each other but also men with styles that should result in a fan friendly and compelling contest.
Today, ahead of their clash, the two men took part in their weighing and were given PCR tests as they went through one of the final events before getting in the ring together.
On the scales the champion was around 121.8lbs and looked in great shape for his first defense of the title. He gave comments to the media, and he sounded really confident of not just winning, but actually going for the KO. He stated that, no matter what, he's get the KO and added that he wasn't even thinking about losing. Given he's built his reputation as a boxer, not a puncher, we do wonder whether this is the right attitude from him, but it's likely to make for an exciting bout.
The challenger came in at an identical weight to the champion, around 121.8lbs, and he explained that he was in perfect condition for the fight. He came in not just confident but also like a man with a real determination. It was revealed that his father passed away on June 28th last year, and it seemed that he was going to win for his father, with the anniversary of his father's passing being just a day after the bout. Given his style and his aggression he'll be in there looking for a KO, though will need to deal with the footwork and boxing skills of a very talented young champion.
Mizokoshi takes on Ishikawa in Boxer Vs Banger affair!
Yesterday we saw the unfortunate news break from Japan that the scheduled bout between former Japanese amateur standout Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ] and reigning Japanese Heavyweight champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] had been cancelled.
The bout, which was scheduled to take place on June 27th, has had to be called off as Tajima has been suffering from back pain, leaving him unable to train properly for the contest, and needing to cancel it.
Despite the bout being cancelled, the show it's self will go ahead as planned, with the Japanese Youth title fight between Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢], the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion, and Haruki Ishikawa (8-3, 6) [石川春樹], now being the main event of the show.
Earlier this year we reported that there was set to be a show on June 27th in Nagoya, headlined by the professional debut of Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ], who will face Japanese Heavyweight champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] in a highly anticipated match up. Following that we also reported the main support bout for that show would see Tajima's stablemate at the Midori Gym Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] defending the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion title against Haruki Ishikawa (8-3, 6) [石川春樹].
Today we can report that that that show will have a third notable bout on it as touted prospect Narumi Yukawa (1-0) [湯川成美] has been added to the show in a 6 round bout at Lightweight.
The talented Yukawa, who made his debut earlier this year with a decision win over Yuya Azuma, will be up against Kazuki Hase (5-2-1, 3) [長谷和紀] in a solid looking match up.
Yukawa looked like he had the potential to be a star as an amateur before he was caught in possession of marijuana which saw him being given a suspended sentence and being up able to compete as a boxer until the sentence was served. Despite that he has kept his hunger for the sport, and he looked hugely entertaining in his debut, with an aggressive, fun and exciting style. He'll be looking to use that style to great effect here and impress the fans in Nagoya.
Yukawa isn't just an exciting fighter but also a very ambitious one, and according to one very notable Japanese boxing website has set himself the goal of beating Naoya Inoue.
Hase on the other hand is a fighter who hasn't had much attention of buzz, however the 22 year old from Toyama has been a professional since 2018 and has shared the ring with some fairly decent Japanese fighters, albeit novices, such as Kazuki Higuchi. He will come in to this bout as a clear under-dog, but is very much a live under-dog and will be hungry to over-come the touted upstart.
Although yet to be confirmed it's expected for this show to be made available on Boxing Raise, like many other Midori shows from Nagoya. For fans who currently have access to the Boxing Raise service Yukawa's debut is available on there in full.
Last month we reported that Mitsuro Tajima (0-0) [但馬ミツロ] would be making his professional debut on June 27th as he took on Japanese Heavyweight champion Ryu Ueda (9-1-1, 5) [上田龍] in an 8 round non-title bout. At the time there was no other details on the show, with no under-card bouts announced for the event. Today that changed, with a very solid match up confirmed for the event.
That match up will see Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] make his first defense as he battles against Haruki Ishikawa (8-3, 6) [石川春樹], in what should be a really fan friendly bout.
Mizokoshi won the title back in March, when he defeated Satoru Hoshiba with an 8 round decision. That bout saw him using his speed and movement to neutralise the pressure of Hoshiba and score a career best win.
As for Ishikawa he is best known for his amazing bout with Toshiya Ishii from back in 2019, in a bout for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title. Since then however he has fought just once, losing a wide decision to Kai Chiba last December, and has really seen his career falter after reaching the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year final.
On paper this match up will be between the movement, speed and boxing brain of Mizokoshi and the power and aggression of Ishikawa. It'll fell like Mizokoshi will be walking a tight rope whilst Ishikawa will be being out boxed, but will have the potential to turn it around at any moment.
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