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.
The usually brilliant Boxing Raise has had a notable downturn this year, with no new shows at all in February and until today they also had nothing official on their schedule for March.
Thankfully that changed today when they revealed their schedule for the month, and it's a mix bag.
Firstly it appears they won't have any live streams this month, which is a massive shame and a real negative for the service. Second they only have 3 shows the entire month. Thankfully however they are all good shows, and the first of those is already available for fans.
The first of those shows, the one now online, was Green Dream Vol 14, headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight youth title fight between Satoru Hoshiba [干場悟] and Tom Mizokoshi [溝越 斗夢]. This was a genuine great fight and for those with the service this is well worth watching.
The second show will be Victoriva 6, which takes place on March 18th. This card will be headlined by the much anticipated IBF Atomweight title bout, pitting champion Saemi Hanagata (16-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] against the skilled Eri Matsuda (4-0, 1) [松田恵里] and will also feature the long awaited debut of Narumi Yukawa (0-0) [湯川成美].
The final show on the service this month will be Slugfest 18 from Kadoebi Gym. This will be headlined by a contest between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] and will feature a genuine who's who of the Kadoebi Gym, including Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥].
For subscribers it's a decent line up, though it's a huge shame that nothing is being shown live.
Outside of Boxing Raise Japanese fan will have plenty to watch over the remained of the month with the Splendid Boxing show on March 21st being shown live on YouTube via Sakana and Seki Chan, with a live feed here, the March 25th Dynamic Glove card will be live on premium Japanese TV channel G+ and the March 28th "Real Spirits 71" from Shinsei Gym being shown live on YouTube channel BOXING REAL.
(Image credit - Boxing Raise)
Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya fight fans got the latest Japanese Youth title bout, as Tom Mizokoshi (8-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢] and Satoru Hoshiba (7-5, 2) [干場悟] clashed for the vacant Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title.
The two men were meeting for the second time, after previously fighting in 2019 with Mizokoshi taking a 2nrd round TKO, and this one was far less conclusive than their first bout.
From the off the styles of the men were clear. Hoshiba was the pressure fighter, looking to close the distance and take the fight to Mizokoshi, who was the smoother, faster fighter. The uppercuts, jab and footwork of Mizokoshi were eye catching and helped him take the early rounds, whilst neutralising the pressure of Hoshiba.
As the rounds went on the pressure of Hoshiba managed to get the success he was after, and he was persistently pressing forward, getting to the body and trying to break down Mizokoshi, taking his legs away. The success of Hoshiba saw him shining in rounds 4 and 5, but he couldn't grind down Mizokoshi before the youngster changed tactics, and get back to using his feet.
With a change made Mizokoshi managed to re-establish some control of the bout in round 6, though Hoshiba refused to back off, and continued pressing, looking for the blows to take his man down. Sadly for Hoshiba however it wasn't enough to break down Mizokoshi, who went through some tricky moments in the final rounds but saw them out.
After 8 rounds we went to the scorecards, and all 3 judges had the bout 77-75, all 3 in favour of Mizokoshi. Oddly the judges rarely agreed on single rounds, though all came to the same scores. The three only agreed on rounds 1, 2 and 7, though it was one of those fights where, for the most part, the action was intense and the rounds were consistently close and competitive.
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