Earlier today fight fans at the EDION Arena in Osaka got the latest show from Green Tsuda, with the legendary promotional stable putting on "Crashing Boxing Vol 22". The show wasn't among the biggest events held by the promoter but it was certainly an interesting card, featuring two of our favourite prospects from East Japan.
In total there was 6 bouts that took place, with one other being scheduled for the show but cancelled several weeks ago. That cancelled bout was supposed to be a clash between Hibiki Takno (4-3-1) [高杢響] and Hideotshi Takane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿] but was cancelled when Takane suffered an back in March.
The show opened with unbeaten hopeful Ryuichi Kitazono (2-0, 2) [北園 龍一] scoring his second stoppage win, as he defeated teenager Iori Yamamoto (0-2) [山本 伊織]. This was a dramatic fight, with Yamamoto dropping his man in the first round and being all over him at the end of the round, before the bell saved Kitazono. Kitazono managed to get a knockdown of his own in round 2, as he landed a clean right hand just before the bell. The fight then came to an end in round 3 when a brutal left hook from Kitazono damaged his man and forced Kitazone to be saved.
The second bout also ended in the third round, with Motoki Morimoto (1-2-1, 1) [森本 元樹] stopping the debuting Tatsuya Asai (0-1) [浅井 達也], and claiming his first win. This started slowly but gradually got going in round 2 as the pace warmed up, and Morimoto dropped Asai with a classy counter. In round 3 Asai seemed hungry and determined to turn things around, but was caught by a big 1-2 and the referee was forced to stop save the debuting youngster.
The third bout also ended in an early finish as Korean born Japanese based hopeful Youngdoo Choi (4-0, 4) stopped Kaito Okubo (5-3, 2) [大久保 海都] in the 4th round. The heavy handed Choi, who had so far fought all his bouts in Thailand and last fought in 2018, dropped Okubo in round 3 and then again in round 4, with a follow up attack forcing the referee to step in in round 4 and save Okubo from further punishment.
Whilst this was Choi's Japanese debut, we can imagine the aggressive nature and his power connecting with Japanese very quickly, and we're really hoping he can build on this win in the near future as Korean boxing really does need a bright hopeful to get behind.
The first of the well known Japanese prospects on this card was Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田稔輝], who had a bit of a scare against the under-rated Yushi Fujita (9-9-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. This started tensely and Fujita used his experience and made Maeda miss, and look like a novice at times. In round 4 a counter left hand dropped Maeda, who seemed genuinely hurt when he got back to his feet and had to regroup mentally. After the knockdown Maeda boxed well, showed good composure and did enough to earn the decision, doing so with scores of 78-73, twice, and 77-74.
Despite being dropped this was the perfect type of match up for Maeda. He took on an awkward, experienced, southpaw. He suffered a knockdown, had to grit his teeth and did enough to earn a clear decision, but a hard earned one. The perfect learning experience and a bout that he seemed to feel taught him a lot. That is never a bad thing.
The biggest surprise on this card saw the light punching Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平宗忍] score his second career stoppage, as he defeated Ryosuke Nasu (12-7-3, 2) [那須亮祐] in 3 rounds, in a bout that we assumed was always going to go the distance. Nihei targeted the body in round 1, whilst Nasu looked to establish his jab. As the bout went on the bout became more violent, with the two men both standing and letting shots go, until the very end of round 3, when a big right hand from Nihei dropped Nasu on the bell. Nasu narrowly beat the count, but the referee was of the view that Nasu wasn't fit to continue and waved off the bout at an official time of 3:10 of round 3.
In the main event former Japanese Youth champion Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町俊貴] scored his latest win, stopping Thunder Teruya (7-9-1, 4) [サンダー照屋] in round 3. From the off Shimomachi was slippery, fast and sharp. He was making Teruya miss through the first round and in round 2, when Teruya pressed more, he was still unable to have consistent success against his slippery opponent, who was landing some eye catching shots. In round 3 Shimomachi turned the screw further, and landed some sensational shots on Teruya who staggered into the ropes and needed saving by the referee as Shimomachi began to land at will.
Impressively for Shimomachi this bout saw him moving from his natural Super Bantamweight up to Super Featherweight and still shining. He admitted that Teruya's power was more than he was used to, though that proved not to matter. The plan now is for him to go back to his natural weight and try to secure a title fight, potentially with Japanese champion Gakuya Furuhashi (27-8-1, 15) [古橋大輔], in what would be an amazing match up or defense against offense.
For fight fans with the Boxing Raise service, this show will be made available in the coming days, allowing fans to see all the bouts on the event.
Earlier today subscription service Boxing Raise released their line up for the month of April and it's a bit of a mixed bag. There are 5 shows, but none of them are live and none of them are particularly big. Notably two of them are also from deep within the Dangan series archive.
The most notable of 3 new shows will be the upcoming Green Tsuda promoted "Crash Boxing Vol 22", a really solid looking show with two touted prospects on it. The show will be headlined by former Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] who takes on Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋]. As well as the main event we are also looking forward to seeing the talented Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝] take on Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. This show takes place tomorrow and will be added to the service at some point over the coming days.
Another show, also taking place on Sunday, will be a Rookie of the Year card. We love Rookie of the Year, and it's nice to see some of the Early Rookie of the Year bouts being made available for fans.
The third of the newer shows will be the April 18th card from Okayama, and will be headlined by Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] taking on former Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (11-6-1, 8) [中村 祐斗]. There's no title on the line here, but it should serve as an interesting test for the explosive Akui, who has earned a reputation for blowing opponents out very early on.
As for the other two shows, they are both shows from around a decade ago. The first of those is Dangan 27, also known as Dangan Battler, from November 2010. The show is certainly not one of the best from the Dangan series, but it has 8 bouts on it, including 5 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds, and hasn't been available to watch on demand before. The other will be Dangan 32, from May 2011, and features several bouts of note, including a very solid bout between Kentaro Masuda [益田健太郎] and Yosuke Fujihara [藤原陽介].
If we're being honest the service, which we are massive fans of, has been poor so far in 2021, and April is a little bit of a stinger as they had lined up another card that had to be scrapped due to an injury suffered by former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載]. Thankfully however May looks set to be a very, very special month with some huge shows expected to take place.
If we're being totally truthful, 2021 has been a quiet year in general for Japanese boxing, as the pandemic has limited shows in the wider Tokyo region. Things now, however, seem like they will begin getting back to normal, and the service should be getting back to it's best sooner rather than later.
Tomorrow in Osaka City we'll get the next show in the Green Tsuda series of shows under their "Crash Boxing" banner. The card isn't a stacked one, by any stretch, but it is an interesting one with two touted Green Tsuda prospects in action.
Today, ahead of the show, the men involved took part in their weigh in for the show.
The first of those prospects in action will be 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝], who moves into his first 8 round as he battles Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史] in a Featherweight bout.
Today, at the weigh in, Maeda came in comfortably under the limit, at just under 125.5lbs whilst Fujita was closer to the limit, coming in at around 125.9lbs. A win for Maeda here is expected to push him one step closer to a potential title fight in the future, though in fairness he is still some way from competing with the best in a very talent heavy Featherweight division. Despite that Fujita should serve as a very good test for the unbeaten youngster.
The other notable prospect on this show will be former Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴], who takes on the brilliantly named, Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋] in an 8 round Super Featherweight bout.
On the scales the talented and super slippery Shimomachi was around 129.4lbs whilst Teruya was around the divisional limit. Notably this will be the first time Shimomachi will be headlining a show and it's clear that he has pressure on his shoulders to perform, though in previous bouts he has looked like one of the brightest young talents in Japan and looks like he has all the tools to go a long way. As for Teruya this will be his first bout since being stopped in 4 rounds by Rentaro Kimura in December.
For fans wanting to watch this show, in full, it will be included, on delay, on the Boxing Raise service.
Earlier today the Green Tsuda Gym announced their next show, set to take place on April 11th at the EDION Arena Osaka. The card isn't a stacked one, but it is one with 7 bouts, including several worthy of making a note of, with a number of very promising prospects set to be part of the event.
The main bout on the card will be an 8 rounder at Super Featherweight and will see former Japanese Youth champion Toshiki Shimomachi (12-1-2, 8) [下町俊貴] take on the under-rated Thunder Teruya (7-8-1, 4) [サンダー照屋]. Although it's hard to see anything but a win for the slippery and talented Shimomachi it is worth noting that Teruya gave the very highly regarded Rentaro Kimura a bit of a test last year, and we wouldn't be surprised by him doing the same here.
A second 8 rounder here will see Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須亮祐] clash with Sonin Nihei (9-5-2, 1) [仁平宗忍]. This should be an interesting technical battle here between two talented, but feather fisted, fighters. Coming in Nasu is 4-4 in his last 8, but the 28 year old shouldn't be written off, and he has faced stiff competition during that run. Nihei on the other hand is 1-4 in his last 5, and can ill afford another loss.
One other 8 rounder on this show will see the really promising Jinki Maeda (6-0, 4) [前田稔輝] take part in his first 8 round bout as he takes on Yushi Fujita (9-8-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. The talented Maeda impressed in 2020, after winning the Rookie of the Year in 2019, and we expect to see him rise through the ranks this year. Fujita is unlikely to be much of a test for Maeda, though that's likely part of why he was chosen for this bout, with the idea Fujita will put up enough effort to ask questions of Maeda but not be a real threat to the talented 24 year old.
In a 6 rounder we'll see Hibiki Takno (4-3-1) [高杢響] fight in an evenly matched bout with Hideotshi Takane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿]. This one isn't going to make waves, or excite anyone looking at it, but it should be a very competitive bout and is fantastically even on paper.
It was also confirmed that former Maeda opponent Kaito Okubo (5-2, 2) [大久保 海都] would be on this show, though his opponent wasn't announced. He will be in a 6 rounder at Featherweight, as he looks to bounce back from a 2020 loss to Maeda, who stopped him in brutal fashion back in December.
As well as the 5 bouts mentioned the show will also have 2 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
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 Arena 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.
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