Results from Hirakata City
Earlier today we had the latest show from Green Tsuda, under their Crash Boxing banner. The card was a brilliant one paper, with a great mix of local talent and foreign visitors. Sadly for those visitors however, the show turned out not to be a good one for them.
The first of the notable bouts on the card was an all Japanese one, as Takafumi Shibata (3-1, 1) [柴田尊文] bounced back from his first career defeat and stopped Hiroki Ashizawa (5-4, 4) [芦沢広樹] in 2 rounds. Shibata looked sharp in the opening round and landed a brutal right hook in round 2, sending Ashizawa down. Ashizawa got to his feet, but was counted out on his feet.
The second bout on the show saw world ranked Thai hopeful Sitthisak Simsri (12-1, 12) suffer his first loss, as he was taken out by talented Japanese fighter Toshiki Kawamitsu (7-1, 4) [川満俊輝], who was himself bouncing back from a loss to Ginjiro Shigeoka last year. The opening round saw both men having notable success, in a thrilling round of action, with Kawamitsu managing to begin taking over in round 2. In round 3 the power and tenacity of Kawamitsu sent Simsri down. The Thai beat the count, but a follow up attack forced the referee in to save Simsri.
Simsri wasn't the only Thai to lose their unbeaten record on this card, as Achariya Boonmoh (12-1, 11) suffered a split decision loss to Aso Ishiwaki (10-5-1, 7) [石脇麻生] in a very hard fought 8 rounder. Ishiwaki was the more composed and accurate though out, but Boonmoh always looked dangerous and landed some solid blows, but it did seem like he came off second best for much of the bout. After 8 rounds Ishiwaki took the decision with scores of 79-73 and 78-74, whilst the third judge score it 77-75 to the visitor.
In the chief support bout we saw talented youngster Jinki Maeda (10-0, 5) [前田 稔輝] continue his unbeaten run with arguably the most impressive win of his career so far, as he stopped former WBO Asia Pacific champion Jhunriel Ramonal (17-11-6, 10) in just 2 rounds, to announce himself as one of the brightest prospects in Japan. Maeda looked sharp from the opening moments, using his jab to control the distance and keep himself out of the danger zone of Ramonal's power. In round 2 a counter left hand from Maeda dropped Ramonal hard, with the Filipino being unable to beat the count.
In the main event we saw another Japanese prospect take a notable step up in class, as Toshiki Shimomachi (15-1-2, 11) [下町俊貴] stopped Takuya Mizuno (17-4-1, 14) [水野拓哉]. On paper this was a very notable step up for Shimomachi, and that looked to be the case from the off, with Mizuno attacking early on and forcing Shimomachi to show his intelligent and slippery defense, whilst firing back with body shots. The aggression of Mizuno continued to make him look dangerous, and he managed to get Shimomachi on the ropes in round 3, though Mizuno did take some clean counters or his success. With Shimomachi's clean, accurate shots and really solid defense, limiting Mizuno's success, it was clear Mizuno had to turn things around late on. He had put in a good effort but was down as we went into the later stages, and in round 7 Shimomachi landed some nasty shots, forcing the referee to jump in and save Mizuno, who had given a great effort but ultimately suffered his first stoppage loss.
Earlier today we were informed about the latest show in the Green Tsuda promoted "Crash Boxing" series of shows, as the gym held a press conference to announce the event. The show in question will take place on August 8th in Hirkata City, and is one packed with interesting bouts and notable names.
The main event of the card is an excellent match up between two JBC ranked Super Flyweight as former Japanese national champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-10-4, 11) [奥本 貴之] battles against Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平 宗忍], in a rematch of their 2016 clash. The first time these two men fought Okumoto stopped in 2 rounds, and it's fair to say that the former champion will be confident of another win here. Saying that however Nihei has picked up two decent domestic wins since then, beating Tatsuya Ikemizu and Ryosuke Nasu whilst Okumoto has actually lost his last two bouts, including a huge upset loss in December to Akio Furutani.
In the main support bout we'll see Green Tsuda hopeful Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町 俊貴] in action in an 8 rounder, though his opponent has yet to be announced. Despite not being a big name he is among the best prospects in Japan and fingers crossed this bout will be one of his last bouts before a potential title fight at the end of the year, or in early 2022.
Where the card really is appealing is the depth of young talent on it, not just Shimomachi. Another of the youngsters is his Green Tsuda stablemate Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田 稔輝], who will be taking on the solid Yuya Azuma (5-5-1, 1) [東 祐也], who's only been stopped once in his 5 losses and that was by Rentaro Kimura.
Other youngsters include the debuting pair of Kaito Yamazaki (0-0) [山崎 海斗] and Takafumi Shibata (0-0) [柴田 尊文]. Yamazaki will be expected to have a chin check here as he takes on Kohei Hamamoto (4-2-1, 3) [濱元 耕平], who has stopped his last 3 in the first round whilst Shibata will be up against Ryosie Niguma (5-3-1, 3) [二熊 亮成] in a very interesting match up.
At a press conference for the show this morning Okumoto explained that a conversation with his 8 year old son talking him out of retiring from the sport, and he admitted that he was surprised to be headlining the card, like assuming the headline bout would go to Shimomachi as the rising star of the gym. The promoter, Masaya Motoishi, however explained that he was confident Okumoto would become a champion again explaining that that played a part in his choice to have Okumoto lead the show.
Shimomachi revealed that he sees his bout as a passing point before an eventual title fight. It's expected he'll not be in with someone too testing here, and instead will be using the bout to stay sharp, rather than testing himself and his abilities too much.
Notably Maeda explained that whilst he can challenge for a Japanese title, given his JBC ranking, he feels he's not ready for a shot. And credit to him for being honest on that, as his last performance showed there is still a lot of work for him to do before he faces a title level fighter. We're not sure Azuma will prepare him for a title fight, but he does need more experience.
Another fighter who was mentioned at the press conference was Ryota Yada (20-7, 17) [矢田良太], who was said to have turned down a fight on this show as he's hoping to get a fight at Korakeun Hall later in the year instead, and could find himself in a major domestic show down, rather than a relative low key bout in Hirakata City, on this show.
Results from "Crash Boxing Vol 22"
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.
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