Earlier today we got the latest Dynamic Glove show, live from Korakuen Hall. The show was mostly low key 4 rounder, but the two main bouts stood out as being ones worthy of some interest.
The first of those two bouts was a clash of punchers, as Yoji Saito (3-3-2, 3) [齊藤陽ニ] faced off with Yamato Hata (12-1, 11) [波田 大和] in a bout that seemed destined to finish early.
In the opening rounds the power of Saito seemed to be the most eye catching asset either fighter had, and numerous times he caught Hata clean. Somehow Hata took the shots, without being too badly affected, and landed his own good body shots in return. By round 3 however Saito was starting to slow down, and Hata's advantages in handspeed, footwork and overall movement started to pay off as he landed solid head shots, eye catching combinations and started to look more comfortable against a man who was struggling to dictate the tempo as he had earlier on. Saito's struggles continued in round 4, despite a good start to the round, and it was amazing that he somehow remained on his feet, despite looking buzzed several times during the round.
To his credit Saito knew he needed to change things and looked to intensify his pressure in round 5, though sadly for him that merely saw him walking into the punches of Hata who was boxing excellently, picking his moments, landing good counters, connecting on great body shots and landing eye catching flurries. Those shots began to show on Saito's face as he began to swell around the face and slow further. In round 7, another tough round for him which saw Hata standing up and willingly trading massive shots with him, the swelling got worse and worse, forcing the referee to step in and save him from further punishment.
Following the Hata's victory we then moved on to the main event, which saw Japanese Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (8-0, 6) [岩田 翔吉] make his first defense in very impressive fashion, as he destroyed veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-12-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], inside a round.
Iwata looked ultra sharp and aggressive from the bell, and went Ouchi's body early on. Ouchi on the other hand looked slow and was left reaching several times in the early moments thanks to Iwata's movement. Sadly for Ouchi's his lack of speed, and the sharpness of Iwata, showed when Iwata landed a devastating counter right hand that dropped Ouchi hard. To his credit Ouchi got to his feet, but he was all over the place and the referee was really left with no option but to step in and wave off the bout.
Given that Ouchi has now only been stopped 4 times, this was impressive, and the fact he was taken out by just a single shot really was a statement from Iwata who seems likely to turn his attention to other titles, as he looks to move towards a potential world title fight in the next year or two
Tomorrow we'll get the chance to see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (7-0, 5) [岩田 翔吉] look to make his first defense, as he takes on veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-11-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], in the second between the two men who also clashed last June.
Today, ahead of tomorrow's bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made weight with no issues at all.
The champion, who won his title late late year when he stopped Rikito Shiba, came in at 114.75lbs and looked in great shape. He stated he was able to make weight without losing any muscle mass, and by just losing fat. He also explained that in his first bout with Ouchi he was too cautious, and seemed clear he was going to be more aggressive here. It seems really obvious that he wants to stop Ouchi in this bout, and he explained that he was going to break down Ouchi here.
As for the veteran, who is getting his 4th title fight, he was also 114.75lbs and stated that he was in good shape, and was confident of taking home the win in this rematch. He seemed relaxed, confident, and was seemingly fully aware of what Iwata was bringing to the ring against him.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it will be aired on G+ tomorrow morning.
Related - Iwata hunts first defense as he takes on veteran Ouchi
Back in November Shokichi Iwata (7-0, 5) [岩田 翔吉] scored the biggest win of his career, as he stopped Rikito Shiba in 9 rounds to claim the Japanese Light Flyweight title. Today it was revealed that he will be making his first of that title on March 5th at Korakuen Hall as he takes on veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-11-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], in what will be the second bout between the two men.
In June 2021 Iwata took a clear 8 round decision over Ouchi, a win that late lead to Iwata getting his crack at the Japanese title just 5 months later. Since then Iwata has won the title, and moved towards a world title fight, though given the state of the Light Flyweight division he likely knows he will have to wait for a shot at world honours.
As for Ouchi, he's not fought since that loss, and at 36 he likely knows this will be his final major fight, and is his 4th shot at the Japanese title, having come up short against Masayuki Kuroda in 2012, Kenshiro Teraji in 2016 and Masamichi Yabuki in 2020.
Regarding this rematch Iwata explained, via the Teiken home page, "The opponent will be more cautious based on the previous experience. I don't think there is any doubt. I don't think it makes sense to rematch unless I win better than last time, so I'm firmly aware of that." From that comment we suspect he'll be looking to stop Ouchi, which is something that hasn't happened since March 2014, when Atsushi Aburada stopped him in 6 rounds.
The bout will headline the March episode of Dynamic Glove and is expected to be shown on G+.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall had the latest show in the Dynamic Glove series of shows, which will be aired this coming week on G+. The card featured a number of bouts, ranging from a Rookie of the Year qualifying contest to a man who is in the wold rankings and someone regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Japan.
For those wanting to watch this, as live, when it's finally aired, we have included this spoiler warning introduction. Please note that spoilers will begin in the paragraph after the next one. We will include the full undercard results for this show as well as the two main bouts.
The show opened up with a 4 round bout between Yuya Kumagai (1-1, 1) [熊谷 祐哉] and Yuki Yamamoto (0-2) [山本 勇貴] and this was exciting from the off with Yamamoto getting the early advantage and looking good in the early stages before Kumagai laned a huge right and flipped the fight on it's head, dropping his man in round 3. Yamamoto beat the count but was saved by the referee later in the round.
The second bout saw teenager Kohei Sakashita (1-1) [坂下 広併] suffer his first loss as the 35 year old Hiroki Ashizawa (4-2, 3) [芦沢 広樹] took a narrow decision over the youngster. This was competitive from the off, but the older, more mature Ashizawa, who was returning to the ring for the first time in 6 years, managed to battle through exhaustion and narrowly come out on top. This was an exciting little war, and a good win for Ashizawa, though we do need to wonder about the longer term potential for both men.
In bout number 3 fans saw Toshiki Tanaka (3-3, 1) [田中 利樹] destroy Daiki Yokota's (3-3, 1) [横田 大樹] ring return. Yokota, who last fought back in October 2005, yes you read that right this was his first fight in more than 15 years, was dropped hard from a 1-2 from Tanaka and the referee stopped this one, not even issuing a count. Yokota was done.
Another quick blow out occured in the final of the scheduled 4 rounders, and this was actually an East Japan Rookie of the Year qualifying bout, as Kai Watanabe (2-0, 1) [渡邊 海] blasted out Soshi Hattori (0-1) [服部 壮志] in just 76 seconds. Watanabe dropped his man hard with a clean straight right hand that forced the referee to wave off the bout with Hattori on the canvas.
In one of the more notable fights JBC #1 ranked Lightweight contender Seiryu Toshikawa (14-5, 8) [利川 聖隆] beat the #15 ranked Masaki Saito (15-16-6, 5) [斉藤 正樹] in very wellcontested 8 round bout. The bout saw Saito use his experience well, make life difficult for Toshikawa, and show a lot of veteran tricks, but in the end Toshikawa managed to do just enough to take the win, digging deep in the second half of the fight. This was a genuine test for the youngerman, and he passed it... though didn't seem like he was even close to ready for a Japanese title fight. As for Saito this was the perfect performance for him to end his career on and the 36 year old has been a genuine credit to Japanese boxing during his long career.
After 8 rounds the judges had this one 77-75, twice, and 78-74 all to Toshikawa.
In the chief support bout the highly touted Shokichi Iwata (6-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] took an 8 round decision over veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-11-3, 8) [大内 淳雅]. The fight started well for Iwata, who dropped Ouchi in the first round and from there he general controlled the bout, landing the better, clean, heavier blows. Ouchi, as he always does, gave a genuine effort through the contest but was coming off second best through. The effort of Ouchi made the fight look competitve at times, but Iwata really did do more than enough to take a comfortable decision, and take a huge step towards a potential title fight.
After 8 rounds the judges had this one 79-72 and 78-73, twice, all in favour of Iwata.
Sadly the main event ended up being disappointingly one sided as former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (37-2-2, 25) [赤穂亮] stopped boxing policeman Daisuke Sugita (6-2, 3) [杉田大祐]in just 3 rounds. The world ranked Akaho hurt Sugita early in the fight, with the ropes keeping Sugita up and Akaho having a knockdown scored in his favour as a result. Sugita, to his credit, fought back after that but was in trouble through out and in round 3 Sugita hit the canvas with a straight right-left to the body combination. He showed great determination to get to his feet, but the referee had seen enogh and waved off the bout.
This was stopped at an official time of 1:49 into round 3.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fast rising Japanese Light Flyweight hopeful Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] will be in action, in what is a notable step up bout as he goes against tough veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-10-3, 8) [大内 淳雅]. The bout is, by far, the most interesting of Iwata's career, and a huge chance for him to showcase what he can do against a tried and tested veteran who has faced a legitimate who's who of the Japanese scene over the last decade or so.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made the Light Flyweight limit with no issues at all.
The 25 year old Iwata, who is regarded as one of the top prospects in Japan, weighed in at 107.6lbs for the bout and looked in good condition with a lot of confidence. Whilst he clearly knows this is a big step up for him, he will also know that a win here will open doors for title fights, and he should be knocking on the door of an OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific title shot if he gets past Ouchi here.
Ouch was slightly lighter on the scales, coming in at 107.4lb.
Although not a big name the 35 year old Ouch is a true veteran of the sport. He has been a professional since 2003 and has faced the likes of Shin Ono, Ryoichi Taguchi, Masayuki Kurokda, Kenichi Horikawa, Kenshiro Teraji and Masamichi Yabuki during his long career. Although he's often lost to the bigger he has proven to be durable, and a stoppage for Iwata here would be a real statement of his potential.
Sadly for fans wanting to watch this one, it won't be televised until June 10th, with G+ showing it from 7PM local time on tape delay.
(Image credit - Yokohama Hikari)
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