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)
Earlier this week we reported that Ryo Akaho (36-2-2, 24) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on June 5th as he takes on Daisuke Sugita (6-1, 3) [杉田大祐] as part of a Dynamic Glove show at Korakuen Hall.
We've now learned that another bout on that same card will feature fast rising Japanese Light Flyweight hopeful Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] in a notable bout against tough veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-10-3, 8) [大内 淳雅].
The unbeaten Iwata, who was tipped as a potential star when he made his debut back in 2018, hasn't been moved as quickly or as aggressively as many had hoped. Despite that he's been impressive and wins over Daiki Kameyama and Ryo Narizuka are certainlydecent wins for someone in their first 5 bouts. Sadly, like many fighters, the issues in 2020 really slowed his career down , and he fought just once during the year after havign fought 3 times in 2019.
Ouchi on the other hand is a legit veteran who turned professional in 2003 and has had 35 bouts. Not only has he had a solid number of fights but he has also faced a who's who including Ryoichi Taguchi, Masayuki Kuroda, Kenshiro Teraji and Masamichi Yabuki.
From what we understand this is set to be an 8 rounder, and will be officially announced in the coming days.
Whilst most fight fans who follow the Japanese domestic scene were focused on the action at the Sumida City Gymnasium today there was a second card taking place, over the Aioi Hall in Kariya. It was a less notable show, but still one with a very notable main event.
The main event saw Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道] successfully defending his title for the first time, as he out pointed Toshimasa Ouchi (22-10-3, 8) [大内 淳雅] over 10 rounds. The win not only securing his first defense, but also his first decision win.
In the first round the challenger looked to get his jab to the body going, in an attempt to take some steam out of Yabuki's work. Sadly for him however the challenger couldn't unsettle the champion who began to find his groove in round 2, poking away with a crisp, clean left jab from range. From there on Yabuki took control, using his reach, speed and crispness to out box Ouchi with ease.
After 5 rounds we got the open scoring kick in and Yabuki was winning a shut out, 50-45 from all 3 judges.
It ended up taking until round 9 for Ouchi to really have any moments of success, as he began to try and take out Yabuki, with some big left hands. He was however struggling to land and had to take more risks in round 10, where he landed some of his best shots, not enough to have Yabuki in any real danager.
After 10 rounds we went to the judges who turned in scores of 100-90, and 99-91, twice, to give Yabuki the decision win, the first decision win of his career, and his first defense.
Interestingly there was only 1 other bout on this card and that was a 6 round Super Bantamweight bout between Teru Nobita (6-3-1, 3) [テルのび太] score a last moment KO win over John Yano (5-7, 2) [ヤノ・ ジョン]. In fact the KO here came at the 3:01 mark of round 6!
The fight had been a solid action fight, with Nobita generally getting the better of things until he landed a right hook in the final moments. Nobita bout the count but was out on his feet when the referee waved off the bout, just after the final bell.
One of the many bouts taking place today in Japan will be the Japanese Light Flyweight title bout, pitting hard hitting champion Masamichi Yabuki (11-3, 11) [佐藤政道] against veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-9-3, 8) [大内 淳雅] on a Midori promoted show in Kariya.
The bout, which serves as Yabuki's first defense, has interestingly been priced up by STS Bet who see the bout as a complete and utter mismatch.
The Polish based betting company had the champion priced at 1/20 to come out victorious and retain his title whilst the challenger is a massive under-dog at 13/2.
Interestingly we do love to look at the Boxmob polls when it comes to bouts like this, and interestingly they have given Ouchi a 27% chance of winning, whilst the bookies have given him an implied probability of 13.3%. Maybe, just maybe, the bookies are being harsh on the veteran here.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available on demand on Boxing Raise.
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