Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, fight fans saw a Japanese Youth Featherweight title bout between Kyonosuke Kameda (7-2-1, 6) [亀田 京之介] and Tsubasa Narai (7-1, 6) [奈良井 翼]. On paper this was a mouth watering match up to end an Harada promoted card, as it featured two hungry youngsters each looking to claim the first title belt of their careers.
The bout started slowly, with Kameda pressuring an using his reach and height well, whilst making Narai miss, fall short and struggle to really pin him down. It wasn't a dominant round for Kameda, but he clearly did enough to win it, whilst getting a good read on Narai.
In round 2 we saw both men being more aggressive, though sadly for Narai that came at a cost, and despite having some success in the middle of the round he ended up tasting the power of Kameda, who detonated a number of right hands on him as the round went on. Narai tried to respond to fire with fire of his own but as they exchanged he took the worst of it, with a left hook rocking Narai who was down just moments later from a left hook an right hand.
Narai tried to beat the count, and was up before the 10 count, but was all over the place leaving the referee with no option but to stop him.
For Kameda this is a huge win for his career netting him his first professional title and putting him only a few fights away from a potential Japanese title fight, which could happen in 2022 or 2023. As for Narai, he'll feel angry with himself for taking so many risks so early, and he really should have held back a little bit, but it was certainly a learning experience for him, and one he can bounce back from.
For fans who missed this one it is now available, on demand, on Boxing Raise.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka we'll see a new Japanese Youth Featherweight champion being crowned as Tsubasa Narai (7-0, 6) [奈良井 翼] and Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介] battle for the vacant title in a potentially very explosive clash.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and neither man had any issues at all with the scales whilst also getting negative PCR tests.
Kameda, the taller man, was under the limit with a little bit of room to spare, hitting the scales at around 125.7lbs. He explained that despite the bout being postponed, having originally been scheduled for June, he was able to stay in good shape, and that he has made weight without any issues. He explained to boxmob that he was confident heading into the bout, and it really did seem like he had his eyes firmly set on the title.
Narai, who won the All Japan Rookie of the Year at Super Featherweight before moving down in weight for this bout, was even lighter on the scales, coming in at around 125.5lbs for the contest. He stated that Kameda wasn't as tall as he expected, and in fairness we expected a much bigger height difference as well. Like Kameda he came across as really confident and it almost seemed like the delay to the bout has helped him, as he's seen sparring mate Haruki Ishikawa show what he could do, with Ishikawa stopping Tom Mizokoshi in late June to claim the Japanese Youth title at 122lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this one it will be shown On Demand on BoxingRaise, though will not be shown live.
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Yesterday we reported that the planned Shinsei promoted show set to take place next weekend at the EDION Arena Osaka, headlined by Rikito Shiba (4-1, 2) [芝力人] battling Hideyuki Watanabe (8-13-3, 6) [渡邉秀行], had been re-arranged from June 5th to June 6th and was now set to take place in Hyogo and not Osaka. That was a result of the EDION Arena Osaka not being open due to the ongoing State of Emergency in Tokyo.
It's now been confirmed that another show, which was also planned for June 5th at EDION Arena Osaka, has also been re-arranged.
That show, an Harada boxing promoted event headlined by Tsubasa Narai (7-0, 6) [奈良井 翼] and Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介] clashing for the Japanese Youth Featherweight title, will now be taking place on July 23rd, though will remain at EDION Arena Osaka.
As of now no changes, other than the date, have been announced for this show, with the card it's self expected to remain exactly the same as it was, however we have been informed that new tickets will be sold for the event.
Interestingly this re-arrangement, again sees us with two events on the same day at the EDION Arena Osaka, with the Narai Vs Kameda card starting after a Taisei promoted double header earlier in the day, making it a potentially huge day for Osaka fight fans.
A few weeks ago Shinsei Promotions announced that we would see the return of former Japanese Youth champion Rikito Shiba (4-1, 2) [芝力人] on May 23rd, against Hideyuki Watanabe (8-13-3, 6) [渡邉秀行]. That date was soon changed to June 5th due to the State of Emergency in Osaka that made holding the event in May impossible.
Today we saw an update on the bout, with a new date being announced and a different venue.
The bout has been pushed back a single day this time, from June 5th to June 6th, and has been moved out of the EDION Arena Osaka, which is still closed due to the extended State of Emergency in the region. Instead the event will take place at the Amagasaki Cultural Center in Amagasaki, Hyogo.
For fans with tickets they will still be able to attend the reschedule show, though it should be noted that the seating is different in the venue and guides may be on hand to help seat you correctly.
It should be noted that a second show, set to take place at the EDION Arena Osaka on the same day, headlined by Tsubasa Narai (7-0, 6) [奈良井 翼] facing Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介] for the Japanese Youth Featherweight title, has not yet had anannouncement regarding it's status. We expect an update in the very near future.
Earlier today the Harada gym announced their next show would be taking place on June 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka, and whilst it is a very, very small show, it does have an excellent main event between two very bright young Japanese fighters who are both set to compete in their first title bout.
The bout in question will see the unbeaten Tsubasa Narai (7-0, 6) [奈良井 翼] battle against Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介] in a bout for the Japanese Youth Featherweight title. A bout that promises to be very explosive, and very exciting.
The unbeaten Narai really came to our attention last year, when he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year, at Super Featherweight, and did so by stopping everyone he fought in the tournament. He was one of the genuine standouts from the competition and was among the most exciting men to watch from the entire competition. This however is a step up from those bouts and it will also be the first time Narai has fought away from the Korakuen Hall, his boxing home.
Notably Narai will be dropping down in weight for this bout, and if he can make the 126lb limit with no issues he's going to be very, very dangerous at this domestic youth level.
As for Kameda, the cousin of the three fighting Kameda brothers, this is set to be his second bout as a fighter out of the Harada gym, and his second bout since losing in the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year to Jinki Maeda. Despite that loss Kameda has looked like a very dangerous fighter, with really havy hands and a hunger to make an impact in the sport. The 22 year old is, clearly, a work in progress, but still someone who has an exciting style and the Kameda surname, two things that will get him attention going forward.
Interestingly Kameda will be the much taller man, surprisingly he's around 5" taller than Narai, though whether he can make that advantage count here is a big question.
Given that neither man likes hearing the final bell, both men can bang, and both like to fight this bout has fireworks written all over it and should be a great contest for fans at the EDION Arena. Sadly the other bouts announced for this show are very low level bouts, and this is, by far, the standout bout on the card.
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