Earlier tpoday Ohashi Gym announced their next Phoenix Battle show, Phoenix Battle 78, which will take place on July 8th at Korakuen Hall and it's a brilliant card with two Japanese Youth title bouts, as well as several other notable fighters on the lower end of the show.
The main event of the card will be a Japanese Youth Super Flyweight bout pitting two of the hottest young talented in Japan against each other, with former amateur standout Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] taking on explosive teenager Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 4) [花田 歩夢] for the vacant title, in what should be a genuinely spectacular contest.
For those who haven't seen these two Nakagaki is a brilliant pure boxer, who had issues with power in the amateurs but appears to have adapted to the professional ranks really well and is looking like a solid puncher, and a very special boxer. He was a stellar amateur and appears to be set for the hyper fast track to the top, and with his ability few can blame him for wanting to win titles as early as possible. Hanada on the other hand began his career in Mexico, where he looked exciting and talented, but incredibly young. He returned to Japan in 2019 and made his JBC debut in 2020, with an excellent performance against Ryukyu Nagamine. Hanada returned to the ring this past April, and although he wasn't punch perfect he over-came the very dangerous Mammoth Kazunori.
Whilst the men might only have 8 bouts between them this is a genuinely brilliant match up and he sort of thing that the Japanese Youth title has been giving us over the last few years.
The other Japanese Youth title bout will see Takeru Kobata (9-5-1, 4) [小畑武尊] make his first defense of the Japanese Youth Welterweight title, as he takes on Tetsuya Kondo (6-2, 4) in what should be an explosive enounter.
The under-rated Kobata won the title in March, with a big upset win against Rikuto Adachi, and will be looking to build on that win here as he returns to Korakuen Hall for just the third time in his career. A win for him would show that his victory over Adachi wasn't a fluke and was instead a sign that he's a legitimate prospect and someone to keep an eye on, despite his 5 losses. Kondo on the other hand will be getting his first title bout and continues to rebuil his career following an opening round TKO loss in 2019 to the destructive Jin Sasaki. That loss aside Kondo hasn't been stopped before but is expected to be giving natural size to Kobata.
Lower down the show we'll see hard hitting Japanese ranked Featherweight Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士].battle against Soreike Taichi (7-4, 5) [木村太一], as both men desperately look to bounce back from recent back to back stoppage defeats. We'll also see Japanese ranked Minimumweights collide as Katsuki Mori (8-0, 1) [森且貴] clashes with Ren Kojima (6-1-2) [小島 蓮], in a battle between two men who have won the All Japan Rookie of the Year, with Mori winning in 2019 and Kojima winning in the latest edition of the tournament.
Although not a monster card, set to get massive international attention this is an incredibly good domestic card, with a number of really good bouts and a chance for the young talent in Japan to shine. The main event is a genuinely amazing bout, the co-feature should be exciting, Tameda and Taichi should be explosive and it's always a job to see Mori and Kojima in action. This is a fantastic line up from Ohashi and we really hope nothing forces any changes to what looks set to be a strong domestic card.
Earlier today we reported that former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (0-0) [武居由樹] had secured himself a B-class licenses as a professional boxer, ahead of his debut, which is planned for March. We also reported that, as part of his license test, he sparred with Japanese ranked Featherweight Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士].
Since we reported Takei's sparring footage from the test has been posted online by the Ohashi Gym, giving us a great chance to see how Takei looked in the spar, and it's fair to say he looked legitimately good, with solid hand speed, good composure, solid foot work and nice variety to his shots. He wasn't flawless, but was still very impressive for someone who hasn't got a long and solid amateur career.
It should be noted that his opponent for his debut, which is scheduled for March 11th at Korakuen Hall, is yet to be named, though on the back of this showing they can certainly put him in with a capable fighter.
It's worth noting that unlike sparring clips released by some fighters, who often want to make themselves look better, this is filmed by the gym, and released with the knowledge from both fighters who are stablemates at the Ohashi Gym. This hasn't been released to make one man look super good or make the other look bad.
Earlier today former K-1 champion Yoshiki Takei (0-0) [武居由樹] took part in his pro-license test and passed, securing himself a B-class license, allowing him to compete in 6 round bouts when he finally debuts.
The test, which took place at the Ohashi Gym, saw Takei passing both the written test and the practical skills test, which included a 2 round spar with Japanese ranked Featherweight Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士], who challenged for a regional title late last year.
Following the test Takei spoke about the event, explaining "I was really grateful that I took the protest in such a state of emergency right after I retired from K-1. I thought that it would be postponed for a moment. Now I am on the start line as a boxer. I've set it up. I'd like to have the Yaegashi train me so that I can get as close as possible to the gym people who are all amazing fighters."
The state of emergency mentioned is one affect 3 prefectures in Japan as well as the Tokyo metropolitan area. It was also why his protest took place at the Ohashi Gym rather than the Korakuen Hall, which is usually the home for these types of tests.
When it came to discussing his debut he explain that he is just beginning as a professional, but that he would like to make his name as a boxer one fight at a time, and mark a mark on the sport like he did in K-1.
Of course Takei wasn't the only one to comment after the event with promoter Hideyuki Ohashi stating "When I saw sparring and saw Takei pushing the top players in the upper ranks with power, I felt the high potential again. Now that there are many dark topics, Takei is likely to become a bright topic with ability."
And trainer Akira Yaegashi, himself a former 3 weight world champion explaining they are working on his style as a boxer, and will focus on Takei, rather than his opponent. They want to improve everything by the time Takei debuts and are aiming to win a world title.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall fight fans got the latest Ohashi promoted event under their long established "Phoenix Battle" series. The card, which was gutted by injuries, ended up up just featuring 3 professional bouts and a public exhibition, as Ohashi looked to add value to had been a show that had promises a lot but ended up looking quite bare.
The main event of that card was a WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title bout between champion Musashi Mori [森 武蔵] and hard hitting challenger Tsuyoshi Tameda [溜田剛士], with the main support bout being a clash between former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada [岡田誠一] and Hiromu Murota [室田拡夢].
Today it was confirmed both of those bouts, along with the exhibition between former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16) [八重樫 東] and Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] would be shown, in some form, on Fuji TV in early December.
The Fuji TV website lists the broadcast as being set for a 26:55 to 28:00 time slot on December 5th, which is 1:55am to 3am on December 6th for those not familiar with Japanese TV scheduling. Obviously this will be a tape delay broadcast and will be edited, but we're still glad to be getting this own aired in some form as there was worries it would slip by the TV cameras and not be aired at all.
Note - Due to the broadcast we've removed all records apart from those of Yaegashi and Kuwahara, from this article rather than potentially ruining the results for those who aren't aware of the outcomes.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] recorded his third defense as he scored an 11th round TKO victory over Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士] at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo.
Today Mori was back in the ring, in his home of Aichi Prefecture, where he was given chance to speak to the audience at the "Splendid Boxing" show at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
It was there that Mori announced his next bout.
It was revealed by Mori that he will be back in the ring on March 11th to face OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] in a return to Korakuen Hall, in a bout between two of the leading Japanese fighters in the talent laden Featherweight division.
At the moment the full details haven't been confirmed, though it appears the bout will be to unify the two regional titles. If that is the case it'll be Mori's 4th defense of the WBO Asia Pacific crown and Shimizu's 6th defense of the OPBF belt.
Interestingly Shimizu and Tameda, the man Mori beat this weekend, are both from the Ohashi Gym and that little bit of history would, potentially help add an extra layer to this bout, which already sells it's self.
Fingers crossed the promoter officially announced the show in the coming days, along with some of the under-card, for what promises to be an excellent main event.
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