A few days ago we reported that Kadoebi had announced that their next show would be taking place on March 24th at Korakuen Hall under the Slugfest banner. They also announced a number of fighters set for that show, confirming that Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ], Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥] would all be involved.
Despite confirming the 6 fighters above there was no bouts announced, just the involvement of their own fighters on the show.
Today that changed with Kadoebi announce the opponents for all 6 of their fighters.
The show will open with Taiga Ito taking on the limited Tatsuya Aizu (3-10, 3) [會津タツヤ] in a 4 round Middleweight bout. On paper Ito will be seen as the favourite though he was stopped last time out in a Rookie of the Year bout whilst the limited Aizu scored a win last time out, and also boasts a clear advantage in power.
The second bout on the show will see the always fun to watch Yoji Saito battle against 33 year old foe Takahiro Araki (12-9, 4) [荒木 貴裕]. Saito is one of the fighters who always comes out throwing bombs, and is always looking for a tough, rough and brutal fight, though has struggled to get over the line and get the wins if he hasn't been able to blow opponents out. Araki on the other hand is a veteran, having been a professional since 2012, but has been stopped 5 times including in both of his last 2 bouts.
Jukiya Iimura, who really impressed in his debut this past Saturday, will be up against the debuting Tomoki Kawasaki (0-0) [川崎 智輝], in a clash of 22 year olds. On paper this looks like an all novice bout, but Iimura proved he was a very advanced novice, and his amateur record was very solid, and Kawasaki is also turning professional after a solid amateur career. This might be a 1-0 (1) guy vs a 0-0 guy but we wouldn't be surprised to see this bout outshine many of the others on the card, and to see two very young, talented fighters put on something of a show here.
The talented, though frustrating, Yuichiro Kasuya will be up against 28 year old Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤未来]. On paper this is a massive step up for Naito, the brother of Rikki Naito, but he's certainly got the tools to make a mark on the sport, and could have the aggression and energy to make life hard for Kasuya. On the other hand Kasuya is the much more talented fighter, and is an excellent technical boxer, though one who can, at times, look like he's missing that 4th and 5th gear. If Kasuya is in full flow he should win here, but if not this could become a very awkward one for him.
Former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa will feature in the chief support bout, as he takes on former OPBF and Japanese title contender Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿]. For Kogawa the bout will see him trying to build on his October win against Hayato Yamaguchi, in what was a stellar performance from the veteran. Kosaka on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from an opening round blow out loss to Seigo Yuri Akui, way back in October 2019. On paper this one looks interesting, though Kosaka is 1-3 in his last 4 and will enter as the underdog.
In the main event Seiya Tsutsumi will be up against Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], who desperately needs a win to get his career back on track. Sadly for Kuwabata we suspect Tsutsumi will be in a mood to make a statement after a frustrating 2020 that saw him score draws against Kazuki Nakajima and Daigo Higa. Although Kuwabata is a very talented fighter we can't help but feel the power and aggression of Tsutsumi will be too much for the skills of Kuwabata.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see unbeaten prospect Rei Nakajima (4-0) [中島玲] score the biggest win of his career, as he over-came former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-6-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], and took a decision win over the veteran.
On paper the bout was a massive step up in class for Nakajima. The unbeaten youngster was taking on his most notable foe so far. Hosokawa seemed to have almost all the advantages, being the bigger, stronger, longer, more powerful and more experienced fighters. That however proved to be for nought as Nakajima proved to be the quicker, smarter, better boxer.
From the opening stages Nakajima relied on his speed and movement. He was making Hosokawa miss, and nipping in and out with sharp, accurate shots. It was great gameplan from the diminutive youngster who looked really talented though out the early and mid rounds.
It wasn't until late into the bout that Hosokawa began to find his man, who was slowing down and feeling the pace a little bit more. In round 7 Hosokawa landed several good body shots, though his success was somewhat limited and in round 8 Nakajima again showed what he could do with his quicker movement and hand speed.
Despite the bout seeming to be a clear win for Nakajima, the judges actually had this one split. One judge some how, had Hosokawa winning 78-74, whilst the other two had Nakajima taking the decision 77-75. It should be noted that Nakajima, from Osaka, was in Tokyo for this bout, whilst Hosokawa wasn't just "fighting at home", but his promoter was also in charge of the show, which may have played a part in the scoring.
Following his win Nakajima stated that he wanted to get a Japanese Light Middleweight title fight as soon as possible. On the back of this performance that title fight might be a bit too soon, though we would love to see him take on Hironobu Matsunaga (17-1, 11) [松永 宏信] somewhere down the line.
On the same show there was a technical draw in the bout between Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] and Yoshihiro Utsumi (16-9-4, 10) [宇津見義広]. There was a headclash early on that left Utsumi cut, and in round 2 that cut worsened to the point where the bout had to be stopped.
For fans wanting to watch this one it will be put on Boxing Raise in the coming days.
With very few events in Japan hosting a crowd, and those that do only having limited crowds, one thing we've started to see is promoters beginning to have events streamed live on YouTube. We saw this twice in July and we're now set to get it this coming weekend with Green Tsuda today announcing some of their event "Crash Boxing Vol 20 in Hirakata" was being live streamed on August 9th.
The announcement revealed that the "BOXING REAL" channel on YouTube will show the 2 main bouts live, and one under-card bout, and will then host the under-card bouts the following day.
The bouts which will be streamed live will be the main event bout between Ryota Yada (19-6, 16) [矢田良太] and Takuya Fuji (7-5, 3) [藤井 拓也], the chief support bout, between Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Toshiki Shimomachi (11-1-2, 7) [下町俊貴] and Hiroki Hanabusa (8-0-3, 3) [英洸貴] and a mouth watering match up between Jinki Maeda (4-0,2 ) [前田稔輝] and Arashi Iimi (7-2, 7) [飯見嵐],
For Yada the bout will be his first since his 2019 epic with Yuki Beppu, that saw both men being dropped, hurt, rocked and Yada being, eventually, stopped. On paper he will be the big favourite, but it's fair to say that the bout with Beppu is one that could leave him a damaged fighter. Fuji on the other hand is fighting for just the second time since 2015.
As for the title bout the contest will be Shimomachi's first defense of the title and will see Hanabusa looking to claim his first belt. We've previewed this bout in a lot more detail here "Shimomachi takes on Hanabusa in Youth title defense!"
The bout between Maeda and Iimi will see Maeda look to build on his 2019 Rookie of the Year triumph, in which he beat Kyonosuke Kameda, whilst Iimi will be hoping to bounce back from a loss last year to Kenta Nomura. For those wanting to know more about Maeda he was actually the focus of this week's "Introducing" article, which can be read here Introducing... Jinki Maeda
For those needing a link to the channel that's here, and they currently have videos from the "REAL Spirits Vol 67" show they streamed in July, for those wanting to know what the quality is going to be like.
One more thing to note bout this show is that the scheduled bout between Takayuki Okumoto (23-9-4, 11) [奥本貴之] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] will not be taking place, and was cancelled several weeks ago. This means the show will only have 4 under-card bouts, and not 5, as some sites list.
According to reports in Japan 3 bouts, scheduled to take place in August, were cancelled today. Rather notably all 3 bouts listed as being cancelled features fighters from the Muto gym in Osaka.
The first of those bouts expected to take place was an August 9th clash between former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (23-9-4, 11) [奥本貴之] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1 2) [桑畑凜生]. This bout had been scheduled as an 8 round Bantamweight bout on a Green Tsuda promoted show at the City Sogo Gym in Hirakata City. This was going to be a comeback bout for both men, who lost in December, with Okumoto moving up in weight following the loss of the Japanese Super Flyweight title in on December 8th and Kuwabata looking to bounce back following a shock loss to Ken Jordan just 2 weeks later.
The other two bouts were both set for WOZ show on August 12th at the Rose Bunka Hall in Toyonaka.
One of these was a 4 round Lightweight bout, between Hibiki Yuasa (1-2) [湯浅響仁] and debutant Taime Ikeguchi (0-0) [池口大夢] whilst the other was the show's main event between Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] and former world title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平].
Whilst we'll admit not much was made Yuasa Vs Ikeguchi, despite Ikeguchi having previously been a successful power lighter, there was some anticipation to see how Nishida would cope with Omori in what looked like a massive leap up in class.
Sadly Kuwabata, Yuasa and Nishida are all fighters from the Muto gym in Osaka. Whether this is related to an outbreak of the "on going global sitation" in an Osaka gym is unclear, though it does seem rather coincidental if the two things aren't linked in some way.
Earlier today the Muto Gym, the Japanese partner of MTK Global in their "MTK Japan" expansion, held a press conference in Osaka to announce five bouts.
From the bouts two were already known about, but the other three weren't, and were completely new announcements.
The most notable of the bouts mentioned today was actually one that was revealed yesterday.
That was the Japanese Middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸]. Kunimoto, a Muto Gym fighter, will be getting his shot at the Japanese title on May 2nd as part of a Dynamic Glove card at Korakuen Hall, but he will be up against it as he takes on a dominant and heavy handed champion and it's clear he will be the under-dog.
Another bout that was known about before this press conference was a bout between Muto fighter Yusuke Mine (3-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] and former world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], which was announced earlier in the day. This bout will take place on March 30th at Korakuen Hall, and again it's the Muto fighter who will be regarded as the under-dog.
One of the bouts are set to take place on April 12th, and will see Tulio Kuwabata (3-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], also known as Dekanarudo Torio, look to bounce back from a December loss to Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (9-1-2, 8) as he takes on Japanese ranked fighter Kazuki Tanaka (11-3, 8) [田中一樹], who is looking to bounce back from a loss to Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] in a Japanese title eliminator. This looks like a ridiculous match up, at this point, for Kuwabata, who is talented but deserves an easy win after being blown out by Jordan. This is yet another case of the Muto fighter being the under-dog.
The two remaining bouts are both set for April 19th, and both look more competitive than the other three.
One of those will see Akio Furutani (8-4, 3) [古谷 昭男] take on Chikato Sumida (9-3, 1) [住田愛斗], in what is set to be an 8 round bout at Super Flyweight on "You Will Be the Champion 11". This looked really even on paper and Furutani, the Mutoh fighter, is probably the slight favourite.
The other bout, on the same card, will see Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] taking a massive step up in class as he is set to take on Matcha Nakagawa (13-2-1, 5) [武田航], in another 8 rounder, in what looks like a mouth watering match up. Although taking a huge step up Nishida does look like a special fighter and he maybe has the best chance of notching an upset.
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