Earlier today Korakuen Hall played host to the latest show from the long running Dyanmic Glove series of shows. The show wasn't the most notable in the series' history, but it was a chance for Teiken to show case some of their notable prospects, with the show held in front of just over 800 fans at Korakuen Hall, and a show that is set to be shown this coming week on NTV G+.
The show kicked off with the debut of former amateur stand out Hiroki Ogawa (1-0, 1) [小川寛樹], who took out Thai teenager Phongthep Bunchari (1-1, 1) in 4 rounds. Ogawa spent much of the first round pressing and poking, showing good patience, before moving through the gears as the bout went on, and in round 4 left hands to the body sent the Thai down for the 10 count.
In a second Japan Vs Thai bout we saw the once beaten Kenshi Noda (3-1, 1) [野田賢史] bounce back from a 2020 loss to Toshiki Kawamitsu, as he took a 6 round decision win over Kitidech Hirunsuk (9-3, 5). Noda controlled this bout through out, and after 6 rounds it was hard to give the Thai anything, in fact none of the judges gave him even a share of the round, turning in identical 60-54 scorecards for Noda.
Another bout that went the distance saw the highly skilled Junya Shimada (2-0) [嶋田淳也] take a decision over Rechel Calo (3-1, 1). Shimada was in control of much of this bout, and was aggressive through out, however Calo came to fight and was looking to land his heavy right hands through out, making Shimada take things serious and keep on his P's and Q's. A good win for Shimada, with scores of 60-54 and 59-55, twice, and one that saw him shaking some ring rust after more than a year out of the ring.
The fourth bout on the show saw the once beaten Hiromasa Urakawa (8-1, 6) [浦川大将] score a 4th round TKO win over Thai puncher Perapan Judkan (8-2, 7). The bout started with Urakawa being cautious, but by round 2 he had seen enough of the Thai to fight fire with fire, which resulted in some messy action and head clashes, with Judkan being deducted a point for use of the head in round 2. In round 4 a jaw sent Judkan down, and the referee waved off the bout without issuing a count.
We saw another 4th round TKO in the bout that followed, as the very promising Hiroto Yashiro (3-0, 3) [矢代博斗] over-came Thai visitor Suphaphon Hanvichachay (3-1, 2), in a battle of southpaws. Yashiro started well, and looked sharp, but was caught by a clean left hand in round 2. Yashiro covered from that left hand and finished the round struggle, before hammering the Thai in round 4, forcing the visiting team to throw in the towel and save their man.
In the chief support bout of the show former standout amateur Gonte Lee (4-0-1, 2) [李健太] made light work of Moo Hyun Kim (9-3, 5), scoring a 2nd round TKO. Lee measured his range well through the opening round before dropping Kim with a short left hand in round 2. Kim beat the count but was under pressure immediately and the referee stopped the bout 50 seconds into the round. After the bout Lee stated that his aim was to become the Japanese champion, and whilst he is some way from a Japanese title fight, it does seem likely he will get a shot in the next year or two, and he certainly has the tools to become a fixture on the title scene.
The main event of the show saw Ryota Toyoshima (16-2-1, 10) [豊嶋亮太] retain the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, as he stopped Filipino challenger Adam Diu Abdulhamid (17-11, 9) in 5 rounds. Toyoshima looked the more polished fighter from the off, and landed to the body well in the opening, before mixing up more body shots in round 2. Abdulhamid tried to counter back but failed to get the breakthroughs he was wanting and couldn't slow down the champion who kept pressing and kept landing, eventually forcing a stoppage in round 5, with the referee saving the challenge, whi was on the back foot and offering very little.
Earlier today Mutoh Gym held a press conference to announce You Will Be the Champion 14, which will take place on October 9th at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka.
It was announced that the main event of the show sill see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida (5-0, 1) [西田凌佑] defending his title against Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-1, 6).
The bout will serve as Nishida's second defense of the title, which he won with a decision over Daigo Higa in April 2021, and will see Pelesio stepping up massively for his first title bout and his first bout outside of the Philippines. Entering the bout Nishida is world ranked by the IBF, WBO and WBC, as well as the #1 ranked fighter with the OPBF. Pelesio on the other hand is the #15 ranked challenger for Nishida's title, and also holds an OPBF ranking.
Whilst the main event was announced the rest of the card wasn't, though there were some fighters announced for the show. One of those was the fast rising Kaito Yamasaki (3-0, 1) [山崎海斗], who will compete in an 8 round bout at Featherweight, and Takeru Inoue (0-0) [井上彪], who will be in a 6 round. The talented Inoue went an impressive 56-14 as an amateur, winning two notable national competitions and is tipped for big things over the coming years as the Mutoh gym continue to snap up some of the best prospects in Japanese.
Tomorrow fight fans will be able to see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Ryota Toyoshima (15-2-1, 9) [豊嶋亮太] look to continue his impressive recent form and defend his WBO Asia Pacific title, as he takes on Filipino challenger Adam Diu Abdulhamid (17-10, 9).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales the champion was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 146.4lbs, and he looked in great shape. He about making weight easily and being in great condition, with the intention being to put in good performance tomorrow and show what he can do. Regarding his foe, he was aware of the power of Albulhamid, and also his balance and guard, but suggested that he'd stop the challenger, and put in a better performance than he did at any point last year. He also added that he was wanting to continue his climb towards a world title fight.
As for the challenger, he was also 146.4lbs. Notably he admitted having not seen any footage of Toyoshima, though admitted that he seemed big and strong. We've got to admit it is a worry that for Abdulhamid backers that he has never seen Toyoshima, given that footage of the champion is out there, and we do feel like that might be a bit of a mistake for what is the most important fight of his career so far.
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Earlier today it was announced that Yoshimitsu Kimura (13-2-1, 8) [木村吉光] would be returning to the ring on August 30th to face off with Kanehiro Nakagawa (11-6, 5) [中川兼玄] in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
The two men attended a press conference earlier today to announce the bout which has come about due to no date being set for a rescheduled bout between Kimura and French warrior Samir Ziani (33-3-1, 8), who were supposed to fight in May but financial issues forced the bout to be cancelled at short notice.
The bout is, interesting, a rematch between two men who fought back in 2017. In their first bout the then unbeaten Kimura took a hard decision over Nakagawa, who fell to 4-5 and didn't look like he was going to mount a serious charge with his career. Since then Kimura has gone on to win the OPBF Super Featherweight title, beating Kosuke Saka for it late last year, and pushed Hironori Mishiro all the win in an instant classic in 2019. As for Nakagawa he has gone 8-1 since their first bout, scoring notable wins over Seiichi Okada, Ryuto Araya, Ken Osato, Taiki Minamoto and Shinnosuke Hasegawa.
At the press conference Kimura admitted that his motivation did drop after the issues with the Ziani bout being cancelled, but due to Nakagawa being a strong fighter he understands he needs to be focused on this contest, and looks to claim the second title of his career. As for Nakagawa he admitted his focus was on getting revenge for the loss to Kimura, and making the most of getting a title fight, after needing to pull out of a scheduled bout in April against Japanese champion Kosuke Saka.
Earlier today Ohashi Gym announced that unbeaten Japanese and WBO Asian Pacific Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (20-0, 15) [平岡アンディ] would be returning to the ring on September 13th to defend his WBO Asia Pacific title for the third time.
The unbeaten champion, who won the title late last year when he stopped Jin Sasaki, has had a good year so far, stopping both Cristiano Aoqui and Shun Akaiwa, and in September will be looking to add Filipino slugger Alvin Lagumbay (13-5-1, 11) to his resume, with the "Time Bomb" being Hiraoka's next challenger.
The bout, which headlines a Phoenix Battle card at Korakuen Hall, is a dangerous one for the champion. Hiraoka will, understandably, enter as the favourite but Japanese fans will remember Lagumbay's previous bouts in Japan, which included a loss to Kazuki Saito, who he dropped before losing to, and Keita Obara, who he stopped in dramatic fashion in April 2018 before losing a rematch 4 months later. Although not a great boxer Lagumbay is a proven power puncher and Hiraoka will know he can't take too many risks here.
Also set for this card is 23 year old prospect Keisuke Matsumoto (5-0, 5) [松本圭佑], who takes on domestic foe Ryota Ishida (11-3, 6) [石田凌太], in what is a solid looking 8 rounder at Featherweight. Another notable Ohashi prospect on the show will be Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0-2, 2) [中垣龍汰朗], who faces unbeaten Watanabe Gym hopeful Kyotaro Yoshida (2-0) [吉田京太郎] in a mouth watering clash of unbeatens.
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