Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we saw the latest show from Hideyuki Ohashi.
The early part of the card was really interesting, with 3 successive draws on the card, from the first 4 bouts. The first of those saw Keigo Nakayama (4-2-1, 3) [中山 慶伍] fight to a majority draw with Hisaya Kishibe (5-3-2, 3) [岸部 久也], over 6 rounds. The second saw Tairan Yokote (7-4-1, 3) [横手 太嵐] fight to a draw with Kei Fujita (6-2-1, 4) [藤田 圭], also over 6 rounds. The third draw, this time over 8 rounds, saw Kantaro Juri (4-0-1, 2) [重里 侃太朗] being held by Filipino visitor Danrick Sumabong (12-2-1, 9), in what was a split decision.
We almost for a 4th straight draw but Ryutaro Nakagaki (3-0-2, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] managed to do just enough to edge past Kyotaro Yoshida (2-1) [吉田京太郎], with Nakagaki taking a majority decision win here. This was high level stuff from both early on, with both showing off some excellent boxing as their amateur backgrounds shined through. In the later stages however Nakagaki began to find his range and his tempo and came on strong as Yoshida began to tire. It was the strong finish from Nakagaki that proved to be the difference maker, but this was razor close with scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76 coming in from the judge.
The chief support bout saw the highly touted Keisuke Matsumoto (6-0, 6) [松本圭佑] continue his destructive run as he stopped Ryota Ishida (11-4, 6) [石田凌太] in the second round of their bout. The first round saw Matsumoto land a few solid shots, but he bided his time before landing a brutal counter left hook in round 2. The shot seemed to turn Ishida's lights off and Matsumoto followed up, sending Ishida to the canvas, with the referee waving the bout off swiftly.
In the main event we saw WBO Asian Pacific Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (21-0, 16) [平岡アンディ] easily retain his title, as he stopped Filipino puncher Alvin Lagumbay (13-6-1, 11), to score his third defense of the title. In the opening round Hiraoka looked to fight safely, using his jab to control the distance, and also managed to land a solid right hook. In the second round Lagumbay got tagged by a hard straight left hand, and a follow up attack forced Lagumbay to stagger into the ropes, leaving the referee with no option other than to stop the bout aft 2 minutes 27 seconds of the round.
After the win it was revealed that promoter Hideyuki Ohashi has plans to have Hiroka out once more this year, with Hiraoka pencilled into defend his WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese titles. Although there was no details when that defense will come, it does seem likely that the bout will take place on the under-card of the planned Bantamweight unification bout between Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20) [井上 尚弥] and Paul Butler (34-2, 15), which is rumoured for December 13th,
Earlier today it was announced that Tsubasa Murachi (8-1-1, 3) [村地 翼] would get his second shot at a title on October 30th, as he battles Filipino foe Wilbert Berondo (16-5-2, 6) for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight, at the FujisanMesse in Fuji.
The talented Murachi, who looks to become the first title holder from the Suruga Danji gym, first attempted to win this title back in 2019, when he fought Froilan Saludar. In that bout Murachi dropped Saludar, before being stopped himself in the 8th round, in a bout that seemed to come far too early for him. Since then he has gone 4-0-1, but all 5 of those bouts have been against domestic competition, and he's not looked great at times, being held to a draw a year ago by Yuto Nakamura and struggling to a decision to Musashi Yoshino in February.
Berondo on the other hand will be getting his most notable fight to date. The 26 year old debuted in 2014 and reeled off 10 straight wins before being stopped by the then highly touted Hinata Maruta in 2016. Since that loss he has gone 6-4-2 with notable bouts against Vincent Astrolabio, who stopped him in 8, and Kenshin Oshima, who took a decision over him.
For both men this is a must win. A loss will be really hard for Murahi to bounce back from, even at this stage in his career, but for Berondo it's almost unthinkable for him to get another notable bout at this level.
Ozaki shines on debut, Ishida picks up win over stubborn Medura, Kano and Inoue give us 12 round thriller
Earlier today fights fans in Osaka has a really interesting card show casing a debutant, who took part in a cameo of sorts, along with a former world title challenger getting in some solid rounds and a brilliant bout for a regional title.
The first of those 3 notable bouts saw 19 year old former amateur standout Yuga Ozaki (1-0, 1) [尾崎 優日] quickly destroy Narathip Sungsut (5-9, 2), with devastating body work. The Thai was down twice in just over a minute as Ozaki kicked his career off in perfect fashion. Tougher tests will come for him, but the youngster looked like he had the "IT" factor here, and we expect to see him going a very long way over the next 10 or so years.
In the chief support bout we saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (31-3, 16) [石田匠] go 8 rounds with Filipino tough guy Alvin Medura (10-7, 7). Medura was dropped in round 2, from some vicious body shots, and it seemed like Ishida was going to get him out of these in the following rounds. Instead Medura showed his toughness, and recovered really well, though never managed to really be competitive, losing every round of the bout to the more skilled Ishida. After 8 rounds all 3 judges had this 80-71 and there was no real argument about those scores, with Medura's toughness and heart being his most notable asset in a bout that saw him come off second best throughout.
The main event made up for the uncompetitive action with Ozaki and Ishida, and gave us what may well be one of the best bouts of the weekend, as Riku Kano (20-4-1, 10) [加納 陸] narrowly over-came Yuga Inoue (13-3-1, 2) [井上夕雅] in a sensational high tempo 12 round war for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title. The men regularly found themselves trading blows, with Inoue's jab being his key weapon, and being a solid jab, whilst Kano picked spots for short counters, lovely body shots and flashy combinations. The bout was a back and forth thriller, and whilst neither fight ever looked badly hurt, both landed a lot of leather in a bout that really could have gone either way. After 12 rounds Kano took the decision 115-113, twice, and 116-112, though Inoue certainly made a case for deserving the bout himself. This really was a fantastic contest, that saw both men putting in arguably their best performances so far. The loss for Inoue isn't the end of the world, and we expect to see him bouncing back better, whilst Kano has proven himself as a solid Flyweight, and it's going to be very fun to see where these two go from this bout.
Back in late June we saw former 3 weight world champion Kosei Tanaka (17-1, 10) [田中恒成] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, with a stoppage win over Masayoshi Hashizume (19-1-2, 11) [橋詰 将義] at Korakuen Hall. At the time it was expected that Tanaka wouldn't hold the title long, instead using it to focus on pursuing a 4th world title.
Today it was confirmed that Tanaka was indeed not looking to have a long reign with the regional title, vacating it earlier today, to focus on getting a world title fight. At the time of writing he is ranked in the top 10 by 3 of the 4 world title bodies, and will be sniffing around a shot at either the WBO, WBC or IBF titles, with the WBA inexplicably not ranking Tanaka at the time of writing.
Whilst Tanaka's intention of getting a world title fight at 115lbs is obvious, what is less clear is who will be looking to fill the vacancy. At the time of writing Japanese champion Kenta Nakagawa (22-4-1, 12) [中川健太] is the top ranked challenger, with Andrew Moloney (24-2, 16) being ranked #2 and Donnie Nietes (43-2-6, 23) being ranked #3, opening the doors to some very interesting potential bouts to fill the void left by Tanaka's decision.
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.
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