Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see a trio of B Class tournament bouts.
One of those was a a Flyweight bout which saw former amateur stand out Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] battle against Yasuhiro Tanaka (5-4-2) [田中 康寛]. On paper this looked like a huge step up in class for the novice but he quickly showed what he was all about by controlling the distance with a razor jab and incredibly crisp footwork. After the early moments he began to look settled and started to hold his feet more, landing solid body shots on the inside.
The power of Shiba seemed to hurt Tanaka in the second round, but Tanaka wasn't going to fold that easily, despite eating some big shots from the novice.
The dominate from Shiba continued whilst he showed he could do a bit of every thing. He was switching between pressure fighting and counter punching going from outside fighter to physically imposing guy on the inside.
The accumulation of Shiba's shots were taking a toll on the brave, but thoroughly out matched, Tanaka, who suffered a pretty nasty cut above his left eye. The cut was bad by it's self but with Shiba really toying with his man the cut was the least of Tanaka's worries as he continued eating leather.
In round 5, with Tanaka on the ropes and covering up the referee waved off the bout. It wasn't a perfectly timed stoppage by any stretch, but it was an educated mercy stoppage to save Tanaka from any more punishment. He was well behind on the cards, and really had no chance of turning it around by the time the referee stepped in. Even Tanaka knew that he had no chance and seemed to happily accept the stoppage, which really was a case of stopping his suffering, rather than denying him a chance of turning thing around.
Given this was just Shiba's second professional bout we were massively impressed, and genuinely can't wait to see him in action again. Tanaka was several levels below, but proved to be game, and put up a decent against a man who looks like he's going to go very, very far.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, and subscribers to the excellent Boxingraise subscription service, had the chance to watch a trio of B class tournaments, all of which were excellent bouts and incredibly competitive bouts.
The first of the three tournament bouts was at Flyweight, as Yasuhiro Tanaka (5-3-2) [田中 康寛] out pointed Satoshi Tanaka (4-5, 1) [田中公士]. The bout was hotly contested, but Yasuhiro Tanaka was just that touch better than his namesake, and got the well deserved win, though did have to work incredibly hard for it. Notably this was Yasuhiro Tanaka's first bout since September 2015, when he was beaten by Tatsuji Kakumoto. With this win Yasuhiro Tanaka has sealed a place in the tournament final against former amateur stand out Rikito Shiba (1-0) [芝力人], in what should be an amazing bout.
The second of the 5 round tournament bouts saw Featherweights trade blows, with 22 year old Kanehiro Nakagawa (5-5, 3) [中川兼玄] claiming a split decision over Tasuku Nakagawa (7-4-1, 3) [中川祐]. This was more hotly contested than the Flyweight bout, and there was very little to seperate the two men who seemed to have been amazingly well matched and we'd love to see these two go at it again, especially given the exciting way the contest finished with the two men trading hard blows. Sadly for Kanehiro Nakagawa he's now got a very tough final against Ren Sasaki (7-0, 5) [佐々木蓮].
On paper it was the third bout that really had us excited as touted teenager Junpei Inamoto (2-0, 1) [稲元 純平] battled against the under-rated Taiga Higashi (5-3, 2) [東大河], and Inamoto was given a real scare when a solid right hook from Higashi landed clean and dropped Inamoto in round 2. The knockdown left Inamoto in trouble through out the round, but he would regroup and use his skills to take the win, and learn some valuable lessons along the way. Whilst this was an excellent win for Inamoto, it does lead him to another tricky fight, as he takes on Seiya Tsutsumi (1-0, 1) [堤聖也] in his final, in what is a truly mouth watering novice match up.
For those wonfering, all the final bouts will take place on September 4th and will, like today's show, be promoted by the Dangan team.
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