Earlier today Kadoebi Gym announced that their next "Slugfest" show would be taking place on March 24th with some limited details about the event also being announced, though no bouts have been confirmed at this moment in time.
From the limited details announced we know that the main event will feature the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], who will be back in the ring for his first fight since his draw with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa [比嘉 大吾], last October.
Also confirmed for the show are Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], former multi-time world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], the always fun to watch 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], who made his very impressive debut yesterday at Korakuen Hall.
Although details of the show are scarce at the moment Kadoebi have stated that they will announce further details in the near future.
Given the imagine they have posted along with their announcement we suspect the show will be shown on Boxing Raise, potentially as the services live card for the month of March.
For those who missed Tsutsumi's bout with Higa we've included the video of the bout below.
Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall got the latest show from Kadoebi. Although it wasn't a huge show, and had been a show cut apart by injuries that saw two bouts being cancelled in the build up to it.
Despite bouts falling through there was 3 bouts of note that were still on the show.
Th first of those saw former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (31-6-1, 14) [粉川拓也] prove there was still life in his career, not something we expected. The veteran took on domestic foe Hayato Yamaguchi (15-9-1, 2) [山口隼人] and managed to secure a 6th round TKO. The bout was competitive and exciting early on, with both men fighting well on the inside in round 2, as the pace picked up but by round 4 the physical strength and power of Kogawa started to break down the naturally smaller Yamaguchi. Despite being on the wrong end of things Yamaguchi dug his toes in, but it was for nought and he was stopped in round 6 when Kogawa landed a series of unanswered shots.
With the win Kogawa essentially saves his career, which looked done when he was knocked out by Jayr Raquinel last year. As for Yamaguchi it's unclear where he goes form this loss.
The second bout of note saw the hard hitting Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] pick up his second win as a professional as he stopped Masashi Wakita (10-10-2, 5) [脇田将士] inside a round. From the off Saito pressed and pressured, using his physical strength to bully Wakita on to the ropes and around the ring. From there on Saito just unloaded, whilst Wakita tried to fight back. Part way through the round Saito's pressure forced Wakita to the canvas. To his credit Wakita got to his feet but the referee waved off the bout.
For those wondering why we're excited about a guy who started the day 1-1-2, Saito is a really, really exciting guy to watch, and we saw that here. He was a good amateur, and although he's not shone as a professional he is so much fun to watch and well worth following.
The main event saw Japanese ranked Lightweights clash as Kazuki Saito (7-3, 6) [斎藤一貴] faced off with Tatsuya Yanagi (17-6-2, 7) [柳達也].
Yanagi got the first break through of the fight in the second round, dropping Saito with a left hook. The shot landed solidly, but it didn't seem like a huge shot, and was sadly a case of what we've seen before, Saito not having a great chin. To his credit Saito fought back well, making a fight of things in the following rounds. That was until round 6, when Saito found himself pinned on the ropes and Yanagi unloaded until the referee stepped in to save him from further punishment.
For Yanagi this moves him a step closer to a Japanese title fight, whilst Saito's career really is hanging by a thread now, following a third loss in 5 bouts for the talented, though fragile Kadoebi promoted Lightweight.
For fans wanting to watch these bouts they have already been uploaded to the brilliant Boxing Raise service.
Back in January we reported that former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (19-2, 13) [岡田 博喜] would be returning to the ring on March 26th at Korakuen Hall, in an 8 round bout against Korean fighter Hwang Kil Kim (11-2, 5) [김황길]. Today that bout was confirmed, with Kadoebi going further than just confirming the bout, but giving the full line up of the show, which will be SLUGFEST 14.
The card, which will feature only 8 round bouts, is a really interesting one, not just due to it being Okada's first bout in Japan in almost 2 years, but because several of the bouts are very well matched, or feature notable names.
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也] look to bounce back from a heavy KO defeat to Jay-R Raquinel last year. Kogawa will be up against Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8-1, 2) [山口隼人], in what should be a relatively safe fight for Kogawa's health, but not a gimme at all, given that Yamaguchi is a talented fighter but a light hitting one. Whilst this isn't a gimme, it is a must win for Kogawa, who turns 35 in April.
Another notable fighter on this show is OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (39-7-1, 33) [渡部あきのり], who fights in a non-title bout against Panturak Namtong (13-5-1, 9), in what looks like a stay busy bout for the Oriental champion.
In terms of more interesting fights we'll see Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (14-9-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] face off with Fumisuke Kimura (9-5-1, 6) [木村文祐], in what should be a very explosive 140lb bout, between two men who are limited, but can punch. An equally interesting match up will see Yoji Saito (1-1-2, 1) [齊藤陽ニ] take on Takahiro Araki (12-9, 2) [荒木貴裕], in what should be a very brutal match up, given the styles of the two men involved.
Arguable the most interesting of the bouts will see the highly regarded Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] fight in his first 8 rounder as he takes on 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yoshiki Minato (8-3, 3) [湊義生], in a very good looking step up for Hiromoto.
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Earlier this week Kadoebi revealed that the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" card would be Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] at Korakuen Hall. Now the promoter has gone on to reveal details from the under-card of that show, and it's become a really good card, as we expect from Kadoebi.
The chief support bout will see highly regarded Japanese prospect Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4) [山内涼太] look to bounce back from a controversial loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, as he takes on world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5, 5). The Filipino visitor has won his last 7 in a row, including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak, Ronguo Wu and Esneth Domingo and is on a good run, whilst Yamauchi will be looking to get back on the fast track to the top with a win. This is, our eyes, a better match up than the main event.
Another leading support bout will see Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and Takayuki Sakai (9-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之] clash in a bout between two JBC ranked Lightweights. Interestingly both men enter with JBC rankings, but each also has a regional ranking, with Kasuya having a WBO Asia Pacific rankings and Sakai having an OPBF ranking.
In a notable contest Mikio Sakai (0-0), will make his professional debut after going 44-22 (19) in the amateurs. The debutant will be matched hard with Japanese based Colombian puncher Elfelos Vega (7-6, 5). Vega has lost 4 of his last 5, but has shared the ring with the likes of Takeshi Inoue and Charles Bellamy during that stretch.
One other fighter of note in action on this show will be Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ], though his opponent hasn't been named. This will be his first bout since fighting to a draw with Aso Ishiwaki earlier in the year.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans got an absolute treat of a show thanks to several brilliant match ups. The card, shown on G+, won't get rave reviews in the West but we do tip our hats to the promoter for the quality of bouts and the excellent match making through the show.
The card had a number of excellent bouts on it, starting with a 6 round war between Rookie of the Year runner up Aso Ishiwaki (5-2-1, 3) [石脇麻生] and the hard hitting Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ]. On paper this wasn't going to be a bout that got many talking unless you followed the Japanese scene, but it was arguably the bout of the card, as both men gave their all. Saito started brilliantly, getting inside and working hard shots up close. It seemed like he would break Ishiwaki down, but instead he began to flag heavily in round 3 as Ishiwaki really began to take the fight to him, and it was Ishiwaki who seemed to do enough to deserve the win after out working Saito over the final 4 rounds. In the end however the judges had the bout a split draw, with scores of 58-56 to Iwshiwaki, 58-57 to Saito and 57-57. We really do need to wonder about the 58-57 card, which we can't come to any defense of, though 57-57 was fair enough, as Saito may have done just enough to edge round 5.
A second notable bout saw 2017 Rookie of the Year winner Hironori Shigeta (6-1-1, 3) [重田裕紀] take a clear decision win over the limited but game Mitsumasa Takahashi (9-6-1, 3) [高橋光政]. The once beaten Shigeta dropped his man in the opening round and put on a bit of a show case of ring control as he easily won the bout, though showed a few flaws that we expect fighters will take advantage of in the future. Although clearly too skilled, too fast and too smart for Takahashi, who constantly brought the pressure, Shigeta does seem like a very lead hand focused southpaw, and does waste movement. Though there is a real talent for his team mould. He won this one 60-54, 60-53 and 59-54.
In a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title eliminator, as Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] pressured and broke hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-4, 5) [富岡哲也]. Tomioka, who has never heard the final bell, was under pressure from the off and after being dropped in round 2 he really had no answer, and was saved by the referee as Sato went to work. Sato is an absolute nightmare to fight and looks like he will clearly be in the mix for titles well beyond youth level in the coming years. He will face the winner of the April 11th bout between Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] and Hizuki Saso (10-5-1, 3) [佐宗緋月].
The only bout that was actually poor saw Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] struggle to get going against Filipino Anthony Marcial (24-4-1, 22). This was a disappointing and messy affair, though it did end in very impressive fashion, with Aoqui landing a sensational left hand to knock out Marcial in round 5. It was a highlight to an other forgettable match up.
A second sensational finish came only a few minutes later when hard hitting Middleweight Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝] took out Thai visitor Chaiwat Mueanphong (4-4, 2) in the second round, with a brutal left hand. Tyson, who was fighting for the first time since joining the Kadoebi gym, impressed here and we're going to look forward to what he does next.
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