Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans were able to attend the latest show in the "Dynamic Young Fight" series of shows from Yamaguchi Tsuchiura Promotions.
The card was originally planned to have 5 bouts, but a contest featuring veteran Tatsuya Takahashi (32-9-6, 21) [高橋 竜也] was scrapped earlier this month, leaving us with just 4 contests in total. The reason for the cancellation was never made public, though it is worth noting that Takahashi's original opponent had been replaced before the bout was scrapped.
The first bout on the show was a blink and you miss it affair, as Masaya Suga (1-0, 1) [須賀 将哉] got rid of Tatsuhiko Kumada (0-1) [熊田 龍彦] in just 27 seconds. Despite this being a super short bout, Suga dropped Kumada twice in 27 seconds, with the referee waving off the bout after the second knockdown.
The second bout saw the unbeaten Shingo Koyasu (2-0, 2) [小安 愼悟] score his second professional win, as he stopped the debuting Rikita Negishi (0-1) [根岸 力太] in the second round. Koyasu made the most of a 15cm height advantage early on, using his his reach an range well in the opening round. In the second round Negishi managed to get close and tried to force a war up and neutralise the the reach of Koyasu. Sadly being for Negishi that back fired, and uppercut from Koyasu dropped his man. Negishi beat the count but was under pressure straight away as Koyasu forced the stoppage.
The penultimate bout on the show saw 23 year old hopeful Tetsuya Kondo (6-2, 4) score his latest win, as he knocked out Yuya Nemoto (6-10-3, 1) in the second round. Kondo dropped his man just before the end of the opening round, after landing some solid shots through the round. Nemoto tried to get a foot hold in the bout in round 2, but was dropped from a right hook late in the round, and he failed to beat the count.
The main event saw two Japanese ranked Featherweights clash as Daisuke Watanabe (12-4-2, 7) [渡部大介] battled against Yosuke Kawano (14-10-2, 8) [河野洋佑] in a scheduled 8 rounder. This started at a good pace at mid range, before Watanabe started to close the distance in round 2, breaking Kawano down with body shots. To his credit Kawano tried to respond with right hands and had moments of his own, but seemed to be taking more than he was giving. In round 7 however Watanabe put a close to the bout, as he rocked Kawano with a right hand, then followed up whilst Kawano was retreating.
For Watanbe, who entered tanked #3 by the JBC, this is another good win in an 8 fight unbeaten run which has seen him over-come Dai Iwai, Richard Pumicpic and Shingo Kusano, as well as winning the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament. That winning run has very much left him banging on the door for his first title fight, and in fairness he deserves one, despite having 4 losses to his name. As for Kawano he will likely find himself dropping out of the JBC rankings.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans will get the next show under the "Dynamic Young Fight" series. The card, although a small one, does have a mouth watering main event as Yosuke Kawano (14-9-2, 8) [河野洋佑] takes on Daisuke Watanabe (11-4-2, 6) [渡部大介] in a very good looking 8 rounder at Featherweight.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both made the divisional limit with ease.
On the scales Watanabe was 125.7lbs, and he looked in solid shape. Coming into the bout he is ranked #3 by the JBC at Featherweight, and could well be in line for a shot at the Japanese title, held by Ryo Sagawa, in the near future if he can score a win tomorrow. Despite his sketchy looking record he is unbeaten since 2018, when he lost to Reiya Abe, and is 5-0-2 (3) since with wins over Dai Iwai, Richard Pumipic and Shingo Kusano, and he managed to win the Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament in 2020.
Kowano on the other hand was even further under the limit, weighing in at 125.2lbs. As with Watanabe he looked in solid shape himself. Entering this bout he is ranked #17 by the JBC and a win here would see him shoot up the rankings towards a title fight, however he is the big under-dog. Despite being the under-dog he does have some momentum himself, following a win in September over Daichi Matsuura, and given his style and toughness he will certainly not be an easy opponent for Watanabe, despite what his record might suggest, and he'll know that a win will open up serious doors for him on the domestic scene.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw 2-time Japanese Featherweight title challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (13-9-1, 4) [大坪竜也] battle against Yosuke Kawano (13-5, 7) [今野裕介], in a contest between two Japanese ranked Featherweights.
The bout ended up being amazingly competitive, from the first round to the final bell.
Both men stood their ground through much of the contest, in an exciting back and forth war. There was was moments where both men looked to feel the pace, but neither man really wanted to back off, leading to a really exciting contest, even if the skill level wasn't massively high. Instead of skills and boxing IQ being on show fans were instead given a treat of action, heart and desire.
Given how competitive the contest was there was very little to split the men. The judges however gave the bout to Otsubo with a majority decision, thanks to scores of 77-76, twice, and 76-76.
The win won't automatically get Otsubo a third shot at a title, but certainly keeps him in the mix. Sadly for Kowano the loss is a hit to his hopes, but he too is still in the mix, and may well get a rematch given how good this bout was.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall has a chance to see a show promoted by Hideki Todaka. The card wasn't a high profile one, but did feature a number of Japanese ranked fighters, several of which were in pretty interesting match ups.
One of those notable names was JBC ranked Welterweight Cobra Suwa (20-13-2, 12) [コブラ諏訪], who bounced back from his November 2017 loss to Nobuyuki Shindo by blasting out an over-matched Thai foe in just 53 seconds.
One of the more interesting match ups pitted Japanese ranked Super Featherweights against each other, with Kazuma Sanpei (15-4, 6) [三瓶数馬] coming out on top against Kei Iwahara (8-5, 4) [岩原慶]. The bout was a really well matched one on paper, with both fighters just outside the JBC top 10, but in the end Sanpei's experience proved too much for Iwahara, with his team tossing in the towel mid way through round 6.
Another bout between Japanese ranked fighters was the main event, which pitted two JBC top 15 Featherweights against each other. This bout saw Dai Iwai (22-5-1, 7) [岩井大] out point Yosuke Kawano (12-7-2, 6) [河野洋佑] over 8 rounds to take a huge step towards getting a Japanese title fight, potentially against JBC Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto. This was a really competitive bout, though Iwai's experience helped him to the decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75, twice.
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