Earlier today fight fans at the EDION Arena in Osaka got the latest show from Green Tsuda, with the legendary promotional stable putting on "Crashing Boxing Vol 22". The show wasn't among the biggest events held by the promoter but it was certainly an interesting card, featuring two of our favourite prospects from East Japan.
In total there was 6 bouts that took place, with one other being scheduled for the show but cancelled several weeks ago. That cancelled bout was supposed to be a clash between Hibiki Takno (4-3-1) [高杢響] and Hideotshi Takane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿] but was cancelled when Takane suffered an back in March.
The show opened with unbeaten hopeful Ryuichi Kitazono (2-0, 2) [北園 龍一] scoring his second stoppage win, as he defeated teenager Iori Yamamoto (0-2) [山本 伊織]. This was a dramatic fight, with Yamamoto dropping his man in the first round and being all over him at the end of the round, before the bell saved Kitazono. Kitazono managed to get a knockdown of his own in round 2, as he landed a clean right hand just before the bell. The fight then came to an end in round 3 when a brutal left hook from Kitazono damaged his man and forced Kitazone to be saved.
The second bout also ended in the third round, with Motoki Morimoto (1-2-1, 1) [森本 元樹] stopping the debuting Tatsuya Asai (0-1) [浅井 達也], and claiming his first win. This started slowly but gradually got going in round 2 as the pace warmed up, and Morimoto dropped Asai with a classy counter. In round 3 Asai seemed hungry and determined to turn things around, but was caught by a big 1-2 and the referee was forced to stop save the debuting youngster.
The third bout also ended in an early finish as Korean born Japanese based hopeful Youngdoo Choi (4-0, 4) stopped Kaito Okubo (5-3, 2) [大久保 海都] in the 4th round. The heavy handed Choi, who had so far fought all his bouts in Thailand and last fought in 2018, dropped Okubo in round 3 and then again in round 4, with a follow up attack forcing the referee to step in in round 4 and save Okubo from further punishment.
Whilst this was Choi's Japanese debut, we can imagine the aggressive nature and his power connecting with Japanese very quickly, and we're really hoping he can build on this win in the near future as Korean boxing really does need a bright hopeful to get behind.
The first of the well known Japanese prospects on this card was Jinki Maeda (7-0, 4) [前田稔輝], who had a bit of a scare against the under-rated Yushi Fujita (9-9-4, 2) [藤田 裕史]. This started tensely and Fujita used his experience and made Maeda miss, and look like a novice at times. In round 4 a counter left hand dropped Maeda, who seemed genuinely hurt when he got back to his feet and had to regroup mentally. After the knockdown Maeda boxed well, showed good composure and did enough to earn the decision, doing so with scores of 78-73, twice, and 77-74.
Despite being dropped this was the perfect type of match up for Maeda. He took on an awkward, experienced, southpaw. He suffered a knockdown, had to grit his teeth and did enough to earn a clear decision, but a hard earned one. The perfect learning experience and a bout that he seemed to feel taught him a lot. That is never a bad thing.
The biggest surprise on this card saw the light punching Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平宗忍] score his second career stoppage, as he defeated Ryosuke Nasu (12-7-3, 2) [那須亮祐] in 3 rounds, in a bout that we assumed was always going to go the distance. Nihei targeted the body in round 1, whilst Nasu looked to establish his jab. As the bout went on the bout became more violent, with the two men both standing and letting shots go, until the very end of round 3, when a big right hand from Nihei dropped Nasu on the bell. Nasu narrowly beat the count, but the referee was of the view that Nasu wasn't fit to continue and waved off the bout at an official time of 3:10 of round 3.
In the main event former Japanese Youth champion Toshiki Shimomachi (13-1-2, 9) [下町俊貴] scored his latest win, stopping Thunder Teruya (7-9-1, 4) [サンダー照屋] in round 3. From the off Shimomachi was slippery, fast and sharp. He was making Teruya miss through the first round and in round 2, when Teruya pressed more, he was still unable to have consistent success against his slippery opponent, who was landing some eye catching shots. In round 3 Shimomachi turned the screw further, and landed some sensational shots on Teruya who staggered into the ropes and needed saving by the referee as Shimomachi began to land at will.
Impressively for Shimomachi this bout saw him moving from his natural Super Bantamweight up to Super Featherweight and still shining. He admitted that Teruya's power was more than he was used to, though that proved not to matter. The plan now is for him to go back to his natural weight and try to secure a title fight, potentially with Japanese champion Gakuya Furuhashi (27-8-1, 15) [古橋大輔], in what would be an amazing match up or defense against offense.
For fight fans with the Boxing Raise service, this show will be made available in the coming days, allowing fans to see all the bouts on the event.
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