Yesterday it was announced that once touted Japanese hopeful Yuichiro Kasuya (14-5-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎] had retired from the sport, ending his career at the age of 25.
Kasuya had made a notable impact very early in his career. He debuted in 2014, aged 17, and won the All Japan Rookie of the Year that same year, beating Masashi Wakita in the final. Following that win there was huge expectation on his shoulders, and big hope that he would go on to become of a star. Sadly however after starting his career 9-0 (1) things began to go down hill and he quickly slipped to 9-2-1, with his lack of power becoming a major issue over the 8 round distance.
He would take time away from the ring in 2018. When he returned he would win 3 in a row and reinject momentum into his career, but would then go 1-3-1, with back to back stoppage defeats, before calling an end to his career.
Kasuya told Boxmob that "Boxing was my youth, it was awesome", but that he was taking more shots in sparring and his reactions were slowing. Following his loss to Jirolian Riku earlier this year, he essentially decided that was the end and decided to retire.
Kasuya's plan for the future seems to be based around a fitness gym, and given his fitness that seems to be a smart idea for the former fighter, who still has his youth and best years ahead of him. We want to wish him all the best in his post-boxing career.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Kadoebi put on their latest show, which will be added to the Boxing Raise archive in the near future.
The card wasn't a big one, and sadly became smaller when a scheduled bout between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] was cancelled on Monday when Kuwabata was taken to hospital due to poor physical condition.
Despite not being a big show it did feature some notable names, and with that in mind we've decided to go through the results from the show.
In the opening bout fans saw Taiga Ito (4-2) [伊藤大賀] score his latest win, as he took a 4 round unanimous decision against fellow novice Tatsuya Aizu (3-11, 3) [會津タツヤ]. From the off Ito was too sharp and too accurate for Aizu, though credit to Aizu for giving a fair effort through out the bout. The scores for this were 39-37, across the board, and with this win Ito has now been promoted to a B class fighter in Japan.
In the second bout on the show fans saw the hard hitting Yoji Saito (3-1-2, 3) [齊藤陽ニ] score a 2nd round KO win over Takahiro Araki (12-10, 4) [荒木 貴裕]. The heavy blows of Saito dropped Araki in round 2. Although he got back to his feet the referee complete the 10 count, with Araki in no fit state to continue.
The third bout was a really competitive one with Yuichiro Kasuya (14-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎] being pushed all the way by Mirai Naito (8-3, 3) [内藤未来] in a very hotly contested 8 rounder. Kasuya was more aggressive in the early stages than we've seen him in the past, though sadly that aggression resulted in headclashes, leaving Naito cut. Both men began to up the ante in rounds 3 and 4 and it was a genuinely exciting contest, with both men letting shots go, and trying to control the pace and tempo.
Sadly for Naito the cleaner, crisper shots in the later stages seemed to come from Kasuya, who's extra touch of class impressed the judges. After 8 rounds all 3 judges turned in identical scores, of 77-75, giving Kasuya a razor thin win.
In the main event of the show former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (31-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] battled Shun Kosaka (16-7, 4) [小坂駿] in an 8 round Flyweight bout. From the opening round Kogawa set the pace, looking to come forward, though to his credit Kosaka responded well and landed some nice counter shots of his own.
As the bout went on Kosaka got on his toes more, moved around the ring and started to try to box on the outside. Kogawa however seemed determined to try and turn this into a fight, pressing forward, even if it did result in him missing. A lot. In the end however it was the pressure, offense and work rate of Kogawa that impressed the judges, and they all scored the bout for him, with scores of 77-75, twice, and 78-74.
Whilst this is a second straight for Kogawa, following a brutal KO loss a few years ago, it's very clear the 35 year old has lost a few steps from his prime and we really do wonder just how much more his body can take in the sport. As for Kosaka this is a 4th loss in 5 bout.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll be getting the latest show from the "Slugfest" series of events, promoted by Kadoebi.
As reported earlier in the week the main event from the show has had to change, due to the late cancellation of the anticipated match up between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], with Kuwabata being hospitalised earlier this week. Despite that we still a solid show.
The weigh in for the event took place earlier today and all the fighters managed to make weight.
The new main event of the show will see former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] battle against Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿] in a Flyweight bout. On the scales today Kogawa was around 111.8lbs and looked in great shape. Kosaka, who also looked in good shape, was slightly lighter at 111.3lbs.
The chief support bout will take at Lightweight and will see Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎] face off with Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤未来]. On the scales today both men came in at an identical 134.7lbs. Of the two Kasuya looked in slightly better condition though both looked very good, and this should be a very interesting bout, even if it's not the most action packed.
Another notable fight on this show will see the always fun to watch Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] take on Takahiro Araki (12-9, 4) [荒木 貴裕] in a Super Featherweight bout. On the scales Saito was the much heavier man, weighing in at 129.6lbs whilst Araki was just 129lbs and looked like the smaller man when the two stood next to each other.
The shows opening bout will see Taiga Ito (3-2) [伊藤大賀] battle against Tatsuya Aizu (3-10, 3) [會津タツヤ] in a 4 round Middleweight bout. On the scales Ito came in at 159.2lbs whilst Aizu was slightly heavier, at around 159.4lbs.
For fans wanting to watch the show it will be made available on Boxing Raise, albeit on tape delay.
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The usually brilliant Boxing Raise has had a notable downturn this year, with no new shows at all in February and until today they also had nothing official on their schedule for March.
Thankfully that changed today when they revealed their schedule for the month, and it's a mix bag.
Firstly it appears they won't have any live streams this month, which is a massive shame and a real negative for the service. Second they only have 3 shows the entire month. Thankfully however they are all good shows, and the first of those is already available for fans.
The first of those shows, the one now online, was Green Dream Vol 14, headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight youth title fight between Satoru Hoshiba [干場悟] and Tom Mizokoshi [溝越 斗夢]. This was a genuine great fight and for those with the service this is well worth watching.
The second show will be Victoriva 6, which takes place on March 18th. This card will be headlined by the much anticipated IBF Atomweight title bout, pitting champion Saemi Hanagata (16-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] against the skilled Eri Matsuda (4-0, 1) [松田恵里] and will also feature the long awaited debut of Narumi Yukawa (0-0) [湯川成美].
The final show on the service this month will be Slugfest 18 from Kadoebi Gym. This will be headlined by a contest between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] and will feature a genuine who's who of the Kadoebi Gym, including Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], Yoji Saito (2-1-2, 2) [齊藤陽ニ] and Jukiya Iimura (1-0, 1) [飯村 樹輝弥].
For subscribers it's a decent line up, though it's a huge shame that nothing is being shown live.
Outside of Boxing Raise Japanese fan will have plenty to watch over the remained of the month with the Splendid Boxing show on March 21st being shown live on YouTube via Sakana and Seki Chan, with a live feed here, the March 25th Dynamic Glove card will be live on premium Japanese TV channel G+ and the March 28th "Real Spirits 71" from Shinsei Gym being shown live on YouTube channel BOXING REAL.
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A few days ago we reported that Kadoebi had announced that their next show would be taking place on March 24th at Korakuen Hall under the Slugfest banner. They also announced a number of fighters set for that show, confirming that Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也], Yuichiro Kasuya (13-3-2, 4) [粕谷 雄一郎], Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], 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] would all be involved.
Despite confirming the 6 fighters above there was no bouts announced, just the involvement of their own fighters on the show.
Today that changed with Kadoebi announce the opponents for all 6 of their fighters.
The show will open with Taiga Ito taking on the limited Tatsuya Aizu (3-10, 3) [會津タツヤ] in a 4 round Middleweight bout. On paper Ito will be seen as the favourite though he was stopped last time out in a Rookie of the Year bout whilst the limited Aizu scored a win last time out, and also boasts a clear advantage in power.
The second bout on the show will see the always fun to watch Yoji Saito battle against 33 year old foe Takahiro Araki (12-9, 4) [荒木 貴裕]. Saito is one of the fighters who always comes out throwing bombs, and is always looking for a tough, rough and brutal fight, though has struggled to get over the line and get the wins if he hasn't been able to blow opponents out. Araki on the other hand is a veteran, having been a professional since 2012, but has been stopped 5 times including in both of his last 2 bouts.
Jukiya Iimura, who really impressed in his debut this past Saturday, will be up against the debuting Tomoki Kawasaki (0-0) [川崎 智輝], in a clash of 22 year olds. On paper this looks like an all novice bout, but Iimura proved he was a very advanced novice, and his amateur record was very solid, and Kawasaki is also turning professional after a solid amateur career. This might be a 1-0 (1) guy vs a 0-0 guy but we wouldn't be surprised to see this bout outshine many of the others on the card, and to see two very young, talented fighters put on something of a show here.
The talented, though frustrating, Yuichiro Kasuya will be up against 28 year old Mirai Naito (8-2, 3) [内藤未来]. On paper this is a massive step up for Naito, the brother of Rikki Naito, but he's certainly got the tools to make a mark on the sport, and could have the aggression and energy to make life hard for Kasuya. On the other hand Kasuya is the much more talented fighter, and is an excellent technical boxer, though one who can, at times, look like he's missing that 4th and 5th gear. If Kasuya is in full flow he should win here, but if not this could become a very awkward one for him.
Former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa will feature in the chief support bout, as he takes on former OPBF and Japanese title contender Shun Kosaka (16-6, 4) [小坂駿]. For Kogawa the bout will see him trying to build on his October win against Hayato Yamaguchi, in what was a stellar performance from the veteran. Kosaka on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from an opening round blow out loss to Seigo Yuri Akui, way back in October 2019. On paper this one looks interesting, though Kosaka is 1-3 in his last 4 and will enter as the underdog.
In the main event Seiya Tsutsumi will be up against Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], who desperately needs a win to get his career back on track. Sadly for Kuwabata we suspect Tsutsumi will be in a mood to make a statement after a frustrating 2020 that saw him score draws against Kazuki Nakajima and Daigo Higa. Although Kuwabata is a very talented fighter we can't help but feel the power and aggression of Tsutsumi will be too much for the skills of Kuwabata.
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