On December 5th we'll see the next show in the Dynamic Gloves series. At the moment the full details of the show haven't been announced though we have been informed of two of the bouts on the show.
The main event will see the hotly tipped Mikito Nakano (4-0, 4) [中野幹士] headlining in an 8 round bout against Ruito Saeki (7-3-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗]. This is, on paper, the toughest bout so far for Nakano and a win here would put him within touching distance of his first title fight. The talented Nakano has looked really impressive, but has looked levels above his competition so far and Saeki is a good step upwards for him, but Nakano will again be strongly favoured here.
Although the clear under-dog it is worth noting that Saeki has never been stopped and has gone 8 rounds with Takenori Ohashi and Ken Osato. He is certainly a durable fighter however he hasn't scored a win since November 2017 and we don't imagine that changing when he gets in with Nakano.
The other bout announced for the card will see former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹] battle against Masafumi Ando (6-10-2, 3) [安藤暢文] in an 8 rounder. On paper this is a mismatch, though it's understandable given that this will be Nagano's first bout since he lost the Japanese title to Keita Obara back in February, and he'll want a chance to rebuild his confidence following that defeat.
At the moment it's unclear if this will be aired live on G+ or on delay, though given there doesn't appear to be a title bout, of any kind, on the card we are assuming that this is likely to be aired on tape delay.
Given only 2 bouts have been announced there is room for more bouts to be add to the card, and we wouldn't be surprised if several of the former amateur stars who signed with Teiken earlier this year feature on the show.
Earlier today the annual Japanese boxing awards took place at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.
As previously reported unified Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] won the Best fighter award and the Best Fight at event, but was unable to attend due to illness. That however leaves the question "who else won awards?"
The Best Skill award was won by WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who became the first Japanese male 4-weight champion in the summer, stopping Aston Palicte. He then defended the title at the end of the year against Jeyvier Cintron, putting in a very different type of performance against Puerto Rican challenger.
Like Inoue, Ioka also didn't attend the event.
The special award saw Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太] pick up the honours, after reclaiming the WBA Middleweight title and then defending it just before Christmas. He explained his next bout isn't yet decided, though reports are suggesting a May or June date is likely. Murata also picked up the KO award for the year.
The Effort award was won by Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹], who won the award for what he did in 2019 despite recently losing the Japanese Welterweight title.
The Newcomer award was win by Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人], who is now reportedly set to fight for the WBO Flyweight title in Spring.
As previously mentioned Naoya Inoue won the best fight in a world title fight, for his sensational bout with Nonito Donaire in the WBSS final. As for none-world title bout, that award, unsurprisingly, went to the brilliant war between Yuki Beppu [別府優樹] and Ryota Yada [矢田良太] for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title. For fans who haven't seen that one, we genuinely implore you to give a watch!
There was a double award for female fighter Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [天海 ツナミ] who not only took the women's MVP award, for the second year running, but also the women's fight of the year for her bout with Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子].
The excellent player award, which is given to every Japanese fighter who holds a world title at some point during the year, saw Inoue, Ioka and Murata receive the honour along with:
Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成]
Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗]
Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑]
Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
The trainer award was given to Mr Kato from the Misako gym, who has been responsible for training Kenjiro Teraji.
There was also a number of special awards given out. These went to:
Kohei Kono (33-12-1, 14) [河野 公平]
Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12) [田口良一]
Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-7-6, 7) [福原 辰弥]
And Hitoshi Misako
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we had the second Dynamic Glove show of the year and it was an event with very mixed fortunes for Teiken fighters, as fans at the Hall and on G+ found out.
The show began with Shinta Aihara (3-5) [藍原 伸太], one of the 7 Teiken fighters on the card, losing a clear decision to KC Prachanda (4-2-1, 3) [KC プラチャンダ]. Prachanda won every round and dropped Aihara at the very end of the 4th round to secure the win.
Things did improve for the world famous Teiken gym as two of their big hopefuls picker up wins. The first of those was Hiroto Yashiro (2-0, 2) [矢代 博斗], who took out Indonesian visitor Abdul Rauf (1-3) in round 3. Credit goes to Rauf for seeing out a massive attack in round 2, when Yashiro really went for the finish, but the pressure, and intense body work, got too much for him and he was dropped in round 3. Although Rauf beat the count the referee had seen enough and waved off the bout.
The other big hoping picking up a win was the highly regarded Kenshi Noda (2-0, 2) [野田 賢史], who took out Thomas Tope Hurek (2-5-1, 1) in the opening round. Noda, who was making his TV debut, took his chance to shine and he looked very sharp against Hurek. Hurek tried to make things ugly but took a combination, finished by a brutal shot that left him in agony for the 10 count.
Given the recent JBC rule change in regards to Indonesian fighters, these were perfect examples of why the rule is coming in. Rauf was tough but lacked skills whilst Hurek was terrible.
After back to back wins for Teiken fighters things then went down hill for Teiken fighters with back to back losses.
The first of those saw Kenta Endo (5-1-1, 4) [遠藤 健太] lose his unbeaten record to the unheralded Shun Akaiwa (5-1-1, 3) [赤岩 俊]. Heading in the hard hitting Endo was ranked by the JBC and he looked like he was heading upwards. The first round was a good one for Endo, though he did get caught by the younger, fresh Akaiwa a few times. The pace increased in round 2 as Endo tried to take the fight to Akaiwa more often, and let his powerful shots go in combinations. It made for exciting action but left Endo open as he launched some very wide looping hooks. At the very end of the round, with Akaiwa on the ropes and under pressure, a short counter left dropped Endo. Discussions about it being after the bell or on the bell were there to be had, but Endo himself was unloading when he got caught, taking away any argument he may had to being hit after the bell. Endo would beat the count but never seemed to recover and was stopped the following round in what was a genuinely fantastic little under-card bout.
Another loss for Teiken saw Junpei Tsujimoto (6-2-3, 4) [辻本 純兵] suffer a second round TKO to 22 year old Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], in what was surprisingly a clash of 2018 Rookie of the Year winners. Coming in both fighters had JBC rankings, with Tsujimoto being a ranked Welterweight and Nwachukwu being ranked at Middleweight, though the two men fought at Light Middleweight. After a competitive opening round Nwachukwu forced a fight and broke down Tsujimoto, who was hammered to the body early in the round and dropped from a huge right part way through the round. Tsujimoto beat the count but was still hurt and Nwachukwu went all out until the referee jumped in and saved Tsujimoto.
The hard hitting Yamato Hata (10-1, 10) [波田 大和] got Teiken's third win for the show as he stopped the game but over-powered Ryusei Ishii (8-6-1, 5) [石井龍誠] in 5 rounds to claim the Japanese Youth Super Featherweight title. This was Hata in control from early on with Ishii unable to cope with the power of Hata, and doing more to survive than try to win.
Having won a Youth title the gym had little time to celebrate and before we saw a Japanese Welterweight title fight. This fight saw defending champion Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹], himself a Teiken fighter, losing the title to former world title challenger Keita Obara (23-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太]. Nagano pressed the action but was up against a better fighter and Obara simply broke him down over 7 rounds, dropping him in round 2 and slowly breaking him down with big shots.
After the 7 bouts Teiken went 3-4, on a show they'll want to forget.
The 2020 version of the Champion Carnival kicked off earlier today with a Japanese Welterweight title fight pitting defending champion Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹] against former world title challenger Keita Obara (23-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太]. Like all the Champion Carnival bouts, this was a mandatory for Nagano and promise a lot.
On paper it promised explosive action, with neither man being a fan of the judges, and it also seemed like a must win for Obara, who's hopes of getting another shot at a world title would be over with a loss here. On the other hand a win for Nagano would help elevate him to the fringes of the world rankings.
From the opening round the tactics of the two men were obvious. Obara was the boxer, moving, jabbing, and looking to create space. Nagano was the opposite, the pressure fighter, looking to crowd Obara, take away his legs and break him down up close. Nagano's gameplan seemed to be based around losing the early rounds and coming on strong late on. The key for Nagano was not taking too much punishment too early.
Sadly for the defending champion he couldn't apply his pressure with out taking shots in return. Obara tried to jump on Nagano in the opening seconds, before boxing and moving his jab, finding room for power shots and rocking Nagano late in the round.
Nagano's pressure seemed to have some success in round 2, and at one point he seemed to rock Obara, who fired back instantly and dropped Nagano, who was hurt as the bell rang. Nagano was in trouble again in round 3, and credit needs to be given to his desire and toughness as it seemed like he was on the verge of being stopped. Obara seemed completely in control at this point but in round 4 we started to finally see Nagano's pressure having some effect as Obara began to slow down late in the round.
With Nagano finishing round 4 well it was little surprise to see him starting round 5 well. Sadly for him however Obara moved through the gears as the round went on and finished the round with a brutal flurry that rocked Nagano, leaving the champion in surviving on reflexes and bravery alone. We've seen bouts stopped for less than we saw Nagano take in the final minute here. It was a real surprise that Nagano didn't at least get dropped again here, though he did fall to the canvas it wasn't a knockdown.
After having taken an absolute pounding in the later stages of round 5 Nagano seemed there for the taking in round 6, but Obara looked like he was too tired to capitalise on the champion. Instead the round was a slow one. Nagano finally found something in the middle of the round, and seemed to do just enough to win the round, though was rocked seconds before the bell, as Obara proved he still has real power, even if his work rate was dropping.
In round 7 the resistance that Nagano had shown finally came undone as Obara put his foot on the gas and unloaded again, rocking the defending champion and following up. Not everything was landing but enough landed for the referee to step in and save Nagano from his own toughness.
With the win Obara becomes a 2-weight Japanese champion whilst Nagano loses his title in his second defense. It's hard to imagine any of the domestic fighters beating him, however we've already seen Obara fail when he's stepped up. He will likely want to give world class one more shot, but
Tomorrow we see the 2020 edition of the Champion Carnival, the 41st Champion Carnival, kick off. The first bout of this year's champion Carnival will see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太], with their bout taking place at Korakuen Hall as part of a Dynamic Glove card which will be televised live on G+.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest and both fighters easily made weight, coming in at around 146.5lbs for the contest.
For Nagano this will be his second defense of the title that he won last year, when he stopped Ryota Yada. Although not a notable name outside of Japan Nagano is currently riding a 15 fight winning run, with 11 stoppages. That impressive winning run has included notable wins over Giraffe Kirin Kanda, in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year, upcoming OPBF title challenger Riku Nagahama, current WBO Asia Pacific champion Yuki Beppu and the aforementioned Yada. He spoke confidently, and it seems like he is seeing this as a chance to move from Japanese domestic level and head into world level.
On the other hand Obara is very well known though is better known for his losses than his wins, including stoppages to Eduard Troyanovsky, Alvin Lagumbay and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He's looking to become a 2-weight Japanese champion, having previously held the Japanese Light Welterweight title, and has won 2 bouts since losing in a world title eliminator against Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He suggested that a loss here is probably the end of his career, and it's clear that he does not want to risk a defeat to Nagano.
Interestingly Obara has only lost once to a Japanese opponent, and that was in his 2010 debut, when he was stopped in 5 rounds by Kazuyoshi Kumano.
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