Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for the month of September. Rather oddly there was only a single winner for the month, with no award for the MVP or Newcomer being announced, and instead there was only a Fighting Spirit Award winner.
The award winner in question was former Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹], who earned the award for his victory over Yuki Beppu (21-3-1, 20) [別府優樹], from back on September 11th.
The heavy handed Nagano stopped Beppu to secure himself a Japanese title fighter in 2022, where he's expected to face Keita Obara for the Japanese Welterweight title, in a rematch of a bout between two men who clashed in 2019.
Sadly the other two awards weren't award due to no suitable fighters, which does sum up how little action there was in East Japan in the month of September. Thankfully October has been much, much better and we will be expecting 3 award winners being named next month for action from October.
Earlier today we had one of the strangest ever editions of Dynamic Glove. The long running series, held in conjunction with TV channel G+, was originally scheduled to feature 5 bouts, but due to injuries and Covid19 those 5 bout ended up reduced to just 2 contests, with the planned main event and planned chief support bout being cancelled in the weeks leading up to the show.
Due to the TV commitments, and the late notice cancellation of the main event, the promoter, Teiken, went on to hold the show, but refunded the cost of tickets to all the fans as an apology.
Despite only two bouts taking place the event was a notable one as both fights had genuine significance.
The first of the two contests was an East Japan Rookie of the Year contest between Eigoro Akai (0-1) [赤井英五郎] and Yasunori Okamura (1-0, 1) [岡村弥徳]. By it's self this was notable due to the Rookie of the Year aspect, but it was even more notable as it featured Akai, the son of the very popular Hidekazu Akai, who was a massive fan favourite back in the 1980's, before later becoming a successful actor following an in ring injury.
Sadly for Eigoro he was unable to take home a victory, and was instead stopped after just 84 seconds as Okamura's power was too much. Eigoro was rocked and hurt before being saved by the referee.
The second bout was a Japanese Welterweight title eliminator, as a rematch between Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹] and Yuki Beppu (21-3-1, 20) [別府優樹]. These two had fought back in 2018, when Nagano took a decision win over Beppu. Following their first bout both men had achieved their biggest success, with Nagano winning the Japanese national title and Beppu winning the WBO Asia Pacific title, but both had also suffered stoppage losses since their 2018 clash, and both had certainly taken a lot of punishment in recent contests. Coming in it seemed less of a case of who was the better fighter, but who had more left in the tank.
The first round started slowly, with both men looking to feel the other out in the opening round, and in round 2 Beppu seemed to find his groove before Nagano, with Beppu using his legs well to control the tempo and distance. Sadly for Beppu his success didn't last long, and in round 3 a straight left hand dropped him, really late in the round. Beppu came out for round 4 looking to get momentum back on his side, but he struggled to break through the guard of Nagano. In round 5 a right hook from Nagano saw him dropping Beppu for the second time. Beppu beat the count but was under intense pressure immediately, and was down again just moments later, and then down again, for a 4th time in the fight. That was it, with the referee finally stoppign the action and saving Beppu.
With the win Nagano has earned himself a Japanese title fight for next year, whilst Beppu, who has taken a lot of punishment in his last 3 fights, maybe needs to consider retiring from the sport on grounds of his physical well being.
On Saturday in Japan we were expecting to see a new Japanese Light Flyweight champion being crowned as Rikito Shiba (5-1, 3) [芝力人] and Shokichi Iwata (6-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] were set to face off for the currently vacant title.
Sadly that bout was cancelled today when Iwata's PCR test came back as being positive for Covid19, forcing the contest to be pulled from the show at the 11th hour.
Upon the announce Iwata gave comment to the media, stating: "I received a positive coronavirus test in the PCR test the day before the match. I'm really sorry to everyone who was planning to come to the venue to support me. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern. "
This was the second notable bout to be pulled from the show, following Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0-1, 9) [辰吉寿以輝] pulling out of a scheduled bout against Norris Yano (6-2-1, 1) [矢野乃莉守], with that bout falling through in late August.
As a result the show has been left with just 2 bouts, a Japanese Welterweight title eliminator between Yuki Nagano (18-3, 14) [永野祐樹]and Yuki Beppu (21-2-1, 20) [別府優樹], and an East Japan Rookie of the Year bout between Eigoro Akai (0-0) [赤井英五郎] and Yasunori Okamura (0-0) [岡村弥徳].
Due to the very poor quality of what's left of the card it's been confirmed that those with tickets will be refunded, and are still allowed to attend the event.
Yesterday news from Japan broke regarding Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0-1, 9) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the iconic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, who was supposed to return to the ring on September 11th as part of the Dynamic Glove show at Korakuen Hall.
The flawed, but fun to watch and unbeaten, Tatsuyoshi was supposed to face off against Norris Yano (6-2-1, 1) [矢野乃莉守] in a scheduled 8 rounder at Super Bantamweight. That bout is however off as Tatsuyoshi has suffered an injury in training.
Further details about the injury haven't been made available at the moment, but it is known that the bout is off, and Tatsuyoshi will need time to recover.
Despite this bout being cancelled the card is still a really good one, headlined by a brilliant Japanese title fight between Rikito Shiba (5-1, 3) [芝力人] and Shokichi Iwata (6-0, 4) [岩田翔吉], who clash for the Japanese Light Flyweight title, and has a stellar chief support bout between Yuki Nagano (18-3, 14) [永野祐樹]and Yuki Beppu (21-2-1, 20) [別府優樹], who clash in a Japanese title eliminator.
At the start of July we reported that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] would be making his next defense in September, when he takes on fellow Japanese fighter Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道] in Kyoto City. At that time of that news Yabuki was the Japanese national champion and it was unclear what was going to happened to the Japanese title.
Today there was some clarity on that title picture with Yabuki vacating the title to focus on the Kenshiro bout. There was also clarity on what would be happening to fill the vacancy.
It's been confirmed that just a day after Kenshiro and Yabuki battle for the WBC title in Kyoto the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo will play host to a bout between Rikito Shiba (5-1, 3) [芝力人] and Shokichi Iwata (6-0, 4) [岩田翔吉] to fill the vacancy left by Yabuki, with the bout serving as the main event of a Dynamic Glove card on G+.
The bout has been put together after Daiki Tomita (16-2, 5) [冨田大樹] was unable to face Shiba, due to an injury.
For Shiba this will be a his second fight for a title, having previously held the Japanese Youth title back in 2019. Notably however he lost in a Japanese title eliminator just 3 months after that youth title win, losing in 4 rounds to Yabuki. As for the the highly touted Iwata, who has been eyed as a potential world champion since his debut, this will be his first career title bout of any kind.
The chief support bout on the Korakuen Hall card is another bout that promises real excitement as former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (18-3, 14) [永野祐樹] battles former WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight champion Yuki Beppu (21-2-1, 20) [別府優樹] in what is essentially a Japanese title eliminator. These two men are fighting for the second time, with Nagano giving Beppu his first loss when the men clashed back in 2018. Nagano will be looking for a repeat of that win whilst Beppu will be looking to avenge that loss.
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