Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we got the latest in the Dynamic Glove series, televised live on G+. It was, if we're being totally honest, not a show we had high expectations of and didn't really seem like a strong one on paper with most novices in action. Despite the low expectations the show genuinely managed to deliver, and really exceeded expectations.
The show began with the first of 3 all debutant bouts as Kanta Kawamura (1-0, 1) [川村 栞汰] clashed with Koyo Nakayama (0-1) [中山 弘陽]. This was a real fun but short one with Kawamura taking out Nakayama in the first round. Nakayama was dropped very early on and then stopped standing when the referee stepped in following a big uppercut. Despite being a debutant Kawamura looked very good here.
Although the first bout was great it was out done by the second bout on the show as Kenshiro Ishimori (2-0, 1) [石森 憲士朗] and Tomoya Tanaka (0-3) [田中 智也] put on a surprise thriller. The opening round saw Tanaka drop Ishimori with a fantastic counter right hand. Sadly for Tanaka that wasn't the end and Ishimori wasn't done and in the following round Ishimori dropped Tanaka for the 10 count.
The third bout was another surprisingly great novice bout between the debuting pair of Takumi Hashimoto (1-0) [橋本 拓海] and Soshi Goto (0-1) [後藤 宗士]. Through out the bout Hashimoto pressed forward, set a high tempo, forced a fun action pace on to the bout and gave us something exhilarating through out. Goto played his part with some solid counters, and a lot of heart, but it was a clear win for Hashimoto, who really did impress us with a fantastic performance, and he was a worthy decision winner.
In another surprisingly competitive and compelling bout Yuta Dynamite Takahashi (1-2) [ダイナマイト高橋佑太] took a razor thin decision win over Shoya Hiratoko (0-1) [平床 聖也]. This was an action packed bout, with the result decided by a knockdown scored by Takahashi. A real decent lower level bout.
The final of the all debutant bouts saw Hiroshi Sakashita (1-0) [坂下 広併] take a clear decision win over Anju Chioa (0-1) [千田 安殊]. Sakashita set the tempo early with his jab and then increased his output during the bout, but Chioa fought back bravely and saw out the 4 round bout. After 4 rounds Sakashita took the unanimous decision.
The first of the two main bouts saw former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (18-3, 14) [永野祐樹] in bounce back from February's loss to Keita Obara. The heavy handed Nagano took on Masafumi Ando (6-11-2, 3) [安藤暢文] and took him out within a round. Ando used a busy jab early on, but towards the end of the opening round several right hooks from Nagano landed, wobbling and hen dropping Ando. Ando got to his feet but was all over the place, forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
In the main event unbeaten Featherweight prospect Mikito Nakano (5-0, 4) [中野幹士] was given a bit of a test by Ruito Saeki (7-4-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗], in what was easily Nakano's toughest bout so far.
From the off Nakano took control of center ring whilst Saeki used the ropes. On paper this looked idea for the faster, smart, more powerful Nakano, but it turned to be a real game of cat and mouse, and Saeki's toughness saw him able to take the shots of Nakano, often riding them, whilst looking to land counters.
Saeki's tactic wasn't the most fan friendly but did get him success, particularly in round 3, where he dropped Nakano with seconds of the round left. It was a flash knockdown but still notable success and the first time Nakano had been down during his professional career.
Despite the knockdown Saeki never managed to build, with Nakano becoming more wary of the counters, giving Saeki few chances and landing solid single shots without taking much in return. The straight left of Nakano found a home in both the body and the head of Saeki, but couldn't harm his rugged foe. The one thing that did damage Saeki was a headclash that left him cut around the right eye, but it was a minor inconvenience.
The final round was rather interesting. The bout was in the bag for Nakano, but the final moments saw the unbeaten man cut around the eye, and he dabbed at it a lot. It's not clear it's a really bad cut, or if he's just not been cut much during his time in the ring, but he certainly seemed bothered by it.
After 8 rounds Nakano took the decision, 78-73 on all 3 cards, and ticked a lot of boxes. He has shown he has the stamina to go 8 rounds, he has shown he can pull himself off the canvas to win, and has shown more than just power. There is however still work to do, and this bout will serve as a great opportunity for his team to see what has done wrong, and to work on it. As for Saeki, it's probably fair to say he didn't really try too hard to win, if we're being blunt, but he did enough to test Nakano who needed a good test. It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't exciting, but it was intriguing.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see former Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹] in action for the first time since losing his title to Keita Obara earlier this year.
In the opposite corner to the former champion will be domestic foe Masafumi Ando (6-10-2, 3) [安藤暢文] in what looks like an easy confidence rebuilding bout for the former champion.
Today the two men weighed in for the contest and both men came in well under the 147lb Welterweight limit. In fact both men came in at around 146.16lbs, very comfortably under the limit.
Nagano spoke about his title bout with Obara and admitted that he made some technical mistakes in his preparation, working on areas he was weak at, rather than focusing on what he's good at. For this bout with Ando he has worked on his strengths rathe than trying to compensate for his weaker areas. Essentially working on improving his dangerous left hand, rather than trying to improve his weaker right hand.
He also spoke about his ambition to become a champion again and wants to reclaim the Japanese title as well as claiming the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific belts.
For those wanting to watch this one it will be shown live on G+, and will serve as the chief support bout on the show.
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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.
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