Earlier this week Shinsei Promotions along with Dangan Promotions announced a stacked all female card set to take place on September 1st at Korakuen Hall. The card is a genuinely mouth watering all female card with 5 titles bouts in total, including 2 world title bouts, two regional title bouts and a Japanese title bout.
The first of the 5 bouts scheduled for the show will see Sumira Yamanaka (5-0, 1) [山中菫] battle against Honoka Kano (4-0-2, 2) [狩野ほのか] for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Female Atomweight title. For both fighters this will be their first title fight, and it looks like a really tough one for Yamanaka, who will be giving up significant size to Kano, who is a freakish 5'5" for an Atomweight and has around 20cm (8") height advantage over Yamanaka.
The second title bout on the running order will see Mizuki Hiruta (2-0) [晝田瑞希] take on Hinami Yanai (2-0, 1) [桺井妃奈実] for the vacant Japanese female Flyweight title bout. Hiruta is a wonderfully talented boxer who uses movement, technical skills and a busy, accurate work rate, to control action whilst Yanai is more of an aggressive, pressure fighter, so this should be a real match up of styles for the title.
The third title bout on the show will OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (4-1-1, 1) [松田恵里] defending her title against Kaori Nagai (6-4-3, 2) [長井香織]. For Nagai, a former Japanese champion, this bout is a chance to rebuild from a loss in May to Mizuki Chimoto, whilst Matsuda will be looking to claim her first win since September 2019, when she beat Mont Blanc Miki, having gone 0-1-1 since then in bouts for the IBF Atomweight title.
The first world title bout on the card will see IBF Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (25-9-2, 6) [宮尾綾香] defending her title against Mika Iwakawa (10-6-1, 3) [岩川美花]. Miyao won the title earlier this year, when she beat Matsuda for the previously vacant title, and this will be her first defense of the title. As for Iwakawa, a former WBO champion, this will be her first bout since losing the WBO title back in February to Nanae Suzuki.
The main event of the card will see the aforementioned Nanae Suzuki (11-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] defending her WBO Atomweight title, for the first time, as she takes on former WBC Minmumweight champion Yuko Kuroki (19-7-2, 9) [黒木優子] in an excellent match up, and a very, very tough first defense.
Results from Korakuen Hall - Two new female champions crowned, Taniguchi retains!
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans got a short, but very notable, show featuring a trio of bouts, all of which were title contests, thanks to Dangan and Watanabe.
The first bout on the show saw former kick boxer Kanako Taniyama (4-1-1, 1) [谷山佳菜子] defeat Yuko Henzan (8-11-4, 2) [平安山裕子], via a 4th round technical decision, to become the new Japanese female Bantamweight champion. From the off Taniyama looked to make a good start, getting behind her jab whilst Henan looked to apply some pressure. Sadly in round 3 a clash of heads left both cut. The cuts got worse quickly and in round 4 Henzan's cut forced the bout to end early.
At the mark of 1 minute into round 4 the bout was halted with Taniyama getting the nod 40-36, 40-37 and 39-37. After the bout Taniyama explained that she wasn't happy about how much of the fight was fought inside, but did show that she had learned a lot heading into this bout, and her style has certainly changed, as she's become more of a boxer, and less of a fighter.
A second new champion to be crowned was former amateur standout Mizuki Chimoto (3-0, 1) [千本瑞規], who became the OPBF female Minimumweight champion with an 8 round majority decision over former world champion Yuko Kuroki (17-7-2, 8) [黒木優子]. The early round saw this being a technical bout, with Chimoto trying to get a read on the southpaw style of Kuroki, and Kuroki boxing behind her 1-2's. Kuroki tried to up her tempo in round 4, but that resulted in her taking some very good left hooks from Chimoto who as looking to get Kuroki's respect.
After 4 rounds we went to the open scoring and Chimoto was up 39-37 on two of the scorecards, and the fighters were even on the third card.
In the second half of the fight the action got a little bit messy, but Chimoto continued to pick her shots well, especially in round 7, before Kuroki put it all on the line in round 8, closing the distance and letting her shots fly. By then however it was too little, too late for Kuroki who was trying to dig herself out of a hole.
After 8 rounds the judges turned in scores of 78-74, twice, to Chimoto and 76-76 level, to give Chimoto the majority decision win.
Before the main event we had WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人] compete in a short exhibition bout with Watanabe Gym stablemate Sonin Nihei (10-5-2, 2) [仁平宗忍]. The exhibition was Kyoguchi's first performance at Korakuen Hall in years and was very much some fan service ad a chance for him to have a run out before his next world title defnse later in the year. Notable he seemed to suggest that his next bout wasn't yet agreed, however he did state that he thought it would be a big match, and appealed to the local fans to get behind him.
In the main event we saw Japanese Minimumweight champion Masataka Taniguchi (14-3, 9) [谷口将隆] make his first defense as he defeated Tatsuro Nakashima (11-1-2, 7) [仲島 辰郎] in 5 rounds. Taniguchi looked sharp from the off, using his crisp jab in the early stages and firing off stinging left hands. The clean, accurate, and regular shots from Taniguchi saw Nakashima cut around the right eye as early as round 2. To his credit Nakashima tried to turn things around but was unable to match up with with Taniguchi who was too quick, too sharp and too smooth for the challenger, who was looking out of his depth by the end of round 4.
In round 5 the cut of Nakashima got so bad that the bout was stopped, and Taniguchi got the TKO win, to retain his title.
After the win Taniguchi thanked Kyoguchi for the advice he had given him before the bout, and he really did look like the title was helping instill a new confidence in him. He also spoke about fighting for the WBO world title, taking on Wilfredo Mendez, in a potential mandatory title fighter later in the year. Hitoshi Watanabe, Taniguchi's promoter, suggested that they would be looking to secure Taniguchi home advantage for that fight, but are happy to travel if they need to.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see former female world champion Yuko Kuroki (17-6-2, 8) [黒木優子] battle against touted professional novice Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規] in a bout for the vacant OPBF female Minimumweight title. On paper this looks a bizarre one, with someone who was a worldchampion just a few fights ago taking on someone who has only had two professional bouts, but those in the know see this as a very, very interesting contest due to Chimoto's excellent amateur pedigree.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two women weighed in for the contest and both comfortably made the 105lbs weight limit with no issues at all.
Kuroki, pictured in the white, was bang on the limit for the bout, weighing in at 105lbs and revealed after the weigh in that she had been focusing on improving her strength, something that had been an issue in some of her bouts. Although talented, and quick, she was often unable to get the respect of her opponents, and adding that area will be a big boost for her going forward. Aged 30 now Kuroki also stated that doesn't care about her age, and in fairness to her 30is young for a female fighter, with some of the top fighters being in their 40's now.
Chimoto on the other hand came in around 104.5lbs, well under the limit, and she seemed full of confidence, explaining that she wasn't bad against southpaws, like Kuroki, and was going to use her experience from the amateurs to shine here. She spoke calmly about using her defenseand her sense of distance to come out on top here, and seemedto feel as if this was her big chance to make a mark on the sport after a lengthy break from in ring action.
For fans unable to get to the Korakuen Hall, this will be shown on tape delay on the Boxing Raise Service.
Related - Chimoto steps up to take on former world champion Kuroki in third pro bout!
(Image credit - Watanabe Gym)
Earlier this month Dangan announced that their plans to hold 3 shows over a single weekend at the Sumida City Gymnasium in Tokyo, had to be cancelled due to the gym being closed as a result of the on going state of emergency in Tokyo.
Today Dangan announced that a number of those planned bouts had now been re-arrranged for a co-promoted show, along with Watanabe Gym, for June 7th.
The bouts that have been announced for the June show, which will take place at Korakuen Hall, included 3 titles bouts that had been arranged for May 22nd and May 23rd originally.
One of those is the Japanese Minimumweight title bout between Masataka Taniguchi (13-3, 8) [谷口将隆] and Tatsuro Nakashima (11-1-1, 7) [仲島 辰郎], with Taniguchi making his first defense and Nakashima getting his first shot at this level.
The other two title bouts are both vacant female title bouts, with Kanako Taniyama (3-1-1, 1) [谷山佳菜子] battling Yuko Henzan (8-10-4, 2) [平安山裕子] for the vacant Japanese female Bantamweight title and Yuko Kuroki (17-6-2, 8) [黒木優子] facing Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規] for the vacant OPBF female Minimumweight title.
We're glad these bouts have been re-arranged, especially for early June rather than being a long wait away, though it is worth noting that there are still 4 title bouts from those cancelled shows yet to be re-arranged, or maybe more accurately yet to have their rescheduled dates announced. Fingers crossed those announcements will come sooner rather than later.
Earlier today it was announced that the Dangan promoted shows, set for May 22nd and May 23rd at the Sumida City Gymnasium, Tokyo, have now been postponed, due to the on going state of emergency, which will mean the venue will not opened in time for the events.
The plan was to have 3 shows over 2 days, with 7 title fights, as well as a boxing festival to celebrate the sport and promoting boxing in the local area.
The plan now is to spread out the 7 title fights, as well as the other fights arranged for the shows, to dates in June or July. At the moment however no dates have been announced for the events, though we hope to hear dates being confirmed in the coming weeks.
Sadly this is the second this type of event has been cancelled, with Dangan planning something very similar for 2020, and seeing news of those shows being leaked, before the pandemic forced the plans to be cancelled.
For those wondering the affected title bouts are the ones below, alongside the originally planned dates:
Masataka Taniguchi (13-3, 8) [谷口将隆] Vs Tatsuro Nakashima (11-1-1, 7) [仲島 辰郎] - Japanese Minimumweight title
Kanako Taniyama (3-1-1, 1) [谷山佳菜子] Vs Yuko Henzan (8-10-4, 2) [平安山裕子] - Japanese female Bantamweight title
Ryoji Fukunaga (13-4, 13) [福永亮次] Vs Takahiro Fujii (12-6-1, 3) [藤井貴博] - Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight titles
Jin Sasaki (10-0, 9) [佐々木尽] Vs Kaiki Yuba (7-0-2, 5) [湯場海樹] - Japanese Youth Light Welterweight
Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] Vs Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-0, 3) [川満俊輝] - WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title
Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] Vs Ikuro Sadatsune (11-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎] - Japanese Bantamweight title
Yuko Kuroki (17-6-2, 8) [黒木優子] Vs Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規] - OPBF female Minimumweight title
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