Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw a new Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion being crowned as the light punching Fumiya Fuse (11-1, 1) [富施郁哉] defeated the previously unbeaten Takahiro Tai (3-1, 3) [田井宜広] to claim the previously vacant title.
From the opening round Tai tried to pressure and force the bout, but the talented Fuse took advantage of Tai's limitations, landing clean left hands on to the chin of Tai. In round two Tai's pressure got some success, as he landed a good right hand, but Fuse managed to come back with some good 1-2's, and remained calm and confident. Fuse's success continued in round 3 as he continued to control the range, with his excellent footwork, and his solid clean straight shots.
In round 4 Tai managed to get close, went to the body and landed some solid shots on the inside, in what was one of his better rounds. Despite it being a good Tai round he still couldn't break Fuse's resolve, and the talented Fuse fought back, and was quickly back in control of the action, particularly in round 6 as he landed the clean hits and seemed to look like the physical boss.
Tai continued to get worked over in the final 2 rounds as his lack of polish and professional experience were exposed by Fuse who was simple too busy, too sharp, too accurate and too good.
After 8 rounds Fuse was announced as the winner with scores of 79-73 on all 3 cards.
On the under-card there was an excellent, hard fought, and very competitive win for Yuri Kanaya (1-0) [金谷 勇利] who began his professional boxing journey with a split decision win over the JBC ranked Sora Takeda (6-3, 1) [竹田 宙]. Kanatya was dropped in round 5, but battled back hard to take the decision and the win.
Earlier todayKaneko Boxing announced their next show, set for October 20th at Korakuen Hall. Overall the card isn't anything too major, in fact it's quite rare for a Kaneko Boxing show to be stacked, but there was a very, very notable bout announced for the main event.
That main event bout is a Japanese Youth title bout between the unbeaten and enigmatic Takahiro Tai (3-0, 3) [田井宜広] and the talented, but light punching, Fumiya Fuse (10-1, 1) [富施郁哉] who will clash for the vacant Japanese Bantamweight title in a mouth watering match up.
Tai, who turned professional last year, is a heavy handed switch hitter, who oozes charisma and has a style that we suspect would appeal to a wider boxing audience, with flash, style and taunting all being key to his in ring style.
Fuse on the other hand has been a professional since 2017, the year he actually won the All Japan Rookie of the Year. He won his first 8 bouts before suffering a 2019 loss to Toshiya Ishii, but since then he has bounced back with two more wins and rebuilt some momentum coming in to this bout.
The title, for those interested, was made vacant earlier this year when the aforementioned Ishii vacated the bout to begin campaigning at 122lbs.
As well as this main event the card will also feature the second professional bout of Yuya Oku (1-0, 1) [大久祐哉], who debuted in July with a 50 second blow out win, as he faces Yuya Azuma (5-6-1, 1) [東祐也] and the professional debut of Yuri Kanaya (0-0) [金谷 勇利], who battles against Sora Takeda (6-2, 1) [竹田宙]. Both of these bouts are scheduled for 6 rounds whilst the main event will be an 8 rounder.
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