Tomorrow at the Central Gym in Kobe we'll get the latest show from Shinsei Gym. The card isn't a massive show, by any stretch, but it is one worth being aware of several reasons. It features a former world champion, a charismatic prospect and it's going to be shown live for free online!
The show was originally scheduled to feature 6 bouts in total, though that has been reduced to 5 after Yuri Takemoto (8-2-1, 4) [竹本雄利] was forced to pull out of a scheduled bout with Tamaki Miwa (6-6-1, 1) [三輪珠輝]
Today, ahead of the show, the fighters took part in their weigh in and the 10 fighters on the show all made weight for their bouts.
From the 5 bouts on the show there are 3 are worth some attention.
The first of those, which will be third on the broadcast, is a Super Bantamweight bout between Takahiro Tai (1-0, 1) [田井宜広] and JBC #15 ranked Bantamweight Koichi Wakita (7-2-3, 2) [脇田洸一]. The exciting Tai made his debut last year and immediately impressed with a flashy, fun, exciting style, and we're glad to see him back in the ring in a notable step up.
On the scales these two men were both around 121.5lbs, well under the 122lb limit.
The second bout of note is the chief support bout, which will see Yuki Yonaha (8-3-1, 5) [与那覇勇気] clash with Kenta Sakata (7-7-2) [坂田健太] in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout. Coming in to this Yonaha is ranked by the JBC at Bantamweight and looking to build on a very good 2020 win over the once touted Motoko Osanai.
On the scales neither man came close to the 115lb limit, with Yonaha weighing 114.6lbs and Sakata coming in at 114.4lbs.
The main event will see former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Shun Kubo (14-2, 9) [久保隼] battle against 22 year old tough guy Ruito Saeki (7-4-1, 1) [佐伯瑠壱斗] in a match up that should be a lot better than it looks on paper. Kubo needs an impressive performance to show that he's back and heading in the right direction whilst Saeki has spoken very confidently in the build up to the bout.
The bout between Kubo and Saeki was set at a contracted weight of 58.5KG's, around 129lbs, and saw Saeki weigh bang on the limit whilst Kubo was slightly lighter, at around 128.8lbs.
For fans wanting to tune in for this one, it will be stream live on the Boxing Real YouTube channel, for free from around 13:00 Japan time. As well as the 3 bouts mentioned the show will also feature 2 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
Due to the fact some fans will not be wanting to know the result of today's Japanese Featherweight title bout between Ryo Sagawa [佐川遼] and Yuri Takemoto [竹本雄利] we will begin this with a paragraph of text to act as a spoiler warning. Please be aware this is a 1-off paragraph designed to not ruin the bout for those who have accidentally stumbled on this page ahead of the TV broadcast of the bout this coming weekend on Fuji TV. This is something we are only going to be doing when we know that a bout will be televised on delay and will only ever be a 1 paragraph thing, with the idea of allowing fans to watch events as live. With that in mind we'd just like to remind everyone this bout will be aired on Sunday night/Monday morning in Japan and can be watched as live as part of the Diamond Glove event.
With that now said we'll now bring you the result for the main event of today's show at Korakuen Hall.
For the first time since February fans were able to attend a boxing show at Korakuen Hall. Fans have been back, in various capacities, around Japan but this was the first time the legendary Korakuen Hall had hosted fans, and they did so for a small, but notable Misako promoted card headlined by Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (10-1, 5) [佐川遼]. The champion, defending the belt for the second time, managed to show what he could do as he stopped the 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yuri Takemoto (8-2-1, 4) [竹本雄利] at the very end of round 6.
The challenger started well, and had success in the first two rounds, before Sagawa began to get going in round 3. The start from the challenger was better than many had expected, and he showed he was up for this opportunity, despite lacking the natural ability of the champion. Sagawa was left with a bloodied nose, but be was calm, collected, and began landing with both hands in round 3. The success of Sagawa began to grow and in round 4 he landed a big right hand on the challenger, who seemed to starting to run out of ideas as we entered round 5 and Sagawa began to show the skills, and fluid punching that has seen him winning the title.
After 5 rounds the good start of Takemoto was forgotten. The scorecards were all in favour of Sagawa, though two judges did have the bout very close.
Sadly for Takemoto things were set to get worse and very late in the round he took a big body shot that sent him to the canvas. Takemoto tried to beat the count but stumbled as the bout was officially called at an official time of 3:09 of round 6.
With the win Sagawa retains his title and moves one step closer to a world title bout. Before that happens we expect we'll see him take on mandatory challenger Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太], who was originally supposed to faced Sagawa earlier this year. Issues relating to the on going global situation prevented that bout from taking place and Takemoto got the call for this contest. As a result Maruta is still the mandatory, though may end up waiting until 2021 for his shot at the now very truncated Champion Carnival.
As for Takemoto the loss showed the level he was competing at. He was game, he came to win, but there is still a lot of work that the youngster needs to do if he's to ever become a champion, even at national level. He was gutsy but outclassed, and was totally unable to compete when Sagawa went through the gears.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (9-1, 4) [佐川遼] will be in the ring looking to make his second defense, as he takes on 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yuri Takemoto (8-1-1, 4) [竹本雄利]. The bout has been put together after issues relating to the on going global situation prevented Sagawa from taking on mandatory challenger Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太] in what looked like an amazing match up.
Sadly for those expecting this to be a competitive match up the Polish betting website STS Bet don't agree, and they have Sagawa priced at an almost unbackable 1.02, which is the same as 1/50 in the UK and -5000 for those in the US, to win.
The unheralded Takemoto is a huge 10.00, which is the same as 9/1 or +900, to score the upset and become the new champion.
For those interested in the method of victory market Sagawa is 1.25, 1/4 or -400, to win by stoppage. That's the result we're expecting but the value is perhaps not there for some. On the other hand a decision win for the defending champion has been priced at 4.0, which is the equivalent of 3/1 or +300.
Takemoto is a huge 18.0, the same as 17/1 or +1700, to win by stoppage and a massive 22.0, which is 21/1 or +2100, to win a decision. Those looking at Takemoto and considering a win for him, we genuinely see his only chance of winning coming by stoppage.
The bookies have also put an length of bout market on the bout, putting the over/under marker at 6. rounds. The under is 1.57, which is 57/100 or -175, whilst the over is 2.22, which is the same as 61/50 or +122.
Sadly the bout won't be shown live, but will be available on delay with Fuji TV showing the contest over the weekend.
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Tomorrow in Tokyo Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (9-1, 4) [佐川遼] will be making his next defense of the title, as he looks to move towards bigger and better fights down the line. The once beaten champion will be seeking his second defense of the title as he takes on 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yuri Takemoto (8-1-1, 4) [竹本雄利] at Korakuen Hall.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made weight for the contest with no issues, coming in pretty much on the 126lb Featherweight limit.
Following the weigh in Sagawa spoke highly of Takemoto, stating that he has the impression that Takemoto is a strong fighter. He did however appear very confident, despite being respectful, and stated that he would fight his way and take the win.
Sagawa, who actually works for a confectionery company outside of boxing, has said he is trying to help, as their sales have been hit badly by the on going global situation.
Takemoto stated that when he got the offer for the title he jumped at it, stating he wanted the shot immediately. He has trained hard and done around 100 rounds of sparring to prepare for this bout, though is still clearly the under-dog against the excellent Sagawa.
For those interested Takemoto is actually a plumber outside of boxing
Originally Sagawa was scheduled to defend his title against mandatory challenger Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太], though that had to change due to the on going situation, delaying Maruta's chance until 2021. As a result Maruta will be expected to face the winner of this bout in their next defense.
For fans wanting to watch the bout on TV the contest will sadly not be shown until the weekend, with Fuji TV airing it on delay on Sunday night, at 25:55 local time, or 1:55AM Monday morning.
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Just over 10 days ago we reported that we would see Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (9-1, 4) [佐川遼] defending his title against 2018 Rookie of the Year winner Yuri Takemoto (8-1-1, 4) [竹本雄利], with tickets for the bouts being on sale through Pia.
Now we can confirm that that bout has officially been announced, for August 13th, and that the number of tickets available has been confirmed. What has also been confirmed is that the event will be the first fan attend boxing show in Tokyo.
Although fans have been in some boxing events in Japan already they have been a long way from the capital, with a small fan attended show in Okinawa and one in Aichi. This however will be the first in the capital, and will have just 700 fans in attendance, just a fraction of what the venue can hold.
For those unable to make it to the venue the bout is now confirmed to be the headlined contest of a Diamond Glove show, meaning it will be aired, on delay, on Fuji TV.
Sadly for those wanting to see Sagawa defending against Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太], like we were, that's now provisionally pushed back to 2021. Say that though it may still fall off the radar if one of the two men chooses to take a different path, for example if Sagawa gets a world title fight.
Whilst it's a huge shame that we aren't going to be getting Sagawa Vs Maruta in 2020 it's great too see fans returning to Tokyo, and hopefully this will open the door to more fan attended events in the "Holy Land" of Japanese boxing.
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