Earlier today Kadoebi held their latest show under the solid "Slugfest" banner, and although not a monster show, or one of the deepest "Slugfest" events it was certainly a notable one, with 4 bouts taking place including a regional title bout and two bouts featuring very promising and talented prospects.
The show began with a 4 rounder that saw a genuine upset as Shota Ogawa (4-3-1, 3) [小川 将太] stopped 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Kantaro Nakanishi (3-1-1) [中西 寛多郎] in a Bantamweight clash. Nakanishi, who hadn't fought in over a year, landed some nice shots in the opening round, but in round 2 the fight became a fire fight with Ogawa dropping his man early in the round. Nakanishi beat the count but was under pressure at the restart forcing the referee to save him at the 1:03 mark of round 2.
The second bout saw the touted Jun Ikegawa (2-0) [池側 純] take a 6 round decision win over Ryuya Nihei (5-2-1, 1) [二瓶 竜弥]. Nihei showed some ambition and hunger early on here, but he was repeatedly out foxed, and out though by the talented Ikegawa, who controlled range really well, and left his man cut. The boxing brain of Ikegawa was on show through out here, as he landed and got out of range before Nihei could land counters, and it was a good show case of the youngster's boxing ability. After 6 rounds this was 60-54, twice, and 59-55, and despite a very good win, we do get the feeling there is a lot, lot more to come from Ikegawa in the future.
In the chief support bout we saw the highly regarded Ayato Hiromoto (4-0, 2) [廣本 彩刀] put in one of his best performances as he scored a 7th round TKO win over veteran Hiroki Yajima (9-10-3, 4) [矢島 大樹], who had never previously been stopped. Hiromoto controlled the action behind his left hand early on, using his jabs and hooks to dictate the action. Yajima tried to fight back, but when he took risks he was punished, notable in round 5. In round 7 Hiromoto managed to drop his man, who returned to his feet and came back swinging before being dropped a second time by a hard right hand, forcing the stoppage.
In the main event we saw WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Ryota Yamauchi (8-1, 7) [山内涼太] successfully defending his title as he stopped the over-matched Yuta Nakayama (8-4-1, 5) [中山祐太]. Nakayama was game from the off, and showed some good speed, a nice jab and some real ambition. Sadly for him however Yamauchi wasn't worried and began to slowly break down his man with pressure and body shots, dropping Nakayama with a body shot in round 2. Nakayama was down again in round 5, though managed to again get to his feet and try to fight back. In round 7 however a third knockdown was enough to force a stoppage and get Yamauchi his first defense of the title.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Ryota Yamauchi (7-1, 6) [山内涼太] make his first defense of the title, facing off with fellow Japanese fighter Yuta Nakayama (8-3-1, 5) [中山祐太]. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the 112lb limit with no issues at all.
On the scales Yamauchi was bang on the limit and he sounded confident of making a good impression tomorrow. He's been out of the ring for quite a while, since winning the title in 2020, and it's fair to say he wants to get back on track and begin his move towards a potential world title fight later in the year. In fact talking to Boxmob, he even suggested that he was wanting Kadoebi to book him a world title fight and given his high WBA ranking no one can blame him for wanting a shot at world honours.
Nakayama on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, weighing in around 111.75lbs. He also spoke to Boxmob and whilst he seemed fully aware of the champions amateur pedigree, and high level of ability, he also seemed confident that he had the tools to deal with Yamauchi.
As well as both men making weight they also both had negative PCR tests.
Related - Yamauchi looks to make first defense of WBO AP title as he takes on Nakayama!
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Earlier today Kadoebi announced a show set for June 24th at Korakuen Hall, and it's an interesting one, even if it's unlikely to generate too many headlines in the international boxing press. It's a show that has a lot of young talent on it, and several really interesting bouts, even if they aren't the sort of bouts that will generate too much buzz outside of Japan.
The main event will see WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Ryota Yamauchi (7-1, 6) [山内涼太] making his first defense of the title as he takes on Yuta Nakayama (8-3-1, 5) [中山祐太], who will go in to the bout as the big under-dog.
The talented Yamauchi is banging on the door of a world title fight, and is ranked within the top 15 by the WBA, WBO and IBF and he won his regional title last year, when he stopped Satoru Todaka in 3 rounds, adding that win to other notable victories against the likes of Yota hori and Alphoe Dagayloan. As for Nakayama he has lost 2 of his last 4, though those losses both came at Light Flyweight, and he has moved to Flyweight since those defeats and has been having success, with TKO wins over MJ Bo and Yuki Uchida.
The chief support bout will see the highly skilled, though feather fisted, Izuki Tomioka (7-4-1, 2) [富岡樹] make his Kadoebi debut as he takes on the unbeaten Taison Morishita (2-0) [森下 泰尊] in a very interesting looking 8 rounder at 140lbs. Tomioka is a brilliant technician, but his lack of power and physicality has been an issue through his career., Morishita on the other hand is a fast rising prospect and this could be a great chance for him to try and make a name for himself.
Another 8 rounder, this time at Super Flyweight, will see the unbeaten Ayato Hiromoto (3-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] take on 30 year old veteran Hiroki Yajima (9-9-3, 4) [矢島大樹]. We've been impressed by Hiromoto and this should serve as a good test for the 24 year old hopeful, though a test he should pass.
A really good 6 rounder here will see the talented Jun Ikegawa (1-0) [池側純] take on Ryuya Nihei (5-1-1, 1) [二瓶竜弥]. We were impressed by Ikegawa's skills on his debut, but he didn't really get forced out of first gear, we expect that to change here as Nihei has ambitions of his own, and he impressed last year at the East Japan Rookie of the Year, so is certainly no push over.
In another 6 rounder we'll see Daiki Imanari (5-3, 3) [今成 太希] battle Ryo Tanimoto (5-4, 3), who is now fighting at Pegasus Tanimoto [ペガサス谷本], in what looks like a very, very competitive match up.
The show is set to open with a 4 rounder, as as Kantaro Nakanishi (3-0-1) [中西寛多郎] faces Shota Ogawa (3-3-1, 2) [小川将太]. Whilst this is only a 4 rounder Nakanishi is a very solid, young prospect who shone at the 2019 Rookie of the Year, winning the All Japan crown at Bantamweight, but has sadly been out of the ring since December 2019 and it seems clear this is a case of getting him some rounds and shaking some ring rust after being out of the ring for so long out of the ring.
Earlier today Japanese Youth Light Flyweight champion Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] successfully defended the title, stopping Yuta Nakayama (6-2-1, 3) [中山祐太] in the 7th round of their bout.
The contest, which took place at the Korakuen Hall, was hotly contested from the off, with an exciting pace being set by the two fighters. Although both were letting their hands go, it always seemed like Oho was the heavier puncher, and the one landing the more effective blows.
The clean blows from Oho never looked damaging on a 1-shot basis, but they were accumulating, and damaging Nakayama, who was clearly hurt in round 5. Nakayama gritted his teeth but in round 7 a left hook took what was left his resolve, and the referee stepped in when the challenger's knees wobbled.
After the fight the champion, who will now have to vacate the title due to out growing the age limit, stated he would like to challenger Japanese national champion Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也]. From what we under-stand however Hisada is unlikely to face Oho any time soon, given his own ambitions and the fact he already has a mandatory challenger for the 2019 Champion Carnival, Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一]. What seems more likely is that Oho may face Horikawa for the title, or challenge a new champion in summer 2019, rather than facing Hisada.
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Back September we reported that former OPBF and JBC champion Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on November 19th for his next bout as part of an upcoming A-Sign Bee card. At the time however his opponent wasn't named.
Today we can report that Akaho's opponent for that bout will be the rather disappointing Naoto Mizutani (5-4-1, 2) [水谷直人], who is 1-1-1 in his last 3 and is taking a monstrous step up in class. The bout will be an 8 round contest at Super Bantamweight and will be Mizutani's first since an upset win over Mirai Imagawa in September, the only win Mizutani has had over a domestic opponent in 3 years. For Akaho this will be his second bout of 2018, and sees him looking to build on an opening round win over Robert Udtohan.
Another bout of note confirmed for this card is a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout, with Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Yuta Nakayama (6-1-1, 3) [中山祐太]. Originally Oho was supposed to defend the belt in August against Hiroki Inamine but that bout fell though due to Inamine pulling out, so this will be Oho's first defense of the title he won in April, when he stopped Tetsuya Tomioka. For Nakayama the bout will see him coming into the ring in search of a 6th straight win.
As with all A-Sign shows we do expect this to make it's way to Youtube, though it may be drip fed to the online video website.
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