Earlier today fight fans in Tokyo got a brief glimpse of what hard hitting magician-boxer Zirolian Riku (12-3, 11) [高橋陸] can do between the ropes, as he took on Takuya Ota (8-4-1, 6) [太田卓矢] in a "blink and you miss it" contest.
The opening seconds saw the two men look to find their range before a left hook from Riku landed clean and dropped Ota hard. The referee, quickly waved off the bout giving Riku the win after just 39 seconds.
Although it was a short bout the decision from the referee was right and even moments later Ota had no idea where he was and was seen looking glassy eyed on his knees whilst Riku was celebrating.
For Riku this was a fourth straight win, and a second successive TKO1 win, following a blow out oin September against Kanta Takenaka, in 154 seconds. As for Ota this is a third stoppage loss and he looks a long way removed from the man who reached the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year final.
Interestingly the chief support bout on this card saw a minor upset as Hideaki Takagi (4-7-2) [高木 秀明] out pointed Kazumasa Morohashi (4-2-1, 2) [諸橋 一将] in a 6 rounder. Takagi really was much, much better than his record suggested and he out worked Morohashi through out, dropping his man in round 5 and taking the decision 60-53 across all 3 judges scorecards.
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Although we're only in Mid-October at the moment we are already seeing a lot of shows being put together for December. Among the shows being made is a Flash Akabane show for December 9th, under the Over Heat Boxers Night banner.
The full show hasn't been announced yet but we are aware of several bouts from this card.
Arguably the most interesting part of this show is the debut of former amateur stand out Shota Fukumori [福森 翔太], who went 55-23 (26) in the unpaid ranks. The talented southpaw will be kicking his career off with a 6 round Lightweight bout, though his opponent for the show hasn't yet been named as of yet. The hope is that Fukumori, who is currently 28 years old, will make a quick mark on the professional ranks, as he can't take too long to adapt to the pros given his age.
Although Fukumori making his debut is big news the main event of the card will see the hard hitting magician-boxer Zirolian Riku (11-3, 10) [高橋陸] take on Takuya Ota (8-3-1, 6) [太田卓矢], in what looks like a solid 8 round domestic bout. This bout will be fought at a contracted 60KG's, which is around 132.3lbs, and should be a good test for the popular Riku, who is currently #20 in the JBC rankings.
We're also expected a really good 6 rounder in a solid looking support bout between Ryukyu Oho (6-4, 3) [大保龍球] and Daiki Imanari (5-2, 3) [今成太希], who look very well matched. This is the bout scheduled just before Fukumori's debut, which will be the chief support bout.
Earlier today Korakuen Hall played host to the latest show in the Flash Akabane series of "Over Heat Boxers Night" shows. The event wasn't a big one, or a deep one, but did feature 5 bouts and had fans in attendance.
The show began with an all debutant 4 rounder that saw Masaki Nakano (1-0) [仲野 真稀] take a split decision win over Masayuki Hayashi (0-1) [林 雅之]. The bout's winner was decided in the final seconds of the contest, with Nakano dropping Hayashi late in round 4, securing a 10-8 round and the win. The scorecards for this were 38-37, twice to Nakano and once to Hayashi.
The second bout on the show saw Tomonori Nagao (2-0) [長尾 朋範] record a clear decision win as he over-came Yuta Kato (1-4) [加藤 裕太]. The scores for this were 40-36, twice, and 39-37, all in favour of Nagao.
The third bout on the card was a fantastic 8 round Featherweight bout that saw Yosuke Kawano (14-9-2, 8) [河野 洋佑] end a 2-fight losing streak as he stopped Daichi Matsuura (7-6-2, 3) [松浦 大地]. Kawano looked to take the early initiative but Matsuura wasn't going to go away and in round 3 Matsuura moved through the gears, dropping Kawano the following round. It seemed like Matsuura was on the verge of a stoppage but Kawano managed to make his way through to the bell. The following round Kawano tried to turn it around before the two men embroiled in a brutal back and forth brawl in round 6. This left Kawano bloodied, from a clash of heads, which needed a doctor to look at it before allowing the bout to continue for more brilliant violence in round 7. Despite being down earlier in the bout, and cut, Kawano was all heart and, with just over a minute left, rocked Matsuura with a series of right hands that forced the referee to jump in and stop the bout.
The chief support bout saw another stoppage as Joji Tsuchiya (10-5-3, 6) [土屋ジョウジ] took out Shoma Sekine (5-7-2, 2) [関根 翔馬] in the 4th round of their scheduled 8 rounder. Early on Tsuchiya used his height well, before Sekine managed to get closer, where he was expected to do well. Sadly for Sekine he failed to turn the action around up close and was actually dropped by an uppercut up close, forcing his team to throw in the towel.
The main event was another early finish as the popular Zirolian Riku (11-3, 10) [ジロリアン陸] stopped Kanta Takenaka (7-6-1, 2) [竹中 関汰] inside a round. Riku landed a brilliant right hand counter that sent Takenaka crashing to the canvas, with the referee quickly calling off the bout the knockdown.
There was a 6th bout scheduled for the show, between Yuji Okinori (10-5-2, 3)[興法 裕二] and Fire Ikkyu (6-3-1, 4) [ファイヤー一休]. Although this bout is listed on Boxrec it was cancelled a while back with Ikkyu pulling out well in advance of the event.
Earlier today Korakuen Hall played host to a small, yet notable, card from Flash Akabane. The show wasn't one that got much attention, but did feature notable fighters.
The main event saw the colourful and charismatic Zirolian Riku (10-3, 9) [高橋陸] take his first decision win, as he out pointed Ikemen Atsushi (7-5-2, 2) [鈴木淳] over 8 rounds in a Super Featherweight bout.
Riku, who came to the ring dressed as Santa, was left cut and and bang up after the bout, with a bloodied nose and a nasty cut on his left eye brow, but was the boss through out the contest. Atsushi had moments, but they were few and far between and he was deducted a point late on for holding.
After the bout Riku stated that he was hoping to fight a domestically ranked fighter in the new year.
Talking about ranked fighters the chief support bout saw Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific ranked Light Flyweights clash in a more competitive contest.
This contest saw exciting youngster Tsuyoshi Sato (10-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] battle 2-time Japanese challenger Masashi Tada (13-7-3, 8) [多田雅], and take a well earned win.
Sato had been on a roll since winning the 2017 Rookie of the Year, going 4-0 (3) since then and hadn't really lost a round in his last 5 bouts. Here though he was tested and had to bit down as Tada's toughness and experience saw the youngster being asked serious question. This was war, with both taking one to land one, but in the end Sato's youth, work rate and power were the difference, helping him to a unanimous decision win.
This was the test Sato needed before a potential bout in 2020, and we'll be honest we are really looking forward to what he'll do next year.
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Earlier today we were informed that the all action Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] would be back in action on December 11th, as part of the Over Heat Boxers Night 92.
The incredibly fun to watch Sato was supposed to fight for the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title in July before suffering an injury, scuppering that planned fight with Rikito Shiba (4-0, 2) [芝力人]. The injured has been responsible for keeping him out of the ring, but it is great to see his return has now got a date.
The 22 year old Sato, who turns 23 on December 16th, will be up against former 2-time Japanese challenger Masashi Tada (13-6-3, 8) [多田雅], in what is a very good step up in class.
Although we did want to see Sato Vs Shiba, this is not a bad bout at all, especially given that Tada is a legitimately notable domestic level fighter, ranked #6 by the JBC at Light Flyweight and fought for the Japanese title back in May.
This bout will be the show's chief support bout, with the main event being a contest between Zirolian Riku (9-3, 9) [高橋陸] and Ikemen Atsushi (7-4-2, 2) [鈴木淳], in what could be a very explosive fight thanks to the power of Riku.
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