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.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got a small, but notable, card with several interesting match ups.
One of those bouts saw 21 year old Ryuki Ishii (9-3, 5) [石井龍輝] battle against the heavy handed Zirolian Riku (8-3, 8) [高橋陸].
The talented Ishii, who had come runner up in the 2016 All Japan Rookie of the Year, where he lost in the final to Shawn Oda, showed how good he was today.
From the opening round Ishii was too quick, using his sharp southpaw jab and smooth boxing. He was however caught at times by the power of Riku, who looked dangerous despite being out boxed. Ishii realised how much danger Riku's power had, and began to box smartly, countering the slower man.
In the end there was no debating the winner, with Ishii taking the clear unanimous decision after the 6th and final round.
Sadly for Riku, who lost in the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Musashi Mori, he is now over a year removed from his last win. At 30 years old he can bounce back from this loss, but will need to make a big impact in 2019 if he's going to compete for any form of a title.
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