Earlier today Japans fans got a treat as a "Dynamic Glove" show, gave us some great action and some surprisingly good fights.
Although the under-card was well matched the attention was mostly on fast rising youngster Daigo Higa (9-0, 9) [比嘉大吾], who was defending the WBC Youth Flyweight crown for the second time.
The youngster, who won the title last year in Thailand stopping Kongfah CP Freshmart, was up against the Filipino challenger Romel Oliveros (6-2-1, 1) in what was supposed to be a test for the Japanese fighter. Instead however the bout was a show case with Higa setting his usual tempo in the opening round and quickly finding a home for his left hooks to the body. Oliveros showed his toughness through the first round but it was a round that he lost.
In the second round the body really took their toll and Oliveros was down early in the round. He up quickly from the first knockdown but Higa smelled blood and went back on the assault, dropping Oliveros a further 3 times in the round. After the 4th knockdown the referee ending the bout with Oliveros being saved from further punishment.
The win for Higa came in one of 7 televised bouts.
The telecast kicked off with debutant Shintaro Fuse (1-0, 1) [布施 慎太朗] scoring a 3rd round TKO win against the win-less Naomichi Yaginuma (0-2) [柳沼 直道]. The fight was an exciting one and saw the debutant, who fights in a typical Shirai Gushiken Sports gym manner, was aggressive and exciting, and although he showed some flaws he did make a winning start to what looks likely to be an exciting career.
The second televised bout was even better than the first and saw 19 year old Yoshimitsu Kimura (3-0, 1) [木村 吉光] go to war with Yuichi Katayama (3-3, 2) [片山 佑一] in a genuinely entertaining 4 rounder. Yuichi was dropped in the opening round but recovered well before engaging in a war during rounds 3 and 4. The bout was very close on two of the cards, though the right guy got the win and maintained his unbeaten record.
Unfortunately the third bout on the show was a controversial one with Riku Nagahama (4-0-1) [長濱 陸] very lucky to escape with a win against Wataru Seino (5-4, 5) [清野 航]. The unbeaten Nagahama entered the ring as the #7 ranked Japanese Middleweight but looked distinctly average against a busy, aggressive and powerful Seino. Seino appeared to win at least 3 rounds of the 4 round bout with his work rate being the key, but some how two of the judges had Nagahama winning, whilst the third had the bout a draw.
One bout where there no controversy was the Super Flyweight bout between Yoshinobu Kakinaga (5-2, 1) [垣永 嘉信] and Jun Ishimoto (5-4-1, 3) [石本 純]. The bout wasn't the most exciting but Kakinaga controlled it with his movement, outside boxing, speed and, surprisingly, his power. That power resulted in Kakinaga scoring 3 knockdowns en route to a very wide decision. Not only was Ishimoto dropped three times, once in round 2 and twice in round 3, but he was also left with a nasty cut at the end of round 5. It looks like there is real potential with Kakinaga, but he will need to develop "man strength" if he's to make the most of his potential.
Another bout with no controversy saw the heavy handed Ryo Matsubara (5-1, 5) [松原 陵] dismantle Thailand's Dejchai Bovigym (0-3)* in just 98 seconds. Matsubara went to work quickly, and broke Bovigym up with body shots that saw the Thai downed for the count. Interestingly Bovigym was listed with a 10-9-1 (1) record coming in to this bout by Japanese TV channel G+.
Another bout that was over quickly was the chief support, contest which saw Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1, 7) [前川 龍斗] defeat Filipino foe Bimbo Nacionales (13-11-1, 3) in 100 seconds. The unbeaten Japanese fighter looked several division's bigger than the visitor and that weight difference showed with Maekawa walking through Nacionales breaking him down swiftly. There was however a side of Maekawa we didn't like, with the Japanese fighter landing a blow on his opponent whilst he was down. It did seem like the referee was going to deduct point but Nacionales stayed down and took the decision out of his hands. Incidentally the referee did talk with Maekawa after the bout and there was some indication that he may have said it was a stupid thing for the youngster to do, and perhaps cut it out before it becomes a habit.
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