A busy day in Japanese boxing was thankfully highlighted by Japanese television channel Fuji TV who showed a split-site production.
The first of the two bouts shown on Fuji TV came from Zama as the very highly regarded Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3) claimed his first title.
Fighting for just the fourth time as a professional Inoue took on the Ryoichi Taguchi (18-2-1, 8) who was not only the Japanese Light Flyweight champion but also the #3 ranked WBA fighter. Despite the experience edge in favour of Taguchi he was thoroughly out classed by the talented, and very promising, Inoue who showed the ability to box on the back foot, attack on the front foot and, for the first notable time in his career, take a punch on the chin.
The second televised bout, from Tokyo, featured the professional debut of Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata (1-0, 1) who destroyed the OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-8-1, 9).
Murata made an almost immediate impression dropping Shibata after just 150 seconds. Although Shibata did get up from the initial knockdown the writing was on the wall and Murata would stop his opponent in the very next round making a very positive impression.
On the same card as Murata/Shibata there was a trio of notable bouts.
They included a split decision victory for the unbeaten Takahiro Shigee (9-0-1, 7) who narrowly over-came Filipino southpaw Diarh Gabutan (18-3-3, 9) and stoppages for both Jorge Linares (34-3, 22) and Keita Obara (9-1, 8).
Linares scored a third round victory over Nicaraguan Berman Sanchez (26-6-3, 15) as he fought his first bout in Japan in almost 3 years. Obara, defending his Japanese Light Welterweight title for the first time, also scored a third round victory as he took out So Takenaka (18-7-2, 8).
In less notable bouts on the same card Jun Koseki (7-2, 3) claimed a split decision victory over Takuya Mori (4-2, 3) and Naoharu Kida (2-0, 2) stopped Tomotsune Mitsuyasu (1-1, 1).
The same show also featured a trio of bouts between debutants as Kazutaka Matsunishi (1-0) narrowly took a decision over Daisuke Sudo (0-1), Tomohiro Yoshiwara (1-0, 1) stopped Takumu Kawano (0-1) and Hiroki Ashizawa (1-0, 1) took out Takuto Yamagishi (0-1).
The card with Inoue also had other contests on it. The most notable of these saw hese saw Kazuaki Irisawa (7-5, 4) claiming a split decision over Yasuyuki Hoshino (5-5-1, 4), Akihiko Katagiri (13-7-1, 4) taking a unanimous decision over Toshimitsu Goto (11-10-1, 4) and a technical draw between Yuta Saito (7-4-2, 6) and Yoshinori Koto (6-8-3, 1).
In other bouts on the show Kazutaka Hasegawa (1-1) claimed his first victory overcoming Ryu Koike (0-3) via a decision, Asahi Hatsumi (1-1) also took his first victory defeating the debuting Rasher Aoki (0-1). The only stoppage on the entire card came as Ryo Irie (1-2, 1) took out the debuting Yuya Watanabe (0-1).
As well as the two notable shows in Japan there was a third show which was part of the the "West Rookie of the year" tournament.
This show kicked off with a majority decision for Kenta Shimizu (5-3-1, 2) who narrowly over-came Takeshi Sone (3-2-1) in the Minimumweight division.
In the Light Flyweight division Tomoya Itosu (3-1, 2) stopped Tatsuya Sakamoto (3-3, 1) in the opening round. This was one of 4 opening round stoppages with the others seeing Junpei Omori (3-2, 3) stopping Hisashi Kawanishi (3-5), Shingo Kawamura (5-1, 2) stopping Takuya Hashimoto (3-2, 3) and the unbeaten Ken Osato (4-0, 3) taking out Kenji Suehiro (4-7, 1).
As well as the opening round stoppages there was a second round stoppage for Koki Tyson Maebara (3-1-1, 3) who stopped Osamu Katayama (0-2) and a fourth round KO for Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (5-1, 4) who took out Kazuma Fukuyama (2-2-1).
In the Super Bantamweight division nobodies "0" had to go as Bunta Mitaka (3-0-2) drew with fellow unbeaten Shohei Kawashima (4-0-1, 1).
At Lightweight Takafumi Yamada (4-2, 1) out pointed Shoji Fukumoto (3-4, 1) and at Bantamweight Tatsuya Ikemizu (5-0, 2) over came Monkey Shuhei (4-3-1, 1).
The remaining both bouts went exactly opposite to how we expected with Kenta Sugimoto (5-5-1) over coming the previous unbeaten Johnny Abarca (6-1, 1) and Hideo Mikan (5-4-1, 1) over-coming Shota Yamamoto (3-1, 2) in two bouts that should go down as genuine upsets.
As well as the fights in Japan there was also a show in Gimpo, South Korea with 8 contests.
The Korean show saw action across the divisions with the only bout in the lighter weights seeing Da-Won Suh (2-3) defeat Jae-Hyuk Lim (1-3) in a bout contested just above the Flyweight limit.
Just above the Featherweight limit Seung-Woo Nam (1-0) defeated Sang-Don Wang (0-1) in a battle of debutants whilst Hyun-Tae Kim (2-0, 2) stopped Se-Han Oh (0-1) in a bout at 130lbs.
In action around the Lightweight limit Hee-Chul Jo (1-1, 1) stopped the debuting Gang-Hoon Lee (0-1) whilst at 150lbs Ki-Chul Lee (1-0, 1) stopped Dong-Min Ryoo (0-1) in a battle between debutants.
Around the limit Kwang-Hyi Lee (3-1, 3) stopped Dong-Hyuk Kim (0-1) and up a division higher Sung-Hoon Park (2-1) out pointed Dan-Haeng Lee (0-2).
The heaviest bout was at Heavyweight as Hyun-Tae Bae (3-0, 2) out pointed Kyung-Hak Lee (3-3-1, 1). All the Korean fights took place over 4 rounds.
Finally there was also a show in Indonesia at the TVRI television centre as novice Ki-chang Kim (3-1-1, 1) out pointed veteran Sammy Hagler (16-16-2, 3) over 12 rounds and Isack Junior (21-4-2, 8) took a decision over Ruben Manakane (12-11, 8).
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