Today we get to have another look at a great KO, this time from 2012 when we get one of the most under-rated KO's of the year. The bout, held at the Xebio Arena, was a WBC Bantamweight title fight that saw one of the faces of Japanese boxing taking on a tough and established Mexican challenger. It ended with the challenge face down on the canvas a brilliant, brutal, and exceptional combination from the champion.
Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11) Vs Tomas Rojas (39-13-1, 26)
In November 2011 Shinsuke Yamanaka won the WBC Bantamweight title, stopping Christian Esquivel. The following November he made his second defense, as he took on highly experienced Mexican veteran Tomas Rojas.
Although Rojas was no elite level fighter he had been a WBC Super Flyweight champion and had scored notable wins in Japan against the likes of Kohei Kono and Nobuo Nashiro. After losing the WBC Super Flyweight title in 2011, to Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, he had moved up in weight and was now getting a chance to become a 2-weight world champion.
At this point Yamanaka wasn't too well known internationally. His most notable win was a close decision over Vic Darchinyan, and other than that it was his wins over Esquivel and Ryosuke Iwasa that stood out. Here however he left us with a highlight reel KO that still gets attention to this day.
Through 6 rounds the bout had been fairly competitive. Yamanaka was winning but was needing to work for the win. Early in round 7 that all changed.
Yamanaka would land a long left hand, rocking Rojas. Before Rojas could recover Yamanaka fired in a right uppercut, further rocking Rojas who some how remained on his feet. A left from Yamanaka missed but a second uppercut landed, and then a piledriver of a left hand on to the chin sent Rojas crashing down to the canvas, flat on his front.
The combination was brutal and Rojas had no chance to get to his feet. This was beautifully violent and one of the very best KO's of 2012.
After the win Yamanaka would build a reputation as a destructive puncher, stopping his next 4 opponents as he went on his long world title reign. Rojas on the other hand fought earlier this year and is still going strong despite having over 70 bouts to his name now!
We've all heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and we've decided to put our spin on things with "Six degrees of separation" looking to connect Asian fighters you may never have assumed were connected! Today we connect the legendary Manny Pacquiao to Katsunari Takayama
Just as ground rules, we're not doing the more basic "A beat B who beat C who beat D" type of thing, but instead we want to link fighters in different ways. As a result we will limit A fought B connections, and try to get more varied connections together, as you'll see here! We also know there are often shorter routes to connect fighters, but that's not always the most interesting way to connect them.
1-Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has had one of the greatest careers of any fighter. He has had success in terms of world titles, and success in terms of beating top names. During his long career, which has seen him holding world titles in 4 different decades, as well as minor titles. One of those minor titles was the WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
2-Another fighter to have held the WBC International Super Bantamweight title was Joe Hiyas, an unheralded Filipino fighter who fought from 1980 to 1995. Although not star Hiyas fought a very impressive 94 times, going 51-28-15 (10) during his career. Interestingly he had a nickname that is popular with many other fighters, "Sugar".
3-Another fighter with the "Sugar" nickname was former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda. Shimoda held the WBA title at 122lbs for just over 5 months, holding it from late January 2011 to early July, when he was knocked out by Rico Ramos. Shimoda's final bout came on December 31st 2016 at the Memorial Center in Gifu.
4-Another fighter who was in action December 31st 2016 at the Memorial Center in Gifu was Kosei Tanaka, who became a 2-weight world champion when he stopped Moises Fuentes in 5 rounds to claim the WBO Light Flyweight title. The win was a big one for Tanaka, who had struggled a year earlier when he had to dig deep to over-come Vic Saludar to retain the WBO Minimumweight title.
5-Kosei Tanaka has had his career guided by former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, who was a successful fighter back in the last 1980's and early 1990's, winning the WBC Super Bantamweight title and the Japanese Super Flyweight title.
6-As well as his title victories Kiyoshi Hatanaka also won Rookie of the Year at Super Flyweight. Another Rookie of the Year winner was the hugely exciting Katsunari Takayama, who won Rookie of the year years after Hatanaka.
One of the fighters who has received some international attention without ever becoming anything close to a star is 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (35-2-2, 23). The Japanese slugger has received quite a bit of attention in his homeland, but other than his 2 world title fights he really hasn't made much of a mark on the wider boxing scene.
Today we shine a light on Akaho and feature him in the latest 5 Midweek Facts series.
Before we get into the facts lets just have a little bit of an introduction to Ryo Akaho. He began his professional career in 2005 and began his career with a 21 fight unbeaten record, going 19-0-2 (12) before challenging the then WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato. He came up short against Sato before reeling off 7 wins to earn a second world title fight, losing to Pungluang Sor Singyu in a WBO Bantamweight title fight. Since then he has bagged 9 more wins and knocked on the door of a third world title fight. Heading towards his 34th birthday as we write this it does seem unlikely he'll get another shot, but he certainly seems to be chasing one more shot at the top.
1-As an amateur boxer Akaho went 3-2 (1)
2-Akaho has often used Kyosuke Himuro's "Sleepless Night", as his ring walk music. We've included the official music video for this song at the bottom of this article. In fairness, this is one of the better Japanese songs used for ring walk music.
3-Among the many people who have trained Akaho over the years is Royal Kobayashi, who supposed help Akaho develop his left hook.
4-Akaho won his first title, the OPBF Super Flyweight title, just 11 days after the death of Kazunori Miyakawa, the chairman of the Yokohama Hikari Gym. Mr Miyakawa passed away due to myocardial infarction on May 7th with Akaho stopping Australian fighter Fred Mundraby 11 days later in one of his most impressive performances.
5After sharing a card with Nonito Donaire in 2015 Donaire gave him the nickname "Japanese Flash". The two are really close friends and in 2017 Donaire stayed in Japan and trained at the Yokohama Hikari Gym, that Akaho fights out of. Whilst there the two often sparred. Akaho has gone as far as to say that Donaire was his boxing idol.
During the development of this "5 Bouts to enjoy during Isolation" mini series we put together a lot more fights than we realised we would need. With that in mind we've decided to finish the series with a total mix up of stuff, and we hope you guys enjoy a completely random selection of fights! This isn't a themed list and is pretty much just 5 bouts that failed to make the cut of earlier collections. Despite missing the cut originally they are all bouts worthy of your time and mix female action, controversial decisions, a dramatic come back and an all out war.
Shindo Go (14-2, 9) vs Arely Mucino (20-2-2, 10) 
Katsuya Onizuka (18-0, 16) vs Thanomsak Sithbaobay (37-2, 21) 
Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-3, 35) vs Marlon Tapales (28-2, 11) 
Chris John (36-0-1, 20) Vs Juan Manuel Marquez (44-2-1, 33) 
Jong Kwon Baek (20-0, 18) Vs Lakva Sim (11-1-1, 10) 
One name we expect most fans to be familiar with is Nobuhiro Ishida. The Japanese fighter spent his first 29 fights in Japan, but in his mid 30's he started to fight away from home and took part in a number of high profile bouts. Those bouts brought him from being an unknown outside of Japan, and more specifically Osaka, to a name every fan knew, at least for a few years.
In less than 24 months Ishida faced James Kirkland, Paul Williams, Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin whilst becoming a genuinely notable name on the international scene. Although he would only win 1 of those bouts he was certainly someone who had come from obscurity to make the most of his career well past the age many would suggest was his physical prime.
Although Ishida is someone we suspect every reader has heard about we know there's a lot fans don't know about him, so here we bring you 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Nobuhiro Ishida.
1-Ishida began boxing as a child, at the age of 6, under the tutelage of his father. Later on he would begin training at the well established Osaka Teiken gym.
2-As an amateur Ishida ran up a very impressive record, though it's unclear what the actual record is. Some sources report 99-15 (48), others state 101-15 (50) and a third states 101-15 (48).
3-Before turning professional Ishida worked at an orphanage.
4-In May 2001 Ishida suffered his first professional loss, losing the OPBF title at 154lbs to Seiji Takechi. By it's self that wouldn't be note worthy but it would be the final bout for Takechi who hung himself less than 3 months later, aged just 24. This appears to be the only time a Japanese fighter, holding any form of title, has committed suicide, and was regarded as a major shock. Although there had been numerous rumours as to why he committed suicide, including an affair and issues with the gym, nothing was ever put down as a definitive reason.
5-In 2009 Ishida defended the WBA "interim" Light Middleweight title against Oney Valdez, amazingly the bout was the chief support bout to Kazuto Ioka's third professional bout, against Takashi Kunishge.
6-During his entire career Ishida scored only 2 opening round wins. They both came in 2011 and the first of those, rather incredibly, came in his career defining win against James Kirkland. Heading into the bout with Kirkland Ishida hadn't finished someone in the opening round in any of his previous 30 bouts! Just 7 months after beating Kirkland Ishida would stop Edson Espinoza in the first round, his only other TKO1 win.
7-On a similar note Ishida's stoppages have all come in the first 6 rounds! They have come in round 1 (twice), round 2 (4-times), round 4 (twice), round 5 (once) and round 6 (twice).
8-In his retirement ceremony Ishida took part in a public spar with former foe, come close friend Crazy Kim. As a professional Kim beat Ishida twice, by decision in both bouts.
9-When he was an active fighter his ring walk music was usually "Train Train" by Japanese band "The Blue Hearts", which can be heard at the end of this article.
10-Following his retirement as an active fighter Ishida has set up his own boxing gym, the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club, which currently has several professional fighters in it's stable and held it's first independently promoted show in September 2019. Prior to the show they had held some joint promoted cards.
Extra Fact - In his 40 fight career Ishida was stopped just once, by Gennady Golovkin in 2013
Over the last few days we've seen a lot of talk about Wanheng Menayothin and his 54-0 record. Some look to devalue it, others look to use it to troll fans of Floyd Mayweather Jr, who of course seemed to himself use his unbeaten record and final bout to troll fans of Rocky Marciano. What we've seen is a lot of argument over whether the record should be recognised, which really seems an odd argument to be made, when the record, for all intents and purposes, is little more than a meaningless bit of trivia.
Of course boxing is full of pointless records, records that, at the end of the day, mean very little. The big argument when it comes to Wanheng and whether his 54-0 should be recognised seems to be based on his competition. Though since when did competition become part of recognising an actual record? Who decides when level of competition should, and shouldn't count?
Of course Wanheng's competition wasn't consistently great. In his 54 bouts he had 5 bouts against fighters who were former, future or reigning world champions. If competition was so key however fans would, or should, be giving Roman Gonzalez a lot more respect, especially given that 3 men he beat went on to not just win world titles but to unify them!
With that said we've decided to look at some other rather pointless boxing records, to show that competition doesn't affect the actual record. In fact some of the records out there are there because of how bad some fighters are.
Shortest world title fight:
11 Seconds - Zolani Tete TKO1 Siboniso Gonya (WBO Bantamweight title)
Set in 2017 South African fighter Zolani Tete scored the ultimate "blink and you miss it" world title defense stopping fellow South African Siboniso Gonya in 11 seconds. Gonya had done little to deserve a world title bout, but the record stands.
Prior to Tete's win the record was set at 20 seconds by Gerald McClellan, who stopped Jay Bell in 1993 to defend the WBC Middleweight title. No one is ignoring these two incredibly quick wins due to the level of opponent.
Shortest career of a world title challenger
90 seconds - Arturo Mayan
Not too much is known about Arturo Mayan, who Boxrec list as a Spanish based Mexican but in 1994 he shared the ring with the WBO Minimumweight cham Alex Sanchez, and was stopped in 90 seconds. That wasn't just his debut, but is his only recorded professional bout. Yes he retired 0-1 after this one off contest. We don't imagine this record will ever be beaten, and is one of the most bizarre bits of trivia. One of those great answers when someone asks about the worst world title challenger either.
Fewest fans in attendance for a world title fight
0 Fans - Jason Moloney Vs Joshua Franco
Whilst the WBA "regular" Super Flyweight title might not mean much to many fans it's an interesting bit of trivia to note that the title was on the line for Jason Moloney's bout with Joshua Franco this week. The fight, which was a great one, was the first ever time a "world title" had been fought for in front of 0 fans. Again this is a record that will never be beaten, and can only be matched, but is an intriguing bit of trivia, and something we expect will be never be done again.
Most successive opening round wins
21 - Ali Raymi
When we talk about records that are dubious, but should be recognised, the run of Ali Raymi that saw him stopping his first 22 opponents inside a round should be acknowledged, and is actually a more interesting record than many as it's one that we had seen several fighters try to set. Edwin Valero set a record 18 in a row in 2006 before Tyrone Brunson beat that with his 19th in 2018. Brunson's record was then beaten by Raymi who set the new record at 21 in 2014.
On paper there's no reason why this one couldn't be beaten going forward, but it's certainly not an easy one to beat, and would likely only be possible with the help of a relatively suspect commission.
Fewest Fights to a World title
1-Hyun Mi Choi
One of the records we hear mentioned about Vasyl Lomachenko is how he won a world title in his third professional bout, tying the record of Thai legend Saensak Muangsurin. What both of those men did was incredibly impressive, though the actual record for winning a world title in the fewest fights is a record held by Korean fighter Hyun Mi Choi. The talented Choi, and her family defected from North Korea to South Korea where Choi turned professional and, in her debut, won the WBA female Featherweight title, taking a decision win over Chunyan Xu.
Whilst this record is matchable, in theory, we don't expect anyone to match it. Saying that however several fighters have attempted two win a world title on debut, such as the aforementioned Arturo Mayan, Joko Arter, Joves De La Puz, and Domingus Siwalette.
As with last weeks look at the Light Heavyweight division we will also only be looking at the top 5 Current Asian Cruiserweights, rather than top 10, as the division really is that thin in terms of talent. Also, for the sake of these particular rankings, we will not be including current "WBA Crusierweight champion" Beibut Shumenov. He might be a world champion but his inactivity means he's not being included, and we're really not sure if we'll ever see him in the ring again.
1-Ali Baloyev (9-0, 7)
Promising Kazakh hopeful Ali Baloyev looks to be the man to pin Asian hopes on at the moment. The heavy handed and promising 27 year old is the biggest hope but also a great example of how weak the Asian interest is in the division. He spent most of 2019 out of the ring, before picking up a decision against Hamilton Ventura in July, and is now almost a year away removed from that bout. Although talented and promising his competition so far hasn't been great, and he will need to be moved fast when boxing returns, if he's to become an actual threat in the division.
2-Peng Qu (15-2-1, 11)
China is potentially the place where we could see some major names pop up in the division over the coming years. Sadly Qu isn't going to be the first Chinese world champion in the division, unless something completely bizarre happens. The 30 year old boxer-puncher isn't a bad fighter, by any stretch, but he's also not a particularly good one and he certainly hasn't got the ability to set the world alight. He's talented and can boxer and punch, he has good size, but his age is against him and his competition so far has done little to suggest he can make the massive leap from regional class to world class.
3-Issa Akberbayev (20-1-0-1, 15)
Once beaten 36 year old Kazakh Issa Akberbayev was beaten back in November following almost 2 years out of the ring. In his prime he was seen as a promising fighter but the reality is that he's beyond his best, was never great or a particularly proven fighter and scored little in terms of wins. His best win came more than 5 years ago, and even that wasn't a major win, and his most notable result, other than his loss, was a No Contest in 2013 against Anthony Ferrante, which saw Akberbayev being knocked out only for Ferrante to fail a drug test.
4-Muhamad Farkhan (11-0, 11)
Malaysia isn't a boxing hot bed, but it is nice to see a name coming from the country which is worthy of talking about, and that is 31 year old Muhamad Farkhan. The unbeaten fighter from Johore has been a professional since 2015 and has been matched relatively softly. In saying that however wins over Alexander Bajawa and Pascal Abel Ndomba are pretty much as good as anything on Akberbayev's record. It would be good to see Farkhan have a big fight but in reality we suspect his handlers will treat him very carefully to try and make him into a local draw before he retires, rather than getting him a truly noteworthy bout.
5-Ibragim Iskandarov (7-0, 7)
We finish the top 5, which is another really weak top 5, with unbeaten Kazakh Ibragim Iskandarov, who is 33 years old and has just 15 rounds of professional experience to his name. The 5'11" puncher made his debut in 2017 and blew through his first 6 opponents in a combined 8 rounds, he then struggled last time out before finally stopping Mussa Ajibu in the 7th round. Given his age, and the struggle against Ajibu, he's unlikely to make any kind of mark at the higher levels of the sport, but sadly we needed a #5 to complete this list.
Right now the best of the Asian Cruiserweights are in the amateurs, but hopefully in 2021 or 2022 they do head over to the professional ranks and make a mark there.
Boxers end up moving on to all sorts of things in life, and of course come from all backgrounds. One of the interesting cases of a boxer moving onto things that effect people more than just the fans of the sport is Jiro Akama, who had moved from punching opponents, to playing a major role in the day to day life of people in Japan.
We need to preface this by saying Akama's professional boxing career was a short one, which we'll get on to later on, but he was a good amateur. In the unpaid ranks he was the vice captain of his team and he did show some genuine promise, though boxing wouldn't be his main calling.
Born in Kanagawa in 1968 Akama was a smart student and went to Rikkyo University in Tokyo, which is one of the supposed "big 6" in Japan. After he graduated from University he actually moved to Manchester, in England, to study at the University of Manchster, where he got his diploma. He then returned to Japan to help his father Kazuyuki Akama who was a member of the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly at the time.
Whilst helping his father Akama also began working in the local are to help people who have disabilities. It was clear he had big ambitions to help people, putting other people first in life.
In 1998, at the age of 29, Akama made his professional debut. The promise he had shown as an amateur just wasn't there though and he lost on debut to Takejiro Kato, losing a 4 round decision to Kato at Korakuen Hall. This bout cam in July 1998 on a card that also featured Akihiko Nago, Osamu Sato, Hiroyuki Maeda and the tragic Seiji Takechi. This would turn out to be Akama's only professional fight. Although he had shown promise in the amateurs this would turn out to be his only professional fight for Akama, there was a bigger calling for him.
The year after his sole professional bout Akama ran for the Kanagawa prefectural assembly himself, looking to follow in his father's footsteps. He ran as an independent and was elected, at the age of 31. Although he ran as an independent, and was the first independent elected in 16 years, he would soon join the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Whilst serving the local community Akama released a manga of his journal, he was then re-elected in 2003 and began to move forward through the LDP, building his reputation and building his standing to the point where he was essentially out growing the local prefectural assembly.
After serving in the Kanagawa prefectural assembly from 1999 to 2005 Akama then progressed his out of the ring career quite significantly and moved from local politics to national politics. He would then become the Member of the House of Representatives for the 14 wards of Kanagawa, similar to an MP in the UK.
Akama would serve as a Member of the House of Representatives from 2005 to 2009. His focus was on improving Kanagawa and getting it more autonomy. He lost in the 2009 election but would return to the national stage in 2012, where he has remained ever since. Not only has he been a Member of the House of Representatives since 2012, but he has become a major player in Japanese politics, joining Shinzo Abe's cabinet in 2014, and remaining there when Abe shifted his cabinet in 2016.
Of course being a member of the cabinet has meant the pressure is on Akama to be one of the key figures behind Shinzo Abe, and he has been. He has also paved the way to massive development between Japan and Taiwan, being the first Japanese deputy minister to visit the country for official business in over 40 years.
As we write this he is the chairman of the LDP General Affairs Department, a major role in the ruling party in Japan and a position of great responsibility.
Although Akama's boxing career was a short one, especially his professional career, there is no doubting the impact he has had on life in Japan, and at 52 years old it's fair to say he still has ambitions that are yet to be fulfilled. Maybe, just maybe, a former boxer will, in the coming years, become the Prime Minister of Japan.
In the couple of weeks we saw Filipino fighter Mike Plania (24-1, 12) put himself in the picture for a potential world title fight with an upset win against Joshua Greer Jr. The win saw Plania go from being a relative unknown to a name on the mind of those who follow the sport. Going in he was world ranked at Super Bantamweight, but the win over Greer was, by far, the biggest win of his career, and opened the door to other big fights for the 23 year old from General Santos City.
With his win there is talk of him getting a world title fight. The reality is that a shot at the top would be too soon for him, much like it would have been too soon for Greer, however that doesn't mean Plania doesn't deserve another big bout. In fact the opposite is true. He does deserve a big bout, a chance to move another step towards a world title fight and a chance to take on someone who will help prepare him for an eventual shot at the top. The win over Greer was big, but not flawless, and he needs opponents which will help him build on those issues.
With that all said, lets look at 5 potential match we would like for Mike Plania in "Five For...Mike Plania"
Juan Carlos Payano (21-3, 9) II
For us the bout the we would most like to see Plania in next would actually be a rematch with former Bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano. The two men clashed in 2018 with Payano taking a decision over Plania to give the Filipino his sole professional loss, despite being dropped in round 3. Since that bout Plania has won 9 in a row, including the win over Greer, and built well whilst Payanon has gone 1-2, though has only lost to world class fighters in Naoya Inoue and Luis Nery. Yes Payano looks like a fighter who has seen better days, but it would still be great to see Plania avenge that defeat on his record.
Carlos Castro (25-0, 10)
We mentioned that we felt it was too early for Plania to fight for a world title bout, as a result we'd like to see him getting some seasoning against hungry fighters, who make him dig deep. Something you're going to see with the remaining names on this list. With that in mind we would love to see him take on the unbeaten Carlos Castro, who is world ranked by the IBF, WBC and WBO. Castro is a very talented boxer, who has has shown real touches of skill, and easily out pointed Genesis Servania last year, but was run surprisingly close by Jesus Ruiz last time out. Castro lacks power, but does have a good engine and good work rate, with very good skills meaning he could make for an intriguing match up with Plania.
Gavin McDonnell (22-2-2, 6)
The McDonnell twins, Jamie and Gavin, were never sensational boxers but both were solid with Jamie being the better of the two and the one with success at world level. Despite that Gavin will likely know that he, potentially has one more run left in him. For McDonnell, who is a work horse with great stamina, great heart and under-rated skills, Plania could be seen as a beatable opponent and someone who could help him secure a second world title fight. Plania on the other hand would be favoured to beat McDonnell, a former world title challenger, and get some value experience against a fringe world class fighter. At the age of 34 McDonnell's best days are behind him, but a win over him would still carry some weight, and would be a notable victory on Plania's record.
Arnold Khegai (16-1-1, 10)
Of course McDonnell, and Payano, are both a bit long in the tooth and it might be more fun to see Plania with an aggressive opponent, rather than a boxer-mover like Castro. With that in mind a bout between Plania and Arnold Khegai, from Ukraine, would potentially be something a bit special. Khegai is no world beater. He's raw, he's clumsy, he's open and there to be hit. But he's also there with solid power, a lot of energy, an incredible will to win, a real desire to break down opponents and a fan friendly style. Khegai Vs Plania would be a really solid bout on any card, from a fans point of view, and the winner would see their standing boosted notably. A bit of a high risk option, of course, but a very interesting match up all the same and one we would love to see!
Isaac Dogboe (20-2, 14)
Whilst beating a contender would be great for Plania we day say taking a win over a former world champion would be better and a match up between the Filipino and former WBO Super Bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe would make for an interesting match up. In terms high level experience Dogboe holds the clear advantage, with 5 bouts in and around world level. He does however have miles on the clock, following 2 painful losses to Emanuel Navarrete, and his confidence is going to be as low as it'll go. On the other hand Plania wouldn't be able to over-look Dogboe, who is a heavy handed fighter who throws with bad intent. This would be high risk, high reward, potentially thrilling and could become a bit of a shoot out. The loser would have time to bounce back whilst the winner would be right on the verge of a world title fight. A great match up.
With this number of these we need to do now running out, as our plan is to just cover to the end of June we've decided to put together another themed 5 Bouts to enjoy during Isolation . These 5 bouts are all bouts that are Bantamweight bouts and took place in recent years in Japan. There's a Rookie of the Year bout, a brilliant clash between two men who went on to do bigger things and a trio of Japanese title bouts.
These are hard hitting, explosive, exciting and well worth your time!
Kantaro Nakanishi (1-0-1) vs Shodai Morita (2-0, 2) 
Hiroaki Teshigawara (13-2-2, 7) vs Keita Kurihara (9-4, 8) 
Kentaro Masuda (18-6, 10) vs Yu Kawaguchi (20-5, 9) I 
Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) vs Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) 
Shinsuke Yamanaka (13-0-2, 9) vs Ryosuke Iwasa (8-0, 6) 
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).