We've recently looked at some gyms and some titles in this series so now for something a little bit different a venue. And a rather obscure one at that. For this weeks Did you know we've going to take a little bit of a look at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe, and feature some of the most notable fights to ever take place in the venue.
For those worried about us writing an advert for the hotel, we're sticking to just the fights and details regarding them, not the size or location of the venue.
-The venue was first for used for boxing in 2014
-To date there have only been 3 cards held at the hotel, however all 3 have featured world title bouts. In fact there have been a combined 4 world title bouts over those 3 cards.
-The only Japanese fighter to ever win a world title fight at the venue is the now retired Ryuya Yamanaka, who retained the WBO Minimumweight title at the venue in March 2018 when he stopped Moises Calleros.
-The worse record of any fighter at the venue is 0-2, a record held by Reiya Konishi, who twice lost in world title bouts at the venue. He has lost to both Carlos Canizales and Felix Alvarado in the hotel.
-The first world title bout at the hotel saw Teiru Kinoshita lose to Zolani Tete in a bout for the IBF Super Flyweight title.
-If you put those previous facts together you'll know that Japanese fighters are 1-3 in world title fights in the venue.
-At the time of the Kinoshita Vs Tete bout the Japanese local was actually employed by the hotel as his day job! We think that's about the best example of a fighter ever having "home" advantage as we can get!
--To date Hibiki Takano is the only man to have ever won his debut at the venue
-The venue has only hosted a single Japanese title bout, which saw Kenichi Horikawa retain the Japanese Light Flyweight title in 2019 with a win over Masashi Tada. That was Horikawa's 40th professional win.
-At the time of writing Kenichi Horikawa is the only man to have twice won at the venue! He beat Tada, as mentioned, but also beat Natchaphon Wichaita in 2018.
-The Konishi Vs Alvarado bout has seemingly never been televised. It was streamed, by Alvarado's team, and held in association with a TV company, but as far a we can tell no TV video of the bout has yet to suface online.
We have included Kinoshita's bout with Tete, the first world title fight there, and Konishi's bout with Canizales, which for our money was the best of the world title bouts there.
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).