Action is back at the Korakuen Hall this coming Monday for a notable Kadoebi show featuring a number of notable fighters.
The main event of the card will see the retiring Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8) take on the once touted Koki Koshikawa (6-1, 4). The 36 year old Sakamoto is a former Japanese “interim” Welterweight champion, who came up short when taking on the then regular champion Toshio Arikawa last November. Since the loss to Arikawa we've not seen Sakamoto in action and he has publicly that this will be his final bout. Koshikawa was once tipped for big things, and after some early promise his career has stagnated, and he has never really bounced back from a loss to Koshinmaru Saito in 2015. This is a big opportunity for Koshikawa, but an emotional moment for Sakamoto.
Heavy handed Japanese Middleweight contender Shoma Fukumoto (12-2, 10) will be looking to continue rebuilding his confidence as he takes on unbeaten Australian Mark Lucas (9-0, 3). The hard punching Fukumoto was stopped inside a round last December by Kazuto Takesako in a Japanese title eliminator and since then has only fought once, beating a very over-matched Indonesian foe. This should be a step up in class for Fukumoto, a tough one on paper given that Lucas is unbeaten, will be hungry and actually holds a win over Arnel Tinampay, who stopped Fukumoto back in 2013. Saying that however Lucas has been inactive for a year, and that may show in his performance here.
Popular Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (12-7-2, 8) will be looking to build on his quick blow out win over Duang Hongin as he takes on Filipino visitor Joffrey Garcia (6-8-4, 5). The talented and exciting to watch Aoqui had a nightmare 13 months, from July 2016 to August 2017, suffering 3 defeats but has since bounced back with a win and will be looking for a second one here. As for Garcia he has been stopped in both of his bouts outside of the Philippines, and we suspect that form will continue against Aoqui.
Another man of note on this card is the very promising Kazuki Saito (5-0, 5), who is tipped to be a star following a very strong amateur career. The unbeaten 25 year old will be facing off with Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-3, 18), a recent OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger. The touted Saito hasn't had things all his own way, having been dropped earlier in his career, but does look like a real talent and will be looking to shine against the experienced Thai. As for Pharanpetch he has lost in all 3 of his fights outside of Thailand, and it would take a career best performnce to avoid another loss on the road.
This coming Tuesday sees a low key card at the Korakuen Hall with a really notable rematch as the main event.
That main event sees the Japanese Welterweight title being unified as the big punching champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) returns from injury to battle interim champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-8-3, 8). These two were supposed to fight earlier this year, as part of the Champion Carnival, but the bout was cancelled on short notice due to Arikawa suffering a training injury. The injury to Arikawa lead to Sakamoto fighting Makoto Kawasaki for the interim title, and taking a decision win. It should be noted that these two have history, and Sakamoto stopped Arikawa back in 2014, inside a round, and will be looking to do the same here. Although neither man has a great record both are in good form, with Sakamoto going 7-0-2 (5), including the win over Arikawa, and Arikawa going 6-0 (5), since the loss to Sakamoto.
In a noteworthy under-card bout we'll be able to see the exciting Ryusei Kawaura (2-0, 2) take on Nadtakorn Sithjacknoi (0-2). Aged 23 there is a lot of promise in Kawaura, though there has been a relative lack of activity and this will be his second fight this year, following a 92 second blow out win over another Thai novice. Hopefully this will be Kawaura's final bout against a limited Thai foe before moving onto domestic bouts, which would likely serve as a much better test than Thai's like Nadtakorn.
To end the month of June Kadoebi put on a pretty interesting looking card, with a number of notable names featuring on the card and a significant main event.
That main event will see two top Japanese domestic Welterweights clash as Daisuke Sakamoto (13-8-3, 8) takes on Makoto Kawasaki (9-4-1, 2) for the interim Japanese title. Originally Sakamoto was supposed to face Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa earlier this year, but an injury to Arikawa forced that bout to be cancelled and instead Sakamoto got this bout, with the winner to face Arikawa when he returns to the ring.
The under-card here features a trio of former Japanese champions. The most notable of those is former 140lb champion Hiroki Okada (15-0, 11), who faces once beaten Filipino Jheritz Chavez (7-1-2, 5). Okada, once tipped as a genuine one to watch at 140lbs, hasn't impressed in recent bouts, however there is a feeling that he has mentally turned off, and gone stale against opponents he has been strongly favoured to beat. A win here would see him open the door to potential OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific title fights. For Chavez the bout is his second outside of the Philippines, following a decision loss in Russia last year, since that loss he has scored two solid stoppages at domestic level and he comes into this one as a real threat.
Another of the former champions in action is former Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (22-5, 18), who will be returning to the ring for the first time since losing his title to Kazuhiro Nishitani in March. In the opposite corner to the heavy handed Tushciya will be feather fisted Shota Suito (11-6-1, 1),who is a very light puncher but a durable fighter who has gone the rounds with a number of notable domestic foes including Masaru Sueyoshi.
A third former domestic champion in action is former Welterweight king Nobuyuki Shindo (18-4-1, 7), who lost the title last year to the aforementioned Arikawa. The lanky Shindo will be up against the out of form Ryota Itoyama (10-8-1, 5), who has gone 0-4-1 in his last 5 and is more than 4 years removed from his last win! This should be a straight forward win for Shindo, but his confidence won't be great and he does need an easy one.
Also on this card is the professional debut of the touted Ryota Yamauchi (0-0). As an amateur he went 38-15 (14) and is tipped as a genuine prospect from the Kadoebi gym. Yamauchi will be up against a Thai foe here in what should be a mismatch
A new month kicks off and we're immediately into action with Boxingraise wasting no tume in streaking their first card of November, and it's a pretty good one from Kadoebi Houseki.
The main event of the card, and we suspect the real reason Boxingraise are streamign the show instead of putting it on delay, is a Japanese Light Welterweight title fight that sees reigning champion Hiroki Okada (13-0, 10) defending his title against veteran Valentine Hosokawa (20-5-3, 9). For Okada the bout will be his 6th defense of the title and many have assumed that if he wins he will choose to vacate the title in 2017 and chase the OPBF title, rather than face mandatory challenger Koichi Aso, who he has already beaten twice. For Hosokawa the bout will be a third title bout and if he loses here the odds are that he won't get another at this level.
In the chief support bout we see Japanese ranked fighters facing off with Japanese ranked Featherweight Takenori Ohashi (12-4-2, 8) taking on ranked Super Featherweight Takahiro Araki (9-5, 4), with Araki coming down in weight for the bout. Whilst neither guy looks great on paper they have styles that should gel well and should make for an interesting bout, that both will believe they can win.
Top ranked Japanese Welterweight contender Daisuke Sakamoto (12-8-3, 7) will be in action against unknown Thai Kriangkrai Suksanguan (1-0, 1). Sakamoto, like many Japanese fighters in and around the Middleweights, has a misleading record full of early career setbacks. Just 3 years ago he was 7-8-1 (3) but has since gone 5-0-2 (4) and holds a major win over Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa and will be hunting a title fight in 2017.
On the under-card we'll see the touted Kazuki Saito (1-0, 1) battle against Thailand's Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-3). Whilst Saito might not be one of the big name Japanese prospects the 24 year old was a very accomplished amateur, going 83-14, and is tipped to do big things in the near future. The Thai has been stopped in his 3 previous bouts and we suspect to see the same happen again here.
We were also supposed to see Yuta Nakagawa (18-4-1, 9) face Keigo Soma (8-11-2, 4) on this card, though that bout has been cancelled.
Japanese action continues on Thursday with a show from the Korakuen Hall. The card isn't a huge one but it does feature some notable names, though several of which appear to be involved in mismatches.
The biggest of those mismatches sees former OPBF and Japanese champion Yukinori Oguni (15-1-1, 4) battle against Eakkitti MorKrungthepThomburee (0-0) in what is supposedly a world title prelude for Oguni. We're unsure where Oguni is looking for a world title fight but this is really is little more than a stay busy fight for a man who gave up his Japanese title earlier this year to focus on getting a shot at top title.
Arguably the most interesting match up on paper sees Yuta Nakagawa (16-4-1, 9) up against Dado Cabintoy (15-6-2, 8) in a brilliant well matched bout that looks close to a 50-50 on paper. Whilst the records are similar the two men are on different runs with Nakagawa being on a 6 fight winning streak whilst Cabintoy has lost his last two. This really could be a very good bout, but the form suggests that Nakagawa, a Japanese ranked fighter coming in to this, has to be favoured
The Nakagawa/Cabintoy bout isn't the only well matched contest as Takanori Ohashi (11-4-1, 7) takes on Yosuke Kawano (10-4-1, 4) in a Featherweight bout. Coming in to this one both men have lost 2 of their last 6 and will know that another loss will keep then a long way from a Japanese ranking, a win here however will move them, potentially, towards a top 15 place.
Another of the notable supporting bouts will see Japanese ranked Light Middleweight Daisuke Sakamoto (10-8-3, 5) battle against Thai visitor Khunsukeak Or Bunchuai (0-1). The 34 year old Sakamoto has got a streaky record, though at the moment he's unbeaten in 6 and is looking to get a title fight in 2016. The Thai visitor is a bit of an unknown, though was blown away by Koki Tyson Maebara earlier this year, albeit in a bout at Super Middleweight. Sakamoto knows he needs a win but Khunsukeak may see this as an opportunity to claim a win at a more natural fighting weight than he was last time out.
The wave of Chinese action continues this Thursday as we get a second day of action in Shanghai courtesy of American promoter Top Rank. As with Wednesday's show the action is low tier, to say the least, but it does keep the action ticking over and the attention is hopefully going to continue to grow.