Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Attention turns to Korakuen Hall this coming Saturday for the next Teiken show, and it's a really interesting one packed with prospects all looking to secure their next wins, along with a Japanese title eliminator.
The main event of the card will see the hard hitting Yamato Hata (12-1, 11) take on Yuna Hara (11-2-1, 6), in a bout to secure a place at the Champion Carnival next year, as the mandatory challenger for the Japanese title at 130lbs. Of the two men Hata will be regarded as the favourite, and he's not just the bigger puncher but also the man in form, having won his last 9 including notable wins over Shingo Kusano, Konshin Takeshima and Yoji Saito, who he stopped in March in a brilliant performance. As for Hara he had won his last 5, 4 of which he has won by stoppage, but this will be his first bout in Tokyo, and his most notable bout since a 2018 loss in the Rookie of the Year. Hara is talented, but this is very much a big step up for him, in enemy territory.
The most notable of the prospects on the card is JBC and OPBF ranked hopeful Mikito Nakano (6-0, 5), who has looked sensational since his debut and is expected to secure his first title fighter sooner rather than later. The talented Nakano will be seeking his second win of the year as he takes on Filipino visitor Lorenz Ladrada (11-3-1, 3) , who has lost 2 of his last 3 including a 4th round KO loss to Dana Coolwell in July. That bout will Coolwell will likely be seen as the target for Nakano who will be wanting to take Ladrada out quicker than the popular Australian fighter. This is scheduled for 8, but if it goes the distance we'd be very, very surprised.
The under-card on this show is packed with the next wave of emerging Teiken prospects. We won't go into details on the bouts individually, as every under-card bout features a notable prospect, but the card really does show the depth of talent at the Teiken gym. These under-card bouts are Kenji Fujita (2-0, 1) facing Ronnie Campos (9-4-3, 6), in a scheduled 8 rounder, and Subaru Murata (2-0, 2) against Marvilo Aballe (8-2-2, 3), Kota Kaneko (1-0, 1) battling Sugary Montales (3-1, 1), Reo Saito (1-0, 1) clashing with Jufel Salina (5-4-1, 4), Kyosuke Takami (1-0, 1) up against In Cheol Hwang (3-0-1, 1) and a battle of debutants as Keito Tanaka (0-0) and Hyuga Oki (0-0) face off, all over the 6 round distance.
Spaceplus Bangkok RCA, Bangkok
Whilst the card in Japan is about the next generation of Japanese stars, there is also a card in Thailand, which features both a touted prospects and a veteran, who is certainly moving into the end years of his career.
The main bout here will see the unbeaten men collide, as touted Thai hopeful Yuttapong Tongdee (8-0, 4) faces Filipino visitor Herlan Gomez (5-0, 2) , in a bout for Yuttapong's WBA Asia Bantamweight title. The 29 year old Yuttapong is touted as one of Thailand's hottest prospects, and his win over Ryan Rey Pontmeras earlier this year for the WBA title is a big step towards him getting a notable international bout. Sadly he's in one of the toughest divisions in the sport, but if he's patient he will likely land a major fight Naoya Inoue eventually moves up to Super Bantamweight. As for Gomez this will be his third bout in Thailand, and comes on the back of two wins, over previously unbeaten Thai's earlier this year. He will, rightfully, be seen as the under-dog, but he will certainly have plenty of self belief thanks to his recent results.
The veteran on the card is former world title contender Tewa Kiram (47-1, 33), who famously fought Lucas Matthysse back in 2018. Since losing to Matthysse he has gone unbeaten, racking up 9 wins, but has fought as high as 175lb and his most notable bout during this stretch was against former Bantamweight and Super Featherweight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha. His career certainly feels like it's petering out, and at the time of writing his opponent for this bout is un-named, suggesting he won't be facing someone able to put up any kind of a test.
Saigon Sports Club, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
As well as the notable action in Japan and Thailand we also get a mall card in Vietnam, featuring some of Vietnam's top prospects taking on international opposition.
One of the more notable prospects on this card is Super Middleweight hopeful Dinh Hoang Truong (2-0, 2), who looked set for big things in early 2020, after dominating Yuttana Wongda in the Philippines, but has now been out of the ring for close to 32 months and will be looking to shake some ring rust here. In the opposite corner to Truong will be Indonesian veteran Robert Kopa (14-11-3, 4), who is not expected to put up much, if anything, of a test for Truong. Now aged 38 Kopa has lost his last 5, with 3 losses coming by stoppage and is without a win in 5 years. He i also the naturally much, much, much smaller man.
Another prospect with some hope on their shoulders is 29 year old Huu Toan Le (4-0, 2), who takes on the highly experienced Silem Serang (18-23-3, 2). Le has managed to fit in a fight earlier this year, taking a competitive decision over Kitidech Hirunsuk in March to claim the WBA Asia title, and he'll be looking to build on that win, whilst also getting some valuable experience here. Whilst Serang does have a terrible looking record, he has shown some desire to change things in recent years, and has won 3 of his last 4, though was beaten last time out by Frengky Rohi, albeit in a well contested and competitive bout.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Saturday attention tuns to Korakuen Hall for the next Dynamic Glove show, and whilst it's not the most star studded show under the illustrious Dynamic Glove banner, it is a show that is set to showcase the new generation of Teiken Gym fighters. The card features one of the fighters who has established himself as a rising contender at 108lbs, taking on a true veteran, and 3 bouts featuring former top Japanese amateurs making their professional debuts.
The main event of the show will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (8-0, 6) take on OPBF champion Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) in a bout which will not only see the two men looking to defend their titles, but also claim the currently vacant WBO Asia Pacific title. The bout is a good step up for the 26 year old Iwata, who will know that if he wins here he could open up the door for a world title fight in the not too distance future. Aged 42 Horikawa will go into the bout knowing that a loss here is likely the end of his career, despite that however he has had almost all of his most notable success in the later stages of his career, winning the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles since turning 35. Given the styles of the two men this should be a very, very interesting match up. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Iwata and Horikawa battle for triple crown!
One of the debutants on this card is Reo Saito (0-0), who went 70-11 in the amateurs with 6 titles whilst in High school. The 24 year old Saito will be up against 18 year old Thai visitor Samart Surakhan (1-0). It's hard to see this as being anything but a showcase for Saito who has all the tools to be fast tracked, and Teiken know it.
A second touted debutant who is expected to be moved aggressively over the coming years is 24 year old Super Flyweight hopeful Riku Masuda (0-0), who faces Thailand's Worraphon Yothika (1-0, 1), who scored his professional win in May against a very, very poor local foe. Matsuda isn't as highly regarded as Saito, but having scored more than 50 wins in the unpaid ranks he is experienced as a fighter and should have more than enough in his arsenal to deal with his visiting foe here.
Another debutant expected to be moved quickly is Kyosuke Takami (0-0), a 20 year old who went 43-4 in the unpaid ranks. He will be up against fellow youngster Wutthichai Montri (2-0, 1), who debuted in 2020 and will be fighting outside of Thailand for the first time. It's hard to read much into Montri's 2-0 record, but it's also hard to imagine him being a test for someone with Takami's ability and strong amateur background.
One other novice professional on this card is 28 year old Featherweight hopeful Kenji Fujita (1-0, 1), who takes on Jestine Tesoro (6-3, 2), in what will be Fujita's first bout in around 15 months. The talented Fujita went 153-21 in the unpaid ranks, and had it not been for the pandemic we suspect he would be knocking on the door of a title fight by now, especially given his impressive he looked in his debut against Motosuke Kimura. Sadly given his lay off it makes sense he's being matched softly here, as he takes on 22 year old Filipino visitor Jestine Tesoro, who is unlikely to put up much of a test for Fujita.