Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Monday we'll get the next card from Misako gym, and it's an interesting one, with out being a huge one. It's got a female world title fight in the main event, and two decent looking supporting bouts, with one featuring a recent Japanese champion looking to bounce back from their title loss.
The main event of the card will see WBO Female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) seek her first of her second reign as she takes on veteran challenger Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6), who gets her third world title shot. The popular Yoshida managed to reclaim the title last year, winning a rematch against Tomoko Okuda, and we suspect she'll be desperate to keep the title here and extend her profile in the sport, which has grown since she first won the Japanese Female Bantamweight title in 2017. As for Ozawa the 37 year old challenger will know this is her last shot at a world title, and sadly for her it comes after more than 3 years of inactivity, and more than 4 years fighting at a different weight. Ozawa will be the under-dog, but we suspect she will be driven to make the most of this chance, and will give Yoshida real trouble at times here. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Yoshida takes on Ozawa in WBO title defense
In one of the main supporting bouts former Japanese 140lb champion Daishi Nagata (15-3-2, 6) will be looking to bounce back from his title loss, last June, as he takes on the limited Tetsuya Kondo (6-5, 4). Nagata, who famously beat Koki Inoue for the Japanese title in 2020, has failed to pick up a win since winning the title, and it's hard to know what he has to offer right. He was out boxed and stopped by Masahiro Suzuki and in some ways it seems his title win was the worst thing for his career. Thankfully for him however Kondo shouldn't be much of a test at least on paper, as he's a natural Lightweight who has lost his last 3. However Kondo is upset minded and did give tough tests to Takeru Kobata, Rikuto Adachi and Kaiki Yuba, so he is no push over and is better than his record, and recent form, suggests.
In another major supporting bout we'll see two Japanese ranked 147lb fighters face off as Yuichi Ideta (15-15-1, 8) and Hironori Shigeta (7-2-1, 4) clash in an 8 rounder, which will also serve as a Japanese title eliminator. Despite his record Ideta is fighting like a man who knows he can't afford any more setbacks, and his 2020 win over Ryota Yada stands out as an excellent domestic level win, which has seen him earn a high Japanese rankings. As for Shigeta he's a former Rookie of the Year winner who is 2-1-1 in his last 4, but has shown his ability and gave Shoki Sakai a decent test in 2020. This should be a very competitive and very exciting bout, with a Japanese title fight almost certainly in touch distance for the winner.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
The only Asian action this coming Saturday is Japanese card and it's a pretty interesting one, as well as their first live televised show of the new year.
The main event of the show will see Kyosuke Sawada (14-2-2, 6) and Kenshin Oshima (7-1-1, 3) battle for the vacant Japanese Bantamweight title, the cursed title. The title was made vacant when Yusuke Suzuki vacated due to injury, and continued a rather long line of events which plagued the title in recent years, including Sawada fighting to a technical draw for the title last year. Both Sawada and Oshima are looking to win their first title, and this is a meaningful bout, despite the recent history of the Japanese Bantamweight title. It is also a match up that looks likely to be really interesting, with both of the men involved in this being talented boxers, with Sawada being the more polished and aggressive, but Oshima being a smart counter boxer. This might not being a thrilling all action bout, but it should be a really, really interesting technical chess match. Our preview of this bout can be read here Sawada and Oshima battle for Japanese national title!
For those wanting action, we should get some explosive action in the main support bout, as Kaiki Yuba (7-1-2, 5) take on Tetsuya Kondo (6-4, 4). For Yuba this will be his first bout since a dramatic loss last year year to Jin Sasaki in a Japanese Youth title fight. We suspect Yuba will be seeking to make a statement following that loss. Kondo on the other hand has lost his last two, but shouldn't be written off, and has the power to take Yuba out if he connects. This should be a dramatic bout, even if the action isn't the most intense.
Other bouts on this card include a very interesting match up between the touted Yuki Nakajima (4-1-2, 4), who comes into this on the back of two disappointing draws, and former Rookie of the Year winner Daiki Kameyama (8-5-1, 2). This bout is one where both will feel it's a must win. Neither has been having good results recently, with Kameyama losing 3 of his last 4, and we expect this one to be a really good little war between two men each looking to advance their career with a much needed win.
One other bout worthy of some attention is a 6 rounder between the once beaten Ren Kobayashi (4-1-1, 2) and the unbeaten Shinba Yamaguchi (1-0-1, 1). Yamaguchi, a second generation fighter, is the son of former WBA Light Flyweight world champion Keiji Yamaguchi, and looked really explosive on his debut, before being held to a draw in his second pro bout. Sadly he's been out of the ring for close to 2 years due to the ongoing pandemic. Kobayashi on the other hand started his career with 3 straight wins but is 1-1-1 in his last 3, and has struggled for form, though did fight twice last year and will be hoping his recent activity will prove vital for him here.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
The main action this coming Thursday takes place at Korakuen Hall as we get a touted prospect being matched hard, a potentially explosive bout just under the Light Middleweight limit and a Super Middleweight bout between two debutants.
The most notable bout, and the show's main event, will see former Kick boxing champion Yoshiki Takei (1-0, 1) continue his professional boxing career as he goes up against fellow unbeaten Azusa Takeda (5-0, 5). as a kick boxer Takei was a genuine standout, but has changed over to boxing, signed with the Ohashi Gym and is being trained by former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi. This is just his second bout as a boxer, but the expectations are high, and he looked very good in his debut. Takeda on the other hand has been a professional boxer since 2018, and has looked destructive, with 5 wins all inside the distance, but his last bout was more than 2 years ago, and his bouts, so far, have come against very inexperienced fighters. He's looked dangerous but, if we're being honest, this is a major step up in class for him, even if Takei is a novice boxer himself.
In another main bout on this card we'll see the once touted Rikuto Adachi (14-3, 11) battle against Tetsuya Kondo (6-3, 4), in a scheduled 8 rounder. Adachi was touted a few years ago, though sadly his career has fallen apart recently, and he is 2-2 since May 2019, having been stopped in both of those losses, both in bouts for the Japanese Youth Welterweight title. We suspect the plan here is for Adachi to dip his toes the Light Middleweight limit, though with his chin and the relatively tough domestic picture at the weight it may not be the best move for him. Kondo has had mixed results, losing in his debut and be splattered inside a round by Jin Sasaki in 2019. Notably Kondo will be the smaller man, but he does have decent power and if he can get close to Adachi he may have the power to take him out.
One other bout we want to mention from this card is a Super Middleweight clash between the debuting pair of Dan D Dillinger (0-0) and Kazuma Ito (0-0). Dillinger, originally from Liberia, is 34 years old and we don't expect him to have a long career, but at 6'1" he's certainly a huge guy to be fighting in Japan and it's going to be interest to follow his career, no matter how short it ends up being. Ito on the other hand is 32 and has some amateur experience, going 5-3 in the unpaid ranks. We don't expect either of these to make much of a mark on the sport, but it is interesting to see a Japanese bout at Super Middleweight, something that really is rare.
Guru Kashi University, Talwandi Sabo, India
As well as the Japanese card there will also be a small one in India. Sadly this card is mostly packed with debutants and novices, and the most experienced fighter on the show is limited Featherweight Sandeep Singh Bhatti (3-2), who takes on debuting 18 year old Sandeep Singh (0-0).
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This main show for us this coming Thursday comes from Korakun Hall as the Ohashi Gym put on a solid show with an excellent Youth title bout, and some compelling under-card bouts.
The main event on this card is one of the very best contests on the boxing calendar right now and will see former amateur standout Ryutaro Nakagaki (2-0, 2) take on hard hitting youngster Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 4) in a bout for the Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title. As an amateur Nakagaki was among the very best in Japan and when he turned professional the expectations were high for him, though there was worries about his style and power. In just 2 fights he has gone a long way to answering those worries. Hanada on the other hand is an explosive fighter who cut his teeth in Mexico as a teenager before returning to Japan and impressing back at home. On paper this is a hard one to call, and if Hanada lands clean he can certainly hurt Nakagaki, though we suspect the amateur background of Nakagaki could prove to be the difference maker here. Our full, in depth, preview of this contest can be read here Unbeaten Youngsters Nakagaki and Hanada face off for Youth title!
The chief support bout is likely to be a genuine shoot out as the flawed but heavy handed Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) takes on Soreike Taichi (7-4, 5). The hard hitting Tameda has lost his last two, both by stoppage, and is 2 years removed from his last win. However with his power he is always dangerous. Taichi, who has also lost his last two by TKO, is the naturally bigger man and will likely feel his size will be key. This won't be the highest level of boxing, but it will, almost certainly, see bombs traded and will not see the final bell. We are expecting a real shoot out here.
In a potentially competitive bout at Welterweight we'll see Takeru Kobata (9-5-1, 4) take on Tetsuya Kondo (6-2, 4). Neither of these two youngsters are expected to make a mark at the top of the domestic scene, but they should make for an exciting match up. Kobata is highly ranked by the JBC, and will be coming in to this bout on the back of an excellent win over Rikuto Adachi, but is a limited fighter who doesn't look like a Japanese champion in the making. Kondo on the other hand is a solid fighter, but was blown out in 2019 by Jin Sasaki, inside a round, and Kondo will also go in to this feeling like he can stop Kondo.
Despite being quite a bit down the show arguably the best supporting bout is a clash between Katsuki Mori (8-0, 1) and Ren Kojima (6-1-2), who fight at just over the Minimumweight limit. The 21 year old Mori has been consistently impressive since starting his career and since winning Rookie of the Year in 2019 he has become a fighter who belongs on the radar of every fan who follows the lower weight classes. Ren Kojima on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year in February and is looking to build on that triumph. Neither man has much power, and this will be expected to go the distance, but both are skilled, and both are busy in the ring. Expect this one to be a very, very compelling contest.
Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
As well as the Korakuen Hall show there is also an East Japan Rookie of the Year card from the Shinjuku FACE. This isn't a particularly great Rookie of the Year event, with just 4 bouts actually taking place on the card, after two contests set for the show got cancelled.
Of the 4 bouts on the card the two we're expecting to be the most interesting are the two all debutant clashes. One of those will see Masato Shinoda (0-0) clash with Juki Kitabayashi (0-0) in a Super Flyweight bout. The Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year is always among the very best, due to the depth of talent, and this is an all debutant bout between two southpaws, which can get very wild. Whilst certainly not close to the quality of bouts on the Ohashi show we suspect this could be a great bout for fans in the venue.
The other all debutant bout comes in another strong division for the Rookie of the Year, with Masaki Banjo (0-0) and Koki Yamase (0-0) facing off in a Super Featherweight bout. Both of these men are teenagers and it could well be that one, if not both, of these youngsters go on to make a mark at a higher level over the next decade or so. The Super Featherweight division has long been one of the most interesting in Japan and top Rookies have regularly made a mark at higher levels in the sport, so this could well be the starting chapter of two very interesting stories.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
On Tuesday the often overlooked Yamaguchi Tsuchiura promotions put on a show at Korakuen Hall. It’s not a big one, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is still a worthwhile one with a potential sleeper on the show.
The potential sleeper on this show will be an 8 rounder between Yosuke Kawano (14-9-2, 8) and Daisuke Watanabe (11-4-2, 6), who are both ranked by the JBC at Featherweight. Coming into this Watanabe is in great form, going unbeaten in his last 7 and winning the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary Featherweight tournament last year, where he beat Shingo Kusano in the final. He will be full of confidence coming into this and has really turned his career around after a 6-4 (3) start. The 32 year old Kowano has been inconsistent in terms of results but has certainly been very competitive in a number of his losses, and just a single round swing in many bouts could have seen him walking away with the W. Kawano will be the under-dog here, but should be regarded as a very live under. We suspect this will be competitive, with both men needing to take some huge shots, though we edge Watanabe in a potential thriller.
In a 6 rounder at a contracted 68KG's we'll see Yuya Nemoto (6-9-3, 1) take on Tetsuya Kondo (5-2, 3) in what should be a really exciting little war itself. Neither of these men are going to become world title contenders, but both can make for fan friendly bouts and we suspect together they should make for a very entertaining contest. Nemoto certainly has the edge in size, being a natural at 154lbs, but pulling him down around 4lbs may neutralise that edge, whilst Kondo is the more skilled, but much smaller man.
We were supposed to see Tatsuya Takahashi (32-9-6, 21) take on Ryotaro Kawabata (12-4-2, 6) in the main event of this show, but that bout has now been called off, and has been removed from every Japanese schedule for the show. Interestingly Kawabata wasn't the original opponent for Kawabata, that was Jin Miura (11-3-4, 2), so we really do wonder what has happened here to see not only the original bout change, but for the replacement fight to also be called off.
Tynyshpayev Academy of Transport and Communications, Almaty, Kazakhstan
As well as the Japanese action there is also set to be a long card in Kazakhstan thanks to Tukeshov Promotions. Sadly the card is lacking in notable names, with many of the fighters on the card being novices, though there is certainly a main event worthy of attention.
That main event will see 22 year old hopeful Ray Seitzhanov (5-0, 2), who has been looking pretty good in recent fights, taking on 20 year old Nurbol Berdimuratov (2-0). It's always good to to see unbeaten youngsters risking their "0" in fights like this, though we'll admit that neither man has done much since turning professional, with both of Berdimuratov's wins coming against debutants.
One other noteworthy fighter on this card was once touted teenager Dastan Saduuly (3-1, 3), who turned professional very young and was talked about as one to watch. Despite being touted Saduuly was batterd last September, suffering is first loss, and it now getting a confidence building bout as he takes on the win-less Assylbek Tastulek (0-2).