Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
We're back at Korakuen Hall this coming Thursday for the next Diamond Glove show, which will be aired on Fuji TV on tape delay.
The main event of this show will see OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) defending his belt against Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8). The tricky, talented, and in form Teshigawara will be seeking his 5th defense of the title he won back in 2018, and will be hoping to take another step towards a world title fight. In recent years Teshigawara has beaten guys like Jetro Pabustan, Teiru Kinoshita and Shohei Omori, and is now banging on the door of a world title fight. As for Kawamura he's struggling for form and is win-less in his last 5, including stoppage losses to Satoshi Shimizu and Ryo Sagawa. Sadly for Teshigawara this feels like a tick over bout and Kawamura has done little to earn a shot, though we can't complain too much at Teshigawara staying busy after 10 months out of the ring, even if this bout is a total mismatch in our eyes. Our full, in depth, preview of this bout can be read here World ranked Teshigawara takes on Kawamura in next OPBF title defense!
In a really good supporting bout we'll see former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-6-1, 13) take on the in form and upset minded Kanehiro Nakagawa (9-6, 5) in a Super Featherweight bout. On paper this probably looks like a bit of a mismatch but in reality it should be much, much more interesting than it looks. Minamoto looked sensational in 2018, when, when he dominated Takenori Ohashi to claim the Japanese Featherweight title. Sadly he only defended the belt twice before being forced to move up in weight last year. He's now win-less in two and desperately needs a win. On the other hand Nakagawa has won his last 4, including notable wins over Seiichi Okada and Ken Osato to earn a #4 ranking with the JBC. Both of these men are JBC ranked, and the winner will find themselves on the verge of a Japanese title fight, whilst the loser will have some serious rebuilding to do in 2021. This could turn out to be a very, very intriguing match up