July 18th 2014- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Gakuya Furuhashi (16-5, 6) Vs Akihiko Katagiri (14-7-2, 5)
Last July we had hoped to see Gakuya Furuhashi battle against Hidenori Otake in a Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight. Unfortunately Otake suffered a rib injury that forced that bout to be cancelled however Furuhashi stilled appeared on the show as he sparred with Akihiko Katagiri instead. Here is the footage of that sparring session which took place the the Korakuen Hall
*Notes-At the time of this public sparring sessions Furuhashi went by the name "Daisuke Furuhashi"
(Video courtesy of YUforSKB)
April 27th 2013- Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Akihiko Katagiri (12-6-1, 4) Vs Jhonny Gonzalez (53-8, 45)
Sometimes we see really bad mismatches where one fighter, often a visitor, is such a sizable under-dog that no one is likely to ever given them a chance. One such bout saw Akihiko Katagiri, who was 3-3-1 in his previous 7, travel to Mexico to battle against former multi-weight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. To say Katagiri had no chance coming into this bout was merely stating the obvious and we suspect even he doubted whether or not he'd be able to pull off a victory against one of the sports most heavy handed fighters
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