July 25th 2013-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Masayoshi Nakatani (5-0, 4) Vs Shuhei Tsuchiya (14-1, 12)
In the summer of 2013 a rising Lightweight from Osaka, Masayoshi Nakatani [中谷正義], made his Korakuen Hall debut, taking on 2010 Rookie of the Year winner Shuhei Tsuchiya [土屋修平].
Although a version of this fight has been available on the site for several years this is the first time we've managed to get a copy of the TV version of the fight.
June 30th 2017-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Shuhei Tsuchiya (22-5, 18) vs Shota Suito (11-6-1, 1)
Back in June 2017 fight fans had the chance fomrer Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiy [土屋 修平] battle against Shota Suito [水藤 翔太], in what is currently the final bou of Tsuchiya's career.
March 4th 2017- Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan
Shuhei Tsuchiya (22-4, 18) Vs Kazuhiro Nishitani (16-4-1, 8)
Earlier today Japanese fans saw a Japanese Lightweight title fight as defending champion Shuhei Tsuchiya [土屋 修平] took on mandatory challenger Kazuhiro Nishitani [西谷 和宏],
December 19th Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Shuhei Tsuchiya (21-4, 17) vs Masashi Noguchi (12-5-1, 6)
Earlier this month Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Shuhei Tsuchiya [土屋 修平] battle against Masashi Noguchi [野口 将志] in a bout for the vacant Japanese Lightweight crown.
May 17th 2012-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Shuhei Tsuchiya (12-0, 12) vs Heri Andriyanto (16-14-2,10)
In 2012 Japanese Lightweight destroyer Shuhei Tsuchiya [土屋 修平] took on Indonesian veteran Heri Andriyanto.
September 19th 2012-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Shuhei Tsuchiya (13-0, 12) vs Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (12-4, 7)
In 2012 Japan's Shuhei Tsuchiya [土屋 修平] battled against Indonesian Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus.
December 8th 2015-Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan
Shuhei Tsuchiya (18-4, 15) Vs Kazuki Matsuyama (12-5, 6)
One of the unfortunate issues with Japanese boxing is that many fights are only available courtesy of fancam footage. One such fight was the recent "Survival" bout between Shuhei Tsuchiya and Kazuki Matsuyama. The bout didn't last long but it was entertaining.
Video thanks to Gentidori
A few years ago a Japanese Lightweight known as Shuhei Tsuchiya was beginning to make a buzz, not just in Japan, where he had been crowned the Rookie of the Year, but also internationally. The buzz had come from the long line of quick stoppages that he was racking up. In fact Tsuchiya had scored 8 stoppages in a combined 13 rounds. In those 8 fights he had never once seen the third round of a contest.
That changed in his 9th fight as he took on Mongolian born Davaa Ona. Ona had entered the bout 8-1 and had never been stopped, that was until he got in the ring with Tsuchiya and the two men traded leather.
Within a minute or saw of the fight starting Ona was down thought it seemed as much a balance issue as a punch. Tsuchiya seemed to think that Ona was hurt and went straight after him and what followed was a round of slugging from both with neither man landing much clean due to how wide their shots were. When they did land however they seemed to rock the other.
Tsuchiya had been facing opponents who simply couldn't stand up to his power up to this point. This time he found someone who could stand up to it and fire back, as Ona did towards the end of the second round. Sadly for Ona his success was his downfall and in round 3 an uppercut from Tsuchiya rocked him. Subsequent flurries from Tsuchiya dropped and then stopped Ona who became victim #10 for Tsuchiya though had survived longer than the previous 9 opponents.
Sadly Ona hasn't fought since this bout, back in May 2011 whilst Tsuchiya has began to run into fighters who can take, or avoid, his power. Those fighters have managed to beat him with Masayoshi Nakatani doing a sensational job on him last year and Leonardo Zappavigna beating him in a blood and guts battle earlier this year. Thankfully due to Tsuchiya's style he's always going to be welcome in to interesting bouts though he does need to win a few before being thrown in with a tough opponent.
(Video courtesy of Ebibox)
Whilst boxing at it's highest level has been great in 2014 we dare say that the fights below world level have been even better, in fact many of our favourite fights from this year have been below world level or on cards that haven't been shown in the US. One such fight, the Koki Eto Vs Ardin Diale fight, was probably the best fight of the year so far.
Another contender for fight of the year was fought in Australia as Japan's hard hitting Shuhei Tsuchiya went to war with former Lightweight world title challenger Leonardo Zappavigna in a bout for the WBO Oriental Light Welterweight title.
The bout was Tsuchiya's first bout outside of Japan and his first title fight and yet he fought as if he was used to fighting in front of hostile crowd as he and Zappavigna traded bombs in a thrilling all action encounter that saw both men wearing the scars of war by the end.
We won't ruin the outcome of the bout but it really is a great contest and one that saw both men unloading on the other and both men looking marked up by the end of the opening round. By round 5 and 6 it was a full on brawl and from then on it was clear this was something a little bit special.
It's a shame in many ways this bout wasn't given more coverage and exposure when it took place, with only Fox Sports 2 in Australia actually showing the bout an that was despite the fact that looked like a barn burner from the second it was signed.
On July 25th 2013 fans were hoping to see a thriller when the unbeaten but relatively untested Masayoshi Nakatani took on the monstrously hard hitting and very exciting Shuhei Tsuchiya. There was little certainty about who was going to win but everyone expected a bout that wasn't going to go the scheduled 8 and was going to be action packed.
Whilst the bout didn't go the distance few would have expected the reason for it. Tsuchiya was simply out boxed, out banged and beaten up by Nakatani who landed numerous body shots that took the wind out of Tsuchiya's sails in double quick fashion. It was the breaking out party for Nakatani who, just a fight later, won the OPBF Lightweight title by over-coming Yoshitaka Kato in a much tougher bout than this one.
For Tsuchiya things haven't been great but they have been exciting and it's clear that he's going to be a fan favourite with his do or die attitude in the ring. Technically limited but highly aggressive he'll remain a fan favourite even if he never manages to go on to win any sort of titles. It's fighters like him that make the sport worth following below just the big names and we want to say thank you to Tsuchiya even though he was up against a much better fighter here.
(Video courtesy of Yossy112311)
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