Weekly Round Up Around the World
Weekly Round Up
By: Ben Underwood
ASIAN WEEKLY ROUND UP
WBA ORDERS TAGUCHI VS MIYAZAKI
Ryoichi Taguchi must defend his WBA Light Flyweight title against his mandatory and former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (21-1-3,15 KO’s). This will be Taguchi’s fourth defence since winning the belt from Alberto Rossel in 2014 and is a step up in class after fighting a string of lower level challengers.The two teams have 30 days from last wednesday (8th June)to come to some agreement and being as they were already discussing the bout, it shouldn’t be too hard to come to some agreement.
Miyazaki of the Ioka gym is looking to become a two weight world champion after a 4 fight winning streak , but really hasnt been fighting opponents that would deem him a mandatory place. The last person to beat Miyasaki is Fahlan Sakreerin Jr in late 2013. The bout is said to be staged in August although a venue is yet to be decided.
MASUDA WINS WAR WITH KAWAGUCHI
2 years ago Kentaro Masuda and Yu Kawaguchi engaged in a fantastic ,engaging battle that saw Masuda win by technical decision after 10 rounds of action. This time the rematch staged at the Korakuen Hall, was a cauldren of hard punches ,blood and pure will to win. The contest was a real treat for the fans as they witnessed a bloody war for the Japanese Bantamweight title.
Both men didnt seem to have much respect for the others style and the action began from the first bell as they both landed meaty shots. The early rounds were very competitve but Masuda was ahead on two judges cards and Kawaguchi was bleeding from the left eye.
Sensing that he needed to turn it around, Kawaguchi put the pressure on in round 6 and forced masuda to fight at a higher pace. In round 9 it looked as though Masuda had hit the end of the road as he began to tire, but by the 10th and final round he came out fast and energetic and was ready to go to war for 3 more minutes.
Credit must go to both fighters for giving it their all in a close ,bloody battle that saw Masuda come out a split decision winner with scores of 96-94,96-95 and 96-95 for Kawaguchi.
KOGAWA DEFENDS AGAINST OTAKE
Former WBC title challenger Takuya Kogawa will defend his Japanese Flyweight title on July 15th against ranked contender Masafumi Otake, in what will be his 3rd defense in a year. Takuya won the title in 2015 from Shigetaka Ikehara and had two hard defenses against Tetsuma Hayashi and Masayuki Kuroda and looks to have an easier night on paper when he faces Otake.
Masafumi has had a long career and has faced nearly everybody on the Japanese circuit and with this being his only shot at the title to date, he will be looking to rip up the script and sail off into the sunset with the title.
The bout will be held at the Korakuen Hall as the main event of Dangan 163.
SHIRO IN DOUBLE TITLE FIGHT
As reported in May, Japanese prospect Ken Shiro will be defending his national title against Toshimasa Ouchi , it has been announced that it will not only be for Shiro’s Japanese title, but also for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. The bout is set to take place at the EDION Arena ,Osaka and could be a spring board for a world title shot for Shiro. Ouchi will be looking to become a champion for the first time after only getting a draw against Masayuki Kuroda for the Japanese title in 2012.
SHIMING DOESNT SHINE IN US
Powder puff Flyweight Zou Shiming made hard work of his US debut as he laboured to a shut ot decision against Hungarian Jozsef Ajtai ,a man who was stopped in two by featherweight champion Andrew Selby in November.
Shimings lack of power seemed to be the only reason why there wasn’t a spectacular knockout as Ajtai looked so scared at times and was content to get on his bike and survive, the crowd became restless because of Zou’s inability to finish .The Hungarian was just looking to spoil and negatively didnt look to for the victory as Shiming took the decision on all 3 judges scorecards with whitewash scores of 100-89.
The win certainly won’t do much for Zou’s stock and may have to work on his power in order to get the credit his talent deserves. The Chinese boxer and former 2-time Olympic champion improves to 8-1,2 KO’s, while Ajtai falls to 15-3, 10 KO’s.
JAPANESE DOUBLE TO RETURN IN AUGUST
WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono and WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi will be defending their titles on August 31st at the Ota Ward Gymnasium. The opponents are yet to be announced, but there are talks of each man defending against their mandatories. These would be former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki for Taguchi and Kono will defend against interim champion Luis Conception.
It is more than likely Watanabe will want those bouts for an end of year show. Taguchi is 24-2-1, 11 KO’s and Kono is 32-8-1, 13 KO’s.
BERCHELT TO DEFEND AGAINST PIRIYAPINYO
WBO interim Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (29-1, 26 KO’s) is set to defend against Thailand’s Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-2, 41 KO’s) with the winner facing Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO full title.Lomachenko has already beaten Chonlatarn and the only other loss on his record is to Chris John but is willing to go for his title shot should he win. Both fighters have high Knockout ratios and looks to be a entertaining fight with a few knockdowns.
FUJIMOTO GETS TOP BILLING ON AUGUST 2ND
Kdoebi Held a press announcement today (06/15/2016) to give details of their show in August . The main event will be a Heavyweight bout between Japanese champion Kyotaro Fujimoto and an opponent yet to be named, Fujimoto (14-1,7 KO’s) will be looking to chase a world title shot should he prevail
World ranked Yukinori Oguni who is in the running to face the winner of Shingo Wake and Jonathan Guzman of their IBF title fight. Oguni has yet to recieve news on an opponent ,but I imagine it will be a stay busy fight so he can prepare for his shot.
Fomer world title challenger will be carrying on his ring return as Motoki Sasaki looks for a third outing on the show . With a record of 40-10-1,25 KO’s Motoki Sasaki will hear of her opponents name sometime this week.
Asian Weekly Round Up
ASIAN WEEKLY ROUND UP
By: Ben Underwood
HYUN MI CHOI WINS WBF SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT BELT
Korean favourite Hyun Mi Choi added yet another title to her ever growing trophy cabinet by outpointing tough South African Unathi Myekeni.Choi who is unbeaten in 13 with one draw, has won WBA titles at both Featherwight and Super featherweight and this was billed originally as a WBA title fight but only seemed to be for the WBF which was vacated.
Choi boxed well throughout keeping Myekeni at bay to comfortably win by unaminous decision with scores of 100-91,99-92 and 98-93 ,But Myekeni certainly showed how tough she was and was game throughout the contest.
KANO VS TAKAYAMA FOR WBO MINIMUM BELT
Japanese prospect and highly talented teenager Riku Kano has come fresh off of an impressive win over former world champion Merlito Sabillo of the Philippines and winning the OPBF interim title in the process. Not even a month has passed since that win and it has been announced that Kano will now take on 3-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12KO’s) for the WBO belt.
This is an opportunity for Kano (10-1-1, 5KO’s) to make history in becoming the youngest ever Japanese world champion at 18 years,4 months and 4 days. This would surpass Hiroki Ioka when he won the WBC Minimumweight title from Mai Thomburifarm at 18 years, 9 months and 10 days in 1987.
The bout was announced at a press conference in Hyogo to be taken place on 20th August at the Komagatani sports park,sanda,Hyogo.
A lot can happen in 11 months ,especially if you are a man on a mission. Following a controversial unaminous decision to Amnat Ruenroeng, John Riel Casimero was that man on a mission on wednesday night at the Diamond Stadium in Beijing,China.Undefeated Ruenroeng was 11-0 as a professional and a former Olympian.He was very well known in China ,especially after beating popular fellow Olympian Zou Shiming.
During the opening two rounds the action was almost non-existant as if they were feeling each other out.In the third they both started to up the pace as Ruenroeng was frequently jabbing to both head and body,then a left hook caught Casimiro and sent him to the canvas, but the referee ruled it a slip.
Nobody expected the events of the fourth round to take place and with devastating effect as Ruenroeng decided to go through the gears and change the pace. As the Thai came in trying to land a combination, he was read by Casimero and a monsterous left counter hook sent him crashing to down. Ruenroeng was visibly hurt as he just managed to beat the count ,but the Filipino smelled blood and went in for the kill. Ruenroeing was trying to survive but as he held his hands high, Casimiro saw the body and zeroed in. After a combination to the head ,a savage left hook landed in the liver of Amnat and winched in pain as he sank to the floor for the full count of 10,losing his IBF title in the process.The new champion now has a record of 23-3.
On the undercard Chao Zhong Xiong had Jose Jimenez hurt in the first round but as time went on Xiong began to look clumsy. Jimenez managed to get home with a majority decision and is now the mandatory to the IBF minimumweight champion Jose Argumedo. Jimenez improves to 17-5-1, 7 KO’s ,Xiong drops to 26-7-1,14 KO’s. Scores were 116-111 Xiong ,114-113 twice for Jimenez.
Thai former world champion Tor Buamas was clearly outboxed and outthought by China’s Zong Ju Cai over 10 rounds in an IBF female Minimumweight title eliminator. Buamas has so much experience in the ring ,but seemed to be confused by Cai’s basic style and movement. Cai landed jabs and combinations to run out a near flawless winner with score of 100-90 and 99-91 twice. Now Cai is the manadory to japans etsuko Tada’s IBF title.
Chinese Olympian Fanlong Meng stayed unbeaten and twice floored Australian Rob Powdrill to earn a stoppage in the fourth round. Meng literally broke down the Australian hard man with the volume of clean shots he threw and was rescued in by the referee at 1:23 of the fourth. Meng is 7-0,5 KO’s and Powdrill is 6-3, 1KO.
Zi Jie Shang lost only his second fight when he fought former Super Bantamweight Wulan Tuolehazi .The fight was made at Lightweight and despite Shang being a natural lightweight, Tuolehazi gritted his teeth and toughed out a majority decision to even out his record which now stands at 1-1. scores were 57-57,59-55 twice.
KOKI INOUE AND SATOSHI HOSONO BACK IN ACTION IN KOREA
June 26th is the date where two of the Ohashi stable fighters will be in action . Hot prospect Koki Inoue will look to improve his three fight unbeaten streak where as rumour has it,may take on Korean Hyun Woo Yuh 5-1, 5KO’s.
Satoshi Hosono is the other fighter who ia said to be having a bout in a non-title affair . Hosono is the Japanese Featherweight champion there is no comment on who the opponent will be, but it can only be a good thing that Hosono stays busy.
SHIRO DEFENDS TITLE ON AUGUST 7TH
Light flyweight Japanese champion Ken Shiro will be defending his title against Toshimasa Ouchi ,who is a one time Japanese title challenger who fought Masayuki Kuroda to a draw for the title.Shiro is highly thought of with a record of 7-0, 4KO’s and is also highly ranked by the OPBF and infact this could be for the vacant title as Jonathan Taconing is bidding for a world title.
HIDENORI OTAKE BACK IN THE RING
Former world title challenger Hidenori otake will take on Hernan Cortez of Panama,who is a former WBC FECARBOX champion at Super Flyweight . This looks like an easy fight for Otake with Cortez losing three of his last six with one draw,nethertheless this looks to be a step up in class since losing a title fight to Scott Quigg 2 years ago.The fight will take place at the Korakuen hall in Tokyo.
TANAKA HALTS PATILANO
Kosei Tanaka had one eye on a title fight when he made easy work of IBF rated Filipino Rene Patilano as he dominated his way to count of 10 in the 6th round .This was Tanaka’s first fight since giving up his Minumumweight title to move up to 108lbs. Tanaka looked better not having to boil down to the sports lightest division and was sharp and powerful in dismantling Patilano.
This could be a step in a the right direction and seriously made a statement to Ryoichi Taguchi the WBA champion and will possibly get the fight after the performance he put on. Look for the fight to be made for late 2016.