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Hiroki Ishii Defeats Aphisak KT Gym for Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight Title

At Korakuen, Hall on the same night that Jomthong Chuwattana defeated Tetsuya Yamato, another high profile Thai vs Japanese fight took place as Hiroki Ishii took on Aphisak KT Gym for the vacant Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight title.

In Ishii's fourth attempt at the title, he was able to defeat Aphisak by unanimous decision and become only the 4th Japanese fighter to win a Rajadamnern Stadium title, with Toshio Fujiwara, Hitoshi Ogasawara and Kozo Takeda being the other 3 to do it before him. Ishii won on scores of 49-47(x2) and 49-48. Reports show that Ishii was able to effectively pressure Aphisak in the later rounds, as Aphisak spent a lot of time going backwards in rounds 4 and 5 especially as Ishii was able to establish his offense. This is Ishii's 4th straight win and puts him undefeated on the year.

The historic win comes in what has been a rather successful year for top level Japanese fighters taking on Thai fighters. Although Yamato lost to Jomthong on the same night, he picked up a TKO win over Coke Chunhawat in back in August in Los Angeles. Genji Umeno managed back to back wins over Thai fighters this year, first a 3rd round KO of Windy Kaiwana Sit-Or at It's Showtime Japan 1 and more recently a 4th round KO of Wutidej Lookprabaht at It's Showtime Japan 3. Finally, Yasuhito Shirasu scored the biggest win for Japan with an upset win over Yodsanklai Fairtex.

The next major Thai vs Japanese fights are at the M-1 Muay Thai event on 11/13 where Genji Umeno takes on Dekkamon Himarai Gym(?) for the WPMF World Super Featherweight Title while Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his Light Welterweight WPMF title against WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara.{jcomments on}


WBC Japan Results: Jomthong Defeats Yamato; Rashata, Takahashi Defend; 4 New Champions Crowned

Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, WBC Muay Thai Japan held one of its biggest events to date in which Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion and WBC World Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana took on K-1 -63kg 2010 tournament champion Tetsuya Yamato, along with 5 WBC Japan titles and 1 International title up for grabs.

In the main event, Tetsuya Yamato looked to defeat a second straight Thai and prove that his somewhat embarrassing loss to Saenchai was not a statement of how much better Thai fighters are. Unfortunately for Yamato, Jomthong Chuwattana was the much better fighter, making himself hard to hit for Yamato while producing his own offense. Jomthong won on scores of 50-47(x3) and has now won 8 of his last 9 with a loss in August being the only blemish on his record in 2011. Yamato is now 3-2 on the year with losses to Jomthong and Koya Urabe. Although Yamato won last year's K-1 tournament, he took a lot of criticism for his loss to Saenchai, as well as a dominating decision loss to Koya Urabe after the tournament and it seemed to diminish his K-1 tournament win completely. A draw with MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura at Dynamite and another loss to Urabe haven't helped stop the criticism, but it is interesting to note that since 2007 Yamato has only lost to Urabe, Saenchai, Jomthong, Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Densiam Lookprabaht.

In the co-main event, Japanese sensation Erika Kamimura claimed another title in defeating WBC International Light Flyweight champion Denise Mellor by knockout at 1:49 into the 1st round. The 18 year old is now 23-1 (12 (T)KOs) and scores another quick, impressive knockout over a foreign fighter. Kamimura is set to take on fellow Shootboxing star RENA on November 23rd at RISE 85.

Former NJKF champion and defending WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata continued his reign of terror over former AJKF Featherweight champions, this time defeating Hiromasa Masuda by 5 round unanimous decision on scores of 49-46, 49-47 and 48-47 and defending his WBC Japan strap. In 2010, Rashata defeated 3 former AJKF champions in Hisanori Maeda, Genki Yamamoto and Masahiro Yamamoto, with the last of those three netting him the WBC Japan title. He took a loss to the rampaging Kanongsuk earlier this year, but has now added another former AJKF champion to his list of wins. Up next for Rashata is likely another title defense against the young Keijiro Miyakoshi. For Masuda, it's a 4th straight fight without a win and with Genki Yamamoto and Hisanori Maeda retiring, as well as Naoki Ishikawa's sudden retirement announcement, the 38 year old may see it fit to call an end to his 15 year fighting career.

WPMF Japan Flyweight champion Ryuji Kato got revenge for a 2010 loss by besting WBC Japan Flyweight champion Naoki Otsuki over 5 rounds on scores of 50-47(x2) and 49-46 to capture the WBC Japan Flyweight title. Otsuki had been riding high in 2009 and 2010, winning 4 straight and capturing the vacant WBC Japan title with a win over Kato. However, his 2011 has come to an abrupt halt as he is now 0-2 after being upset by Team Dragon's Hiroyuki Yamano back in July. For Kato, there aren't a lot of options for a next fight, though a superfight with WBC Japan Bantamweight champion TOMA could be very interesting.

Speaking of TOMA, he also managed to pick up a WBC Japan title, defeating #2 ranked NJKF Bantamweight Kojiro by unanimous decision for Arashi Fujihara's recently vacated Bantamweight title. TO-MA has now won 6 of his last 7 in which he picked up the WPMF, M-1 and J-NETWORK Super Flyweight championships. His only loss was to former WBC Japan champion Arashi Fujihara at It's Showtime Japan 1, so a rematch, although interesting, could probably use a few months more in between. In the mean time, a defense of any of his titles could keep him busy, though a super fight with Ryuji Kato would be the most interesting.

WBC Japan Super Lightweight champion Seiji Takahashi continued his reign as champion with a unanimous decision win over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champ Yusuke Sugawara. Sugawara was just upset at Shootboxing by MMA fighter Shigeki Osawa and this loss doesn't help ease that wound. For Sugawara, a third attempt at beating Koji Yoshimoto will likely be in his future. With a lack of challengers, Takahashi could see himself fighting a Krush regular, possibly Hideaki Yamazaki some time in the future.

In the night's final title fight, 19 year old Ryuya Kusakabe knocked out #1 ranked NJKF super bantamweight Rookie in the 5th round to capture Genji Umeno's recently vacated WBC Japan Super Bantamweight championship. This was Kusakabe's first fight since having his 7-fight win streak snapped by Shota Takiya in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament. After vacating his Shootboxing title, I cannot imagine Kusakabe wants anything more than a rubber match with Takiya in Krush. Rookie still has a chance to capture the NJKF Super Bantamweight title against Hiroshi Senchaigym.

Finally, talented prospect and NJKF Lightweight champion Keijiro Miyakoshi picked up another win, this time a 5 round split decision over J-NETWORK Lightweight champion Akihiro Kuroda. The fight was supposedly for the right to face current Welterweight champion Yuya Yamato, however both fighters fight at a lower weight, and it could have been for the right to face Rashata. Either way, Miyakoshi would probably opt for the shot at Yamato, as Yamato recently defeated his brother Soichiro Miyakoshi for the WBC Japan title. {jcomments on}


Krush 12 Results: Team Dragon Victorious; Naokick Defeats Takeuchi

With the K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament taking place the following day, September 24th's Krush 12 was largely forgotten about. The event was headlined by a triple main event of Team Dragon's Hirotaka Urabe, Ryuji Kajiwara and Hideaki Yamazaki facing off against Chinese Sanshou fighters whose names I believe are Zhang Bo, Liu Wei and Ming Ming Chen. Also on this card was the rematch of the Krush 2009 Lightweight tournament semifinal between Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa and "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi.

In the main event, Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe defeated Chinese Sanshou fighter Zhang Bo, but not without some trouble. Urabe took a majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2) and Boutreview's on-site reporter scored it a 30-30 draw after 3. The close win is somewhat of a letdown as Urabe had been on a roll with his dominant performances in the Krush 60kg tournament. Nonetheless, it's a 5th straight win for Urabe. Next for him is unknown as he just dismissed a fight with RISE champion Kosuke Komiyama. Perhaps a title defense against Naoki Ishikawa could be in his future with Masaaki Noiri being tied up in the Krush Supernova tournament.

In the co-main event, Krush 63kg champion Ryuji Kajiwara managed to squeak by Chinese fighter Liu Wei as a result of a 2nd round penalty by Wei that resulted in an immediate yellow card and a point deduction. The final scores were 30-29, 29-28 and 30-28 in favor of Kajiwara and had it not been for the point deduction, the fight would have gone to an extension round. The win puts Kajiwara back on the winning track after his loss to Masaaki Noiri in the quarterfinals of the K-1 63kg Japan tournament ended his 6-fight win streak.

The final fight in the Team Dragon vs China saga was also at 63kg where Team Dragon fighter Hideaki Yamazaki knocked out Chinese fighter Ming Ming Chen at 56 seconds into the 2nd round with a knee to the body, sweeping the challenge for Team Dragon. The win is Yamazaki's 3rd straight and moves the 24 year old to 10-1-1 (5 KOs) with the only blemishes on his record being a draw back in 2009 and a TKO loss to TaCa earlier this. For Chen, it's a second straight stoppage loss after losing to Hirotaka Urabe by stoppage back in July.

In the night's most hyped fight, Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa got back on the winning track with a 2 round technical decision win in a rematch of a great fight with "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi on scores of 18-17(x3). In their first fight, a spot in the finals of the Krush 2009 Lightweight tournament was up for grabs and both men fought hard for it, but ultimately Naokick scored a spectacular 2nd round flying knee knockout. However, Ishikawa got cut and was unable to participate in the finals. Before this bout, Takeuchi weighed in 1.7kg over and was deducted a point, 30% of his purse and had to wear 8 oz. gloves compared to Ishikawa's 6 oz. gloves. Both camps also decided to allow clinches and elbows. In the first round, I believe Takeuchi was able to score one or two downs while Ishikawa either scored one or two downs, as Boutreview's reporter scored the round 8-8, with the round ultimately going to Ishikawa 8-7 as a result of the point deduction. In the second round, Ishikawa started to take an advantage, but not before a clash of heads near the end of the round caused a cut to form on Naokick's head, much like their first bout. With the cut, the fight was stopped and Ishikawa got the decision. After the bout, Ishikawa announced that he wished to face the winner of the Krush Supernova tournament and would retire following the bout. Krush event producer Mitsuru Miyata was reluctant to give Ishikawa the bout and was hesitant about letting him retire. The win is a bright spot in what has been a rough patch of Ishikawa's career, as this win puts him at just 2-4 in his last 6. Takeuchi is now on a two-fight losing streak after losing in the finals of the Krush tournament to Hirotaka Urabe.

In a trio of 63kg fights, Krush 63kg Tournament participant Naoki Terazaki got an extension round decision over Makoto Nishiyama while fellow Krush 63kg tournament participants TaCa and Takuya Shirahama lost to former NJKF Lightweight champion Kazuki and NOMAN, respectively. TaCa was coming off of a win over Hideaki Yamazaki, but lost in the extension round by TKO to Kazuki who is bouncing back from losing his NJKF title to Keijiro Miyakoshi. Shirahama made it to the semifinals of the Krush tournament, but lost to Koya Urabe and has now lost two straight after this loss to NOMAN.

Members of Team Dragon rounded out the card, going 5-2 overall with notable member Takumi picking up a win.

The next Krush event is the day-night round of 16 and quarterfinals of their Under-22 Supernova Tournament.{jcomments on}


RISE 83 Results: Champions Win Superfights, KENJI and Dyki Advance to Bantamweight Finals

Earlier today, RISE and Shooto kicked off this weekend's packed schedule which includes events being put on by It's Showtime, K-1, UFC, DREAM and Strikeforce.

In the night's main event, RISE Super Featherweight champion and K-1 veteran Kosuke Komiyama won a non-title bout against Korean Muay Thai Federation Super Featherweight champion Kim Jin-Hyuk by decision on scores of 27-26, 28-27 and 29-28. I'm not sure what prompted the weird scores, but all judges seemed to have the same idea, having Komiyama ahead by a point on all 3 cards. The win makes it 5 in a row for the champion who took the title from Kan Itabashi at RISE 74 back in February. Up next for Komiyama will probably be a title defense or perhaps a fight with Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe who Komiyama called out. However at the Krush 12 weigh-ins today, Urabe dismissed the notion. A rematch with Itabashi for the title would have to wait a while as Itabashi is set to face Masahiro Yamamoto at It's Showtime Japan 4/REBELS 9 on October 23rd.

In the night's co-feature, RISE Super Lightweight champion Koji Yoshimoto beat #1 ranked Lightweight Hiroshi Mizumachi by majority decision on scores of 28-27(x2) and 27-27. The win is Yoshimoto's second straight after winning a decision against Shohei Asahara in a reserve fight of the K-1 Japan 63kg Tournament. If Yoshimoto defends his title successfully, look for him to face off with Yusuke Sugawara for a third time with the winner possibly getting some attention from K-1. For Mizumachi, it's a 5th straight loss and could signal an end to his career in the near future.

In a #1 contender's bout for the right to face Yoshimoto, #2 ranked Yasuomi Soda remained undefeated, improving his record to 11-0 (4 KO) with a 2nd round knockout of #3 ranked Kotetsu. Soda picked up a win in an opening fight at the K-1 Japan 63kg Tournament. His fight with Yoshimoto will be a good step up in competition and will show just how good the 23 year old is. A win would definitely put Soda on K-1's radar.

In the semifinals of a 4-man tournament for Nobuchika Terado's recently vacated Bantamweight title, Yuta Kubo's brother and NJKF Flyweight champion KENJI beat RISE #3 ranked bantamweight Ryuma Tobe by majority decision on scores of 29-28, 28-27 and 28-28. In the other semifinal, #1 ranked Dyki knocked out 20 year old Shootboxing representative Kazayuki Fushimi in the 3rd round. The finals will take place at RISE 85 on November 23rd which already has RENA vs Erika Kamimura set as the main event.

In the Heavyweight division, K-1 fighter Singh "Heart" Jaideep and Korean Raoumaru both picked up knockout wins. Jaideep scored a 1st round flying knee KO of #5 ranked Tsutomu Takahagi while Raoumaru scored a 3rd round knockout of MMA fighter Bernard Ackah. For Jaideep, it's a 3rd straight win and for Raoumaru, it's a bounce back from his loss in a title fight with Makoto Uehara back at RISE 80 in July.

In a lightweight matchup, former J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Shunsuke Oishi knocked out RISE #2 ranked Lightweight Yuto Watanabe in the 3rd round. The win is Oishi's first this year as he lost his title to Yusuke Sugawara in June. For Watanabe, it's a second straight defeat after coming off a loss to Toshiki Taniyama in a reserve fight at the K-1 63kg Japan Tournament in June. Oishi could end up facing off with Sugawara in J-NETWORK or RISE in the future to determine a challenger to Yoshimoto's title.

In a slight upset, #4 ranked Super Featherweight TURBΦ dropped a decision to #5 ranked Yutonaka Egawa on scores of 28-27(x2) and 29-28. TURBΦ had just snapped his 3-fight losing streak with a close win over Junpei Aotsu and is now back on the losing trail. Next for Egawa could be a fight with the #2 or #3 fighters in his division in what could be a #1 contender's bout as #1 ranked Kan Itabashi is currently wrapped up with It's Showtime obligations.

Finally, K-1 vet Jae Gil Noh picked up a decision win over #7 ranked RISE Middleweight KEN. Noh was last seen in K-1 knocking out Go Yokoyama who is set for a reserve fight at this weekend's K-1 MAX 70kg Japan Tournament.

Next up for RISE is RISE 84 on October 30th. {jcomments on}


Saenchai Victorious Over Petboonchu at Lumpinee Stadium

Today at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took on Petboonchu F.A. Group for the fifth time.  In the four prior meetings, Saenchai had three wins, while Petboonchu had one that came on June 4th of last year. The two were ranked in the top two at Lumpinee stadium, right below current champion Sagetdao Phetphayathai.

Saenchai took a unanimous decision over five rounds, with the scores being 49-47 across the board. Saenchai's effort was hailed as a "classic performance" by Rob Cox of The win moves Saenchai to 4-1 against Petboonchu. Saenchai's lone loss this year came to Sagetdao Phetphayathai and I'm sure he would like to get that back.

It's unknown what is next for Saenchai. He's still scheduled to fight for Yokkao Boxing in Italy in January. I'd expect to see him fight once or twice before then, whether it be abroad or in Thailand.


It's Showtime Japan 3 and Shootboxing Results: Umeno, Morii, Bovy, Penne, Osawa Victorious

At It's Showtime Japan 3/M-1 Fairtex Challenge Raorak Muay Vol.3 on September 11th, WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and M-1 Featherweight champion Genji Umeno knocked out Thai Wutidej Lookprabaht in the 4th round. Umeno used elbows to open up Wutidej which led to a 3 punch combo that set up the final uppercut-elbow combination that put Wutidej out. The win will likely get Umeno a fight with current WPMF Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii. It also puts Umeno in a good position with Lumpinee Stadium as Wutidej was ranked 5th at Feathweight which recently got a new champion, Penaik Sitnumnoi. At just 22, Umeno has solidified himself as one of the top featherweights in Japan and extends his current win streak to 8. I also expect Umeno to defend his WBC title against the winner of October's Ryuya Kusakabe-Rookie matchup in January. He holds a previous victory over Rookie and a matchup with Kusakabe would be a highly entertaining fight between two young, promising fighters.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned Yosuke Morii was able to defeat former WBO Featherweight boxing champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin by first round knockout. I believe that M-1 was more or less setting up a fight between Morii and Umeno were they to win their bouts as they set up a small Featherweight tournament with these two fights. The next It's Showtime Japan/M-1 event is on November 13th, so that fight could take place then.

#2 ranked WPMF Featherweight Daiki Nagashima picked up a majority decision win and could get a shot at the winner of Umeno vs Morii some time in the future. Up next for Nagashima will likely be a title fight against current J-NETWORK Featherweight champ Masato Sato.

Former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen was set to face off against Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, but one of them missed weight and the bout was changed to an exhibition.

At Korakuen Hall on September 10th, former Rajadamnern Stadium champion and Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson put a halt to Toby Imada's Shootboxing run by taking a unanimous decision over the Bellator fighter on scores of 28-26(x3). Imada scored a first round knockdown on Bovy, but Bovy answered back with a down in each round. Imada's incredible run in Shootboxing began at last year's S-Cup where he was a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Imada upset Shootboxing standout Takaaki Umeno, knocking him out at the end of the 3rd round. Then, in the semifinals, Imada pulled a huge upset by defeating 2-time K-1 MAX champion and 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion Andy Souwer by split decision. Imada was TKO'd by Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals of the tournament, but returned to Shootboxing in June, scoring yet another upset over Shootboxing mainstay Hiroki Shishido. For Bovy, the win stops a 5-fight losing streak and is his first win in Shootboxing in nearly a year and a half.

In the co-main event, Shootboxing superstar RENA was upset by former Bellator fighter Jessica Penne by majority decision in the second extension round. The fight was a majority draw after 3 rounds and couldn't be decided in the first extension round as the judges scored it a split draw. According to Dan Herbertson, RENA controlled rounds 1 and 3, but Penne scored a shoot point in round 2 to send it to the extension round. RENA apparently controlled the extension round as well over a tired Penne, but did not get help from the judges who sent it to a 5th round where Penne scored another shoot point to lock up the win. The loss is a huge disappointment for RENA who was coming off of a dominating win over Zaza Sor Aree and was getting ready for her fight with Erika Kamimura on November 23rd.

In a match for the vacant Super Welterweight championship, former boxer and #2 ranked Satoru Suzuki scored 3 knockdowns on #1 ranked Kenji Kanai, forcing a referee's stoppage and netting Suzuki the Shootboxing title.

Sengoku fighter Shigeki Osawa was also victorious at the event, taking his first win in Shootboxing, an upset over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Osawa used his grappling to score shoot points and secure the victory.

RENA's younger sister MIO picked up her second straight win under the Shootboxing banner, taking a unanimous decision win.

Also at the event, 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe vacated his title, likely to focus on fighting in Krush and with WBC Japan. {jcomments on}


F16 Dethrones Kongsak, Chokprecha bested again

Today at Lumpinee Stadium the Super featherweight champ and current fighter of the year Kongsak Sitboonmee lost his crown to F16 Rajanont. Just last month the two met with Kongsak taking home a razor thin points win. The fight was so close that promotors booked an immediate rematch, and this time around things went F16's way as he took home a five round decision. 

The other title that changed hands was at 115 pounds. Knockout artist Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher was bested by Wanchalong Sitzornong. This was also a rematch of a fight that took place in the past few months, Wanchalong won that fight too. This time however it was at 115 pounds where the previous bout was over the weight limit. 

Sagetdao Petpaiyathai however did not let his title go over to Singdam Kiatmuu9. The two have fought several times previously with both picking up wins. This time the current 135 pound champ got the best of the hard kicking veteran. 

In other results, Featherweight has its first champion since Kongsak Sitboonmee vacated. Penaik Sitnumnoi beat Mongkolchai Petsupapaan over five rounds. Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym appears to be back as a top fighter. After winning a 1 day, 8 man marathon tournament last month he followed it up with a fourth round knockout of top 5 contender Sitisak Siangsimaewgym. 



It's Showtime Japan 2/Fujiwara Festival Results: Masahiro Yamamoto Victorious

In the main event of the second It's Showtime Japan event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight tournament champion Masahiro Yamamoto defeated WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arito Tsukahara by majority decision on scores of 30-29(x2), 30-27, 30-28 and 29-29 to make him #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg title. Yamamoto is now second in line behind Kan Itabashi to face It's Showtime champion Javier Hernandez and with a matchup between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and former It's Showtime champion Sergio Wielzen at the next It's Showtime event, there should not be a shortage of quality opposition for the champion. The win is the first for Yamamoto in his last 5 fights and the first since being upset in the qualifying round of the first K-1 63kg GP by Tetsuya Yamato. This fight seemed to be a must win for the former Japanese Lightweight kingpin who had looked less than stellar since the Krush Lightweight GP. On the night of Hisanori Maeda's retirement, Yamamoto took one for AJKF.

In the co-main event WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota and MA Kick Bantamweight champion Takuma Ito fought to a split draw on scores of 49-48, 49-49 and 48-49. This is a bit of a mild upset as Sota was the WPMF champion and was probably next in line for the J-NETWORK Super Bantamweight title that's being unified on October 16th.

WPMF Japan Super Welterweight champion Takeshi Shimizu won a 3 round decision against Techakarin Chuwattana(?) on scores of 30-28(x2) and 29-28.

Former AJKF Featherweight champion Hisanori Maeda held his retirement ceremony at the event.

In a match that could determine Ichinohe Sota's next challenger, #1 ranked WPMF Japan Bantamweight Noro Yuki defeated #4 ranked Jun Miyoshi by unanimous decision with all 3 judges scoring it 30-27. Yuki could be next in line to fight Sota, though Takuma Ito may want a rematch and #2 ranked Nobuchiko Terado could make a case for a title shot as well.

Finally, in a WPMF title match, defending WPMF Japan Women's Atom Weight champion Little Tiger lost a 5 round decision to NJKF Atom Weight champion Chiharu on scores of 50-48, 50-47 and 49-48 to make Chiharu the new WPMF Japan champion. Chiharu lost to Erika Kamimura at Sengoku: Soul of Fight by 2nd round TKO but has put together 4 straight wins since then.

The next It's Showtime Japan event is a co-promotion with M-1 Muay Thai and is headlined by a 61kg bout between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Sergio Wielzen. Also on the card are WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion Genji Umeno taking on Utideto Rukupurabato(?) and WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii taking on former WBO Boxing Champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin. {jcomments on}


J-Network Results: Kuroda and Sato Defend Titles, Yuki Wins Vacant Title

Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, J-Network put on an event that featured 3 titles up for grab, with Masato Sato defending his Featherweight title against Hideya Nagasaki, Akihiro Kuroda defending his Lightweight title against Fire Harada and Yuki and Shuichi Uentsu battling for the recently vacated Super Flyweight title.

In the main event of the night, fan favorite Fire Harada challenged champion Akihiro Kuroda for the J-Network Lightweight title, losing via TKO as a result of leg kicks at 1:42 of the 3rd round. Kuroda was coming off of back to back losses with the most recent being a decision loss to HIROYA in May. This marks his third defense and his next opponent could be current #2 ranked Junpei Aotsu who is 0-1-1 against Kuroda, with their last fight being a unification bout for the J-Network title. Aotsu is coming off of a split decision extension round loss to TURBΦ at Krush 11.

In the co-feature, #2 ranked Yuki faced #1 ranked Shuichi Uentsu for the Super Flyweight title recently vacated by TO-MA. In a close fight, Yuki managed to take a majority decision on scores of 49-48(x2) and 48-48. Uentsu was coming off of back to back decision losses to TO-MA, the first of which was for the J-Network Super Flyweight title while the second was for the WPMF Japan Super Flyweight championship and this extends his losing streak to 3 fights.

In the final title bout of the night, Featherweight Champion Masato Sato defended his title for the second time with a 1st round TKO stoppage of M-1 Super Featherweight Champion Hideya Nagasaki. Sato's next defense could be against current #1 ranked Hiroki Nagashima who is currently scheduled to fight at the M-1/It's Showtime Japan show on September 11th.

Results via Boutreview

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Girls S-Cup Japan Results: Kamimura Wins Tournament, RENA Dominates

Earlier today at Shibuya AX, Shootboxing held its first all womens event of the year with the main attraction being the Girls S-Cup Japan Preliminary Tournament.

In the first round of the tournament, WPMF and WMC World Mini Flyweight Champion and "The Strongest Female High School Student" Erika Kamimura defeated Kanako Oka by knockout 31 seconds into the second round. To determine her opponent, MMA fighter WINDY Tomomi fell to fellow MMA fighter Miyo Yoshida by majority decision on scores of 30-30 and 30-29(x2). In the other half of the bracket, 2009 Girls S-Cup finalist V.V Mei was upset by J-Girls #3 ranked MINA after 3 rounds on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28. To wrap up the quarterfinals, MMA fighter and kickboxer Seo Hee Ham was able to pick up a majority decision over MMA fighter Emi Fujino on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 30-28.

In the semifinals, Erika Kamimura struck quick, dispatching Miyo Yoshida by TKO just 50 seconds into the first round, sending Kamimura to the finals. In the other semifinal, Seo Hee Ham won another majority decision over MINA on scores of 30-30, 30-29 and 29-28 to set up the final that most people had expected coming into the tournament.

In the finals, Kamimura and Ham supposedly put on an entertaining fight, with Kamimura scoring a catch point on an attempted arm-triangle in the first, while Ham scored two shoot points from throws in the second. However, Kamimura was able to score a right hook that knocked down Ham in the third, which ended up being the difference in the bout as Kamimura took a unanimous decision on scores of 28-26 and 28-27(x2). The win brings the 18 year old to 22-1 with 11 TKOs and qualifies her for the next Girls S-Cup.

In non-tournament action, RENA got back to winning by knocking out "Muay Thai Idol" Zaza Sor Aree at 2:10 of the second round on a body shot. After winning back to back S-Cups, RENA was knocked down by Kamimura in an exhibition bout, then was outlasted by Ai Takahashi over five rounds, giving Takahashi the Shootboxing Mini Flyweight Championship.

Supposedly, a rematch of the exhibition bout between RENA and Kamimura has been scheduled for the November 23rd RISE event as a legitimate bout and not an exhibition. If true, expect the winner to get a shot at Ai Takahashi, as she was forced to pull out of a bout with Kamimura that was scheduled for today's event due to a fractured orbital bone.

Also in non-tournament action was RENA's younger sister MIO making her professional debut against an arm wrestling champion. MIO won by disqualification 1:52 into the first round.

Finally, notable MMA fighter HIROKO defeated Megumi Yabushita by TKO 3 seconds into the 3rd round. A matchup under MMA rules between HIROKO and Rin Nakai, who is returning on September 4th's Pancrase event, would generate a good amount of interest as the two have had trouble finding legitimate competition at a higher weight in Japan. {jcomments on}

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