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Krush-EX 2012 vol. 3 Results: Takumi Earns 55kg Title Shot with KO

Krush held the 3rd edition of its Krush-EX series this year, headlined by a 55kg #1 contender’s bout between Team Dragon’s Takumi and Katsuki Sasaki.

In the main event, Takumi and Katsuki Sasaki faced off in a rematch of a fight from 2010 with Takumi scoring a first round knockout at 2:31, earning a shot at current 55kg champion Shota Takiya and a chance to avenge his most recent loss on August 26th at Krush.22. Takumi (12-2-0, 5 KO) is on fire right now, winning 6 in a row and scoring 4 of his 5 career knockouts in the process. The 22 year old throws crisp combinations, is prolific with knees and is a decent counter puncher. However, for everything he’s gotten offensively out of Team Dragon, he’s also inherited their lack of defense and his open offensive style leaves him open to get hit, which will definitely be a problem against the heavy-handed Takiya. The last time the two fought was in the opening round of the Krush 55kg tournament and Takiya stopped Takumi with a front kick. I think Takumi has somewhat of a shot, as he has power, can put strikes together and isn’t slow by any means and Takiya isn’t the hardest person to hit, but it’s going to take everything falling in place for him to come out the new Krush champion. Sasaki (4-5-1, 4 KO) isn’t that great of a fighter at 55kg, but has the power to stop pretty much anyone at the weight and was put into this fight because of his 1st round KO of Ryuma Tobe. A fun fight for him would be against Nobuchika Terado, KO-ICHI or Namito Izawa.

Speaking of Terado, he took place in an exhibition bout against J-Network Super Flyweight champ Yuki after Yuki’s original opponent, SATOI, pulled out with an injury earlier in the week, leaving Krush no time to find a suitable replacement.

In a 55kg bout, Team Dragon prospect Namito Izawa was handed his second pro loss by Shibuya Scramble’s Yuya Suzuki, with Suzuki winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 (x3). Suzuki dropped Izawa in the 2nd round with a right cross, which ended up being the deciding factor in the fight. This win throws his name in the hat at 55kg and could see him taking on Nobuchika Terado, Katsuki Sasaki, SATOI or Ryuma Tobe. Izawa has now dropped two in a row, the first two losses of his career, after losing to Nobuchika Terado in the main event of Krush-EX vol.1 earlier this year.

Finally, exciting 60kg fighter Yuji “Kyoken” Takeuchi announced that he would be returning to fight soon after being sidelined since his exciting rematch against Naoki Ishikawa back in September at Krush.12.

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Battle for the Belts: Pinca, Kem, Sagetdao, Schilling Among Winners

Battle for the Belts took place in Bangkok yesterday. Although the card was nowhere near what it looked like on paper originally, there were still some good fights that went down with some of the best in the world.

Just two weeks after his loss to Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca fought Big Ben Chor Praram for the WBC title at 67kg and walked away with a decision win. Pinca seemed to stun Big Ben in the second round and almost scored a knockdown with low kicks in the third, with Big Ben's leg visibly being hurt. Big Ben, however, controlled the fourth and fifth rounds while Pinca was still competitive.

For the lightweight WBC title, Jomthong Chuwattana took a comfortable decision over Yetkin Ozkul, dominating the fight. Ozkul was game but he got dominated by Jomthong, who used his height and technical skills to keep Ozkul at bay the whole fight. For the super lightweight WBC title, Sagetdao Phetphayathai disposed of Sofiane Derdaga via cut stoppage in the third round.

For the super welterweight WBC title at 70kg, Kem Sitsongpeenong scored a nasty elbow KO over Alejandro Asuma Osu. Kem, predictably, looked a lot more comfortable fighting Muay Thai than he did fighting kickboxing at Glory recently.

Since Artem Levin, Simon Marcus and Artem Vakhitov all pulled out of the fight at one time or another, Joe Schilling ended up facing a Golden Glory kickboxer, Karapet Karapetyan. Schilling won most of the fight, except the third round and turned it up in rounds four and five to get a decision victory, for the interim WBC light heavyweight world title.

At super cruiserweight, 95kg, Steve McKinnon stopped Frank Munoz very quickly into the first round with a right hand that sent Munoz down and unable to beat the count. Fabiano Aoki defeated Christian Bosch for the WBC's heavyweight world title via jumping knee KO.

Fabio Pinca def. Big Ben Chor Praram by decision.

Jomthong Chuwattana def. Yetkin Ozkul by decision.

Sagetdao Phetphayathai def. Sofiane Derdaga by TKO (Cut) in Round 3.

Kem Sitsongpeenong def. Alejandro Asumu Osa by KO (Elbow) in Round 2.

Joe Schilling def. Karapet Karapetyan by decision.

Steve McKinnon def. Frank Munoz by KO (Overhand Right) in Round 1.

Fabiano Aoki def. Christian Bosch by KO (Jumping Knee) in Round 2.

 

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Saenchai Outclasses Peneak in Vintage Performance at Lumpini Stadium

Saenchai put in a vintage performance to outclass the newly crowned fighter of the year Peneak in the main event of the biggest show of the year so far at Lumpini Stadium. He was fighting at 127.5 lbs, something which he has supposedly told promoters he will never do again, and the question was whether the weight cut would leave him drained and give the younger, taller Peneak an advantage.

The answer was an emphatic no. Saenchai controlled the action from start to finish, repeatedly making Peneak miss and seemingly sweeping him and throwing him to the ground at will. In his last outing Peneak was able to drop Sam A with an elbow but this time he was unable to mount any serious offense with Saenchai at his imperious best.

It is rare to see a Muay Thai fighter continuing to compete at an elite level in Thailand past the age of 30 but not only is Saenchai still a match for the very best, on his day he is still capable of outclassing just about anyone. After back to back losses to Saketdaw and, somewhat controversially, Fabio Pinca he has bounced back in spectacular style by putting on masterclasses against two of Thailand's best in Saketdaw and Penek.

In a star studded card the fight of the night was between Wanchai and Sarawut. Sarawut controlled the early action and swept Wanchai on multiple ocassions at the start of the fourth round to move ahead but Wanchai just kept coming and coming, walking his opponent down to take the decision on two of the three judges scorecards.

In the co main event experience prevailed over youth as Singdam's famous right body kick was the story of the fight against up and coming teenager Wanchalerm Udonmuang.  Old adversaries Nong O and Petbonchu locked horns again, this time Nong O was unable to score a stoppage as he has done repatedly in previous meetings although he did get the nod from the judges at the end of a close, competitive fight.

In another battle between a teenager and a veteran Petpanomrung was just too good for Ting Tong. Wanchalong beat Choknamchai, Petmorakot defeated Nattachai and Superlek's size advantage proved too great for Palongpon to overcome

Results:

Superlek Wor Sangprapai defeated Palongpon Watcharachai 

Wanchai Sor Kittichai defeated Sarawut Pikadpadang

Choknamchai Sitjaagung defeated Wanchalong Sitsonong to win Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title

Petmorakot Teedet99 defeated Nattachai Pran26  to win Lumpinee Bantamweight Title

Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai defeated Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu

Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym defeated Petbonchu FA Group

Singdam Kiatmoo9 defeated Wanchalerm Udonmuang (Lumpinee Lightweight Title)

Saenchai PKMuaythaigym defeated Penek Sitnumnoi 

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Krush.19 Results: Kubo Cruises, Osawa Wins 60kg Tournament, Ishikawa Edges Out Itabashi

Krush.19 took place earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by top Lightweight Yuta Kubo and also featuring the 60kg tournament final and Japanese stars Naoki Ishikawa, Kan Itabashi and Keiji Ozaki.

In the main event, Yuta Kubo moved up to 65kg to take on WKN European Welterweight champ Abdellah Ezbiri, cruising to a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26 and 30-25(x2). Kubo dropped Ezbiri twice in the 2nd round, first with a left hook and again with a spinning back fist, but Ezbiri showed his toughness by gutting it out the entire 3 rounds. Kubo (33-4-1, 15 KO) continues his roll and pushes his win-streak to double digits with his 10th straight win. After the fight, he announced that, with this small jump in weight, he has the intention of moving up to 70kg in the future, which is exciting news for fans of the sport as Kubo has a case for being considered the top Lightweight in the world. At 5’9”, Kubo will lose his size advantage that he usually has over his competition, but he will by no means be small for 70kg, so the move makes a lot of sense, especially considering he’s entering into his prime with his 25th birthday on the horizon. Ezbiri (27-5-0, 11 KO) has no shame in losing here and could have even helped himself out a bit despite losing, as he showed heart and toughness by picking himself up off the canvas twice and managing to stay on his feet in the 3rd round, where Kubo usually smells blood and finishes off a hurt opponent.

In the co-main event, Naoki Ishikawa cemented his status as the #2 guy in Krush at 60kg, edging out former RISE champion Kan Itabashi on scores of 30-29(x3). Ishikawa (35-18-5, 18 KO) has once again clawed his way towards the top of the division after a 1-4 stretch, going 2-0-1 in his last 3 with wins over Yuji Takeuchi and now Itabashi, and drawing Krush champ Hirotaka Urabe in a title fight. Had Krush not held the 60kg tourney, Ishikawa would be the obvious next opponent for Urabe, as he is 0-1-1 against the champ and currently the only viable option inside Krush at the moment. As it stands, Urabe is defending his title against Fumiya Osawa in July, so Ishikawa will likely have to wait about 6 months. Possible matchups in the mean time are 60kg tournament participants Katsuya Goto, Takashi Nakajima or Yuya, or possible a foreign opponent. Itabashi (19-6-2, 3 KO) came close, but faltered once again against the division’s elite. Despite wins over Anuwat, Kanongsuk, Yuki and Keiji Ozaki, Itabashi has dropped a pair of fights to Masahiro Yamamoto, lost his RISE title to Kosuke Komiyama in a close fight and now lost to Ishikawa. I would like to see RISE take him back in and set him up for a rematch with Komiyama, though I do not think it will fare too well for him as Komiyama has improved with each fight since the two first met.

In the finals of the 60kg tournament, Fumiya Osawa earned the right to challenge current champ Hirotaka Urabe by squeaking by Katsuya Goto via extension round split decision on scores of 10-9(x2) and 9-10. This is a rematch from last December which saw the two fight to a majority draw, so it is pretty obvious that these two are more or less equals. This is huge for Osawa, who was 0-3-1 in his 4 fights previous to entering the tournament, but he has now scored 3 quality wins and is set to face Krush champ Hirotaka Urabe in July. While his chances aren’t that good, it’s not as if Urabe is unhittable and the 20 year old Osawa was a tough out for Kizaemon Saiga last year and only seems to have gotten better. Goto misses out on his opportunity to fight for the title, but with a close loss here and a close loss to the aforementioned Saiga, Goto is by no means out of the title picture. His head movement and strong boxing give him preferential style matchups against Naoki Ishikawa and Hirotaka Urabe. A good next fight for him would be against Junpei Aotsu.

In a 64kg bout, the exciting Keiji Ozaki returned to action with an easy win over China’s Ding Ning on scores of 30-28 and 30-27(x2). After a loss to Thomas Adamandopoulos for the ISKA 62.3kg title and a loss in Russia, Ozaki is 2-0 in 2012, though he was hardly challenged in either fight. Ozaki (25-15-1, 9 KO) is not an elite fighter, but he will always be fun to watch and his flashy taekwondo style, which features a plethora of spinning attacks, presents a difficult challenge for most fighters.

Finally, in the last fight of the 3rd leg of the Krush 63kg WILDRUSH League, Yukimitsu Takahashi picked up his first win of the tournament, earning a unanimous decision over TaCa on scores of 29-28, 30-28 and 30-29. Takahashi had been involved in two exciting fights before this one, but only managed to get a draw and a single point from each fight. This is a big win over one of the top fighters in this round robin and puts him at 3rd place with 4 points and in striking distance of league leader Hideaki Yamazaki. However, Takahashi has his two hardest matchups for his final two bouts, against #1 Yamazaki and #2 Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and being more of a decision fighter, the odds are stacked against him. TaCa sits at 1-2-0 (1 KO) in the tournament and gets jumped by Takahashi in the standings. To win the league, he would likely have to score back to back knockouts.

After 3 fights, the current standings of the WILDRUSH League are

1. Hideaki Yamazaki, 6 points (3-0-0, 0 KO)

2. Hitoshi Tsukagoshi, 5 points (2-1-0, 1 KO)

3. Yukimitsu Takahashi, 4 points (1-0-2, 0 KO)

4. TaCa, 3 points (1-2-0, 1 KO)

5. Naoki Terasaki, 1 point (0-2-1, 0 KO)

5. NOMAN, 1 point (0-2-1, 0 KO)

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RISE 88 Results: Komiyama, Kamimura, Uehara, KENJI, Lee, Van Opstal Score Wins at RISE Supercard

The RISE 88 supercard took place yesterday at the Tokyo Dome City Hall, with 4 current RISE champions competing and a host of other top talents within the company.

The night’s main event saw promotional 60kg champ Kosuke Komiyama defend his title for the first time with a 4th round knockout of Motochika Hanada at 2:53. Hanada gave Komiyama a good challenge in the early stages of the fight, but as it progressed into the second round Komiyama took control, ultimately dropping Hanada in the 4th and causing his corner to throw in the towel. Komiyama (18-2-0, 11 KO) is now on a 7 fight winstreak and can probably lay claim to being the best fighter around the weight in Japan not fighting in Krush. With wins over Kan Itabashi and Sergio Wielzen, it’s hard to argue against Komiyama’s standing simply because he doesn’t fight in Krush. However, I would like to see him make the jump over and fight whoever holds the Krush 60kg title at the time, or possibly take a fight against Naoki Ishikawa or a top foreigner, as RISE has not been shy about looking for talent outside of the promotion. The loss isn’t that bad for Hanada (12-2-1, 4 KO) who is still pretty good.

In the co-main event, promotional Heavyweight champ Makoto Uehara knocked out UFC veteran Crafton “Blaze” Wallace at 2:27 into the 2nd round. Uehara was able to hurt Wallace to the body in the second round and use his heavy hands to drop him twice, both times with right hooks, prompting the referee to stop the fight. Uehara (13-4-0, 9 KO) was originally supposed to take on Ray Sefo, but Sefo pulled out, citing a lingering eye injury that had not recovered from his previous fight against Mirko CroCop. Uehara was coming off of a quick KO of Won Jingan back at RISE 87 and this likely sets him up for a title fight with Kengo Shimizu for either Uehara’s Heavyweight title or an inaugural 90kg title. Wallace was a journeyman MMA fighter at Middleweight with no big wins, while his losses came to the likes of Nate Marquardt, Martin Kampmann and Patrick Cote.

In a 64kg superfight, 63kg champion Yuki was unable to defeat surging prospect and RISE Korea Welterweight champ Sun Hyun Lee, though the fight was close with Lee taking a majority decision on scores of 28-28, 29-28 and 28-27. Lee first got his name out with a one-sided beatdown of Kizaemon Saiga, then lost a razor-thin extension round decision to Koya Urabe in the opening round of the Krush 63kg tourney. He won the RISE Korea title last year in a 4-man one-night tournament and lost a close decision to RISE 65kg champ Koji Yoshimoto at RISE 85, though the fight would have been a draw had Lee made weight. A good fight to make would be between Lee and K-1 veteran Lim Chi Bin, who recently dropped down to 65kg. Yuki (31-14-1, 23 KO) may not be in the division’s elite, but he is certainly in the upper tier and is a damn tough out for any of the top guys at the weight. He was coming off of an incredible comeback win that saw him score two downs in the 5th over title challenger Yuto Watanabe back at RISE 87. He could find himself defending his title again against Hiroshi Mizumachi in the near future.

In the last superfight featuring a current RISE champion, 55kg champ KENJI continued his mean streak with a 3rd round KO of WAKO European Bantamweight champ Franck Gross. KENJI landed a huge left head kick in the 3rd round that put Gross out and forced the referee to stop the bout before starting a count. KENJI (21-4-0, 13 KO) has won 11 of his last 12 and without a deep talent pool, RISE has exhausted all options for him outside of bringing over foreign competition. They could potentially go out and get Ryuya Kusakabe to challenge for the title, but an ideal world would see him in Krush against Nobuchika Terado, Kusakabe or current Krush champ Shota Takiya. Gross now drops to 21-5-1 (3 KO).

In a bit of an upset, Team Souwer’s Henri van Opstal scored a KO of Hinata at 19 seconds into the 3rd round. The two seemed to have been even for the first two rounds, but van Opstal scored a huge right high kick that sent Hinata down and while he tried to get back up, he was unable to do so. This is a big win for van Opstal and is a good bounce back from a loss to Hafid el Boustati at It’s Showtime 55 in January. Hinata (22-12-1, 7 KO) is now 0-2 against Team Souwer and has not fared so well against non-Asian competition since his upsets of Mike Zambidis and Artur Kyshenko, being choked out in under a minute by Souwer, shut out by Giorgio Petrosyan, blown out of the water by Andy Ristie and now KO’d by van Opstal.

In the last “big” fight of the event, Erika Kamimura earned a second shot at RISE -48kg Queen RENA, defeating Seo Hee Ham for the second time by unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 and 29-27(x2). The fight does not appear to have been as action-packed as their first, but it seems like Kamimura stung Ham a couple times. Kamimura (25-2-0, 13 KO) earns a rematch with RENA for the RISE belt, though it is hard to say when that fight would take place as Shootboxing is currently holding first round fights for a 53.5kg Girls S-Cup and, according to their schedule, is planning on holding the tournament in August. Ham (6-2-0, 1 KO) wasn’t as successful as she was in their first fight, likely due to difference of rulesets, but she has nothing to hang her head about. She is one of the top female fighters in women’s kickboxing and MMA, but never quite broke through into the division’s elite, with her MMA losses coming to legends Miku Matsumoto, Yuka Tsuji and Megumi Fujii and a pair of losses to Fujii student and prodigy Ayaka Hamasaki and now her only two kickboxing losses against Kamimura.

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Masaaki Noiri Loses In Big Upset, Yamato Defeats Wielzen At Hoost Cup

The Hoost Cup went down in Japan today and the card featured many notable fighters like Masaaki Noiri, Tetsuya Yamato, Sergio Wielzen and Danilo Zanolini.

Although this fight was just before the main event, we'll get to it first because of the magnitude of it. Masaaki Noiri fought Raz Sarkisjan, from Holland, who came into this fight an absolute unknown with not even any fight videos of himself online aside from a highlight video. Noiri, being considered one of the best 63kg kickboxers in the world was obviously the huge favorite. Well, it didn't pan out that way at all, as Sarkisjan scored a major upset with a unanimous decision win, dropping Noiri twice in the second round before getting dropped himself in the third. It's good to see another name emerge around this weight and I hope a video comes out.

In the main event, the 2010 K-1 World MAX 63kg winner, Tetsuya Yamato took on the former It's Showtime 61MAX champion, Sergio Wielzen. Now these two are only separated by about 2kg when they usually fight but make no mistake, Yamato is just bigger than Wielzen. Wielzen is even small for 61kg and that didn't help as he was dropped in the third round, en route to losing a unanimous decision. Wielzen is a great fighter but the reality is that the separation between the guys that fight at 60-61kg is huge when compared to the guys that fight at 63-64kg. A lot of the guys that fight 60-61kg don't cut weight at all and are even small for that weight, like the It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion, Javier Hernandez.

In other action on the card, last year's Thai Fight participant Yuya Yamato got a unanimous decision over Kanongsak Weerasakrek, and Danilo Zanolini did the same against Suichiro Miyakoshi. Full results below:

63kg: Tetsuya Yamato def. Sergio Wielzen by unanimous decision.

64kg: Raz Sarkisjan def. Masaaki Noiri by unanimous decision.

HW: Tomasz Sarara def. Alex Roberts by unanimous decision.

Yamato Daichi def. Tsujide Yushyou by unanimous decision.

HW:Tsutomu Takahagi def. Gyro by split decision.

Jemyma Betrian def. Ooishi Ayano by TKO (Doctor Stoppage).

Yuya Yamato def. Kanongsak Weerasakrek by unanimous decision.

Danilo Zanolini def. Suichiro Miyakoshi by unanimous decision.

Shyou Ogawa def. Yuta Nogami by unanimous decision.

Dynamite Kakazaki def. Yasuda Keijirou by unanimous decision.

Kondou vs. Hirao ends in a draw.

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Krush.18 Results: Kajiwara Defeats Hiroya, Takiya and H. Urabe Score Knockouts

Krush.18 took place earlier today, headlined by Krush 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara taking on 2008 K-1 Koshien champ Hiroya. Also on the card were 55kg champ Shota Takiya taking on the UK’s Reece Crooke and 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe taking on MMA fighter Masato Kobayashi.

In the main event, Krush Lightweight champion Ryuji Kajiwara took a unanimous decision over 2008 K-1 Koshien champion Hiroya on scores of 30-28(x3). Kajiwara (22-10-1, 6 KO) dropped Hiroya (10-6-0, 5 KO) in the first round and maintained his lead, with rounds 2 and 3 going 10-10 on all 3 judges’ cards. The win is Kajiwara’s third straight and makes him 8-1 in his last 9 with his only loss in that stretch coming to Masaaki Noiri. Talent-wise, it’s hard to argue that Kajiwara is #3 at his weight in Japan, but wins over Koya Urabe, Kizaemon Saiga, Tetsuya Yamato, Naoki Ishikawa and now Hiroya make it hard to argue that he should be considered anything but #3. Kajiwara has adapted very well with age and his counter-punching style has worked wonders for him and his career, as he’s managed to knock down top fighters en route to decision wins during his impressive stretch. This was Kajiwara’s first fight since his first title defense against Tetsuya Yamato, so it’s likely he could take another non-title fight before defending again, but when it comes time to do so, Masaaki Noiri and Keijiro Miyakoshi are at the top of the list of candidates. Hiroya is now riding a 3-fight losing streak and has seemed to hit a ceiling at this point in his career. Hiroya’s defense is atrocious and with the first round knockdown, it doesn’t seem like it has improved much. If he wants to start winning again and be considered an elite fighter, it may be best for him to get back to basics and start drilling defense.

In one of the night’s co-features, Krush 55kg champ Shota Takiya brutalized ISKA UK 55kg champ Reece Crooke en route to a 3rd round KO via left hook at 2:22. Takiya (21-4-0, 13 KO) put his entire offensive arsenal on display in the first round, but it was in the second where the damage began to pile up as Takiya caused a cut on Crooke’s ear. In the third round, Takiya landed a clean high kick that sent Crooke down, then put him away with a left hook. The report reads more or less like the beating Takiya put on Damien Trainor and he has now won 9 in a row, with 7 coming by way of knockout. Takiya is an animal and it’s time for Krush to bring in either Ryuya Kusakabe or KENJI for a rematch as it is evident that these are the only two guys who can test Takiya right now. Crooke (23-7-2, 9 KO) had just won the 55kg ISKA UK title and makes it 0-3 for British fighters in Krush so far, with none of them fairing well.

In the other co-feature, Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe made short work of MMA fighter Masato Kobayashi, scoring a head kick knockout at 1:23 of the 1st round. This was Urabe’s (12-5-2, 6 KO) first fight since drawing Naoki Ishikawa in his first title defense back in January and puts him on a 6 fight unbeaten streak. His next fight will be against the winner of the Krush 60kg tournament final between Katsuya Goto and Fumiya Osawa. Kobayashi (1-1-0, 1 KO; 6-3-1 MMA) was coming off of a DEEP record 9-second knockout at DEEP 57th Impact in February, but he was sort of thrown to the wolves here as a tune-up for Urabe.

In the third leg of the -63kg WILDRUSH League, 2nd placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi picked up a unanimous decision over Naoki Terasaki to give him a total of 5 points. Tsukagoshi is only 1 point behind league leader Hideaki Yamazaki and his only threat of being overtaken is TaCa, who could move into a tie for 1st with a knockout of Yukimitsu Takahashi at Krush.19.

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NJKF Kick to the Future 2 Results: K. Miyakoshi Upsets K. Urabe, Yosuke Morii Wins WBC Japan Title

Yesterday, NJKF held the second installment of its Kick to the Future series which have so far featured WBC title fights and some big names in Japan like Tetsuya Yamato, Koya Urabe, TOMONORI and Kenta.

This installment’s biggest feature, although it wasn’t the main event, was a 63kg bout between NJKF Lightweight champ Keijiro Miyakoshi and Koya Urabe which saw Miyakoshi squeeze out the upset by majority decision on scores of 29-29 and 30-29(x2). This bout was contested without elbows so it seemed like Urabe would have a slight advantage. Miyakoshi (11-3-1, 4 KO) had his best year in 2011, going 3-1 with one of those wins in a rematch against Ikki for the NJKF Lightweight title and another against Akihiro Kuroda for the right to face WBC Japan Lightweight champion Rashata. Rashata was set to be Ryuji Kajiwara’s first title challenger in Krush so with Miyakoshi’s win here, if he were to fight Rashata next, the winner could get a shot at Kajiwara or whoever the Krush champion could be at the time. Everything else aside, huge win for Miyakoshi and this definitely makes him a major player at 63kg. Urabe (18-4-0, 2 KO) is now 1-2 in his last 3, but he’s fought a top fighter in almost every one of his past 15 fights. That being said, Urabe barely got past Kizaemon Saiga and the knockout loss against Noiri could be having some lingering effects for the defensively deficient fighter. I think he’ll bounce back from this well because he’s a decision fighter who’s just hit a bit of a rut against top competition and there’s no shame in that.

In the real main event, Yosuke Morii snapped a 2-fight losing streak with a 5th round knockout at 2:31 over Heihahci Nakajima to win the vacant WBC Japan Featherweight title. Morii (18-3-2, 8 KO) had his fight with Genji Umeno built up quite a bit, but Morii got dominated en route to a one-sided decision loss, then went over to Thailand with Umeno, where both of them lost. This win should restore some confidence for Morii as Nakajima is a tough out. Nakajima (12-4-0, 4 KO) had won two straight coming into this fight, most recently against Chao “Shimura” Logate in HEAT.

In a NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight title fight, reigning champion Azuma defended her title for the first time over Team Dragon’s Satoko Sasaki by unanimous decision on scores of 30-29 and 30-28(x2).

In a 56kg bout, MA Kick Super Bantamweight champ Keisuke Miyamoto edged out NJKF Super Bantamweight champ Arashi by majority decision on scores of 30-29, 29-29 and 30-28. Miyamoto (13-1-0, 5 KO) was coming off of a knockout win of MA Kick Featherweight champ Minoru Junibayashi and is now on a 4-fight win-streak. Arashi (10-4-0, 4 KO) is 1-2 in his last 3 now, but just won the NJKF Super Bantamweight title in his most recent fight before this one.

NJKF has also set up a “New Japan Wars 2012” series which is aimed at making 8-man and 4-man tournaments in most, if not all of their weight classes to determine title challengers.

At this event, at Super Bantamweight #4 ranked Hiroya Haga took a unanimous decision over #3 ranked Hiroki Maeda. At Featherweight #7 ranked Shoya Suzuki knocked out Yuya Kai in the 3rd round and #8 ranked Takuma took a unanimous decision over #4 ranked Hiroshi Senchaigym. At Super Welterweight, #7 ranked Hiroki Yamamoto knocked out #5 ranked KEN in the first round. At Super Featherweight, #8 ranked Takeshi Tsuruya took a unanimous decision over #5 ranked Tatsunori. And at Super Lightweight #2 ranked Marimo took a TKO via cut win over #9 ranked Kaz Miyazawa.

Quick results below

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Krush-EX 2012 Vol. 1 and 2 Results: Goto and Osawa Advance to 60kg Tournament Final, Terado Wins

Krush held the first two installments in of their Krush-EX series in 2012 this past weekend, a series which often features lesser-known fighters. The focus of the day portion was Nobuchika Terado’s return to the ring after being KO’d by 55kg champ Shota Takiya in just 70 seconds in January while the night portion featured the first two rounds of an 8-man tournament to decide 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe’s next opponent.

In the day portion’s main event, ISKA World Super Bantamweight champ Nobuchika Terado successfully returned to the ring, cruising past Team Dragon’s Namito Izawa by unanimous decision on scores of 30-25 and 30-26(x2). Terado (28-8-1, 12 KO) scored downs in the first and second rounds and controlled the pace and range of the fight, showing he still has it despite his quick loss to Takiya. Terado has faded out of the division’s elite with his most recent losses being to Ryuya Kusakabe and Shota Takiya, but he can still serve as a high-level gatekeeper as he possesses some difficult matchups for rising fighters with his power and experience. A good matchup would be a rematch with RISE Super Bantamweight champ KENJI, though that will be difficult to put together as RISE has him fighting as often as possible. Izawa (7-1-2, 2 KO) did well to not get finished, but he really shouldn’t have been in there with Terado. Understandably, it’s a bounce-back fight for Terado, but it was a win-win for Izawa if he made it out of the first round, so kudos to him.

In other day-portion action, 70kg Krush regulars Takuro Moriya and Hareruya squared off with Moriya taking a unanimous decision. Former female pro wrestler Akari took her second fight in Krush, improving to 2-0 in the organization, defeating Yuzukari Sakamoto.

Now on to the night portion, where Yuzo Suzuki, Junpei Aotsu, Katsuya Goto, Fumiya Osawa, Yuta Dynamite, Takashi Nakajima and Makoto Morishige fought to make it to the finals of the 60kg tournament.

In the first quarterfinal, Takashi Nakajima squeaked by Kyokushin karate champion Yuzo Suzuki by majority decision on scores of 29-29 and 30-29(x2). In the second quarterfinal, Katsuya Goto took a hard fought decision over Yuta Dynamite (Yuta Takahashi) on scores of 29-28 and 29-27(x2), scoring a down with a right hook in the 2nd round of what seems to have been a pretty good fight. In the third quarterfinal, Fumiya Osawa scored the tournament’s first stoppage with a 1st round KO via right cross of Makoto Morishige at 2:06 into the round. In the final quarterfinal, Yuya (Yuya Fujii) edged out Junpei Aotsu, earning a unanimous decision on scores of 29-27 and 29-28(x2).

The first semifinal had a bit of a strange ending it seems, as Katsuya Goto dropped Takashi Nakajima with a right hook in the 3rd round, but after Nakajima went down, he apparently closed his eyes, leading to the referee stopping his count and calling the bout, to Nakajima’s protest. Similar situations have happened in boxing before, and the bottom line is that if you appear unconscious or immobile to the referee, he has the right to stop the fight. In the other semifinal, Fumiya Osawa rose to the occasion and shut down Yuya, winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 and 30-27(x2).

Of the two finalists, I’d say Katsuya Goto is the favorite and would stand the best chance against Hirotaka Urabe. Goto did well against Kizaemon Saiga and showed good defense, including the use of head movement, something few Japanese kickboxers tend to utilize consistently, and powerful hooks. He displayed those hooks again in the tournament, scoring a knockdown and knockout with his right, so training with Kazuhisa Watanabe appears to have given him a good boxing base. Goto is just good enough in the right places to capitalize on someone like Hirotaka Urabe’s flaws, but not good enough to be considered a favorite by any means. Fumiya Osawa was my pick of least likely to win the tournament, as he was 0-3-1 in his last 4 fights heading into the tournament, but I guess that shows how much I know. This final is a rematch of a fight from Krush.14 in December which went to a majority draw. The rematch will take place at Krush.19 on June 8th while the title fight with Urabe is still set for Krush.20 on July 21st barring injury or something of the nature.

Quick Results after the jump

Reports thanks to gbring and boutreview

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Thai Fight Pattaya Results: Buakaw Victorious

Thai Fight

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Buakaw (TKO - R2) Rustem Zaripov

Singmanee Kaewsamrit (Dec.) Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee

Kem Sitsongpeenong (TKO (Cut) - R1) Mickael Cornubet

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