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Big Bang 11 Results: Akimoto Stays Undefeated

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Although most of the focus was on RISE/M-1's Infinity card, the Taniyama Gym put together a good card for Big Bang 11, headlined by a Featherweight showdown between WBC Japan and MA Kick Featherweight champion Hiroki Akimoto and former MA Kick Featherweight champion Shunta Ito. Also on the card were Hiromi Amada, HIROYA, Yuji Takeuchi and Toshiki Taniyama.

In the main event, Hiroki Akimoto remained unbeaten in his pro career, winning a unanimous decision over Shunta Ito, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 49-48. Akimoto (18-0-0, 8 KO) was coming into this fight off of the biggest win of his young career, defeating Yosuke Morii, and solidifies his place as the top Featherweight in Japan with another big win here. After the win, Akimoto declared that, after defeating the two men he felt were the best Featherweights in Japan, he would like to face an international opponent or even make a run at a Rajadamnern or Lumpini Stadium title. Ito (25-11-4, 8 KO) takes his first loss to a Japanese fighter since 2006, with his only losses in that stretch coming to Thais. Ito has fought on all but 2 Big Bang cards, so expect him to be back in action at Big Bang 12.

In other action, WPMF Japan Super Featherweight champion SHIGERU announced himself to the Lightweight world with a unanimous decision over "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi on scores of 30-28 and 30-29(x2). SHIGERU (9-0-1) started his career 5-0-0 and earning a shot at the vacant WPMF Japan Super Featherweight title, where he drew Takahito Fujimaki. A rematch victory over Fujimaki followed by wins over Hiroto Yamaguchi and a title defense against Tomoaki Suehiro now have SHIGERU on a 4 fight win streak and scoring the biggest win of his young career. A good next fight for him would be either recently crowned WPMF World Lightweight champion Yosuke Mizuochi or a top-ranked RISE 60kg fighter like Chang Hyun Lee or Motochika Hanada at RISE/M-1 Infinity.II in January, if M-1 chooses to put him on the card. Takeuchi (22-8-2, 13 KO) had won 2 in a row since a 10-month layoff and looked like he was on his way to possibly earning a shot at the Krush 60kg title, but this fight is a bit of a setback for the hard-hitting crowd pleaser. He is scheduled to fight in Krush on January 14th, likely against Kan Itabashi.

At 65kg, former K-1 Koshien champ HIROYA moved up in weight, dispatching of Chonden Chuwattana 30 seconds into the 2nd round with low kicks. The win for HIROYA here is big as he was on a 1-4 skid that saw him drop fights to Masaaki Noiri, Ryuji Kajiwara, Naoki and most recently, Hisaki Higashimoto in the Krush Youth GP. I'm not sure if the move to 65kg is permanent, but it might be a good opportunity for a fresh start. Chonden was coming off of a split decision win over Yosuke Mizuochi in August.

In other action, Hiromi Amada scored an 18 second KO against Tomohiko Hashimoto while Toshiki Taniyama picked up a unanimous decision win. 

Quick results after the break

57.5kg Fight: Hiroki Akimoto def. Shunta Ito by 5th round Unanimous Decision (49-48, 49-48, 49-48)

Heavyweight Fight: Hiromi Amada def. Tomohiko Hashimoto by 1st round KO (right cross) at 0:18

61kg Fight: SHIGERU def. Yuji Takeuchi by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 30-28)

65kg Fight: HIROYA def. Chonden Chuwattana by 2nd round KO (low kicks) at 0:30

63kg Fight: Toshiki Taniyama def. Kazuma by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 29-28, 30-29)

70kg Fight: Yoichi Yamazaki def. Hareruya by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

68kg Fight: Kazuki Yamagiwa def. Ryota Fujimaru by 2nd round KO (low kicks)  at 0:56

63kg Fight: Yuya Sasaki def. Masashi Hirano by 3rd round Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

57.5kg Fight: Hikari Fujihashi def. Seijirou Kawano by 1st round KO (knee) at 1:58

Big Bang "Father Fight": Iron Miyasaka def. Kurile Hiroaki by 2nd round KO at 0:57

Big Bang "Father Fight": Houin Sato def. TAKURO by 2nd round Unanimous Decision (20-19, 20-19, 20-18)

63kg Fight: Tatsuro def. Manabu Waida by 3rd round Split Decision (30-28, 30-28, 29-30)

63kg Fight: Yuki-Tail Shun def. DAI by 2nd round KO (3 knockdowns) at 2:20

55kg Fight: Ryuji Horio and Masaki Takeuchi fought to a 3rd round Split Draw (30-29, 29-29, 28-29)

60kg Fight: Osamuru Hamada def. Susumu Sekine by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 29-28)

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