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Hirotaka Urabe vs Naoki Ishikawa 2, Shota Takiya vs Nobuchika Terado 2 Title Fights Set for Krush.15

  • Written by Dave Walsh

About a week ago, Krush announced its 2012 schedule, with the biggest announcement being that 60kg and 55kg champions Hirotaka Urabe and Shota Takiya would be making the first defenses of their titles that they won in their respective Krush tournaments back in April. Yesterday, Krush finally announced who their opponents would be and both fights promise fireworks.

In a rematch of the quarterfinals of the Krush 60kg tournament, champion Hirotaka Urabe will look to defend his belt against none other than former AJKF Super Featherweight champion Naoki "Naokick" Ishikawa. The first time the two met, Urabe was coming off of a loss to Masaaki Noiri while Ishikawa was coming off back to back losses to Kizaemon Saiga and Ryuji Kajiwara. For Urabe, that win over Ishikawa started a 6-fight win streak which is still in tact and included him winning the Krush 60kg tournament. Since that fight, Ishikawa is 2-1 with his loss coming in a WBC Japan title fight against Yoshinori Nakasuka and most recently defeating "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi in an exciting rematch which saw both fighters on the canvas. After winning that fight, Ishikawa announced he wanted to face the Krush Supernova tournament winner and retire following that bout, so there is a possibility that Ishikawa could announce his retirement following this bout, especially if he were to lose. Hirotaka Urabe should be the favorite heading into this rematch as he seems to fare better under Krush rules than Ishikawa whose knees and clinch work have been all but eliminated since he began fighting under Krush/K-1 rules.

The other title fight announced was 55kg champ Shota Takiya defending his title in a rematch against former AJKF, RISE and M-1 Bantamweight champion and current ISKA World Super Bantamweight champion Nobuchika Terado. The first time they met was also for a title in the finals of a 4-man tournament for the vacant AJKF Bantamweight title, with Terado taking a 5 round decision over Takiya, though it was just Takiya's 9th pro fight. Since, Takiya has gone 10-3 with 7 of those wins coming by KO and he is currently riding a 7-fight win streak which saw him win the Krush tournament over Ryuya Kusakabe. Terado is 7-2 since that fight, though one of his losses was in the quarterfinals of the Krush tournament to Ryuya Kusakabe in a highly entertaining bout which saw both fighters dropped multiple times. In his most recent bout, Terado claimed the ISKA World title by a wide margin. Takiya should be the favorite here as he has improved greatly since their last fight as he holds the edge in power and speed and is one of the hottest fighters in Japan at the moment. However, Terado should not be counted out as he has significant power himself and is tough to put away. This should be an extremely entertaining bout and if it is anything like both of their most recent bouts against Ryuya Kusakabe, could be a contender for fight of the year. {jcomments on}

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