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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}

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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}

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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 TURBĪ¦ dropped a decision to #5 ranked Yutonaka Egawa on scores of 28-27(x2) and 29-28. TURBĪ¦ 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}

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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 muaythaifocus.com. 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.

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