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Japanese Kickboxing Scene: November Recap

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Here at LiverKick, we try to bring you as much content and fight results as we can. Unfortunately, the Japanese scene has so many kickboxing outlets that sometimes some of the smaller shows don’t receive any attention and the results are simply skipped over. To help compensate for that, I am going to start doing a monthly recap of the smaller shows that feature relevant fighters and even bigger shows that I simply didn’t have time to do a results post for at the time. This month, we have shows from MA Kick, NJKF, SNKA, M-1MC, J-Network, DEEP*KICK and the return of the Hoost Cup.

11/4 – NJKF: Kick to the Future 8

The big draw here was former NJKF and WBC champion Kunitaka rematching Ekdat Mor Krongthepthonburee, with the winner earning a spot in the top 10 of the Rajadamnern Stadium Featherweight rankings. In another close fight, Kunitaka eked out a split decision on scores of 50-49(x2) and 49-50. The big news coming out of this just recently emerged and that is that Kunitaka will receive a shot at Rajadamnern Stadium Featherweight champion Kaimookdam Aikbangzai on February 17th at Korakuen Hall. Kunitaka will look to become the 5th Japanese Rajadamnern Stadium champion, following in the footsteps of Toshio Fujiwara, Kozo Takeda, Hitoshi Ogasawara and current Super Lightweight champion Hiroki Ishii.

MA Kick: Break 31 ~Absolute~

Top ranked Flyweight Sazanami Satsutama picked up a solid win over Tatsuya Rose in a strange 4 round bout, with scores of 40-38 and 40-39(x2)

11/11 – M-1 Sutt Yod MuayThai vol.4

The two-part card had a myriad of notable fighters in action on both the men’s and women’s side. In the main event, Kaew Fairtex scored a 2nd round KO of J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Kaew apparently came out dancing to “Gangnam Style” and carried that confidence into the fight. He followed this up with a 12 second KO at RISE/M-1 Infinity. Naoki Samukawa became the first WPMF Japan Light Heavyweight champion with a one-sided decision win over SHOHEI, scoring a knockdown in the 3rd round and cruising. At Super Lightweight, Buakaw WSR and Shunsuke Oishi fought to a majority draw, which is a bit surprising as Oishi had recently lost to Hidekazu Tanaka, who Buakaw stopped in 3 rounds. In the last major men’s bout, J-Network Flyweight champion Yuki moved up to Bantamweight to face #1 ranked J-Network Bantamweight Kenta. Yuki needed an extension round, but showed he could beat top fighters in two weight classes, winning all three judges’ scorecards in the extension round.

On the women’s side of things, WPMF World Featherweight champion Sawsing Sor. Sopis defended her title with a unanimous decision, defeating AZUMA, who she defeated back in March to win the title. In a fight for the WPMF World Pinweight title, champion Chiharu picked up her third win over Little Tiger to defend her title. Although Little Tiger has had more success outside of their rivalry, Chiharu just seems to have her number. This fight, like their other two, was very close, so a fourth fight seems like a possibility.

K-Spirit 4

The main draw for this card was the retirement match for former MA Kick Bantamweight and Featherweight champion RIOT, rematching the last man to defeat him, Hikaru Machida. Machida had looked good in his recent outings, but RIOT was able to channel the emotion of retirement into one last hurrah, stopping Machida via a nasty cut (the aftermath of which is pictured above) in the 4th round.

MA Kick/Yamanashi Kickboxing Association 11

In a Featherweight headliner, former MA Kick Featherweight champion Hiroki Fujisawa dropped a decision to #4 ranked RYOTA. Fujisawa held the title just a few short months ago, but a TKO loss to Hiroki Akimoto in a failed title defense and another loss here means Fujisawa has a ways to go if he wants to become champion again. With Akimoto setting his sights on the international scene, RYOTA may find himself fighting for the vacant title in the future, should Akimoto vacate it.

11/17 – NKB: KU Differ Ariake

In an upset, NKB Lightweight champion Yasuyuki scored a 3rd round KO of former WPMF World Lightweight champion Kanongsuk WSR. Kanongsuk has had a disastrous fall from grace over the course of the past year. After consecutive victories over Genki Yamamoto, Rashata and Seiji Takahashi, Kanongsuk was knocked out in a defense of his WPMF title in a comeback effort by Arita Tsukahara, then dropped a pair of fights to Sualek Rukukamai, with a loss to Yuya Yamato coming in between. After a draw with Hikaru Machida and a win over Yoshito Kajita, Kanongsuk drops another fight here. Yasuyuki now has two big wins on his record, with a win over Sualek from last year and is definitely someone to look out for in the future.

Results from the second half of the month after the break



11/18 – J-Network: J-FIGHT in Shinjuku ~vol.28~/J-GIRLS Platinum in the Ring ~FINAL~

Much like M-1, J-Network held a two-part event featuring some of their top male and female fighters. In the main event, Welterweight champion Masato Otake defended his title for the first time against the man he won it from, Atsushi Sasatani via split decision. Otake needed a win here after dropping consecutive fights to Soichiro Miyakoshi and Kousuman. On the women’s side, #1 ranked Fir defeated #2 ranked MIHO by unanimous decision for the vacant Mini Flyweight title. In other action, Shootboxing JKS48 Finalist Akari eneos defeated Emi Matsuhita by extension round decision.

11/23Hoost Cup Spirit 1

This year’s second incarnation of the Hoost Cup saw WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight champion Ryuya Kusakabe rebound from a loss with a 3rd round TKO of Ilias El Hajoui, dropping el Hajoui three times en route to a stoppage. The other Hoost vs Japan fight saw Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeat J-GIRLS and WBC Japan Featherweight champion Ayano Oishi by extension round decision.

11/25 – DEEP*KICK 13

In the main event, prospect Seiya Rokukawa defended his DEEP*KICK 55kg title with a one-sided decision over Yokinobu Nakatsuka, who Rokukawa defeated to win the 55kg Tournament back in February. Solid win for Rokukawa as he rebounds from his first pro loss at RISE 89 to Takashi Ohno. In the 60kg tournament final, Hiroto Tsujide defeated KING Kyosuke by extension round decision to claim the vacant 60kg title. Finally, Krush vets Yuya and Ryukei fought to a very close extension round split decision at 65kg, with Yuya coming out on top and earning a shot at fellow Krush veteran and DEEP*KICK 65kg champ Hiroto Yamaguchi on February 10th.

Fist Kick VIII

In the main event, Yuji Umehara rebounded from a loss to Daiki Nagashima with a 2nd round KO of Thailand’s Pepunoi Sitmonchai. In other action, Sazanami Satsutama picked up his second win of the month, this time at Super Flyweight, winning a unanimous decision over Satsoshi Katashima and earning the right to face current WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champ Kiminori Matsuzaki.

SNKA: Kick Insist II

This event featured 6 Japan vs Thailand fights, headlined by Hideki Soga. Soga was initially supposed to face Kompayak Beamdesign, but instead fought Kongenchai Sitmonchai, who he defeated by unanimous decision. The 6 Japan vs Thailand fights ended up even, with 2 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws for each side. 

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