Earlier today Japan's Koki Tyson (10-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] fought to an unexpected draw with Korean Joon Yong Lee (5-4-4, 3). Despite that draw the plan from Tyson's team seems to be to continue chasing an OPBF title bout for November.
Following his draw today Tyson revealed that his bout was a prelude ahead of a bout with Dwight Ritchie (14-0-0-4, 1), with that bout being looked at for November with the big punching Tyson looking to get a second shot at the Oriental title, following last year's loss to Akio Shibata.
The Japanese puncher believes that the draw won't harm his chance to get a shot at Ritchie, but the reality is that the champion will take a lot of positives form this bout, with Tyson's power seemingly being over-rated and it would seem likely that Ritchie's confidence would grow, if it needed to. Sadly though the draw may have left his team rethinking the plan and perhaps push back the title fight until 2017, when he could improve on some of the holes that were seen here.
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Earlier today Japanese fans in Osaka saw OPBF Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-5, 9) [細川 貴之] record his first defense of the title with a very fortunate draw against determined challenger Koshinmaru Saito (23-8-2, 13) [斉藤 幸伸丸], with the 37 year old challenger being unfortunate not to claim a title in his 6 title tilt.
Hosokawa claimed the first round but Saito quickly took the lead on the cards, securing a 10-8 round in the second, with a knockdown, and he built on that success by claiming round 3 before Hosokawa began to fight his way back into the contest. Given the 10-8 round Saito was understandably leading on the cards when the bout first had the scores announced, with all 3 judges scoring 38-37 in favour of the challenger.
Hosokawa's fight back saw him claim round 4, and 5 to take a narrow lead as we went into the mid way point of the bout. The fight back had shown Hosokawa's will to win and determination but a second knockdown by Saito, in round 8, meant the challenger was back in the lead when the scores were publicly announced for the second time in the fight, with all 3 cards reading 76-74 to Saito.
Knowing he was behind, and risking both his title and his #3 IBF world rankings, Hosokawa upped his work load and went for it, doing enough to claim 3 of the 4 rounds on two of the scores cards to secure a majority decision draw, with two cards of 113-113, which over-came the 115-111 scorecard in favour of Saito.
After the fight Hosokawa mentioned that he had been ill in the build up to the fight. Whilst that might explain the poor performance the reality is that he was very lucky to retain his title and given his high IBF ranking coming in to this one, we wouldn't be shocked to see him fall down the rankings, and perhaps move away from getting a long awaited world title bout. For Saito we suspect he'll be chasing a world title fight, sadly however he is now 0-5-1 in title fights and at 37 years old he may well be out of time to get that 7th shot at a title.
For fans interested in watching this bout, it will be aired on boxingraise tomorrow.
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Yesterday Filipino fans at the Robinson's Galleria in Cebu City had the chance to see an interesting card with several bouts of note, including two title bouts and a major debut.
The debut was that of 2012 Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga (1-0) who took to the professional scene like a duck to water as he took a 6 round decision win over teenager Melvin Manangquil (1-2-2, 1). Barriga, who is tipped to be a huge success over the coming years, was a run away winner with a clear decision here. Whilst the 23 year old may have been looking for a stoppage he did dominate the bout winning with cards of 60-54, and 59-55, twice.
Barriga wasn't the only prospect on the card with unbeaten puncher Christian Araneta (12-0, 10) also fighting on the under-card. Araneta made very light work of the experienced, but fragile, Charlie Cabilla (14-19-4, 2), who lasted just 98 seconds with Araneta. Araneta did struggle last time out, taking a split decision over Ryan Tampus but he does appear to be a legit prospect with notable wins over Jason Neri and Jesse Espinas
Another unbeaten puncher in action here was Jack Tepora (18-0, 13), who successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Bantamweight title with an opening round destruction of Bryan Capangpangan (10-3-1, 7), who was downed 4 times in 154 seconds! Tepora is tipped for huge things following a very successful amateur career and at 23 time is on his side. For Capangpangan this bout loss will be very hard to rebuild from.
In the shows other title bout Kenny Demecillo (11-3-2, 7) defended the World Boxing Federation Asia Pacific Bantamweight title with a split decision victory over Rambo Lagos (8-2-2, 5). This was a really well matched bout and the judges struggled to split the men with all 3 judges scoring it 96-94, though two of the judges favoured Demecillo who recorded the second defense of the title.
Today has been a busy day for fight fans in Osaka with two notable shows taking place at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center. Whilst the first was headlined by the brilliant Hianta Maruta the second was a deeper card with several bouts of note.
The first of those saw OPBF and Japanese ranked Flyweight Masahiro Sakamoto (8-0, 4) [坂本 真宏] take a clear 8 round decision win over Il Che (7-12-5, 1) [諸 一宇]. From the opening round Sakamoto settled behind his jab and soon started to work the straight right hand off it as he showed off the skills that have the Mutoh gym very excited about his potential. As the bout went on Sakamoto begin to look more and more for a knockout but Che, a survivor who has only been stopped by top Japanese level fighters like Masayuki Kuroda, Kenichi Horikawa and Tetsuya Hisada, used his movement to see out the schedule.
Although Che survived 8 rounds the judges scored the bout 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73 all in favour of Sakamoto
The second of the notable under-card bouts ended in disappointment all round as a headclash forced a third round technical draw between former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-3, 2) [向井 寛史] and Ryotaro Kawabata (11-2-2, 5) [川端 遼太郎]. Mukai had been downed in round 2 and had seemingly been saved by the bell but the headlcash in the opening moments of round 3 forced the bout to be stopped 73 seconds into the round.
In a third bout of note fight fans saw heavy handed slugger Koki Tyson (10-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] fight to a draw with Korean Joon Yong Lee (5-4-4, 3). The Korean, was fighting in Japan for the second time and showed little fear or respect for Tyson taking the fight to him and trying to close the distance at every opportunity. Lee's tenacity saw him being deducted a point for use of the head but he was worthy of the 8 round majority draw.
Earlier today at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center fight fans saw Japanese based Korean Ta Il Kim, who fights as Teiru Atsumi (11-1, 5) [テイル渥美], score his third win in the country and continue his rich vein of form since relocating last year.
The talented and promising 23 year old, who upset the very highly touted Sho Nakazawa back in March, was up against experienced Filipino Dennis Tubieron (19-8-2, 8), who is of course well known in the UK for taking Josh Warrington 12 rounds and for being blasted out in a round by Mitchell Smith.
On paper the bout looked like a test for Atsumi, despite the fact that Tubuieron had lost his last 4 including the bouts with Warrington and Smith along with a 7th round defeat to Ryosuke Iwasa. Instead however the bout proved to be a huge mismatch with Atsumi taking control early before sinking the Filipino in round 2 with a body shot, which left Tubieron down for the count.
Now 0-5-1 in his last 6 Tubieron's future is looking bleak however the win for Atsumi may well have proven that he's capable of fighting for either an OPBF or a JBC title in the every near future, and seems to further strengthen his claim as being one of the top Korean prospects, along with Ye Joon Kim. He is however some distance behind Min Wook Kim who continued to impress last night with an opening round victory in the US.
For fans interested in watching this one, it will be aired tomorrow on Boxingraise.
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