Yesterday saw one of Japan's most talented Super Flyweight hopefuls, Ryo Matsumoto, claim the OPBF Super Flyweight title. Today saw another of the rising bunch at 115lbs successfully defend the Japanese title for the first time. That was Sho Ishida (18-0, 10) who successfully defended his title with a 5th round TKO against the out classed Masato Morisaki (9-4-1, 5).
The bout started slowly with Ishida boxing at range and trying to get a read on his challenger. This saw a very slow and somewhat tedious start to the fight with neither man landing too much of note. By round 3 however it was clear Morisaki had nothing to trouble Ishida with and the champion began to grow in confidence.
The champions success was so much saw that in round 5 Ishida picked up the pace and easily saw off a very over-matched challenger to record the first defence of his title and move a step closer to a bout with former world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita, with that bout now expected in early 2015. Sadly it means that a show down between Ishida and Matsumoto looks unlikely, at least for now, however it's certainly a bout that makes sense somewhere down the line.
Whilst the main part of the Osaka card will be televised live on TBS in a little while there have already been some untelevised bouts.
The first result we got was that the unbeaten, and somewhat touted, Ryuto Maekawa (10-0, 6) had won his bout with an opening round blow out against Thailand's Chanachai Sor Siamchai (0-2), who lasted less than a round with the Japanese teenager, who made his debut at just 15 years old!
Soon afterwards we were told that female boxing-model Tomomi Takano (7-1, 4) had secured herself a a 6 round decision win over Rannada Sor Vorasin (0-1), this was Tomomi's second win since being stopped by Kai Johnson back in June. Another female who recorded a win was the talented and much touted Terumi Nuki (6-0, 3) who decimated Petchluksor Sor Praithong (0-1) in just 107 seconds. The difference in ability between the two Japanese women is huge and whilst Tomomi is the higher profile fighter we are now expecting to see Nuki to move on to fighting in title bouts.
Another undercard result that reached us was a win for the heavy handed Ioka hopeful Takahiro Yamamoto (15-3, 12) who showed off his power as he tool care of Kamraiyok Or Wandavee (0-1) in the 3rd round and then saw stablemate Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3, 13) do the same to Kajonsak Nattapolgym (0-1), who was saved by the referee. For Miyazaki this win will have been a huge relief considering that, exactly a year ago, he was stopped by Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr in a contender for the 2013 upset of the year.
Linares expected to stay at Lightweight and defend in the US in Spring, Murata admits he was thinking
Earlier today Teiken held a press conference with two of their fighters who were in action yesterday, the newly crowned WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares (38-3, 25) and Olympic champion Ryota Murata (6-0, 4).
The press conference was a simple one but it seemed that we did get some interesting information from it.
For Linares we know he is comfortable at the weight and there is no intention to leave the Lightweight division, in fact he's now hoping to defend the title in Spring in the US with Omar Figueroa a likely opponent if Figueroa is fit. In regards to the Prieto fights Linares said he felt good, he liked his own movement and his jab.
As for Murata he admitted what we all seemed to see, he was trying something new. He was trying to think about what he was doing in the ring and although we didn't like seeing it, and in some ways he looked clumsy doing it, we can't blame the guy for wanting to try new things. Of course the bout also seemed to show that his stamina issues, exposed somewhat in his previous fight, were no more.
From what we understand there was also indication that Murata may be fighting in the US next spring though we have received contrasting information regarding that. If he does fight in the US next we suspect it will be on the same show as Linares's first defence.
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Earlier today saw the weigh ins for the bouts that take place tomorrow in Osaka, among those is the Super Bantamweight title fight between the unbeaten Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) and Japanese fighter Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19). The bout, which sees Rigondeaux risking his WBA and WBO titles, is is one of the final would title bouts of the year and promises to be an interesting watch given that the two men look 3, if not 4 divisions apart and Amagasa literally towers over Rigondeaux.
Although the two men are clearly different heights they were both the same weight on the scales 121¾lbs, just inside the divisional limit of 122lbs.
For Rigondeaux the weight was never expected to be an issue in fact its a similar weight to what he's been for much of his career, which has been between 120lbs and 122lbs. The same could not be said for Amagasa who came in at a career lowest after having had a previous career low of 123¾lbs, from back in his debut more than a decade. For Amagasa the weight may have been a serious issue and he is a career Featherweight fighting as a Super Bantamweight for the first time in his career. If Amagasa was capable of making the weight and packing the pounds back on over-night we suspect he'll look huge tomorrow, if he's not managed to do the weight well then we expect this one to be over very quickly, with Amagasa broken down easily. That however is the most interesting part of the fight, just what shape will Amagasa be in when he gets in the ring.
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