Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall managed to see several notable fighters take part in under-card bouts.
Among those was former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (22-5-3, 15) [金子 大樹] who ended a 2-fight losing run as he over-came Kazuya Soma (7-9-2, 6) [相馬 一哉] in a Lightweight bout. The bout was Kaneko's first as a fully fledged Lightweight though he looked the stronger man from the off and easily saw off Soma, who was stopped in the 4th round.
Another of the notable fighters was former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (15-5, 15) [胡 朋宏] scored a 2nd round win over Toshihiro Kai (5-8-2, 1) [甲斐 斗志広]. Kai was dropped hard and the bout was immediately stopped with the heavy handed Ebisu notching up his third successive win after a stoppage loss in 2014 to Kevin Thomas Cojean.
A third notable fighter on the under-card was former OPBF Lightweight title challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (6-4-2, 2) [アクセル 住吉] who over-came Tatsuya Yanagi (11-4-1, 4) [柳 達也] in the 3rd round. This was the second bout between the two men who fought to a draw last year.
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Earlier today fans in Osaka had the opportunity to see the unbeaten Masayoshi Nakatani (10-0, 5) record the 3rd defense of the OPBF Lightweight title as he easily out pointed the over-matched Accel Sumiyoshi (4-4-1, 1), with scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110. Although the win was a clear one and never in any doubt it was one that left Nakatani, and fans, feeling a little bit flat.
Early on Nakatani looked sharp boxing and moving as his jab controlled everything. It looked as if Nakatani could do as he pleased and that the stoppage win was going to be inevitable. In the 6th round however things began to get a little bit more difficult for the champion who was cut around the left eye as things began to get ugly and frustrating.
The cut was never going to be fight end but it did, for a little while, seem to bother the champion who took a while to get back to what he was doing so well. earlier in the fight.
Unfortunately for the champion he did seem to want a KO and seemed disappointed when interviewed after the fight. Notably it was his 4th straight decision win and having started his career 6-0 (5) it seems clear Nakatani isn't the puncher we once though he was.
Whilst the result may not have been what Nakatani wanted it seems clear that he's highly skilled and only needs to work on a few little things before he's ready to move on to facing world level opposition. He seems to know that he needs to go back to the gym and work on his flaws and hopefully he'll make those small changes needed to become a world champion.
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Earlier today saw the official weigh in for tomorrow's OPBF Lightweight title fight between the unbeaten Masayoshi Nakatani (9-0, 5) and under-dog challenger Accel Sumiyohi (4-3-1, 1). Sadly we've not been given the specific weights of either man though we have been informed that both men have made the Lightweight limit for the fight.
At the weigh in the height difference between the two and natural size difference was apparent with Nakatani having a a good couple of inches over his challenger.
From what we understand this is likely to be Nakatani's final OPBF title defense before he looks to move on to fighting international opponents and begin his search for a world title fight. Unfortunately however it does appear to be a clear step backwards following very good wins over the likes of Shuhei Tsuchiya, Yoshitaka Kato, Ricky Sismundo and Futoshi Usami in recent bouts. It does however seem almost certain that Nakatani will attempt to score his first stoppage since he defeated Tsuchiya back in July 2013.
For Sumiyoshi this is a huge opportunity to claim a major scalp however we can't see him upsetting Nakatani unless the champion has over-looked the challenger here. It's possible but unlikely given how exceptional Nakatani has looked in recent bouts and what's on the line if he was to win here.
Masayoshi Nakatani looks to keep his unbeaten record and OPBF title as he battles Sumiyoshi
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