Ohashi super show announced for April 6th including Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi in world title fights
We all knew there was a huge announcement due any day now from Ohashi Gym and earlier today saw that announcement with it being just as big and just as exciting as we'd all expected. When we say it's a "super card" we really aren't joking.
The biggest of the announced match ups involves super prospect Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) who will, as recently rumoured, be fighting WBC Light Flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18). This will see Inoue attempting to set a Japanese national record for the fewest fights taken to win a world title.
Although Hernandez is a world champion, and recorded his 4th title defense this past weekend, there are some who view him as the weakest link at 108lbs. He's exciting though not exceptional and was involved in a really memorable loss to Pornsawan Porpramook and was dropped by Atsushi Kakutani last year which would make us think Inoue has a fantastic chance of claiming the world title here.
A victory for Inoue would see him beating the national record of 7 fights to become a world champion, a record currently held by Kazuto Ioka.
Whilst Inoue/Hernandez is by far the biggest announcement it wasn't the only world title announcement for the show. The other one saw Akira Yaegashi (19-3, 9), the WBC Flyweight champion, set to defend his title. From what we understand Yaegashi, defending his belt for the 3rd time, will be fighting against Odilon Zaleta (15-3, 8). This far from a great fight but when you look at the main event this just makes the card a Japan v Mexico double header and lets be honest, that sort of national rivalry is usually interesting.
What's better about Yaegashi's fight is that it's set to not be the only Flyweight contest on the show. We are expecting Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez (37-0, 31) to be on the undercard with the intention of setting up a Gonzalez/Yaegashi fight later this year. Gonzalez's opponent has yet to be named for what we believe will be a 10 round contest but Yaegashi has promised that if they both win then that will be up next.
As well as the big announcements with the tiny guys there was also an announcement about the Japanese Featherweight title. This bout will see the unbeaten Yuki Ogata (19-0-1, 3) facing off against Satoshi Hosono (24-2-1, 18). The belief is that Hosono will, if he wins, vacate the title relatively quickly to pursue a 3rd world title fight though looking past Ogata at this point is relatively dangerous considering his unbeaten record.
We believe that at Super Flyweight we will be seeing Ryo Matsumoto (9-0, 8) fighting against former world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-11-1, 10) whilst Minimumweight prospect Takuma Inoue (1-0) will be fighting a world ranked opponent in just his second contest, though no one has yet been named as of yet.
This show, or at least the most notable parts of it, will shown on free to air station Fuji TV and takes place on April 6th at the Ota City Gymnasium.
(Picture from left to right shows Takuma Inoue, Naoya Inoue, Akira Yaegashi, Satoshi Hosono and Ryo Matsumoto).
WBC Light Flyweight champion Adrian "El Confesor" Hernandez (29-2-1, 18) has revealed that he has had an offer to defend his world title in Japan.
The 28 year old champion from Toluca who successfully defended his title this past Saturday by stopping Puerto Rico's Janiel Rivera in 3 rounds hasn't revealed who it was that contacted him though we've got guesses.
The first of those is super prospect Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) who has made it very clear that he wants a world title bout next. Inoue, wanting to become the national record holder for "fewest fights to become a world champion" has been talking about a world title fight for a while and his promoter, Hideyuki Ohashi will almost certainly eye this up as his best opportunity to get a title fight in the first half of 2014.
Ranked #4 by the WBC Inoue would be a very well deserving challenger and a man who is looking every bit of the "Monster" that fans and media are dubbing him.
The second option would be Shin Ono (16-5-2, 2). Ono, ranked #5 by the WBC wouldn't be as an attractive option from our point of view though may be the safest option from Hernandez's point of view.
Ono is is a former OPBF champion and holds a notable split decision over Omari Kimweri, who was once lined up to fight Xiong Zhao Zhong, though other than that there is little of note on his record and his lack of punch wouldn't trouble Hernandez who is big and strong at the weight.
For Ono to remain part of the conversation he will need to get by Takumi Suda (10-9-2, 2) on March 1st, though that should really just be a formality.
The final option, and possibly the most interesting to global boxing fans, would see Hernandez travelling to fight WBA champion Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9) in a major unification contest. Something we know Ioka wants.
Whilst this bout is feasible we tend to think it's probably the least likely with Inoue's camp likely offering the bigger purse and Ioka looking elsewhere. Rumour is Ioka has already offered a fight to WBA #2 ranked Randy Petalcorin (20-1-1, 15) and will be seeking a unification later in the year, possibly against Inoue or Ono if they were to defeat Hernandez.
Although Hernandez seems willing to travel this wouldn't be his first foray to Asia, or to Japan. He of course lost to Pornsawan Porpramook back in a 2011 in a thriller in Thailand whilst he also has wins over Kyung-Jin Son and Desperard Yasu, both in Tokyo in 2007. In fact outside of Mexico Hernandez is 5-1 with his sole loss coming to Porpramook.
In regards to his form against Japanese fighters Hernandez holds wins not only over Yasu but also over to Atsushi Kakutani, who was stopped by Hernandez last year.
Whatever option Hernandez takes we'll be sure to inform you as soon as we know as we all get prepared for what could be one of the biggest "little men" fights of the year.
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