Earlier today Japanese fans saw OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (14-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] score the first defense of his title as he easily over-came the woefully over-matched Akira Shono (9-8-2, 5) [正野 晃] in 6 one sided rounds.
The talented Takenaka, who almost over-came Hisashi Amagasa back in 2014, was heavily favoured to make the first defense of the title that he won last year when he scored a brilliant KO over the then champion Vinvin Rufino. The heavy favourite tag wasn't a problem for the champion who looked several league above the challenger from the opening round.
From the opening round Takenaka found the range for his 1-2's which were landing, almost at will. The most telling shots seemed to be to the body though it wasn't long until the power of the champion was damaging the face of the challenger, who was cut around the left eye, with cuts resulting from both a head clash and from a punch.
After 4 rounds one judge had, some how, given Shono a round, with the open scoring being announced as 40-36, twice, and 39-36. Sadly for Shono that was as close as he came to making things competitive and he was dropped in the following round as Takenaka began to up the pace. With Takenaka letting more offense go Shono looked totally out of his depth and that was shown clearly in round 6, before the referee stopped the contest with 80 seconds of the round gone.
For Takenaka this is the first defense that he needed, though we now hope that we get to see him in with some more notable names at 126lbs, for example bouts with Satoshi Hosono, Takuya Watanabe, Rikiya Fukuhara or Hozumi Hasegawa. As for Shono, who is a very interesting man outside of the ring, we suspect this could be the end of his career as a fighter, and we wouldn't be shocked if he returned to acting, where he has gained a solid reputation.
Tomorrow fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a number of notable bouts at a "reason" promoted "Dangan" card. One of those notable bouts is an OPBF Featherweight title bout that sees reigning champion Ryo Takenaka (13-3-1, 7) [竹中 良] make the first defense of his title, as he takes on the determined Akira Shono (9-7-2, 5) [正野 晃].
On paper the bout looks looks like a mismatch, however Shono has sounded confident in the build up and looks to be in the shape of his career, weighing in almost 1/2 pound under the 126lb limit. Aged 35 he'll know that this is likely to be his only opportunity and it's fair to say he will put it all on the line.
The champion, who won the title last year stopping Vinvin Rufino, was also 125½lbs on the scales and looked in great shape. This will be his first bout since winning the title, though it should be noted that he did suffer a hand injury and the bout will be a test of that hand. The pressure is on Takenaka is to perform here though he will be expected to shine against an opponent few are giving any chance to.
Takenaka hunts first defense of OPBF crown
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Earlier today it was announced that OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (13-3-1, 7) [竹中 良] would be returning to the ring on April 14th to defend his title against fellow Japanese fighter Akira Shono (9-7-2, 5) [正野 晃] at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout will be Takenaka's first defense of the title since he won the belt last August, when he stopped Filipino Vinvin Rufino in 5 rounds, it will also be Shono's title bout of any kind, and see him fighting in his first bout scheduled for more than 8 rounds.
The bout, which doesn't look the most attractive if we're being honest, will be aired as part of a Fuji TV "Diamond Glove" card and makes the card a double title show along with the Japanese Light Flyweight title bout between defending champion Ken Shiro (6-0, 3) [拳 四朗] and former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (17-4-1, 10) [角谷 淳志].
On paper the OPBF bout is the much less interesting bout, though it's great to know that Fuji TV will be airing footage from both contests, sadly though we have yet to get the specifics, in regards to date, for that broadcast.
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