Exciting Filipino boxer-puncher Jay-ar Inson (18-1, 12) put his name on the map in 2016 when he bullied Ryota Yada en route to a 7th round TKO to win the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title. Since then he has continued to build his reputation and today he successfully defended the GAB Welterweight title by stopping former OPBF Super Featherweight king Allan Tanada (15-8-3, 7).
The bout started with Inson using his size and reach advantage well, landing his jab and making the most of his powerful straight left hand. Tanada had moments, but really struggled with the dimensions of the champion, who simply looked too big. Due to the reach advantages of Inson it looked like Tanada had to take risks, and in round 2 he began over-reaching and trying to force things things to happen. That had some success, but more often than not he was left hitting air and being backed up. One of the few times Tanada landed, with a big right hand, it just seemed to tick off Inson who found a new level of intensity to his work.
To begin round 3 we had a bit of a firefight, with both throwing big shots. Neither landed too much clean to begin with but Inson would again take over the round and land some clean body shots and a vicious combination with Tanada on the ropes. By now it was becoming clear that Tanada was out of his depth, but game and he managed to land some solid right hands as Inson tried to crank up the aggression. In round 4 Inson almost paid for his aggression as he got caught by a big counter as he followed when he thought Tanada was hurt. The shot from Tanada that seemed to buzz Inson was little more than a shot of desperation whilst he was on the ropes. Soon after freeing himself from the ropes Tanada would be caught by a looping, wild, left hand from Inson and a follow up would send him down.
Tanada's team knew he stood little chance and quickly got in to save their man, who looked like he would have continue given the chance but would have done so for little more than extra punishment, with his team sensibly saving him for another day.
For Inson this is a 5th straight win, and follows good victories over Yancheng Jin, Romeo Jakosalem and Tessy Tzouramanis. As for Tanada this is his third stoppage loss and his 6th defeat in 8 bouts. At the age of 26 Tanada is already a man who has seen better days, and we wonder how much he has left in his career.
Earlier today fans in Kobe saw talented OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] record his 6th defense as he bludgeoned Filipino challenger Allan Tanada (14-6-3, 6) in to a 7th round TKO.
Nakatani always looked in charge of the bout, boxing at range as, and when, he wanted using his superiour reach, seed and skilled to tag Tanada coming in. Although always in control from the outside Nakatani was also happy to mix it on the inside and landed frequently to the body of Tanada who could be seen feeling the effects of some of the vicious body blows.
The Filipino, who had previously won the OPBF Super Featherweight title in Japan, managed to show his toughness but never looked copmpetitive with Nakatani who showed touches of world class ability whilst chipping away at the challengers resistence.
By the end of round 6 Tanada's wil to win had began to wilt and his energy reserves were running thin as Nakatani amped up the work rate and the pressure, landing right hands at will to eventually force the referee to save a beaten Tanada, who looked pretty much spent.
For the world ranked Nakatani the win moves him one step closer to a world title bout, and it would seem likely that 2017 will be the year that he finally moved from the OPBF level to world level, or at least begins facing world ranked contenders rather than continue to defend this title in relatively safe bouts, like this one. He's proven his quality with wins over Yoshitaka Kato and Ricky Sismundo and can clearly be moved on beyond his current level. For Tanada it would seem like his career is heading in the direction of a journeyman, picking up losses against fighters looking to move onto bigger and better things.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Kobe get the chance to attend an OPBF quadruple header with OPBF title bouts at Lightweight, Super Bantamweight, Bantamweight and Minimumweight. Sadly for those not able to make it to the venue the bouts won't be aired live anywhere, not on TV or a streaming service.
Thankfully there is some good news for those unable to go to the show and that's that Kansai TV will be aired delayed highlights from the show on Tuesday/Wednesday with a 90 minute timeslot given to the card part of a pragram "The Real Fight".
The show will officially be aired on Tuesday night at 25:40 on Tuesday, or 1:40am Wednesday mornign for those unfamiliar with the Japanese method of timetabling late night broadcasts.
Despite having a 90 minute TV window it's unclear how they will be showing the bouts, which feature Shun Kubo (10-0, 7) [久保隼] defending his Super Bantamweight title against Korean visitor Jin Wook Lim (8-4-5, 2) [임진욱 ], Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7) [中谷 正義] defending his Lightweight title against Filipino Allan Tanada (14-5-3, 6), Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (18-4, 15) [山本 隆寛] taking on Filipino Mark John Yap (24-12, 10) and a bout for the vacant Minimumweight title between Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3) [山中 竜也] and former WBO world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-3-1, 12).
Hopefully, for hose not in Kansai, video of the broadcast will hit the internet in the days that follow the broadcast, if not there's a chance that those outside of the region won't be able to see any footage other than fan cam video of the bouts in question, a real shame given the talent thta will be in action
This coming Friday Japanese fans in Kobe will get the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7) [中谷 正義] defending his title against former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Allan Tanada (14-5-3, 6), of the Philippines. The bout will be one of 4 OPBF title bouts on the same show, which has been co-promoted by Shinsei and Ioka and is the one set for the highest weight class.
On the scales both men made the 135lb limit with room to spare, though the taller and rangier Nakatani was unsurprisingly heavier than the Filipino who looked somewhat flabby in comparison to the champion.
The bout, which will be Nakatani's 6 defense has stated that he will be looking to stop Tanada, who's only stoppage loss so far has come to Masao Nakamura, whilst Tanada seemed confident of getting up close and giving Nakatani hell in a much rough bout than the champion would want, given his advantages in size.
If Tanada pulls off the upset tomorrow more than 6 years after he upset Rikiya Fukuhara to claim the OPBF title at 130lbs whilst a win for Nakatani will likely move him in to the world title mix for 2017.
Nakatani faces Tanada in OPBF showdown
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Earlier today a number of promoters in Kanto held a joint press conference to announce an OPBF super show with 4 OPBF title bouts all on the same card, scheduled for November 11th at the Central Gym in Kobe.
The bouts will see the OPBF Lightweight, Super Bantamweight and Bantamweight being defended and the Minimumweight division having a new champion crowned, with that title currently vacant.
The announcement confirmed the story we ran earlier this year, that Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (10-0, 7) [久保隼] would be defending his title against Korean visitor Jin Wook Lim (8-4-5, 2) [임진욱 ], in the only previously reported bout. This will be Kubo's second defense of the title.
The Lightweight title fight will see Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7) [中谷 正義] defending his title against former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Allan Tanada (14-5-3, 6). This will be Tanada's first OPBF title bout since he lost the 130lb title to Masao Nakamura in 2010 and will see him return to Japan for his 4th bout in the country whilst Nakatani will be hunting his 6th defense.
At Bantamweight we get the best bout, on paper at least, as champion Takahiro Yamamoto (18-4, 15) [山本 隆寛] takes on Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (24-12, 10). Although it looks like a mismatch on paper Yap is much better than his record indicates and he could well give the exciting but flawed Yamamoto a war in what will be the Ioka man's third defense.
The Minimumweight title fight will see 21 year old hopeful Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3) [山中 竜也] take on former WBO world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-3-1, 12), in a bout for a title finally vacated by Xiong Zhao Zhong. For Sabillo it's a chance to become a 2-time OPBF champion whilst Yamamaka will be fighting in his first title bout.
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