Earlier today fight fans at the Differ Ariake, and those watching on Boxingraise, had the chance to see Hironori Mishiro (6-0, 2) [三代大訓] claim his biggest win so far, as he claimed the OPBF Super Featherweight title with a split decision win over Carlo Magali (23-10-3, 12).
The bout was a huge step up in class for Mishiro but he looked calm and confident early on, but had to cope with the aggressive pressure of Magali before finding his rhythm. The aggression of Magali made life uncomfortable, but after 4 rounds the men were level on the scorecards, which were all 38-38.
Mishiro had looked to create some distance, using his significant height and reach, and had had success with his jab and straight, but was holding his own in the trenches with some nasty uppercuts which had bust Magali's nose and caused notable facial swelling on the champion.
In round 5 it was Magali who had a huge break through, rocking the Japanese fighter and pressing him hard. The round was the clearest of the fight and saw Mishiro look ready to drop at one point as he went on the retreat, hands down, and looked like he had forgotten everything he had trained for. Thankfully for him Magali failed to close the show and in round 6 Mishiro seemed to clear his head, before have a small surge in rounds 7 and 8, as Magali began to look tired. Those rounds saw Mishiro sneak his nose ahead on two of the cards, 77-75, whilst the third was even, 76-76, when the scores were announced after 8 rounds.
Magali then knew things were up against him going into the final 4 rounds, the first two of which were razor thin, with Magali looking to up the pressure and Mishiro holding his own. The could have gone either way, but the final two had Magali really put it all out there, as if he knew it was in the balance. Mishiro on the other hand took his foot off the case, looking to avoid another big scare in the final moments.
In the end Mishiro's decision to play safe proved to be a smart one, with the Japanese fighting edging the decision with scores of 115-113 in his favour, twice, whilst the third judge had the bout 115-113 in Magali's favour.
On the under-card there was a bit of a mixed bag for notable fighters. the hard hitting Riki Hamada (7-2, 6) [濱田力] was stopped in 2 rounds by China's Xiao Tao Su (6-1, 3) [苏晓涛], in what was a pretty brutal KO after having already dropped Hamada. Hamada had been sent through the ropes earlier in the round, and Su had got himself deducted a point as he followed up on the prone Japanese. Hamada never really recovered before being laid out only moments later. Shuma Nakazato (7-1-2, 6) [仲里周磨] saw his fight with late replacement Vergil Puton (17-10-1, 8) come to an early conclusion after a clash of heads forced the bout to be stopped after just 2 minutes 30 seconds, resulting in a technical draw.
The real highlight of the supporting card was a thrilling, yet relatively one sided, battle between Katsunori Nagamine (15-2-1, 11) [長嶺克則] and the insanely tough Yujie Zeng (11-8-1, 6) [曾玉洁]. The aggressive Zeng came out with serious belief as he pressed Nagamine from the off, but the Japanese fighter saw out the early pressure and ended up giving Zeng a real beating until the fight was finally stopped in round 7, by a referee who had seen enough punishment for the Chinese fighter. Given his performance we'd like to see a lot more of Zeng, maybe against more competitively matched opponents, as he was really good value here. As for Nagamine he'll be looking for his second title fight shortly, after having lost in a Japanese title fight earlier this year.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo, as well as those who subscribe to the excellent boxingraise, will get the chance to see an OPBF Super Featherweight title bout between defending champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) and unbeaten challenger Hironori Mishiro (5-0, 2) [三代大訓].
Today those two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made the 130lb weight limit.
On the scales Magali, the shorter man by 12cm, was dead on the limit and appears to have scouted Mishiro, by admitting he had seen his fights on youtube. Magali stated he would aggressively protect the OPBF title and that he was aware of Mishiro's footwork and speed.
Mishiro was also on the divisional limit and seemed very calm and confident. He spoke about showing his style and being a natural Super Featherweight and didn't seem at all worried about fighting over the 12 round distance, in what will be his first bout scheduled for more than 8 rounds.
Unbeaten Hironori Mishiro takes on OPBF king Carlo Magali!
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Earlier today saw news being revealed of a Dangan card set for June 20th at the Differ Ariake, in Tokyo. The show had been rumoured earlier this year as the next in the Japan Vs China series of shows that Dangan are holding though until today nothing had been announced for the show. Thankfully that changed with several bouts being announced, including a really good looking main event, and two very notable bouts in the Japan Vs China rivalry.
The main event will not be a Japan Vs China bout, but will instead feature a Filipino against a Japanese fighter as OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) makes his next defense of the title, and finally returns to the ring after January's win over Masatoshi Kotani [小谷 将寿]. The champion has seen bouts with Yoon Sung Kim [김윤성] and Miguel Berchelt fall through already this year but won't be expecting similar issues from Japanese prospect Hironori Mishiro (5-0, 2) [三代大訓], who takes a huge step up up from fringe Japanese domestic level to OPBF title level. Obviously Magali has the huge edge in experience but will be the older, smaller man and Mishiro is a highly accomplished amateur, who seemed really confident of using his amateur pedigree and size to over-come the champion.
For Magali this bout will be his second defense of the title and see him looking to secure his fourth straight win. The 31 year old is going through a bit of an Indian summer at the moment and will be fully aware that if he's to get a shot at a world title, as he came so close to getting against Berchelt, he has to win here. Mishiro on the other hand will know the pressure isn't really on him, but the 23 year old from the Watanabe gym will see this as a massive chance to put himself on the verges of a world ranking, and fast track him to a potential showdown for a world title fight.
In supporting bouts fans will be able to see recent Japanese Flyweight title challenger Katsunori Nagamine (14-2-1, 10) [長嶺克則] take on a visitor from China as well as a bout featuring former Mishiro foe Shuma Nakazato (7-1-1, 6) [仲里周磨]. Sadly we don't currently have the names of the two Chinese fighters, but given that Nagamine and Nakazato are both always worth watching we're already excited to see them both in the ring.
January was a busy month for OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) who defended his title in Japan, stopping Masatoshi Kotani at the start of the month. He was signed to fight WBC world champion Miguel Berchelt, as a late replacement for Cristian Mijares, but that fight was declined by the GAB on health grounds. He then finished the month by signing to defend his OPBF title in Korea against the unbeaten Yoon Sung Kim (10-0-1, 8) [김윤성] on April 29th.
Sadly though it appears that Magali is now set to have a very frustrating year with the bout against Kim now being cancelled due to Kim needing to pull out of the contest on health grounds.
Earlier today the KBF, who were overseeing the bout, issues a statement that revealed the 19 year old Kim had pulled out of the bout. The statement translates the pull out as being due to "personal injury" and that doctors had been consulted in regards to the bout.
The health issues have seemingly sent Kim into retirement, costing Korean boxing yet another one of their talented youngsters who looked set for big things. Whilst Kim's retirement is clearly a set back for Korean boxing it's good to hear that Kim won't be risking his health by fighting in the future against the instruction of doctors.
The promotional team for the bout had tried to get a replacement, but given the short notice there simply wasn't time for a fighter to prepare and instead the bout has been cancelled. Which will clearly be a disappointment for Magali, who would have been looking at this bout as a chance to keep busy following the inability to face Berchelt.
Although this bout has been cancelled the card will go on as a KBF title triple header
Fore those wanting to read the official statement in regards to this bout it's available here, in Korean.
Last week saw reports that OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) had secured himself an unlikely shot at WBC Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28), with the bout arranged for February. Sadly the GAB later forced Magali out of the bout, refusing to allow him to return to the ring so soon after his January 13th win over MAsatoshi Kotani.
Whilst Magali clearly had every reason to be annoyed at missing out on a world title fight it appears he and his team have no intention of sitting and waiting on the side lines.
According to Korean sources Magali and his team have agreed to travel to Korea in April, for Magali to make his second defense of the OPBF title.
The reports from several Korean sources are that Magali will be facing off with the unbeaten Yoon Sung Kim (10-0-1, 8) [김윤성], if Kim can come througfh his February 11th bout with Tae Won Jung (3-0, 1).
The bout, which we understand will be promoted by Won Promotion, is likely to be confirmed later in the year and would be the first OPBF title fight in Korea since Min Wook Kim defended the OPBF Light Welterweight title against Valentine Hosokawa back in August 2013.
Although the bout is a huge step down from a potential contest with Berchelt it would give Magalia chance to pick up more valuable experience and attempt to move up the world rankings, towards a shot on merit, rather than as a late replacement, which he was set to be following issues with Cristian Mijares, who had seemingly failed to agree terms with Berchelt.
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