Earlier today former Japanese "interim" Welterweight champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8) [坂本大輔] took to his blog to announce his next bout. In his blog post Sakamoto revealed that he would be returning on July 9th as part of a Kadoebi promoted "Sugfest 5" card.
The 36 year old Sakamoto, who turned professional back in 2007, announced that his opponent for the bout would be Koki Koshikawa (6-1, 4) [越川孝紀], who turned professional with high expectations but has so far failed to deliver.
Sakamoto stated the bout would be the final one of his career, and comes after a notable break from action, with the Kadoebi man last fighting in November 2017. That bout saw him lose in a bout to unify the Japanese and Japanese "interim" Welterweight titles, with Toshio Arikawa stopping him in 5 rounds.
Whilst not well known outside of Japan Sakamoto has had a pretty interesting career at hime, fighting a domestic who's who of the Light Welterweight and Welterweight diviison. He has shared the ring with Yasuhiro Okawa, Moon Hyon Yun, Cobra Suwa, Nobuyuki Shindo, Toshio Arikawa and Makoto Kawasaki.
As an amateur Koshikawa shined before signing with the Celes gym. Sadly his professional career which began back in 2014, has been a frustrating one. He looked to be on the fast track before losing in 2015 to Koshinmaru Saito. Following that loss he would be away from the ring for over 2 years before returning in August, and beating 2 over-matched Thai foes.
Also set to be on this card are Japanese ranked fighters Yusuke Konno (12-4, 6) [今野裕介], Cristiano Aoqui (12-7-2, 8) and Tsuyoshi Sato (6-1-1, 2) [佐藤剛], though none of them have had confirmed opponents announce for the card as of yet.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw the fast rising Koki Inoue (9-0, 8) [浩樹井上] score his biggest win to date, as he scored a 2nd round TKO win over domestic ranked foe Cristiano Aoqui (11-7-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ]. Sadly whilst the result looks great on paper for Inoue the win did come with a lot of disappointment for the Light Welterweight hopeful.
The bout started excitingly and Inoue showed the class which is expected to take him far, as he neutralised Aoqui and landed some eye catching counters in an engaging and fun opening round.
Sadly at the start of round 2 Aoqui was unable to get off his stool in a manner fit to fight, with an apparent back injury that forced his team to pull him from the contest and assist him back to the changing room.
The Brazilian-Japanese fighter later revealed that it was an injury from twisting that caused him to pull out of the back, in genuine agony. As for Inoue the bout sees him take a step closer to a Japanese title fight, and he made it very clear that that was what he wanted, whether he was getting a shot next, or had to earn the shot, though he did also admit that he was disppointed with today's bout.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans get an interesting show thanks to the Ohashi gym who are looking to show case a number of their hopefuls. Among those hopefuls is the all-action Koki Inoue (8-0, 7) [浩樹井上], who looks to extend his unbeaten record and move closer to a Japanese title fight as he takes on domestic foe Cristiano Aoqui (11-6-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ], in what is essentially a Japanese title eliminator.
Today Inoue, the cousin of world champion Naoya Inoue, and Aoqui took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in under the 140lb limit.
Inoue was the heavier man, coming in around 139.75lbs and he looked in fantastic shape, as he has through his career. He knows this is a huge chance for him to prove himself, and it's clear that he'll be looking for a stoppage, but believes in his stamina enough to go the distance if he has to.
Aoqui, a former Japanese title challenger, was well under the limit at 137.5lbs, and looked like a fighter who had come in a little bit too much on the light side. The Japanese-Brazilian has lost his last two bouts, including a Japanese title fight against Hiroki Okada, and it looks like those two set backs have lead to him getting into great shape, and coming in at his lowest weight in almost 4 years.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Machida had the chance to see the fast rising Koki Inoue (8-0, 7) [浩樹井上], who extended his winning run with a 61 second stoppage of a Thai visitor.
Supposedly the Thai had come into the bout as a Muay Thai champion, something that made Mr Ohashi assume he would last a few rounds with Inoue, but instead he looked totally out of his depth from the opening seconds. Less than a minute into the round a counter right hook from Inoue sent the Thai down for the count and ended the bout disappointingly quickly.
Following the bout Inoue admitted that he was wanting more of a fight, but it was revealed that he will be back in the ring in August, fighting on august 30th against Japanese ranked foe Cristiano Aoqui (11-6-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ]. It was hinted that if he wins that he will be getting a title fight before the year is over, potentially in December on what's expected to be a stacked Ohashi card to see out 2017.
Given the performance of the Thai, who's record was reportedly 13-6-1 (3), it's likely he will find himself added the the JBC's prohibited boxers list and it's likely that anyone will be in a rush to use him as an opponent in the near future.
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Just over 2 weeks ago www.boxingraise.com screened their first live card, headlined by the FOTY contender between Takuya Kogawa and Masafumi Otake. Today they did their second live card and it was another solid card that featured a Japanese title fight, albeit one that didn't quite have the same exceptional level of excitement as their first card.
Today's Japanese title bout saw unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (13-0, 10) [岡田 博喜] extend his reign as he over-came the exciting Cristiano Aoqui (11-5-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ] with a 9th round technical decision.
Early in the bout Aoqui seemed to give Okada real issue with his speed and movement. The movement allowed him to get in and out before Okada could respond with the handspeed seemed to see him catching Okada with some clean shots, albeit needing to throw several to get one or two through. When Okada managed to find a home to land however his shots were the eye catching ones, and it meant that several of the early rounds saw judges scoring on quantity against quality
Luckily for Okada it seemed the judges preferred the quality and by the time of the opening scoring after round 5 the champion looked in control with cards of 49-46, twice, and 49-47. We had it a touch closer, though it did seem like Okada was starting to find range and timing by the end of round 3 and he seemed to do enough to be ahead, but only just.
With the challenger behind on the cards he upped the ante in round 6. Despite upping the pace Aoqui lost the round following a big attack in the last minute or so from Okada who hammered home big right hands to impress the judges. Despite the big finish to round 6 from the champion he failed to follow it up the next round and a tired looking Aoqui seemed to win a round based on work rate, with Okada very quiet through the end stanza, almost as if Okada thought it best to let Aoqui slow himself down. The following round saw a slow looking Aoqui, now often loading up on singles, have some success but the big accurate shots with real mustard on them all seemed to be from Okada.
Unfortunately the bout ended less than a minute into round 9 after Aoqui was left with a nasty cut following a head clash,. The cut saw 3 people ringside take a long hard look at it before they decided, seemingly between them, that the challenger was no longer fit to continue and took the bout to the score-cards.
The cards all favoured the champion with scores of 88-85,88-84,88-84. Again we thought they out to be slightly closer, but they all got the right man who recorded the 5th defense of his title. It now seems likely he will vacate to focus on international gold, with the OPBF title one that will clearly interest him.
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