Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese "interim" Welterweight champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-10-3, 8) [坂本大輔] end his career. Sadly for the popular Kadoebi man it wasn't to be a fairytale ending, and he instead he was made to look like an old and shot fighter by the much younger Koki Koshikawa (7-1, 5) [越川孝紀].
The 36 year old Sakamoto had stated the bout would be his final contest and he hand selected the 26 year old Koshikawa as his opponent. Sadly for Sakamoto Koshikawa got a read on the veteran early on and looked calm and relaxed as he landed clean shots, including a nasty left mid way through round 1.
Sakamoto managed to remain on his feet but as the bout went on he seemed to be putting more and more effort into his work and took more and more heavy leather from Koshikawa, who looked so calm and relaxed. Sadly by the end of round 2 Sakamoto looked exhausted though he continued to fight on, mustering all he had to fight through rounds 3 and 4, with the 4th being particularly one-sided as Koshikawa picked up his pace.
At the end of round 4 Sakamoto was retired by his corner, saving him from further punishment and giving Koshikawa his biggest career win.
After the bout Sakamoto spoke about wanting to open a restaurant whilst Koshikawa, who showed a lot of respect to Sakamoto, suggested that he was wanting to get into the domestic title mix.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see former Japanese "interim" Welterweight champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8) [坂本大輔] fight his final bout, as he takes on Koki Koshikawa (6-1, 4) [越川孝紀] in the main event of a Kadoebi show.
Today the two men took part in their wiegh in for the bout, which is being fought at Light Middleweight.
On the scales both fighters were bang on the limit. They both looked a little fleshy, though it should be noted that both have fought at lower weights and it seems liek they have just padded on a few extra pounds for this contest.
At the weigh in Sakamoto sounded confident, speakign about knocking out Koshikawa and prove that he is in better than he was when he lost to Toshio Arikawa in a Japanese title fight.
Koshikawa, who was actually selected by Sakamoto as his final opponent, stated it was an honour to have been chosen, but that he was going to prove to be the stronger fighter and he promised to go all out to prove he's the better man
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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 had the chance to see a Japanese Welterweight title fight, as big punchign "regular" champion Toshio Arikawa (15-4, 13) [有川 稔男] took on interim champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8) [坂本 大輔].
Not only did both men enter as a "champion" but also as men with a history. They had fought a few years ago, with Sakamoto blowing away Arikawa, and had been scheduled to fight earlier this year, before Arikawa suffered an injury in training.
With the two men both looking to walk away as the undisputed Japanese Welterweight champion it was obvious that we were going to see both men look to make a statement.
It was Arikawa who made the first statement, dropping Sakamoto within about 90 seconds, though the referee ruled it a slip. Despite the referee's decision it was clear that Arikawa's heavy hands would be a problem for Sakamoto, and the regular champion would take the first round on all 3 cards. Sakamoto fought back and arguably took the second round, but it wasn't long until Arikawa took over the bout completely, with his superiour boxing and destructive power.
That destructive power of Arikawa's was seen in round 5 as he caught Sakamoto with a right hand and left Sakamoto with a huge, and deep cut on the edge of his left eye.
The cut was an immediate bleeder and the doctor soon looked at the cut, stopping the bout, and giving Arikawa the TKO win, seeing him record the second defense of his title, and avenge his loss to Sakamoto. Sadly for Sakamoto the loss sees him losing the interim title.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the Japanese Welterweight title being unified, as "regular" champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) [有川 稔男] faces interim champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-8-3, 8) [坂本 大輔]. The bout was supposed to take place earlier this year, before Arikawa suffered a serious injury that forced the bout to be delayed, and Sakamoto won the interim title during the time that Arikawa was recovering.
Today the two men took part in the bout and both men managed to make the 147lb limit.
On the scales Arikawa was the lighter man, coming in at 146.5lbs, and looked in amazing shape, whilst a slightly less ripped Sakamoto came in at 147lbs, bang on the divisional limit.
At the weigh in Arikawa apologised for being injured earlier in the year and forcing the bout to be cancelled when it was first planned. Sakamoto replied that he was thankful as it gave him a chance to become a champion, and it seems like he has used the experience of winning the interim title has helped to improve his skills and confidence ahead of the long awaited bout for the main title.
Interestingly the bout between these two will be their second, with Sakamoto having blown away Arikawa in their first meeting a few years ago. He'll be looking fora repeat whilst Arikawa will be seeking revenge.
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