Fight fans in Vietnam got a rare show earlier today, and saw Gakuya Furuhashi (24-8-1, 13) [古橋大輔] become the new OPBF "Silver" Super Bantamweight champion, as he stopped limited Thai foe Yutthichai Wannawong (9-8, 7).
The fight, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City, saw Furuhashi pick up the 3rd round TKO to claim his first title, and make his mark as a possible contender for the OPBF title in the new year.
It's fair to say the Thai had no right to be in the ring with Furuhashi, though the show was more about Vietnam than the fighters, the OPBF "silver title" or anything else on the card.
The show was put on as part of the celebrations of 45 years of diplomatic relationships between Japan and Vietnam, and also seemed to begin the movement of the OPBF into a new country as they look to expand the scope of boxing through parts of Asia not usually associated with boxing, following a similar card in Taiwan earlier this year.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Vietnam will get the chance to see an ultra rare show on their shoulders, as "Samurai Fight 2" takes place in Ho Chi Minh City.
The main event of the card will see exciting Japanese fighter Gakuya Furuhashi (23-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] battle against Yutthichai Wannawong (9-7, 7) for the OPBF "Silver" Super Bantamweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made weight.
The bout is part of an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relationships between Japan and Vietnam, and also a chance for the OPBF to continue their growth through Asia, something we expect to see them do a lot more of in 2019. It also continues a relationship between the Nitta Gym, who have several fights on the show, and the Vietnamese boxing scene, which we're really hoping will grow in the coming years.
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Earlier today the Nitta Gym and the OPBF held a press conference to announce "Samurai Fight Vol. 2" held on December 9 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. With the show continuing the working relationship between Nitta gym and the Vietnamese boxing scene.
The main event of that show will see Gakuya Furuhashi (23-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] fight for the OPBF Silver Super Bantamweight title, facing off with a Thai foe for the title. This will be Furuhashi's first bout outside of Japan, and his third title bout, having twice come up short in Japanese title bouts.
As well as Furuhashi's bout there will also be a OPBF Vietnam Light Welterweight title fight, featuring Nguyen Anh Tuan Dao (1-1, 1), though his opponent wasn't named.
It appears that the OPBF are looking to work more with the countries that don't have a national set up, with Vietnam and Taiwan both being recent examples, where Silver title fights and OPBF national titles will be used to try and establish the countries and their development in the sport. It's a nice idea to think that a regional body is looking to start up the regional scenes in the local area, something we hope will be a big success in the years to come.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see former Japanese title challenger Gakuya Furuhashi (23-8-1, 12) [古橋大輔] battle against Taichi Ueno (6-3, 3) [上野太一].
The talented Furuhashi was on the front foot from the off, though Ueno fought well off the back foot and battled his way from the ropes with some solid counter shots.
Despite the brave returning of fire from Ueno the pressure of Furuhashi was intense and in round 4 that pressure took it's toll in a big way as he landed a number of hurtful shots that left Ueno losing his shape and trading more. The more traded the worse things became for Ueno who would be backed on to the ropes again and pounded with clean head shots until the referee saved him at the 1 minute 40 second mark of round 4.
The win was a fun one to watch, though it's still unclear what Furuhashi has left, and whether he can get back to the form that saw him fight to a draw with Yukinori Ogunoi and lose a razor thin decision to Yasutaka Ishimoto, both in 2015.
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Yesterday Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Japanese Middleweight champion Hikaru Nishida (17-8-1, 8) [西田 光] fight in a stay busy bout, due to an illness forcing his original opponent Kazuyuki Fukuyama (11-8, 3) [福山 和徹] to pull out of a title fight.
As one would assume from a "stay busy fight" this wasn't much of a test for Nishida, as his Thai foe, Vichian K Max Gym (0-2), simply couldn't cope with the style, physicality or power of Nishida.
The Japanese fighter walked forward behind his high guard, applied his heavy pressure. In round 2 that pressure had the desired effect and he dropped Vichian. The Thai showed his toughness in getting back to his feet, and continuing, but he could never work out how to fight the Thai off, and it was only a matter of time.
That time finally came in round 4, when Nishida upped the pace and forced the Thai to the ropes. A vicious assault followed until the referee stepped in to stop the action.
Also on this card was the exciting Gakuya Furuhashi (20-8-1, 9) [古橋 岳也],who over-came Yoshiyuki Takabayashi (9-9, 4) [高林 良幸], with a wide 8 round decison, and stated that he was looking to get another Japanese title shot.
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