Earlier today fight fans in Hyogo had the chance to catch a Japanese Youth title double header, thanks to the Taisei gym.
The first of the new champions was Arata Matsuoka (7-6, 4) [松岡新], who claimed the Japanese Youth Flyweight title with a dominant and decisive win over Hikaru Ota (9-9, 5) [太田輝]. Ota was out boxed from the first round by the quicker, Matusoka, who was up 39-37 on all 3 cards at the mid-way point, before controlling the second half of the fight, winning with scores of 79-73, 79-74 and 78-74.
Following Arata's win at Flyweight fans then saw his brother, Hikaru Matsuoka (15-4-3, 2) [松岡輝] take the Japanese Youth Featherweight title, with a technical decision win over Noboru Osato (10-7-4, 2) [大里登]. Hikaru, like his brother, was too good and too skilled for his foe, landing right hands in round 2 that caused Osato to back up. Sadly an accidental clash of heads left Osato cut on his forehead, and the could would later force the bout to be stopped at the start of round 5. By the time the stoppage came Matusoka had piled up the points, taking the decision with scores of 50-45, 49-46 and 50-46.
With the wins today the Matsuoka's become the first brothers to win Japanese youth titles, with defenses expected to come around May next year.
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Tomorrow in Hyogo fight fans will get a Japanese Youth title double header. Fans will see the Japanese Youth Flyweight having a new champion crowned as Arata Matsuoka (6-6, 4) [松岡新] faces off with Hikaru Ota (9-8, 5) [太田輝] whilst at Featherweight Hikaru Matsuoka (14-4-3, 2) [松岡輝] will battle against Noboru Osato (10-6-4, 2) [大里登].
Today those 4 men took part in their weigh in, and whilst we haven't been given the specific weights we have been informed that all 4 fighters made weight and that the title bouts will go ahead as planned.
Interestingly if the two Matsuoka brothers win they will be the first brothers to win Japanese Youth titles, since the titles creation.
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Earlier today the Taiesei gym held a press conference to announce their next show, set for December 2nd in Hyogo.
The card will feature 3 notable bouts at the top of the card, with two of them being Japanese Youth title fights and one being the return of a recent Japanese title challenger.
That recent challenger is Riku Kano (13-4-1, 7) [加納 陸] who came up short in a recent Japanese Minimumweight title fight against Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心].
Kano will be up against Takayuki Teraji (9-16-1, 4) in what looks like a straight forward confidence building fight for the once touted youngster. Kano was harsh on himself for his performance against Ono and seems to be fully aware that his potential is on the verge of being wasted. He needs to get back into the swing of things and this bout is the start of a rebuilding process.
One of the youth title bouts is at Flyweight, as Arata Matsuoka (6-6, 4) [松岡新] faces off with Hikaru Ota (9-8, 5) [太田輝]. On paper this isn't a brilliant bout, but it clearly seems to be a contest to fill a void as Junto Nakatani has turned his eyes on to the more notable Japanese Flyweight title, rather than the Youth version who he now appears to have vacated. The 23 year old Ota is 3-5 in his last 8 and clearly is struggling for form, so a win here could be the bit shot in the arm his career needs. Matsuoka on the other hand has won 4 of his last 5, but was stopped last time out by veteran Shunji Nagata..
The other youth title bout will take place at At Featherweight, and looks to be a much better match despite having two men who are better known as Super Bantamweights. This fight will see Arata Matsuoka's twin brother Hikaru Matsuoka (14-4-3, 2) [松岡輝] battle against Noboru Osato (10-6-4, 2) [大里登]. On paper this is a pretty decent match up. Matsuoka has shown a weak chin, with 3 of his 4 losses coming by stoppage, but has a huge win over Richard Pumicpic on his record and has won 6 of his last 7. Osato on the other hand has a more spotty record but has competed at a decent level with bouts against Yuki Iriguchi and Takuya Mizuno in recent years.
It should be noted that if the Matsuoka brothers win they will be the first brothers, and the first twins, to be Japanese Youth Champions.
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Earlier today Taisei gym held a press conference for their next big show, "Sanda to the World 7", which will take place May 8th at the Bunka Center, Sanda, Hyogo.
The press conference was expected, after several members of the gym confirmed it last week, but what wasn't expected was the main event announcement which was eye opening to say the least.
That main event will see Japanese teenager Riku Kano (9-1-1, 5) step up significantly in class to face former WBO Minimumweight world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-2-1, 12). The bout, which has been stated as being either an "interim" OPBF Minimumweight title bout or a "vacant" OPBF Minimumweight title, will see Kano taking a huge step towards his goal of setting the Japanese record for the youngest world champion.
At the moment the title status of the bout depends on the next move of Xiong Zhao Zhong, but it seems that he's set to vacate, which would see the full version of the title being put on the line here. If he doesn't then the winner will be mandated to face the Chinese fighter, himself a former world champion.
The bout will see Kano attempt to build on last year's big win against Pigmy Kokietgym, so far his best win, whilst Sabillo will be looking to record a third successive win, though he is 2-2-1 in his last 5 including two stoppage losses.
Whilst Kano's bout was the attention grabbing, headline making contest, it wasn't the only bout announced at the press conference.
Other bouts announced for the card include Japanese Featherweight contender Hikaru Matsuoka (10-3-3, 1) [松岡 輝] facing off against Monkey Shuhei (5-7-1, 2) [モンキー修平] and Rikito Hattori (5-0, 1) [服部 力斗] battling Kenta Matsui (6-5, 1) [松井 謙太] whilst teenager Futa Akizuki (5-0, 4) [秋月 楓大] will make his Japanese debut, after fighting in Thailand so far through his career.
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