Earlier today Ohashi gym held a press conference to announce the next defense of the OPBF Featherweight title by Satoshi Shimizu (7-0, 7) [清水 聡].
The 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner was flanked by Ohashi gym president Hideyuki Ohashi and trainer Koji Matsumoto at the press conference as they announced Shimizu's next bout.
The fighter will return to the ring on December 3rd to face off with fellow unbeaten Takuya Uehara (16-0, 10) [上原 拓哉] , who held a press conference of his own at the Apollo Gym in Osaka to announce the contest.
For Shimizu the bout will serve as his 4th title defense, and is expected to be his final bout before on wards to a world title fight in early 2019. For Uehara the bout is his first at this level, though he is a former WBC Youth and Japanese Youth champion.
With this announcement we now know that the show, which will be the "66th Phoenix Battle", will be a double header with the card also featuring the mouth watering match up between Hinata Maruta (7-1-1, 6) [丸田 陽七太] and Tsuyoshi Tameda (18-3-2, 16) [溜田剛士]. We also know that the card will feature Kazuki Nakajima (5-0, 4) [中嶋一輝] battling Yoshihiro Utsumi (15-8-3, 10) [宇津見義広] and bouts involving Sho Nakazawa (11-2, 5) [中澤奨] and Taku Kuwahara (2-0, 2) [桑原拓].
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Every so often we get a domestic clash that sends the blood racing and excites us more than it probably should. Today we got an announcement of once such bout, as it was announced we would see two talented youngsters face off in December!
The two men in question were Morioka's star prospect Hinata Maruta (7-1-1, 6) [丸田 陽七太] and hard hitting Ohashi gym prospect Tsuyoshi Tameda (18-3-2, 16) [溜田剛士].
The two fighters will be competing in a Featherweight bout at the Korakuen Hall, with both men having serious title aspirations for 2019. The contest, on December 3rd, looks likely to be the main event of a Phoenix Boxing card, promoted by Tameda's team at the Ohashi Gym. It's a significant step up in class for Tameda given his recent wins over limited opponents, but he has mixed with excellent company in the past, with his most recent losses coming in 2016 to Reiya Abe and Simpiwe Vetyeka and it's fair to saw that Tameda has faced more proven fighters than Maruta.
The 21 year old Maruta, who lost last time he fought at the Korakuen Hall to the then OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake, will be coming into this bout on the back of a draw in the Philippines to Ben Mananquil, a bout that Maruta seemed to do enough to deserve a win in. He was touted as the next big star from Hyogo but has failed to really live up to expectation in the ring. Here however he has a huge chance to prove himself.
At the moment no other bouts for the card have been announced, but this already makes the show mouth watering.
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Earlier today Japanese veteran Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14) [大竹 秀典] held a press conference at the Yokohama brewery to announce, and to talk about, his upcoming bout with WBO Super Bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13), set to take place on August 25th in the US.
The Japanese fighter spoke about how he's enjoying boxing more in the last year or so, and despite being 37 it does seem like he's in the form of his career with recent wins over Kinshiro Usui, Hinata Maruta and Brian Lobetania. That sort of run will have filled the OPBF Super Bantamweight champion with real hope ahead of the bout with Dogboe.
Since losing to the then WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg in 2014 Otake has surged, winning 9 in a row. That seems to have been down to his trainer who has focused on Otake's physical improvements and improving his eating habits, as well reducing his working hours in preparation to fights. Something that seems to have done him the world of good.
Otake seemed fully aware of Dogboe's strengths, and is looking to work on counter measures for the power and speed of the champion. It seems clear he knows he's the under-dog, though if he can win he would set a new Japanese male record, for the oldest man to win a world title, breakign the previous record of Hozumi Hasegawa, who claimed his third title at the age of 35 years and 9 months.
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