Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (34-5-4, 20) [大沢宏晋], best known for his bout with Oscar Valdez, would be back in the ring on April 7th.
Originally the full details of the bout weren't revealed, though now know that the bout will take place at the Sakai City Industry Promotion Center, Sakai City, Osaka and would see him facing an Indonesian foe.
The opponent will be 19 year old Ahmad Lahizab (4-7-1, 1), who has fought outside of Indonesia twice, losing both of those bouts by stoppage. Despite those losses he has managed to hold the KTI/IBC Featherweight title, though he did lose it in his first defense.
As well as Osawa's bout we have also been informed that the main event on this card will see Daiki Tomita (12-1, 4) [冨田大樹] take on Filipino foe Jeffrey Galero (17-6, 8), himself a former WBC Minimumweight world title challenger.
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In the chief support bout of a card in Osaka today fans saw former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (34-5-4, 20) [大沢 宏晋] battle against WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-2-1, 11), in a bout fought at Featherweight.
The fight began with the naturally bigger Osawa pressing the action whilst Preciado picked his moments off the back foot. The cleaner shots all seemed to be from the Japanese fighter, but Preciado looked the more dangerous of the two men, and he was the one who seemed to be throwing with more bad intent. Sadly for Preciado he was too little in the early rounds, as Osawa simply out worked him and out muscled him, limiting his success to essentially single shots here and there.
Round 3 was a huge one for Osawa as he hurt Preciado a number of times with body shots, forcing the Colombian on to the retreat several times. Preciado did see off the storm but showed that the shots Osawa landed were taking a clear effect on him, no matter how much of a supposed none puncher Osawa was.
Knowing he had to make an impression and get Osawa's respect Preciado showed more offensive ambition in round 4, landed several eye catching shots including a huge right hand on the chin, but even that couldn't discourage Osawa. In fact the better the shots from Preciado the more willing Osawa was to let his hands go and trade, something they did on the bell.
As the rounds went on Preciado seemed to be rocked more and more often, backing off frequently, holding and spoiling and looking to prevent Osawa from following up attacks. There were moments when Preciado landed clean, but whenever he did it did little other than slow Osawa who was really hunting a stoppage, and in round 7 seemed to take a lot out of the visitor.
The Colombian found himself pinned on the ropes early in round 8, and took further punishment before turning the tables and forcing Osawa on to the ropes. He struggled to return the punishment, as Osawa covered up well and pushed his man about, trapping the Colombian on the ropes again later in the round. Preciado tried once again to turn the tables but was caught by a vicious counter hook that shook him to his boots and he was dropped from a follow up, that seemed more glancing than a solid blow. Luckily for Preciado the bell came only moments after he recovered to his feet, as he looked about done.
Preciado was clearly still shaken as we began round 9, and he tried to find solace in the ring, learning that it was a lonely place for a hurt man as Osawa pursued him, landing body shots as he tried to take the Colombian's movement away from him. There was next to nothing coming back from the Colombian and Osawa was determined to get the stoppage, something he finally secured near the end of the round when he landed a huge right hand on the side of Preciado's head, dropping his man hard.
This was first stoppage since he stopped Yon Armed in April 2016 and it clearly meant a lot to him. For Preciado it was a first stoppage loss, and may well cost him his world ranking, even though the bout was fought above the weight that he's ranked at.
Tomorrow in Osaka fans will be able to see former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] battle against WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men came in under the agreed Featherweight limit.
On the scales Osawa came in at 125.66lbs and looked really good at the weight. He towered over Preciado and spoke confidently about winning tomorrow.
Preciado was lighter, coming in at was 125.2lbs, and looked the notably smaller man. This will be the Colombian's first fight outside of his homeland but he too sounded confident, accepted that Osawa had the edge in experience but feels he will win and advance towards a world title fight.
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Back in October we reported that the hugely promising Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd to take a huge step up in class and battle Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The bout really intrigued us, as we'd been impressed by Tsutsumimoto as an amateur, and felt he had the style to go a long way, and to go there quickly.
Sadly we've now been informed that Tsutsumimoto is out of the December 22nd bout, with his place on the show now being taken by 28 year old countryman Takayuki Sakai (7-1-2, 5) [酒井孝之].
It's unclear as to why Tsutsumimoto is off the show, though it appears to have been a very recent change in plans. In fact Kyoei, the promoter of Sakai, only reported the bout in the last day or so.
The contest between Sakai and "Pharanpetch" will be shown on G+ as part of a show that also features Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹] and a bout between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), in what is a make or break for both men.
Earlier today Kyoei held a press conference to announce the next bout of second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
The unbeaten fighter will be back in the ring on December 22nd at the EDION Arena Osaka where he will be up against domestic foe Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹], in what should be a pretty interesting test for the unbeaten fighter.
The 22 year old Tatsuyoshi has notched up 2 wins already this year, both at the EDION Arena, with victories over Shin Ishibashi and Noldi Manakane, but this should be a much better test with the 35 year old Hirashima having some ambition of his own.That ambition has seen Hirashima score stoppages in his last 2 bouts, and he hasn't been stopped in his 12 fight career.
At the moment details on the television coverage are scarce, though it seems likely that the bout will be televised on G+, though it may be tape delayed. We do however know that the supporting card will include the recently reported contest between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #10 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), a really enticing contest between Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] and Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, as well as a bout featuring Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
Although it's clear that the Japanese press will push the Tatsuyoshi bout we'll admit we're more interest in seeing how Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto looks in his first step up, and we have huge hopes for him. Amphol did however upset Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan, and he will not be travelling to pick up another defeat.
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