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.
Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd. Not only was he going to be back in December, but that he would be in the ring with a notable opponent.
The man from Osaka will be battling WBA #10 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), from Colombia.
Osawa is best known for losing to Oscar Valdez in a WBO world title fight in 2016. Since then he has gone 3-1, with the loss coming this past April to Shun Kubo in a very interesting and competitive contest. Preciado on the other hand is a relative unknown with his biggest win of note coming against Franklin Manzanilla last year.
The bout will take place in Osaka, giving Osawa the hope advantage, and if he wins he will clearly push himself back into the world rankings as he pursues a second world title fight. Sadly at the age of 33
Earlier today fight fans at the Central Gym in Kobe saw former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] battle against former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] in a bout touted as a "Survival Bout".
The bout was seen as a must win for both men, with Kubo needing to bounce back from his 2017 loss to Daniel Roman and Osawa, at the age of 32, really was unable to afford another loss if he was to get a second world title shot.
Kubo got off an excellebt start, using his lets well and out speeding the older man whilst landing his left straight left hands. The younger man held the early control in the bout and had won the first 3 rounds on all 3 cards whilst also leaving Osawa with a bloodied nose.
The fight swung in round, despite Osawa being deducted a point for holding. It was a round that saw Kubo suffer a cut to his right eye from a head clash. With the cut bothering Kubo it allowed Osawa to get some momentum, and he did juts that in round 6 as he began to cut the distance and get to work on the inside. Kubo would himself be deducted a point for hold in round 7 as Osawa began to rack up rounds and have a very spirited comeback.
The fight back from Osawa wouldn't be enough in the end, with Kubo fighting back well in the final 2 rounds to sneak a split decision, with scores of 96-93 and 97-95 in his favour, whilst the other judge went with a score of 95-94 to Osawa.
With the win Kubo remains in the mix for a world title fight at Featherweight, whilst Osawa's career really is hanging by a thread whilst his 33rd birthday is just around the corner.
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Earlier today Japanese sources reported an intriguing clash had been signed for April 28th at the Kobe Central Gymnasium. The bout in question will see former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (12-1, 9) [久保隼] facing off with former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-4-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋], in a bout that will see Kubo move up to Featherweight and look to restart his career whilst Osawa looks to continue his good run of recent results.
Kubo claimed the WBA Super Bantamweight world title last April, when he scored a 10th round retirement win over veteran Nehomar Cermeno. Sadly however his reign was a short lived one as he was stopped in 9 rounds by Daniel Roman in September, as he attempted to record his first defense of the title. The Shinsei man, 27, has always had a long and gangly frame that should be filled out better at 126lbs, but this will be his first contest since the defeat to Roman and it is a very tricky comeback fight for the man some viewed as Shinsei's next star.
Although less successful at world level Osawa is arguably more well known, thanks to his 2016 fight in Las Vegas with WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez. Although Osawa was stopped in 7 rounds by Valdez he did show the heart and determination that we typically see with Japanese fighters. Since that loss he has reeled off a trio of wins, including notable victories over Julio Cortez and Alexander Mejia, who were both world ranked prior to facing Osawa. Although clearly a solid contender Osawa is now 32 and another loss likely spells the end of his dreams to become a world champion.
The bout will headline a Shinsei Gym card, under the "Real Spirits" banner and will essentially be a worldtitle eliminator, with both men having WBA world rankings at Featherweight.
At the moment no details regarding the under-card have been released, but with so many top Shinsei fighters in action in March we're next expecting too much depth this show.
Earlier today fight fans in Japan saw former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-4-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] claim his third straight win since a loss to WBO Featherweight Oscar Valdez last year. Today Osawa was taking on his stiffest test since Valdez, as he took on unbeaten world ranked Nicaraguan Alexander Mejia (8-1, 4) in a very match up on paper.
Going into the bout Osawa was ranked #11 by the WBA at Featherweight and Mejia was ranked #12 at Super Bantamweight and their similar world rankings seemed to suggest they were at similar levels. This proved to be the case in the ring with the two men really hving little to pick between them.
Osawa looked to control the pace early on but Mejia managed to get inside and rough up the Japanese fighter with hooks on the inside, and really showed that he wasn't there to just make up the numbers. It wasn't until the middle rounds that Osawa really managed to make his jab count for something, but even then it didn't get the respect of Mejia, who continued to march forward and make life difficult for the experienced Japanese fighter, pushing him back to the ropes on a number of occassions.
The Japanese fighter dug deep, and always answered back to what Mejia had given, but at the final bell there was a feeling that Mejia may well have done enough to take the win back to Nicaragua.
The judges seemed to be swayed however by the home town fighter and his support, scoring the 10 round bout 97-96, 96-95 and 96-96, giving Osawa the razor thin majority decision win.
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