Earlier today Japanese Youth Light Flyweight champion Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] successfully defended the title, stopping Yuta Nakayama (6-2-1, 3) [中山祐太] in the 7th round of their bout.
The contest, which took place at the Korakuen Hall, was hotly contested from the off, with an exciting pace being set by the two fighters. Although both were letting their hands go, it always seemed like Oho was the heavier puncher, and the one landing the more effective blows.
The clean blows from Oho never looked damaging on a 1-shot basis, but they were accumulating, and damaging Nakayama, who was clearly hurt in round 5. Nakayama gritted his teeth but in round 7 a left hook took what was left his resolve, and the referee stepped in when the challenger's knees wobbled.
After the fight the champion, who will now have to vacate the title due to out growing the age limit, stated he would like to challenger Japanese national champion Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也]. From what we under-stand however Hisada is unlikely to face Oho any time soon, given his own ambitions and the fact he already has a mandatory challenger for the 2019 Champion Carnival, Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一]. What seems more likely is that Oho may face Horikawa for the title, or challenge a new champion in summer 2019, rather than facing Hisada.
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Just moments today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a new Japanese Youth Lightweight champion being crowned as Shawn Oda (10-0, 8) [小田翔夢] narrowly over-came Seiryu Toshikawa (10-5, 6) [利川聖隆] in a really fantastic contest.
There was high anticipation for this bout, with both stating they respected the other man but would be wanting to get a KO when they took part in their weigh in. The respect showed through the contest in what was an amazingly competitive and well matched bout that moved from technical action to all out war.
The opening round began like a typical feeling out round, before Oda began to circle and found the home for some solid body shots. The body shots aside both men seemed to have equal success with jabs up top in what had gone from a feeling out round to a high intensity game of chess. The technical skills on show continued in through the fight with both men landing solid, clean shots through out, though neither managed to have much sustained success before the other man fired back.
Through the first 4 rounds there really was little to split them. Oda looked the more athletic fighter, boxing better on the outside, but Toshikawa refused to let Oda take breaks between attacks, closing the distance when Oda wanted to catch his breath and forced him to work. This resulted in an almost none stop action, with both taking a lot of shots, though never seeming buzzed by the other mans power.
In round 5 Toshikawa seemed to have a break through, looking like he may have buzzed Oda the following round however it was Oda who seemed to buzz Toshikawa late in the round. It was Toshikawa who started round 7 well, rocking Oda, but Oda recovered well and fought back, forcing Toshikawa to respond back. By now both were beginning to look tired and being forced to dig deep, with mistakes becoming more and more regular. The gum shield of one man came out as round 7 became a crazy, wild, rough war, both men taking a hammering, and at one point it seemed like Toshikawa was out cold on his feet before respond. Despite being still conscious he did take a number of hard shots in the moments that followed.
Amazingly Toshikawa looked revived at the start of round 8 as he took the fight to Oda once again. How he managed to recover was a mystery and his intensity through the final round looked to have come from a man who knew he needed the round to have any chance of winning, Oda still had energy in his legs to move, but he couldn't slow Toshikawa's forward march down. Toshikawa came forward like a man possessed in an amazing final round to what had been a bout that gone from technical skills to an all out war by the end of contest.
Having somehow gone the distance we went to the judges, with neither man having a clear claim to victory in such a thrilling and hotly contested bout. In the end however it was Oda who got the nod with a split decision, in a bout that could easily have gone the other way. The official cards read 77-75 Ishikawa, 77-75 Oda and 77-76 to Oda.
We would love to see these to go in against each other again and are looking forward to seeing how both men go forward with their careers following this nail biting thriller.
The first of two Japanese youth title fights at the Korakuen Hall today saw 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Yuga Inoue (7-1-1, 1) [井上夕雅] take on the big punching Kai Ishizawa (5-0, 5) [石澤開] for the Japanese Youth Minimumweight title, in a bout that looked genuinely mouth watering on paper and turned out to be even better in the ring.
We had a huge anticipation for this fight, having been impressed by both men in earlier bouts, and they delivered, big time, with a thrilling, high tempo and high skilled bout that was regularly fought in the pocket.
The bout started with Inoue being respectful towards Ishizawa's power, and boxing on the move, establishing his jab and making Ishizawa take risks to get inside. The jab was used to set everything up, including some gorgeous body shots that Ishizawa really couldn't defend against. Ishizawa himself cam out for round 2 fighting on a new gear, upping his work rate and his foot speed to drag Inoue into his fight. Inoue responded by holding his own on the inside, with his crisper shots often landing cleaner, despite some solid shots landing from Ishizawa. It then seemed like Inoue found a new belief, a belief that Ishizawa couldn't actually hurt him.
Feeling more confident in his own toughness Inoue began to fight back on the inside with more regularity, and did more than just hold his own with the shorter man in rounds 3 and 4, with Ishizawa losing many of the exchanges in the pocket. Inoue wasn't just landing more shots, and the cleaner shots, but also slipping more and making Ishizawa pay when he missed with some amazing counters, whilst mixing the head and body shots up brilliantly.
To his credit Ishizawa refused to go away and continued to pile on the pressure, strongly believing his power and physicality would wear Inoue out, sooner or later. He also had his own notable success with combinations, they were however just being out numbered by Inoue's longer and more sustained success. Whilst Ishizawa wasn't landing as frequently he was landing harder and in round 5 he inflicted a cut around Inoue's left eye, and it was a bad one.
Seeing the blood at the start of round 6 seemed to reinvigorate Ishizawa who came out hunting, whilst Inoue looked like he had lost his confidence. Ishizawa piled on the pressure and quickly hurt Inoue, dropping him hard just moments into round 6 and forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
With the 6th round stoppage Ishizawa becomes the first Japanese Minimumweight champion, and if we're being honest both of these young men look like incredibly talented fighters who will almost certainly go on to bigger and better things as they age, develop and grow. This was an amazing fight, and we can't wait to see where both fighters go in the future.
Tomorrow we'll see a new Japanese Youth Lightweight champion being crowned, as the unbeaten Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] battles against Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, which will take place at the Korakuen Hall and be shown live on Boxingraise. Not only did they take part in the weigh in, but both men managed to make the 135lb limit with no issues, and both looked in great shape.
On the scales Toshikawa was bang on the 135lb limit, and he was very confident of picking up the win here. He spoke about crushing Oda's heart and scoring a stoppage. If he does that he would not only lift the title, but also score his biggest win to date.
The muscular Oda, who is a former Rookie of the Year winner, was 134.5lbs and spoke very confidently of winning, but also made it clear that he was aware of how good Toshikawa was and accepted that this wouldn't be an easy bout, but like Toshikawa he was also predicting a stoppage win.
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Tomorrow the Korakuen Hall will play host to a title triple header. Among those bouts is a bout for the currently vacant Japanese Youth Minimumweight title. The bout to fill the vacancy will see 2017 Rookie of the Year Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅] take on the big punching Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開] in a mouth watering match up between two talented and unbeaten men.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men managed to make the 105lb limit, with room to spare.
On the scales the short, but more powerful, Ishizawa was around 104.9lbs, and looked very confident and very power, as he has through his career so far. Inoue, who had a significant height advantage, was around 104.2lbs and looked in good shape, but not as strong at the weigh as Ishizawa. Despite looking less strong he was confident and seemed to know that this was a great chance to get his first title.
For fans wanting to watch this but can't make it to the venue, the bout will be live on subscription service Boxingraise.
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