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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Every so often fight fans get the chance to be wowed by a young prospect. Today those fans were given such a chance as Japanese youngster Tsubasa Koura (9-0, 6) [小浦 翼] destroyed former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-3, 7) in an unexpectedly one sided contest.
Koura, the 2015 Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight, was taking a huge step up in class here but settled almost immediately and quickly took the fight to Galero who was forced to back up very early on. Within a minute Galero had been cornered, forced to take a huge body shot and looked like a man being broken down, despite the bout still being in it's very early stages.
Galero, to his credit, saw out the opening round but Koura seemed to get stronger and stronger as the round went on and the unfortunate Galero really did take a calculated beating through the round. Desopite the horror first round Galero did try and show some fight in round 2, throwing some huge bombs. Those bombs typically missed and about 2 minutes in to the round Koura began to man handle his man again before landing a vicious right hand that sent Galero down hard and immediately saw the referee wave the bout off.
Whilst it wasn't flawless from Koura it was clear that he impressed not onyl fans but also himself and it's likely that his team will push for titles next year. Given that he stopped a man who went 12 rounds with WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin last year this was the sort of result to really put Koura on the boxing map and could poitentially kick start his rise to world titles in the years to come.
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Yesterday we reported that Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] had vacated the Japanese Lightweight title in pursuit the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. When we did that report we did wonder where that left Shuhei Tsuchiya (21-4, 17) [土屋 修平] but it appears that the JBC #1 ranked Lightweight knew exactly where he was and today, just 24 hours after Arakawa's announcement, we saw an announcement of Tsuchiya's bout.
The announcement was that Tscuhiya would be returning to the ring on December 19th, as the headline bout of a Dangan 172, and would be facing JBC #2 ranked Lightweight Masashi Noguchi (12-5-1, 6) [野口 将志] for the vacant title. The bout isn't the most mouth watering but given that it's just 5 weeks away it's not a bad bout and could potentially be a very fun contest.
The bout came along with other announcements from the card which will feature an intriguing match up between JBC #4 ranked Super Bantamweight Yosuke Fujihara (16-4, 4) [藤原 陽介] and the #5 ranked Daisuke Watanabe (4-2, 3) [渡部 大介] as well as a huge step up in class for Tsubasa Koura (8-0, 5) [小浦 翼] as he takes on former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-2, 7) and a bout between OPBF ranked Bantamweight Tenta Kiyose (10-2-1, 3) [清瀬 天太] and JBC ranked Super Flyweight Ryuta Otsuka (16-9-2, 6) [大塚 隆太].
As with all the numbered Dangan cards this show will be included on boxingraise and looks to be another intriguing pre-Christmas card for Japanese fans, who have one amazing festive period to look forward to!
Earlier today Japanese fans in Okinawa had the chance to see three Japan Vs Philippines bouts at the Prefectural Budokan.
The most significant of those bouts was an OPBF Super Flyweight title bout that Rene Dacquel (18-6-1,6) take a unanimous decision over local favourite, and local ranked fighter, Go Onaga (27-3-2, 18) [翁長 吾央], with the result likely ending Onaga's dream of winning a world title.
The 36 year old local knew he was in last chance saloon as he entered the bout, his third professional title bout. Although he had won 10 in a row over the last 4 years he had to win this one if his career was going to go on. It seemed like Dacquel knew what the bout meant to Onaga and the Okinawan crowd and he dulled the emotion quickly using movement to zap the energy from the arena. It wasn't a popular move but it was a smarter one than entering a fire fight with Onaga from the off.
The tactics had mixed success with the judges. Who had the bout 39-37, 38-38 and 37-38 after 4 rounds, giving us a split draw.
As the bout progressed the movement of Dacquel slowed and he was drawn into more and more of a fight. That however didn't seem to bother the travelling Filipino who found a home for his left hook downstairs and did damage with it in round 8, dropping Onaga. That knockdown helped earn Dacquel a lead after 8 rounds with the cards reading 77-74 and 76-75 in favour of Dacquel, whilst the third judge had it 76-75 to Onaga.
Whilst the body shot in round 8 didn't finish off Onaga it might as well have with the Japanese fighter looking a done fighter down the stretch and certainly feeling the lingering effects of the shot. One two of the cards he was whitewashed over the final portion of the fight, whilst one judge had the men sharing the last 4.
At the end was very little argument about the winner, with the judges scoring the bout 117-110, 115-112 and 114-113 to Dacquel, who notches his first defense of the title and leaves Onaga's career looking done.
Whilst Dacquel won in the main event his compatriots on the under-card weren't as fortunate. Former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-2, 7) came up short against Seita Ogido (11-2-1, 3) [荻堂 盛太], with Seita taking a unanimous decision, and Nathan Bolcio (13-11-3, 4) lost a decision to Masatoshi Kotani (19-2, 13) [小谷 将寿], who continues to make a strong case to get a title fight.
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The public were invited to an open training session earlier today at the Hatanaka Gym in Nagoya City where the fans and media were able to see Japanese wunderkind Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) take part in a public sparring session.
The 19 year old Japanese sensation sparred 5 rounds with two Filipino partners whilst working on both his outside and inside fighting. It seems clear from the session that Tanaka is wanting to work on both parts of his game ahead of his WBO Minimumweight world title bout at the end of May against Julian Yedras (24-1, 13) and that he knows he'll need to be able to hold his own on the inside with the Mexican.
Tanaka's team have said they are planning to get 100-130 rounds of sparring between now and fight time and it's fair to say that he'll continue to work on the gameplan that he'll be using to over-come Yedras. If he beats Yedras, as expected, he'll set a new Japanese "speed record" for fewest fights to become a world champion, beating the current record held by Naoya Inoue.
From what we understand the Filipino fighters were Super Flyweight contender Raymond Tabugon (16-3-1, 6) and former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (11-1, 5), best known for coming up short against Wanheng Menayothin earlier this year.
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