In Osaka earlier today fight fans had a chance to see the latest Ioka promoted card, and although it wasn't a high profile show, by any stretch of the imagination, it was an interesting card, with several notable names on it.
The most notable of those names was former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] who battled under-rated youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. On paper this looked like a mismatch in favour of Ishida however Sadatsune approached the bout with the feeling that he could win, and he certainly showed no respect to Ishida, in fact the youngster responded pretty much evenly with Ishida through the fight. When Ishida picked up the pace Sadatsune went with him, forcing Ishida to to stay sharp. It was technical from both, with jabs being the order of the day, but it was very hotly contested with a brilliant back and forth.
A late point deduction for a clash of heads turned out to be meaningless to the scores, with all 3 judges having Ishida the winner, 76-75, 77-75 and 77-74, though it was clear that he got a much bigger test than he, or anyone in his team, were expecting. Sadly for Sadatsune this is a second straight close loss, but the 21 year old again showed that he belongs in the ring with this level of fighter and we're really looking forward to seeing him again shortly. He is an incredibly talented young man who will go far if he doesn't let these close losses kill his desire to fight.
Also on this card was 2014 Rookie of the Year Masayoshi Hashizume (17-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who was also given a surprisingly tough test as Japanese based Filipino Jayar Estremos (11-15-1, 4) put in a solid effort. Hashizume, a real talent but someone who has come across as a touch inconsistent, was always being forced to fight hard against Estremos, who was targeting the body. Hashizume proved to be too sharp and too quick, but never looked relaxed en route to a unanimous decision, with scores of 77-75, 79-75 and 79-75.
The one man from the Ioka gym who did shine was the unbeaten 22 year old Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4). The 2017 Rookie of the Year winner defeated Filipino Prince Andrew Laurio (10-2-1, 7) with a 5th round KO, coming from a big straight right hand. The shot sent the Filipino visitor down for the 10 count, giving him his second straigth loss. Shiraishi looked good won he won the Flyweight Rookie crown but with only 1 fight in 2018 his rise had slowed massively, so today's win will certainly give his career a good shot in the arm.
Earlier today in Izumi, Osaka, fight fans saw two Japanese fights pick up quick yet notable wins over international visitors.
The first of those victories was scored by 2017 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the Year Joe Shiraishi (7-0-1, 3) [白石聖], who defeated Indonesian foe Stevanus Nana Bau (8-9-2, 2) with a second round KO. The Japanese 21 year old boxed at range for the opening round, avoiding the wild swings of Bau whilst finding his own range and timing. In the second round Shiraishi picked up the pace and landed a fantastic combination that saw him drop Bau for the 10 count, with just over a minute of the round remaining.
Whilst it wasn't a big win for Shiraishi it was his first bout since December 2017, when he claimed the Rookie of the Year crown.
The second victory was scored in the main event by the limited but heavy handed Yoshiya Yokogawa (9-11-2, 8) [横川聡也], who landed a brutal right hand on Filipino Glenn Medura (9-4-1, 5) who was unable to beat the count. The Japanese fighter, who had only won 1 bout in the last 4 years, recorded his third opening round win whilst Medura has now suffered 3 stoppage losses in Japan, including a defeat to Ryosuke Iwasa.
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