Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] make his third defense of the title, as he easily over-came the over-matched Kazumasa Kobayashi (10-8-1, 6) [小林 和優].
Yoshino looked the better from the opening bell, and applied pressure, testing to see what Kobayashi had to offer. In round 2 that pressure was amped up, as Kobayashi struggled to get much success at all, instead it was Yoshino's straight right hand that was the key.
Midway through round 3 Yoshino Yoshino upped the pace again and landed with a huge right hand that dropped Kobayashi in eye catching fashion and immediately caused the referee to wave the bout off.
After the bout Yoshino spoke about his next defense, which will see him defend the belt against mandatory challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-3, 3) [アクセル住吉], with April seemingly pencilled in for the bout. Yoshino seemed impressed by his own performance and it seems likely he'll be looking for international titles in the near future, rather than a long domestic reign against competition that really isn't challenging him at the moment.
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Tomorrow Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6) [吉野 修一郎] will be seeking his third defense, as he takes on Kazumasa Kobayashi (10-7-1, 6) [小林 和優] at the Korakuen Hall.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made made weight for the bout.
On the scales the champion, the slightly shorter man, was 134.7lbs whilst the challenger was 135lbs.
At the weigh in Yoshino stated that weight loss for this bout was better than usual and that he's expecting a KO here. It's clear he's wanting bigger challenges, and although he didn't explicitly state anything we wouldn't be surprised to see him vacate the title, if he wins, rather than face mandatory challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] at the Champion Carnival.
Kobayashi made it clear that he had long hoped for a title fight, and even admitted that he knew the champion was better, however he will give everything. It seems clear that he knows this is likely to be his only shot and there is nothing to lose. Few are giving him any chance. But it's something he has worked his career for.
We're also glad to report this bout will be aired on Fuji TV, on a tape broadcast this coming weekend.
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According to multiple Japanese sources Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6) [吉野 修一郎] will return in December to make his third defense of the Japanese Lightweight title, as he takes on Kazumasa Kobayashi (10-7-1, 6) [小林 和優] at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout is set to take place on December 13th on a Diamond Glove card, so it will likely feature tape delay coverage on Fuji TV. We suspect the contest will be joined by at least 1 other notable bout, though at the moment the contest is the only one confirmed for the show.
Yoshino, a former Japanese amateur stand out, debuted in 2015 and claimed the Japanese title in October 2017, when he defeated Spicy Matsushita inn 7 rounds for the vacant title. Since then he has stopped Masasi Saito and Genki Maeda to score his 2 successful defenses, and extend his current winning run to 4 straight stoppage wins.
For Kobayashi this will be his first title fight and comes on the back of wins over Daiki Ichikawa and Noriyoshi Taki. Those wins did however follow a 5 fight losing run and are his only wins in the last 7 years. Given that type of form this looks very much like a stay busy defence for Yoshino ahead of the 2019 Champion Carnival, where he will be expected to defend the title against either Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] or Tatsuya Yanagi (15-5-1, 6) [柳達也].
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