Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷 正義] record his 9th defense of the title, as he over-came Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-3, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo] in a 1-sided affair.
The Japanese fighter used his height and reach to dictate the distance from the off, using his jab and movement to keep the much shorter Thai at arms reach. It wasn't an exciting start but one that saw Nakatani control the bout and stay safe, away from the vaunted power of the Thai slugger.
As the rounds went on Nakatani slow broke down the challenger and in round 3 Nakatani began to unload his right hand. The round was one of the few where the Thai had some success, landing some body shots, but it was over shadowed by the better work of Nakatani who again showed off his skills up close when he needed to. The following round a head clash took place, cutting the challenger over the left eye and left him bleeding as well as looking unable to really pressure the champion. Things went from bad to worse for for Pharanpetch in round 5 as he was dropped late in the round. He was then stopped the following round as Nakatani dropped him for the 10 count.
The idea now seems to be for Nakatani to chase world titles, but this seems to have been the idea for quite some time and it's become a bit of a frustrating for fans of the fighter.
On the under-card fans saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (25-1, 14) [石田 匠] score a 3rd round KO win against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-2, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who went down for the count following a body shot. There was also wins for Masayoshi Hashizume (15-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義] and Kazusa Arai (3-1, 2) [新井一颯], who both scored decisions, however the once touted Futa Akizuki (10-2, 8) [秋月楓大] suffered his second straight loss, losing a shock decision to Takuya Fujioka (8-8-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥].
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Almost 2 weeks ago we reported that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (15-0, 9) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title on February 24th at the Edion arena in Osaka. At the time we had no other details about the card, no confirmation of his opponent or under-card bouts. Thankfully though we have no got some more infomation on the Ioka promoted card.
Firstly we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-2, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo], who entersd the bout ranked #7 at Lightweight by the OPBF, 2 places ahead of Nihito Arakawa. Coming in to this the Thai is on a 4 fight stoppage run, albeit against weak opponents in Thailand, following a stoppage loss to Brandon Ogilvie in 2016. It's hard to see what the challenger will be able to do against such a talented champion and we really can't see the challenger having the skills to test the talented Nakatani, though Pharanpetch may have the power to trouble Nakatani if he manages to land clean.
The main supporting bout will be ring return of former world title challenger Sho Ishida (24-1, 13) [石田 匠], who will be up against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-1, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who enters the bout as an OPBF ranked fighter with a lot to lose. This will be Ishida's first bout since his 2017 loss to Kal Yafai in the UK and will be his chance to re-establish himself before beginning to rebuild towards a second world title fight. As for Lucky this bout is a potential platform for him to force his name into the world title picture, if he can pick up the upset.
Others on the card include Masayoshi Hashizume (14-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義], who will be seeking a retiurn to winning ways following a draw, and 17 year old Kazusa Arai (2-1, 2) [新井一颯] and 19 year old Futa Akizuki (10-1,8) [秋月楓大], who will both be looking to bounce back from their first defeats.
In some countries strict rules apply on the ages of professional fighters, of course other countries have a more lax approach to things with Thailand being notoriously light on the rules and regulations. As a result of Thailand being the "wild west" of boxing we've seen numerous young fighters head out there to begin their career.
One such fight is 15 year old Kazusa Arai (2-0, 2) who debuted this past April with a second round TKO win.
Arai return to the ring earlier today on a Thai under-card and continued his perfect start with an opening round stoppage over a very poor opponent who turned his back on the youngster.
Prior to the stoppage Arai was tagged himself by a counter right hand but quickly recovered and forced his Thai foe on to the retreat with the stoppage coming soon afterwards.
We admit the bout wasn't anything special but it does appear that Aria has potential and given his age he may well become the next fighter to challenge Hiroki Ioka's long standing Japanese record.
(Video courtesy of Nyoma Kyoko's twitter Image courtesy of ryuuji0807)
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