Earlier this month we saw Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] return to the ring to defeat Filipino Roldan Aldea (12-7-1, 6), in what was Ogawa's first bout in over a year. Today it was revealed that Ogawa had already returned to the gym, doing so yesterday.
Ogawa is quoted in the Japanese press as stating he suffered a bit from fatigue, due in part to the long break from the ring, and that despite having a cut over his right eye it didn't require stitches. He is also quoted as saying he wants to do his best with every fight, and that he was motivated to do that.
Whilst he is back in training there is no schedule for his next bout, though Ogawa obviously a bit bout before the year is over. Given how he looked against Aldea it does seem clear that Ogawa needs another fight or two to shake a bit more ring rust and get back into the swing of things, though he and his team at Teiken may feel otherwise. What is pretty obvious is that Ogawa is going to want to make up for lost time, following his suspension for a positive drug test.
After well over a year out of the ring fight fans had the chance to see Kenichi Ogawa (23-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] return to action today at the Korakuen Hall, as he took on Filipino visitor Roldan Aldea (12-7-1, 6). This was Ogawa's first contest since he fought Tevin Farmer in December 2017 and despite looking sharp early on, it's not a performance that will live long in the memory of anyone.
Ogawa, as mentioned, started pretty well. He looked crisp and relaxed and like a man who was happy to be back in the ring, but wasn't going to drag out a long and frustrating decision. Sadly however as the bout went on he never really seemed to move through the gears. Aldea was there to be tagged most the fight, and Ogawa did land a number of huge right hands, but lacked the intensity and fire that he had shown in the past.
There were times when Ogawa did open up, particularly towards the end of round 7 as it looked like he was hunting a stoppage, but they were few and far between. Instead the former Japanese champion looked like he was happier to go through the motions, landing single right hands and not following them up with anything too spiteful.
Aldea, for his part, was also doing little to encourage a fight, often staying outside of range and rarely pressing forward. He hardly took risks, even when it was clear he was behind, and really looked like he was happier to hear the final bell than try to win.
After 10 rounds, rounds in which the crowd were clearly behind Ogawa, we went to the scorecards and there was no doubting the winner. When the scores were read out they confirmed the obvious, with Ogawa taking the Unanimous decision, with scores of 99-92, 98-92 and 97-93. After the win an emotional Ogawa seemed to be taken aback by his support as he gave an in ring interview.
We're hoping the timid performance from Ogawa was doing to the ring rust and the pressure of his appearance, and not a change in his fighting mentality, because if this is a "new Ogawa" we don't think he'll have anything close to the success he could have.
Tomorrow on G+ we'll see the return of hard hitting Japanese fighter Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一], who hasn't fought since failing a drug's test back in 2017. On his return he'll be battling with Filipino foe Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6) in what looks to be little more than a bout to ease Ogawa back into action.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men managed to make weight for the contest, which is being fought at a contracted 132lbs.
Ogawa, who famously won an IBF Super Featherweight title before being stripped of it due to failing a drug test becoming Japan's first world champion to be stripped for a drug failure, came in on the agreed limit for the bout and looked strong. He revealed that he had thought about quitting but was supported by family and fans and will be looking to reward their support by becoming a world champion down the road.
The visitor was 131.2lbs on the scales and looked in great shape, though didn't really stick around to speak to the media, likely know that most of the attention would be on the local fighter and that he could be relaxing rather than hanging around.
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This coming weekend fight will be able to see an interesting card from Japan, headlined by Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] battling with Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6) and supported by a Japanese Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹].
Interestingly Polish betting website STS have priced both bouts up, albeit just the "To Win" market for the two bouts.
The main event sees Ogawa being priced as a 1.01 favourite. That's a 1/100 price for our readers in the UK. Aldea on the other hand is 13.00, or 12/1, to score the upset and put himself on the boxing map.
In the Japanese Flyweight title bout Nakatani has been priced as the clear favourite, with odds of 1.10, or 1/10, on him to win and continue his perfect winning run. Mochizuki on the other hand is 5.0, or 4/1, to score the upset and claim the national title.
For fans wanting to watch these bouts they will be aired live on G+ on Saturday.
Related- Nakatani and Mochizuki battle for Japanese title!
Last October we saw the professional debut of former Japanese amateur standout Mikito Nakano (1-0, 1) [中野幹士], who stopped Thai foe Thanawat Yancharoen in the second round of their scheduled 6 round bout. It's now been announced that he has been added to the January 2nd Dynamic Glove card for what will be his second professional contest.
As an amateur Nakano went 68-9 (48) and he is tipped to be one the future stars of the Teiken gym, with many both inside and outside the gym speaking incredibly highly of him, his skills and his ring IQ.
At the moment no real details have been released about the contest, but they are expected to be revealed over the coming days. What we do know is that the youngster has been added to a card that had already garnered interest for 2 other reasons.
One of those reason was that the show will feature the ring return of Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] following a 12 month ban for failing a drug test. He will be up against Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6), with Ogawa fight for the first time December 2017.
The other reason is that we will see a new Japanese Flyweight champion being crowned, as Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹] fight for the vacant title, which was recently given up by Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之].
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