Sometimes we have really high hopes for a fight, but things don't go as expected. That was the case in the main event of today's Dynamic Glove, where WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (18-2-2, 7) retained his title with a technical draw against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一].
On paper this looked like it had the potential to be a fantastic bout. Ogawa is rarely in bad ones, though his performances can be inconsistent at times, and Noynay was coming into the bout on the back of big wins in Japan against Kosuke Saka and Satoshi Shimizu. In the end however their styles completely failed to gel, the combination of southpaw and orthodox stances caused further issues and the bout never managed to really get going.
Head clashes, albeit minor ones, were seen in the opening round, which we felt Noynay won. The second round saw the first major headclash, which left Noynay cut badly around the left eye and taken to the doctors. In round 3 another major headclash left Ogawa with a truly gruesome vertical cut, a cut that should have ended the fight. In round 4 another headclash left Noynay on his knees, as blood pooled on to the canvas and in round 5 another headclash left Noynay unable to continue.
Between the headclashes the action was somewhat minimal, both men had moments, but other than Ogawa have some success in round 2 nothing was ever sustained for long and as the cuts got worse for both men the action became less and less intense.
After 5 rounds we went to the scores, which were 48-47 to Noynay, 49-46 to Ogawa and 48-48, level. Giving us a technical draw. A result fitting of the bout we had seen.
In the end neither man deserved to lose a fight that never really got going. If we're being honest this really should have been stopped on Ogawa's cut, that was just brutal. The draw should lead to demand of a rematch, but in reality this isn't a fight we want to see re-run. It was a mess, and both men have more interesting options to go with, and ones which will have few headclashes.
After the scores were read Ogawa left the ring in tears, given how his career has been we suspect much of the emotion was down to feeling like he let the fans down. In reality he didn't, the styles just didn't gel at all. It was just one of those fights.
Tomorrow we get a great double header at Korakuen Hall, with the main event being a brilliant looking WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout, between defending champion Joe Noynay (18-2-1, 7) and former Japanese champion Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一].
The bout will be Noynay's third in Japan this year and see him looking to build on wins over Kosuke Saka and Satoshi Shimizu, whilst Ogawa will be having the third bout since his failed drug test in 2017, when he tested posted after fighting Tevin Farmer.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales the champion originally missed the limited by more than 1/2lb but went away and lost the weight to eventually come in bang on the limit. It should be noted that he looked a touch fleshy, but nothing bothersome, however missing weight the first time is interesting and could be a bigger issue, or just a case that he simple miscalculated and had no issues at all.
On the hand the muscular Ogawa was 129.75lbs on his first visit to the scales, making weight with no problems at all.
Ogawa spoke about wanting to fight calmly and seemed to be a man who knows that a win here could lead to bigger fights.
For fans wanting to watch this bout and can't make their way to Korakuen Hall the fight will be shown live on G+, which is available internationally through several premium streaming services as well as being a premium satellite channel in Japan.
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Earlier this year the plan was for Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] was to defend his belt against Kosuke Saka (19-5, 16) [坂晃典] in September. Sadly however Sueyoshi was injured before that bout could take place cancelling the originally planned date.
Today we have been informed that the bout now has a rescheduled date, and that will be December 7th at Korakuen Hall, as part of the previously announced Dynamic Glove card.
For Sueyoshi this will be his 5th defense of the title he won back in October 2017, when he stopped Ribo Takahata. Whilst Sakla will be looking to become a 2-weight Japanese champion, following a short reign as the Japanese Featherweight champion.
The bout will join another Super Featherweight title bout on the same show, as WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (18-2-1, 7) defends his belt against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一], making this a genuinely brilliant double header, especially for fans of the 130lb weight class.
Given the double header status of the card it's now assumed that the show will be aired live on G+, unlike recent shows which have been tape delay.
Earlier today we were informed that Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] would be back in the ring on December 7th, in what is expected to be the main event of December's Dynamic Glove card. More interesting than seeing Ogawa Vs TBA was the fact he had his opponent for the show announced, and it's a genuinely interesting match up with the Teiken puncher taking on WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (18-2-1, 7), in a really mouth watering match.
Ogawa is best known internationally for his IBF world title fight with Tevin Farmer, which he won before the result was over-turned due to a positive drug test which has been blamed on a skin cream Ogawa was using for acne. Since the failed drug test he has returned to action and picked up a couple of wins over local opposition whilst seeing an IBF world title eliminator with Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8) fall through.
Whilst Ogawa has fought in the US Noynay hasn't, but this year he has developed a reputation as a upset minded Japanese killer. Back in April he stopped Kosuke Saka to become the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion, then he returned in July and upset 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu, in one of the bigger upsets at regional level this year. Not only did he stop Shimizu, but he really did a number on him, damaging both of Shimizu's orbitals and putting him down a number of times in a very impressive display.
This will be Noynay's second defense of the regional title he took in his win over Saka whilst Ogawa will be looking to claim his first regional title. Maybe more important than the title however is that the winner of this bout will be snapping on the heels of a world title fight. At the time of writing Nonay is ranked #6 with the WBO, whilst Ogawa has top 15 rankings with the WBO, WBA and IBF
More bouts from the card are expected to be confirmed around early November as G+ and Teiken look to stack their final Dynamic Glove show of 2020.
Just over a week ago we reported that Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹] would be defending his Japanese Welterweight title on September 7th, in his first defense, as he takes on Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2) [川崎真琴]. We can now reported that a big name has been added to that card, and further speculation about the show in general.
We'll start by looking at the speculation about the card, and this isn't a great way to start as one of the originally scheduled bouts looks to be off.
Originally the card was supposed to feature the rescheduled match up between Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-0-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] and Azinga Fuzile (14-0, 8), who were supposed to meet in an IBF world title eliminator. It's now looking highly likely that the bout will not appear on the card as first planned. At the moment the reason is unclear, though it has long been known that Fuzile wasn't wanting to fight in Japan, and visa issues did scupper the bout earlier in the year. Whether one of the them has gotten a different route to a world title is unclear, though sources in Japan are suggesting that either the bout is off, or is in serious doubt.
To soften the blow for Japanese fight fans they may be glad to hear that the still hugely popular Jorge Linares (45-5, 28) has been added to the card, returning to a Japanese ring for the first time since he stopped Francisco Javier Prieto back in December 2014, on the same show that Naoya Inoue blitzed Omar Andres Narvaez.
At the moment Linares' opponent for the bout hasn't been confirmed, and neither has the weight for the contest, though we do know it will be a 10 round bout and will see Linares getting a chance to appear in a Japanese ring for what maybe the last time.
The popular Venezuelan has lost 2 of his last 3 by stoppage, being taken out by Vasyl Lomachenko in May 2018 and Pablo Cesar Cano earlier this year, and at 33, 34 by the time this fight takes place, there are real question marks about his future in the sport. Despite being a faded force we're expecting the Korakuen Hall faithful to give Linares a huge show of support for what will be his first fight in the venue since February 2007!
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