It's fair to say that 2017 was a mixed bag for Teiken, with notable losses for Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介], Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24) [亀海喜寛] and Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-3-3 12) [五十嵐 俊幸] at world level, and big wins for the likes of Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太], who claimed the IBF Super Bantamweight and WBA Middleweight titles respectively.
Today we saw Murata and Ogawa head off to Okinawa to begin a special training camp, along with former 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (27-3-1-1, 12) [粟生 隆寛].
Ahead of the camp Murata spoke to the media and stated that the camp is to help prepare for his first defense, and it seems like the plan is for the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner to defend his title in April.
The comments didn't come with too much information about the actual contest, but that this camp was laying the foundations for that bout, following a busy end of 2017.
Murata, who turns 32 on January 12th, will be away for his birthday but aknowledged that he is getting old and at 32 he doesn't have time in his career to waste. Instead training needs to come first due to how little is left of his time as a boxer.
As for Ogawa he stated that he hasn't done a lot of gym work since winning the IBF title last December. He stated he was looking to fight 3 times this year, but would have to get in to top condition for a schedule like that.
Interestingly Murata has, today, been linked to a fight with 38 year old Italian Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-2, 5). On paper it doesn't look like a great defense, given other Middleweight options, but it could be a straight forward first defense before Murata looks for bigger and better fights in the summer. Currently Italian media are reporting that this bout is in negotiations,and could be confirmed after Murata returns from this training camp, which ends on January 18th.
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Tonight in the US fight fan will be able to see an IBF Super Featherweight title bout, as once beaten Japanese slugger Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] fights against the slippery American Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5) in a really interesting match up.
On paper it looks really good, but the bookies don't seem to agree and instead have Farmer as the clear favourite, pricing the American at around 1/10 to pick up the victory and become the new champion. The American is by far the more naturally skilled fighter and those skills show in the odds of him winning a decision, which is widely priced at 2/5. Although highly skilled Farmer does lack power, and for him to score a stoppage is around 5/2.
Ogawa to win has been as high as 11/1 through much of the week, but is now best priced at 9/1, with some going to 11/2 for the Japanese fighter. Given he's a puncher it's worth noting he's actually 10/1 to win by stoppage, and a huge 33/1 to win a decision.
The draw is also 33/1, suggesting that no one is giving Ogawa any chance to claim a decision.
For those wondering about the other key market, the bout has been priced at 2/5 to go the distance and 2/1 to not go the scheduled 12 rounds.
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Later today we will see a new IBF Super Featherweight champion being crowned, as Japn's heavy handed Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] takes on highly skilled American Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5) for the vacant title, which had been stripped from Gervonta Davis earlier this year. The two men took part in their weigh in last night, and, unlike Davis, both men came in under the divisional limit of 130lbs.
On the scales both fighters weight indentically at 129.5lbs.
For the weight was the lightest he's recorded since a 2011 win over Ippo Nishiwaki, back in the 2011 Rookie of the Year final. However despite coming in lighter than usual the weight is only a small bit lighter than his typical weight of 129.75lbs or 130lbs, and is likely just the fighter trying to put his all into getting ready for a world title fight, rather than actually over-training.
For Farmer, who looked much shorter than the Japanese visitor The weight is similar to what he was last December, against Dardan Zenunaj, but is notably lighter than he has been against Ivan Redkach and Arturo Santos Reyes, who he fought back in April.
Related- Preview-Ogawa and Farmer battle for IBF title
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ing Saturday we'll see an IBF Super Featherweight title bout, as former Japanese champion Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] takes on highly skilled American Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5) in a bout for the vacant title.
Today Ogawa, along with a home-made mini-version of the IBF title, set off for the US and the final stages of his preparations for the bout.
The fighter took a flight from Narita airport and seemed confident as he was leaving his homeland, for his bout on foreign soil and his first world title bout. If he wins he will add to the long line of champions that Teiken have had, and will likely use the experience of Teiken stablemates to help him here.
Staying with Teiken news it's been revealed that Yasutaka Ishimoto (31-9, 9) [石本康隆] will not compete in the 2018 Champion Carnival. The always fun to watch Super Bantamweight earned the right to challenger for the Japanese title in 2018 by winning a title eliminator in November, but sadly suffered a fractured orbital in that bout. Instead we'll see Ryo Kosaka (15-3-1, 7) [小坂遼] challenging champion Yusaka Kuga (15-2-1, 10) [久我勇作] in Spring next year.
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A few weeks ago we reported that a deal had been agreed for an IBF Super Featherweight title bout between former Japanese champion Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and American Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5). Today Teiken officially confirmed that a deal had been complete and the bout was now set for December 9th, as had long been speculated, and would be taking place at the Mandalay By in Las Vegas.
The bout will be the chief support bout for a card headlined by a potential FOTY contender, as Orlando Salido takes on Miguel Roman. It will be the first world title bout for both Ogawa and Farmer, and will also mark Ogawa's first bout outside of Japan.
It's probably fair to say that neither Ogawa or Farmer is an international star, but both are pretty well regarded. Farmer has long called for a world title fight, and despite his sketchy looking record he has won his last 18, including wins over Ivan Redkach, Gamaliel Diaz and Daulis Prescott. His form has been great over the last few years, and the biggest issue with his career has been an out of the ring incident that saw him beign shot, suffering wounds to his hands.
As for Ogawa he was a Japanese champion who recorded 5 defenses of that title, including defenses against Rikki Naito, Satoru Sugita and Kento Matsushita. He has avenged his only defeat and is currently on a 14 fight unbeaten run, though has looked less than impressive in some recent contests.
Not only did Teiken confirm the contest but also that it would be shown live on Japanese premium service WOWOW, as part of their Excite Match series.
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