Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw national Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16) [尾川 堅一] successfully retained his title and scored the second defense of the title as he scored a 10th round TKO win against Kento Matsushita (34-10-7, 13) [松下 拳斗].
Early on Matsushita impressed, using his jab well to establish the distance between the two men and using his footwork to prevent Ogawa from making the most of his power whilst landing his own straights and hooks. Ogawa managed to start getting some success in round 3 and managed to impress the judges enough to claim a narrow lead after 5 rounds, with 2 judges having the bout 48-47 in his favour whilst the third judge had the bout even at 48-48.
Knowing he was behind Matsushita tried to pick up the pace but was punished in round 8 when Ogawa really went for him. The veteran fired back with a good round 9 and although neither man knew it for sure it was all to fight for in round 10, with the judges having the bout 87-84, 87-85 and 86-85 as we entered round 10.
The judges weren't needed however with Ogawa hurting Matsushita late in the bout before a follow up dropped the challenger who was stopped as he rose, with the official time of 3:04 of round 10.
For Ogawa the defence leaves a lot of questions about his potential, and like his first defense leaves us with more questions than answers. He's heavy handed but his skillset and defense leave a lot to be desired. For Matsushita this is almost certainly the end, his effort was brave but it wasn't enough and given his age it's probably time to leave the ring and get involved in activities outside of the ring, maybe as a trainer.
For fans interested in watching this one it will be aired on G+ later this month.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will be able to see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (18-1, 15) [尾川 堅一] defending his gold against veteran Kento Matsushita (34-9-7, 13) [松下 拳斗]. The bout, which is to be Ogawa's 2nd defense of his title, will be Matsushita's 6th challenge of the crown and likely his final bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both came in around 129¾lbs.
At the weigh in Ogawa looked shredded, as he often does and the weight for him was around his usual and he's not been above 132lbs or below 128lbs so far in his career, which dated back a little over 6 years.
For Matsushita, who looked in decent shape but not exceptional, the weight was his lowest since he fought Hiroki Yoshimura in November 2013. His last bout, last December, was fought as a fully fledged Lightweight and although he has had time to et down to 130lbs we do wonder just how good he's going to be with the inactivity and the fact he's now closing in on his 36th birthday.
For fans outside of Tokyo wanting to watch this one, the bout will be aired on delay on G+ later this month.
Ogawa defends against Matsushita
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today we were informed that Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (18-1, 15) [尾川 堅一] would be returning to the ring on September 10th to defend his title against veteran Kento Matsushita (34-9-7, 13) [松下 拳斗] at the Korakuen Hall as the headline bout of Dynamic Glove 553
For Ogawa this bout marks his second defense of the title and sees him building on some genuine success.
The champion won the title last December, taking a technical decision win over the then unbeaten Rikki Naito, and made the first defense of the belt this past April, when he stopped Satoru Sugita in a bout that was much closer than the score cards suggested. That win over Sugita was Ogawa's 10th straight win, and his 9th stoppage from that 10 fight winning run, showing just how legitimate his power is. Despite the win though he did look genuinely poor, crude and very defensively flawed so will be hoping for a much more complete performance when he returns in September.
As for Matsushita this bout will be his 51st, and potentially his last. He has come up short in 5 other Japanese title fights, losing to Masaaki Serie, Mikihito Seto, Daiki Kaneko and Rikki Naito and fighting to a draw with Yoshikane Nakajima. Saying that he has scored notable wins through his career, including a shock upset win over Dante Jardon, and is experienced, tough and will come to win when he faces Ogawa, knowing the bout will potentially be his last and will almost certainly be his final title fight at the age of 35.
At the moment no other details of the card have been released though we're expecting to see more bouts announced in the near future.
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