When a fighter begins his career 0-2 you tend to feel like you can write them off, sometimes however a fighter turns that record around and manages to become a very solid fighter. That seems to be the case with Kyosuke Sawada (11-2-1, 6) [澤田京介], who claimed a career best win today as he stopped Kinshiro Usui (28-7, 12) [臼井 欽士郎] in 7 rounds.
The talented Sawada was thrown in deep from the off, losing to Yusuke Suzuki on his debut on Hiroaki Teshigawa in his second bout. Since then however he has rebuilt and that rebuilding continued with a great performance today.
The bout looked really level early on, and there was little to separate the two fighters in the first 4 rounds or so, in some pretty solid back and forth action that saw neither man building too much momentum. The one, perhaps, telling issue from those rounds was Sawada's consistency with body shots which began to tell in round 5 as the two men began to fight more on the inside.
In round 6 Sawada had his first big breakthrough, backing Usui on to the ropes and going to work. By then it was clear that Usui was struggling to keep up the pace and the following round another big assault from Sawada forced Usui's team to throw in the towel, and save their man from further punishment.
The win for Sawada should push him up the JBC rankings and move him close to a Japanese title shot. Sadly for the 38 year old this is a 3rd loss in 4 bouts and may well mark the end of his career, which saw him challenge for an OPBF title last July.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (29-2-3, 13) [大竹 秀典] retain his title, as he stopped fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-6, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] in the 11th round of a thrilling contest.
It wasn't just fans in attendance but also young prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太] who joined Otake in the ring, officially confirming that the two men would be facing off on October 13th at the Korakuen, in what will be Otake's second second defense, and Maruta's first 12 rounder.
Two men showed real respect but it was obvious that neither is worried about the other, and have rel self belief that they would come out on top.
Otake, a veteran who is best known for losing to Scott Quigg in a WBA Super Bantamweight title bout, seems to view his bout with Maruta as a chance of moving towards a second world title bout. For Maruta on the other hand the bout is a huge chance to prove that he really is one of the sports top prospects in the world, and is a man heading towards a world title sooner, rather than later.
At the moment details of the under-card for this bout are unknown, but given how enticing this main event is, it's fair to say that card will certainly have our interest, even if the rest of the card is poor.
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Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen hall saw former world title challenger Hidenori Otake (29-2-3, 13) [大竹 秀典] record his first defense of the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, as he wore down fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-6, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] and moved a step closer to a potential world title fight.
The fight saw Usui start well, claiming the first round, but Otake's experience began to kick in soon afterwards, and after 4 rounds he was starting to work his way into the bout with one score card being level, and Usui holding a narrow lead on the other two.
The middle rounds were a great display of back and forth with both men giving as good as they got, but it seemed really clear that Otake was coming on strong whilst Usui was starting to fade. The momentumn turn in favour of the champion was shown on the cards, two of which now had Otake leading with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in favour of Otake, along with a 76-76 card.
Otake's stamina continue to shine in rounds 9 and 10 as Usui was forced into a real fire fight with the champion. In the end that fire fight came at a cost to the challenger who was dropped in round 11, which instantly drew the towel from his corner, saving him from further punishment.
With the loss Usui is now likely to retire whilst Otake has moved towards a fight with super prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太], who he will face in October.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see two former world title challengers in action.
One of those is former WBA Super Bantamweight title challenger Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典], best known for fighting Scott Quigg in the UK. Otake will be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the first time as he takes on fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] in the main event of a Kaneko Boxing / Dangan co-promoted event.
Today Otake and Usui took part in their weigh in, and looked a division apart, with Otake looking the naturally bigger man, by far. Amazingly though it was Usui who was the heavier man, hitting the limit of 122lbs dead on, for what will be his second title bout. He looked in good shape, but didn't look in any sort of special shape with a good, but not great physique.
Although the champion was the lighter man, it was marginal with Otake coming in just 100g under the limit, so less than 1/4lb lighter than his challenger. As always Otake looked incredible on the scales and it's clear that he's working hard in the gym in the hope of getting a second world title bout before his career is over.
Notably the winner of this bout is pencilled in to defend the title in October against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太], also at the Korakuen Hall.
Otake looks to defend Oriental crown against veteran Usui
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On October 13th we'll see super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太] return to the ring as he battles for the OPBF Bantamweight title. Rather than waiting for the shot to come around Maruta has been a busy boy and has been in the USA since late June as part of a special training camp, taking part in his 5th such training camp on American soil
The brilliantly talented Maruta, still just 20 years old, has been not only taking part in training sessions in the US but also contnuing to get used to US conditions, likely ahead of US bouts in the future, and attended a small local tournament further soaking in the culture and local boxing scene.
As for the training Maruta has done 25 rounds of sparring, with each round have a specific focus, and rather than running up a lot of rounds he is concentrating on having quality rounds.
The gifted youngster will return from the US next week, and will likely be ringside for the upcoming OPBF Bantamweight title fight between Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] and Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎], who will face off on July 17th. With that bout deciding who Maruta will face in October.
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