Earlier this month we reported that Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] would be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the first time on July 19th, battling against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎]. The winner of that bout will then defend the title in October against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太].
Today we learned that the Otake Vs Usui bout may not be the only OPBF title bout on that July 19th card.
According to our sources the other OPBF title bout on the card will see OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (19-6-1, 6) defending his title against Japanese challenger Hayato Kimura (26-9, 17) [木村 隼人所属], and will be officially announced in the coming days, with two separate sources reporting the bout is a done deal for the show.
For Dacquel the bout will be his third straight contest in Japan, where he has beaten Go Onaga and Shota Kawaguchi in the last 12 months, and will be his 7th bout on Japanese soil in total, where he is now 3-2-1. The win will help strengthen his claim for a world title fight, but the reality is that he's a long way off contending with the top dogs in the division. Despite being a fringe contender the OPBF title he holds is a valuable title to hold and is earning him solid pay days to defend the belt on the road against Japanese challengers.
For Kimura the bout will see him trying to end a 0-5 run in title fights dating back more than 8 years. The talented 27 year old Japanese fighter has suffered recent title fight losses to Sho Ishida and Kenta Nakagawa but could really give his career a huge shot in the arm if he can upset Dacquel here. A win for the Japanese would be a career defining victory, but he's clearly the under-dog against the well travelled Filipino.
With two solid looking titles bouts the card looks good, and it will also feature Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] battling former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人], giving it a really strong ling up at the topof the card.
Earlier today we reported that Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] would be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title on July 19th against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎].
Prior to that article being published we had already been informed that the winner would be returning in October, with the plan being to fight on October 13th at the Korakuen Hall against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太], who will be looking to add the Oriental title to his WBC youth belt. With Maruta himself breaking the news through his personal blog.
Whilst the October date is a while away the plan is for Maruta to travel to the US at the end of June to take part in a length US training camp, as he has done at various times through his career. The training camp in America is expected to last 2 weeks and will see Maruta work on technical aspects of his boxing,before facing either Otake or Usui.
Interestingly the bout in October will not only be a huge step back up in class for Maruta but will also be his first bout in the Japanese capital, having fought all 5 of his previous bouts in Osaka. For some fight fans it will be their first chance to see the incredible 20 year old.
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Earlier this week we reported that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] was set to return to the ring on July 19th to make his first defense of the title, on the same card as the Shingo Wake's (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] bout with Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人].
Yesterday saw Otake's bout being confirmed with the teak tough former world title challenger now set to defend his belt against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎], who was last seen suffering a razor thin loss to Hisashi Amagasa.
On paper the bout looks liek a really good match up, despite the fact the fighters are 35, Otake, and 37, Usui. They are both young for their age, and should put on a thrilling contest with both men having fan friendly and aggressive styles.
It's worth noting that the winner of this bout is expected to defend the title in October in what promises to be an even bigger, and more intriguing fight.
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Today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had their first chance to attend an "A-sign Bee" card. One of the three notable bouts on that card saw former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (32-6-2, 20) [天笠 尚] battle with veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] in a bout that looked brilliant on paper, and proved to be ultra-competitive in the ring with neither man turning up to lose.
Earl in the bout Usui looked to get inside and negate the reach of Amagasa, who towered over his foe. Up close it was Usui who was having notable success but things changed in round 3 when Amagasa started to take the fight to Usui, but counters from the older man made life difficult for Amagasa who took until round 4 to really get into his flow.
Having get into his groove Amagasa also took round 5, taking a knockdown during the round, though that seemed to just spur on Usui who dug in his toes and took part in thrilling finish with 3 rounds of great back and forth action.
Sadly for the 37 year old Usui his hard work wasn't enough for the judges with two of them scoring the bout to Amagasa, withscores of 77-76 and 77-74, whilst the third judge had the bout level at 76-76, giving Amagasa the narrow Majority decision victory.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the first of the Asign Bee cards. One of the bouts on that card will see former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (31-6-2, 20) [天笠 尚] battle with veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-4, 11) [臼井 欽士郎].
Today those two men took part in their weigh in, and although their was around 6" in height difference between the two men both men came in at the same weight, 125¼lbs.
The lanky Amagasa stated that making weight was a bit tricky, but it's certainly not pushing his body as he has in the past, having famously made Super Bantamweight to take on Guillermo Rigondeaux at the end of 2014.
The shorter, sturdier looking Usui, did retire back in 2011 for more than 3 years but has gone 6-0 (1) since returning to the ring and will likely know that a win tomorrow over Amagasa will push him towards a title fight later in the year.
The bout, for those interested, will be featured on the Asign boxing service along with the full card, which looks to be one of the best Japanese domestic cards in recent years.
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