Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a Japanese Light Welterweight title fight, as the aggressive Koichi Aso (22-8-1, 15) [麻生興] looked to defend his title against the busy Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], in a rematch 9 years in the making.
The two men had met in the Rookie of the Year way back in 2008, when they fought to a draw, since then both men have had long careers and their experience lead to today's bout, with both men looking to try and walk away the champion, and prove themselves.
The fight today saw Hosokawa starting really well, fighting beind a busy jab and preventing Aso from cutting inside and going to war. It was an almost perfect start for Hosokawa, who swept the first 4 rounds on one card, but was deducted a point in the 4th round for a headclash that cut Aso over the right eye. By round 4 however it seemed Aso was getting closer, and he swept round 5 on all 3 cards, taking the lead on one card when they were publically announced after round 5.
Aso's success looked set to grow in the middle rounds, but Hosokawa answered back, refusing to be intimidated and the two exchanged in some great back and forth. What seemed like Aso's fight really didn't become that as Hosokawa repeatedly landed some wild right hands to keep his nose in the lead, and continue to build his lead over the defending champion.
Aso finally managed to get on to the front foot and seemed to take the last two rounds, but in the end it was too little too late, with Hosokawa claiming the win thanks to scores of 95-94, twice and 96-95.
The bout, which was a thrilling clash, saw osokawa crowned as the new champion but unfortunaely for him will now see him make his first defense against Vladimir Baez (24-3-2-22) in the 2018 Champion Carnival.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see a Japanese Light Welterweight title bout, as defending champion Koichi Aso (22-7-1, 15) [麻生興] battles against Valentine Hosokawa (21-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン] in a boutexpectedto be very entertaining and action packed.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both fighters made the 140lb limit for the bout with some rome to spare.
The defending champion was 139.75lbs and looked in good shape whilst towering over his foe. He looked like a man who was very comfortable at the weight and whilst he wasn't mega ripped he certainly didn't look like a fighter killing himself to make weight or like a man who was draining down.
The challenger was lighter still, coming in around 139.6lbs, and looked in very good shape, in fact he looked better than the champion. Although in good shape it should be noted that Hosokawa did look like a man giving away significant natural size and is aged 36, 5 years older than the champion.
Aso seeks revenge as he defends against Hosokawa in pre-Christmas cracker!
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see a Japanese eliminator at 140lbs, as the Japanese based Dominican slugger Vladimir Baez (24-3-2-22), aka "Destino Japan, battled Kazuyasu Okamoto (14-5, 4) [岡本和泰] with the winner set to become the mandatory challenger for the Japanese Light Welterweight title.
The bout was pitting the top two challengers in Japan against each other, but the reality is that the two men really didn't look like they belonged in the same ring together. From the off Baez looked too strong, too powerful and too good. Those traits proved to be the difference, as Baez took the first 4 rounds with no issue, and had his nose clearly in front at the mid way point of the bout.
In round 5 Okamoto managed to return fire, and had some moments, but a counter left hand from Baez dropped the out matched but spirited man from Nara. Okamoto to his credit got up but never looked like getting back into the bout. Instead of trying to win it seemed more like a question of whether or not Okamoto could see out the distance.
Sadly for Nakamoto Baez wanted to do more than just win, and in round 8 finally forced Okamoto's corner to throw in the towel, and save their man, in what was the final minute of the bout.
Baez's win secures a shot at the Japanese title next year, and he will face the winner of the upcoming title show down between Koichi Aso (22-7-1, 15) [麻生興] and Valentine Hosokawa (21-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン].
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans saw an interesting card, though many were left talking not about a specific fight that took place, but instead two bouts which were announced during that show.
One of the bouts announced will see Keita Obara (17-2-1, 15) [小原 佳太] defending the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title against fellow Japanese fighter Shusaku Fujinaka (15-7-2, 10) [藤中 周作], in what should be an entertaining first defense for Obara, wo we suspect will be too strong and heavy handed.
The other bout will see Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koichi Aso (22-7-1, 15) [麻生興] take on the always fun to watch Valentine Hosokawa (21-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], in a bout that promises to be a genuinely entertaining match up. Given the styles of these two men it's hard not to be genuinely excited about what these two will give us.
These two bouts will both take place on December 14th at the Korakuen Hall in what promises to be a really exciting card. At the moment details of the under-card haven't been announced, but given these two main bouts it's obvious the card is going to be worth the price of admission.
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Yesterday saw the winners of the monthy Japanese awards for the month of June being announced, and as has been the case quite a few times recently, there was only two awards handed out.
The first of those was the MVP award which was won by the newly unified Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (27-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之], who earned the award wit his recent win over Takuya Kogawa (28-5, 14) [粉川 拓也]. The bout, which saw Kuroda unify the proper title with his interim title, was a thrilling contest and really showed his fighting spirit here.
The second of those winners was Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koichi Aso (22-7-1, 15) [麻生興] who claimed the "Fighting Spirit" award whilst making his first defense of the title and stopping Yusuke Konno (11-4, 5) [今野裕介] in what was one of the best bouts in Japan this year. The two traded blows at will in a fight that really deserves a full broadcast at some point, and is a front runner for the Japanese fight of the year.
As you may have realised there was no State of the Art, or Newcomer, winner for the month
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