Earlier today Japanese hopeful Koki Koshikawa (8-1, 5) [越川孝紀] took a big step up in class, as he took on former OPBF Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-8, 6), aka Niwat Kongkan.
The bout turned out to be a tough one for Koshikawa, who started well but tired as the bout went on, and was caught by a number of counter shots from the Thai. The Thai didn't exactly fight clean either, being deducted a point for a rabbit punch.
The counters of Ratchasi proved to be be effective, but not regular enough for him to really push Koshikawa, who suffered a nose bleed but nothing too serious.
At the end of the bout the judges had the bout scored 79-73, 77-73 and 76-75 all in favour of Koshikawa. Despite the win Koshikawa admitted that he wasn't happy with his performance, and will look to fight for titles next year. Given this performance he has a long way to go before fighting at title level, but he is talented and this wasn't a great showing of what he can do. Sadly for the Thai this is now a 4th straight loss, and 5th loss in 6 bouts.
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Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese "interim" Welterweight champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-10-3, 8) [坂本大輔] end his career. Sadly for the popular Kadoebi man it wasn't to be a fairytale ending, and he instead he was made to look like an old and shot fighter by the much younger Koki Koshikawa (7-1, 5) [越川孝紀].
The 36 year old Sakamoto had stated the bout would be his final contest and he hand selected the 26 year old Koshikawa as his opponent. Sadly for Sakamoto Koshikawa got a read on the veteran early on and looked calm and relaxed as he landed clean shots, including a nasty left mid way through round 1.
Sakamoto managed to remain on his feet but as the bout went on he seemed to be putting more and more effort into his work and took more and more heavy leather from Koshikawa, who looked so calm and relaxed. Sadly by the end of round 2 Sakamoto looked exhausted though he continued to fight on, mustering all he had to fight through rounds 3 and 4, with the 4th being particularly one-sided as Koshikawa picked up his pace.
At the end of round 4 Sakamoto was retired by his corner, saving him from further punishment and giving Koshikawa his biggest career win.
After the bout Sakamoto spoke about wanting to open a restaurant whilst Koshikawa, who showed a lot of respect to Sakamoto, suggested that he was wanting to get into the domestic title mix.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see former Japanese "interim" Welterweight champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8) [坂本大輔] fight his final bout, as he takes on Koki Koshikawa (6-1, 4) [越川孝紀] in the main event of a Kadoebi show.
Today the two men took part in their wiegh in for the bout, which is being fought at Light Middleweight.
On the scales both fighters were bang on the limit. They both looked a little fleshy, though it should be noted that both have fought at lower weights and it seems liek they have just padded on a few extra pounds for this contest.
At the weigh in Sakamoto sounded confident, speakign about knocking out Koshikawa and prove that he is in better than he was when he lost to Toshio Arikawa in a Japanese title fight.
Koshikawa, who was actually selected by Sakamoto as his final opponent, stated it was an honour to have been chosen, but that he was going to prove to be the stronger fighter and he promised to go all out to prove he's the better man
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Earlier today former Japanese "interim" Welterweight champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8) [坂本大輔] took to his blog to announce his next bout. In his blog post Sakamoto revealed that he would be returning on July 9th as part of a Kadoebi promoted "Sugfest 5" card.
The 36 year old Sakamoto, who turned professional back in 2007, announced that his opponent for the bout would be Koki Koshikawa (6-1, 4) [越川孝紀], who turned professional with high expectations but has so far failed to deliver.
Sakamoto stated the bout would be the final one of his career, and comes after a notable break from action, with the Kadoebi man last fighting in November 2017. That bout saw him lose in a bout to unify the Japanese and Japanese "interim" Welterweight titles, with Toshio Arikawa stopping him in 5 rounds.
Whilst not well known outside of Japan Sakamoto has had a pretty interesting career at hime, fighting a domestic who's who of the Light Welterweight and Welterweight diviison. He has shared the ring with Yasuhiro Okawa, Moon Hyon Yun, Cobra Suwa, Nobuyuki Shindo, Toshio Arikawa and Makoto Kawasaki.
As an amateur Koshikawa shined before signing with the Celes gym. Sadly his professional career which began back in 2014, has been a frustrating one. He looked to be on the fast track before losing in 2015 to Koshinmaru Saito. Following that loss he would be away from the ring for over 2 years before returning in August, and beating 2 over-matched Thai foes.
Also set to be on this card are Japanese ranked fighters Yusuke Konno (12-4, 6) [今野裕介], Cristiano Aoqui (12-7-2, 8) and Tsuyoshi Sato (6-1-1, 2) [佐藤剛], though none of them have had confirmed opponents announce for the card as of yet.
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Unbeaten Celes Gym prospect Koki Koshikawa (4-0, 2) has been impressive so far though has yet to really step up. That all changes on June 8th when he takes a massive step up in and class and takes on former Japanese and OPBF Welterweight title challenger Koshinmaru Saito (20-7-1, 11).
Koshikawa, a former amateur stand out, debuted in March 2014 to little fanfare though has looked fantastic so far losing just a couple of rounds through his first 4 bouts. From those bouts the most notable was his debut, a decision win against the OPBF ranked Quaye Peter. Aged 24 and fighting in the Welterweight division Koshikawa is a fighter with the potential to makes waves not just domestically but also on the international stage.
In Saito we have a true veteran. He's a 36 year old who has faced the likes of Daisuke Nakagawa, Akinori Watanabe and Suyon Takayama, all in title fights, though was memorably blown out in the second round by Arnel Tinampay last December. He's certainly on the slide but it clearly the best test for Koshikawa so far and may well be able to ask serious questions of the unbeaten youngster.
This bout is one of the leading support bouts for Dangan 130, a card that is quickly becoming a must watch for fans in Tokyo.
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