At Korakuen Hall yesterday fight fans got a thriller for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title, as former champions Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝] clashed in a sensational fighter for the title.
Going in to the bout we had incredibly high expectations of the contest, and the bout delivered from the opening bell with an intriguing hard to call, battle that saw both men struggle to build momentum, but never saw the bout drop into any lulls.
From the off it was clear the taller, rangier Tyson was looking to use his southpaw left hand as a major weapon, creating distance and trying to bang smaller Hosokawa. it was a good tactic, and made the most of Tyson's size advantage. Whilst it was the right game plan from Tyson he was unable to fully control the early going with it, as Hosokawa took risks in pursuit of his man, and was rewarded for trying to make the fight and applying the pressure.
When the scores were announced after 4 rounds the scores were 39-17 to Tyson and 38-38, twice. The only thing all 3 men agreed on was that the second round was clearly one for Tyson and that the 4th round was clearly for Hosokawa, with rounds 1 and 3 both being split in the eyes of the judges.
In the middle rounds Hosokawa raised his pace, realising that his pressure was having success, and but Tyson adapted in round 6, finding a home for his left hand, this forced Hosokawa to turn to his left hook, which had success in rounds 7 and 8. The scores were again super close, this time with both men having a judge on their side, 77-75, whilst the third judge had the bout even at 76-76.
Going into the final rounds, and both began to bring their A-Game as we built to a thrilling crescendo, with neither man looking like they would give anything but their all. It was an exhilarating finish to the bout, but again left no clear winner, with the judges scoring the bout 114-114, twice, and 114-115, to Tyson., giving us a majority draw.
It was shocking to see these two go the distance, even more so after how the later rounds went and their reputations as men who don't hear the finish bell. Afterwards neither seemed happy at the outcome, with both talking as if they felt they had won, and talk of a rematch has already began.
It's worth noting that the two men were battling for the belt vacated by Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] earlier this year, and that belt still remains vacant.
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see a new OPBF Middleweight champion being crowned, as former champions Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝] battle for the currently vacant title, which was given up earlier this year by Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹].
Today, ahead of tomorrows bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Tyson was exactly 160lbs, the divisional limit, and he looked in good shape, though a little fleshy. He towered over Hosokawa and looked the naturally bigger man, despite lacking in terms of definition. Hosokawa on the other hand was 159lbs and looked to be the man in better shape for the bout, despite being the much smaller man.
At the weigh in Hosokawa spoke about the big body of Tyson, and it seems he has the intention of fighting his typical aggressive fight, rather than showing fear to the hard hitting man from the Kadoebi gym.
Interestingly Tyson himself didn't get a lot of time to prepare for this bout, essentially getting the chance when Nonaka vacated, and that could explain his conditioning, and explain why didn't look too comfortable making weight.
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A few days ago we reported that Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] would be defending the OPBF Middleweight title against Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍]. Those plans changed when Nonaka decided to vacate the title, with suggestions being that he has received a better offer for a bigger fighter instead of keeping the Oriental title.
When Nonaka vacated it was unclear who would fill in, and who Hosokawa would eventually end up fighting, though it seemed unlikely to be a stellar opponent, given the relatively short notice, and instead it seemed like he would take on a limited imported fighter, happy with the opportunity.
Sources are now reporting that it won't be a limited international fighter facing Hosokawa for the OPBF title, but will instead be hard hitting Middleweight Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝], himself a former OPBF champion who lost the belt in controversial fashion to Yasuyuki Akiyama, who actually lost the belt to Hosokawa last year.
If we do, as the sources are suggesting, get Hosokawa Vs Tyson it's a bout that promises to be very explosive. Hosokawa is an all action swarmer, with a lot of power whilst the naturally bigger Tyson is a boxer-puncher, and given that both have a lot of belief in their power we should be in for something very, very special.
Interestingly Hosokawa's brother Valentine Hosokawa is actually a stablemate of Nonaka's at the Kadoebi Gym, and this would be Tyson's first big bout since joining up with the Kadoebi stable in late 2018, when he left the Mutoh gym. It will also be Hosokawa's first bout since losing to Yuki Nonaka earlier this year.
At the moment the bout is yet to be confirmed, but confirmation is expected in the coming hours.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans got an absolute treat of a show thanks to several brilliant match ups. The card, shown on G+, won't get rave reviews in the West but we do tip our hats to the promoter for the quality of bouts and the excellent match making through the show.
The card had a number of excellent bouts on it, starting with a 6 round war between Rookie of the Year runner up Aso Ishiwaki (5-2-1, 3) [石脇麻生] and the hard hitting Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ]. On paper this wasn't going to be a bout that got many talking unless you followed the Japanese scene, but it was arguably the bout of the card, as both men gave their all. Saito started brilliantly, getting inside and working hard shots up close. It seemed like he would break Ishiwaki down, but instead he began to flag heavily in round 3 as Ishiwaki really began to take the fight to him, and it was Ishiwaki who seemed to do enough to deserve the win after out working Saito over the final 4 rounds. In the end however the judges had the bout a split draw, with scores of 58-56 to Iwshiwaki, 58-57 to Saito and 57-57. We really do need to wonder about the 58-57 card, which we can't come to any defense of, though 57-57 was fair enough, as Saito may have done just enough to edge round 5.
A second notable bout saw 2017 Rookie of the Year winner Hironori Shigeta (6-1-1, 3) [重田裕紀] take a clear decision win over the limited but game Mitsumasa Takahashi (9-6-1, 3) [高橋光政]. The once beaten Shigeta dropped his man in the opening round and put on a bit of a show case of ring control as he easily won the bout, though showed a few flaws that we expect fighters will take advantage of in the future. Although clearly too skilled, too fast and too smart for Takahashi, who constantly brought the pressure, Shigeta does seem like a very lead hand focused southpaw, and does waste movement. Though there is a real talent for his team mould. He won this one 60-54, 60-53 and 59-54.
In a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title eliminator, as Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] pressured and broke hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-4, 5) [富岡哲也]. Tomioka, who has never heard the final bell, was under pressure from the off and after being dropped in round 2 he really had no answer, and was saved by the referee as Sato went to work. Sato is an absolute nightmare to fight and looks like he will clearly be in the mix for titles well beyond youth level in the coming years. He will face the winner of the April 11th bout between Rikito Shiba (2-0, 1) [芝力人] and Hizuki Saso (10-5-1, 3) [佐宗緋月].
The only bout that was actually poor saw Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] struggle to get going against Filipino Anthony Marcial (24-4-1, 22). This was a disappointing and messy affair, though it did end in very impressive fashion, with Aoqui landing a sensational left hand to knock out Marcial in round 5. It was a highlight to an other forgettable match up.
A second sensational finish came only a few minutes later when hard hitting Middleweight Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝] took out Thai visitor Chaiwat Mueanphong (4-4, 2) in the second round, with a brutal left hand. Tyson, who was fighting for the first time since joining the Kadoebi gym, impressed here and we're going to look forward to what he does next.
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