Earlier today, Sunday, fight fans in Osaka saw the heavy handed Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] suffer a surprise defeat to Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸], with Akiyama ripping the OPBF Middleweight title from Tyson and claiming the WBO Asia Pacific title with a 5th round TKO.
The bout bout did have major controversy midway through, with Akiyama landing a late shot on Tyson, who was visibly wobbled by it, at the end of round 2. The foul from Akiyama brougfht about a 1-point deduction, though no further punishment was given to Akiayama and no significant extra recovery time was given to Tyson.
That controversy has seen some reports suggest that the WBO Asia Pacific official at the bout was unhappy at the fact Tyson was not given extra time to recover, and that no doctor had been sent to see if Tyson was fit to continue. It seemed that after the blows he was never really able to get back into the fight, and always seemed to be suffering from damage caused by the shots.
The JBC have stated that it was down to the referee to decide whether or not to extend the time between rounds and have a doctor look at the fighter, whilst the WBO seem to suggest that due to the failure to have a doctor look over the fighter they may regard the bout as a no contest.
One source has stated a decision will be made later today after the footage from the bout gets reviewed.
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Boxing is a rather unpredictable sport, and that was seen in Osaka today, as fans got a genuine shock result, and saw the OPBF Middleweight title being ripped out of the hands of Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] by the relatively limited Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸], in a bout that also saw Akiyama claim the previously vacant WBO Asia Pacific title.
Coming into the bout Tyson was looking for his third defense of the OPBF title, which he won in December 2016. He had looked solid in his two defense but today he really looked lost and confused as the 38 year old Akiyama took the fight to him. The aggression of Akiyama saw him being deducted a point in round 2, for punching after the bell, but made it clear that he wasn't there to make up the numbers. Akiyama shook Tyson in round 4, and although Tyson saw it out it was clear that Akiyama could hurt him.
After 4 rounds the judges scorecards were made public and Tyson was leading on one card and even on the other two, though it did seem like he was helped out by the deduction as without that he'd have been down on the cards. Going in to round 5 it seemed the scorecards offended Akiyama who pressed Tyson to the ropes early on, and went for the kill, dropping the champion for the first time. The aggression of Akiyama kept coming, and he dropped him twice more before the towel came in to save Tyson, who looked completely gone.
For Tyson the loss ends his current of form, which had seen him going 4-0-1, including his title win last year against Dwight Ritchie. As for Akiyama the win is his second this year, following a 3 fight losing run, and it's his first stoppage in more than 3 years!
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Earlier today the Muto gym announced their next big card, which will take place on December 3rd at the EDION Arena Osaka, and feature 4 title bouts, includng a title unification bout.
One of those bouts will see Masahiro Sakamoto (10-1, 6) [坂本 真宏] attempt to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title, in his second shot at the belt, as he takes on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง]. For Sakamoto this will be his second title fight, having lost a bout for this very title last November against current WBO world chamoion Sho Kimura. Interestingly Kwanthai was preparing to face Sakamoto earlier this year for the WBO Asia Pacific title, before Kimura got the call to fight the then WBO world champion Zou Shiming.
Another of the bouts will see Hirofumi Mukai (14-5-3, 4) [向井 寛史] battle against Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-9-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] for the WBO Asia Pacific title, which has previously been held by Mukai. The bout, between former world title challengers, is really a must win for both fighters with neither really able to take another loss if they are to remain relevant. For Mukai the bout will be his second since being stopped by Rex Tso earlier this year whilst Inthanon will be seeking to avenge his 2016 loss to Mukai, who stopped him last year. Tha Thai is 0-2 in Japan and will be hoping to make it third time lucky in the Land of the Rising Sun.
In another bout we'll see Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) defend his OPBF Bantamweight title on against Japan's Seizo Kono (19-8-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what will be Yap's second defense of the title and comes on the back of his incredible cone-back against Kentaro Masuda. For Kono the bout will be his his second title, with his only other one being a battle with Rey Vargas for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title back in 2013. The bout should be a really interesting one, and much better than the records of the two men suggest. A win for Yap would almost certainly improve his world rankings and help him get a long pursued world title fight, though he will likely need another win or two given the depth at Bantamweight right now.
The final bout, and technically the main event of the show, will see the heavy handed Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] in a bout which not only be for Tyson's OPBF Middleweight title, but also the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title, with the winner unifying the two titles. For Tyson this bout will be his second defense whilst Akiyama will be getting his will be getting his second title fight, after having challenged Akio Shibata for the Japanese and OPBF titles back in 2015. The winner here may find themselves sneaking into WBO world rankings, and potentially beginning moving towards a world title fight.
Whilst it's yet to be confirmed it's expected that we'll be able to see this card on boxingraise, with many other Mutoh shows also on the service. Hopefully this will be confirmed either later ths month or in November and then we'll get the chance to see all 4 title bouts.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Osaka saw heavy handed Middleweight Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] successfully defend his OPBF title, as he over-came Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-6-1, 7), in the main event of a brilliant triple OPBF title show.
The much taller Tyson looked to control the distance from the off, showing real respect to Lockhart's heavy handed power. The jab and southpaw left the champion were clearly the punches that he saw as the key, and used a combination of his long shots and his legs to avoid a potential tear up. That game plan had early success and in round 4 he dropped the challenger, giving him a wide lead on all 3 cards when they were announced.
Sadly the knock down in round 4 was pretty much as close as we got to a stoppage as Lockhart tightened his defense whilst bringing the pressure to Tyson. It was the right idea from Lockhart, but he was just a touch too slow and too small, allowing Tyson to land shots and move out of range before Lockhart got the chance to counter the younger, fresher man.
In round 8 Lockhart suffered a second knockdown, from a body shot, which helped Tyson keep control, and at the end of the round he was leading 79-73, 77-72 and 76-74, a card that was too close and giving Lockhart a little bit too much credit for his pressure which hadn't been hugely effective.
Knowing he needed to stay on his feet to retain his title it seemed straight forward for Tyson, however he was rocked momentarily in round 10 before resuming control and easing his way to the final bell, easing to a decision with scores of 119-109, 117-109 and 115-111, to record his second defense of the title.
Despite the win it did seem like Tyson was disappointed in his performance, and had been hoping to record a stoppage. The win will, however see him continue his reign and potentially move towards bigger and better fights down the line.
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Tomorrow fight fans will be able to see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] defending his title against Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7), in the main event of a triple OPBF title show.
Today the two men weighed in for the bout, with Tyson towering over the challenger.
On the scales Tyson was bang on the limit at 160lbs and looked like a fully fledged Middleweight whilst standing significantly taller than Lockhart. He looked confident, calm and respectful, speaking about using his skills tomorrow and talking having known Brandion for a few years, and he obviously enjoyed spending time with very likable American.
As for Lockhart himself, he was well under the weight, coming in at at around 158.5lbs, showing that he's a fighter who is capable of making Light Middleweight. He too seemed to enjoy spending time with his upcoming foe, and stated that he was looking forward to the fight, and confident.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be featured on Boxingraise in the coming days.
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