Earlier today the news broke that another notable fighter had transferred to the Kadoebi Gym, following Yuichiro Kasuya (10-2-1, 2) [粕谷雄一郎] and Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝], who both joined the gym in recent weeks.
The notable fighter in question is Takuya Kogawa (29-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也], who is a former 2-time world title challenger and has also held OPBF and JBC titles.
At the age of 33 Kogawa likely sees his career as having 1 more big run in it, though will know that a loss would likely spell the end of his hopes to be a world champion. Kogawa was last seen in the ring in July, narrowly earning a draw with Yusuke Sakashita, and it seems like he believes a change in environment and culture will be what he needs to have another run.
At his best he was an all action fighter, who has had great contests with the likes if Suguru Muranaka, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Masayuki Kuroda, Hiroyuki Kudaka and the legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. At the 33 years old and with his hard career behind him however it's unclear what he still has left to offer the sport.
Interestingly it's also been revealed that Kasuya will be fighting on January 31st, Tyson in April and Kogawa in either April or May.
Earlier today the Kadoebi Gym announced that they had signed former OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝], who has now left the Mutoh and been transferred to the Tokyo based Kadoebi.
The power punching Middleweight hasn't been seen in the ring since losing a controversial bout to Yasuyuki Akiyama [秋山 泰幸] in December 2017.
Tyson's rise through the ranks was an exciting one . Despite drawing on debut and being stopped in his 4th professional bout he would go on to win the 2013 Rookie of the Rookie of the Year, defeat former Japanese champion Sanosuke Sasaki in 2015 and fight for the OPBF and JBC Middleweight titles in 2015. He lost in his first title shot, to Akio Shibata, but learned from that loss and would win the OPBF title in 2016 from Dwight Ritchie, putting on a very mature and accomplished performance. He would defend the title twice before losing the belt last December.
At the moment his ring return hasn't been confirmed, though we would expect it to be no later than March, and could potentially be a lot earlier with Kadoebi looking to keep him busy. It's worth noting that Kadoebi do have another notable Middleweight among their ranks, Shoma Fukumoto (12-3, 10) [福本祥馬], and it could be that this decision has also been taken to guarantee both men good sparring internally as well as giving Tyson a chance to rebuild his career.
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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