This coming Sunday Japanese fans in Osaka are in for a treat with a brilliant looking OPBF title triple header. For those unable to make their way to the Edion Arena Osaka there is no fear with the show being the latest to be added to the brilliant Boxingraise service, meaning subscribers will be able to watch the card on demand after it takes place. With that news only being confirmed over the last day or so, and it continues the great relationship that Dangan have with the Mutoh gym.
The card is headlined by 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) and although it's unlikely to be a hugely notable one for Western fight fans but it does feature a number of notable names and a mouth watering bout for the OPBF Bantamweight title.
That Bantamweight title bout will see Japanese based Filipino champion Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) defending his title against former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎], with both men risking world rankings for the bout, and the winner potentially moving to with in a bout or two of a world title fight.
The other OPBF title bout on the card will see Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the title against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8).
As well as the three title bouts the card will also feature former Hirofumi Mukai (13-5-3, 3) [向井 寛史] fighting against a Thai foe as he looks to rebuild his career once again.
Earlier today the Muto Gym held a notable press conference to announce a July 30th show in Osaka, featuring a trio of OPBF title bouts.
The "main event" from the trio of title contests will see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) in what will be Tyson's first defense. The heavy handed champion won the title last year, beating Dwight Ritchie, and made his first defense in April, stopping Sung Jae Ahn in 4 rounds. For Lockhart the bout will be a huge step up but the affable Morioka gym fighter will look to use his own power to make the most of a huge opportunity.
Tyson will be johned by stable mate Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) who looks to defend the OPBF Bantamweight title as he takes on former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎]. This will be Yap's first defense of the title and should be a genuinely brilliant fight, despite the fact the men have 19 losses between them. Both are heavier handed than their records suggest and both are exciting fighters who know that a win will take them a huge step towards a potential world title fight later in the year, with both men risking world rankings coming in to this fight.
The third bout will see Thailand's Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the OPBF Light Middleweight title, which he won in a huge come-from-behind win against Yutaka Oishi back in April, against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8). For Sithsaithong the bout will see him trying to continue a small run of solid results, which include the 12th round stoppage against Oishi and a decision win against Cobra Suwa, wholst Petagine will be getting his first title fight, following two losses last year. Interestingly this will be the first time the local fighter has fought as a fully fledged Light Middleweight.
Interestingly for the Muto gym a win for Petagine would see the gym reclaim the title which had previously been held by the popular Takayuki Hosokawa, and it's possible that that is part of the reason why the Japanese fighter is moving up in weight for the contest.
At the moment other details from the card are yet to be announced, but it does seem likely that the show will feature some other notable fighters from the Mutoh gym who will be lookign to show case their skills and move towards title fights of their own.
For fans in Osaka in late July the show will take place at the Sumiyoshi Ward And the tickets have been priced affordably, with the cheapest being ¥5000 and the most expensive being ¥30,000.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] record his first defense of the title, as he battered limited Korean challenger Sung Jae Ahn (6-4, 1), how did little to really test the champion.
Ahn was hurt early in the bout and it was clear there was a huge gulf in physical strength, power and speed. Ahn tried to to put Tyson under pressure by getting close, and smothering the Japanese fighter's power. That tactic had some small success, with a headclash damaging Tyson slightly, but that success was very limited.
The power of Tyson always looked like too much, and in round 4 the Korean was dropped hard. He showed his fighting spirit by recovering to his feet but was counted out as he rose the referee svaing him from what could have been a rather painful beating.
The win will push Tyson up towards more notable competition, but questions will need to be asked of the OPBF who had Ahn highly ranked respite the fect he has fought just once in the last 2 years, and only twice in the last 4 years! Maybe it's the ranking committee took a long hard look at themselves as some of the recent match ups have been very disappointing, like wise Jack Brubaker's recent bout with Mark Sale.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (11-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] defending his title against Korean challenger Sung Jae Ahn (6-3, 1). Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in their weigh in with both men making weight for the contest.
Tyson, defending the belt for the first time, came in at the divisional limit of 160lbs. He looked in great shape at the weight in and seemed very releaxed ahead of what is, essentially, a make or break fight for his career. A win will see him move towards bigger and better fights whilst a loss would see his title reign being a very and disappointing one.
The challenger, who looked notably smaller than the champion was around 158.75lbs on the scales, and although he looked in good shape himself he did look to be a man who who had almost blown up in weight, as opposed to losing weight to make the limit.
The bout will headline "You will the Champion 8" and will be available on demand on boxingraise.com for those interested in watching the contest.
Tyson hunts first defense as he takes on Korean challenger!
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Earlier today saw Muto gym hold a press conference to announce an April 16th show at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka. The card isn't set to be the strongest show ever but it will be a notable one with the headline bout being the rign return of OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (11-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝].
The heavy handed Middleweight, who actually has a world ranking at the moment, upset Dwight Ritchie for the title last yeah and has been inactive since. Today we learned that he will be back to defend his title against against Korean Sung Jae Ahn (6-3, 1), a former KBF Middleweight champion.
The heavy handed Tyson is unbeaten since suffering a defeat to Akio Shibata in November 2015, since then he has claimed the WBC Youth title and OPBF title, though did suffer a set back last July when he was held to a controversial draw against Joon Yong Lee.
Ahn has surprisingly gotten this shot despite a prolong absence from the ring, in fact he's not fought since winning the KBF title in May 2015. He comes into this bout on the back of a 4 fight winning and he has never been stopped, but he has only been 10 rounds once and has shown little power over the course of his career.
Tyson has stated that if he wins here then he'd be looking to move into a world title fight later in the year, though obviously he would be much unfancied against any of the top Middleweights world wide.
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