Charismatic Japanese fighter Konosuke Tomiyama (24-8-1, 8) [冨山 浩之介] officially hung up his gloves today after taking part in a retirement ceremony at the Korakeun Hall.
The populiar and enigmatic Watanabe gym fighter will be best remembered for either his WBA Super Flyweight world title blut against the teak tough Nobuo Nashiro, who he dropped twice, or his incredible bout with Filipino Genesis Servania in 2013 in Macau.
Although never a world champion Tomiyama was known for his flamboyance and caught the eye of fans for being a lot more cocky than many of his Japanese counterparts, leaving a lasting impression on fans who saw him.
As part of his ceremony Tomiyama took part in a 2 round sparring session before talking to the audience and saying that he was looking forward to a post boxing life and had no regrets with his career. He seemed like a man who was happy about what he had done in the ring and was happy to end his career in the way that he wanted, rather than as a man being pushed into retirement.
Although we're not aware of what Tomiyama will be doing now his boxing career is over we do with him the best in the future, and we suspect everyone involved in Japanese boxing will be wishing him the same thing.
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Earlier today saw the announcement that Watanabe Gym fighter Konosuke Tomiyama (24-8-1, 8) [冨山 浩之介] was finally done with the sport of professional boxing, draw the end to a career that began back in 2004. The fighter take part in his retirement ceremony on November 15th as part of the Dangan card that's being held on that day, at the Korakuen Hall.
Although not the most successful of fighters to come out of Japan Tomiyama did have a notable career that saw him involved in number memorable bouts, and achieve a small reign as the OPBF Super Flyweight champion.
That title reign was a short lived one that began in June 2008, when he defeated Norasing Kietprasanchai in their second bout, and featured just a single defence, which saw him stopping Kuniyuki Aizawa in 12 rounds. Rather than keep a hold of the title for a longer period Tomiyama ended his reign to challenge the then the then WBA world champion Nobuo Nashiro, and the flamboyant Tomiyama had real success as he twice dropped the teak tough Nashiro. Unfortunately for Tomiyama however he was unable to finish Nashiro when he had the chance and ended up being stopped in the 8th round of a memorable contest.
A mixed run followed that loss, with defeats to a then novice Hiroki Shiino and a stoppage loss to Taiki Eto on the domestic level. His career did however receieve some major international attention in 2013 when he moved up to 122lbs and took on world class Filipino Genesis Servania in a really memorable bout that saw possibly the round of the year. The bout saw Tomiyama suffer a 9th round split decision technical loss, but but saw him drop Servania twice in the opening round.
Sadly the loss to Servania took it's toll and Tomiyama would fight only 3 more bouts, beating Kanae Onogi and suffer losses to Kentaro Masuda, a 3rd round KO ina Japanese title fight, and Hirofumi Mukai, losing an 8 round decision.
Although not one of the greats of the Japanese boxing world Tomiyama was an exciting and unique fighter who brought cockiness and arrogance to the Japanese boxing scene, making him a memorable fighter. His bouts with Nashiro and Servania were both memorable fights and he deserves a happy retirement from the sport.
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We often get crossroads fights and fights that both men "must win" if they are to remain relevant. We had one such fight earlier today in Osaka when Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1) battled against Konosuke Tomiyama (24-8-1, 8).
Going in to the bout both men really needed a big win and despite both having fought for world titles in the past neither had much in terms of career momentum coming in to this bout.
Tomiyama had come in to the bout having lost 2 of his last 3, including a 3rd round loss to Kentaro Masuda in a Japanese title fight, and was almost 7 years removed from career defining OPBF title victory and more than 6 years removed from his WBA Super Flyweight world title bout with Nobuo Nashiro. On the other hand Mukai had lost 2 of his last 5, including a 9th round TKO to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a WBC Super Flyweight title fight.
Despite both men having faltering careers this was strangely one sided with Mukai always looking a step ahead. The younger fighter showed his speed and movement to keep Tomiyama at the end of his 1-2's. Tomiyama did manage to make a few rounds interesting, and did leave Mukai with a small cut, but on the whole was out boxed by a very comfortable looking Mukai. In the end the cards were never in much doubt with Mukai winning 79-75, 78-75 and 79-73.
At 32 it's fair to think Tomiyama's career may well be over. The charismatic and fun fighter has been a pro since 2004 and he's managed to entertain fans but isn't likely to be given another big chance. As for the 29 year Mukai there is still life in his career though he's probably a level below the domestic title scene and will need to hope that he gets lucky if he's to reach the heights that were once hoped for him.
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Tomorrow Japanese fans will have the chance to see a much anticipated Japanese Light Middleweight title bout between Osakan pair Yuki Nonaka (27-8-2, 9) and Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-3, 9). Today however came the weigh in and thankfully both men made the weight at the first time of asking.
Nonaka, defending the belt for the second time, was the much bigger man at the weigh in as he towered over Hosokawa. The listed difference in height between the two was said to be 3 inches but in reality it looks closer to double that with Hosokawa looking several weight classes smaller. Despite being the smaller man Hosokawa has already held this title, before being forced to vacate it last year due to ill health.
Since Hosokawa vacated the belt he has fought just once, blowing away Moses Seran inside a round to claim the IBF Asia title. That win was Hosokawa's 4th straight and followed notable victories over Tadashi Yuba, to win the title, and a very close decision over Patomsuk Pathompothong. As for Nonaka he's won his last 8, including a win over Charlie Ota as well as wins over Kengo Nagashima and Dmytro Nikulin.
This bout will be the main event of a very interesting looking card at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka city. The undercard features several interesting bouts including a contest between former world title challengers Hirofumi Mukai (10-3-2, 1) and Konosuke Tomiyama (24-7-1, 8) in what promises to be a very interesting match up. Sadly however the card did lose one good looking under-card bout as Chocoboy Oizumi (4-3-2, 2) was forced out of his bout with Yuji Itani (4-1, 4) due to illness.
Yuki Nonaka and Takayuki Hosokawa battle for Japanese gold and potential world title shot! (Preview)
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Earlier today we were informed that former world title challengers will collide on April 19th in a bout that will act as the chief support contest of the Japanese Light Middleweight title bout between Yuki Nonaka (27-8-2, 9) and Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-3, 9). The bout in question will see Hirofumi Mukai (10-3-2, 1) battle against Konosuke Tomiyama (24-7-1, 8).
Mukai is best known for his 2 failures at world level. One of those saw him suffering an opening round technical draw with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a bout for the WBC Flyweight title, that fight lasted just 47 seconds. Unfortunately for Mukai his second world title tilt was a brutal beating at the hands of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 2013 as Srisaket recorded his only successful defense of the WBC Super Flyweight title. Although he has suffered those set backs he is a beautifully talented boxer with great movement and heart though unfortunately has a lack of power which will likely prevent him from ever winning a world title.
As for Tomiyama he has come up short in just a single world title fight, back in 2009 when he was stopped in 8 by Nobuo Nashiro, having given the then WBA Super Flyweight champion a real scare. Despite his loss to Tomiyama he is actually better known for his much more recent battle with Genesis Servania which ended with Tomiyama losing a technical decision in Macau. Sadly for those who remember Tomiyama's loss to Servania he's not looked good since struggling over domestic journeyman Kanae Onogi and being stopped in 3 rounds by a rampaging Kentaro Masuda.
Whilst this isn't a world title eliminator or a title bout...it is a very important bout for both men and the loser is likely looking at the end of their career whilst the winner may find themselves in a Japanese title fight by the end of the year. With that said it's clear that this is a major cross roads bout and huge credit needs to be given to both men for agreeing to it.
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