Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a bloody and action packed bout between the hard hitting Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道] took on the skilled Ryuto Oho (12-5-1, 4) [大保龍斗].
The bout had originally been scheduled March 21st but was delayed due to Oho suffering an injury in early March. With the injury healed he came into today's bout today full of hunger and started will. He put Yabuki under pressure in the opening round and forced the hard hard hitter to back up during the early stages of the bout.
Yabuki seemed to realise that Oho would be happy to bring pressure, and although Yabuki was forced to box on the back foot he did look relaxed picking his moments, working with his back near the ropes and catching Oho coming in.
The dynamic made for interesting clash in the early going. Would Oho get to his man and get to work on the inside, or would Yabuki have the steam in his legs to neutralise Oho and break him up with his own power.
By round 3 it seemed like Yabuki's power was taking a toll on Oho, who was starting to slow a touch, and his face was reddening. He continued pressing the fight, but was taking more than he was dishing out. The following round Oho would have a cut open over his left eye eye lid, and it was a bad one. His bravery showed through as he continued to press, but took risks in the process and took more shots as a result. Those shots further worsened his cut, which had began to cover half of his face in claret, and by the time the round ended and he had got to his corner it was clear that he had a huge target on his face.
The blood seemed to drive on Oho who put a lot into round 5, though didn't have a huge amount of success given his effort. In round 6 oho would manage to leave Yabuki with a cut over his left eye, but his own cut was worsening and a doctor's inspection a little over a minute into the round saw the fight being stopped, despite Oho clearly wanting to carry on. To be far to the doctors however this was a pretty bad cut right on the eye lid, a real nasty one.
Notably the ending here served Yabuki well, with the winner admitting on social media that he had badly damaged his right hand. He posted a picture of his hand and it really was a swollen mess, which will keep him away from the ring for some time, whether it's broken or not.
For Oho this is another loss, and one that will stall any chance he has to get a Japanese title fight, but there's no doubting his heart and fighting spirit and he will have made more fans despite the loss, due to his effort and fingers crossed the cut heals quickly and he's back in the ring sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier today news broke that the scheduled bout between hard hitting Japanese fighter Masamichi Yabuki (8-3, 8) [佐藤政道] and skilled youngster Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] had been rescheduled, from March 21st to May 1st, due to injuries in training suffered by Oho.
According to the excellent @makotookaniwa, who was the match maker in Japan who put this bout together, Oho was injured on March 4th forcing the original bout to be rescheduled. Though with it coming on the May 1st show, where it will now be the chief support bout, it does actually have a high profile, and will be available on Boxing Raise, which is always a good thing!
At the moment we've not had confirmation on the full details, though we're expecting it to still be an 8 round bout at 50KG's.
This bout will now share a card with the highly anticipated Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] and skilled challenger Reiya Abe (19-2, 9) [阿部 麗也]
Tomorrow fight fans in Korea will be able to see a mouth watering international clash as heavy handed Japanese fighter Masamichi Yabuki (7-3, 7) [佐藤政道] battles #1 ranked Korean contender Min Chul Bae (5-1-1, 4) [배민철] in a Flyweight bout.
Today Yabuki posted on twitter that both men had made weight, by 100g, meaning that bout came in around 111.8lbs.
From the picture that Yabuki posted on social media it appears that both fighters are in amazing shape, and both have taken this bout very seriously. That should be no surprise given that the winner will be pushed up the OPBF rankings and towards a regional title fight.
Sad it appears the bout isn't going to be televised, a real shame given how fantastic the match up is, though we do expected it to be officially uploaded to Youtube in the coming weeks.
(Image - Masamichi Yabuki's twitter)
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