Earlier today Teiken revealed that on October 6th Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1, 11) [末吉 大] will look to unify the Japanese Super Featherweight title with the OPBF title, held by Hironori Mishiro (6-0, 2) [三代大訓], in the headline bout of a Dynamic Glove show, which seems likely to be televised live on G+.
Despite holding the "lesser" title Sueyoshi is the more proven champion. He won his title last year, stopping Ribo Takahata in a bout for the then vacant title in October, and has since notched two defenses, beating Ken Osato in a mandatory defense in February before adding a defense in May against Tsuyoshi Tojo. Although not unbeaten, having lost a split decision to Masayuki Ito back in July 2012, the 27 year old from Tokyo has been very impressive and is riding a 15 fight winning run which has included notable wins over the likes of Yuta Nagai, Kazuma Sanpei, Shingo Eto and Allan Vallespin as well his wins in Japanese title fights.
For those who haven't seen Sueyoshi he has a bit of a weird style, which seems him creating unusual angles and space and fighting at a pretty unorthodox tempo. Although it can look a touch ugly it has been getting results and it's hard to not be impressed given the results he's been getting, and the level of success he has built for himself over the 6 years. He might not be ready for a world title fight, but he will clearly have his mind on avenging his loss to Ito and will see unifying Japanese and OPBF titles as a great way to move towards a world title shot.
It should be noted that whilst Sueyoshi would certainly love a rematch with Ito, who won the WBO world title earlier this year, he may also want to pursue an IBF title fight, given that current champion Tevin Farmer has fought Sueyoshi's Teiken stablemate Kenichi Ogawa, with Farmer losing a controversial decision before Ogawa was stripped of the title. Sadly a bout between Sueyoshi and Farmer would promise to be a frustrating affair to watch.
The unbeaten Mishiro was a stand out amateur, running up a 41-16 record in the unpaid ranks, before turning professional in in March 2017, stopping Natthaphon Numnak on debut. He was fast tracked through the ranks and beat Shuma Nakazato in October 2017 to progress into a domestic tournament final, who he would win in January 2018 by beating the touted Shuya Masaki, a stablemate of Sueyoshi's at Teiken.
The wins over Nakazato and Masaki proved that Mishiro was a genuine talent, though in June this year he would take a huge step up in class, challenging OPBF champion Carlo Magali. The tough Magali proved to be a strong champion but Mishiro used his size, speed and youth to do enough to earn a split decision over the Filipino, in what was a career defining win for the 23 year old from the Watanabe gym. Although it was a great win over Magali it was a win that saw Mishiro having some flaws exposed, such as having questionable stamina, lapses in concentration and being someone who can be hurt. There was however positives, he was fast, sharp and looked like a fighter who could go a very long way, if given the right fights and development.
A win here for Mishiro would see him become one of the leading prospects at the Watanabe gym, and help him convince the gym to push him towards a world title in the near future. It's worth noting that the Watanabe gym's last stand out Super Featherweight was the fantastic Takashi Uchiyama, and if Mishiro's career can come any where near being as successful as Uchiyama then he'll have be a big star before he hangs them up.
It's worth noting that this bout continues a growing trend of fantastic all-Japanese bouts, which have included Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾] against Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] and the upcoming WBC Bantamweight eliminator between Takuma Inoue (11-0, 3) [井上 拓真] Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (29-12, 14). Long may this growing trend continue!
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1, 11) [末吉 大] sucessfully retain his title, and record his second defense, as he over-came veteran foe Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-16-5, 2) [東上剛司].
The talented champion got off to a great start as he landed a powerful right hand that dropped Tojo, who had looked aggressive in the very early going. The knockdown showed that Sueyoshi had the power to hurt the challenger. The challenger would have a solid second round but it wasn't long until the champion round he found his rhythm. With Sueoyshi lookign his relaxed self in the ring he tightened his grip on the bout whilst landing some very sharp shots to the body of the challenger. Those shots helped him establish a lead of 50-44 and 49-45, twice, when the cards were announced after 5 rounds.
Having fallen well behidn Tojo tried to turn the bout around, and he did have some success in round 6, but was struggling to cope with the speed and sharpness of the champion. Sueyoshi looked in total control, and even managed to cruise through the 10th and final round, the only one he lost on all 3 cards, too record a decision win with scores of 98-91 from all 3 judges.
After the bout he spoke positively and seemed to suggest moving towards a world title fight. Tojo on the other hand stated that he wasn't going to make a decision on his future yet, but at 37 retirement does seem to be looming.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (17-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his belt against #1 ranked challenger Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. For the champion the bout will serve as his second defense, whilst the challenger will get his first title fight, in what will be his 35th professional bout.
Today the two men both weighed in for the contest and both men made the Super Featherweight limit.
The talented, yet awkward, champion was comfortably under the limit as he hit the scales at around 129.6lbs. This is lighter than he was in his last defense, a Champion Carnival bout against Ken Osato back in February, but no where near his career lightest, given that he began his career as a Super Bantamweight just over 7 years ago.
Tojo was bang on the 130lb limit. This is the 8th time in 10 bouts that Tojo has been exactly 130lbs, with the only two exceptions being in bouts fought above the limit. It shows his consistency on the scales, but as a professional for almost 15 years few would have expected anything less from the 37 year old, especially with this likely to be his final bout of note if he loses. He'll have not cut any corner, but is up against a very tricky champion.
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