Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷 正義] record his 9th defense of the title, as he over-came Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-3, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo] in a 1-sided affair.
The Japanese fighter used his height and reach to dictate the distance from the off, using his jab and movement to keep the much shorter Thai at arms reach. It wasn't an exciting start but one that saw Nakatani control the bout and stay safe, away from the vaunted power of the Thai slugger.
As the rounds went on Nakatani slow broke down the challenger and in round 3 Nakatani began to unload his right hand. The round was one of the few where the Thai had some success, landing some body shots, but it was over shadowed by the better work of Nakatani who again showed off his skills up close when he needed to. The following round a head clash took place, cutting the challenger over the left eye and left him bleeding as well as looking unable to really pressure the champion. Things went from bad to worse for for Pharanpetch in round 5 as he was dropped late in the round. He was then stopped the following round as Nakatani dropped him for the 10 count.
The idea now seems to be for Nakatani to chase world titles, but this seems to have been the idea for quite some time and it's become a bit of a frustrating for fans of the fighter.
On the under-card fans saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (25-1, 14) [石田 匠] score a 3rd round KO win against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-2, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who went down for the count following a body shot. There was also wins for Masayoshi Hashizume (15-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義] and Kazusa Arai (3-1, 2) [新井一颯], who both scored decisions, however the once touted Futa Akizuki (10-2, 8) [秋月楓大] suffered his second straight loss, losing a shock decision to Takuya Fujioka (8-8-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥].
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Almost 2 weeks ago we reported that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (15-0, 9) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title on February 24th at the Edion arena in Osaka. At the time we had no other details about the card, no confirmation of his opponent or under-card bouts. Thankfully though we have no got some more infomation on the Ioka promoted card.
Firstly we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-2, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo], who entersd the bout ranked #7 at Lightweight by the OPBF, 2 places ahead of Nihito Arakawa. Coming in to this the Thai is on a 4 fight stoppage run, albeit against weak opponents in Thailand, following a stoppage loss to Brandon Ogilvie in 2016. It's hard to see what the challenger will be able to do against such a talented champion and we really can't see the challenger having the skills to test the talented Nakatani, though Pharanpetch may have the power to trouble Nakatani if he manages to land clean.
The main supporting bout will be ring return of former world title challenger Sho Ishida (24-1, 13) [石田 匠], who will be up against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-1, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who enters the bout as an OPBF ranked fighter with a lot to lose. This will be Ishida's first bout since his 2017 loss to Kal Yafai in the UK and will be his chance to re-establish himself before beginning to rebuild towards a second world title fight. As for Lucky this bout is a potential platform for him to force his name into the world title picture, if he can pick up the upset.
Others on the card include Masayoshi Hashizume (14-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義], who will be seeking a retiurn to winning ways following a draw, and 17 year old Kazusa Arai (2-1, 2) [新井一颯] and 19 year old Futa Akizuki (10-1,8) [秋月楓大], who will both be looking to bounce back from their first defeats.
Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see the much touted Masayoshi Hashizume (14-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義] take on his stiffest test test to date, as he battled 19 year old Kota Fujimoto (7-2-1, 2). The bout looked like a really interesting one on paper, matching the 2014 Super Flywieght Rookie of the year with the 2016 runner up.
Hashizume looked great in the opening round, using a very sharp southpaw jab to establish range. Fujimoto looked to counter the jab, but struggled in the opening round and failed to really connect with anything of note until the final seconds of round 3, landing a right hand that dropped Hashizume on to the seat of his pants. Hashizume didn't look hurt when he got to his feet, but the single shot essentially undid all of his good work from the first two rounds.
Although Hashizume wasn't hurt from the knockdown it did have the effect of boosting Fujimoto's confidence, and he began to press the action from round 4. The pressure and aggression of which forced Hashizume to hold his feet, and we got a full on war, with the two men really loading up up close, and neither really using their feet.
The back and forth had the fans excited and saw the judges struggling to split the two men, eventually scoring the bout a majority draw, with cards of 77-77, 76-76, and 77-75 to Fujimoto.
The bout was the first real test Hashizume has had since winning the Rookie of the Year title. Since winning the crown he has been horribly matched against Thai novices, going 7-0 (6) and this bout should be a wake up call to him and his team, he needs to be fighting more significant tests before the bad habits cost him. He was lucky today to avoid the loss. For Fujimoto however the bout was a great result, despite the fact he may have felt he deserved the win, he showed he can hang with a fighter like Hashizume and will almost certainly be able to go further as he matures.
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Earlier today fight fans around the globe saw two world title bouts from Osaka. Fans in the arena didn't just have those title bouts but also a pretty notable under-card with a number of significant fighters in actions.
The first of the bouts of note saw Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-1, 7) take a very good 6 round decision win over tough Filipino Neil John Tabanao (13-4, 9). The bout pitted two top 10 OPBF ranked contenders against each other and Atsumi certainly deserved the win, but was pushed hard with Tabanao looking to turn things around right through the final round.
The once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (15-2, 6) [池水 達也] scored his second straight win as he over-came Thai visitor Nattakorn Sithjacknoi (0-1) with a very wide 8 round decision. The bout was scored 80-69, twice, and 80-68 with the Thai beind dropped, and deducted a point and basically looking toothless but tough through out.
The unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (13-0, 10) [橋詰 将義] made light work of his Thai foe, Chanchai Saithonggym (0-1), with a 4th round KO from a nasty right hook. It took just 3 rounds for former OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (19-5, 16) [山本 隆寛] to see off Petchinsee Rongriangkilakorat (0-1), in what was Yamamoto's first bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Mark John Yap.
Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (24-0, 13) [石田 匠] also scored a quick blow out, stopping diminutive Thai Patiporn Saithonggym (0-1) in 3 rounds. Ishida, ranked #1 by the WBA at Super Flyweight, will be expecting a world title fight in the near future and seems to have been doing little more than keeping the rust off with this performance.
There was also a stoppage win for 20 year old hopeful Hayate Ikuta (8-0, 4) [幾田 颯], who took 5 rounds to see off Chatphet Saithonggym (0-2).
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As the present moment there are two on going cards in Japan, each headlined by a pair of world title fights. One of those cards is a Woz promoted show in Kyoto, with the main events from the card set to be aired live on TBS.
The under-card for the show has featured several notable names, with their results likely have an effect on the boxing scene for 2017.
The first of those notable fighters was OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] who took a clear 6 round decision win over compatriot Yuki Koseki (4-2) [小関 有希]. The bout looked a mismatch on paper though ended up being a good work out for Ozawa who will be looking to either defend her title next year or potentially fight for a world title.
The second of the notable names was JBC and OPBF ranked Super Flyweight hopeful Masayoshi Hashizume (12-0, 9) [橋詰 将義] who scored a 4th round KO win over Thai visitor Chatpetch Saithonggym (0-1). The Thai came to fight, and credit to him, but Hashizume soon took control of the bout and hurt the Thai in reound 3 before finishing him the following round, with the Thai being counted out at the 2 minute 38 second mark of round 4. Hashizume will almost certainly be looking to get into the title mix in 2017 though Ioka do seem to be moving him very gradually considering he won Rookie of the Year back in 2014!
Another Japanese fighter beating a Thai was the world ranked Sho Ishida (23-0, 12) [石田 匠], who defeated Petchnamnung Srisaketpattana (0-1)* in 2 rounds. The Thai, we have been told was ranked #8 in Thailand, was never really in the bout and Ishida before Ishida closed the show in the later stages of the second round round. It now looks almost certain that Ishida will get a world title fight in 2017, and in fact his #1 WBA ranking may mean that a figth with Britain's Kal Yafai could happen, potentially in Spring when Ioka would be expected to hold their next show.
In a Japan Vs Philippines bout fans saw the world ranked Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平] take card of veteran Rocky Fuentes (35-9-2, 20) in 3 rounds. Omori, who was originally slated to fight for the IBF Bantamweight title on this show, took some of his furstrations out on the much smaller Fuentes and now looks set to figth for a world title in 2017, potentially with Lee Haskins who he was originally meant to face on this card.
*Given the Thai's ranking it would seem likely that boxrec.com have an incomplete record for Petchnamnung.
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