Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans got the chance to see a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout. the bout saw defending champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] taking on the unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (16-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義], in what was Okumoto's first defense and Hashizume's first title bout.
The two men had sparred a lot on their familiarity showed as they looked to win the battle of jabs early on. Hashizume was the first to break away from that and began to up the pace. Okumoto went with the challenger, and started to show his better control of distance, though he was the slower man.
Ater 5 rounds the judges scorecards were all over the place. One card backed the challenger, 49-46, whilst Okumoto lead on the other cards, 49-46 and 48-47.
Hashizume began to raise the tempo again in the second half of the fight, and seemed to hurt Okumoto with a body shot in round 7. Okumoto battled back though and used his jab excellently before being dragged into a war in rounds 8 and 9, with men really digging their feet into the canvas and going to work. Hashizume then mixed it up again by taking the final round by boxing smartly, and it was one of the very few rounds all 3 judges agreed on.
At the final bell it seemed like both men had a fair argument for the win, though the judges struggled to split them, scoring the bout 96-95, to Okumoto, 97-93, to Hashizume, and 95-95 leading us to a draw.
At the final bell it seemed like Hashizume had more reason to be annoyed, he had regularly unsettled Okumoto, landed the better blows and had dictated the tempo and distance better. With the draw he stays in the mix, but will have to wait for a second shot, as Okumoto will need to make a mandatory defense in the new year against Yuta Matsuo(15-3-1, 8) [松尾雄太].
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Tomorrow we'll see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-3, 10) [奥本 貴之] making his first defense of the title he won earlier this year. The champion will be up against the once touted, and still unbeaten, Masayoshi Hashizume (16-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義].
Today the two men weighed in for the contest and both managed to make the 115lb limit for the bout.
Both men made weight and it was made very clear that the two knew each other well, having sparred numerous times prior to agreeing to fight.
Okumoto stated it would be a tough game, but he seemed determined and spoke confidently, like a man who would go through anything to retain the title. Hashizume himself seemed even more confident, stating that he would become the champion tomorrow.
The bout won't be shown live any where, but it will be added to the Boxingraise service on demand after the contest takes places, giving their subscribers a chance to see this contest on a delay basis.
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Earlier today Green Tsuda held a press conference to announce their next big show "Crash Boxing 19", and revealed that it would be a triple title show, with a very good non-title supporting bout as well.
The main event will see Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (17-4, 14) [矢田良太] make his second defense of the title, as he takes on Shusaku Fujinaka (16-9-2, 10) [藤中 周作]. This promises to be an explosive contest but one where the champion will be heavily favoured to retain his title.
A better looking national title fight will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-3, 10) [奥本 貴之] defending his title against the unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (16-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義]. Okumoto won the title earlier this year, outpointing Hiroyuki Kudaka, and will be favoured here given his experience. Hashizume was highly touted a few years ago, following success in the Rookie of the Year, but hasn't really built on that early success, and this is a big step up for him.
A Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title bout will see Ryosuke Nasu (9-3-3, 2) [那須亮祐] take on Yuto Nakamura (8-5, 7) [中村祐斗]. This is a really interesting match up between talented youngsters. Nasu comes into the bout following a good decision win over Kenta Matsui, and he has been hard matched through his career with bouts against the likes of Masamichi Yabuki and Naoto Iwai. Nakamura on the other hand is 2-3 in his last 5, but did score a huge win last time out over Futa Akizuki and this could be a really exciting fight.
Another potentially thrilling match up will see Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-1, 5) [下町俊貴] battle Daisuke Watanabe (7-4, 4) [渡部大介]. The once beaten Shimomachi is on an 8 fight unbeaten run with 7 straight wins. Those wins saw him claim the Rookie of the Year title in 2017 at Super Bantamweight and has scored a couple of wins already this year, including a good one over Renan Portes. On the other hand Watanabe has been matched incredibly hard, facing the likes of Sho Nakazawa, Gakuya Furuhashi and Reiya Abe in his short career.
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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.
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