Earlier today Japanese veteran Mikihito Seto (34-14-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人] took part in his retirement ceremony, doing so at the Korakuen Hall prior to the main event bout between Tomoki Kameda and Abigail Medina.
Seto made his debut back in May 2000 and remained an active fighter until July 2017. During his long, 51 fight, career he fought a who's who of Japanese boxing around 122lbs.
As an active fighter Seto would pick up big wins over the likes of Akifumi Shimoda, Jonathan Baat and Kento Matsushita, whilst suffering losses to the likes of Masaaki Serie, Hidenori Otake and Shingo Wake, who he faced in his final career bout. He would also go on to claim the "interim" Japanese Super Bantamweight title.
The event had an edge of sadness to seeing such a servant of Japanese boxing retiring, but at 39 years old it's clearly the perfect time, and it now seems like he's set to spend time with family, with his kids joining him in the ring today, during the ceremony.
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Around a year ago we saw popular Japanese fighter Shingo Wake (21-5-2, 13) [和氣 慎吾] suffering a damaging loss to Dominican puncher Jonathan Guzman. Today we saw Wake return to the ring as he faced off with former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-14-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人] , and really didn't look like a man who had been out of the ring since last July.
Wake quickly took control of the bout, using his sharp footwork to create the space he needed to land some sharp southpaw left hands. To his credit Seto didn't look like a man who was worried, but it was clear he was up against it, and as the bout went on Wake became ever more comfortable, landing shots, keeping control of the range and tempo and really doing as he pleased with Seto.
Due to the frequency with which Wake was landing his shots took a clear effect on Seto after a few rouns, with Seto swelling over the right, and under the left, eye. The swelling gave the sharp shooting Wake two clear targets.
In round 5 Wake began to unload with a series of shots which forced Seto's corner to throw in the towel and save their man, who was looking beaten, and battered by the time they got involved in the outcome.
After the bout Wake seemed to realise he was rebuilding his career, but clearly has his eyes on a second world title bout down the line. As for Seto this is probably the end of his long, and hard, career.
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Last July we saw the popular Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] come up short in a damaging, but courageous, loss to Dominican puncher Jonathan Guzman in a bout for the IBF Super Bantamweight title fight. Since then he has been out of the ring, partially due to the need to let his injuries heal, and partly due to a gym transfer.
Wake will be back in action tomorrow, ending almost a year of inactivity, as he takes on former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人] in one of three notable bouts at the Korakuen Hall.
Today Wake amd Seto took part in their weigh in, with both men making the contracted Super Bantamweight limit.
On the scales Wake was the heavier man, but came in under the limit weighing in around 121.75lbs for the bout and looking in great shape. Seto on the other hand was well under the limit, coming in closer to 121.25lbs, and also looked in brilliant condition for the bout.
Althouigh Wake was a highly ranked contender before the loss to Guzman he is now unranked, and sees this bout against Seto as the first step towards a ranking, and a world title. Showing a firm belief in himself, but a humbleness to his position in the sport right now.
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Earlier this month we reported that Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] would be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the first time on July 19th, battling against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎]. The winner of that bout will then defend the title in October against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太].
Today we learned that the Otake Vs Usui bout may not be the only OPBF title bout on that July 19th card.
According to our sources the other OPBF title bout on the card will see OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (19-6-1, 6) defending his title against Japanese challenger Hayato Kimura (26-9, 17) [木村 隼人所属], and will be officially announced in the coming days, with two separate sources reporting the bout is a done deal for the show.
For Dacquel the bout will be his third straight contest in Japan, where he has beaten Go Onaga and Shota Kawaguchi in the last 12 months, and will be his 7th bout on Japanese soil in total, where he is now 3-2-1. The win will help strengthen his claim for a world title fight, but the reality is that he's a long way off contending with the top dogs in the division. Despite being a fringe contender the OPBF title he holds is a valuable title to hold and is earning him solid pay days to defend the belt on the road against Japanese challengers.
For Kimura the bout will see him trying to end a 0-5 run in title fights dating back more than 8 years. The talented 27 year old Japanese fighter has suffered recent title fight losses to Sho Ishida and Kenta Nakagawa but could really give his career a huge shot in the arm if he can upset Dacquel here. A win for the Japanese would be a career defining victory, but he's clearly the under-dog against the well travelled Filipino.
With two solid looking titles bouts the card looks good, and it will also feature Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] battling former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人], giving it a really strong ling up at the topof the card.
Earlier this week we reported that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] was set to return to the ring on July 19th to make his first defense of the title, on the same card as the Shingo Wake's (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] bout with Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人].
Yesterday saw Otake's bout being confirmed with the teak tough former world title challenger now set to defend his belt against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎], who was last seen suffering a razor thin loss to Hisashi Amagasa.
On paper the bout looks liek a really good match up, despite the fact the fighters are 35, Otake, and 37, Usui. They are both young for their age, and should put on a thrilling contest with both men having fan friendly and aggressive styles.
It's worth noting that the winner of this bout is expected to defend the title in October in what promises to be an even bigger, and more intriguing fight.
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