Earlier tody Ohashi gym put on their latest show, and although not one of their super packed world title cards it was still a deep show littered with notable fighters.
In one of the shows earlier bouts former Japanese Light Welterweight title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (21-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], who bounced back from his controversial 2016 loss to Hiroki Okada with a dominant decision win over Ohashi's Quaye Peter (9-9-2, 5). Peter, who must have viewed this as a must win, was never able to match Hosokawa and has now suffered 3 straight losses, leaving his career in jeopardy. As for Hosokawa the win ended a 2-fight slide and keeps him in the title mix.
Another fighter picking up a decision win was former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (20-6-1, 11) [岡田 誠一] who scored a straight foward win against Kentaro Yamada (8-8-1, 6) [山田 健太郎].
In terms of bouts that didn't go the distance there was a good domestic win for former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (22-2, 12) [原隆二], who took 6 rounds to see off Akiyoshi Kanazawa (14-7-4, 7) [金沢 晃佑]. For Kanazawa the loss saw him being stopped for just the 2nd time in 25 fights but Hara will need to score a tougher win to earn another world title shot.
Int he main support bout fans saw the fast rising Koki Inoue (7-0, 6) [浩樹井上] score a career best win as he destroyed Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Mitsuyoshi Fujita (10-3, 3) [藤田 光良] in 5 rounds. Fujita put up a good fight, and had some moments, but was broken down by Inoue's pressure, power and work rate. Now it seems like Ohashi will push for Inoue to get a title fight in the coming months, and with his style he is very TV friendly.
In the main event Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17) [松本 亮] defeated Hideo Sakamoto (17-4-3, 5) [坂本 英生] in less than 2 minutes to make a statement, and begin his hunt for a world title fight.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see talented hopeful Koki Inoue (6-0, 5) [浩樹井上] battle against Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Mitsuyoshi Fujita (10-2, 3) [藤田 光良], in what is a genuine step up for the talented Inoue.
Today the two men took part in their wiegh in for the bout, which will take place at Light Welterweight, and both made weight simple enough.
Although the bout is a step up for Inoue he looks to be seeing the bout as a chance to make a statement, and it's clear that he will be looking to impress the Ohashi gym chairman Hideyuki Ohashi. If he can impress Ohashi there is a chance that Ohashi will actively chase a title fight for Inoue, who has eyes on winning titles before the end of 2017.
Going in as the under-dog Fujita knows there is little pressure on his shoulders, though with no pressure he may well shine and could, potentially, be a banana skin for the touted Inoue.
The bout, although not televised live, is expected to be featured on the upcoming Diamond Glove telecast on Fuji TV.
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