Earlier today news broke from Japan regarding a future Shinsei Promoted card, revealing the date and one of the bouts from the card.
The show, "Real Spirits 66" will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, on December 8th and will be headlined by a WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title bout, pitting champion Musashi Mori (10-0, 6) [森 武蔵] against once beaten challenger Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉], in a mouth watering match up.
Of the two men it's Mori who has achieved more, though he will be going into perceived enemy territory for this match up.
The unbeaten champion turns 20 just a few days before the fight, and despite his youth he has already been very impressive. In 2017 he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year in the Super Featherweight division, whilst running up a 5-0 (4) record. Since then he has dropped down in weight and managed to win the WBO Asia Pacific title with a technical decision over Richard Pumicpic. He has defended the title once, with a split decision in a rematch over Pumicpic, and this looks set to be another very difficult defense of the title for the rising youngster.
Managed by former world champion Yasuei Yakushiji we've seen Mori show real development in recent bouts, whilst beginnign to work with the legendary Ismael Salas, but the youngster still has a lot of work to do before progressing beyond regional level. This bout will be a great chance to see just how much he has developed against a fellow hungry and young fighter.
The 24 year old Mizuno has been a pro for around 6 years, and he made his first mark back in the 2015 Rookie of the Year, reaching the West Japan Rookie of the Year final where he lost a close decision to Tenta Kiyose. Since then he has reeled off 10 straight wins, including victories over Yuki Iriguchi, Noboru Osato and Roli Gasca, and claimed the Japanese Youth title along the way. He has looked rather destructive, with heavy hands, but has got areas to work on, and when his power hasn't been able to win bouts he has struggled, narrowly getting over the line in his 3 decision wins, two of which were split decisions and the third was a majority decision.
Fighting out of the Matsuda gym Mizuno is one of the few fighters at the gym worthy of taking note of, but a win here will shine a light on the gym and help it attract other hopefuls going forward, making it a significant bout for the gym.
Interesting neither of the fighters in this bout are Shinsei promoted fighters, so we're expecting a strong under-card of Shinsei's fighters. It's also worth noting that last year Shinsei doubled up and ran 2 shows in December on the same day and this could be part of a similar plan from the promoter, who really did stack both cards last year.
Earlier this year we saw Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-4-3, 12) [太尊 康輝] fight to a draw in a bout for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title, a title both men had previously held.
Today the two men fought in a rematch, with both looking to become a 2-time OPBF champion.
In their first bout we had seen a slightly out of shape Tyson winning the early part of the bout before his stamina run down and things got messy. This time around both were in great shape from the off, and both were ready for what the other brought to the table.
Tyson, the naturally bigger fighter, made a good start, using his reach and powerful straight left hand in the opening round. In round 2 however Hosokawa began to get close, working on making his high work rate count. Hosokawa's pressure continue in round 3 as he also drew blood from Tyson from a headclash.
Tyson needed to respond, and he did in round 4 as he began to land body shots, attempting to slow down the forward march of Hosokawa. It was a good round for the southpaw, and showed he could get success, but it was taking a lot of effort just to keep Hosokawa at bay.
After 4 rounds the cards were announced with Hosokawa in a slight lead on one card, whilst the other 2 had it even.
By the middle rounds both were showing signs of tiredness, and the tempo of the bout slowed notably. Both tried to fight their exhaustion but struggled, and it was obvious that the tempo of the early rounds was playing a factor. The accuracy and work rate had dropped off, but then, in round 8, a huge right hand from Hosokawa left the tired looking Tyson hurt. The referee quickly stepped in and stopped the bout, as he considered the physical state Tyson, who had a nasty swelling around his right eye.
At an official time of 1 minutes 24 seconds of round 8 Hosokawa has kept his career alive, whilst Tyson suffered his 4th stoppage loss, and third in an OPBF title fight.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see the talented and heavy handed Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎] become a triple crown winner, as he blast out Filipino foe Harmonito Dela Torre (20-3, 12). With the win Yoshino unified his Japanese national title with the previously vacant OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles.
Dela Torre looked to come forward to begin with but landed on the guard of Yoshino who managed to land a good jab early. Dela Torre wasn't put off by the by the jab off Yoshino and got on the front foot, seemingly landing the better blows and coming forward more aggressively. That was a mistake and a counter left hook connected clean with the Filipino who was dropped. The referee stopped the bout with Dela Torre still down, after just over 2 minutes of the first round.
It's unclear what's next for Yoshino, but it's hard to see him having much competition in the region. A fight with Masayoshi Nakatani would have been interesting, had Nakatani not recently retired. As a result there's very few regional foes who would be worthy of his time, and hopefully he won't look to hold on to the titles too much given he has the ability to go further.
As for Dela Torre this is his 3rd loss in 4 bouts and it's hard to imagine him bouncing back from this type any time soon. It us worth noting however that prior to the finishing blow he looked really up for this, and if he can get some confidence building wins under his belt over the near year or two he could end up getting more regional title shots.
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Tomorrow Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝] will face off for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title, in what will be a rematch between the two men, each looking to become 2-time OPBF Middleweight champion.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the Middleweight limit.
On the scales Hosokawa was 159.6lbs and looked in fantastic shape whilst Tyson, who wasn't in the greatest of physical condition for the first bout back in summer, was bang on the 160lbs Middleweight limit.
Hosokawa stated he was looking forward to tomorrow's bout and and was perfectly well prepared for Tyson this time around. Although he was in great shape last time he had spent time originally preparing to face Yuki Nonaka, a very different proposition to Tyson. He vowed to become a 2-time OPBF champion and recapture the belt with a KO.
Tyson sounded very confident and he seemed to show some real self belief that he had the toughness to go 12 rounds if he has to. He didn't care too much how he'd win, but was determined to take the victory.
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Tomorrow in Tokyo fans will see Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎] battle against Harmonito Dela Torre (20-2, 12) in a bout for the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles, with the winner essentially becoming the undisputed Asian champion at 135lbs.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make weight with no issues at all. In fact both men looked in great shape and both sounded confident of picking up what would be the biggest win of their career.
Yoshino stated that Dela Torre wasn't as tall as expected though still seemed to be aware that the Filipino had long arms and reach. Despite the reach of the Filipino Yoshino sounded very confident and seemed to suggest that he was going to fight his fight. He also revealed that in his preparation for this fight he took part in a US training camp, which had left him with awful jet lag, though that was a few weeks ago and isn't expected to be any kind of an issue for tomorrow's bout.
As for the Filipino he suggested that Yoshino was a good fighter, but was confident he'd pick up the win.
For fans no able to get to Korakuen Hall tomorrow this bout will be aired on tape delay over the weekend on Fuji TV as part of their Diamond Glove series of shows.
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