Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] pick up his latest win, taking a close majority technical decision over southpaw Hyuma Fujioka (10-8-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬].
The experienced Akaho struggled early on, with Fujioka landing his straight shots and made the most of his southpaw stance. Despite the fact the Fujuoka was having success his shots lacked real bite, and it was the heavier blows of Akaho which were starting to impress around round 3, and those blows would do enough to catch the eye of the judges, despite a clash of heads cutting the left eye of Akaho.
The cut was a bad one, but it seemed to spur Akaho into upping his intensity, something that he seemed to feel he needed to do.
Towards the end of round 5 the bout was halted, taking us to the judges, who gave Akaho the bout with scores of 50-46 and 49-47, whilst the third judge had the bout even 48-48. After the bout Akaho seemed to be clearly disappointed with himself, and stated that he would have a think about what he would do going forward. Fujuioka, despite losing, seemed the much happy man in regards too the bout, and it was obvious he felt he had proven himself as a capable fighter, despite suffering his 8th loss.
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Only a few days ago we saw the announcement of a bout between former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] and Hyuma Fujioka (10-7-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬], which was announced for March 11th as the main event of "A Sign Bee 19" at the Korakuen Hall.
Today it's been announced that the card has actually been pushed back, from Mach 11th to April 2nd.
There has been no public reason for the rescheduling, though as the Akaho Vs Fujioka bout was the only contest announced for the show it could well have been something related to putting the rest of the show together at relatively short notice, or a double booking of some kind.
Hopefully the rest of the card, which should be announced in the coming weeks, does feature some competitive looking match ups to go with the main event, which looks like it's a very obvious mismatch.
Earlier today it was revealed that former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] would be returning to the ring on March 11th at "A Sign Bee 19".
The heavy handed Akaho, who is a 32 year old veteran, will be up against the limited Hyuma Fujioka (10-7-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬] in what looks like a real mismatch.
Akaho vacated the Japanese Bantamweight title last year, when he was unable to make weight for a title defense, is riding a 7 fight unbeaten run into this bout.
Fujioka on the other hand has had very mixed success in his last 7, going 3-4. He is however a southpaw and seems to feel that that will be a major factor in this bout, with Akaho not having looked the best against southpaws so far.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] record his latest win, stopping domestic foe Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2) [水谷直人] in 6 rounds.
On paper the match up was a massive mismatch, and the bout was seen as little more than a stay busy bout for Akaho, who should be competing at a much higher level than this if he's wanting to get back into title contention.
Mizutani actually started quite well, boxing behind his southpaw jab, but it very much felt like Akaho was happy to see what his opponent had in his arsenal before committing to anything of his own. When Akaho finally did let his hands go in round 2 his power showed, as he landed a left hook that put Mizutani on alert. That power was a key difference with Mizutani never able to really shift Akaho or get his respect.
In round 4 a clash of heads left Mizutani with a cut, and from then on the fight became messy, with a lot wrestling and clinching.
With the bout becoming awfully disjointed Akaho managed to break through the defences of Mizutani, landing a nasty body shot that dropped his man. Mizutani got back to his feet, but was down again and the towel would soon save him, at an official time of 2:45 in round 6.
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Back September we reported that former OPBF and JBC champion Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) [赤穂亮] would be back in the ring on November 19th for his next bout as part of an upcoming A-Sign Bee card. At the time however his opponent wasn't named.
Today we can report that Akaho's opponent for that bout will be the rather disappointing Naoto Mizutani (5-4-1, 2) [水谷直人], who is 1-1-1 in his last 3 and is taking a monstrous step up in class. The bout will be an 8 round contest at Super Bantamweight and will be Mizutani's first since an upset win over Mirai Imagawa in September, the only win Mizutani has had over a domestic opponent in 3 years. For Akaho this will be his second bout of 2018, and sees him looking to build on an opening round win over Robert Udtohan.
Another bout of note confirmed for this card is a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout, with Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Yuta Nakayama (6-1-1, 3) [中山祐太]. Originally Oho was supposed to defend the belt in August against Hiroki Inamine but that bout fell though due to Inamine pulling out, so this will be Oho's first defense of the title he won in April, when he stopped Tetsuya Tomioka. For Nakayama the bout will see him coming into the ring in search of a 6th straight win.
As with all A-Sign shows we do expect this to make it's way to Youtube, though it may be drip fed to the online video website.
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