Today has been a busy day for fight fans in Osaka with two notable shows taking place at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center. Whilst the first was headlined by the brilliant Hianta Maruta the second was a deeper card with several bouts of note.
The first of those saw OPBF and Japanese ranked Flyweight Masahiro Sakamoto (8-0, 4) [坂本 真宏] take a clear 8 round decision win over Il Che (7-12-5, 1) [諸 一宇]. From the opening round Sakamoto settled behind his jab and soon started to work the straight right hand off it as he showed off the skills that have the Mutoh gym very excited about his potential. As the bout went on Sakamoto begin to look more and more for a knockout but Che, a survivor who has only been stopped by top Japanese level fighters like Masayuki Kuroda, Kenichi Horikawa and Tetsuya Hisada, used his movement to see out the schedule.
Although Che survived 8 rounds the judges scored the bout 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73 all in favour of Sakamoto
The second of the notable under-card bouts ended in disappointment all round as a headclash forced a third round technical draw between former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-3, 2) [向井 寛史] and Ryotaro Kawabata (11-2-2, 5) [川端 遼太郎]. Mukai had been downed in round 2 and had seemingly been saved by the bell but the headlcash in the opening moments of round 3 forced the bout to be stopped 73 seconds into the round.
In a third bout of note fight fans saw heavy handed slugger Koki Tyson (10-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] fight to a draw with Korean Joon Yong Lee (5-4-4, 3). The Korean, was fighting in Japan for the second time and showed little fear or respect for Tyson taking the fight to him and trying to close the distance at every opportunity. Lee's tenacity saw him being deducted a point for use of the head but he was worthy of the 8 round majority draw.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!