Japanese fans with tickets to tomorrow's Diamond Glove show have sadly got one less title bout to see after the chief support bout was cancelled this morning.
The match up in question was the Japanese Light Flyweight title bout, which was to see champion Kenichi Horikawa (40-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] defending his title against youngster Ryuto Oho (12-5-1, 4) [大保 龍斗].
The bout, scheduled as Horikawa's second defense, was to be Oho's first shot at a senior title, sadly however the challenger was unable to make weight for the bout, forcing the cancellation.
From what we understand Oho was in a poor physical condition trying to cut down to the 108lb limit, and he was taken to hospital for medical care straight from the gym, rather than even attending the weigh in. Oho is said to have had symptoms of heat stroke before being taken for medical care.
For those who are curious, Horikawa managed to make weight and will now actually take part in a spar with WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (16-0, 9) [拳四朗].
Whilst the bout is off it's unclear if Oho will face further punishment from the JBC, who have taken a very harsh stance on missing weight following Luis Nery's rematch with Shinsuke Yamanaka last year. Alternatively they may give him leeway due to his medical situation.
This cancellation has seen the shows start time being pushed back by 15 minutes for those attending.
Earlier today we were informed that Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (40-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] would make his second defense of the title in August, with the veteran set to fight against Ryuto Oho (12-5-1, 4) [大保 龍斗] on August 8th.
The bout will be Horikawa's third of the year following title win in February against Satoru Todaka and his first defense this past May. The 39 year old champion has more wins than any other active Japanese born fighter and is still reeling off victories at his advanced age.
As for Oho, aged 24, the bout will be his the bout will be his first Japanese title bout, but follows a Japanese Youth title win for the youngster. It's worth noting that he was stopped last time out, but that loss had come at Flyweight, to Masamichi Yabuki who actually damaged his hand in the win.
The bout, which will serve as the chief support bout to the highly anticipated OPBF Super Bantamweight bout between Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2-2, 12) [勅使河原 弘晶] and Shohei Omori (20-2, 15) [大森 将平] and rounds off an interesting card which will also see the very promising Masahiro Suzuki (2-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] face off with Japanese ranked Lightweight Kosuke Arioka (9-3-1, 8) [有岡 康輔].
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a bloody and action packed bout between the hard hitting Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道] took on the skilled Ryuto Oho (12-5-1, 4) [大保龍斗].
The bout had originally been scheduled March 21st but was delayed due to Oho suffering an injury in early March. With the injury healed he came into today's bout today full of hunger and started will. He put Yabuki under pressure in the opening round and forced the hard hard hitter to back up during the early stages of the bout.
Yabuki seemed to realise that Oho would be happy to bring pressure, and although Yabuki was forced to box on the back foot he did look relaxed picking his moments, working with his back near the ropes and catching Oho coming in.
The dynamic made for interesting clash in the early going. Would Oho get to his man and get to work on the inside, or would Yabuki have the steam in his legs to neutralise Oho and break him up with his own power.
By round 3 it seemed like Yabuki's power was taking a toll on Oho, who was starting to slow a touch, and his face was reddening. He continued pressing the fight, but was taking more than he was dishing out. The following round Oho would have a cut open over his left eye eye lid, and it was a bad one. His bravery showed through as he continued to press, but took risks in the process and took more shots as a result. Those shots further worsened his cut, which had began to cover half of his face in claret, and by the time the round ended and he had got to his corner it was clear that he had a huge target on his face.
The blood seemed to drive on Oho who put a lot into round 5, though didn't have a huge amount of success given his effort. In round 6 oho would manage to leave Yabuki with a cut over his left eye, but his own cut was worsening and a doctor's inspection a little over a minute into the round saw the fight being stopped, despite Oho clearly wanting to carry on. To be far to the doctors however this was a pretty bad cut right on the eye lid, a real nasty one.
Notably the ending here served Yabuki well, with the winner admitting on social media that he had badly damaged his right hand. He posted a picture of his hand and it really was a swollen mess, which will keep him away from the ring for some time, whether it's broken or not.
For Oho this is another loss, and one that will stall any chance he has to get a Japanese title fight, but there's no doubting his heart and fighting spirit and he will have made more fans despite the loss, due to his effort and fingers crossed the cut heals quickly and he's back in the ring sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier today news broke that the scheduled bout between hard hitting Japanese fighter Masamichi Yabuki (8-3, 8) [佐藤政道] and skilled youngster Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] had been rescheduled, from March 21st to May 1st, due to injuries in training suffered by Oho.
According to the excellent @makotookaniwa, who was the match maker in Japan who put this bout together, Oho was injured on March 4th forcing the original bout to be rescheduled. Though with it coming on the May 1st show, where it will now be the chief support bout, it does actually have a high profile, and will be available on Boxing Raise, which is always a good thing!
At the moment we've not had confirmation on the full details, though we're expecting it to still be an 8 round bout at 50KG's.
This bout will now share a card with the highly anticipated Japanese Featherweight title bout between Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] and skilled challenger Reiya Abe (19-2, 9) [阿部 麗也]
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