Earlier today Japanese Youth Light Flyweight champion Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] successfully defended the title, stopping Yuta Nakayama (6-2-1, 3) [中山祐太] in the 7th round of their bout.
The contest, which took place at the Korakuen Hall, was hotly contested from the off, with an exciting pace being set by the two fighters. Although both were letting their hands go, it always seemed like Oho was the heavier puncher, and the one landing the more effective blows.
The clean blows from Oho never looked damaging on a 1-shot basis, but they were accumulating, and damaging Nakayama, who was clearly hurt in round 5. Nakayama gritted his teeth but in round 7 a left hook took what was left his resolve, and the referee stepped in when the challenger's knees wobbled.
After the fight the champion, who will now have to vacate the title due to out growing the age limit, stated he would like to challenger Japanese national champion Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也]. From what we under-stand however Hisada is unlikely to face Oho any time soon, given his own ambitions and the fact he already has a mandatory challenger for the 2019 Champion Carnival, Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一]. What seems more likely is that Oho may face Horikawa for the title, or challenge a new champion in summer 2019, rather than facing Hisada.
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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.
Earlier today saw the announcement of Mugen 9, set to take place on August 4th in Okinawa. The show will feature a pair of title fights, a female OPBF title bout and a Japanese Youth title bout.
The Japanese Youth title bout will take place at Light Flyweight and will see Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Hiroki Inamine (2-1, 2) [稲嶺光紀]. On paper this is an outstanding fight, with Oho looking to build on a brilliant win over Tetsuya Tomioka earlier this year and make his first defense of the title.
As for Inamine, who was a very solid amateur, this bout will see him looking to bounce back from from a May defeat to former amateur stand out Rikito Shiba, in a hotly contested 6 round decision loss.
The other title fight will see OPBF female Bantamweight champion Yuko Henzan (6-6-4, 2) [平安山裕子] make her first defense of the title that she won back in April. She will be taking on unbeaten Chinese challenger Fan Yin (3-0, 1), who is taking a notable step up in class for her first title bout.
Also on this card will be Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太], in a notable supporting bout.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw an all out war for the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title, as Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] battled against the hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-3, 5) [富岡哲也] for the vacant title.
The fight started at a brilliant pace with the two men trading blows almost from the off. Oho pressed the action, as if showing no fear of Tomioka's vaunted power, and put the hard hitting man on the back foot. The game plan seemed to be a great success for Oho who seemed to take Tomioka by surprise.
In the middle of the opening round Tomioka had his moments, but they were few and far between.
The second round again saw Oho press Tomioka and make him uncomfortable. Tomioka then began to show weakness, almost running away from the marauding Oho who seemed to smell blood. Tomioka began to hold his ground but was visibly wilting. A left hook followed by a right hand shook Tomioka hard. He then held his feet and took further punishment as Oho went for the kill. To his credit Tomioka stood his ground and fired back, but Oho wasn't to be denied and dropped Oho with a body shot late in the round. Tomioka tried to beat the count but was stopped as corner threw in the towel.
With the TKO scored Oho won his first title, and couldn't hide how much the victory had meant to him. For Tomioka the loss will be a hard one, but given his youth he will almost certainly be back in the near future.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, with Tetsuya Tomioka (5-2, 5) [富岡哲也] battling against Ryuto Oho (10-4-1, 2) [大保龍斗]. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both managed to make the 108lb weight limit.
On the scales both men were bang on the limit of 108lbs and both looked in great shape.
For Oho this is actually a career lowest and he has really fought almost his entire career as a Flyweight, though has fought as high as Super Flyweight. Despite moving down in weight he looked in good shape and seemed confident of winning his first professional title.
As for Tomioka the weight is actually what he has been fighting, though he has dipped his toes at Flyweight a couple of times. Notably the heavy handed youngster will be fighting for the first time in almost a year, following his loss toi Katsunori Nagamine in an absolute barn burner last May.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be shown on boxingraise, though we suspect it will be shown on delay and not live, sadly.
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