Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a title triple header. One of those bouts was for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title, with former amateur standout Ryuto Owan (5-1, 3) [大湾硫斗] taking on Tetsu Araki (12-1-1, 2) [荒木哲].
The bout looked really interesting on paper and proved to be just as good in the ring. To start with Araki attempted to set the pace early by using his jab but Owan landed the more eye catching shots and took early lead.
In round 4 Araki upped the pace and worked brilliantly in the pocket to out work and battle Owan, who was unable to match the tempo of his foe, who really dug in hard to the body further slowing Owan as he tried to respond.
The change in tempo from Araki and his high work rate proved to be the difference with Araki taking the unanimous decision with scores of 77-75, 78-75 and 78-74 to claim his first title. Sadly this is Owan's first loss, though we suspect he'll bounce back well and we wouldn't be surprised to see these two fighting again down the line.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fans will be able to see a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout, as the unbeaten Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] and the once beaten Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] fight for the vacant title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both of the youngsters made weight.
The weigh saw both men look confident and speak excitedly about the bout, which will the first title bout for both men.
Araki will be making his Korakuen Hall debut and he said he was more looking forward to that aspect of tomorrow's fight rather than the title aspect of the match up. He revealed he was confident and looking to control the bout.
Owan on the other hand will be fighting at the Korakuen Hall for the third time and spoke highly of his coming opponent, but seemed to say if he remained calm and didn't panic he should win, and continue the interesting rise of boxers from Okinawa, along with Shawn Oda and Yoshimitsu Kimura.
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Back on August 10th we reported that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] would be making his next defense on October 11th at the Korakuen Hall against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士] at a Diamond Glove card.
Following that we reported a second title bout had been a added the October 11th card, making the show a double header. That second title fight was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title bout between the unbeaten Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] and the once beaten Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲], in what looks like a great match up, and a chance for the two youngsters to get their first taste of gold.
Now we've been informed the show will actually be a triple header! The third title bout set for this show will see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (17-2-2, 10) [勅使河原 弘晶] moving up in weight to face off with Filipino Glenn Suminguit (21-3, 11) for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, which has been vacated by former champion Hidenori Otake.
For the 28 year old Teshigawara the bout will see him return to the Super Bantamweight division, a division that he has flirted with but never really committed to. Despite never being a fully fledged Super Bantamweight he has stated problems making 118lbs in the past and a move up may well bee the best idea for his career going forward.
As for the Filipino he has actually fought as high as Super Featherweight, but achieved his most notable results at Bantamweight, claiming the GAB Bantamweight title in 2016 and making a defense of the title last year. Notably he doesn't appear to have any problems making 118lbs, 130lbs or anything between them.
This is arguably the best of the bouts now set for the show, which will also feature the hard hitting Ryosuke Takami (12-2, 11) [高見 良祐] though his opponent is yet to be announced, and promises to be a thrilling contest.
At the moment it's unclear whether Teshigawara is looking to make the move up in weight permanent, but if he does there is a very possible rush for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title that he'll be leaving behind featuring the likes of Keita Kurihara (12-5, 11) [栗原 慶太], Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介] and Kyosuke Sawada (12-2-1, 6) [澤田京介], who would all be very interested in claiming a notable title in the near future.
Earlier today we were informed that fast rising prospect Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] would be returning to the ring on October 11th to take on Tetsu Araki (11-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] in a bout for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title, as part of an upcoming Diamond Glove card.
The 20 year old Owan, from the Shirai Gushiken Sports gym, has impressed ever since making his debut, in May 2017, and has already scored notable wins over the likes of Alvin Medura and Jun Blazo, both from the Philippines, and Japan's very own Takuma Matsushita. Although still a novice big things are expected of Owan, who had trained alongside Daigo Higa and is managed by Japanese legend Yoko Gushiken.
Araki, who has previously fought as Takahiro Araki, is a 23 year old who debuted back in July 2014 when he fought to a draw with Koichi Uryu. Since then he has lost just once, a narrow defeat to Tenta Kiyose, and since then he has reeled off 7 straight wins, including a good victory last time out against Yuto Nakamura. That win saw Araki secure himself JBC and OPBF rankings and take a big step foward.
On paper this looks like a really good fight, and should see both men having a chance to shine. The winner wouldn't just score their best career win, but also claim, their first title
The only other bout announced for this card, so far is an OPBF Light Welterweight title bout, which will seed champion Rikki Naito (20-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] defending his belt against Daishi Nagata (11-1-1, 5) [永田 大士].
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw Yoshimitsu Kimura (10-1, 5) [木村吉光] secure his first title belt, as he stopped defending Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion Kazuma Sanpei (15-5, 6) [三瓶数馬] in the 5th round.
Kimura, who had come up short against in a WBO Asia Pacific title fight against Richard Pumicpic, looked confident and strong from the off. Sanpei looked to rely on his jab but a right hand from Kimura early in the bout made it clear he could hurt the champion.
From round 3 Kimura then began to mix in his left hook, as he managed to force a higher tempo fight on to Sanpei and the two spent time trading hard blows. Unfortunately for Sanpei he couldn't ever discourage Kimura who landed a brutal left body shot in round 5 that left Sanpei open, with Kimura quickly jumping on him. With Sanpei looking out on his feet the referee jumped in and saved him.
Despite moving up in weight for this bout the new champion seemed very comfortable and it sounds like he may remain at Super Featherweight. Sanpei also seemed impressed as the physical strength and skills of Kimura who secured a career best win here.
Also on this card was a Japanese Youth Bantamweight title eliminator, which saw Ryuto Owan (5-0, 3) [大湾硫斗] take an opening round win over Takuma Matsushita (5-5, 2) 松下拓磨] to secure himself a shot at the title in the near future.
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