Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw an intriguing match up between rising prospect Reiya Abe (15-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] and former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-4-1, 22) [細野 悟]. It was a bout that pitted a young lion against an aging veteran, looking to re-establish himself on the domestic scene after a notable loss last year in a world title eliminator.
Sadly for Hosono it wasn't to be the return that he wanted, instead it was a case of the young lion taking over, and beating Hosono, with surprising ease. In fact Abe made the bout looklike a show case and not a supposed huge step up.
From the opening moments Abe used his natural size advantage, speed and youth to control the range and tempo of the bout. Hosono, who has alwasy been a little bit slow and predictable, really had no answer to Abe's movement, jab and power straigth left hand.
In round 7 the two clashed heads, and Hosono was left with a brutal looking cut over his right eye. Hosono continued to try and fight but the cut worsened, and in round 9 the doctor stopped the contest due to the veteran's cut, and took us to the scorecards. They all favoured Abe, with the judges scoring the bout 90-81 and 89-83, twice, in the youngster's favour.
Following the bout Abe hinted that he would be hunting a Japanese or OPBF title fight before theend of 2017. As for Hosono, he is now likely looking at retirement, having hard a long, memorable and very tough career, that has seen him fight in 3 world title fights, and claim the Japanese Featherweigth title, twice, and the OPBF Featherweight title. At 33 Hosono has certainly seen better days and really has little left to fight for following this defeat, which puts him a long, long way from another world title fight.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans will see former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-3-1, 22) [細野 悟] battle against the little known Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] in what looks like a genuinely intriguing match up.
Today the two men weighed in for their bout, and both made the contracted limited, of 58.9KG's, with Hosono coming in dead on the limit and Abe comign in under the limit by 100g.
Although Hosono was the heavier man, and is the more experienced fighter, he did look the naturally smaller man, and at 33, heading towards 34 just days after he fight, he has certainly seen better days. Abe on the other hand is is just 24, coming into his prime and is riding a run that includes victories over the likes of Ryo Hino, Hikaru Marugame, Shingo Kusano, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Joe Noynay.
Whilst this bout is clear featurign fighters from different generations, it could well be a bout that sees a torch being passed, or could see Hosono once against thwart a rising youngster,as he has done numerous times in recent years.
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Last month we reported that Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] would be returning to the ring on October 2nd to face OPBF Featherweight champion Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], with Shimizu looking to set a Japanese record for winning an OPBF title in fewer fights than any other Japanese fighter. Today we learned a number of details about the supporting bouts that card, and got the chance to piece together some of the card.
The chief support bout was announced today and will see former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-3-1, 22) [細野 悟] battle against the in-form Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也], who comes into the on a 6 fight winning run including notable wins over Hikaru Marugame, Shingo Kusano, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Joe Noynay. The bout pits two Japanese top 10 ranked Featherweights against each other in a really mouth watering match up between battled hardened veteran and rising youngster with both men looking to prove a point, and both will be looking to make a statement en route to getting a big fight in the near future.
Also announced for the card was WBO #1 ranked Light Flyweight Ryuji Hara (22-2, 12) [原隆二], who's opponent hasn't been named, though it has been made clear that he is looking to get a second world title fight in the near futuire, and this could well be seen as his world title prelude.
Although not officially announed it's also strongly hinted that both Kazuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋一輝] and Katsuya Yasuda (0-0) [保田克也] will be in action on the show, likely in 6 rounders, if they both get through their August 30th bouts without any damage.
It's fair to say that everyone who follows the Japanese boxing scene is excited about the two world title bouts that are set to take place later today. Prior to those bouts fans at the Ariake Colosseum have had some action already in an under-card littered with notable names.
The first of those notable names was youngster Andy Hiraoka (9-0, 6) [平岡アンディ], who finally got in the ring with 2014 All Japan Lightweight Rookie of the Year Shogo Yamaguchi (10-3-1, 5) [山口 祥吾]. These two had been expected to fight back in late 2014, when Hiraoka pulled out due to illness, and earlier this year, when Hiraoka again pulled out. Now fully fit the youngster made a statement and stopped Yamaguchi in round 5, dropping his man who was stopped during the count by the referee.
The second notable name was former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-3-1, 22) [細野 悟] who destroyed recent Japanese Lightweight challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-7-1, 6) [野口将志] in just 136 seconds. Noguchi was absolutely smashed by a hook and couldn't get back to his feet, despite trying. This was Hosono's first bout since losing to Johnathan Victor Barros last year in an IBF world title eliminator, and actually say him moving up in weight. As for Noguchi this was a second successive stoppage loss, and he may now begin to rethink his career.
It didn't take Ryo Matsumoto (20-1, 18) [松本亮] long to see off the awfully over-matched Indonesian veteran Hendrik Barongsay (29-26-3, 18), who was stopped in round 2. The talented Matsumoto admitted after the fight that he's glad he lost in his first meeting with Victor Uriel Lopez and having the subsequent surgery. He's not in pursuit of a world title fight, and is likely to target one of the Japanese fighters currently holding a Super Bantamweight title.
It took 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] just 109 seconds to see off the woefully over-matched Takuya Yamamoto (8-7, 4) [山本 拓哉], in what was Shimizu's first bout against a domestic foe. The former amateur standout set a high and aggressive pace from the opening moments and dropped his man early on. Yamamoto recovered to his feet but was tagged soon afterwards and the referee was forced to stop the action.
The bouts may be included on a delay broadcast on one of the Fuji channels in the coming weeks but as for now there is no known broadcast time or date for any of these bouts, sadly.
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Day 2 of the Fuji TV Boxing FES 2017 is set to be a stacked card with two notable world title fights on it. The headliner will see Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against American challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5) whilst the other will see the IBF Light Flyweight title being unified as regular champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] battles interim champion Milan Melindo (35-2, 12).
As well as the two main events the card also has a string of notable names on the under-card in supporting bouts. They include 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], who will battle against Takuya Yamamoto (8-6, 4) [山本 拓哉] and former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (32-3-1, 21) [細野 悟] battling against recent Japanese Lightweight challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-6-1, 6) [野口将志].
The latest bout to be added to the card has seen former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17) [松本亮] facing off with Indonesian veteran Hendrik Barongsay (29-25-3, 18), in what is likely to be little more than a stay busy bout for Matsumoto, who is looking for a world title fight later in the year.
The 23 year old Matsumoto took a 7 month break from the ring last year to recieve medical treatment for a long term issue, and this will be his second bout of the year and his third contest within 6 months.
Although Barongsay is far from a top opponent he is a sturdy veteran who has been stopped just 9 times in 57 contests. He has been in with a who's who including Genesis Servania, Nawaphon Por Chokchai, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Loreno Villanueva, Denkaosan Kaovichit and Kohei Kono.
The bout here for Matsumoto is thought to be a title prelude before his team look to set up a world title bout in the second half of the year.
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