Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw a must win contest as Yuki Strong Kobayashi (11-7, 6) [ストロング小林佑樹] took on Satoshi Ozawa (13-8-1, 2) [小澤サトシ] in the second meeting between the two fighters, who had previously fought in September 2013.
In their first meeting Ozawa managed to take a split decison but this time there was no doubting who had won, with Kobayashi closing the show in round 2 with a brutal right hand that forced Ozawa's to the canvas and his corner threw in the towel after he rose, and looked dazed.
The opening round had been relatively competitive, with the two fighters looking to control the fight at range. That however was quickly forgotten with when Kobayashi landed the shot to put Ozawa down.
For Ozawa this was a second successive stoppage loss, following a defeat in December to Kentaro Masuda in a Japanese title fight, and is his 4th stoppage loss in 8 bouts, suggesting he is pretty much done. Aged 29 Ozawa has had a hard career and now has 6 career stoppage losses. For Kobayashi this win ends a 2-fight losing run, though he is now 3-4 in his last 7, and can't avoid another loss any time soon.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (25-7, 13) [益田 健太郎] defend his title against Satoshi Ozawa (13-6-1, 2) [小澤サトシ], in what will be Ozawa's first title bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both made the limit for the Bantamweight contest.
At the weigh in Ozawa seemed impressed by Masuda's aura and was clear that his intent was to claim the rounds to take the decision, despite fighting at the Korakuen Hall for the first time. He seems to know it's a big challenge but one he is determined to impress in. The challenger also admitted that he had failed the Japanese boxing test before making his debut, and now wants to prove that failing the pro-test isn't the end of a career.
For Masuda the intent seems to be on scoring a KO and retaining his title. As always he looked in great shape and it's obvious that he is again feeling comfortable as the champion and is looking to defending the title more, potentially in 2017.
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We've known for a while that on December 8th we'd get the chance to see a brilliant match up between Katsunori Nagamine (12-1, 8) [長嶺 克則] and Mako Matsuyama (8-10-2, 3) [松山 真虎], today we saw a lot more details regarding that show, including two title fights.
One of those is a Japanese Bantamweight title fight, that will see reigning champion Kentaro Masuda (25-7, 13) [益田 健太郎] take on Satoshi Ozawa (13-6-1, 2) [小澤サトシ], in what will be Masuda's second defense of his current reign. Coming in to this Masuda is unbeaten in his last 4 bouts, following an April 2015 loss to Shohei Omori that ended his first reign. During that run Masuda has beaten Hideo Sakamoto, Yushi Tanaka and Yu Kawaguchi, securing a second career win over Kawaguchi. Ozawa also comes into this bout on a 4 fight run but this will be a major step up for the challenger, who will be going into his first title bout. Although Ozawa is on a winning run his compeition has been power and his best wins have been razor thing decision over Yoshihiko Matsuo.
The other title bout will see Ken Shiro (8-0, 4) [拳 四朗] defending his OPBF Light Flyweight title against Filipino opponent Lester Abutan (11-5-3, 5), in what will be the Japanese fighter's first defense of the title. Ken Shiro, who has recently vacated the WBC Youth title, unified the OPBF and JBC titles earlier this year and will be hoping to extend his unbeaten run and move towards a world title fight in 2017. For Abutan the bout is a chance to claim a third title, having previously held the LuzProBa Minimumweight and GAB Light Flyweight titles, though he has fallen short in 3 other title bouts.
As with all Diamond Glove shows this will be aired on Fuji TV, though TV specifics weren't made clear earlier today unfortunately
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