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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Back in September we saw Filipino fighter Edward Heno (11-0-5, 5) travel to Japan and stop Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太] to claim the OPBF Light Flyweight title, doing so in impressive fashion following a draw with Ogido earlier in the year. Sadly for the new champion his reign has already come to an end with a report from the Philippines saying that Heno has been stripped, and boxrec also listing a vacant title fight later this year.
Apparently Heno will be unable to defend the belt at the OPBF convention in November, and rather than the OPBF showing some common sense they have decided to strip the champion and set up a bout between Rey Loreto (23-14, 15) and Ivan Soriano (16-1-1, 8), which will take place on November 10th at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum, in Palawan.
The decision to strip Heno is based on the fighter wanting to spend time with his sick son, and not having enough time to prepare for a fighter like Loreto, especially given that the Heno fight was only a few weeks earlier. The logical idea of having an interim title fight between Loreto and Soriano seems to have passed the OPBF by, despite the fact the same show will have an OPBF "interim" Featherweight title fight on it between Lorence Rosas (8-1-2, 2) and Jelbirt Gomera (12-4, 6), with Gomera getting the shot on the back of 3 successive losses to Asian opponents.
Although the OPBF seem to be hiding behind their rule book, the decision is certainly one that doesn't appear to have been made in great faith and leaves the body open to a lot of questions about their treatment of fighters, like Heno.
(Story originally broken by the fantastic Ryan Songalia of Rappler, with his full story available here)
Earlier this year we saw unbeaten Filipino Edward Heno (11-0-5, 5) fight to a much disputed draw with Japan's Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太] in a bout for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. Originally Heno was announced as the winner of the bout but the decision was reversed, with the final result being a draw that seemed to leave no one hapy.
Today the two fighters had a rematch and this time there was no disputing the winner with Heno stopping Ogido in the 7th round to claim the title and avenge the draw.
The bout started competitively though saw Heno pressing the action, closing the distance and landing his right uppercut and left hooks. Ogido gought back well, and his his moment fighting back, especially in rounds 2 and 3, but he never looked comfortable as Heno continued to press and muscle his way. The determination of Heno showed in round 4 as he forced mistakes for Ogido, who was warned for going low and was beginning to show signs of tiredness.
Ogido continued to try fighting back but in round 7 Ogido went down. His heart helped him to get up from the knockdown, but it wasn't long until the end as Heno jumped on his, unloaded his shots and eventually forced the finish with Ogido looking spent.
Whilst the set back is a big one for Ogido it should be noted that he could well have lost his previous two bouts and maybe this loss will do him the world of good. For Heno this will feel like he's corrected the judges decision from the draw in their first bout. The Filipino is a long way from being a world title challenger, but this bout will help him get the bouts he needs to open up world title contests in the years to come.
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Back in May we saw unbeaten Filipino Edward Heno (10-0-5, 4) battle with Japan's Seita Ogido (11-2-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太] for the OPBF Light Flyweight title, which had been vacated by Ken Shiro ahead of his world title bout with Ganigan Lopez.
Originally Heno had been announced as the winner ofthat bout to become the new champion, via a majority decision. That was later reversed and the decision was then turned into a majority draw, leaving the title vacant, much to the chargrin of Heno who did seem to have done enough to claim the win and title.
Now we've been informed that Heno and Ogido will face off again, with the two men again trading blows for the Oriental title and hopefully having a clear winner rather than continuing to see the title vacant.
The two men will have their rematch on September 10th in Okinawa, at the University of the Ryukyus, in what will be the headline bout of an otherwise unremarkable show.
Of the two men Heno will likely be the favourite, and given the outcome of the first bout it's fair to say he will have neutrals on his side, however Ogido has been ear marked for success and it's clear that Hiranaka Boxing School have got big plans for him despite back to back draws in title fights to Jonathan Refugio and Heno. Although there is a lot of belief in Ogido it does seem like he will have to prove a point here, and cannot afford anything but a win if he's to keep the belief of his promoter.
Earlier today fight fans in Okinawa saw an OPBF Light Flyweight title bout, which ended in a peculiar situation, giving us yet another bizarre talking point from a weekend which really hasn't stopped giving, or in this particular case taking.
The bout in question saw the unbeaten Filipino Edward Heno (10-0-5, 4) battle with Japan's Seita Ogido (11-2-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太], and it's fair to say that both men have had a long, long day.
In the ring the bout was competitive, with both men enjoying an exciting inside battle to begin with. The back and forth action saw head clashes occur, and Heno did suffer a small cut in round 2, but it was thrilling action, with both men landing shots a plenty. After 4 rounds the judges were split, with scores of 39-37 form all 3 judges, 2 of which favoured Heno.
Ogido stepped up his out put in the middle rounds, and was in a narrow lead after the 8th round, with scores of 77-75 and 78-76 in hs favour and a score of 75-77 in favour of Heno. Being behind saw Heno grit his teeth and go for the win, hurting Ogido in round 11 and looking for a stoppage in the final round.
Given his effort in the final 4 rounds Heno had seemingly done enough to deserve the win, and it was announced that he had indeed taken the victory with a majority decision, thanks to scores of 115-113 and 115-112, against a card of 114-114.
After the bout however it was revealed that a mistake had been made with the score cards, and instead of a majority draw win for Heno the bout was instead announced as a majority draw, with the 115-113 card being retallied as a draw card. As a result of the draw the title, which had been vacated by the newly crowned WBC champion Ken Shiro, remains vacant.
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