Heading into 2018 Ryo Sagawa (6-1, 4) [佐川遼] was 2-1 (2), today however he know he'll end the year 6-1 (4) following his 4th notable win since January.
Today the former amateur standout, who had scored wins over Tasuku Suwa, Junki Sasaki and Ryo Matsumoto already this year, added former OPBF title challenger Shingo Kawamura (16-5-1, 8) [河村真吾] to his victim list with an 8th round TKO win at the Korakuen Hall.
Kawamura, as we saw in his OPBF title fight against Satoshi Shimizu, showed no fear and came out looking to make an impact early. He used his southpaw jab excellently and made Sagawa really think about what he did. Sadly for Kawamura his pace began to tire him out, and as we went through the middle rounds it was Sagawa taking control, landing clean shots and really testing the toughness of Kawamura. That toughness however saw Kawamura being too tough for his own good and the referee stepped in in the final round to stop the bout and give Sagawa his 4th big win of the year.
Sagawa had previously stated that he was wanting to fight for titles in 2019, and it's hard to suggest he doesn't deserve one. Sadly for Kawamura this is a second straight stoppage loss, and it's hard to see where he goes from this.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get a really brilliant card. Among the interesting match ups on the show is a Featherweight bout between recent OPBF title challenger Shingo Kawamura (16-4-1, 8) [河村真吾] and Ryo Sagawa (5-1, 3) [佐川遼].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 126lb limit, those specifics haven't been given to us at the moment.
Not only did both men make the limit but both looked in fantastic shape for what is a key bout for both men. The winner of this will take a huge step towards a title fight in the new year and will be full aware of how significant this contest is.
Coming in to the bout Kawamura is looking to bounce back from an August stoppage loss to Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] whilst Sagawa is looking to build on an upset stoppage win over Ryo Matsumoto [松本亮], from back in September.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans were able to see 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (7-0, 7) [清水 聡] continue his perfect start to professional boxing, and record his third defense of the OPBF Featherweight title, as he stopped Shingo Kawamura (16-4-1, 8) [河村真吾] in 4 rounds.
The challenger started really confidently, and looked like he had real intention to take the fight to Shimizu. It was brilliant mentality from Kawamura who had tagged the body of Shimizu and actually reddened his face in the first 3 minutes.
Sadly for Kawamura his success was short lived, and in round 2 Shimizu began to let his shots fly, landing some hard counter shots, and find a home for both his right hook and his straight left hand. It was clear the edge in power was with the champion but the challenger wasn't going to back off and Kawamura continued to try and fight back in round 3, though was beginning to show markings around his face.
In round 4 a brutal left hand dropped Kawamura through the ropes and the referee stopped the bout.
After the bout Kawamura stated that he was wanting to continue but did look like he was taking more and more damage and his right eye was badly in the changing room and the fight was certainly swinging more and more in Shimizu's favour, despite a good start from the challenger.
Shimizu on the other hand spoke about becoming a world champion and it seems like his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi is now looking to secure Shimizu a world title fight sooner, rather than later.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] make his third defense of the OPBF Featherweight title, as he takes on fellow Japanese fighter Shingo Kawamura (16-3-1, 8) [河村真吾]. Today they took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men came in on the divisional limit of 126lbs.
The champion, the taller man by quite a bit, is looking to not only record his third defense and extend his perfect record to 7-0 (7) but also take a huge step towards getting world title fight, with a couple of world rankings already to his name. He explained that weight loss for this bout had been easier in than in the past.
Shinmizu also spoke about about the heart ache of his family's home in Shizuoka being left ruined by the recent heavy rain. He stated that only about 30% of things from his past, like awards and photographs, were still intact but that a win here would cheer him up. It's clear he's looking forward and looking to win more awards and a world title belt, and not just looking backwards at the ruined memories of his past.
Kawamura on the other hand seemed determined and confident stating that he had set a game plan to beat Shimizu and that he would not be beaten. He made it clear that he felt he was too tough for the champion, comparing himself to a diamond in terms of toughness. A win here however would be the biggest of his career, by far, and easily outshine his 2013 Rookie of the Year
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We've known for almost a month that Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] would be defending his OPBF title against Shingo Kawamura (16-3-1, 8) [河村真吾] and former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (26-6, 14) [八重樫 東] would be taking on Hirofumi Mukai (16-5-3, 6) [向井 寛史] in a very attractive double header on August 17th. That card has now had some other notable names added to it.
One of those fighters is the once touted Sho Nakazawa (10-2, 4) [中澤奨], who is yet to have his opponent named. He'll be having his first fight as a Ohashi Gym fighter, and will be looking to get his career back on track after suffering 2 losses in his last 4.
A more interesting bit of news for the card is that very exciting Japanese ranked Featherweight Tsuyoshi Tameda (17-3-2, 15) [溜田 剛士] will facing offf with Japanese based Korean fighter Tae Il Atsumi (14-2, 7).
The hard hitting Tameda joined the Ohashi gym last year, when the Yonekura gym closed it's doors, and has scored 4 straight stoppage wins coming in to this bout. He's been looking for a big bout since claiming a Japanese Youth title last August and this is certainly a big bout with a lot, given he will be risking his ranking, and potentially taking a huge step towards a title fight with a win. As for Atsumi, who has also fought Teiru Atsumi in recent bouts, he will be coming in to this on the back of a quick blow out win against Katsuhiko Kanno, though was beaten back in December against Shingo Kawamura.
Given the styles of Tameda and Atsumi we're expecting a genuine thrilling, with both men havign spiteful power and aggresive mentalities. This really could turn out to be the best fight of the card.
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