Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw an OPBF Middleweight title bout that saw the title change hands. The bout saw the unbeaten Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] take a wide decision win to rip the title from the teak tough Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍].
The bout, which no one expected to go the distance, remarkably went 12 rounds with neither man scoring a knockdown.
The bout started in exciting fashion with both men letting big shots go in the first 3 minutes. The challenger quickly established his presence as the one bringing the pressure. Moving forward and cutting the distance to Hosokawa. Hosokawa seemed happy on the backfoot, moving and boxing, but was certainly on the receiving end of the bigger, heavier shots.
As the bout went through the early rounds we saw both men landing solid shots to the other, though the majority of the shots were from Takesako. It was his body shots that were really catching the eye, taking the legs from Hosokawa. The challenger wasn't just landing body shots, but instead he was landing absolutely brutal gut busters to the champion, who some how stood up to shots that looked like would have left many fighters rolling on the floor in agony.
The aggressive start from Takesako saw him take a 40-36 lead after 4 rounds, when the scores were first announced publicly.
The body shots proved to be an excellent long term plan from Takesako, who had used them to take the steam out of Hosokawa's work early on, and by the middle rounds Hosokawa's work rate was dropping markedly. The champion struggled to get any momentum going in the middle stages a the descended into what was slowly becoming a mess. Both men, were becoming tired and there was a lot of smothering, wrestling and clinching. It took the entire tempo out of the bout in the middle stages, and it got worse as both men really only managed to fight in short bursts.
The slower pace didn't help Hosokawa in the slightest, and the bursts of action certainly favoured the heavier and more free flowing combinations of Takesako, who got his shots off then got a chance to catch his breath. These weren't dull rounds, as it felt like any moment could see either man shake the other, but they lost some of the intensity of the earlier rounds.
Takesako was leading 80-72 when the scores were announced for the second time, at the end of round 8, and it was clear he could have taken the easy route and gone ultra negative. Instead he did continue landing the bigger shots, and refused to let Hosokawa get even a toe hold in the contest. When Hosokawa looked like he could be getting some momentum Takesako took the play away with a big combination, just emphasising his control over the contest.
Despite looking tired through the second half both men did keep something in the tank for the final stages, and the tempo increased in the final couple of rounds, with round 12 being the highlight of the second half of the bout. By the the result was already in the bag, with Takesako having an unassailable lead. Despite being comfortably up Takesako still hunted the stoppage, but couldn't get it as Hosokawa proved to be incredibly tough.
After 12 rounds we sent to the scorecards but it was a formality with Takesako take a very clear decision, with scores of 120-108 and 119-109, twice.
Tomorrow from Korakuen Hall we get the first Dynamic Glove card of 2020, and it's headliner is set to be an exceptional bout as OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] takes on Japanese national champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登].
Given the styles of the two men, and the dynamite both men have in their hands, we are expecting something very special here and on paper it's the perfect bout to main event the first televised Japanese card of the new year.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two hard hitters took part in their weigh in and both men made the 160lb limit with no issues.
On the scales the defending champion was around 159.5lbs and sounded confident of picking up the win. Hosokawa suggested that Takesako would be easier to hit than some of the fighters he's been up against, as he's not giving up height and reach here. He spoke about the fight being a struggle but stated that he would finally knockdown Takesako and retain his title.
Takesako was a touch heavier, coming in at 159.75lbs for the bout. He sounded even more confident than Hosokawa, and pointed out that all of his fights against orthodox fighters have been finished in 3 rounds or less.
Despite being the Japanese champion Takesako's belt isn't on the line here, instead he'll be defending it in the Champion Carnival later in the year against mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸].
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired live on G+.
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In 2019 one of our biggest complaints was the number of Dynamic Glove cards that G+ showed on delay. What we had began to expect as a regular, monthly, live broadcast was turned into a sometimes live sometimes tape delay event.
Thankfully to kick off 2019 G+ have listed both their January and February cards will be getting a live broadcast!
The January card, on January 18th, will be headlined by Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] challenging OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], in what is expected to be a humdinger, and will also see Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程].
The February card, set for February 1st, will be headlined by Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. This card will also feature a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和].
Both of the shows are set to air between 17:45 local time and 22:00
We've known for a while that the first Dynamic Glove of 2019 would be taking place on January 18th 2019 and would feature a number of notable fighters, though details have changed since things were first reported.
Firstly we now know that Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] will not be risking his national title against OPBF counter-part Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], with only Hosokawa's OPBF title on the line. It's disappointing news, but doesn't change the fact that the match up it's self is an excellent one.
We've also now seen World Sports Boxing confirm the details of Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] bout on this card. Inoue will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程], in what will be Inoue's first defense of his second reign.
The 30 year old Japanese fighter is best known for his bout this past January against Jaime Munguia, and since then has picked up two easy wins against limited Thai foes. Su on the other hand is a relatively unknown Chinese fighter who's most notable win to date was his last win, against Junjesie Ibgos. On paper he looks a decent challenger but in reality his 2017 loss to Nikolozi Gviniashvili fills us with a feeling that this will be another another easy win for Inoue.
We're not even in November 2019 yet and we're already seeing work being done to put together cards for January, with Japanese promoter World Sports Boxing already putting together what seems likely to be the first noteworthy Japanese card of next year.
We had previously reported that there was plans for a unification bout between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and OPBF counter-part Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] were in place, with the men set to face off on January 18th.
On paper that, by it's self, makes for an excellent way to bring in the new year, however we have since see further details confirmed for the card, featuring a former world title challenger.
World Sports Boxing have not only confirmed the title unification bout for the card but also a bout featuring Takeshi Inoue (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志].
Unlike stablemate Takesako we've not seen any details revealed about Inoue's bout, other than the fact it will be at 154lbs.
As the current WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight champion the bout could end up being a title defense for Inoue, who recently fought a stay busy bout in Thailand, or could be another tick over bout whilst awaiting to land a big fight. It really does depend on who his promoters can sign up for their man, who is best known for putting up a real fight against WBO world champion Jaime Munguia this past January.
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