Over the last few weeks we have reported 2 bouts set for October 11th at the Korakuen Hall, as part of the next show under the Golden Child banner. Today we can confirm one more notable bout set for the show!
The first bout to be confirmed for the card was the rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], who will battle for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title following their draw earlier this year. The second bout to be announced for this card was also a rematch, with former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] taking on Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), in what is being sold as world title prelude for Wake.
Today saw the official confirmation that former multi-time world title challenger Shin Ono (23-11-3, 6) [小野 心] would also be on the card, in what will be his first bout since losing the Japanese title to Norihito Tanaka [田中教仁] in January.
Sadly Ono's bout isn't a hugely interesting one, with the Watanabe gym fighter going up against Akira Kokubo (8-8-3, 2) [小久保聡].
This bout will be an 8 rounder fought at a contracted 50KG's, and the loser will be in an awkward position. Coming in Ono is ranked by the OPBF and Japan at Minimumweight, whilst Okubo enters as a Japanese ranked Flyweight, following 4 straight wins.
One other bout confirmed for this show today will see Naoki Inaba (6-5-1, 3) [稲葉直樹] fight in a 6 rounder against Yuta Kono (4-5-1) [河野勇太], in what is likely to be the best of the rest from the under-card.
Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] would be back in the ring on October 11th in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Korakuen Hall.
According to sources the former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion will be one of the main support bouts on an upcoming Golden Child Boxing card from Kaneko Gym.
The card, which will be headlined by a OPBF Middleweight title rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], will have Wake in a rematch of his own.
The talented Wake will be up against Filipino foe Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), who was stopped by Wake in 3 rounds back in 2013 and will be expected to come up short again to the Japanese fighter.
It's been suggested that this will be Wake's final bout before securing a second world title bout, though given the situation of the titles there may still be a lengthy wait for the sharp shooting southpaw to get a second shot at the top.
Whilst we now know two bouts for the Golden Child card a full announcement hasn't been confirmed, though is expected in the coming days.
At Korakuen Hall yesterday fight fans got a thriller for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title, as former champions Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝] clashed in a sensational fighter for the title.
Going in to the bout we had incredibly high expectations of the contest, and the bout delivered from the opening bell with an intriguing hard to call, battle that saw both men struggle to build momentum, but never saw the bout drop into any lulls.
From the off it was clear the taller, rangier Tyson was looking to use his southpaw left hand as a major weapon, creating distance and trying to bang smaller Hosokawa. it was a good tactic, and made the most of Tyson's size advantage. Whilst it was the right game plan from Tyson he was unable to fully control the early going with it, as Hosokawa took risks in pursuit of his man, and was rewarded for trying to make the fight and applying the pressure.
When the scores were announced after 4 rounds the scores were 39-17 to Tyson and 38-38, twice. The only thing all 3 men agreed on was that the second round was clearly one for Tyson and that the 4th round was clearly for Hosokawa, with rounds 1 and 3 both being split in the eyes of the judges.
In the middle rounds Hosokawa raised his pace, realising that his pressure was having success, and but Tyson adapted in round 6, finding a home for his left hand, this forced Hosokawa to turn to his left hook, which had success in rounds 7 and 8. The scores were again super close, this time with both men having a judge on their side, 77-75, whilst the third judge had the bout even at 76-76.
Going into the final rounds, and both began to bring their A-Game as we built to a thrilling crescendo, with neither man looking like they would give anything but their all. It was an exhilarating finish to the bout, but again left no clear winner, with the judges scoring the bout 114-114, twice, and 114-115, to Tyson., giving us a majority draw.
It was shocking to see these two go the distance, even more so after how the later rounds went and their reputations as men who don't hear the finish bell. Afterwards neither seemed happy at the outcome, with both talking as if they felt they had won, and talk of a rematch has already began.
It's worth noting that the two men were battling for the belt vacated by Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] earlier this year, and that belt still remains vacant.
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Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see a new OPBF Middleweight champion being crowned, as former champions Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝] battle for the currently vacant title, which was given up earlier this year by Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹].
Today, ahead of tomorrows bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Tyson was exactly 160lbs, the divisional limit, and he looked in good shape, though a little fleshy. He towered over Hosokawa and looked the naturally bigger man, despite lacking in terms of definition. Hosokawa on the other hand was 159lbs and looked to be the man in better shape for the bout, despite being the much smaller man.
At the weigh in Hosokawa spoke about the big body of Tyson, and it seems he has the intention of fighting his typical aggressive fight, rather than showing fear to the hard hitting man from the Kadoebi gym.
Interestingly Tyson himself didn't get a lot of time to prepare for this bout, essentially getting the chance when Nonaka vacated, and that could explain his conditioning, and explain why didn't look too comfortable making weight.
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