Earlier today we were informed that Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (40-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] would make his second defense of the title in August, with the veteran set to fight against Ryuto Oho (12-5-1, 4) [大保 龍斗] on August 8th.
The bout will be Horikawa's third of the year following title win in February against Satoru Todaka and his first defense this past May. The 39 year old champion has more wins than any other active Japanese born fighter and is still reeling off victories at his advanced age.
As for Oho, aged 24, the bout will be his the bout will be his first Japanese title bout, but follows a Japanese Youth title win for the youngster. It's worth noting that he was stopped last time out, but that loss had come at Flyweight, to Masamichi Yabuki who actually damaged his hand in the win.
The bout, which will serve as the chief support bout to the highly anticipated OPBF Super Bantamweight bout between Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2-2, 12) [勅使河原 弘晶] and Shohei Omori (20-2, 15) [大森 将平] and rounds off an interesting card which will also see the very promising Masahiro Suzuki (2-0, 1) [鈴木雅弘] face off with Japanese ranked Lightweight Kosuke Arioka (9-3-1, 8) [有岡 康輔].
Over the last few years we've seen fewer and fewer OPBF title fights that really get the juices flowing, but today we had one of those incredible bouts being announced.
The match up in question will see OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2-2, 12) [勅使河原 弘晶] take on former Japanese Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (20-2, 15) [大森 将平], in what is a truly mouth watering clash.
The fight, which is scheduled to take place on August 8th at the Korakuen Hall as part of a Diamond Glove show, will be Teshigawara's second defense of the title. He won the belt in October 2018, stopping Glenn Suminguit in 5 rounds, and successfully defended it in February against Yuki Iriguchi, with an 8th round TKO. Those wins have extended Teshigawara's current winning run to 7 wins, with 6 by stoppage. During that winning run he has not only stopped Suminguit and Iriguchi but also Keita Kurihara, the current OPBF Bantamweight champion, Jason Canoy and former 2-time world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita.
Omori on the other hand is best known for his losses, both to Marlon Tapales including a loss in a world title fight to the Filipino. Despite those losses he has remained a fringe contender, and is still seen as a man with very high potential, especially at 122lbs, with both of his losses coming at Bantamweight. Since losing to Tapales for the second time, in April 2017, we've seen Omori blitz both Brian Lobetania and Takahiro Yamamoto, and a win here against Teshigawara would be his best win to date, and potentially opens the door to a second world title fight.
Given the styles of the two men, who are both aggressive and heavy handed despite having very different approaches in the ring, we're expecting an absolute barn burner when the two men get in the ring.
As with all Diamond Glove shows this will be shown on tape delay on Fuji TV, and we'd expect at least 1 other noteworthy bout to be added to the show in the coming weeks.
Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans had the chance to see former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-2, 15) [大森 将平] impress, as he stopped former OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (21-6, 17) [山本 隆寛] in 3 rounds.
From the opening round Omori was too quick and too sharp for his foe. Yamamoto was tagged at range, and despite having the occasional connect of his own he really was coming off second best time and time again.
After just 2 rounds it seemed like Yamamoto as depending on his toughness to survive, and hope that Omori would slow down. Sadly for Yamamoto his toughness ran out before Omori slowed down, with Omori moving through the gears in round 3, landing the right hook, rocking Yamamoto and unloading until the referee stepped in at the 2:28 mark of round 3.
After the bout Omori revealed that he had sparred with Naoya Inoue and had learned from that sparring, and although it wasn't explicitly stated it does seem like he will be hunting a second world title fight sooner rather than later. As for Yamamoto he seemed very clear that he was coming off second best and that he lacked the tools needed to defeat Omori, who really looked good today.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka will get a mouth watering card with several fantastic match ups.
One of those bouts will see former world title challenger, Shohei Omori (19-2, 14) [大森 将平] battle against big punching Takahiro Yamamoto (21-5, 17) [山本 隆寛] in a Super Bantamweight bout.
The two fighters took part in their weigh in this morning and both made weight. Yamamoto came in at the 122lb limit whilst Omori was comfortably under the limit at 121.5lbs.
Sadly it doesn't appear that this bout is set to be shown anywhere, and unlike the other Osaka show hasn't been confirmed for Boxingraise, sadly. Despite that we know the fans in the venue are in for a real treat.
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Over the last few weeks we've seen a number of bouts being revealed for an December 9th card at the EDION Arena Osaka, with them pencilled in for a card that hadn't been officially announced but had had bouts leaked out.
The first of those bouts to lead was a contest between former world title challengers, with Japanese based Filipino Warlito Parrenas (26-8-1, 23) battling against Japan's very own Sho Ishida (26-1, 15) [石田 匠]. That was bout was revealed in late October and a few days later we saw WOZ boxing confirm that their star fighter, and former world title challenger, Shohei Omori (19-2, 14) [大森 将平] would be up against fellow puncher Takahiro Yamamoto (21-5, 17) [山本 隆寛], himself a former OPBF Bantamweight champion.
Despite both of those bouts being good ones, it did feel like the show needed one more big fight, a true main event contest if you will. We had assumed that that main event would feature OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (17-0, 11) [中谷正義] but nothing really seemed to develop on that front until yesterday morning, when rumour began to surface that Nakatani would indeed be defending his belt on the show.
The name that was linked to Nakatani was that of the hard hitting and experienced Hurricane Futa (25-7-1, 15) [中岸風太] who has now been confirmed as Nakatani's challenger on the card, which is expected to be officially confirmed over the weekend.
For Nakatani the bout will be his 11th defense, of the title that he won back in January 2014, when he beat Yoshitaka Kato. In recent defenses Nakatani has failed to shine, beating the likes of Tosho Makoto Aoki and Allan Tanada. He was however given a very serious test last time out by Izuki Tomioka.
Futa is a bit known for scoring notable upsets, having scored big surprise wins on the road over Will Tomlinson and Vage Sarukhanyan in recent years. Although is no world beater, but he's heavy handed, tough and confident, and he could well cause Nakatani a really tough test. He is also, surprisingly, getting his second OPBF title bout, after having challenged for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title back in 2007, losing a decision to Thai veteran Wethya Sakmuangklang.
We're expecting a press conference from the Ioka Gym, to officially announce this bout, and the show in general, in the coming days.
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