Back in August we saw OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel (11-1-1, 8) score a brutal KO win over Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也] at the Korakuen Hall.
Following the bout Kogawa was removed from the ring on a stretcher, and it was assumed he'd be retiring from the sport, following his first KO loss. Today however it was revealed that Kogawa wasn't done, and in fact he was back in the gym, resuming training for the first time since that loss.
He stated on social media that he's not done and that he will be back in the ring, though a date for his return hasn't yet been set.
It's good to know that he's fine, following what was a genuinely nasty knockout, but it's hard to see him returning to the ring with any major success. He looks to have been on the slide for a while, though he's always been fun to watch and we do wish him the best when he returns to the ring, even if we would rather see him hang them up and get out of the sport with his health in tact.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw the latest Kadoebi promoted card, "Slugfest 10".
The main event of the show was an OPBF Flyweight title bout pitting Filipino youngster, and reigning OPBF king, Jayr Raquinel (11-1-1, 8) took on Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也].
On paper this was one of Raquinel's toughest bouts, and came after a loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, whilst Kogawa was looking to return to form after a string of under-whelming performances.
Sadly for Kogawa, this wasn't a case of him rolling the clock back, despite a very good start, and instead seems likely to be the performance that sends him into retirement.
Raquinel started offensively though was caught with a counter right from Kogawa and was dropped towards the end of the opening round. Sadly for Kogawa that essentially his highlight, and Raquinel quickly resumed control, and was leading 38-37 on all 3 cards at the end of round 4. From then on it was was clear that Kogawa wasn't the balls to the wall warrior he had once been. He was now looking like a shell of the man who had once been one of the most entertaining fighters on the planet. He was looking old, and weary, worn out and like the hard battles of his past had totally caught up with him.
Raquinel started offensively though was count with a The speed advantage that Raquinel had was too much for Kogawa to combat and despite the Japanese fighter being tough and resilient he wasn't competitive, no matter what he tried.
In round 8 that toughness of Kogawa's finally broke and a left uppercut form Raquinel dropped Kogawa hard, with the Japanese fighter banging his hand on the canvas. He tried to get up but the referee quickly put a halt to things.
Raquinel, who is now 3-0 (3) in Japan is likely to return in the near future for his next defense, whilst Kogawa is almost certainly staring retirement straight in the face.
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tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7), from the Philippines, defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Japanese veteran Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the title bout, and, thankfully, both men made weigh at their first attempt, and both looked in fantastic condition for the bout, which really is a crunch clash for both men, neither of whom can afford a loss.
The champion, making his second defense of the title, came in bang on the 112lb limit and looked very relaxed through out the who weigh in process. He seemed calm and confident, and will be looking to score his third win in Japan, following stoppages over Keisuke Nakayama and Shun Kosaka, both of which came last year.
Kogawa came in under the limit, with a little bit of wiggle room, weighing in around 111.75lbs for the bout. He seemed determined and spoke highly of Raquinel, though it's clear, given his recent performances, that he's not the fighter he once was and this could well be his last bout of note if he's unable to pick up the win against the Filipino youngster.
Earlier this week Kadoebi revealed that the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" card would be Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] at Korakuen Hall. Now the promoter has gone on to reveal details from the under-card of that show, and it's become a really good card, as we expect from Kadoebi.
The chief support bout will see highly regarded Japanese prospect Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4) [山内涼太] look to bounce back from a controversial loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, as he takes on world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5, 5). The Filipino visitor has won his last 7 in a row, including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak, Ronguo Wu and Esneth Domingo and is on a good run, whilst Yamauchi will be looking to get back on the fast track to the top with a win. This is, our eyes, a better match up than the main event.
Another leading support bout will see Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and Takayuki Sakai (9-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之] clash in a bout between two JBC ranked Lightweights. Interestingly both men enter with JBC rankings, but each also has a regional ranking, with Kasuya having a WBO Asia Pacific rankings and Sakai having an OPBF ranking.
In a notable contest Mikio Sakai (0-0), will make his professional debut after going 44-22 (19) in the amateurs. The debutant will be matched hard with Japanese based Colombian puncher Elfelos Vega (7-6, 5). Vega has lost 4 of his last 5, but has shared the ring with the likes of Takeshi Inoue and Charles Bellamy during that stretch.
One other fighter of note in action on this show will be Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ], though his opponent hasn't been named. This will be his first bout since fighting to a draw with Aso Ishiwaki earlier in the year.
Several weeks ago we were informed that Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) would defend the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] on August 23rd. Today that bout was officially confirmed with Kadoebi announcing that the bout will be the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" show.
The bout will see Raquinel seek his third defense of the title, and bounce back from a loss in September to Wulan Tuolehazi, in a bout that wasn't an OPBF title defense. The Filipino fighter won the belt in Japan in March 2018, when he stopped Keisuke Nakayama and then defended it 2 months later against Shun Kosaka, stopping him as well.
For Kogawa the bout is a chance to claim a second weight OPBF title. The Japanese veteran claimed the OPBF Super Flyweight title way back in 2010 and has twice been the Japanese Flyweight champion since then. Sadly in recent bouts he has looked like a fighter coming to the end of his career, and has failed to look himself against the likes of Naoto Fujimoto, Yusuke Sakashita and Hideyuki Watanabe.
At the moment no other bouts have been confirmed for this card, though with it being a Kadoebi show we're expecting several other notable names to be announced in the coming days.
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