Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a Japanese Featherweight title fight, which act as part of a double header which will be shown this coming weekend on Fuji TV.
The bout saw defending champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝], who had won the title in spectacular fashion earlier this year against Takenori Ohashi, battling against Tatsuya Otsubo (12-9-1, 4) [大坪竜也] in what turned out to be a very compelling and competitive contest.
The challenger started the fight brilliantly. He landing the heavier blows and neutralising the jab of the champion. The power of Otsubo paid dividends in round 3 when he dropped the champion with a nasty straight right hand.
It was the perfect start for the challenger who was of to an early lead. Sadly however for Otsubo dropping the champion seemed to wake him up, and Minamoto managed to establish some control on the bout the following round, before close the gap on the score cards in round 5, to only be 48-46 behind at the mid way point.
Despite coming back into the bout it was clear that Minamoto had a new found respect for the challenger and had to make sure not to get too reckless when attacking the challenger.
In round 6 Otsubo began to show signs of tiring whilst Minamoto managed to tighten his control on the action, using his movement and his accurate sharp punches. By the end of round 7 he had drawn level on the score cards, but was totally in control of the action with Otsubo flagging, in need of a second wind.
Sadly for the challenger that second wind would never come and in round 9 Minamoto would finally drop the challenger, with the bout being stopped immediately.
Following the bout Minamoto stated that there was two Japanese fighters he'd like to face and that he would like to fight again this year. One of those is OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] whilst the other is the highly ranked Reiya Abe (17-2, 8) [阿部 麗也]. He seemed excited to face either man but he would likely be the under-dog against either man.
As for Otsubo it seemed like he knew he had had a great start, but simply couldn't keep it up. There is however no shame in his performance and he certainly gave a better effort than many had anticipated.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] make his first defense, as he faces off with Tatsuya Otsubo (12-8-1, 4) [大坪竜也]. Today the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout, and both men made the Featherweight limit.
On the scales Minamoto was bang on the limit of 126lbs and looked in fantastic shape. He spoke confidently of defending his title and although he wasn't dismissive of Otsubo it seemed very clear that he is no rush to give up the title and that is not fearful of Otsubo, who has never scored a win against someone as talented as Minamoto before.
As for Otsubo, who also came in on the divisional but looked smaller than the champion, there was also confidence, with the challenger declaring they would take home the title. Otsubo has never been dropped as a fight, either in a bout or in sparring, but this bout certainly seems like it could test his toughness with Minamoto being a hard hitting fighter with really good output.
Fans wanting to watch this bout will sadly need to wait until the weekend with Fuji TV set to broadcast the bout on tape delay this coming Saturday as part of their Diamond Glove serious of fights
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Earlier this year we saw the Japanese Featherweight title change hands, with Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] becoming the new champion courtesy of a brilliant performance against Takenori Ohashi [大橋健典] to claim the belt. We've known for a while that he would be making his first defense on August 9th at Korakuen Hall, as part of a double header alongside the rematch between Keita Obara (19-3-1, 17) [小原 佳太] and Alvin Lagumbay (10-2, 9).
Although we knew when and where Minamoto would be defending his title his opponent wasn't announced, at least not until today.
After several weeks of waiting we finally saw Minamoto's opoonent being announced as former national title challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (12-8-1, 4) [大坪竜也].
The challenger is best known for his 2015 loss to Satoshi Hosono ina bout for the Japanese Featherweight title. That loss would be followed by another defeat, to Han Jo in Korea, but since then he has gone 4-0 (1), scoring two notable wins over Ryuto Araya. This bout looks to be another very tough title challenge for Otsubo, but he should ask question of Minamoto, who looked sensational against Ohashi but hasn't shown amazing consistency through his career.
This bout will be part of a Diamond Glove show and will be featured, in some form on Fuji TV on a delay basis.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans had a solid card at the Korakuen Hall, with a number of notable fighters in action in the supporting bouts.
One of those was the touted Kaiki Yuba (3-0, 2) [湯場 海樹], who continued his unbeaten start as he over-come tough Filipino journeyman Pablito Canada (6-13-3,1), who proved his toughness once again by taking the heavy handed Yuba the 6 round schedule.
Another bout of note saw former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (10-8-1, 3) [大坪竜也] over-came former OPBF title challenger Ryuto Araya (11-6-1, 3) [荒谷 龍人] in a razor thin decision, with a knockdown by Otsubo being the difference. The under-rated Otsubo has now won two in a row after back-to-back losses in 2015 though sadly this was a second successive set back for Araya.
Also on this card was former Japanes Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe (12-2-1, 8) [戸部洋平], who scored a stunning KO over Saengthong Tor Buamas (5-3, 5). The Japanese fighter hadn't fought in over a year, due to injury, but never looked in any trouble before knocking out the Thai in round 5.
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Earlier today saw the weigh in for tomorrow's Japanese title fight at the Korakuen hall, between defending champion Satoshi Hosono (27-2-1, 20) and little known challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (8-6-1, 3). The weigh in saw both fighters make weight, though there was a little bit of drama.
Otsubo weighed in well under the limit at just 125¼lbs, a full ¾lbs under the limit. His weight was the lowest since he beaten Atsushi Hosogai back in September 2011, when he weighed 124¾lbs, though it should be noted that he has fought as a Bantamweight in the past.
Hosono on the other failed to make weight on his first attempt, coming in marginally over the limit. He immediately removed his pants and made the limit on a second try, weighing in at exactly 126lbs. Despite the slight mishap on the scales this was the 4th successive time that Hosono has weighed 126lbs, and the 11th time in 13 bouts.
For Hosono this will be his third title defense whilst Otsubo will be looking to claim a title in his first title bout.
Satoshi Hosono looks to defend his Japanese title against big under-dog
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