Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see Japanese #2 ranked Light Middleweight Koki Koshikawa (9-1, 6) [越川孝紀] take his next step towards getting a title fight.
The Celes Kobayashi managed fighter was up against Indonesian foe Yosmar Kefi (9-1o, 8), in what looked like a total mismatch. Despite the records Kefi didn't get in the ring to just roll over, instead he looked to give Koshikawa a fight.
Koshikawa looked good earlier on, but Kefi withstood the early shots of Koshikawa, and landed a number of his own, competing pretty well with Koshikawa, despite seemingly losing rounds.
In round 5 Koshikawa, who looked to be tiring, upped the tempo, and the referee jumped in, stopping Kefi who seemed less than happy at the stoppage. It was as if Kefi, felt he hadn't been that hurt, and if we're being honest he did have a point.
Despite the less than great stoppage Koshikawa now moves on to the verge of a Japanese title fight. As for Kefi, this effort today suggests he'd be welcome back in Japan in the future.
On the under-card the stand out bout was a brilliant war between Kazuma Sanpei (17-5, 7) [三瓶数馬] and Tatsuya Otsubo (13-10-1, 4) [大坪竜也], which Sanpei won by majority decision. This was a real highlight, and was the second straight awesome fight for Otsubo who may have come up short but put on a show.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw 2-time Japanese Featherweight title challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (13-9-1, 4) [大坪竜也] battle against Yosuke Kawano (13-5, 7) [今野裕介], in a contest between two Japanese ranked Featherweights.
The bout ended up being amazingly competitive, from the first round to the final bell.
Both men stood their ground through much of the contest, in an exciting back and forth war. There was was moments where both men looked to feel the pace, but neither man really wanted to back off, leading to a really exciting contest, even if the skill level wasn't massively high. Instead of skills and boxing IQ being on show fans were instead given a treat of action, heart and desire.
Given how competitive the contest was there was very little to split the men. The judges however gave the bout to Otsubo with a majority decision, thanks to scores of 77-76, twice, and 76-76.
The win won't automatically get Otsubo a third shot at a title, but certainly keeps him in the mix. Sadly for Kowano the loss is a hit to his hopes, but he too is still in the mix, and may well get a rematch given how good this bout was.
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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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