Earlier today it was revealed that Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] had vacated the Japanese Light Flyweight, with his intention being on getting a world title fight in early 2019.
Hisada had held the title since April 2017, when he defeated Kenichi Horikawa for the belt in their third meeting. Since winning the title he has racked up 5 successful defenses, whilst extending his current unbeaten run to 12 bouts dating back well over 3 years.
The 34 year old from Osaka Prefecture has been linked strongly to a world title fight for some time and it seems likely that in 2019 he will either face WBA "regular" champion Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17), who is reportedly in talks to fight in Japan in the Spring for what will be his third fight in the country, or WBC champion Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗], who defends his title on December 30th.
Despite being unknown in the West Hisada is one of the very, very few fighters to be ranked by all 4 world title bodies, in fact he is ranked in the top 3 by all 4 world title bouts, and could well attempt to lure IBF champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30) over to Japan if that's the option he wants to go with.
Due to the Japanese title becoming vacant we're unsure who Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] will be fighting to fill the vacancy. Horikawa earned his shot at the belt in October, and will fight for the title in the Champion Carnival. The #2 ranked fighter is Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達], though he is currently pencilled in for a fight on January 19th, and it's unclear if he will be the man Horikawa fights for the belt.
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Earlier today Japanese Youth Light Flyweight champion Ryuto Oho (12-4-1, 4) [大保龍斗] successfully defended the title, stopping Yuta Nakayama (6-2-1, 3) [中山祐太] in the 7th round of their bout.
The contest, which took place at the Korakuen Hall, was hotly contested from the off, with an exciting pace being set by the two fighters. Although both were letting their hands go, it always seemed like Oho was the heavier puncher, and the one landing the more effective blows.
The clean blows from Oho never looked damaging on a 1-shot basis, but they were accumulating, and damaging Nakayama, who was clearly hurt in round 5. Nakayama gritted his teeth but in round 7 a left hook took what was left his resolve, and the referee stepped in when the challenger's knees wobbled.
After the fight the champion, who will now have to vacate the title due to out growing the age limit, stated he would like to challenger Japanese national champion Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也]. From what we under-stand however Hisada is unlikely to face Oho any time soon, given his own ambitions and the fact he already has a mandatory challenger for the 2019 Champion Carnival, Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一]. What seems more likely is that Oho may face Horikawa for the title, or challenge a new champion in summer 2019, rather than facing Hisada.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] record his 5th defense of, as he out pointed the Akihiro Toya (8-5, 1) [戸谷彰宏] over 10 rounds.
The challenger, a former Rookie of the year winner, was very competitive in the early stages, winning the opening round on one card and earning a 10-10 round in round 2 before outright winning round 4.
The jab and right hand of Toya were making things awkward for Hisada, who managed to land the better but had to work hard for his success as Toya really made rely on his experience. That experience really kicked in in round 5, as he Hisada took the round to keep a comfortable lead on the open scorecards, with scores of 49-46, 49-45 and 48-46 all in his favour.
Unfortunately for Toya as he tried to turn the action round in the second half Hisada relied on his skills more and more and went on to run away with the decision, despite need to work hard in rounds 6, 9 and 10 as Toya tried harder and harder to turn the bout in his direction.
In the end the cards favoured Hisada with scores of 97-92, twice, and 98-92. He was the well deserved winner, but the bout was much more competitive than the scorecards suggest.
After the bout Hisada stated he would like to challenge WBC Light Flyweight world champion Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] early next year. For Toya the loss seemed to suggest that he did have the potential to win a a title in the future.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] battling against Akihiro Toya (8-4, 1) [戸谷彰宏] in what is Hisada's 5th defense of the title.
Today Hisada and Toya took part in their weigh in and both fighters looked in great condition, and more importantly both men made weight for the bout.
On the scales the champion, who has held this title since April 21st 2017, was 107.6lbs. Not only is he comfortably under the limit, but he is actually the lightest he's been in years, coming in notably lighter than he has for recent defenses of the title.
Toya was also 107.6lbs and also looked in good shape. Given he has been fighting intermittently at Flyweight it's good that he's made weight this easily today, for what is a bit of an undeserved opportunity given that he has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts.
For fans wanting to watch this contest it will be shown on boxingraise, but will be part of their delayed coverage and not aired live.
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Earlier today the brilliant Boxingraise revealed their scheduled for November, which will include 7 shows in total, one of which will be live.
The live show will be on November 10th and is a really good show headlined by Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一] fighting in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator against Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-2-1, 7). As well as that bout the card will also feature a strong support including Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] against Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹], a Japanese Youth Lightweight title bout between Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] and a Japanese Youth Minimumweight title bout between Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅] and Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開].
The tape delay cards, which are usually put up 1 to 7 days after they take place, will include the November 16th card headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], defending against Akihiro Toya(8-4, 1) [戸谷彰宏]. The November 20th card "Victoriva Vol 3", which is headlined by Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] having her third bout with Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title, and the November 25th show, headlined by Richard Pumicpic (21-8-2, 6) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight against unbeaten teenager Musashi Mori (7-0, 5) [森 武蔵].
Whilst none of these shows are the jaw dropping things that the end of year cards are set to be, they are solid shows for what is a genuinely busy month in Japan!
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