Earlier this month we reported that Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] would be returning to the ring on April 6th at the next "Slugfest" card, and would be up against a Thai foe. We now know who that Thai will be, and if we're being honest we're actually expecting this to be a solid work out for the favoured Japanese puncher.
Tyson, who hasn't fought since a loss in December 2017 to Yasayuki Akiyama, will be up against the durable Chaiwat Mueanphong (4-3, 2). On paper it's a mismatch, but Chaiwat has given Japanese champion Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登] his toughest bout, by far, and will be expected to give Tyson a genuine test here, given the long break Tyson's had.
Also confirmed for the card now is a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title eliminator, as Tsuyoshi Sato (8-1-1, 4) [佐藤剛] takes on the hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-3, 5) [富岡哲也] and the return to the ring of the exciting Cristiano Aoqui (13-7-2, 9) [アオキ クリスチャーノ], following a hand injury he suffered last year.
These bouts fill out a card that will be headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] defending his title against mandatory challenger Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上] and will also feature an excellent contest between Aso Ishiwaki (5-2, 3) [石脇麻生] and Yoji Saito (1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ].
For fans wanting to watch this card but can't get to Tokyo, it will be aired live on G+.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw an all out war for the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title, as Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] battled against the hard hitting Tetsuya Tomioka (5-3, 5) [富岡哲也] for the vacant title.
The fight started at a brilliant pace with the two men trading blows almost from the off. Oho pressed the action, as if showing no fear of Tomioka's vaunted power, and put the hard hitting man on the back foot. The game plan seemed to be a great success for Oho who seemed to take Tomioka by surprise.
In the middle of the opening round Tomioka had his moments, but they were few and far between.
The second round again saw Oho press Tomioka and make him uncomfortable. Tomioka then began to show weakness, almost running away from the marauding Oho who seemed to smell blood. Tomioka began to hold his ground but was visibly wilting. A left hook followed by a right hand shook Tomioka hard. He then held his feet and took further punishment as Oho went for the kill. To his credit Tomioka stood his ground and fired back, but Oho wasn't to be denied and dropped Oho with a body shot late in the round. Tomioka tried to beat the count but was stopped as corner threw in the towel.
With the TKO scored Oho won his first title, and couldn't hide how much the victory had meant to him. For Tomioka the loss will be a hard one, but given his youth he will almost certainly be back in the near future.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, with Tetsuya Tomioka (5-2, 5) [富岡哲也] battling against Ryuto Oho (10-4-1, 2) [大保龍斗]. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both managed to make the 108lb weight limit.
On the scales both men were bang on the limit of 108lbs and both looked in great shape.
For Oho this is actually a career lowest and he has really fought almost his entire career as a Flyweight, though has fought as high as Super Flyweight. Despite moving down in weight he looked in good shape and seemed confident of winning his first professional title.
As for Tomioka the weight is actually what he has been fighting, though he has dipped his toes at Flyweight a couple of times. Notably the heavy handed youngster will be fighting for the first time in almost a year, following his loss toi Katsunori Nagamine in an absolute barn burner last May.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be shown on boxingraise, though we suspect it will be shown on delay and not live, sadly.
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Right now Japanese fight fans are in a very lucky situation where they get not only world class fighters at the very top of the sport, such as Naoya Inoue and Shinsuke Yamanaka, but they also have a list of amazing domestic level warriors. Today they saw two such warriors put on a thriller as Katsunori Nagamine (14-1, 10) [長嶺 克則] saw off Tetsuya Tomioka (5-2, 5) [富岡 哲也] in something special.
As has become typical of a Nagamine performance there was skills on show but also raw aggression from both men. From the off both men went looking for the other and let their straight right hands go. Nagamine, to his credit, made the most of his experience and looked to establish his jab and use his footwork. The tactic was a smart one from Nagamine but didn't stop Tomioka from coming forward.
Nagamine's skills would tell in round 2, and late in the round he scored a flash knockdown to seal a 10-8 round. With the knockdown against him Tomioka came out for round 3 looking to level the score, but was forced to take some huge countes as the two men traded bombs in a brilliant back-and-forth exchange. Another amazing exchange followed soon afterwards as the two tried to destroy each other.
Although round 3 had taken it's toll on both men neither wanted to show it and they continued to have amazing exchanges in round 4, with questions as to how much either man could take. Part way through the round Tomioka suffered his second knockdown, but then dropped Nagamine as he looked to charge in for the finish. That then lead to Tomioka charging at Nagamine and raising the atmosphere of the crowd, before Tomioka was dropped for the third time, just before the bell.
By the start of round 5 there seemed to be a new found respect between the two and whilst they both threw some spiteful bombs they also seemed to know they could be badly hurt, and it was also clear the pace was taking it's toll on both men. Despite that they again erupted into an exchange part way through the round. Whilst the tempo was takign it's toll so two were the shots and part way through round 5 a huge swelling appeared over Tomioka's right eye. It was a massive target for Nagamine who who fired in hurtful lands hands on to the area.
In round 6 the referee seemed to be aware of how banged up Tomioka was, and when he was rocked the referee stepped in, as Tomioka's corner waved the towel. Immediately the two men went to each other showing the repsect they had earned in what was a really special bout.
Next for Tomioka will be a long break to heal from the war whilst Nagamine will be seeking a Japanese title fight later in the year, and it's a well deserved one following a good run of domestic results in recent years, following a one-sided loss to Ken Shiro back in 2015.
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