Earlier today saw Japanese veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (20-9-3, 6) [大内 淳雅] announce his retirement from the sport of boxing, following a career that began back in July 2003 and has seen him fight for the Japanese and OPBF Light Flyweight titles.
Ouchi, as mentioned, debuted back in 2003 and despite struggling early in his career, falling to 3-2-1 (1) after 6 bouts, his career did manage to get going. In October 2010 he took on future world champion Ryoichi Taguchi and less than 2 years later he challenged the then Japanese champion Masayuki Kuroda.
His career had a slide in 2013 and 2014, with losses to Kenichi Horikawa and Atsushi Aburada, but rallied to score 4 straight wins and earn a shot at Ken Shiro in August 2016, though came up short to the talented youngster in a bout for the JBC and OPBF titles.
Following the loss to Ken Shiro it was revealed that Ouchi was suffering from a detached retina. Although he had surgery for the issue he was told that their was a high chance that the issue would return if he continued to fight, so instead he has chosen to retire.
Ouchi will take part in a retirement ceremony on March 19th as part of the "Big Fight Boxing Vol 48" card promoted by Himeji Kinoshita.
The Light Flyweight division might not be one of the supposedly “glamorous divisions” but it's certainly a division that is red hot with intriguing match ups, brilliant prospects, exciting champions and pretty all the ingredients of a great division in the making. Today fans got the chance to see several of those brilliant prospects in action, with the most notable being the sensational Ken Shiro (8-0, 4) [拳 四朗].
The 24 year old fighter from the BMB gym was looking to not only defend the Japanese national title, a title that he won at the end of 2015, but also claim the vacant OPBF title, and create a small slice of history with his father. In the opposite corner was the experienced Toshimasa Ouchi (20-9-3, 6) [大内 淳雅], the man looking to derail a prospect tipped for huge things.
The fight started quickly and the opening round was far from the typical feeling out round. From the off both men looked sharp, energetic and like they couldn't afford to just feel each other out for 3 minutes. The pressure came from Ken Shiro, who landed several eye catching right hands, but Ouchi was certainly not there to make up the numbers and fired back with some very good stuff himself.
Knowing that Ouchi was full of desire Ken Shiro began to target the body in round 2 and really sunk in some energy sapping blows to the mid section of the challenger in the early stages. The shots to the body came in regularly through the first third of the fight and although Ouchi was landing some solid right hands of himself, particularly in round 3, it seemed like Ken Shiro just had a bit too much for him.
After 4 rounds all 3 judges had Ken Shiro up, however the bout was still close with one judge having the bout 39-38 in favour of the unbeaten man. Knowing he was still in it Ouchi came out firing in round 5 and began the round really well before being tagged as the two men ended up slugging it out in an enthralling finish to the round. As they slugged it out it appeared Ouchi touched down, but the referee didn't call it and instead the two were allowed to just unload on each other in some thrilling moments.
Ouchi's desire continued in rounds 6 and 7 but those rounds seem to take something out of the experienced man, who put in a lot and couldn't quite do enough to trouble Ken Shiro who was looking comfortable. Although comfortable the youngster did tagged occasionally, and will seek to improve his defenses before a potential world title bout later in the year.
The effort and desire shown by Ouchi in the middle rounds turned out to be his undoing in round 8 as he tried to turn the fight around but was dropped from a devastating counter right hand. The shot would have felled almost anyone in the division and ouch was no exception, however he was up immediately, as if it was a flash knockdown by an absolute peach of a shot.
The Knockdown secured Ken Shiro a 10-8 round and essentially solidified his lead on the scorecards as we went into the final third of the bout. Instead relying on that lead however Ken Shiro came out firing in round 9. It was a quieter round but a clear one for the youngster who seemed to want a KO and chased it in round 10. Ouchi saw off the storms and tried to turn the bout around in the championship rounds but instead it was Ken Shiro finishing on top with the youngster exploding into action in the final seconds after making Ouchi look incredibly crude though out round 12.
Given his clear lead after 8 rounds Ken Shiro knew he had the win at the final bell, and that was confirmed by the judges who had scored the bout 119-108, 119-109 and 117-111 in his favour. We saw the bout 117-110 bur can under stand the wide cards in favour of the now unified Japanese and OPBF Light Flyweight champion.
With the win Ken Shiro records the second defense of the Japanese title and becomes the first ever son of an OPBF champion to also claim an OPBF title of his own. It's an impressive feat and sees him now being a triple champion with the Japanese, OPBF and WBC Youth titles all in his trophy cabinet.
Tomorrow Japanese fight fans could potentially see history being made as one prospect continues his incredible assent to stardom.
That prospect is the talented and young Ken Shiro (7-0, 4) [拳 四朗] who looks to defend his Japanese Light Flyweight title as he takes on the experienced Toshimasa Ouchi (20-8-3, 6) [大内 淳雅], and also attempts to claim the OPBF title, making him and his father, former OPBF Light Heavyweight champion Hisashi Teraji, the only father-son OPBF champions in history.
Today Ken Shiro and Ouchi weighed in for the JBC/OPBF Light Flyweight bout and both came in pretty much on the limit for the bout with both looking in incredible condition for the contest. Both were ripped, both looked confident and both know what is on the line with the two titles. Ken Shiro will also know that a win would help him earn a world title fighter later in the year.
For fight fans interested in watching this card it will be streamed live over www.boxingraise.com and feature commentary from Nobuhiro Ishida!
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Back in May we reported that Japanese youngster, and current national Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (7-0, 4) [拳 四朗] would be defending his title against Toshimasa Ouchi (20-8-3, 6) [大内 淳雅] on August 7th.
Over the weekend we have seen that bout being confirmed with the two men taking part in a press conference to announce the bout, and confirm that the contest will not just be for the Japanese title but also the OPBF Light Flyweight title.
The bout, which will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, is viewed by Ken Shiro's team as a potential stepping stone to a world title fight, and if he beats the experienced Ouchi he will likely find himself in the running for a potential title fight in December. For Ouchi however the bout is a chance to become a title holder for the first time, following a draw in a previous Japanese title bout.
For those interested, and for those who speak Japanese, the press conference is available below thanks to the BMBBOXING youtube channel, who have often shared Ken Shiro's bouts.
Ken Shiro to defend Japanese title on August 7th!(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today Japanese youngster Ken Shiro (7-0, 4) [拳 四朗] announced that he would be returning to the ring on August 7th to make the second defense of his Japanese Light Flyweight title. The talented, and baby faced, fighter announced that he would be facing Toshimasa Ouchi (20-8-3, 6) [大内 淳雅] on that date to defend his title and look to build on his very promising career.
For Ken Shiro the bout sees him look to build on his excellent win over Atsushi Kakutani earlier this year whilst Ouchi will get a second shot at the Japanese title, following a draw with Masayuki Kuroda back in 2012.
At the moment it's known that the talented youngster will be defending his Japanese title but stories from Japan also suggest that the OPBF title may be up for grabs for the winner, with the two fighters being very highly ranked by the OPBF and the title is expected to become vacant in the near future, with champion Jonathan Taconing set to fight for a world title.
Details regarding the card are sparse at the moment though it will be held at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka.
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