Earlier today Japanese fans had a Welterweight thriller as heavy handed champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) [有川 稔男] retained his title, securing his first defense, and gained revenge for a 2013 loss as he stopped Yasuhiro Okawa (14-13-3, 5) [大川泰弘] in a thrilling, bloody and heavy handed bout.
The bout had high expectations going in, with both fighters believing they would come out on top. That belief showed from the off with both men setting off at a great pace and letting their hands go with abandon.
Okawa, although not a puncher, struck first blood dropping Arikawa in round 2 with a brilliant right hook. The champion looked most surprised and embarrassed about being dropped than actually being hurt, but Okawa certainly seemed to feel confident from his moment of success and looked further build on his success, letting his hands go. The move was an understandable one, but a reckless one with Arikawa seeing out the storm and using his own heavy hands to try and fight Okawa off, with the power difference between the two men being hugely noticeable, and those shots were taking their toll on Okawa's face.
Okawa's face was show showing clear visible damage in round 3, with nasty cuts forming around both eyes, bruising around the eyes and notably swelling around his face.
As the bout continued the damage worsened and Okawa's resistance was beginning to face, with Arikawa's power not just chipping away at Okawa but pretty much bulldozing him, with every shot hurting the challenger.
At the start of round 4 Arikawa jumped on Okawa and he clearly hurt his man, forcing the referee to save the challenger who was looking spent and beaten.
The bout was a real slugfest and the fans in the Korakuen Hall were certainly given a great contest, sadly though it's likely to be the end for Okawa who took a real beating in the end.
Next for Arikawa will be a mandatory title defense in 2017 against Daisuke Sakamoto (13-8-3, 8), who holds an opening round win over Arikawa from 2014. It's likely that the winner of that will be a possible target for Yuki Beppu (14-0, 14) later in the year.
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Tomorrow Japanese fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (13-4, 11) [有川 稔男] make the first defence of his title as he takes on veteran Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5) [大川泰弘]. Whilst the bout is the first defense for Arikawa it is a rematch between the two men, with Okawa looking to repeat the result of the first bout whilst Arikawa seeks revenge for one of his 4 defeats.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both made the limit with Okawa coming in just under the limt and Arikawa making the limit with some room to spare.
For the challenger the bout is a second title shot, following a loss earlier this year to Nobuyuki Shindo, it is however a shot against a man he has beaten and he'll be confident of becoming a champion at last and giving his long career a real crowning moment. For Arikawa however the bout serves as a chance for him to increase his standing in the sport on the back of wins over the likes of Akinori Watanabe and Shindo, with with Arikawa looking incredibly destructive recently.
Sadly the bout doesn't appear to be set to be shown anywhere, however there is hope that fan-cam footage will be released in the days that follow.
Arikawa and Okawa meet in Revenge or Repeat bout for Welterweight crown
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Yesterday we reported that Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (13-4, 11) [有川 稔男] would be defending his title against Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5) on November 14th. Today we've been informed that on the under-card of that show we'll see former Japanese amateur stand out Tatsuo Kawaura [川浦龍生], who will be introduced to professional boxing in a 6 round Super Flyweight bout, against a Thai foe.
At the moment we've not been given the name of the Thai or any other details but we have been informed that Kawaura is one to watch and is one of the more experienced Japanese amateurs to turn professional this year.
We're hoping to see more details on the under-card to emerge shortly and more details about Kawaura to emerge in the coming days, with the fighter not actually having his name on his promoters website at the moment, something that should change in the coming days. We know he was an established amateur talent, but we have struggled to get his specific records and achievements, though we know he is managed by Kawashima gym and should be guided by a team that are headed by a former world champion.
Earlier today Japanese fans saw Welterweight hopeful Yuki Beppu (14-0, 14) [別府 優樹] extend his winning run with an 85 second knockout over an over-matched Thai opponent. Following the bout it became clear he would be fighting for a Japanese title in 2017, however who he will be facing is unclear.
It's unclear because on November 14th reigning champion Toshio Arikawa (13-4, 11) [有川 稔男] will be defending his title, for the first time, as he takes on veteran Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5), who gets his second shot at the belt, in an intriguing rematch between two men who first faced off 3 years ago
For Arikawa the bout sees him defending the title he won earlier this year, when he broke down Nobuyuki Shindo in the 10th round, incidentally that was Shindo's first defense. Arikawa had entered that bout the top ranked challenger, following a surprising 2015 win over Akinori Watanabe. Entering this bout the champion is riding a 5 fight winning run, including 4 successive T/KO's and his last 2 wins have been big ones domestically. Although not the most skilled he is heavy handed and appears to have become a late bloomer turning around a 8-4 (7) record in the last 2 years.
Okawa on the other hand is a true veteran with 32 fights to his name over the last 14 years. Like Arikawa he had to turn a faltering career around, in fact he was 1-3-2 after his first 6 bouts, but has managed to forge a credible career with notable wins over Hidekazu Matsunobu an, in 2013, a decision over Arikawa. Over the last few years he has turned around a 9-11-3 (3) record and actually fought for the title this past January, losing a bout for the vacant title to Nobuyuki Shindo, his only loss in the last 5 years.
The bout was announced earlier today and will take place at the Korakuen Hall on a card under the "Untouchable fight" banner.
Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo has the chance to see the second Japanese title fight of the year, and unlike the first, which came just a few short days ago, this one was competitive.
The match up saw the top two ranked Japanese Welterweights, Nobuyuki Shindo (17-3-1, 6) [新藤 寛之] and Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5) [大川 泰弘], trading blows over 10 rounds for the title which had been recently vacated by Suyon Takayama [高山 樹延] and they really did let it all hang out.
From the off it seemed like the range of the bout was going to decide the winner with Shindo towering over his opponent. Despite the clear size advantages Shindo was willing to give away his height and fought from a slight crouch. Whilst he did seem happy to give up some of his advantages he did seem to control the action and as winning on two of the cards after 5 rounds, with one judge remarkably having Okawa up.
In the second half of the fight head clashes did leave both with damage, but they were scarcely an issue as Shindo did enough to claim a well earned unanimous decision, with cards of 97-94, twice, and 96-94. The scores were fair and really showed just how competitive the bout was.
Shindo's first defense will come later this year and he'll have to face mandatory challenger Toshio Arikawa (12-4, 10) [有川 稔男], who earned his shot at the title last November.
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