Today at the atthe Sangyo Shinko Center in Sakai fight fans had two cards, one of which was a Mutoh promoted card with several notable names involved.
One of thoise was former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (25-7-1, 22), who made his first outing since December 2015 when he was stopped by Naoya Inoue. The Filipino easily over-came a badly over-matched Thai foe and really did what was expected in picking up an opening round victory. The big punching Parrenas is currently a member of staff at the Morioka gym and it looks like he's been bit by the bug again, and will likely be back in the ring in early 2018.
Another fighter claiming a straight forward win over a Thai foe was Tatsuya Ikemizu (17-2, 7) [池水達也], who recorded his 4th straigth win with an 80-73 decision over a limited visitor.
The main bout was much more competitive than the above two, and saw former OPBF title challenger Yuki Strong Kobayashi (12-7, 6) [小林佑樹] battle against the light punching Noboru Osato (8-6-4, 1) [大里登]. The two fought toe-to-toe for the most part, with Kobayashi really not managing to take over the bout until the final stages, clearly taking round 7 and and digging in to win an action packed 8th. In the end there was little between them, with Kobayashi taking the decision 77-76, 78-76 and 78-75.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw a must win contest as Yuki Strong Kobayashi (11-7, 6) [ストロング小林佑樹] took on Satoshi Ozawa (13-8-1, 2) [小澤サトシ] in the second meeting between the two fighters, who had previously fought in September 2013.
In their first meeting Ozawa managed to take a split decison but this time there was no doubting who had won, with Kobayashi closing the show in round 2 with a brutal right hand that forced Ozawa's to the canvas and his corner threw in the towel after he rose, and looked dazed.
The opening round had been relatively competitive, with the two fighters looking to control the fight at range. That however was quickly forgotten with when Kobayashi landed the shot to put Ozawa down.
For Ozawa this was a second successive stoppage loss, following a defeat in December to Kentaro Masuda in a Japanese title fight, and is his 4th stoppage loss in 8 bouts, suggesting he is pretty much done. Aged 29 Ozawa has had a hard career and now has 6 career stoppage losses. For Kobayashi this win ends a 2-fight losing run, though he is now 3-4 in his last 7, and can't avoid another loss any time soon.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Hong Kong will get an intriguing match up between Japan's Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-6, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹], a former OPBF title challenger, and Filipino puncher Rey Megrino (23-20-4, 20). On paper the bout might not look anything special by Megrino has one of the sports most misleading records and will be looking to prove that tomorrow.
The Japanese fighter hit scales today at 122lbs, bang on the agreed limit for the fight. Although he made weight he certainly didn't look like a fully fledged Super Bantamweight, in fact he looked like a small Bantamweight fighting at Super Bantamweight. Despite the looks he has fought much of his career at the weight and certainly wasn't forced into a weight class he was unfamiliar with.
Megrino came in slightly lighter, at 121lbs. Although coming in lighter this is far from Megrino's lightest, having come in at 125lbs for his last bout. he has however been a man who has grown into the weight, having fought as low as 105lbs. Although unknown among casual boxing fans Megrino holds notable wins against the likes of Ratanapol Sor Vorapin and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and is one of the heaviest fighters in the lower weights, carrying his power from Flyweight to Bantamweight with no real issue.
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World ranked Korean Super Bantamweight hopeful Ye Joon Kim (15-1-2, 7) [김예준] took another step towards a potential world title fight earlier today, as defended the IBF Asia with a decision win over the game Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-6, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹].
Kobayashi, in his second title fight, fought like a man determined to make a mark on the fight and the first few rounds saw him bringing the pressure. Whilst it was rarely effective he did get some shots through the intelligent defense of Kim, who was happy to limit his own output. When Kim did throw however his shots seemed to have extra spite and venom on them with him often rocking and shaking the Japanese visitor. To Kobayashi's credit however he refused to be intimidated and always came firing back at Kim trying to turn the fight in his favour. Kim often obliged by hiding behind his defensive shell and fighting a lazy fight.
In the middle rounds Kim began to wake up a bit more, let his hands go more freely and seemed capable of a stoppage win, but never pressed the action enough to force it, often happy to hurt Kobayashi and back off. It was winning rounds, and impressing the loyal Korean support, but must have infuriated his team and neutrals who have to wonder if he will ever show that needed killer instinct.
Kim continued to look the boss, though often whilst fighting as an accurate counter puncher, until the final round when both upped the anti and let their shots go in an entertaining 3 minuts of action. Kim seemed to take a number of heavy looking shots, but withstood them well as his defenses started to fail him whilst Kobayashi fought like a man who felt he had a lifeline. Sadly for Kobayashi the finalcharge was never going to be enough and he was comfortably beaten on the scorecards.
Tomorrow fight fans in Korea will be able to see rising prospect Ye Joon Kim (14-1-2, 7) [김예준] defending his IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title as he takes on Japanese visitor Yuki Strong Kobayashi (10-5, 5) [ストロング小林佑樹]. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
Sadly at the time of writing the official weights haven't been released to us, but we have been informed that both fighters made the 122lb limit, with Kim looking slightly more sucked in than Kobayashi, who recently fought for the OPBF Bantamweight title and is likely more comfortable making Super Bantamweight.
For fans interested in watching the contest it actually concludes a hectic weekend of boxing on the Korean MBC Sports + channel. The bout is set to be aired at 18:00 local time but the channel will also broadcast a number of Pacquiao fights, including the Vargas bout, along with Pacquiao Vs Timothy Bradley II and Marcos Maidana's memorable contest with Erik Morales.
If Kim wins he will likely move up the IBF rankings and towards an eventual world title fight, with an upset win for Kobayashi could see him move into the fringes of the IBF world rankings.
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