After well over a year out of the sport former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國 以載] made his ring return today, fighting for the first time since losing the IBF title to Ryosuke Iwasa in September 2017. The popular Oguni was up against Indonesian foe Arega Yunian (6-12, 1) in what was clearly a mismatch to allow Oguni to shake some ring rust after so long out and rediscover his groove.
The first round really showed how much ring rust Oguni had. He looked slow, clumsy and lacked the clean, crisp punching which had taken him to the OPBF, Japanese and IBF titles. He looked wild with his shots, his timing was off and his ability to read distance just wasn't there. The one moment of real class from Oguni was a perfect 1-2, but there was little else to be impressed by.
Round 2 was another that saw Oguni looking off, as he continued to go through the motions, trying to get his fluidity back and get used to being back in the ring. It gave Yunian chances to fire at him, even landing one or two overhand rights.
Thankfully Oguni seemed to look more like his usual self in round 3, hurting Yunian and moving from first gear into second gear. He was clearly still fighting well within himself, but was starting to look like a man who was finding his range and timing. He was hurting Yunian with body shots, and despite fighting at a controlled tempo he was comfortably in charge, even declining an opportunity to finish Yunian when he was badly hurt from a body shot.
In round 4 Oguni began to target the body of Yunian with more intensity, hurting him very early in the round, and landing crisp shots at will on the Indonesian, who was game, but out classed. Oguni was using Yunian's mid-section for target practice and would drop the Indonesian several times, all with body shots, before the referee waved off the bout.
It took the former world champion some time to really get going, but when he did, he looked far, far to good to waste much longer with bouts at a lower level. We hope to see him mixing with domestic level fighters in the new year before beginning a charge towards title glory later in the year
Tomorrow we'll see former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] return to the ring after more than a year out of the ring.
The former champion, who hasn't fought since losing the IBF title to Ryosuke Iwasa in September 2017, will be facing off with Indonesian foe Arega Yunian (6-11, 1) at the Korakuen Hall, in a bout set to be aired on G+, as part of the Dynamic Glove card.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Oguni was bang on the 122lbs Super Bantamweight limit, and looked in great condition. Yunian on the other hand was well under the limit, weighing in at 120lbs and despite looking in good shape it was clear he was naturally the much smaller man, in fact he could probably make Super Flyweight if he needed to.
Surprisingly Oguni seemed to suggest the weight had come off so easily for this bout that he even considered moving down to Bantamweight, something that he may well consider going forward.
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Back in September we saw former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] announce that he would be returning to the ring on December 1st. The return sees him fighting for the first time since losing the IBF title to Ryosuke Iwasa back in September 20177.
Now we have confirmation of who Oguni will be fighting on his ring return, and that will be Indonesian foe Arega Yunian (6-11, 1), who is 0-4 in Japan, having lost to the likes of Ryo Matsumoto and Hinata Maruta in previous visits to the Land of the Rising Sun.
This isn't likely to be a tough test for Oguni, but will be a chance for him to shake some ring rust before pursuing more significant fights in 2019, with the hope being that he could end up fighting for a world title by the end of next year.
Earlier this year we saw former amateur standout Seiya Tsutsumi (3-0, 3) [堤聖也] score a sensational and action packed win over the touted Junpei Inamoto [稲元 純平] to claim a B Class Tournament win. Following that bout Tsutsumi stated that he wanted to fight a Japanese ranked opponent before the end of 2018.
At the time it seemed plausible, but still very ambitious from the Watanabe gym fighter.
Today however it was confirmed that he's a man of his word and his next bout has been announced for December 1st and will see him taking on Japanese ranked Bantamweight Matcha Nakagawa (13-1-1, 5) [武田航], a former Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion and 2015 Bantamweight Rookie of the Year.
Tsutsumi, pictured above, is an exciting pressure fighter who looks to get in an opponent quickly and is very heavy handed, applying smart pressure to get inside. Although he's untested at this level as a professional it's hard not to imagine him making a mark on the higher echelons of the domestic, at the very least, and we regard him as one of Japan's brightest prospects.
Nakagawa began his career with 9 straight wins, before losing a competitive decision loss to Ryohei Takahashi in October 2016. Since then he has impressed claiming the Japanese Youth crown last year and recording 4 straight wins. The most recent of those was against Filipino foe Marzon Cabillo on G+ in Japan.
The styles of the men should gel well and give us a brilliant match up.
For those interested in watching this bout, it's going to be shown on G+ alongside the return of Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] and the Japanese Light Welterweight title bout between Valentine Hosokawa (23-6-3, 10) [細川バレンタイン] and Takashi Inagaki (20-17-2, 9) [稲垣孝].
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At the end of 2016 we saw Japan's Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] score one of the biggest upsets of the year, shocking Jonathan Guzman to claim the IBF Super Bantamweight title. His reign would end the following year, losing the title to Ryosuke Iwasa [岩佐 亮佑] in his first defense, before he retired.
Today the always entertaining Oguni held a press conference dressed a Pinocchio to announce that he had lied and that his retirement was coming to an end!
The fighter revealed that he would be back in the ring on December 1st at the Korakuen Hall as part of the Dynamic Glove show. The bout will be an 8 rounder at Super Bantamweight, but no other details were actually revealed, so no opponent being was named. But it's still notable that he's making a return, and given how far that date is away it's clear he's taking the return bout very seriously.
Although it's clear he's taking his return seriously it does sound like the December bout won't be a big one, stating that he was looking to have a big fight around April next year.
The long term plan seems to be to challenge WBO Super Bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe, though Oguni described the reason for the return being that he had to earn milk money for his newly born child. It was also stated that he had had surgery on his right hand, this past January, following a notable injury to it, so we may well see an even stronger Oguni than he had been when he won the title.
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