Right now the place to be if you're a Super Flyweight appears to be the Ohashi Gym. The gym currently promotes the man widely regarded as the divisional #1, Naoya Inoue, it also promotes the division's most promising prospect, Takuma Inoue, and a veteran looking to claim his 3rd divisional world title, Akira Yaegashi.
It also features a lesser known Super Flyweight hopeful, Go Onaga (24-2-2, 17).
Onaga, ranked in the top 10 by the IBF, is massively over-shadowed by his stablemates but is a very capable fighter who scored his latest win on Sunday, as he disposed of Saengkeng Saknarong (0-2) in just 3 rounds. This was Onaga's 7th straight win since losing a very close bout to Teiru Kinoshita for the Japanese Super Flyweight title back in 2012.
The bout was always set to be a mismatch. It wasn't expected for us to learn anything new about the 34 year old Japanese fighter but it did have a purpose keeping Onaga sharp. The Japanese fighter had only fought twice in the 18 months and with just 18 rounds during that time he certainly needed to shake off some ring rust and get back in ring action if he's to achieve his dream of being a world champion.
That dream is said to be something Onaga is now focusing on and it seems that Onaga may be set for a very unexpected world title fight on road with IBF champion Zolani Tete.
The bout isn't yet set in stone but was alluded to by Onaga who said that he was hoping to get a title fight abroad. Of course Onaga can't fight for a world title in Japan, as he's not won either the JBC or OPBF titles, but he is able to to fight outside of Japan for one. At the moment that would keep his options limited to just the IBF title, as they are the only ones who rank him.
Unfortunately for Onaga he may need to take the short end of a very small purse if he's thinking of travelling to South Africa to fight Tete however it seems that he wants a chance to become a champion and may be very happy to do so with little financial incentive. It seems that the idea of being a champion and fulfilling a dream is the key now to his career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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