Fans at the Ota-City Gymnasiuam earlier today got treat to two notable fights. One of those was the WBC Bantamweight title fight between local star Shinsuke Yamanaka and Panama's tricky Anselmo Moreno, whilst the other was a bout between rising puncher Kenichi Ogawa (16-1, 14) and the world ranked Deivi Julio Bassa (17-1, 10) of Colombia.
The bout was viewed as a big step up for both men and a real make-or-break fight for the fighters who will each have been hoping that a win would move them towards title contention in 2016.
The bout saw Ogawa start well and in fact for the most part the Teiken prospect was in control. He wasn't dominating the visitor but also seemed to be too powerful for Bassa who struggled to have any sustained success.
Although in control it didn't look like Ogawa was going to continue his stoppage run, which had seen him finish his last 7 foes inside the distance, and avenge his only loss. That however changed in round 10 when he hurt Bassa and went for the kill eventually dropping the Colombian who was halted whilst down.
Following the win Ogawa called out both Rikki Naito, the Japanese champion, and OPBF champion Masayuki Ito, making it clear that he would like to fight either of those men next year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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