Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] record his 5th defense of the title, and look back to his destructive best.
The heavy handed champion, who hasn't looked great since upsetting Rikki Naito to win the title in late 2014, was facing off with experienced challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto (20-14-3, 4) [山元 浩嗣], but made very light work of his foe, who was stopped in the second round of the bout, having landed very little of note.
Ogawa's power was evident from the opening round, and he dropped Yamamoto with a straight right hand late in the round. The challenger managed tosee out the round, being saved by the bell.
Yamamoto was dropped a second time early in round 2 and although he got back to his feet it was only a matter of time, with the referee saving the challenger when he was hurt again, from a follow up attack.
For Yamamoto the performance was a dissapointing one, especially given he had been training hard in the Philippines in recent months, but for Ogawa the result is the confidence booster he was needing.
Following the bout Ogawa mentioned world title bouts, but there is serious talk that Ogawa may face current OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion Masayuki Ito (20-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪], who was at ringside forthe bout. A triple title unification bout between the two men would be something of a domestic super-fight and if neither can secure a world title fight later in the year it's a bout that would be appealing to both fighters.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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