The career Japanese fighter Takayuki Hosokawa (28-11-5, 9) [細川 貴之] has been a genuine rollercoaster with ups and downs on a regular basis. Today however we saw probably the final down, and the end of the ride, as the veteran suffered an 11th round technical decision loss to Yutaka Oishi (14-5, 7) [大石 豊] and lost the OPBF Light Middleweight title to his fellow Japanese fighter.
Hosokawa had gone into the bout world ranked by the IBF, potentially just a win from getting a world title eliminator, and had been looking for his second defense of the OPBF title. Despite going in as the more notable fighter he never seemed to get into his grove against the taller, longer Oishi, with the challenger finding a home for his long right hand and landing it frequently.
It wasn't that Oishi was ever dominant but he always looked like he was just having the little bit more success than Hosokawa, who looked like he was up against someone just a tiny bit too big and too hungry.
Through the first 3 rounds the judges were split, each fighter was leading 39-37 on one card with the other judge having the bout 38-38. During the middle rounds however a confident looking Oishi managed to open up a lead, 77-75, on two of the cards, whilst the third judge had Hosokawa up by the same score.
In round 10 Hosokawa seemed to have some notable success, but that came at aprice as he suffered a cut from an accidental clash of heads and his faces began to show the scars of battle. Those scare got progressively worse as the round wore on and in round 11 the bout was stopped, with Oishi taking a split decision with scores of 105-104 and 106-104 in his favour against a 106-103 card in favour of Hosokawa.
Oishi's jubilation was clear, it was a career defining win for the Hiroki Ioka gym fighter, who has stamped his name into the history books. Sadly for Hosokawa the loss is likely the end of his career and we'd not be shocked to see him announce the end in the near future. Hosokawa, who had a pre-exsisting issue with his eye,had previously said that retirement was in his thoughts and with a loss here ending his world title dreams we don't see him continuing to fight on.
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