Osawa was suspended in 2012 for a year following a bout in Korea that saw Osawa competing for the interim WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title in Korea. That bout was a controversial one at the time as the JBC didn't recognise the WBO and the JBC felt they had been lied to by Osawa and the team behind the fighter.
At the time of his controversial bout in Korea Osawa seemed set to fight for the WBO Featherweight title. He was highly ranked, he was on a great run of 8 fights unbeaten and was almost certainly going to get the big pay days. Instead he was suspended until late last year.
Having spent a year out of the ring Osawa has has ring rust to shed and that was evident on his return to the ring last October when he stopped Tetsuya Nishinaga, it was also on show earlier today as he again took 9 rounds to see off a lesser foe. This time it was it was the 22 year old Kosuke Saka's (8-3, 5) who took Osawa 9 rounds before he was stopped due to the fact his eye was badly swollen.
Although this was Osawa's 2nd victory since his return to the ring it extended an unbeaten run of 11 fights, 10 wins and 1 draw, which dates back to October 2009.
We'd love to see Osawa in a meaningful bout soon, maybe with current OPBF champion Hisashi Amagasa or with with Japanese champion Satoshi Hosono.
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