Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw an intriguing match up between rising prospect Reiya Abe (15-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] and former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-4-1, 22) [細野 悟]. It was a bout that pitted a young lion against an aging veteran, looking to re-establish himself on the domestic scene after a notable loss last year in a world title eliminator.
Sadly for Hosono it wasn't to be the return that he wanted, instead it was a case of the young lion taking over, and beating Hosono, with surprising ease. In fact Abe made the bout looklike a show case and not a supposed huge step up.
From the opening moments Abe used his natural size advantage, speed and youth to control the range and tempo of the bout. Hosono, who has alwasy been a little bit slow and predictable, really had no answer to Abe's movement, jab and power straigth left hand.
In round 7 the two clashed heads, and Hosono was left with a brutal looking cut over his right eye. Hosono continued to try and fight but the cut worsened, and in round 9 the doctor stopped the contest due to the veteran's cut, and took us to the scorecards. They all favoured Abe, with the judges scoring the bout 90-81 and 89-83, twice, in the youngster's favour.
Following the bout Abe hinted that he would be hunting a Japanese or OPBF title fight before theend of 2017. As for Hosono, he is now likely looking at retirement, having hard a long, memorable and very tough career, that has seen him fight in 3 world title fights, and claim the Japanese Featherweigth title, twice, and the OPBF Featherweight title. At 33 Hosono has certainly seen better days and really has little left to fight for following this defeat, which puts him a long, long way from another world title fight.
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