If there is one Japanese fighter who has proven to be capable of holding his own with world champions though has yet to win a world title then that man is the huge punching Satoshi Hosono (25-2-1, 19) who has fallen short in 3 world title contests.
Although Hosono has come up short against Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Celestino Caballero and Chris John he is still one of the most feared punchers in the Featherweight division and is a man looking to earn another world title shot sooner rather than later, especially considering that he seemed to be getting on top of John before a clash of heads curtailed that bout.
Whilst Hosono is waiting for a world title opportunity he is staying active and earlier this year he won the Japanese Featherweight title for the second time when he stopped the previously unbeaten slickster Yuki Ogata. Prior to the stoppage in that bout Hosono seemed to be struggling with the movement and hand speed of Ogata though, as he has had through out his career, Hosono had the get out of jail card with his impressive and thunderous
For the second time in as many fights Hosono finds himself up against a speedy, slick and unbeaten fighter as he tales on Gosuke Seki (15-0-2, 3). Just like in the Ogata fight Hosono not only faces a man with speed and movement but also someone who lacks experience at this level ans also lacks any sort of "stay away" power. There are differences between this bout and the Ogata bout however.
Unlike Ogata, who was just over 5'7", Seki won't have a height advantage over Hosono, in fact it's Hosono who will have the height advantage here. That however will likely be neutralised a bit by the fact Seki is a southpaw giving him a slight edge over the experienced champion, despite the fact Hosono knocked out his last southpaw opponent inside a round.
Impressively this is Hosono's 13th title bout across the various levels. For Seki this is not just his first title bout but his first 10 round bout. Worst of all for Seki he has struggled in numerous 8 rounders with 4 of his 8 rounders being either split or majority decisions. In fact actually going through Seki's record we see a man who has been very fortunate to remain unbeaten with 3 of his first 5 bouts being incredibly close affairs as well as his recent 8 rounders.
These results tell us a lot of what we need to know about Seki. He's a capable fighter but nothing exceptional, he's unlikely to ever be a threat at a higher level and he's unlikely to really pose Hosono the sme issues as Ogata, despite the similarities that those two have.
What we're expecting here is for Hosono to try and leave a quick and lasting impression. The idea of Hosono getting a 4th world title fight later this year is something he seems likely to want and if he can see off Seki quickly he'll that opportunity and offer himself for a fighter with any of the champions for the end of the year. With Ohashi Gym behind him there is every chance they'll help guide him to a title as they try and develop more and more champions at their gym.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
(Video below, courtesy of Ebibox, shows some of Seki's training for this fight)
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