On Monday Japanese boxing fans were treat to the 46th Phoenix Battle thanks to Ohashi Gym. The show, which was headlined by a national title fight saw it's share of drama and notable names though it was over remarkably quickly considering the amount of bouts on the show.
The reason the show was over quicker than expected was due to the number of stoppages on the show. In fact the 4 main support bouts all finished within the first 3 rounds when they were each scheduled for 8.
The quickest of those battles was over in just 156 seconds as recent world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (24-2-1, 18) lived up to his nickname of "Bazooka". Hosono, matched easily against Yuta Matsuda (9-9-2, 4) went out to make a statement and thats what he did as he recorded his first opening round stoppage since 2007.
Hosono may have scored the quickest victory but he was given a very close run by several of his gym mates. The closest to Hosono was Go Onaga (21-2-2, 15) who took just 24 seconds longer to dispatch Takuya Miyamori (15-6-1, 2). This was just the second stoppage loss in the career of Miyamori and his first since his debut back in 2004.
Despite being having been taken the distance last time out Ryo Matsumoto (9-0, 8) came back with fury in his fists and wiped out the over-matched Indonesia Arega Yunian (2-3) in the second round. This looked like a mismatch from the minute it was made and proved to be exactly that.
The longest of the support bouts went into the third round as Seiichi Okada (17-4, 10), the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion, "took his time" to defeat Juniston Simbolon (7-11-1, 3). For Okada this was admittedly an easy contest, though it was seemingly made to stop his losing run which had already stretched out to 3 contests all by stoppage.
Thankfully the main event lasted longer than the 4 support bouts, in fact it went 10 rounds, almost double the length of the support bouts. Despite going the 10 rounds Ryuji Hara (16-0, 10) was really tested as he successfully defended his Japanese Minimumweight title for the third time. The talented youngster was dropped by veteran Takashi Kunishige (25-10-2, 2) and brought in to a very tough contest, though managed to do enough to take a clear decision. Although the scorecards all gave Hara the fight by a comfortable margin he was really tested here.
There seems to be expectation about Hara moving on to world title fights, and he does have world rankings, but on this performance he probably needs a lot more development or to actually move up in weight. We're not sure if making Minimumweight is the best thing for his punch resistance, and it could explain why the light punching Kunishige dropped him here.
Prior to the support bouts and main event there were two other contests. These two contests amazingly lasted just as long as the 4 support bouts as the debuting Jacky Okuda (1-0, 1) stopped Katsuaki Kinoshita (0-4) in 3 rounds and Ryo Hino (1-0) too 121½ debut W Daigo Yamamoto
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