On September 14th fight fans will be able to see unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight fighter Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田博喜] make his US debut. The unbeaten fighter from the Kadoebi Houseki Gym in Tokyo will be a bit of an unknown to American audience, but those who have followed the sport in Asia, specifically Japan, will be aware of the heavy handed 28 year old and what he brings to the ring. Ahead of his bout with Argentinian fighter Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11) we've decided to look at Hiroki Okada by the numbers, and try to help American fans get a grasp of what they are going to get from Okada when he steps in the ring next week.
In terms of his style he's a hard hitting and intelligent counter-puncher, with a feared right hand and unlike many Japanese fighters he's not a fighter who relies on being teak tough. Instead he's a fighter who uses a solid ring IQ to find holes in his opponents and land some solid counter shots. As a result he can be a little unexciting at times, but with his power it's often a case of when will he strike with dynamite, as opposed to "if" he will strike.
Okada wasn't a stand out amateur, but was a solid one winning the ultra-competitive Inter-High School crown in 2007.
October 1st 2011 Vs Kazuya Nakano (Debut) - 4 round bout
Okada would make his professional debut against fellow debutant Kazuya Nakano back in October 2011. The then 21 year old Okada would stop his foe in the 2nd round of the bout, with Nakano being dropped to his knees from a brilliant counter-right hand.
At the time of writing Okada holds world rankings with all 4 world title bodies. His rankings are currently WBO#3, WBA#4, IBF #5 and WBC#9. This makes him eligible for any of the champions, though he had unfortunately been over-looked for the World Boxing Super Series, leaving only WBC champion Jose Ramirez in his sights for the foreseeable future.
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Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.