December 5th 2016-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Suguru Muranaka (24-2-1, 8) vs Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-15-1, 10)
An old adage in boxing is that "styles make fights". That was certainly the case when former Japanese Flyweight champion Suguru Muranaka [村中 優] former multi-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka [久高 寛之] recently, and what a treat we got. Coming in to this one Muranaka was viewed as a man woking his way towards a world title fight whilst Hisataka was viewed as being well beyond his best, but in the ring both guys combined to give us an early Christmas gift.
July 30th 2008-Yoyogi First Gym, Tokyo, Japan
Takefumi Sakata (32-4-2, 15) vs Hiroyuki Hisataka (16-6-1, 5)
In 2008 the then WBA Flyweight champion Takefumi Sakata [坂田健史] looked to defend his crown against Hiroyuki Hisataka [久高寛之]. This would be the first of 4 world title challenges from Hisataka who would be a perennial challenger over the following 5 years.
December 27th 2015-Abeno Ward Center Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Mark John Yap (22-12, 10) Vs Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-13-1, 10)
It's rare to get bouts between two fighters with double digit losses that are actually interesting bouts on paper. This past weekend however Japanese fans got one such bout as 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka took on Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap in a genuine intriguing bout with genuine relevance on the Japanese domestic scene.
Earlier this year was saw Takuya Kogawa lose a very controversial bout in Thailand to Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep. The bout was one that would have seen Kogawa become the WBA interim Flyweight champion. The loss was a hard one to swallow considering that a fight earlier Kogawa had lost the Japanese title just a fight earlier in another close one to Suguru Muranaka. His career was on the ropes entering his most recent bout against Hiroyuki Hisataka.
Like Kogawa we saw Hisataka entertaing the bout on the back of successive losses, the first was a stoppage loss in a WBO Super Flyweight world title bout against Omar Andres Narvaez whilst the second was a decision loss to Ohashi gym prospect Ryo Matsumoto. Like Kogawa his career was on the rocks.
The two men put their future on the line in a real crossroads fight. The winner would continue to have title aspirations whilst the loser would likely be relagated to fighting the emerging prospects in their coming fighters. What we got as a result was a really good, and very meaningful contest that saw both men puting it all on the line, especially in a sensational 8th round.
We won't ruin the result but this was a great bout and round 8 is possibly the Japanese domestic round of the year. Enjoy!
(Video courtesy of Miyata Gym Boxing Channel)
Some fighters fight their whole career for once chance to become a world champion. Other fighters get numerous chances though seem to fall short time and time again, despite often putting up a great effort. It's the wins over those repeated title challengers that can split the champions from title holder to real champion, from paper belt holder to world champion.
One of those repeated challengers is Japan's Hiroyuki Hisataka who has faced numerous world level fighters and often given a great account of himself lasting the distance in competitive contests. The one exception came when he battled Argentina's amazing talented Omar Andres Narvaez and was genuinely dominated by the supremely talented Argentinian, from the first bell to the eventual stoppage. If was masterclass by Narvaez that showed, even at his advanced age, that he was still one of the very best in weight class.
If you've not seen this one you've missed out on one of Narvaez's best performance. Really sensational stuff from the Argentinian known as the "Hurracan".
Some fighters are cursed in a way that they will never win a big one. One of those men appears to be Japan's Hiroyuki Hisataka who has fallen short in numerous world title bouts in his career though proven that he belongs around the world level with numerous solid showings. One of the numerous other world level fighters that Histaka has shared the ring with is former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro.
We won't ruin much of this bout though we will say that it showed why both men have been hovering in and around the world scene for as long as they have done. Jaro is tough as old boots and if you give him enough notice he is hard work for anyone with his toughness and power, as well as shots from some unorthodox and peculiar angles. As for Hisataka he too is tough and he seems to have a great engine and is willing to throw a lot of shots, even if it means taking some big ones in return.
This isn't an amazing fight but is a very solid one for the most part and a very competitive one despite the two men being very different types of fighters.
Over the past 24 hours it was announced that Ohashi gym prospect Ryo Matsumoto would be fighting against Denkaosan Kaovichit on September 5th. That bout looks likely to be the toughest so far Matsumoto who if very highly regarded by the folk at the Ohashi Gym. Whilst that bout is clearly a step up for Matsumoto it shouldn't be something that he struggles with too much given that he has shown himself capable of beating fringe world class opponents.
That ability of Matsumoto's was shown earlier this year when he out clearly pointed multi-time title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka by using his lengthy leavers, lovely speed and calm controlling mentality to run out a large lead in the early rounds. It wasn't a scintillating or one that would set the world alight but it was a very controlled and clear win for a man who easily won the first 4 rounds of the bout without any major issues.
It was only in the later rounds that Matsumoto really had any questions to answer but by then he knew he could cruise to the final bell to secure a very solid victory, a victory made all the more impressive considering it was just his 10th professional bout whilst Hisataka was taking part in his 35th pro contest. It was probably due to his struggles with the 8 round distance however that he was kept at the 8 round level for his next fight. The work he needs to do is clearly on his stamina and if he can sort that out then his potential really is limitless.
For those wanting to put a date on this fight, it was on the under-card of Naoya Inoue's win against Adrian Hernandez and shared the under-card with Takuma Inoue's win over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, and it's amazing to think that the Inoue brothers and Matsumoto are all just boxing boxing babies with less than 20 combined fights!
(Video courtesy of gentidori)
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