November 20th 2010-International Conference Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Kohei Oba (27-1-1, 11) vs Hurricane Futa (17-2-1, 9)
In 2010 Japanese fight fans in Nagoya got the chance to see Kohei Oba battle against Hurricane Futa
December 11th 2011-Sangyo Hall, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Rolly Lunas (30-8-1, 17) vs Kohei Oba (29-1-1, 12)
In 2011 OPBF Bantamweight champion Rolly Lunas battled against Kohei Oba.
February 5th 2006-International Conference Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Malcolm Tunacao (19-1-2, 13) vs Kohei Oba (13-0, 8)
In 2005 Filipino fighter Malcolm Tuancao claimed the OPBF Bantamweight title. In his first defence he faced off against the then unbeaten Kohei Oba [大場浩平], in the first of two bouts between the two men.
November 2nd 2012- Central Gym, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Kohei Oba (31-2-1, 12) vs Yuki Murai (20-16-4, 6)
Japan's Kohei Kohei Oba [大場浩平] came to the attention of international fans in 2014 hen he fought Randy Caballero. Prior to that bout he had been a regular at the Central Gym in Hyogo. One of his bouts there saw him taking on the tough Yuki Murai [村井勇希].
A year ago Kohei Oba was the Japanese Bantamweight champion, he was world ranked and at just 28 years old it seemed like he had plenty of time left in his career. Today he is a man looking back on his career having announced his retirement following a less than stellar win in his 40th professional contest.
This contest saw Oba fighting domestic rival Keigo Soma, the bout was supposed to be an easy comeback following a stoppage loss to Randy Caballero last time out. Instead we saw Oba struggle, it was as if the loss to Caballero had taken more from him than just his hopes of being a world champion. Things were worsened by the fact Soma came to win and took the fight straight to "The Mayweather of Nagoya". It was as if Soma could smell blood and went for what would have been the biggest win of his career.
Although we know we've ruined the result the bout is well worth watching, especially if you saw the Mayweather/Maidana rematch and had hoped for something more exciting. Oba is a budget version of Mayweather who uses the shoulder roll whilst Soma did what Maidana did in the first meeting. It's certainly an interesting contest even if the level of the men involved wasn't particularly high.
(Video courtesy of aka0113)
Earlier this year we saw Japan's Kohei Oba stood on the verge of a world title fight, all he had to do was win an IBF Bantamweight eliminator against Nicaraguan-American Randy Caballero.
Of course things weren't quite that easy and despite having home advantage Oba, AKA "The Mayweather of Nagoya", was given a bit of a beating by his visiting opponent who looked too good from relatively early in the bout. In fact as soon as the opening "jab sessions" were all over it was almost all Caballero who looked faster, more powerful and more skilled against the Japanese fighter who was dropped in the opening round and stopped in round 8.
Despite this bout being an eliminator back in April Caballero has still not had his chance to fight for the title with the IBF instead giving chances to a number of British fighters. Thankfully Caballero now has an opportunity lined as he faces former champion Stuart Hall for the vacant title, though no date has yet been set.
(We're sorry about he video being shaky that's sadly out of our hands, though we do want to thank yasu boxer for the video)