June 17th 2006- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Rikiya Fukuhara (18-1-1, 14) vs Daisuke Yamanaka (18-2, 13)
In 2006 Daisuke Fukuhara [山中大輔] challenged Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Rikiya Fukuhara [福原力也], who was defending his title for the second time.
March 28th 2016-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Satoshi Hosono (30-2-1, 20) vs Rikiya Fukuhara (31-8-1, 23) III
In late March Japanese fans in Tokyo had the chance to see the third meeting between former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono [細野 悟] and Japanese rival Rikiya Fukuhara [福原 力也]. The previous two bouts had both seen Hosono come out on top, though it was clear that Fukuhara was determined to change that, and claim the Japanese Featherweight title, coming in to this one.
When dynamite punchers collide we tend to expect excitement, especially when the fighters are at, or around, the same level. Sometimes that excitement is delivered almost from the off as the two guys trade away from the opening bell. Sometimes however we need to wait for one, or both, of the men to get into their groove, and feel comfortable of winning if a shoot out breaks out.
We had one such contest back in October 2012 when Satoshi Hosono, boasting 16 KO from 22 wins, took on Rikiya Fukuhara, a man with 19 stoppages from 26 wins and although the bout wasn't actually a Japanese title fight both men were, previously, domestic title holders. The fight didn't start like a petrol doused house with a lighter near by but it did see both men letting their hands go, especially in round 3 as we had thrilling back and forth action.
For what it's these two men were supposed to fight a rematch, for the Japanese Featherweight title earlier this year, before Fukuhara suffered an injury. We suspect that that rematch could take place in 2015 and if it does we'll be expecting fireworks. Interestingly both men are unbeaten since this bout.
A notable fact to just add here, before you watch the fight, was that this show also featured the professional debut of Japanese "Monster" Naoya Inoue who scored a 4th round victory over Filipino Crison Omayao to begin his insanely quick rise through the ranks.
(Video courtesy of gentidori)
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