Earlier today we were informed that former WBA Super Bantamweight world title challenger Hidenori Otake (23-2-3, 10) would be back in the ring on November 18th as the next Kaneko Boxing Gym promoted card. The card, dubbed "Golden Child Boxing vol. 115" will be headlined by Otake in an 8 round bout against Thai visitor San Saknarong (2-4).
Otake, a former Japanese national champion, is of course best known for his exploits in England last year against Scott Quigg. In that bout the tough Japanese fighter suffered a clear loss but was tough enough to give Quigg 12 rounds and always pressed forward, showing his toughness throughout. Since that loss however Otake has been relatively inactive with just a single bout, a 3rd round KO win over Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym.
Whilst Otake is known around the world, albeit for a loss, San isn't well known, at all. Despite that Japanese fans have had the chance to see him in the past. In fact San has picked up all 4 of his defeats in Japan, including decision losses to Takuya Watanabe and Kenta Onjo.
The rest of the card for the show is relatively poor with the chief support bout, also an 8 rounder, set to feature Takahiro Fujii (7-4-1, 2) fighting against Jaipetch Chaiyonggym (5-3, 1) and the rest of the card all being booked for 4 rounds.
For those who have forgotten about Otake Vs Quigg, we've included the full fight video below.
We've known for a while that Japanese contender Ryo Matsumoto (15-0, 13) would be in the ring in October as part of the Ayaka Miyao Vs Momo Koseki/Satoshi Hosono Vs Takuya Watanabe card. What we didn't know however is who Matsumoto would be up against in his his bout, which is to be the final bout before the main event contests.
Today we can reveal that Matsumoto's opponent is little known Thai Saensak Sithvarunee (0-2), who has twice been a fighting visitor in Japan. Although win-less Saensak is tough, having been all 16 of his scheduled rounds, and did, last year, almost claim an unlikely win against Yuichi Arai at the Sogo Sports Center.
Whilst we certainly wouldn't suggest this bout is a great test for a fighter with Matsumoto's ability it does seem likely to be one more tune up before he's placed in a world level bout, possibly on the soon to be announced Ohashi card in late December, a card that is rumoured to feature Naoya Inoue Vs Warlito Parrenas.
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Earlier today Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (15-1-1, 4) recorded the second defense of his title with a clear decision win over the heavy handed but limited Taiki Minamoto (10-5, 9).
Oguni started well boxing and moving, using his sharp jab and keeping Minamoto from landing his power shots. The challenger knew he was going to lose a boxing contest but he continued to look confident as he hunted a 1-punch KO of the champion. The search for a KO punch saw Minamoto have some success but not enough to really trouble the champion, despite the challenger claiming a couple of rounds.
After 5 rounds the judges had the bout scored 48-47 and 49-46, twice. From then on though Minamoto's aggressiveness started to wane, he was beginning to look heavier on his feet and it was as if the search for a KO had taken more from him than the champion. Minimaoto had a second win in round 7, highlight with an assault in the corner, but that was as good as it got for the challenger in the second half of the fight.
The final few rounds saw the champion again control the pace and action of the bout with his skills, movement and jab. The clear boxing of Oguni had done more than enough to secure the decision with the judges awarding him the bout with scores of 97-93, twice and 98-93.
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Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (21-1, 7) successfully retain his Japanese Welterweight crown with a decision victory over the limited but game Ryoji Tanaka (8-5-1, 2).
Takayama, who won the title back in December 2012, was expected to have his way with the limited Tanaka, who had lost back-to-back fights coming into this one. Despite being the under-dog Tanaka came to fight and seemed to give Takayama some problems early one with one judge giving the challenger 2 of the first 5 rounds to give a 48-47 card to champion, who was 49-46 and 50-46 up on the other two cards
The challenger continued to try and make life difficult for the champion and in the eyes of the judges managed to do just that with the scorecards reading 97-94, and 97-93, twice.
Although Tanaka made things difficult for Takayama the champion never looked like losing, in fact if anything Takayama's biggest issue was that he began looking too much for a KO. That KO didn't come but Takayama did keep looking and lost a few rounds as a result of loading up too much on his shots.
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Exciting Filipino Super Flyweight puncher Aston Palicte (19-1, 17) will be continuing his climb through the ranks on November 14th as part of an upcoming Tibay Ng Pinoy card, promoted by MP Promotions.
The heavy handed Filipino banger is set to be matched relatively easily as he faces Thailand's limited Wisanlek Sithsaithong (13-8, 9), who has been stopped 6 times in 21 bouts. In fact Wisanlek has been stopped every time he has faced an opponent of some current name value, such as Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, Ratchasak KKP and Edrin Dapudong.
Palicte, a fighter with real power and potential, comes in to this bout on a run of 9 straight stoppage victories and it's likely that run will continue here when he faces a man who really shouldn't trouble him at all.
For those who haven't seen Palicte he boasts not only an aggressive mentality and serious power but also a fan friendly style. He has got flaws, especially in his defense, but he is ironing them out fight by fight. To date he has claimed only one title, the IBF Youth Super Flyweight title, however a win over Wisanlek will see him also add the WBO Oriental Super Flyweight title to his collection, and move into the WBO world rankings.
For Wisanlek this is a big opportunity but one that is likely to see him on a hiding to nothing against one of the most exciting Filipino prospects out there.
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