Earlier today the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka played host to the latest show from the Mutoh Gym. The card wasn't a huge one but it was a notable one, with a notable debut, a touted prospect and a regional title fight.
The regional title fight saw the world ranked Ryosuke Nishida (6-0, 1) [西田凌佑] successfully defend the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, as he shut out Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-2, 6) over 10 rounds.
On paper the bout looked interesting but in the ring it proved to be little more than a show case of boxing from Nishida, who controlled large swathes of the bout behind his southpaw jab and clean right hands. He never really seemed to go into top gear as he simply never needed to. Pelesio did have moments, but they were few and far between, with little coming from them, such a right hand in round 2 that never seemed to trouble Nishida, despite landing well. By round 4 Pelesio was looking frustrated with the fact Nishida was controlling the range, and he clearly wanted things to change, but Nishida refused to change the game plan and continued to land as and when he wanted, whilst neutralising Pelesio. As the rounds ticked by Pelesio became more frustrated and in round 10 he finally had enough as he began to through caution to the wind, though still struggled to tie down the talented champion.
After 10 rounds the judges all turned in identical 100-90 scorecards. After the bout Nishida's team suggested he would be back in action in Spring and were considering fighting overseas.
Prior to the main event Kaito Yamasaki (4-0, 2) [山崎海斗] made light work of Thai visitor Adirek Meesrida (2-1, 2), with the Thai being stopped in 74 seconds, following a knockdown by Yamasaki. Fans also got the chance to see the debut of Takeru Inoue (1-0, 1) [井上彪], who broke down Piya Chaichot (1-1) in 6 rounds. The Thai put up a good effort early on, and showed some real grit and toughness, but in rounds 5 and 6 he was taking a beating and the referee stepped in after a big assault from Inoue.
Tomorrow fight fans at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka will get the chance to see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida (5-0, 1) [西田凌佑] defending his title against Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-1, 6).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made the 115lb limit with easy. In fact they did so with some room to spare, as both men came in at 114.75lbs and both looked confident and comfortable at the weight.
Whilst both men made weight it was interesting to see Nishida looked the bigger man. In fact he looked a weight class bigger than Pelesio. It was somewhat like a natural Bantamweight weighing in along a natural Super Flyweight.
After making weight Nishida, who not only enters as the regional champion but also a world ranked contender, explained that he struggled to make weight and that the cut to 118lbs was hard this time. A couple of days ago he was around 0.6lbs over the limit, and although he had made it with some room to spare it seems his days at 118lbs are somewhat limited. In regards to the fight he suggested he was going to stop Pelesio in the second half of the bout.
Dubbed "Kansai's Cinderella Boy", Nishida is looking to defend his title here and climb up the rankings towards a potential world title fight over the next few years.
As for Pelesio, he stated he going to be aggressive but had respect for the champion.
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Earlier today Mutoh Gym held a press conference to announce You Will Be the Champion 14, which will take place on October 9th at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka.
It was announced that the main event of the show sill see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida (5-0, 1) [西田凌佑] defending his title against Filipino challenger Aljum Pelesio (11-1, 6).
The bout will serve as Nishida's second defense of the title, which he won with a decision over Daigo Higa in April 2021, and will see Pelesio stepping up massively for his first title bout and his first bout outside of the Philippines. Entering the bout Nishida is world ranked by the IBF, WBO and WBC, as well as the #1 ranked fighter with the OPBF. Pelesio on the other hand is the #15 ranked challenger for Nishida's title, and also holds an OPBF ranking.
Whilst the main event was announced the rest of the card wasn't, though there were some fighters announced for the show. One of those was the fast rising Kaito Yamasaki (3-0, 1) [山崎海斗], who will compete in an 8 round bout at Featherweight, and Takeru Inoue (0-0) [井上彪], who will be in a 6 round. The talented Inoue went an impressive 56-14 as an amateur, winning two notable national competitions and is tipped for big things over the coming years as the Mutoh gym continue to snap up some of the best prospects in Japanese.
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