Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Osaka saw heavy handed Middleweight Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] successfully defend his OPBF title, as he over-came Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-6-1, 7), in the main event of a brilliant triple OPBF title show.
The much taller Tyson looked to control the distance from the off, showing real respect to Lockhart's heavy handed power. The jab and southpaw left the champion were clearly the punches that he saw as the key, and used a combination of his long shots and his legs to avoid a potential tear up. That game plan had early success and in round 4 he dropped the challenger, giving him a wide lead on all 3 cards when they were announced.
Sadly the knock down in round 4 was pretty much as close as we got to a stoppage as Lockhart tightened his defense whilst bringing the pressure to Tyson. It was the right idea from Lockhart, but he was just a touch too slow and too small, allowing Tyson to land shots and move out of range before Lockhart got the chance to counter the younger, fresher man.
In round 8 Lockhart suffered a second knockdown, from a body shot, which helped Tyson keep control, and at the end of the round he was leading 79-73, 77-72 and 76-74, a card that was too close and giving Lockhart a little bit too much credit for his pressure which hadn't been hugely effective.
Knowing he needed to stay on his feet to retain his title it seemed straight forward for Tyson, however he was rocked momentarily in round 10 before resuming control and easing his way to the final bell, easing to a decision with scores of 119-109, 117-109 and 115-111, to record his second defense of the title.
Despite the win it did seem like Tyson was disappointed in his performance, and had been hoping to record a stoppage. The win will, however see him continue his reign and potentially move towards bigger and better fights down the line.
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Tomorrow fight fans will be able to see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] defending his title against Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7), in the main event of a triple OPBF title show.
Today the two men weighed in for the bout, with Tyson towering over the challenger.
On the scales Tyson was bang on the limit at 160lbs and looked like a fully fledged Middleweight whilst standing significantly taller than Lockhart. He looked confident, calm and respectful, speaking about using his skills tomorrow and talking having known Brandion for a few years, and he obviously enjoyed spending time with very likable American.
As for Lockhart himself, he was well under the weight, coming in at at around 158.5lbs, showing that he's a fighter who is capable of making Light Middleweight. He too seemed to enjoy spending time with his upcoming foe, and stated that he was looking forward to the fight, and confident.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be featured on Boxingraise in the coming days.
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This coming Sunday Japanese fans in Osaka are in for a treat with a brilliant looking OPBF title triple header. For those unable to make their way to the Edion Arena Osaka there is no fear with the show being the latest to be added to the brilliant Boxingraise service, meaning subscribers will be able to watch the card on demand after it takes place. With that news only being confirmed over the last day or so, and it continues the great relationship that Dangan have with the Mutoh gym.
The card is headlined by OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] defending his title against Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) and although it's unlikely to be a hugely notable one for Western fight fans but it does feature a number of notable names and a mouth watering bout for the OPBF Bantamweight title.
That Bantamweight title bout will see Japanese based Filipino champion Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) defending his title against former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎], with both men risking world rankings for the bout, and the winner potentially moving to with in a bout or two of a world title fight.
The other OPBF title bout on the card will see Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the title against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8).
As well as the three title bouts the card will also feature former Hirofumi Mukai (13-5-3, 3) [向井 寛史] fighting against a Thai foe as he looks to rebuild his career once again.
Earlier today the Muto Gym held a notable press conference to announce a July 30th show in Osaka, featuring a trio of OPBF title bouts.
The "main event" from the trio of title contests will see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) in what will be Tyson's first defense. The heavy handed champion won the title last year, beating Dwight Ritchie, and made his first defense in April, stopping Sung Jae Ahn in 4 rounds. For Lockhart the bout will be a huge step up but the affable Morioka gym fighter will look to use his own power to make the most of a huge opportunity.
Tyson will be johned by stable mate Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) who looks to defend the OPBF Bantamweight title as he takes on former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎]. This will be Yap's first defense of the title and should be a genuinely brilliant fight, despite the fact the men have 19 losses between them. Both are heavier handed than their records suggest and both are exciting fighters who know that a win will take them a huge step towards a potential world title fight later in the year, with both men risking world rankings coming in to this fight.
The third bout will see Thailand's Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the OPBF Light Middleweight title, which he won in a huge come-from-behind win against Yutaka Oishi back in April, against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8). For Sithsaithong the bout will see him trying to continue a small run of solid results, which include the 12th round stoppage against Oishi and a decision win against Cobra Suwa, wholst Petagine will be getting his first title fight, following two losses last year. Interestingly this will be the first time the local fighter has fought as a fully fledged Light Middleweight.
Interestingly for the Muto gym a win for Petagine would see the gym reclaim the title which had previously been held by the popular Takayuki Hosokawa, and it's possible that that is part of the reason why the Japanese fighter is moving up in weight for the contest.
At the moment other details from the card are yet to be announced, but it does seem likely that the show will feature some other notable fighters from the Mutoh gym who will be lookign to show case their skills and move towards title fights of their own.
For fans in Osaka in late July the show will take place at the Sumiyoshi Ward And the tickets have been priced affordably, with the cheapest being ¥5000 and the most expensive being ¥30,000.
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Earlier today Japanese fans had the chance to see the sensationally gifted Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太] record his second defnce of the WBC Youth Bantamweight title, as he stopped Indonesian visitor Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-1, 5).
Murata looked to control the bout early on with his jabs, and switches between head and body shots whilst keeping the shorter man at range. The Indonesian had some success in round 2, with one judge giving him the round, but the visitor struggled to have more than a few fleeting moments and by the end of round 4 Murata looked like he could do as pleased.
Up by scored of 40-36, twice, and 39-37 after 4 rounds it looked like Murata was lookign to try new things, and looked happy to test his stamina, but in round 6 he really hurt the Indonesian. Knowing he had his man hurt Maruta went for the finish and dropped the visitor with some brutal body shots, that left Lamandau down for the 10 count.
Following the bout it was annouced that Murata would be back in the ring in July and will likely be fighting for an OPBF or a Japanese title when he returns to the ring.
On the under-card Naoto Iwai (3-1, 1) [岩井 尚斗], suffered a 6 round split decision loss to Ryosuke Nasu (7-2-2,1) [那須亮祐], whilst Middleweight Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) blew away an over-matched Thai foe.
For fans interested in watching this bout it will be added to the Boxingraise service in the coming hours.
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