Earlier today on an ultra-rare Japanese PPV, streamed on TwitCasting, fight fans had the chance to see former Japanese Featherweight title challenger Ryo Hino (14-2-2, 9) [日野僚] score his latest win, as he stopped Ryukyu Oho (7-5, 4) [大保龍球].
To begin the bout Oho was aggressive, but struggled to make a dent on Hino, who looked composed and the much more technically skilled fighter, picking Oho off with his jab. Oho never seemed too worried about the jab of Hino, but it did land clean and repeatedly stopping Oho from rushing in and being as reckless as he looked in the opening moments. Whilst the jab from Hino was the key punch it was amazing to see just how wild and inaccurate Oho was with his own shots, many of swung well over the head of Hino.
As the rounds went on Hino controlled the action with more and more ease. It didn't matter what Oho did he could never figure out the jab and movement of Hino, who looked levels above Oho.
Sadly for Oho the more he was getting tagged and the less success he was having, the more frustrated he seemed, and the more open he was leaving himself. And the more energy he was using for every single moment of success. That energy was running out in round 7 when he took a body shot that sent him down, where he stayed for the 10 count.
Oho was counted out at an official time of 2:10 of round 7, giving Hino a win on his return to the ring, and his first bout since a December 2019 loss to Ryo Sagawa.
The bout was the main event of a show co-promoted by Hideki Todaka Promotions and Kawasaki Nitta and it was a low level card, if we're being truth. In fact the card had very little other than the main event to even really talk about.
One of the very few under-card bouts worthy of note was a 2nd round TKO win for the popular Caliente Koyasu (4-2, 2) [カリエンテ子安], who defeated Tomohiro Igarashi (2-2, 1) [五十嵐 友弘].
At the moment tensions between Japan and South Korea are certainly mounting with diplomatic issues between both countries certainly increasing. Sadly boxing is caught in the cross fight with OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (23-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] set to face Korean challenger Gyu Beon Jeon (9-3-1, 4) [전규범] on October 9th.
We won't get into the the politics of Japan and South Korea, and how issues have escalated in the last few weeks, what we will however say is that the Cassius gym, and Rikki Naito, have released a video ahead of the fight, combining a bit of hype for the contest, with comment from Naito talking about the fight.
For those unaware the Naito family have got links back to Korea, with Rikki's father Cassius Naito having fought a number of times in Korea, coming up short every time.
The message from Naito is a simple one, with English and Japanese subtitles and is worth watching, as it's a rare glimpse into something we wouldn't often get the chance to see.
The video, which is embedded below, was originally shared by on twitter Naito's stablemate Caliente Koyasu, who is well worth a follow, especially for his genuinely charming English language lessons that began with "What's up Boys?"
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