Earlier today we had the announcement that WBO female Light Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [有馬真波] would be returning to the ring on April 4th, to defend her title against fellow Japanese fighter Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音].
Tsunami is a veteran at world level and has one of the most established careers of any female fighter in Japan. This bout will be her third defense since winning the title way back in 2018, when she stopped Chaoz Minowa. Since winning the title she has stopped her two challengers, Gretchen Abaniel and Jessebelle Pagaduan, and also attempted to claim the WBA female Flyweight title, fighting to a split decision draw in 2019 with Naoko Fujioka.
As for Ogata this will be her first world title fight, though she has previously won the WBA Asia female, WBO Asia Pacific female and OPBF female titles at Light Flyweight, and scored notable wins over Saemi Hanagata and Erika Hanawa.
Aside from the main event we'll also get a solid chief support bout between Daiki Tomita (15-2, 5) [冨田大樹] and Shota Asami (8-7, 4) [浅海勝太], who are both coming in to the bout with JBC rankings and should make for an exciting clash over 8 rounds.
For fans wanting to attend, this event will be in Sakai City and will take place early in the afternoon with ticket prices rankings from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000
Boxing is slowly returning around the globe and whilst it may not be anywhere close to what it was in 2019 the sport is certainly providing some intriguing match ups and exciting action. That was shown earlier today when we got an OPBF Light Flyweight title bout between Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) [堀川 謙一] and Daiki Tomita (14-2, 5) [冨田 大樹].
On paper this may not have looked a great bout to those who judge fighters based on their records. However those who knew the two men going in knew that this could be one of the better Japanese bouts since the country restarted professional boxing around 2 weeks ago.
In one corner was a 40 year old, battled hardened veteran with a chip on his shoulder whilst the other corner played host to a youngster tipped for big things.
It seemed likely to be a very appealing, competitive and compelling bout, though ended up being surprisingly more one-sided than expected.
The first round proved to be competitive. Horikawa was pressing from the off and the younger Tomita was on the move, picking some fine shots and keeping Horikawa at bay, for the most part. The veteran had moments with counter shots, but was struggling to get into his range. From then on however Horikawa began to find success, he began cutting the distance, getting inside and getting his body shots off.
Whilst Horikawa was having success, Tomita was doing enough to make things competitive in the early rounds. It seemed Horikawa was doing that bit more, especially with his body work, but Tomita was having some real moments, despite having a bloodied nose and was certainly not getting smashed around, as he would later on.
After 4 rounds the scores were 39-37, twice, and 40-36, all to Horikawa.
In round 5 and 6 we saw Tomita show some great touches but he seemed unable to fail in an attempt to find that extra gear. It seemed like he was trying hard to have success, but it wasn't really arriving for him. It was like he was trying super hard, but having limited moments and taking just as good as he got, despite trying so much harder than the veteran. Whenever Tomita stepped it up, Horikawa managed to counter.
In round 7 Tomita's effort began to fade and Horikawa turned the screw, with his pressure building further. For the first time it looked like the wheels were coming off the youngster, who couldn't match Horikawa when he moved up through the gears. From here on the bout became more one sided. Horikawa rocked Tomita on the bell in round 8, really beat him up in round 9, with a lot more body shots, and then closed the show in round 10, in what was a horribly 1-sided round that saw Horikawa pinning Tomita on the ropes for long stretches whilst unloading flurries.
To his credit Tomita tried to stay in the bout, he tried to fight his way off the ropes, but his resilience broke. With around 1 minute 40 of the round gone the referee stepped in, stopping the punishment, just moments before Tomita crashed to the canvas.
Thankfully Tomita seemed fine a few minutes after the bout.
With the win Horikawa has now the Japanese, WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF titles during his long career. At the age of 40 it's hard to know what he has left but on the back of this performance there's no need for him to think about retiring any time soon. The success he's having late in his career, and the growing momentum at the Misako Gym, is great to see and Horikawa looks like his success could continue for another year or two.
As for Tomita this wasn't a great performance. He was game early on, but appeared to fight the wrong fight. He never found his rhythm and he never managed to use his speed very well. He broke under pressure and his in ring inexperience was showed up here. He can certainly rebuild from this loss, but he took a lot of punishment late, and it will take a lot of work for him to get back on track. Admittedly his training won't have great, given what's going, but this is still going to be a huge set back.
For those interested the scores after 8 rounds were 78-74, twice, and 80-72, all in favour of Horikawa.
Laster today we'll see a OPBF Light Flyweight title bout between Kenichi Horikawa (40-16-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] and Daiki Tomita (14-1, 5) [冨田 大樹]. The bout was originally set to have some fans in attendance but plans changed this week, and instead the bout will be aired live on youtube.
We're not here to talk about how to watch the bout here however, but instead talk about the odds for the bout.
Surprisingly the bout has been one of the latest Japanese bouts to have odds offered by Polish betting website STSBet.
We'll admit we consider the bout a close one, with Tomita certainly taking on one of his better opponents so far, and Horikawa still being a very hungry fighter, despite being 40 years old.
The bookies on the other hand see it as a mismatch. Tomita is the very clear betting favourite, priced at 2/13 to win, whilst Horikawa is a huge 7/2 under-dog.
We do agree that Tomita should be the favourite, and is a young man with a very bright future ahead of him, but these odds do seem rather wide given the tricks and tools that Horikawa has in the locker.
For those who do want to watch the bout live it will be aired on this youtube channel.
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Tomorrow in Kobe we'll see the much delayed OPBF Light Flyweight title bout between Kenichi Horikawa (40-16-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] and Daiki Tomita (14-1, 5) [冨田 大樹]. Originally the bout had been scheduled to take place in March, before boxing was put on hiatus to help deal with the current on going global situation and was then postponed until July.
Despite the delays both men took part in their weigh in this morning and neither man had any issue making the 108lbs limit.
On the scales both men came in bang on the limit, and both looked in good shape.
The 22 year old Tomita stated that he didn't feel stressed and seemed really grateful to Shinsei Promotions for putting the bout on, even if the event will no longer have fans, as originally planned. More about that in a moment. He also talked a little about sparring Horikawa in the past, and seemed to suggest that he's a different fighter now.
The 40 year old Horikawa admitted that it's always difficult to lose weight but it is worth noting he's a true veteran and has more bouts and more wins than any active professional in Japan. He might be coming to the end of his career but he's certainly not the typical 40 year old and he has been having some of his best success in recent years.
Originally there was supposed to be some fans in attendance for this event, albeit a very limited number. The decision was made this week to change those plans due to the on going situation. Thankfully however Shinsei Gym have made the decision to live stream the main event on their Youtube channel, meaning that although the venue will be empty fans won't need to miss out on the bout. The stream will be free and will not only this bout, the main event, but also the co-feature, a Japanese Atomweight title bout.
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Earlier today the Shinsei Gym revealed announce two notable stories regarding their July 25th double header from the the Kobe Central Gym.
The show is a pretty notable one, one of the most notable ones since boxing restarted in Japan. The main event will be an OPBF Light Flyweight title bout between Kenichi Horikawa (40-16-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] and Daiki Tomita (14-1, 5) [冨田 大樹] with a second title bout being a Japanese Atomweight title bout between Kaori Nagai (4-2-3, 2) [長井香織] and Momoko Kanda (10-12-2, 4) [神田桃子].
For Horikawa the bout serves as a chance to claim another title, to add to a career collection that includes two Japanese titles and a WBO Asia Pacific title whilst Tomita gets a chance to add to the WBO Asia Pacific title he won last year, when he beat Hayato Yamaguchi.
Originally the event had planned to have fans in attendance, albeit in limited numbers, but today a decision was made to not allow fans in the venue. That decision was announced just days before the event was set to take place
The reason for the change is likely linked to the increased issues caused by the "on going global situation", specifically in Osakan boxing gyms. Whilst the venue may have been in Kobe, Hyogo, several fighters involved on it are from Osaka, including Tomita and Kanda and them potentially bringing fans from Osaka could, potentially, cause issues down the line.
As a result of not allowing fans in Shinsei have announced that they will be live streaming some of the event on a newly set up Youtube channel.
The statement only actually confirms that they will be streaming the "Semi-Main", which is the female title bout, though they do state the other bouts will be added to the channel at a later date. It is assumed however that the main event is also set to be streamed, though wasn't confirmed in today's statement.
The channel streaming the event can be found here.
The channel has also released a short trailer for the event, which can be seen below, as well as the statements in Japanese, and the English translation.
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