One of the many bouts in Japan yesterday was an OPBF Light Middleweight title bout that saw the teak tough Dennis Laurente (49-7, 30) battle against former Japanese champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-4, 9).
On paper this looked likely to be Laurente's first successful defense since winning the belt last year, stopping Tadashi Yuba, instead however the Filipino lost his belt with a split decision loss which favoured the home fighter.
From the opening round Hosokawa made the most of his foot work, letting the jab go and trying to stay away from a fire fight with the slow but more powerful Larente. The tactic was a smart one and saw the challenger establishing an early lead, with all 3 judges having him ahead after 3 rounds.
In the middle portion of the bout we saw Luarente come back into as he stepped up the pace and finally had some notable success as Hosokawa had to feel his power. That acted as a wake up call and Hosokawa got back on his bike and did his best to re-establish himself though struggled with Laurente being very much in his face.
By the end Hosokawa had done more than enough to establish his boxing, but had only just managed to do enough to rack up the rounds as he edged a split decision with cards of 115-113 and 115-114, both from Japanese judges, whilst a Filipino judge had seen the bout very differently scoring it 110-118 to Laurente, presumably giving him every rounds after round 4.
Given the close cards we wouldn't be surprised to see Laurente's team try to secure a rematch.
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Tomorrow in Osaka fans will get the chance to see an intriguing show at the Sumiyoshi Sports Center. The headline bout on the card will see Filipino warrior Dennis Laurente (49-6-5, 30) defending his OPBF Light Middleweight title against against Japan's Takayuki Hosokawa (27-10-4, 9).
Today the two men weighed in for the bout and both made weight, though specific weight details haven't been made available to us as of yet.
The bout will be Laurente's first defense of the title, which he actually won last year in Tokyo by stopping Tadashi Yuba in 6 rounds. For Hosokawa, a former Japanese champion at 154lbs, this will be his first OPBF title fight and there is talk that if he was to lose tomorrow he would call an end to his career.
Dennis Laurente returns to Japan to defend 154lb title against Takayuki Hosokawa
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We've known for a while that Japanese hopeful Hinata Maruta (0-0) would be making his professional debut on November 22nd at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka. We've also known, for almost 2 weeks, that Maruta's debut would see him facing off against the world ranked Jason Canoy (24-5-2, 18).
What we didn't know was what else would be on that card.
Today saw a big announcement from Mutoh gym chairman Takashi Edagawa who announced a number of bouts for the same card, including the bout that will act as the technical "main event" of the show.
That main event will be an OPBF title fight between currently Light Middleweight champion Dennis Laurente (49-6-5, 30) and IBF world ranked fighter Takayuki Hosokawa (27-10-4, 9).
The bout, which will be Laurente's first defense since winning he belt last December with a stoppage victory over Tadashi Yuba, has come about after talks of rematch between Hosokawa and Japanese champion Yuki Nonaka fell apart, following their draw earlier this year and on paper it looks a really good match up. Laurente, a real tough guy from the Philippines, will likely go into this bout as the favourite and although he took a bit of a beating last time out, at the hands of John Jackson, he should have the strength, power and will to win to give Hosokawa a real headache for 12 rounds. For Hosokawa a win here could help him move towards an IBF world title bout in 2016 though a loss would likely be the end of his interesting career, which began 2-3 and was once 9-6.
The main event wasn't the only bout announced for the show. There will also be a rematch between Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (22-12, 10) and Tatsuya Ikemizu (12-1, 5), with Ikemizu looking to avenge a loss suffered to Yap back in April. The card will also feature world ranked Super Featherweight puncher Masao Nakamura (20-3, 19), who is fighting for the first time since his 2015 FOTY contender against Daki Kaneko, and Satoru Sugita (10-2-1, 6) who have yet to have their opponents named.
The show will also feature the retirement ceremony of former Japanese and OPBF Middleweight champion Tetsuya Suzuki (29-12, 17).
What was seemingly supposed to be an introduction to the professional ranks for the "#1 Hope" has suddenly become a very interesting card.
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This coming Sunday we see the start of a 4 man WBC tournament at 154lbs. For us the man of note involved in that competition is Filipino veteran Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30), who begins his tournament with a really tough bout against the heavy handed John Jackson (19-2, 15). The bout is a huge ask for the 38 year old, who enters the bout as the OPBF Light Middleweight champion, but it's got the potential to lead him to a huge financial reward if he was to win and over-come the once touted Jackson.
Sadly for Laurente he is, of course, a big betting under-dog and the British bookies have priced him at 13/2 to over-come the much younger and more explosive Jackson. As for Jackson he is best priced at an almost unbackable 1/11 to win the bout. For those interested in a draw that's widely available at 25/1.
It's worth noting that, at the time of writing, only the "To win" market is available. It's worth noting that were a "method of victory" market available there may actually have been some interesting odds with Laurente having never been stopped in his 44 fight career, though Jackson is a huge puncher and almost had Andy Lee out of there just a couple of fights back.
It's been announced in the last 24 hours that Filipino veteran Dennis Laurente (49-5-5, 30) would be back in the ring on August 2nd, taking part in his first bout since last December. Not only was a date given for his next bout but saw too were the full details of the contest.
Laurente's upcoming bout will see him battle against the heavy handed John Jackson (19-2, 15) in what looks like a potentially explosive 10 round contest. The winner of the bout will be set to face the winner of a bout between Yudel Johnson (17-1, 9) and Jorge Cota (24-1, 22) later in the year as part of a small, but rewarding, WBC tournament.
From what we understand the show will air on "Bounce TV" from the Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida and will serve as a main supporting bout for a card that is set to be headlined by a bout between WBA Bantamweight "super"champion Juan Carlos Payano (16-0, 8) and unbeaten American Rau'shee Warren (13-0,-0-1 4), in what is a very poor world title bout given the depth in the division.
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