Us mere mortals not at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo are curently awaiting Fuji TV's broadcast from the on going FES show promoted by Ohashi. Those at the arena however have had several notable fighters in action already.
The first of those was former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (21-2, 11) [原隆二] who over-came Japanese ranked Minimumweight Hiroya Yamamoto (10-5, 4) [山本 浩也] with an 8 round decision. The bout was one that Hara always seemed to be in control of, but had to work to win, with Yamamoto looking for the upset but just lacking the accuracy to really test Hara.
The second of the under-card bouts saw Koki Inoue (6-0, 5) [浩樹井上], the cousin of Naoya Inoue, score his best win to date with a real beat down of the Japanese ranked Futoshi Usami (14-3-1, 11) [宇佐美 太志]. Usami showed some real belief in the opening round but Inoue turned it on in round 2 and dropped Usami before repeating the feat in round 3 and forcing the referee to intervene, saving Usami from further punishment. Given the performance it seems like Inoue was looking to make a statement and suggest he was ready for title action.
The third of the bouts saw the very highly touted Ryo Matsumoto (18-1, 16) [松本 亮] return to the ring one year after suffering a stoppage loss to Victor Uriel Lopez (10-6-1, 4) and avenging it in style.
The talented Ohashi youngster had looked in control of the first bout against Lopez before running out of energy and it was later found that he was suffering from a major medical issue that required serious sugery. Rather than having a warm up bout after surgery Matsumoto wanted to avenge his loss and and it showed as he set off to beat up the Mexican. In the first round Matsumoto landed some solid shots and did the same in rounds 2 and 3, whilst controlling the distance beautifully. In round 5 Lopez began to go forward, feeling like he could repeat the result of a year ago but Matsumoto instead neutralised the Mexican before unloading in round 6 and forcing the referee the save Lopez. The youngster stated the loss made him stronger than he had been before but the reality is that treatment for Hypothyroidism has likely done a lot more to help than the loss last year.
As we were writing this news has just broke that Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], has recorded his second professional win with a 3rd round win against Filipino Carlo Demecillo (6-4, 1), who had recently gone 10 rounds with world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa. The victory wasn't just impressive in the speed but also the manner with Demecillo being laid out in scary fashion.
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Tomorrow's card in Japan is a genuine attention grabber with Fuji TV set to air 3 bouts during a broadcast slow just shy of 3 hours long. That televised portion of the card features 2 world title bouts and an Olympic gold medal winner there is however also a very interesting under-card with 3 particularly interesting bouts set to take place off TV.
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Earlier this week we reported that Ohashi would be having a world title tirple header on December 30th at the Ariake Colosseum. The bouts for that show, headlined by the mouth watering clash between WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] and Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) [河野 公平], all look brilliant and today we had two more announced, both all Japanese bouts and both are genuinely brilliant bouts that coyuld have headlined a basic domestic card.
One of those will will see Noya's cousin Koki Inoue (5-0, 4) [浩樹井上], who takes a huge step up in class to take on Japanese ranked Lightweight Futoshi Usami (14-2-1, 11) [宇佐美 太志], who will be 26 months removed from his OPBF title fight with Msasayoshi Nakatani. On paper this is a great match up for Inoue, who has scarcely lost a round since turning professional and likely needs to face a serious opponent, like Usami to bring the best out of him.
The other will see former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (20-2, 11) [原隆二] battle against Japanese ranked Minimumweight Hiroya Yamamoto (10-4, 4) [山本 浩也], in what will be a must win for both if they are to continue their chase for title bouts. For Hara the bout wil be his second since he lost in 2015 to Katsunari Takayama, in a bout that came 11 months after a stoppage loss to Kosei Tanaka. For Yamamoto the bout follows a 2-3 run which has seen him come up short in 2 Japanese title fights and a WBC International title bout.
Whilst neither bout is expected to make it to TV, or if they are they will be on pay TV in Japan, both are intriguing assignments for the Ohashi fighters who are both expected to achieve big things during their career, and that's despite the setbacks that Hara has suffered so far.
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Earlier today saw the official weigh in for "Real Spirits Vol 39" which saw all 10 fighters on the card making weight, including the two men featured in a very exciting looking main event bout.
Those two men are the unbeaten OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (8-0, 5) and first time title challenger Futoshi Usami (12-1-1, 9), himself a heavy handed fighter.
At the weigh in Nakatani towered over his foe by several inches, despite Usami's slightly wild looking hair. It however wasn't just height Nakatani had on his side but also weight with the champion weighing in at 134.75lbs, that was 0.75lbs heavier than the challenger. It was worth noting however that both looked very solid at the weight and neither looked to have drained particularly to make Lightweight.
For those curious about our views on that bout we have previewed the bout here.
The main event isn't the only Lightweight bout on this show which will feature Yuhei Suzuki (14-4, 11) fighting against Keisuke Arima (8-9-1, 1) in the chief support. The weights for that bout saw Suzuki weighing dead on the limit at 135lbs whilst Arima was 134.75lbs. For Suzuki this bout is vital following a 7th round stoppage loss to Yoshitaka Kato in a Japanese title bout last time out for Arima however it's a major ask though a win would likely put him in the Japanese rankings.
(Image, of Nakatani and Usami, courtesy of Nakatani's blog)
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