Earlier today in Osaka we got the latest show from Harada Boxing, who put on a small but notable card from the EDION Arena, where there was 5 bouts taking place.
The first bout of note here saw a genuine upset as Shota Asami (8-7, 4) [浅海 勝太] shocked Japanese ranked Light Flyweight Sho Omote (8-2, 3) [表 祥]. Asami set the pace early on and landed heavy hooks in rounds 2 and 3. To his credit Omote tried to fight back, but was simply unable to copy with the ambition and drive of Asami who was too hungry, too good and too busy. After 6 rounds all 3 judges had this to Asami 59-55. With the win Asami ends a 2-fight losing run and gives Omote his first loss in well over 3 years.
The second bout of note saw fast rising prospect Ayato Hiromoto (3-0, 1) [廣本彩刀] take his biggest win to date. The talented novice out pointed JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-6-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] over 8 rounds, in what was a very big step up in class.
This bout started with the two men looking to feel each other out with their jabs, but by round 3 Hiromoto was unleashing more from his arsenal, with solid 1-2's catching the eye. That lead to a response from Nasu in round 4 as the traded blows and from there on both men showed good touches in a bout that allowed both to show their skills, but neither seemed capable of hurting the other. It seemed like Hiromoto had done enough to edge rounds, and that was the case with 2 of the judges who had winning the bout 79-73. Oddly however the third judge had this 78-74 to Nasu, which seemed a very odd and poor card.
Interesting Hiromoto was originally supposed to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之], though that bout was cancelled when Kuroda was injured, leading to this bout.
In the main event of the show fans saw Kyonosuke Kameda (6-2-1, 5) [亀田 京之介], the cousin of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, claim his latest victory. The heavy handed and strong Kameda was fighting for the first time since losing the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year to Jinki Maeda and looked to make a statement here. In the opposite corner was professional debutant Daiki Asai (0-1) [浅井 大貴], who had won an All Japan title in the amateurs where he went 61-16 (33).
The opening round saw both men have moments, Kameda made the most of his jab whilst Asai's footwork and movement saw him getting in and out well. Sadly however the pace changed in round 2, when Kameda came out with aggressive intent, and forced the referee to save Asai who seemed to be out on his feet from a straight right hand.
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