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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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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The Ohashi gym is riding a crest of a wave at the moment with a number of notable fighters, including a pair of world champions and numbers world ranked contenders. They will be hoping to keep the momentum going on March 28th when Ohashi put on their next show, a show that features a number of Ohashi gym fighters.
The main event of that card is the third meeting between Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono (30-2-1, 20) [細野 悟] and Rikiya Fukuhara (31-8-1, 23) [福原 力也] however the card does feature some very notable fighters on the under-card.
One of those under-card bouts sees the promising Kenichi Miyazaki (10-1-1, 3) [宮崎 拳一] face off against former Japanese title challenger Hiroya Yamamoto (9-4, 3) [山本 浩也].
Miyazaki, a promising Ohashi youngster, has won his last 5 bouts since suffering a 2nd round KO loss more than 2 years ago. Although promising Miyazaki hasn't mixed at a particularly high level and this bout is a notable step up for the 23 year old. As for Yamamoto his last few bouts have seen him test himself at a very respectable level , unfortunately however that has seen him come up short against the likes of Go Odaira, Xiong Zhao Zhong and, most recently, Tatsuya Fukuhara.
Although fans outside of the Japanese boxing scene may not realise it, this is a genuinely good match up and promises to tell us a lot about both men and is a really promising looking contest at 105lbs, with the winner being in the mix for a Japanese title fight later in 2016.
Sunday was a very busy day in Japanese boxing with a number of fights that went under-the-radar. One of those bouts was a Japanese Minimumweight title fight, for a title recently vacated by former world title challenger Go Odaira.
The bout in question saw Tatsuya Fukuhara (16-4-5, 6) take on Hiroya Yamamoto (9-4, 3), with Fukuhara coming out on top in a very competitive and well matched contest.
Early on it was Fukuhara who took the initiative with left hand to the body. Yamamoto tried to fight back, and did have some success, but the early portion of the bout was certainly Fukuhara's and he was in charge as they went into the second half of the bout.
It was in the second half that the bout began to turn with Yamamoto having success as he bit down on his gum shield and found a new gear. It lead to some great action in round 8 with Fukuhara eventually being forced to back off.
Given the fight back in the second round it seemed that both men knew the final round could be the key and it lead to a brilliant all action round with Fukuhara seemingly doing just enough to take the win in a thrilling contest.
The judges just agreed with two of the ringside three scoring to 96-94 to Fukuhara whilst the third judge had it a round wider at 97-93 to the more experienced man.
Despite the win Fukuhara was very complimentary of Yamamoto who impressed with his pressure and will to win, it was however his second defeat in a Japanese title fight, having also lost to Go Odaira last year.
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With all the action this coming weekend it can be easy to over-look some of the notable match ups. One of those possible bouts is a Japanese Minimumweight title bout, for the title recently vacated by Go Odaira.
The bout in question will see Tatsuya Fukuhara (15-4-5, 6) take on Hiroya Yamamoto (9-3, 3) in what looks to be a really good match up, despite the low profile of the two men involved.
Today, ahead of that bout, the men weighed in and both made the 105lb limit for the bout, which will take place at the Foodpal Kumamoto, in Kunamoto city. Despite taking place in a location that isn't known for boxing the venue is expected to be packed with a crowd being drawn to the venue for the first Japanese title fight in the city since 2003.
Coming in to the bout both men will know that a win could help move them towards a world title shot. It's a big ask but given that both men are young and improving it really is a possibility and a win tomorrow will go a long way to getting them a such a big bout.
Fukuhara and Yamamoto battle to fill a void!
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