Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (9-3, 7) defend his title and over-come Japanese challenger Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-5, 8).
In the wake of his loss Petagine, who had the longest name of any Japanese fighter, announce that his career was over and that he was retiring from the sport, essentially having found his limitation.
Petagine had first caught the eye of Japanese fight fans back in 2013, when he won the Rookie of the Year at 140lbs, but today he confessed that today's fight was at a totally different level and that he knows his limit in the sport and that his career as a boxer is over.
The retirement has come after a string of retirements this week in Japanese boxing, including that of former world champions Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura, who announced their debuts, and it seems clear that fighters are realising that when their time has come to walk away there is no shame in retiring.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (9-3, 7) record his first defense of the title, as he stopped tall Japanese challenger Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-5, 8) in the 11th round.
The fight saw Ratchasi return to Japan, where he won the title earlier this year against Yutaka Oishi, and the Thai once again showed that he was continuing improving as a fighter.
The taller, longer, Petagine looked to make the most of his natural size advantages but the Thai was countering well, making the most of his heavy right hand. The Japanese fighter was looking relaxed, but Ratchasi looked determined and was landing the better blows, which helped him into the lead by the time the score cards were announced publically after 4 rounds, with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 in his favour, and a 38-38 card having the bout even.
Ratchai's success grew more success and in the middle rounds he really had a charge, with Petagine struggling to have more than just a few moments,. The fitness, and phsyiclaity of Ratchasi was proving too much for the challenger, and after 8 rounds the Thai was leading 79-72 on one card and 78-74 on the other two. With the scores it was clear that Jumbo was going to have to do something huge to turn the fight around. Sadly for the challenger that was never looking likely and instead it seemed like he was just tiring.
In round the Thai managed to press the action a bit more and that caused the towel to be thrown in to save Petagine, who had never previously been beyond 8 round, and it showed here.
For Ratchasi the bout was a third straight notable win, and although he's on a good run it's hard to see him as a long term champion. As a result we suspect we'll see other top Japanese fighters at 154lbs continue to try and get a bout with him, and the likes of Yuki Nonaka or Takeshi Inoue may well push their teams to get a fight with him before the end of 2017. For Petagine it's back to the drawing board, and time to develop his stamina and skills, before putting him in another notabe bout.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will see OPBF Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) making his first defense of the title, as he takes on Japanese challenger Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8).
Today the two men weighed in for the bout and both men made the 154lb limit for the contest.
The champion, the much shorter man,came in well under the limit at 153.25lbs and looked flabby even at that weight. Despite looking in less than amazing condition he seemed confident and said he has been practicing hard to defend the title, something people have been struggling with with this particular title in recent years. He also stated that Jumbo really was Jumbo, talking about the height of the challenger.
The challenger, who has amazingly fought much of his career at 140lbs, was also under the limit at 153.25lbs. He sounded confident ahead of his first title fight, and stated he would be reclaiming the belt for the Mutoh gym who had the title when Takayuki Hosokawa was the champion. It is however a huge ask for the little known Japanese fighter to win here.
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This coming Sunday Japanese fans in Osaka are in for a treat with a brilliant looking OPBF title triple header. For those unable to make their way to the Edion Arena Osaka there is no fear with the show being the latest to be added to the brilliant Boxingraise service, meaning subscribers will be able to watch the card on demand after it takes place. With that news only being confirmed over the last day or so, and it continues the great relationship that Dangan have with the Mutoh gym.
The card is headlined by OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] defending his title against Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) and although it's unlikely to be a hugely notable one for Western fight fans but it does feature a number of notable names and a mouth watering bout for the OPBF Bantamweight title.
That Bantamweight title bout will see Japanese based Filipino champion Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) defending his title against former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎], with both men risking world rankings for the bout, and the winner potentially moving to with in a bout or two of a world title fight.
The other OPBF title bout on the card will see Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the title against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8).
As well as the three title bouts the card will also feature former Hirofumi Mukai (13-5-3, 3) [向井 寛史] fighting against a Thai foe as he looks to rebuild his career once again.
Earlier today the Muto Gym held a notable press conference to announce a July 30th show in Osaka, featuring a trio of OPBF title bouts.
The "main event" from the trio of title contests will see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) in what will be Tyson's first defense. The heavy handed champion won the title last year, beating Dwight Ritchie, and made his first defense in April, stopping Sung Jae Ahn in 4 rounds. For Lockhart the bout will be a huge step up but the affable Morioka gym fighter will look to use his own power to make the most of a huge opportunity.
Tyson will be johned by stable mate Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) who looks to defend the OPBF Bantamweight title as he takes on former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎]. This will be Yap's first defense of the title and should be a genuinely brilliant fight, despite the fact the men have 19 losses between them. Both are heavier handed than their records suggest and both are exciting fighters who know that a win will take them a huge step towards a potential world title fight later in the year, with both men risking world rankings coming in to this fight.
The third bout will see Thailand's Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the OPBF Light Middleweight title, which he won in a huge come-from-behind win against Yutaka Oishi back in April, against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8). For Sithsaithong the bout will see him trying to continue a small run of solid results, which include the 12th round stoppage against Oishi and a decision win against Cobra Suwa, wholst Petagine will be getting his first title fight, following two losses last year. Interestingly this will be the first time the local fighter has fought as a fully fledged Light Middleweight.
Interestingly for the Muto gym a win for Petagine would see the gym reclaim the title which had previously been held by the popular Takayuki Hosokawa, and it's possible that that is part of the reason why the Japanese fighter is moving up in weight for the contest.
At the moment other details from the card are yet to be announced, but it does seem likely that the show will feature some other notable fighters from the Mutoh gym who will be lookign to show case their skills and move towards title fights of their own.
For fans in Osaka in late July the show will take place at the Sumiyoshi Ward And the tickets have been priced affordably, with the cheapest being ¥5000 and the most expensive being ¥30,000.
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