Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a Japanese Super Featherweight title fight, with champion Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his title against mandatory challenger Ken Osato (15-3-1, 4) [大里拳], in what was a second meeting between the two men.
Last year these two fought and Osato dropped Sueyoshi before being stopped himself. This time around the bout went the distance, and no one was dropped, but it was a really, really, competitive bout, from the first round to the last.
The bout started really competitively, and there was little to separate them from the off, with he two men matching each other really well. The first round was highlighted by a solid left hook at the end by Osato, but the round really could have gone either way, just like the second round, where it was a left hook from Sueyoshi that left the best impact.
After 5 rounds, when the scores were announced, it seemed there was little to separate the two men, where were pretty much just cancelling each other out. Despite how little was separating the two men all 3 judges had Sueyoshi up, with scores of 48-47, twice, and 49-46.
Upon hearing the scores Osato upped his tempo in round 6, 7 and 8 as he managed to reel the scored back in his favour. It took a lot for Osato, during those rounds, to up the pace and the final 2 rounds saw Sueyoshi swinging things back in his direction, landing the cleaner punches and doing enough to get his nose in front, and narrowly keep it there, with clean, hard shots.
After 10 rounds there almost nothing to pick between the two men. One card had the bout eve, 95-95, another had it 96-95 to Sueyoshi whilst the third hard Sueyoshi winning 97-93, retaining his title with a majority decision.
The win should open the door for Sueyoshi to move onto another defense, or possible unification bout, for example a rematch with OPBF champion Hironori Mishiro, and move towards a potential world title fight. For Osato it's clear he belongs at this level, and with just a few simple improvements it seems clear he could win this title in the near future. He came incredibly close to going all the way to the title here, and it seems very clear he will come again in the future.
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Tomorrow Japanese fans at Korakuen Hall will see the national Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] take on mandatory challenger Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳]. For Sueyoshi this will be his 4th defense of the belt whilst Osato will be getting his second shot, losing the first to Sueyoshi in 2018.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and whilst both made weight it did they seemed to look very different on the scales. In fact not only did both make weight, but they were around 129.7lbs.
By looking different it seemed like Sueyoshi was somewhat fleshy yet drawn. He stated this was the best condition he's been in at a weight in but didn't look 100% comfortable. It was revealed that he had been training with Jorge Linares, sparring 6 rounds with the former world champion, and has had some tips from the Venezuelan skillster.
On the scales Osato looked more comfortable, he looked like the man who had worked harder on making weight and was clearly looking to avenge his loss to Sueyoshi. He spoke about how he has learned from the loss to Sueyoshi and stated it would be a meaningless bout if he lost and failed to win the belt.
Unfortunately for fans wanting to watch this bout but can't get to Korakuen Hall, it will not be aired until 21:30 on Wednesday May 8th.
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In early May Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] will defend his title against mandatory challenger Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳], in the second meeting between the two men as part of the Champion Carnival.
Sadly the show won't be televised live, with broadcaster G+ recently revealing the show will not be televised until the Wednesday after the show takes place.
The first airing of the card will take place on at 21:30 on Wednesday May 8th, with a rebroadcast on May 29th, at 20:00, not on Saturday, when the bouts take place.
Whilst this is disappointing it is worth nothing that ESPN5 in the Philippines will be showing a card on Saturday whilst this show actually takes place, and it's good to see they won't be clashing for those who will be wanting to stream the cards.
That ESPN5 card, for those interested, will be headlined by Ryo Sagawa (6-1, 4) [佐川遼] challenging Filipino youngster Al Toyogon (10-2-1, 6) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Super Featherweight title, and may turn out to actually be a better bout than the Sueyoshi Vs Osato match up.
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Last December fight fan had the chance to see Japanese youngster Shokichi Iwata (1-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] make his professional debut, doing so in the US where he defeated novice Joel Bermudez. Since then the youngster has acquired a B class Japanese license and revealed that his second professional bout would be in his native Japan.
Over the weekend we were informed of all the details of his Japanese debut, which we can confirm will take place at the Korakuen Hall in May.
The youngster is set to be part of the May Dynamic Glove card, on May 4th, a show that will be headlined by Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his title against Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳]. Iwata's opponent for the bout will be domestic foe Watanabe gym's Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝], who won the 2018 Rookie of the Year and will be looking to build on his his own success from last year.
On paper the Iwata Vs Kameyama bout is a really hard one to call, and should be a test of fire for the two men involved, both of who will have ambitions of doing big things in 2019.
Earlier today at the Tokyo Dome Hotel the media were able to attend the press conference to announce the 2019 Champion Carnival bouts, with 13 contests being officially announced.
As previously reported the Minimumweight bout will see defending champion Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心] defending his title against Norihito Tanaka (17-7, 9) [田中教仁] on January 12th at the Korakuen Hall.
The Light Flyweight bout, to fill the recent vacancy left by Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], will see Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] battle against Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達], with this bout set to take place on February 14th, also at the Korakuen Hall.
The Flyweight bout, like the Minimumweight bout, had already been announced and will see Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹] fight on February 2nd at the Korakuen Hall. This bout is to fill the vacancy left by Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], who like Hisada has stated he intends to fight for a world title in 2019.
The Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] will defend his title on April 21st in Osaka, and will see Okumoto battle against Yuta Matsuo (15-3-1, 8) [松尾雄太], in what will be Okumoto's second defense of the title.
The Bantamweight bout will be a unification bout as regular champion Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太], who has been suffering from illness recently, battling against recently crowned interim champion Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. There is no set date on this bout, but it's expected to take place in Tokyo, with the Korakuen Hall the most likely venue.
The Super Bantamweight title will have it's vacancy filled on January 12th, on the same show as the Ono Vs Tanaka card. Fighting for the title will be Mugicha Nakagawa (24-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] and Ryoichi Tamura (11-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former champion Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] who looks to be heading towards a world title fight, like Hisada and Kuroda.
Arguably the best match up for the Champion Carnival is the Featherweight bout, which will pit Taiki Minamoto (16-5, 13) [源大輝] against Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也], who will be battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐] in January before facing Minamoto on May 1st at the Korakuen Hall. This is, to us, the stand out bout of the Champion Carnival and is genuinely a mouth watering clash.
The Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] will take on Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳], in a rematch of the bout the two men had during the 2018 Champion Carnival. This contest will take place on May 4th at the Korakuen Hall and will see Osato looking to avenge his loss and Sueyoshi looking to repeat his win over Osato.
The unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] will be making his 4th defense of the Japanese Lightweight title, as he takes on the challenge of Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-3, 3) [アクセル住吉]. This bout is set to take place on April 11th at the Korakuen Hall.
Another bout that really whets the appetite is the Japanese Light Welterweight title bout. That contest will see champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] defending his belt on April 6th at the Korakuen Hall against Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上] in a mouth watering step up for the challenger.
We'll see attention turn to Osaka for the Welterweight title bout, as Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] defends his belt against Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11) [永野祐樹]. This bout is set to take place on April 21st, though the specific venue wasn't announced.
The Light Middleweight title bout will see Nobuyuki Shindo (20-4-2, 8) [新藤寛之] defending the title against Hironobu Matsunaga (14-1, 8) [松永 宏信] in what should be a thrilling contest between a very hungry challenger and an under-rated champion. These two will clash at the Korakuen Hall on May 1st, as a double header with the Minamoto Vs Abe bout.
On March 2nd we'll see Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] defending his belt against Shuji Kato (10-1-1, 6) [加藤収二], in what will be Takesako's second defense. This will also be at the Korakuen Hall.
At the moment the full details of who will be showing what bouts is unclear, but we're glad to now have most of the matches set, with dates and venues.
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