Earlier this year we saw Teiken southpaw hope Kenji Ono (11-2, 5) [大野 兼資] score a brilliant win over Jun Takigawa, in a bout that had multiple knockdowns and an incredible amount of action. The win over Takigawa put Ono on our map as an exciting and gutsy fighter, always worth keeping an eye on. Today however Ono was made to look foolish and fragile as he was stopped, inside a round, by the unbeaten Seigo Yuri Akui (9-0-1, 5) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟].
Whilst Ono had made his name with the win over Takigawa he was also known for being the 2014 All Japan Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year. That however was no help as he took on the 2015 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the year, and found that Akui was too big, too powerful and too strong.
Ono was downed very early in the fight and was stopped a little over 2 minutes in to the bout with Akui struggling to miss Ono, who never seemed to recover from the knockdown.
Staying with Rookie of the Year winners the card also featured the 2015 All-Japan Super Flyweight Rookie of the year Hayate Kaji (6-0, 5) [梶 颯], who made light work of Thai visitor Sitthiphong Saithong (0-2), who was stopped after just 138 seconds. That might not seem like a lot of time, but it was enough for the Thai to hit the canvas 3 times as Kaji's power proved to be too much for the visitor.
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Last week we reported that our sources in Thailand had stated that we'd see WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] rdefending his title on December 14th against 2-time former title challenger Go Odaira (12-5-3, 1) [大平 剛], in Nakhon Ratchasima. Now it appears that Kmockout's team have managed to get him a different opponent, rather than facing Odaira, who has been stopped in 2 previous world title clashes and hardly makes for an interesting match up with Knockout.
The sources has revealed that the replacement opponent will come from Japan but will not be Odaira, which brings us to a rather small short list of WBA ranked Japanese fighters at 105lbs or, potentially, 108lbs, which interestingly doesn't actually including Odaira.
The short list features former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (20-2, 11) [原隆二], who had been pencilled in to face Knockout back in October in a bout that was slated for a Japanese venue and a chance for Knockout to make an international debut, with Hara ranked #15 at 105lbs. It also includes former world champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮], who is ranked #5 at 108lbs and we really can't see him taking the fight at Minimumweight following previous weight issues, and the exciting Kenji Ono (11-1, 6) [ [大野 兼資] ], who is ranked #13 at 108lbs. Ono has never made the 105lb limit but could possibly manage it for a world title fight and would be a fun opponent for Knockout , especially considering his FOTY contender with Jun Takigawa ealier this year.
One other man who we've ignored from the short list is #5 ranked Minimumweight Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-6, 6) [福原 辰弥], who fights in November and would likely not have the time to prepare for Knockout given the small window between fights.
Of course, with the WBA being the WBA, we may see a wild card entry put into the rankings in the near future, such as Riku Kano (10-2-1, 5) [加納陸], who actually makes sense for the bout given his prior association with Thailand and the WBA. For now those it's a case of waiting until an announcement is made.
Earlier today in the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (23-5-3, 15) [金子 大樹] claim a 10 round decision win over fellow Japanese fighter Ribo Takahata (12-7-1, 4) [高畑里望] in what was a hard fought but clear win for Kaneko.
Prior to the bout Kaneko, who had lost 3 of his previous 6 and twice last year, had stated that he was seeking a KO however he had to settle for a decision with scores of 98-91 posted by all 3 judges
In a supporting bout fans saw a minor upset as Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] came up short against the once beaten Masaru Sueyoshi (12-1, 7) [末吉 大], who recorded his 9th straight win. For Sueyoshi the bout was regarded as a marked step up in class though he dug in well for a well earned 8 round decision win, with scores of 77-75, 78-75 and 78-74.
In another supporting bout fans saw the exciting Kenji Ono (11-1, 6) [大野 兼資] stop Takumi Suda (12-12-2, 3) [須田 拓弥] in the 8th round of their bout. The talented Ono, fighting for the first time since his FOTY contender against Jun Takigawa earlier this year. The win may not register on the international scene but could be enough to secure the exciting Ono a Japanese title fight later in the year.
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Last month we reported that former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (22-5-3, 15) [金子 大樹] would be returning to the ring on June 4th in a 10 round against Ribo Takahata (12-6-1, 4) [高畑里望] at the Korakuen Hall. Today we were informed of the under-card for that card, and if we're being honest the card promises to be a very good one for fans.
In one of the support bouts fans will see former OPBF and Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (17-4-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] and once beaten Teiken hopeful Masaru Sueyoshi (11-1, 7) [末吉 大], in an 8 round bout set to be fought at a contracted 132lbs. For Eto the bout is his first since losing a wide decision to the very talented Masayuki Ito whilst Sueyoshi looks to record a 9th straight win and build on recent victories over Kazuma Sanpei, Roman Canto and Marbon Bodiongan.
Another of the supporting bouts will see Kenji Ono (10-1, 5) [大野 兼資] battle Japanese ranked Takumi Suda (12-11-2, 3) [須田 拓弥]. For Ono this will be his first bout since his FOTY contender against Jun Takigawa back in February, a bout that really is incredible if you can hunt it down. For Suda the bout will see him hunting his third win in 10 bouts, though he is much better than those number suggests and has mixed with very good fighters like Yu Kimura, Warlito Parrenas and Masayuki Kuroda during that run. As with the Sueyoshi Vs Eto bout this one is set for 8 rounds.
In a Lightweight bout Masaki Saito (13-10-5, 4) [斉藤 正樹] will face Masashi Noguchi (9-5-1, 4) [野口 将志], with both men risking their Japanese domestic ranking. On paper this doesn't look a really great bout but the reality is that it will be very competitive when the men get in the ring. Also risking their Japanese ranking will be Naoki Mochizuki (9-1, 5), who risks his Japanese Flyweight ranking against Hikaru Ota (6-4, 2).
These bouts will all be part of a Dynamic Glove card, and from what we understand the entire show will be aired on G+.
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