Earlier today in Kobe fans saw local hopeful Ryoki Hirai (12-6-1, 4) [平井亮輝] claim his latest win and move one step closer to a potential title fight.
The talented Hirai set off with a great gameplan as he took on Koki Ono (12-6, 5) [小野晃輝]. The plan saw Hirai firing off the jab, a lot, and using his footspeed to get away from Ono before his foe could respond. It was a gameplan that Ono had no real answer for, and even when Ono did come forward the foot of Hirai was too much for him and he just re-established his range and control.
After 8 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Hirai taking the decision, with scores of 78-74, twice, and 79-73.
After the bout Hirai spoke about being a first class fighter and it's clear he has got eyes on getting his second title fight. He looked like a totally different man to the one who lost twice last year, including in a Japanese title fight against Shin Ono, and there seemed to be real spark here. Ono on the other hand will have real questions to answer and this is a third straight loss for him.
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Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans had the chance to see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] record his 4th title defense. The champion, who won the title last year, took on 27 year old challenger Koki Ono (12-5, 5) [小野晃輝] and was given a real fight by the determined Ono.
The first two rounds were wonderfully competitive, with not much to separate the two men as they both looked to find the range for their jabs. After the competitive start Ono got the first real break through as he landed a corking left hook on Hisada, which dropped the champion. To his credit Hisada recovered his feet, and showed no ill effects, but it did secure Ono a 10-8 round. Whilst it was a good break through for Ono it did seem to strengthen Hisada's determination as he took the two following rounds. The drive of Hisada had seen him secure the lead on one card, 48-47, and was even on the other two, at 47-47, when the scores were announced after 5 rounds.
Hisada took control of the bout in the middle rounds as he uppsed the pace, something that Ono couldn't match. Ono looked for the bigger shots, looking to land another left hook, but was unable to land cleanly enough to score a second knockdown and instead Hisada had taken control. That was until round 10 when Hisada started to back up, almost giving up the round.
Despite losing the final round Hisada had done more than enough, taking the decision with scores of 96-93, twice, and 96-94.
Following the win Harada mentioned that he felt he was still improving but did want a world title fight. Given how the world title situation is at 108lbs it's hard to see which champion Hisada would be favoured against, but he certainly has got the desire to figth the best.
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Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, fight fans will be able to see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (31-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] return to the ring hunting his 4th defense, as he faces off with 27 year old challenger Koki Ono (12-4, 5) [小野晃輝] in what looks likely to be a very interesting match up.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight by weighing bang on the limit in what was a very respectable weigh in with a lot of mutual respect and a very sporting handshake as both promised a good fight.
For the champion this is the 8th straight fight that he has been 108lbs on the scales, and the 9th time in 10 bouts. He comes into this bout as not only the Japanese champion but also as a fighter ranked in the top 10 by the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF as he continues to move towards a world title fight, potentially against Carlos Canizales or Ken Shiro. Those world rankings have been down to a 10 fight winning streak from Hisada who has the run of his career recently.
Ono on the other hand hweighed in heavier than he has been in recent bouts, with the challenger scaling 107.75lbs in his last 3 contests, Despite being a little bit heavier than typical he's no where near his his heaviest weight, which is 111.5lbs, or his lightest, which was 105lbs. Coming in to this he has nothing to lose and everything to gain, but will clearly be seen as the under-dog as as he takes on a very in form champion.
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Back in April fight fans in Osaka saw Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (31-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] record his third defense, and over-come mandatory challenger Koji Itagaki [板垣幸司] as he continued to move towards a world title fight. The 33 year old Hisada suffered a pretty nasty looking facial injury in that bout, but his recovery appears to have been a success and today his team confirmed that he would be returning to the ring on July 16th to make his next defense of the title.
The world ranked Hisada will be not only risking his Japanese title but also world rankings with all 4 world title bodies on his July return, but will feel confident of over-coming his challenger, 27 year old Koki Ono (12-4, 5) [小野晃輝].
Hisada, who has won his last 10 bouts including wins over Kenichi Horikawa and Atsushi Kakutani, will be feeling full of confidence here, but will know that he has everything to lose. That include a WBA #1 world ranking, along with 3 other top 10 positions and an almost assured world title fight. Given his urrent run of form a loss won't be on his mind, but suffering another injury, like he had against Itagaki, would likely push any potential world title fight back to 2019 at the earliest.
Ono on the other hand actually lost to Itagaki last time out, in a Japanese title challenger bout, with that loss ending a 5 fight winning run. Although a talented domestic level fighter we don't expect him to be too much of a challenge for someone of Hisada's ability.
Also in Japanese title news it's been confirmed that Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (29-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] will be defending his title against Akinori Hoshino (13-7-2, 9) [星野晃規] on July 23rd in what will be Kuroda's third defense of the title and Hoshino's first title bout.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans in NTT Cred Hall in Hiroshima saw a Japanese Light Flyweight title eliminator, with Koki Ono (12-4, 5) [小野晃輝] battling against veteran Koji Itagaki (18-11-3, 7) [板垣幸司] for a shot at the national title next year.
The bout pitted the #2 and #3 ranked contenders and proved to be a brilliantly competitive contest.
Itagaki started well, setting the tempo to begin with and used movement well to control the distance. Ono however refused to give up and showed his desire by continually pressing, and in the middle rounds he began to really break through and have his moments, especially in rounds 5 and 6 when he caught Itagaki with some really solid shots.
In the final round both men let it all go, and it was a thrilling finish that left the fans on the edge of their seat, and left both fighters wondering if they had done enough.
In the end the judges scored the bout 77-75, 75-77 and 76-77, giving Itagaki a razor thin split decision win and securing him a shot at the title in next years' Champion Carnival.
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