Earlier this year the JBC added a new feature to their website showing changes in information for JBC licensed bouts. Whilst some of these changes are minor, and some what irrelevant to those outside of Japanese boxing, others are more interesting.
The changes are broken down into 4 types. They include returning titles, fighters transferring gyms, changing their ring names and retiring.
We won't go through all the changes in September but we will share some of the more notable ones.
The only title to be vacated in September was the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title, which was given up by Rikito Shiba (4-1, 2) [芝力人], who officially vacated the title on September 18th, just over a year after he won it. Sadly he never managed to defend the bout during his reign.
In regards to Gym Transfers the most notable was talented Super Featherweight hopeful Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-2, 7) [木村 吉光], who has officially signed with the AMBITION Gym, becoming the latest fighter from the now closed Shirai Gushiken Gym to join AMBITION Gym.
One of the biggest things to note was that a trio of Kadoebi Gym fighters have announced their retirements. These included former OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (14-4-3, 12) [王杉康輝] and former Japanese Super Bantamweight contender Mugicha Nakagawa (24-7-2, 14) [武田勇太].
There was some name changes, but in reality none of these were hugely notable.
Earlier this year we saw Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-4-3, 12) [太尊 康輝] fight to a draw in a bout for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title, a title both men had previously held.
Today the two men fought in a rematch, with both looking to become a 2-time OPBF champion.
In their first bout we had seen a slightly out of shape Tyson winning the early part of the bout before his stamina run down and things got messy. This time around both were in great shape from the off, and both were ready for what the other brought to the table.
Tyson, the naturally bigger fighter, made a good start, using his reach and powerful straight left hand in the opening round. In round 2 however Hosokawa began to get close, working on making his high work rate count. Hosokawa's pressure continue in round 3 as he also drew blood from Tyson from a headclash.
Tyson needed to respond, and he did in round 4 as he began to land body shots, attempting to slow down the forward march of Hosokawa. It was a good round for the southpaw, and showed he could get success, but it was taking a lot of effort just to keep Hosokawa at bay.
After 4 rounds the cards were announced with Hosokawa in a slight lead on one card, whilst the other 2 had it even.
By the middle rounds both were showing signs of tiredness, and the tempo of the bout slowed notably. Both tried to fight their exhaustion but struggled, and it was obvious that the tempo of the early rounds was playing a factor. The accuracy and work rate had dropped off, but then, in round 8, a huge right hand from Hosokawa left the tired looking Tyson hurt. The referee quickly stepped in and stopped the bout, as he considered the physical state Tyson, who had a nasty swelling around his right eye.
At an official time of 1 minutes 24 seconds of round 8 Hosokawa has kept his career alive, whilst Tyson suffered his 4th stoppage loss, and third in an OPBF title fight.
Tomorrow Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝] will face off for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title, in what will be a rematch between the two men, each looking to become 2-time OPBF Middleweight champion.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the Middleweight limit.
On the scales Hosokawa was 159.6lbs and looked in fantastic shape whilst Tyson, who wasn't in the greatest of physical condition for the first bout back in summer, was bang on the 160lbs Middleweight limit.
Hosokawa stated he was looking forward to tomorrow's bout and and was perfectly well prepared for Tyson this time around. Although he was in great shape last time he had spent time originally preparing to face Yuki Nonaka, a very different proposition to Tyson. He vowed to become a 2-time OPBF champion and recapture the belt with a KO.
Tyson sounded very confident and he seemed to show some real self belief that he had the toughness to go 12 rounds if he has to. He didn't care too much how he'd win, but was determined to take the victory.
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Over the last few weeks we have reported 2 bouts set for October 11th at the Korakuen Hall, as part of the next show under the Golden Child banner. Today we can confirm one more notable bout set for the show!
The first bout to be confirmed for the card was the rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], who will battle for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title following their draw earlier this year. The second bout to be announced for this card was also a rematch, with former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] taking on Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), in what is being sold as world title prelude for Wake.
Today saw the official confirmation that former multi-time world title challenger Shin Ono (23-11-3, 6) [小野 心] would also be on the card, in what will be his first bout since losing the Japanese title to Norihito Tanaka [田中教仁] in January.
Sadly Ono's bout isn't a hugely interesting one, with the Watanabe gym fighter going up against Akira Kokubo (8-8-3, 2) [小久保聡].
This bout will be an 8 rounder fought at a contracted 50KG's, and the loser will be in an awkward position. Coming in Ono is ranked by the OPBF and Japan at Minimumweight, whilst Okubo enters as a Japanese ranked Flyweight, following 4 straight wins.
One other bout confirmed for this show today will see Naoki Inaba (6-5-1, 3) [稲葉直樹] fight in a 6 rounder against Yuta Kono (4-5-1) [河野勇太], in what is likely to be the best of the rest from the under-card.
Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] would be back in the ring on October 11th in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Korakuen Hall.
According to sources the former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion will be one of the main support bouts on an upcoming Golden Child Boxing card from Kaneko Gym.
The card, which will be headlined by a OPBF Middleweight title rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], will have Wake in a rematch of his own.
The talented Wake will be up against Filipino foe Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), who was stopped by Wake in 3 rounds back in 2013 and will be expected to come up short again to the Japanese fighter.
It's been suggested that this will be Wake's final bout before securing a second world title bout, though given the situation of the titles there may still be a lengthy wait for the sharp shooting southpaw to get a second shot at the top.
Whilst we now know two bouts for the Golden Child card a full announcement hasn't been confirmed, though is expected in the coming days.
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