Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw an OPBF Super Featherweight title fight, as champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) took on Japanese challenger Masatoshi Kotani (22-3, 15) [小谷 将寿]. Sadly for the local fans the bout ended in disappointment, with the local being dominated and subsequently stopped.
Magai got off to a good, dictating the distance of the bout Magali was the shorter man but seemed to find his range and and had success both on the front foot and when countering Kotani, who looked hungry but unable to really establish himself. The start from Magali saw him in the lead, 39-37 on two cards, and level on the other, after the cards were announced following round 4, and also cut the eye of Kotani.
Kotani tried to turn the bout around in round 5 but the Filipino continued to boss and protected himself brilliantly in round 6, when Kotani upped the aggression. The upping of the pace by Kotani in the middle rounds impressed one judge, who gave him all 4 of the rounds, though the other two judges had Magali up 78-74.
In round 9 Magali's power dropped Kotani with a left uppercutt. A follow up attack saw Kotani being dropped again, securing a 10-7 round for Magali, before forcing the referee to save a tired and beaten Kotani in round 10.
With the loss Kotani seemed ready to retire and his comments after the bout suggested that this would be the end. For Magali however the future seems to include a return to Japan and he suggested coming back to defend his title in the Land of the Rising sun again in the future.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see an OPBF Super Featherweight title fight, as champion Carlo Magali (22-9-3, 11) defends the title against Japanese challenger Masatoshi Kotani (22-2, 15) [小谷 将寿]. The bout is one of two title bouts tomorrow and is likely to be the more competitive of the two bouts, but the one that gets over-looked by many fight fans.
Today the two men weighed in for the bout and both men made weight.
The shorter, but powerfully built, champion came in well under the limit, weighing just over 129lbs. The bout will be his first defense and he looked in great shape. He sounded confident at the weigh in, stated he had trained hard to win and came to Japan to score a KO.
The taller Kotani, who will surprisingly be making his Korakuen Hall debut almost 11 years after his professional debut, was bang on 130lbs and looked in fantastic condition. He looked strong and powerful, and although this is a big step up for the challenger he too seemed confident.
Magali travels to Japan for first defense, against Kotani
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Earlier today saw news break that OPBF Super Featherweight champion Carlo Magali (22-9-3, 11) would be making his first defense of the title on January 13th, at Dangan 204, as he faces off with Japanese challenger Masatoshi Kotani (22-2, 15) [小谷 将寿].
Magali gained the title earlier this year. He originally defeated Sandeep Balhara for the interim title in July and was then upgraded when Masayuki Ito vacated to focus on getting a world title fight, and will be on the road for his first defense as he fights in Japan for the third time. Although Magali has a less than great record he has gone 6-2-1 in his last 9 and has mixed with very good foes, including Emmanuel Tagoe, Pavel Malikov, Randy Braga and Mark John Yap. He has proven his ability with wins over Yap, Ryuta Miyagi, Mark Gil Melligen and the late David Browne Jr, who sadly passed away after his loss to Magali in 2015.
Japanese fighter Kotani is stepping up in many ways for this bout, which will be his first for a title. The 29 year old Okinawa debuted back in April 2007 and comes in to the bout on the back of a 12 fight winning run, with wins over fighters from Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Sadly whilst Kotani is in good form, he has yet to score a real win of note, and will be looking for his best to date here.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans got their first taste of action for 2017, with a show in Okinawa that was live streamed on youtube by promoter Hiranaka Boxing School. The card wasn't a big one, as the live streaming figures showed, but it was one with several notable bouts on it.
The main draw of the show was a Japan Vs Philippines theme, a theme that resulted in 3 of the bouts. That included the main event, a bout between Seita Ogido (11-2-2, 3) [荻堂 盛太] and Jonthan Refugio (16-5-5, 4), who traded blows for the vacant WBC Youth Light Flyweight title. The two men proved to be very well matched over the 10 rounds with Ogido starting the better but fading whilst Refugio seemed to grow stronger. The competitive nature of the bout left the decision in the air before the cards were announced with a majority decision draw, leaving the title vacant, and leaving both men disappointed.
Another bout between Japan and the Philippines saw Japanese veteran Go Onaga (27-3-3, 18) [翁長 吾央] fight to a draw with late replacement Ryan Lumacad (12-0-3, 7), who was a fill in for Jake Bornea (11-1, 5). Onaga was in trouble early on, and was dropped in the openign round, but gritted his teeth and managed to do just enough to gain a draw, albeit one where he was fortunate. For Onaga it seems the end is nigh and this draw has followed a loss from last year to Rene Dacquel. For Lumacad the result sees him remain unbeaten, and this is his second notable draw following a technical draw with Ardin Diale from last September. Despite the draw Lumacad will feel he deserved the win here.
The first of the Japan Vs Philippines bouts saw Masatoshi Kotani (20-2, 13) claim a hard fought and competitive win over the experienced Rey Laspinas (21-15-6, 12) in what was a really fan friendly fight. The Filipino was competitive through out but came up short on all 3 cards.
On the under-card were a number of all-Japanese bouts.
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Earlier today Japanese promoter Hiranaka Boxing announced the details for their next show, which will take place on January 8th in Tomigusuku City Gym. The card won't be a massive one, but will feature title action and several bouts of some note.
The main event will be a WBC Youth Light Flyweight title fight as Japanese youngster Seita Ogido (11-2-1, 3) [荻堂 盛太] battles against Filipino visitor Jonthan Refugio (16-5-4, 4) for the currently vacant title. For Ogida the bout will see him fighting in his first title fight and see him looking to build on recent wins over Naoya Haruguchi and Jeffrey Galero, with the youngster currently riding a 5 fight winning run following set backs in 2014 against Seigo Yuri Akui, a 4 round draw, and Kenji Ono, a split decision loss in the Rookie of the Year final. As for Refugio the Filipino is a former WBC International champion who will be in his 6th title bout, and although his record has losses through it he has faced good competition, such as Wanheng Menayothin, Knockout CP Freshmart and Merlito Sabillo, who have all won world titles.
In the chief support bout we'll see Go Onaga (27-3-2, 18) [翁長 吾央] face Filipino Jake Bornea (11-1, 5), in what will be Bornea's first bout following his November clash with Andrew Selby in the UK. The bout looks like a really well matched bout, but it needs to be said that it's at a weight higher than Bornea's best weight and with the Filipino only having about 8 weeks to prepare after the Selby bout he may not be in the best condition to take on a fighter like Onaga, who knows that his dreams of fighting for a world title are really hanging by a threat.
Another notable supporting bout will see Masatoshi Kotani (19-2, 13) [小谷 将寿] battle Rey Laspinas (21-14-6, 12) in a bout that we suspect will be more competitive than the records of the men perhaps hint at.
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