Erlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the final bout in the career of popular veteran Noriyuki Ueno (19-14-5, 6) [上野 則之], who has called time on his career with a win over a limited Thai foe.
The highly experienced Ueno had decided last year, after losing to Shota Hayashi, that he was wanting to retire from boxing, but had wanted to do so at the Korakuen Hall. As a result he was included in today's Dangan card, against a man he hotly favoured to win, and go out on a victory. A victory that came in the 7th round of a scheduled 8 round, with the Thai being counted out.
Following the win Ueno took to the microphone flanked by family and his team and announced that he was walking away from being an active fighter.
Although Ueno's name isn't one that will be known around the world he was a great stalwart for Japanese boxing. He began his career way back in 2001 and fought 4 times for the Japanese Featherweight title, coming up short against Takahiro Ao, Naoki Matsuda, Hisashi Amagasa and the aforementioned Hayashi, as well as challening Hiroshige Osawa for the OPBF title in 2012. Sadly he came up short in all 5 of his title bouts but was a fighter who was much better than his record suggests and had been a staple on the domestic scene for 16 years.
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Earlier today in Nagaoya fight fans saw the coronation of a new Japanese Featherweight champion as Shota Hayashi (28-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] over-came Noriyuki Ueno (18-14-5, 5) [上野 則之] in a thrilling back and forth war.
The fight started fast with Hayashi using his jab extremely well to try and neutralise the offensive Ueno, who looked a touched slower than his younger foe. The jab and the additional zip, as well as the strong crowd backing, helped Hayashi establish a 49-46 lead after 5 rounds, though the bout could have been closer.
Knowing he was behind Ueno upped the pace, as if he knew his career was on the line. Hayashi,to his credit, saw off the storm by fighting fire with fire and the fans got a great ending to the bout with Ueno throwing everything he could in an attempt to stop the local favourite.
At the end though Ueno was unable to ever do enough, on a consistent basis, and lost with the judges giving the bout to Hayashi with scores of 98-92, from all 3 judges. Although the scores look decisive there were some real moments of thrilling action that should make fight fans tune in to CBC later tonight for the tape delay action from the show.
Following the bout Ueno seemed to suggest he was heading to retirement whilst news from the Hatanaka camp is that they are interested in doing a title double with Hayashi defending his new title on a show that could also feature Kosei Tanaka fighting for a world title. If that happens we suspect it'll be in late December.
Also on this card were wins for Shogo Yamaguchi (10-2-1, 5) [山口 祥吾] and Yushi Tanaka (18-1-3, 12) [田中 裕士], who both stopped poor Thai foes.
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Last month we reported that the JBC had ordered a Japanese Featherweight title bout between Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] and Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5) [上野 則之], who have been ordered to face off for the title recently vacated by Satoshi Hosono.
Earlier this week Hayashi's promoter, Hatanaka, released some details for the show that the bout would take place on.
The bout will be on September 24 and will be taking place the Nagoya International Conference Center, giving Hayashi home advantage of sorts with this being his 22nd bout in the venue.
The bout will be the headline bout of the the next Soul Fighting card, "Soul Fighting 52" which will be shown on CBC TV in the Chukyo area.
From what we understand the date had been booked before the JBC ordered the biout, with Hatanaka looking to use the date and venue to put on the next bout of former WBO Minimumweight world champion Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4) [田中恒成], who sadly hasn't recovered in time to fight on the day.
As well as revealing the date and details of the card Hatanaka also revealed the poster for the show which features an image of Hayashi, along with various other details.
Kosei Tanaka delays ring return due to hand injury
Shota Hayashi to for Noriyuki Ueno for Japanese Featherweight title!
A week ago we reported that Satoshi Hosono (32-2-1, 21) [細野 悟] had vacated the Japanese Featherweight crown, ahead of his October 3rd IBF world title eliminator with Argentina's Jonathan Victor Barros (40-4-1, 22). Today the JBC have taken the first step toward filling the void left by Hosono.
The JBC have ordered two things in relation to the belt.
Firstly Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] will face veteran Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5) [上野 則之] to fill the initial void in relation to the title, although ordered to fight there is not set date for this bout with September looking likely to be the earliest month possible. After the Hayashi/Ueno fight the winner will be given a 3 month window to fight former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文] in their first defense.
For Hayashi the bout will be his first for a title. The 28 year old, who debuted back in 2005, has been a fighter who has developed markedly over the last few years and turned a 15-5 (10) record around with a 12-0-1 (7) run to put himself in the shop window for domestic title fights. Whilst that run hasn't seen him beat a who's who he does have notable wins over the likes of Koji Umetsu and Zuri Kannan.
As for Ueno the 34 year old has previously come up short in 4 title bouts, going 0-3 in Japanese title bouts. The first of those saw him fought to a loss with Takahiro Ao in 2007, in 2009 he came up short against Naoki Matsuda whilst in 2012 he was beaten by Hisashi Amagasa. His only non-Japanese title fight saw him fight to a very good draw with the then OPBF champion Hiroshige Osawa.
As mentioned the date for these two fo fight hasn't been announced yet but we expect it will be shortly!
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