Earlier today on an ultra-rare Japanese PPV, streamed on TwitCasting, fight fans had the chance to see former Japanese Featherweight title challenger Ryo Hino (14-2-2, 9) [日野僚] score his latest win, as he stopped Ryukyu Oho (7-5, 4) [大保龍球].
To begin the bout Oho was aggressive, but struggled to make a dent on Hino, who looked composed and the much more technically skilled fighter, picking Oho off with his jab. Oho never seemed too worried about the jab of Hino, but it did land clean and repeatedly stopping Oho from rushing in and being as reckless as he looked in the opening moments. Whilst the jab from Hino was the key punch it was amazing to see just how wild and inaccurate Oho was with his own shots, many of swung well over the head of Hino.
As the rounds went on Hino controlled the action with more and more ease. It didn't matter what Oho did he could never figure out the jab and movement of Hino, who looked levels above Oho.
Sadly for Oho the more he was getting tagged and the less success he was having, the more frustrated he seemed, and the more open he was leaving himself. And the more energy he was using for every single moment of success. That energy was running out in round 7 when he took a body shot that sent him down, where he stayed for the 10 count.
Oho was counted out at an official time of 2:10 of round 7, giving Hino a win on his return to the ring, and his first bout since a December 2019 loss to Ryo Sagawa.
The bout was the main event of a show co-promoted by Hideki Todaka Promotions and Kawasaki Nitta and it was a low level card, if we're being truth. In fact the card had very little other than the main event to even really talk about.
One of the very few under-card bouts worthy of note was a 2nd round TKO win for the popular Caliente Koyasu (4-2, 2) [カリエンテ子安], who defeated Tomohiro Igarashi (2-2, 1) [五十嵐 友弘].
Earlier today we were informed that the April 1st Korakuen Hall show, co-promoted Hideki Todaka Gym and Kawasaki Nitta Gym, will be available to watch live and online!
Sadly however the promoters haven't followed the lead of Shinsei Gym and A-Sign boxing who have been making a number of their shows available free online. Instead this will actually be a pay to watch event, streamed live on TwitCasting, something that was also used last year.
The card is small one, with 6 undercard bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds, and a main event that'll see Ryo Hino (13-2-2, 8) [日野僚] battle Ryukyu Oho (7-4, 4) [大保龍球] in an 8 rounder. Despite having 7 bouts on the show the event really doesn't scream a must watch card, and has 4 debutants on it.
Although it's great to see promoters trying new things, and TwitCasting for boxing is certainly new, we are put off by the cost of the event. The price of the event is 2,000 JPY (around £13 or $18), which is more than the price of 2 months of Boxing Raise and with other promoters giving away live content for free it seems a strange decision to charge so much for what is, for all intents, a very low key show.
We do wonder if, maybe, the promoters should consider using a live YouTube stream for their events, and allowing their fighters to build their profiles before turning to paid viewing options.
For those who are interested in checking this one out purchasing page for the show is here.
Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese title challenger Ryo Hino (13-2-2, 8) [日野僚] will be returning to the ring on April 1st for a show at Korakuen Hall. Not only do we know then when and where, but also the who, as in who Hino will be facing, with his opponent named as Ryukyu Oho (7-4, 4) [大保龍球].
For Hino this will be his first bout in well over a year. In fact the last time we saw the man from Kanagawa was in December 2019, when he lost in a Japanese Featherweight title fight against Ryo Sagawa. He was likely planning to fight last year, before the pandemic hit and limited boxing in Japan.
Aged 30 Hino can ill afford another set back, though a win will move him towards another title fight. At the time of writing he is ranked in the top 10 by the JBC and is in the top 15 with the OPBF, leaving him on the verge of a title fight.
Oho on the other hand is a 25 year old who began his career with 6 straight wins, but has gone 2-3 in his last 5. Notably he fought twice last year, going 1-1 for the year, but a win against Hino would be the biggest win of his career, by far! Interestingly this will be his first scheduled 8 rounder despite having been a professional since 2016.
Sadly it's unclear how fans outside of Japan will be able to watch this one.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (9-1, 4) [佐川遼] make his first defense, as he scored a clear decision win over mandatory challenger Ryo Hino (13-2-2, 8) [日野僚].
On paper this looked a really good match up, with both men having similar looking records and similar, technique based, styles. In the end though it was a pretty comfortable win for the talented champion, who has been in great form recently and extended his run here.
The early part of the bout was ultra-competitive, with both man looking to control the distance and make their most of their jabs. Through the first 5 rounds it was hard for the judges to split the two men, and when the scores were announced at the mid way point the judges were split. One judge had Hino leading 48-47, whilst the other judges had the bout 48-47 and 49-46 in favour of Sagawa.
From the mid way point however Sagawa took over. Hino tried to set the pace but it was Sagawa who rose above, increasing his work rate and landing the harder shots, particularly in round 8 when his straight right hand landed hard and forced Hino to rethink his tactics. Sadly for Hino his stamina then began to falter and rounds 9 and 10 allowed Sagawa to further increase his control of the bout.
After 10 rounds we went to the scorecards which were 97-93, twice, and 98-92, all in favour of Sagawa.
Sagawa will enter 2020 knowing that his next defense is another mandatory, as he is now set to battle Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太] during the 2020 Champion Carnival, whilst Hino will go into the new year with knowledge that he has to improve significantly if he's to win a Japanese title any time soon.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (8-1, 4) [佐川遼] make his first defense, as he takes on Ryo Hino (13-1-2, 8) [日野僚] in the chief support bout of a Diamond Glove show. The bout will be Sagawa's first bout since beating Reiya Abe for the belt, and will see him looking to build on a great run that has seen him defeat Abe, Ryo Matsumoto, Al Toyogon, Shingo Kawamura and Junki Sasaki. As for Hino the bout sees him looking to extend his current unbeaten run to 10 bouts.
Today, ahead tomorrow's match up, the two men took part in their weigh in, and both fighters came in bang on the 126lb limit.
At the weigh in Sagawa stated that he usually struggles to make weight, but made it easily this time around, and he seemed very confident and relaxed. It was as if the title has solidified his self belief. That belief was also helped by the success of the Misako Gym, which boasts 5 champions and 3 fighters who will fight for titles in the new year.
Hino did state that Sagawa was good, but seemed like he felt he was better, and was talking like a man who was going to claim the title tomorrow.
Interestingly the winner of this will defend the Japanese title in 2020 against Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太] during the Champion Carnival.
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