Earlier today in Osaka Japanese fight fans saw Japanese Youth Featherweight champion champion Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2-1, 4) [殿本恭平] make his first successful title defense, fighting to a draw with Ryotaro Motohashi (9-1-1, 2) [本橋遼太郎].
On paper this looked a really competitive match up, and the bout proved to be hotly contested. Despite that it was also one where neither man really managed to fight to their gameplan.
The challenger shone early on, racking up the rounds and taking an early lead around his pressure and aggression. The pressure caused a headclash midway through the bout that left Tonomoto cut, but the blood only seemed to inspire Tonomoto to bite down on his gumshield and fight back, whilst Motohashi began to slow notably.
The fight back from Motohashi was impressive, and although he managed to hurt the challenger he did enough to win rounds, and to and retain his title with a draw. The judges turned in cards of 76-76, 77-75 Motohashi and 77-75 Tonomoto.
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Tomorrow in Kishiwada fight fans will see Japanese Youth Featherweight champion Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2, 4) [殿本恭平] making his first defense, as he takes on Ryotaro Motohashi (9-1, 2) [本橋遼太郎]. On paper this is an interesting match up, without being a big fight and whilst it won't get much attention it should be a fight that allows the winner a launchpad a solid 2020.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 126lb Featherweight limit with no real issue.
On the scales Tonomoto made weight by weighing bang on the divisional limit whilst Motohashi was around 125.5lbs.
Despite weighing in well under the limit the challenger revealed he actually a chance to get a bit of a drink in the morning and it seems clear that he was very comfortable at the weight.
The winner here is expected to make inroads into the Japanese rankings and move towards a bout for the main Japanese over the next year or two.
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Yesterday we were informed that Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2, 4) [殿本恭平], the Japanese youth Featherweight champion would be defending his title on December 14th against Ryotaro Motohashi (9-1, 2) [本橋遼太郎].
For the 24 year old champion , who won the title in May with a majority decision over Hikaru Matsuoka, this will be his first defense of the title. He comes into this on the back of a 4 fight unbeaten run and hasn't lost since the 2014 Rookie of the Year final, where he lost a competitive decision to Reiya Abe.
The once beaten Motohashi lost in his third professional bout, suffering a decision loss to Koki Konoo, but has run up 7 straight wins since then including a good one against Noboru Osato back in April. This will be his first title bout but he is coming in with some form, and will be full of confidence thanks to his winning run.
This bout will take place at the Kishiwada City Gymnasium, in Osaka prefecture.
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