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.
Although we're only in Mid-October at the moment we are already seeing a lot of shows being put together for December. Among the shows being made is a Flash Akabane show for December 9th, under the Over Heat Boxers Night banner.
The full show hasn't been announced yet but we are aware of several bouts from this card.
Arguably the most interesting part of this show is the debut of former amateur stand out Shota Fukumori [福森 翔太], who went 55-23 (26) in the unpaid ranks. The talented southpaw will be kicking his career off with a 6 round Lightweight bout, though his opponent for the show hasn't yet been named as of yet. The hope is that Fukumori, who is currently 28 years old, will make a quick mark on the professional ranks, as he can't take too long to adapt to the pros given his age.
Although Fukumori making his debut is big news the main event of the card will see the hard hitting magician-boxer Zirolian Riku (11-3, 10) [高橋陸] take on Takuya Ota (8-3-1, 6) [太田卓矢], in what looks like a solid 8 round domestic bout. This bout will be fought at a contracted 60KG's, which is around 132.3lbs, and should be a good test for the popular Riku, who is currently #20 in the JBC rankings.
We're also expected a really good 6 rounder in a solid looking support bout between Ryukyu Oho (6-4, 3) [大保龍球] and Daiki Imanari (5-2, 3) [今成太希], who look very well matched. This is the bout scheduled just before Fukumori's debut, which will be the chief support bout.
Earlier today A-Sign boxing presented their latest show, live on YouTube, with the show featuring 6 bouts in total. The event wasn't a massive one, but was a notable one, and one that delivered good action, for the most part. It had Rookie of the Year action, some notable prospects and the Japanese debut of a man who's career, so far, had fought entirely away from the country of his birth.
With that said lets look at how the bouts went.
Sadly the show began with a rare stinker as a Rookie of the Year bout between the talented Kosuke Tomioka (3-0, 2) [富岡浩介] and the timid Shota Hara (2-3-1) [原翔太] never got going. Tomioka controlled the bout from the opening round with his speed and jab and Hara did little to try and win. This really was an underwhelming way to start the show, and it seemed it even annoyed Tomioka who tried to wave in Hara, who declined. After 4 rounds there was no doubting the result.
The second bout on the show saw significantly better action as Ryugo Ushijima (4-1-2, 2) [牛島 龍吾] over-came Ryukyu Oho (6-4, 3) [大保 龍球] in a bout that saw more action in the opening round than the entire first fight. The round saw Oho come out fast, so fast in fact that he ended up slipping in one of his first offensive charges. Later in the round Oho did drop Ushijima, but was down himself towards the end of the round. Ushijima also scored a second knockdown in round 2.
After Ushijima scored his second knockdown he did seem to become a little too safety conscious, and held too much for our liking, but when forced to dig in he did respond as we got some brilliant little exchanges. Ono continually pressed forward, but failing to have any sustained success, and simply didn't let his hands go enough to bother Ushijima.
After 6 rounds the scores we went to the scorecards, which were 58-56, twice and 59-54 all in favour of Ushijima.
Sadly Ken Koibuchi (6-4, 5) [鯉渕 健] didn't feel in the need to help cult hero Takuya Yamaguchi (4-12-2, 2) [山口拓也] build on his growing profile. Yamaguchi came out ultra aggressive early on, but ran out of steam quickly and in round 2 Koibuchi dropped him twice to force the finish. Sadly for the 35 year old Yamaguchi this is probably the end, but it is a great story he's had in recent months, and his success in terms of crowd funding, and telling his story with the team from A-Sign has been amazing. We really hope that he remain in the sport, even if it's just as a mentor, or a commentator.
As for Koibuchi, the big bully, this is a much needed win after losses in 3 of his last 4.
In the fourth bout of the show we saw Hyoga Taniguchi (4-2-2, 1) [谷口 彪賀] face off with Yoshiki Tatsukami (4-7-1) [山本佳輝], in what was Taniguchi's first bout since winning the 2019 Rookie of the Year. To begin with Taniguchi looked very timid, but as the rounds went on he settled, found his range and began to land his left hand with growing frequency. Sadly whilst Taniguchi did take the clear win it was clear there the bout lacked drama and excitement, but was a good learning experience for Taniguchi.
After 6 rounds we went to the scorecards and there no real doubting the result, with scores of 58-56, twice, and 59-55 for Taniguchi.
We do like Taniguchi, but do feel he's years away from being the complete product, and we suspect he will need a lot more bouts like this before being in the title mix.
In the most impressive performance of the show the touted Jin Sasaki (8-0, 7) [佐々木 尽] wasted no time in blowing out Japanese ranked foe Shun Akaiwa (5-2-1, 3) inside a minute. Akaiwa was dropped from a left hook, and despite beating the count the referee knew he was in no fit state to continue. This was a real statement from Sasaki, who will find himself in the Japanese rankings at 140lbs when the rankings are update. A sensational result.
The final bout of the show saw "reimported boxer" Shoki Sakai (24-11-2, 12) [坂井 祥記] make his Japanese debut in what was a genuine cracking bout against 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Hironori Shigeta (6-2-1, 3) [重田裕紀]. This started with Shigeta boxing well, but as the rounds went on Sakai made the fight an inside battle, and stopped Shigeta using the ring. When that happened, there was only going to be one winner.
Shigeta always tried, he always had moments, and repeatedly landed some massive single shots, but Sakai had consistency, used his experience well, blocked plenty that came his way and landed some brutal shots through the 8 round contest.
This one was real fun, and saw both men landing monstrous shots, but it was clear that Sakai was doing the better work. This was shown not just in the ring, but also on the faces of the two men, with Shigeta being bruised early on, and the score-cards, which all turned in identical scored of 78-74 to Sakai.
Although the show was a low profile one it was a solid one and had a nice mix of things, from the skills of Tomioka and Taniguchi, the explosive power of Sasaki and the vicious war to end the show. The pacing of the event was good through out and the only real break came between the co-feature and main event. Even that wasn't a waste of time however as it was used to announce the next bout of former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (26-2-1, 14) [伊藤 雅雪], who we now know will return on November 5th to face off with OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (9-0-1, 3) [三代大訓].
One again A-Sign, and Ichitaro Ishii especially, have delivered a brilliant show and it's great to see them having solid bouts across multiple levels of the sport. Fingers crossed they continue to provide live streams like this, as this was fantastic.
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