Earlier this year Korean fighter Sa Myung Noh (11-4, 4) [노사명] shocked the Japanese boxing scene as he defeated Ryo Takenaka [竹中 良] and claimed the OPBF Featherweight title. Sadly for Noh his reign was a short one, and it ended today, as he was dominated by 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4) [清水 聡].
From the opening seconds it was clead that Shimizu was the more talented fighters, and he quickly established his range and distance, whilst landing some nasty looking straight left hands. Noh looked to try and neutralise the skills of Shimizu by getting up close, but it didnt's really help the Korean who took body shots up close, and was dropped in round 4.
The Korean showed his fighting spirit by getting up and continuing to fight back but it really was to no avail and the following round the referee was forced to save the brave, but totally outclassed Korean.
The win sees Shimizu match Kosei Tanaka as the quickest Japanese fighter to claim an OPBF title, and it seems clear that he and his team are eying their first defense in the near future, potentially before the end of 2017.
Mr Ohashi, Shimizu's promoter, stated that the intention is to get Shimizu a world title fight in 2018, though no champion has been named as their ideal target.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] challenge OPBF Featherweight champion Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], with Shimizu lookign to claim the Oriental title in just his 4th professional contest.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both managed to make weight for the contest.
On the scales both fighters managed to come in on the divisional limit at their first attempt.
For Shimizu the weight is slightly heavier than he's been his last two bouts, where he has come in at 125¾, though is lighter than he was on debut, when he came in at 128lbs. As for Noh it's the third time in 4 bouts that he has come in bang on 126lbs, and continues his consistency of coming in between 124½lbs and 127½lbs.
It's expected that if Shimizu wins the bout, as many suspect will happen, the plan is to move him towards a world title fight in 2018, though it's unclear who he would be challenging. As for Noh the bout is his first defense, and although a huge under-dog he will be looking to build on his career defining win over Ryo Takenaka, from earlier this year.
Shimizu challenges Noh for Oriental crown!
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Last month we reported that Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] would be returning to the ring on October 2nd to face OPBF Featherweight champion Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], with Shimizu looking to set a Japanese record for winning an OPBF title in fewer fights than any other Japanese fighter. Today we learned a number of details about the supporting bouts that card, and got the chance to piece together some of the card.
The chief support bout was announced today and will see former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-3-1, 22) [細野 悟] battle against the in-form Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也], who comes into the on a 6 fight winning run including notable wins over Hikaru Marugame, Shingo Kusano, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Joe Noynay. The bout pits two Japanese top 10 ranked Featherweights against each other in a really mouth watering match up between battled hardened veteran and rising youngster with both men looking to prove a point, and both will be looking to make a statement en route to getting a big fight in the near future.
Also announced for the card was WBO #1 ranked Light Flyweight Ryuji Hara (22-2, 12) [原隆二], who's opponent hasn't been named, though it has been made clear that he is looking to get a second world title fight in the near futuire, and this could well be seen as his world title prelude.
Although not officially announed it's also strongly hinted that both Kazuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋一輝] and Katsuya Yasuda (0-0) [保田克也] will be in action on the show, likely in 6 rounders, if they both get through their August 30th bouts without any damage.
Earlier this year we saw the crowning of a new OPBF Featherweight champion, as Korean warrior Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], upset Japan's Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良] with one of the most notable Asian upsets of 2017.
Today as Noh having his first defense being announced as Ohashi gym held a press conference to break the news that their unbeaten prospect Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] would be challenging Noh for the title on October 2nd.
The bout will be Noh's first since upsetting Takenaka and see him return to the Korakeun Hall, for just his second bout outside of Korea. On paper he has the edge in professional experience and will be coming into the contest not only as the champion but as someone who has just recorded a career defining victory.
As for Shimizu, a 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner and former amateur star, the bout is a monstrous step up in class and could see him tie the Japanese record of few fights to an OPBF title, a record currently held by 2-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka. It's thought that if he comes out on top here he, and his team, will push for a world title fight in 2018.
The bout is set to headline Phoenix Battle Vol 61 and will be covered by Fuji TV, with other top Ohashi prospects expected to be in action on the under-card.
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Korean boxing is a million miles away from it's heyday, which featured some of the most exciting fighters in boxing history with the likes of Sung Kil Moon, Myung Woo Yuh and Jung Koo Chang all fighting during a golden period of boxers from the region. Although it's certainly not what it was, Korean fight fans will be celebrating tonight as one of their fighters scored a huge come from behind victory, showing the heart that the Korean greats were known for back in the day.
The reason for the celebration is the huge upset win by new OPBF Featherweight champion Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], who upset Japan's Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良] at the Korakuen Hall, stopping Takenaka in the 10th round of a brilliant bout.
Early on the local favourite looked the better fighter, he showed the better skills and the better boxing mind. He neutralised Noh's offense with good defense and landed his own shots, with the left hook and straight right hand being particularly effective. After 4 rounds the skills of Takenaka had him leading on two cards, 40-36 and 40-37, whilst the third judge had it even at 38-38. It seemed as if the champion was going to simply be too good and experienced for the Korean, who was stepping up massively for this bout.
Takenaka continued to be the better fighter in the middle rounds, though Noh did have moments, and after 8 rounds the Japanese fighter was leading on all 3 cards, with scores of 78-73, 78-74 and 77-74, with Noh being deducted a point in round 8 for headbutts. It looked like all Takenaka had to do was see the final bell to record his 4th defense of the title, however the Korean had other ideas, and refused to just accept a loss.
Noh's hunger saw him land a number of right hands in round 10, resulting in serious facial damage to Takenaka, who had a massive cut on his upper lip. The right hands also forced Takenaka down, twice, and given the injury he was clearly in agony whilst Noh was beginning to take over in a late, and unexpected charge.
Afther the second knockdown Takenaka's team had seen enough and threw in the towel, saving their man from more punishment, and potentially worsening of what was already a terrible injury to his lip.
For Takenaka the loss will be a hard one to swallow. He was leading 87-83, 87-84 and 88-82 at the start of round 10 and looked to only be a couple of wins from getting a potential world title fight. At 32 years it's going to be hard to rebuild and given the injury he could be out of action for a while. As for Noh the win is the biggest by a Korean male in a number of years, potentially since December 2006, when In-Jin Chi defeated Rodolfo Lopez to reclaim the WBC Featherweight title.
Hopefully with a Korean OPBF champion, the first since Min Wook Kim, the country will see boxing get a shot in the arm and a kickstart that it has sorely needed for a while.
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