Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-7-1, 13) [岡田誠一] suffer a surprise loss.
The former champion was expected to over-come Kanehiro Nakagawa (7-6, 4) [中川兼玄], however the youngster put in a career best performance and took a shock unanimous decision over the experienced veteran.
Nakagawa, who had lost 4 of his previous 6, fought like a man with a point to prove, and got his jab into to play early on, using it a lot to keep the older, slower, Okada from controlling the tempo. Nakagawa would began to land right hands as well as jabs in round 2, to strengthen his control on the early stages.
Despite the poor start Okada would begin to get close in the middle rounds, and certainly have some success of his own in the middle section of the fight, before both men began to look exhausted, and the tempo slowed. As it slowed Okada seemed to get some heavy shots in, but he was forced to take some big shots back and couldn't stamp his authority on the bout.
After 8 rounds Nakagawa had done enough, taking the decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75, twice.
At the age of 37 this could well be the end for Okada, whilst the 23 year old Nakagawa has potentially moved himself into the Japanese rankings with this huge upset win.
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Earlier today we were informed that Ohashi would be putting on their next show on April 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The full hasn't been announced, but plenty of details from the show have been revealed, including the names of many fighters from the card.
The headline attraction is former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (27-6, 15) [八重樫 東], who will be fighting for the first time since his 2018 war with Hirofumi Mukai. At the moment Yaegashi's opponent hasn't been announced for the contest, though it's not expected to be anyone too testing for the hugely popular warrior.
The most exciting bout that has been confirmed for the show will see Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] take on unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5), in a really fantastic bout. It's rare we see two unbeaten fighters fighting at this point in their careers, with both heading towards bigger fights, so to see both taking this type of risk is fantastic, and something to get really excited about.
Another bout confirmed for the show will see former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-6-1, 13) [岡田誠一] take on Nakagawa Kanehiro (6-6, 4) [中川兼玄]. Okada has won his last 4 bouts coming into this, and will be looking to continue his good run of form.
Looking to bounce back from recent defeats will be former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-3, 19) [松本亮] and the once touted Sho Nakazawa (11-3, 5) [中澤奨], who both suffered stoppage losses late last year. Neither man has had their opponent named, but neither is expected to be up against anyone too testing, given their recent stoppage losses.
One other fighter on this card is fast tracked prospect Taku Kuwahara (3-0, 2) [桑原拓], who will be in his second 8 round bout. He also lacks an opponent, though could end up against someone of some note given how Ohashi seem to view him as a very special talent.
Full bouts are expected to be announced by the middle of March, though it's nice to see that the card already has some notable names on it, and the excellent Hiraoka Vs Atchariya bout.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-6-1, 13) [岡田誠一] secure his 4th straight victory, as he stopped Takahiro Araki (12-8, 4) [荒木貴裕] in 6 rounds.
The 36 Okada, who is currently going through a career resurgence, struggled when Araki managed to fight at range, and use his jab, but in round 4 he managed get inside and land short shots. Those short shots took a toll on Araki who slowed down, and began to fall apart. As Araki's movement slowed it made things much easier for Okada who turned the screw and forced the referee to save the 31 year old Araki.
Although it's unclear what Okada has left the fact he won his last 4 is a big change to how he was a few years ago, when he went 2-5-1 and his career seemed like it was going to end on a low. He has been matched easily in recent bouts, but it's hard to not see his determination and drive as an inspiration. For Araki this was a 4th career stoppage loss.
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On February 28th we'll get the chance to see the much touted Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19) [松本亮] challenge WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9) in a bout to be held at the Korakuen Hall. The bout ia a really good one, though rumours are that Fuji TV will not be airing it live but will instead have it as a tape delay broadcast to be aired the following weekend.
Until today a lot of the details of the card were completely unknown, however today saw Ohashi gym release a number of match ups from the under-card, and whilst it's not a stacked card, it does have plenty of notable and interesting names involved on it.
One bout will see Quaye Peter (10-9-2, 6) take on Yuichi Ideta (13-10-1, 7) [出田裕一] in what looks like a real 50-50 style match up and a potentially brilliant bout to put the fans on the edge of their seat. We're not going to suggest that either Peter or Ideta are amazing fighters, but that is part of what makes this bout so interesting, both men have real limitations and should match up well together.
In a less competitive looking contest we'll see Japanese Youth Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (11-0, 8) [平岡アンディ] battle against the tough Fumisuke Kimura (6-2, 4) [木村文祐]. Although a bit of a mismacth on paper, given that Kimura has gone 1-2 in his last 3 bouts and has only 1 win in the last 5 years, this should test Hiraoka's stamina and mental toughness, with Kimura unlikely to just go away, as some of Hiraoka's other opponents have done.
One other bout announced will see the heavy handed Kazuaki Miyamoto (5-1, 4) [宮本知彰] take on highly experienced veteran Seiichi Okada (20-6-1, 11) [岡田誠一]. The 35 year old Okada, who has now been a professional for close to 13 years, has won his last 2, but he is 4-5-1 in his last 10 and looks to be a fighter well past his best. For Miyamoto however the bout is a chance to give his career a huge shot in the arm and get things moving forward at an increased pace.
Earlier tody Ohashi gym put on their latest show, and although not one of their super packed world title cards it was still a deep show littered with notable fighters.
In one of the shows earlier bouts former Japanese Light Welterweight title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (21-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], who bounced back from his controversial 2016 loss to Hiroki Okada with a dominant decision win over Ohashi's Quaye Peter (9-9-2, 5). Peter, who must have viewed this as a must win, was never able to match Hosokawa and has now suffered 3 straight losses, leaving his career in jeopardy. As for Hosokawa the win ended a 2-fight slide and keeps him in the title mix.
Another fighter picking up a decision win was former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (20-6-1, 11) [岡田 誠一] who scored a straight foward win against Kentaro Yamada (8-8-1, 6) [山田 健太郎].
In terms of bouts that didn't go the distance there was a good domestic win for former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (22-2, 12) [原隆二], who took 6 rounds to see off Akiyoshi Kanazawa (14-7-4, 7) [金沢 晃佑]. For Kanazawa the loss saw him being stopped for just the 2nd time in 25 fights but Hara will need to score a tougher win to earn another world title shot.
Int he main support bout fans saw the fast rising Koki Inoue (7-0, 6) [浩樹井上] score a career best win as he destroyed Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Mitsuyoshi Fujita (10-3, 3) [藤田 光良] in 5 rounds. Fujita put up a good fight, and had some moments, but was broken down by Inoue's pressure, power and work rate. Now it seems like Ohashi will push for Inoue to get a title fight in the coming months, and with his style he is very TV friendly.
In the main event Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17) [松本 亮] defeated Hideo Sakamoto (17-4-3, 5) [坂本 英生] in less than 2 minutes to make a statement, and begin his hunt for a world title fight.
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