Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see a very interesting match up from Thailand, as Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (17-5-11, 13) faced off with Japan's Seita Ogido (12-4-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太].
The bout saw the Thai successfully defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against the Japanese challenger, but he was forced to work for the win.
It was clear that Ogido had not travelled to lose, and he was regularly backing the Thai up with his sharp punching, even mocking him at times. Sadly for Ogido his ability to back up the Thai often counted for little as the Thai managed to landed the heavier looking shots, often landing eye catching hooks and uppercuts on the Japanese challenger as Ogido came in. It was those shots that seemed to please the ringside judges.
In the final round Ogido seemed to know he needed to do somethign big to get the decision, especially in Japan, and he did look to land bigger shots. Pongsaklek however smartly avoided a war, picked his moments well, landing a gorgeous right hand mid way through the round, and made his way to the final bell without too much drama to take the unanimous decision and retain his title.
The Thai would take the win with scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 118-109. The 118-109 card did seem too wide, but there is no doubting who deserved the win. Saying that Ogido was competitive and this possibly the best we've seen from him, and hopefully he takes this as a learning experience as he is a talented youngster, with the potential to wins titles down the line.
On October 20th fight fans around the globe will be able to see the Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (16-5-11, 13) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against Japanese challenger Seita Ogido (12-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太].
The Thai is enjoying his second reign with the title and will be looking to make his first defense since reclaiming the title with a win over Kompayak Porpramook.
For Ogido this is a chance to claim a regional title, after having failed to win in two bouts for the OPBF title and another for the WBC Youth title. He's been touted for a while as a real hopeful but now needs a big win, and would count as a big win.
For fans interested in this bout will be streamed live on Workpoint, who also operate a live youtube channel, meaning fans can watch this live on youtube.
Earlier today saw the announcement of Mugen 9, set to take place on August 4th in Okinawa. The show will feature a pair of title fights, a female OPBF title bout and a Japanese Youth title bout.
The Japanese Youth title bout will take place at Light Flyweight and will see Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Hiroki Inamine (2-1, 2) [稲嶺光紀]. On paper this is an outstanding fight, with Oho looking to build on a brilliant win over Tetsuya Tomioka earlier this year and make his first defense of the title.
As for Inamine, who was a very solid amateur, this bout will see him looking to bounce back from from a May defeat to former amateur stand out Rikito Shiba, in a hotly contested 6 round decision loss.
The other title fight will see OPBF female Bantamweight champion Yuko Henzan (6-6-4, 2) [平安山裕子] make her first defense of the title that she won back in April. She will be taking on unbeaten Chinese challenger Fan Yin (3-0, 1), who is taking a notable step up in class for her first title bout.
Also on this card will be Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太], in a notable supporting bout.
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Back in September we saw Filipino fighter Edward Heno (11-0-5, 5) travel to Japan and stop Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太] to claim the OPBF Light Flyweight title, doing so in impressive fashion following a draw with Ogido earlier in the year. Sadly for the new champion his reign has already come to an end with a report from the Philippines saying that Heno has been stripped, and boxrec also listing a vacant title fight later this year.
Apparently Heno will be unable to defend the belt at the OPBF convention in November, and rather than the OPBF showing some common sense they have decided to strip the champion and set up a bout between Rey Loreto (23-14, 15) and Ivan Soriano (16-1-1, 8), which will take place on November 10th at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum, in Palawan.
The decision to strip Heno is based on the fighter wanting to spend time with his sick son, and not having enough time to prepare for a fighter like Loreto, especially given that the Heno fight was only a few weeks earlier. The logical idea of having an interim title fight between Loreto and Soriano seems to have passed the OPBF by, despite the fact the same show will have an OPBF "interim" Featherweight title fight on it between Lorence Rosas (8-1-2, 2) and Jelbirt Gomera (12-4, 6), with Gomera getting the shot on the back of 3 successive losses to Asian opponents.
Although the OPBF seem to be hiding behind their rule book, the decision is certainly one that doesn't appear to have been made in great faith and leaves the body open to a lot of questions about their treatment of fighters, like Heno.
(Story originally broken by the fantastic Ryan Songalia of Rappler, with his full story available here)
Earlier this year we saw unbeaten Filipino Edward Heno (11-0-5, 5) fight to a much disputed draw with Japan's Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太] in a bout for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. Originally Heno was announced as the winner of the bout but the decision was reversed, with the final result being a draw that seemed to leave no one hapy.
Today the two fighters had a rematch and this time there was no disputing the winner with Heno stopping Ogido in the 7th round to claim the title and avenge the draw.
The bout started competitively though saw Heno pressing the action, closing the distance and landing his right uppercut and left hooks. Ogido gought back well, and his his moment fighting back, especially in rounds 2 and 3, but he never looked comfortable as Heno continued to press and muscle his way. The determination of Heno showed in round 4 as he forced mistakes for Ogido, who was warned for going low and was beginning to show signs of tiredness.
Ogido continued to try fighting back but in round 7 Ogido went down. His heart helped him to get up from the knockdown, but it wasn't long until the end as Heno jumped on his, unloaded his shots and eventually forced the finish with Ogido looking spent.
Whilst the set back is a big one for Ogido it should be noted that he could well have lost his previous two bouts and maybe this loss will do him the world of good. For Heno this will feel like he's corrected the judges decision from the draw in their first bout. The Filipino is a long way from being a world title challenger, but this bout will help him get the bouts he needs to open up world title contests in the years to come.
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