It's fair to say that 2020 has been a bad for most of us, and that right now a lot of us are just looking forward to normality and getting things back to feeling like we have some control on what we do on a day to day basis.
One of the fighters who has had an incredibly frustrating time is WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵]. He was supposed to be in the ring in April, defending his title against Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾] on April 18th, as he looked to move towards a potential world title fight. That bout was then cancelled, with Mori then being scheduled to fight in July, before that bout was cancelled too, due to an inability to have fans in attendance.
Thankfully Mori appears to be hungry to return to the ring and rather than sitting on the sidelines stewing in frustration he has began a sparring camp in Osaka.
Interestingly Mori, who hasn't sparred in a long time, sparred for 4 rounds yesterday with Kawamura, the man he was supposed to face in April.
Mori has revealed that the man he's now wanting to fight, later in the year, is OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (8-1, 8) [清水 聡]. Shimizu will be defending his title in July, against Kyohei Tonomoto (9-2-1, 4) [殿本恭平], and a win would likely see Mori's team make a solid offer to the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner.
Whether that bout happens or note Mori is expecting to be in action in November as he continues to rise through the ranks and search for a route towards a world title fight. His team had hoped to land a world title shot in Spring 2021, though it now seems likely that that opportunity has slipped due to on going situation and his rocky 2020.
Just a few minutes ago WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] announced the details regarding his next bout.
The youngster will be defending his WBO regional title as he takes on veteran Shingo Kawamura (16-5-4, 8) [河村真吾] in Kumamoto on April 18th as the main event of "Splendid Boxing in Kumamoto Vol 2".
The 20 year old Mori won the title in late 2018, when he beat Richard Pumicpic, and since then has developed significantly, defended the belt twice and began working with legendary trainer Ismael Salas. He's some way from a world title fight, though he has made it known he wants one soon, and this will be a chance for him to further show his improvement under Salas.
Sadly coming in to this Kawamura is without a win in 5 bouts, having drawn his last 3 and losing the previous 2. Despite his poor form he has mixed with good company, facing the likes of Satoshi Shimizu and Ryo Sagawa.
Also booked for this card is a brilliant match up at Light Flyweight between former world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] and former Japanese champion Rikito Shiba (4-1, 2) [芝力人], in what should be an excellent supporting bout and matches two men who really need a win following losses last time out. For Shiba this will be his first bout since being stopped in a Japanese title eliminator to Masamichi Yabuki (10-3, 10) [佐藤政道] whilst Konishi is looking to bounce back from a clear loss to Felix Alvarado.
Heading into 2018 Ryo Sagawa (6-1, 4) [佐川遼] was 2-1 (2), today however he know he'll end the year 6-1 (4) following his 4th notable win since January.
Today the former amateur standout, who had scored wins over Tasuku Suwa, Junki Sasaki and Ryo Matsumoto already this year, added former OPBF title challenger Shingo Kawamura (16-5-1, 8) [河村真吾] to his victim list with an 8th round TKO win at the Korakuen Hall.
Kawamura, as we saw in his OPBF title fight against Satoshi Shimizu, showed no fear and came out looking to make an impact early. He used his southpaw jab excellently and made Sagawa really think about what he did. Sadly for Kawamura his pace began to tire him out, and as we went through the middle rounds it was Sagawa taking control, landing clean shots and really testing the toughness of Kawamura. That toughness however saw Kawamura being too tough for his own good and the referee stepped in in the final round to stop the bout and give Sagawa his 4th big win of the year.
Sagawa had previously stated that he was wanting to fight for titles in 2019, and it's hard to suggest he doesn't deserve one. Sadly for Kawamura this is a second straight stoppage loss, and it's hard to see where he goes from this.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get a really brilliant card. Among the interesting match ups on the show is a Featherweight bout between recent OPBF title challenger Shingo Kawamura (16-4-1, 8) [河村真吾] and Ryo Sagawa (5-1, 3) [佐川遼].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 126lb limit, those specifics haven't been given to us at the moment.
Not only did both men make the limit but both looked in fantastic shape for what is a key bout for both men. The winner of this will take a huge step towards a title fight in the new year and will be full aware of how significant this contest is.
Coming in to the bout Kawamura is looking to bounce back from an August stoppage loss to Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] whilst Sagawa is looking to build on an upset stoppage win over Ryo Matsumoto [松本亮], from back in September.
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(Image courtesy of Ryo Sagawa's twitter)
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans were able to see 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (7-0, 7) [清水 聡] continue his perfect start to professional boxing, and record his third defense of the OPBF Featherweight title, as he stopped Shingo Kawamura (16-4-1, 8) [河村真吾] in 4 rounds.
The challenger started really confidently, and looked like he had real intention to take the fight to Shimizu. It was brilliant mentality from Kawamura who had tagged the body of Shimizu and actually reddened his face in the first 3 minutes.
Sadly for Kawamura his success was short lived, and in round 2 Shimizu began to let his shots fly, landing some hard counter shots, and find a home for both his right hook and his straight left hand. It was clear the edge in power was with the champion but the challenger wasn't going to back off and Kawamura continued to try and fight back in round 3, though was beginning to show markings around his face.
In round 4 a brutal left hand dropped Kawamura through the ropes and the referee stopped the bout.
After the bout Kawamura stated that he was wanting to continue but did look like he was taking more and more damage and his right eye was badly in the changing room and the fight was certainly swinging more and more in Shimizu's favour, despite a good start from the challenger.
Shimizu on the other hand spoke about becoming a world champion and it seems like his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi is now looking to secure Shimizu a world title fight sooner, rather than later.
(Image courtesy of boingnews.jp)
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