On October 15th we'll see the latest issue of Japanese boxing magazine "Boxing Beat" being released, and it's a stacked edition of the magazine with a host of interesting articles and features included.
The cover features WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥], who will face Australian challenger Jason Moloney (21-1, 18) at the end of October. Inoue is featured in the magazine as he has an interview with the magazine, who also provide a preview of the Inoue Vs Moloney bout, a special feature on the rivalry between Japan and Australia.
Elsewhere in the magazine there is also a feature on the Lightweight division, focusing on this weekend's big bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, and an interview with Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion Shuichiro Yoshino.
Also in the magazine is a special feature on Japanese fighters who were expected to reach the world level, such as Naoto Takahashi and Kiyohsi Tanabe.
The magazine also looks over recent results from the world of boxing, and features regular articles on the likes of New Faces and the Champions Hall of Fame.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the monthly award winners for September, naming an MVP, a Fighting Spirit award winner and a Newcomer award.
The MVP was, unsurprisingly, triple crown winner Shuichiro Yoshino (13-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎]who successfully defended his JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles and over-came gutsy veteran Valentine Hosokawa (25-8-3, 12) [細川繁]. The win saw Yoshino successfully defending all 3 titles and take one more step towards a world title fight.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the hard hitting Kazuki Nakajima (9-0-1, 8) [中嶋一輝], who stopped Kenta Nomura (7-4, 3) [野村健太] in 3 rounds to advance a step closer to his first title fight. Although Nakajima's wasn't perfect it was rather exciting, and again showed he is a legitimate puncher, albeit a flawed one who has still got work to do.
Talking about flawed punchers it's worth noting that Yasutaka Fujita (6-1, 6) [藤田裕崇] won the Newcomer award, following his 19 second blast out win over Kensuke Nakamura (4-9-2) [中村 堅亮]. Although still a flawed fighter it's hard to dislike Fujita's aggression and power, and hopefully we see more of him in the near future.
Unlike normal awards the winners will not be given an in ring award ceremony at Korakuen Hall. They will be certificated and prizes and will have comment videos posted online.
Due to the fact some fans will not be wanting to know the result of today's Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asian Pacific Lightweight title bout between defending champion Shuichiro Yoshino [吉野 修一郎] and veteran challenger Valentine Hosokawa [細川繁] we will begin this with a paragraph of text to act as a spoiler warning. Please be aware this is a 1-off paragraph designed to not ruin the bout for those who have accidentally stumbled on this page ahead of the TV broadcast of the bout this coming weekend on Fuji TV. This is something we are only going to be doing when we know that a bout will be televised on delay and will only ever be a 1 paragraph thing, with the idea of allowing fans to watch events as live. With that in mind we'd just like to remind everyone this bout will be aired on Saturday night/Sunday morning in Japan and can be watched as live as part of the Diamond Glove event.
With that spoiler warning out of the way we'll start by discussing the sole under-card bout, which was a blink and you miss affair. The one under-card bout on the show saw Yasutaka Fujita (6-1, 6) [藤田裕崇] blast out Kensuke Nakamura (4-9-2) [中村 堅亮] in just 19 seconds!
Fujita, who lost in the all Japan Rookie of the Year final last year, was fighting for the first time since transferring to the Misako gym earlier this year. Within seconds of the bout started he landed a huge left hand that dropped Nakamura. To his credit Nakamura managed to get to his feet, but was out of it. This really was the perfect start for Fujita as a Misako gym fighter.
The main event of the show saw the JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (13-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎] retain his titles as he took a clear decision over veteran Valentine Hosokawa (25-8-3, 12) [細川繁].
Yoshino seemed to be dialed in early on, showing respect to Hosokawa and boxing safely. He was likely aware of the strength and physicality of Hosokawa, and felt that that wasn't a type of fight he wanted. Instead Yoshino used his jab, boxed, kept it at range when he could and used his speed. To his credit Hosokawa was hungry and tried to pick up the pace in rounds 3 and 4. After 4 rounds the judges all had Yoshino in the lead, with scored of 40-36, and 39-37, twice.
In the middle rounds Yoshino picked up his own pace, though Hosokawa stood his ground and fought back, particularly in round 6, when he did that Yoshino got back on the move, using his feet to control the tempo and range of the fight, whilst keeping himself safe. It was a simple use of a clear advantage he had against a smaller, older, slower man. The speed and movement of Yoshino helped him extend his lead, and after 8 rounds he was up 80-72, and 79-73, twice.
Yoshino put his foot on the gas in round 10, as he looked to try and put an exclamation mark on the bout, but Hosokawa's toughness showed through as he refused to just accept defeat, and looked to turn things around. Sadly for him it wasn't to be, with Yoshino continuing to dictate the bout through to the bell.
After 12 rounds there was no doubting the outcome, with Yoshino taking the decision 119-109, twice, and 120-108.
Following the contest Yoshino spoke about the contest, and revealed that getting 12 rounds experience against a veteran like Hosokawa was a positive, and that he was glad to be able to defend his triple crown. He's aiming for a world title fight and a bout like this will clearly help him prepare for it.
As for Hosokawa it's unclear what his future brings. He was clearly beaten here, but Yoshino is a real talent who's style, today, was one that neutralised Hosokawa for the most part. Fingers crossed that this won't be the end for him, as he really does have so much more to give the sport, and he will be a handful for any of the top domestic contenders.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (12-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎] defending his title against veteran Valentine Hosokawa (25-7-3, 12) [細川繁], in what serves as the main event of a 2-bout Diamond Glove show.
Today, ahead of their bout, the took men took part in their weigh in and both men managed to come in bang on the 135lb Lightweight limit.
After the weigh in both men gave comments to the media. Yoshino revealed that he wanted to fight the best Lightweight in Japan right now, with Hosokawa being one of the two names he wanted to fight, the other being Masayuki Ito (26-2-1, 14) [伊藤 雅雪]. He spoke about expecting Hosokawa to be a strong fighter, given he was a former Japanese champion at Light Welterweight, and admitted that he can't see a future for himself in the sport if he doesn't win here. In regards to a result he wouldn't be called on an out, come through seemed to suggest that going 12 rounds with Hosokawa would be great for his experience.
As for Hosokawa, the much shorter man, his condition is said to be perfect, despite frustrations early in the year regarding a cancelled bout in Australia with Jacob NG. The bout was originally planned for March, and kept getting pushed back due to the on going global situation. Despite that bout being pushed back several times, and then cancelled, Hosokawa he continued to pretty much prepare right though. He suggest that he was lucky to get this fight, given his lowly Japanese ranking, but seemed pretty confident of making this his type of fight, with his pressure and activity expected to make it a very exciting battle.
For fans wanting to watch this, and failed to get tickets it will be aired on Fuji TV this coming weekend as part of their Diamond Glove coverage.
Related - Triple crown champion Yoshino defends against Hosokawa
(image credit - Misako Gym)
Earlier this month we reported that JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (12-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎] would be defending his title against Valentine Hosokawa (25-7-3, 12) [細川繁] on September 3rd. That would be part of a small Misako card featuring just two bouts, the Yoshino bout and a low key contest between Yasutaka Fujita (5-1, 5) [藤田裕崇] and Kensuke Nakamura (4-8-2) [中村 堅亮].
Now we've learned there is actually more to this show.
As well as the two official bouts the show will also feature a public spar between WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] and OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶].
The two men will be participating in a 2 round spar as they both work towards ring returns.
At the moment neither man has had their next bout announced, though both are looking to return to the ring later in the year with their eyes on big fights. Kenshiro is hoping to make his 8th world title defense later this year whilst Teshigawara is looking to move a step closer to an IBF world title fight.
Whilst this isn't a huge story it's a sign that both men are wanting to give back to fans, and both are getting closer and closer to full fighting fitness. With that in mind we suspect both men are getting closer and closer to having their next bouts decided.
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