Earlier today fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka had the chnce to see a Japanese title fight, as Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (30-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] took on young challenger Takeru Kamikubo (13-3, 8) [上久保タケル].
The bout was Hisada's second defense, and the difference in class and experience between the two fighters showed. From the early stages Hisada showed a good defense, good understanding of the ring and managed to neutralise much of Kamikubo's offense whilst trying to see what the challenger had. As the bout went on Hisada began to show more and more of his skills, aggression and power.
In round 3 Hisada began to ramp up the gears, and landed some notable left hooks to the body of the challenger. Kamikubo retreated well, and showed smart footwork, but looked unable to keep Hisada off, who continued to press forward.
In round 4 Hisada's pressure began to tell, shaking the knees of Kamikubo. The moment gave Hisada a great opening and the champion went to work, dropping the challenger with a following up attack. Kamikubo tried to get to his feet, but failed to beat the count.
After the bout the champion made it clear that he was looking to progress to becomign a world champion, though he does look some way from winning a world title at the moment, despite now making his second world title defense.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (29-9-2, 18) [久田 哲也] defending his title against talented youngster Takeru Kamikubo (13-2, 8) [上久保タケル], in what should be an entertaining scrap for the fans at the EDION Arena Osaka.
On the scales both men were bang on the divisional 108lb limit and both men looked in great shape, though it perhaps needs noting that it was the champion who looked more relaxed at the weight, whilst the challenger looked slightly more drained.
For the champion the bout will be serving as his second defense, and if the 33 year old can come out on top he is likely to be pushed towards a world title fight in 2018. He scored his career best win back in April, when he over-came Kenichi Horikawa, and is really in great form with 8 straight wins.
The challenger was once touted as the future of the Ioka gym, and raced out to 8-0, before suffering back to back stoppage losses in 2015. Since those losses he has rebuilt well, but this is a huge step up for the 21 year old, who has never previously fought for a title.
Hisada seeks second defense as he takes on youngster Kamikubo
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Last week Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (29-9-2, 18) [久田 哲也] announced that he would be making his second defense of the title on November 17th at the EDION Arena Osaka. Since that announcement, which he made on his personal blog, the details of the bout have emerged.
The champion, who won the title ealier this year when he defeat Kenichi Horikawa, will be defending his title against Ioka gym prospect Takeru Kamikubo (13-2, 8) [上久保タケル], who was once tipped for big things before having a slight career crises. The bout will be the main event of the upcoming "Fighting Beat Boxing" show, and will be promoted by Harada Boxing, who promote Hisada.
The champion, who is ranked by all 4 world title bodies, is 32 years old and although his record isn't the most impressive on paper he is riding an 8 fight unbeaten run, including wins over Shun Kosaka, Hayato Yamaguchi, Horikawa and former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani. Although his record does have 9 losses on it many of those have come when Hisada was fighting at Flyweight, and he's actually lost twice at 108lbs or below, with one loss coming to current world champion Ryoichi Taguchi and the other being a loss to Horikawa, which has since been avenged.
Aged 21 the challenger is regarded as a credible threat. He began his career in 2014 and reeled off 8 straight wins before suffering back to back stoppage losses to Atsushi Aburada and Toshimasa Ouchi. Since then he has rebuilt with 5 straight wins, including a notable victory over Takahiro Murai last December. On paper he will be the under-dog, and is stepping up in class, but will know that his team believe he has the skills to take home the title, and become the next champion from the Ioka gym. He will, however, have to prove he has learned from his losses if he is to over-come the determined, and under-rated, champion.
Results from Osaka!
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to watch an interesting card at the EDION Arena Osaka. In the main event fans saw a notable upset as Jayar Inson scored a 7th round TKO win over Ryota Yada to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title but the under-card was also full of notable fighters.
One of those was Japanese ranked Super Flyweight contender Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之], who entered the bout ranked #3 by the JBC. The talented Okumoto moved a step closer to a Japanese title fight as he defeated the limited but durable Takanori Hayashida (7-11-3) [林田 貴紀], who retired after the 5th round. Hayashida looked like he was in the ring looking for an upset but a cut over the right eye saw his corner pulling him from the bout.
One of the more interesting undercard bouts saw Takeru Kamikubo (12-2, 8) [上久保タケル] claim a very hard fought and narrow 8 round decision win over Japanese ranked Takahiro Murai (14-7-2, 5) [村井 貴裕]. Murai, who was top 15 ranked by the JBC, had been favoured to win here but Kamikubo really impressed and was well worth the win despite some issues in the early parts of the fight. Another bout that went the distance saw the JBC ranked Naotoshi Nakatani (10-0, 6) [中谷 有利] take a very hard fought decision victory over Masashi Wakita (6-5-2, 2) [脇田 将士], in a bout that was a lot more competitive than the records of the two men would suggest.
The highly touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] made light work of a Thai foe, taking just 73 seconds to see off his man. In a similar fashion Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] also made light work of a limit Thai foe, needing just 41 seconds to see his man off, for Kyoguchi this was his return after more than 20 months away from the ring and a gym transfer. Another notable fighter scoring a stoppage on the under-card was school girl Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], who defeated the win-less Mizuki Matsuoka (0-2) [松岡 瑞稀] in the third round of their scheduled 4 rounder. Matsuoka was left with a badly bloodied nose before her team threw in the towel.
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Yesterday we reported that former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-13-1, 10) would be making his return to the ring on April 3rd at the Bodymaker Colosseum. At the time we didn't know anything else about the card, there was no opponent named and there was no under-card details made available.
Today part of that changed and we've been given a lot of interesting details about the undercard, including a female title bout, a former OPBF title challenger and a huge step up for one of the most interesting Japanese prospects.
Hisataka is still facing a yet to be named opponent. He is one of two men without an opponent at the moment with the other being former OPBF Featherweight champion Hiroshige Osawa (26-3-4, 15) who held the OPBF title at 126lbs for 16 months back in 2011-2012 before being suspended by the JBC for a bout in South Korea that they felt they had been lied to about. This bout will be his 4th bout since having that suspension lifted back in December 2013.
Although the two biggest name fighters don't yet have opponents named there is a title fight which has been arranged for the show. This bout will see the unbeaten Terumi Nuki (6-0, 3) battle against Tamao Ozawa (7-2, 2) for the vacant OPBF female Flyweight title. Nuki, a product of the Ioka gym has looked very good so far and has already got a notable win over Kai Johnson from last November. Notable Ozawa has twice fought Nuykie, losing their first meeting by knockout before taking an 8 round split decision in a rematch last September. For Nuki this will be her first title fight whilst Ozawa was blown out by Tomoko Kawanishi in a bout for the OPBF female Super Flyweight title.
On the most interesting bout won't actually be the title bout but instead a bout featuring 18 year old Ioka prospect Takeru Kamikubo (8-0, 5) who will be taking a huge step up in class to battle against former Japanese title challenger Atsushi Aburada (9-7, 5). Aburada, still ranked by the JBC, was last seen in the ring coming up short against Japanese Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura last November. Although not a great fighter Aburada is a solid domestic contender and a win over Toshimasa Ouchi prove he deserves a ranking still. For the 18 year old Kamikubo this will be his first bout against someone with a winning record however he will have to be favoured and he does look like the next star on the Ioka production line, which has already given us Kazuto Ioka, Ryo Miyazaki, Masayoshi Nakatani and Sho Ishida. If Kamikubo wins here then it's almost certain that he will climb into the domestic rankings and aim for a title in the relatively near future.
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