Earlier today fight fans in Osaka got an amazing card courtesy of the Ioka gym. One of the many supporting bouts on the card saw a minor upset, as Sonin Nihei (9-3-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍] took a close decision win over Tatsuya Ikemizu (19-3, 7) [池水達也].
Coming in to this bout both men really needed a win, after having seen early career success falter. The success of both men earlier in their careers had seen Ikemizu win the Rookie of the Year in 2013 and Nihei reach the East Japan Rookie of the Year final the following year.
Sadly coming in to this Ikemizu had gone 7-2 but lacked any sort of a notable win in over 4 years, defeating mostly limited Thai imports during that 9 fight stretch. Nihei on the other hand had been stopped twice in 22016, by Takayuki Okumoto and Keita Kurihara, and hadn't fought in close to 2 years.
The break from the ring seemingly hadn't done Nihei any harm, as he kept pace with Ikemizu through out a razor thin, nip and tuck bout. It always seemed like Nihei was doing just that touch more to impress, and showing a bit more variation to his work, but there was little to separate the fighters who both boxed well.
With so little to split the men we went to judges, who scored the bout 77-76, twice, to Nihei and 76-76. The win should see Nihei emerge in the Japanese rankings in the new year, though leave Ikemizu's career in a really awful place.
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Today fight fans at the L-Theatre in Osaka got the chance to see a relatively low key card thanks to Taiho promotions. Despite being low key it did have two notable domestic bouts to headline the show.
One of those bouts saw 2013 Rookie of the Year winner Tatsuya Ikemizu (18-2, 7) [池水達也] take on tough and under-rated domestic foe Naoto Fujimoto (9-9-1, 4) [藤本直人]. The 8 round contest was a solid back and forth bout with Ikemizu always just doing enough to keep his nose in the lead in what was a compelling contest. The scores of 79-76, 78-74 and 78-75 all favoured Ikemizu, and once again fans had the chance to see Fujimoto prove he's better than his record suggests, just as he did last year when he ran Takuya Kogawa really close in an equally competitive 8 rounder.
The other bout of note saw Kenji Kihisa (9-3, 6) [木久健次] score a career best win as he stopped former Japanese OPBF title challenger Shota Kawaguchi (21-10-1, 9) [川口勝太], who retired at the end of round 6. Although unheralded Kihisa came into this bout with an OPBF ranking thanks to a 2017 upset win over the then touted Futa Akizuki, today he proved that win wasn't much of a fluke with a 4th straight stoppage and left Kawaguchi a bloody sliced mess. Kawaguchi was cut over the left eye in the second round, due to punches, and then cut later one from a head clash. With the cuts worsening Kawaguchi was struggling and his corner took the decision before the start of round 7 to pull their man out and save him from further punishment.
With his win today Kihisa will have taken a huge step towards getting a title fight, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him getting an OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific title fight before the end of 2018
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Today at the atthe Sangyo Shinko Center in Sakai fight fans had two cards, one of which was a Mutoh promoted card with several notable names involved.
One of thoise was former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (25-7-1, 22), who made his first outing since December 2015 when he was stopped by Naoya Inoue. The Filipino easily over-came a badly over-matched Thai foe and really did what was expected in picking up an opening round victory. The big punching Parrenas is currently a member of staff at the Morioka gym and it looks like he's been bit by the bug again, and will likely be back in the ring in early 2018.
Another fighter claiming a straight forward win over a Thai foe was Tatsuya Ikemizu (17-2, 7) [池水達也], who recorded his 4th straigth win with an 80-73 decision over a limited visitor.
The main bout was much more competitive than the above two, and saw former OPBF title challenger Yuki Strong Kobayashi (12-7, 6) [小林佑樹] battle against the light punching Noboru Osato (8-6-4, 1) [大里登]. The two fought toe-to-toe for the most part, with Kobayashi really not managing to take over the bout until the final stages, clearly taking round 7 and and digging in to win an action packed 8th. In the end there was little between them, with Kobayashi taking the decision 77-76, 78-76 and 78-75.
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Earlier today fight fans around the globe saw two world title bouts from Osaka. Fans in the arena didn't just have those title bouts but also a pretty notable under-card with a number of significant fighters in actions.
The first of the bouts of note saw Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-1, 7) take a very good 6 round decision win over tough Filipino Neil John Tabanao (13-4, 9). The bout pitted two top 10 OPBF ranked contenders against each other and Atsumi certainly deserved the win, but was pushed hard with Tabanao looking to turn things around right through the final round.
The once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (15-2, 6) [池水 達也] scored his second straight win as he over-came Thai visitor Nattakorn Sithjacknoi (0-1) with a very wide 8 round decision. The bout was scored 80-69, twice, and 80-68 with the Thai beind dropped, and deducted a point and basically looking toothless but tough through out.
The unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (13-0, 10) [橋詰 将義] made light work of his Thai foe, Chanchai Saithonggym (0-1), with a 4th round KO from a nasty right hook. It took just 3 rounds for former OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (19-5, 16) [山本 隆寛] to see off Petchinsee Rongriangkilakorat (0-1), in what was Yamamoto's first bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Mark John Yap.
Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (24-0, 13) [石田 匠] also scored a quick blow out, stopping diminutive Thai Patiporn Saithonggym (0-1) in 3 rounds. Ishida, ranked #1 by the WBA at Super Flyweight, will be expecting a world title fight in the near future and seems to have been doing little more than keeping the rust off with this performance.
There was also a stoppage win for 20 year old hopeful Hayate Ikuta (8-0, 4) [幾田 颯], who took 5 rounds to see off Chatphet Saithonggym (0-2).
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Over the past few hours we have been informed that Juiki Tatsuyoshi (4-0, 2) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the massively charismatic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, would be returning to the ring on July 9th to take part in his first 6 round bout.
The bout, which will be the headlined bout of an upcoming Osaka Teiken card, will see Tatsuyoshi battle against Indonesian fighter Rio Nainggolan (2-2, 2)* and see the Japanese youngster graduate from the 4 round bouts that he has been cutting his teeth in so far.
It also seems that a notable supporting bout on this card will be a 6 rounder and see the debut of former amateur stand out Kazuaki Miyamoto (0-0) [宮本 知彰], who recently passed his B license pro-test.
Interestingly the announcement of the bout, and show, came with two other bits of news in regards to Osaka Teiken.
One of those bits of news is that Sho Nakazawa (8-1, 4) [中澤 奨], has decided to have a change of scenery and has been "loaned" to the Teiken gym in Tokyo, for 1 year. For Nakazawa the plan seems to be to try and improve by spending time in the same gym as some of the top fighters in Japan, before a possible full time move to Tokyo in the near future.
The other bit of news is that the once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (13-2, 6) [池水 達也] has left the Osaka Teiken gym and has joined the Ioka Gym, following his second loss in 3 bouts.
*Also reported as 5-2 (1)
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