Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1, 11) [末吉 大] sucessfully retain his title, and record his second defense, as he over-came veteran foe Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-16-5, 2) [東上剛司].
The talented champion got off to a great start as he landed a powerful right hand that dropped Tojo, who had looked aggressive in the very early going. The knockdown showed that Sueyoshi had the power to hurt the challenger. The challenger would have a solid second round but it wasn't long until the champion round he found his rhythm. With Sueoyshi lookign his relaxed self in the ring he tightened his grip on the bout whilst landing some very sharp shots to the body of the challenger. Those shots helped him establish a lead of 50-44 and 49-45, twice, when the cards were announced after 5 rounds.
Having fallen well behidn Tojo tried to turn the bout around, and he did have some success in round 6, but was struggling to cope with the speed and sharpness of the champion. Sueyoshi looked in total control, and even managed to cruise through the 10th and final round, the only one he lost on all 3 cards, too record a decision win with scores of 98-91 from all 3 judges.
After the bout he spoke positively and seemed to suggest moving towards a world title fight. Tojo on the other hand stated that he wasn't going to make a decision on his future yet, but at 37 retirement does seem to be looming.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (17-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his belt against #1 ranked challenger Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. For the champion the bout will serve as his second defense, whilst the challenger will get his first title fight, in what will be his 35th professional bout.
Today the two men both weighed in for the contest and both men made the Super Featherweight limit.
The talented, yet awkward, champion was comfortably under the limit as he hit the scales at around 129.6lbs. This is lighter than he was in his last defense, a Champion Carnival bout against Ken Osato back in February, but no where near his career lightest, given that he began his career as a Super Bantamweight just over 7 years ago.
Tojo was bang on the 130lb limit. This is the 8th time in 10 bouts that Tojo has been exactly 130lbs, with the only two exceptions being in bouts fought above the limit. It shows his consistency on the scales, but as a professional for almost 15 years few would have expected anything less from the 37 year old, especially with this likely to be his final bout of note if he loses. He'll have not cut any corner, but is up against a very tricky champion.
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Earlier today it was revealed that Japanese Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (17-1, 11) [末吉 大] would be returning to the ring to make his second defence on May 5th, as he takes on #1 ranked challenger Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-15-5, 2) [東上剛司].
Sueyoshi won the title last year, when he defeated Ribo Takahata [高畑里望] for the then vacant title. The belt had only been vacated in the weeks prior when Sueyoshi's Teiken stablemate Kenichi Ogawa [尾川 堅一] gave up the belt to prepare fora world title fight against Tevin Farmer. Incidentally Ogawa had originally been lined up to face Tojo, who missed out due to Ogawa's decision. Takahata would subsequently score a stay busy win over a Thai foe whilst Sueyoshi would win the title, who he defended earlier this year against Ken Osato [大里拳] in the Champion Carnival.
The bout will headline a Dynamic Glove show, which we expect will be aired on G+ live and will feature a number of other Teiken fighters, a number of whom are looking likely to work their way towards the title mix later in the year.
Yesterday we reported that Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] had vacated the Japanese Super Featherweight title, forcing the cancellation of his scheduled bout with Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. The now former champion has stated that his reasoning is to fight for a worldtitle rather than continue to reign supreme on the national scene.
At the time of the announcement it was unclear what the next domestic title bout would be, though it's now been confirmed that the Japanese title challenger bout between Masaru Sueyoshi (15-1, 10) [末吉大] and Ribo Takahata (13-7-1, 5) [高畑里望] will now be upgraded to a title bout, which is a decision that makes a lot of sense and pits the #1 and #2 ranked fighters against each otherforthe now vacant title.
Where it leaves Tojo is a tricky one, but we suspect that either Sueyoshi or Takahata would be happy to defend the title against him next year.
Interestingly the Sueyoshi Vs Takahata bout had been arranged before Ogawa's decision to vacate. It was originally the chief support bout to the contest between Ogawa and Tojo on October 7th, though will now be the main event of the card, which is yet to have any other bouts confirmed for it, though those will likely be announced in the next couple of weeks.
A lot can happen in a few weeks in the crazy world of professional boxing, and that has certainly been seen when it's come to the now former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一].
Just over two weeks ago we saw the heavy handed king Teiken man announce that he would be making his 6th defense of the title on October 7th at the Korakuen Hall against veteran Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. Today, just over 2 weeks later, that bout has been scrapped, with Ogawa vacating the title and stating that he was now going to concentrate on winning a world title.
Ogawa, who had been the champion since dethroning Rikki Naito back in December 2015, is ranked by all 4 world title bodies. Those rankings include a #4 ranking with the IBF, who currently have vacant positions at #1 and #2 as well as a vacant title, which was recently stripped from American Gervonta Davis who failed to make weight this past weekend. On paper this would mean that a bout between Ogawa and the #3 ranked Billy Dib (42-4-0-2, 24) would make sense and would be the top two fighters facing off for the vacant title, something we suspect Teiken would be very happy to help make. And something we suspect Dib would be fine with, given he has previous fought in Japan, losing to Ogawa's former stablemate Takashi Miura.
Although it's not yet been confirmed, it does seem like talks between the two camps will begin shortly and that a deal will be agreed between the two camps in the weeks to come.
Where this leaves Tojo is interesting and we wouldn't be surprised to see him getting a shot at the vacant Japanese title in 2018, though that is yet to be confirmed, what we do know is he won't be getting a shot on this card.
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