Earlier today news broke that the anticipated bout between former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (25-7-3, 12) [細川繁] and unbeaten Australian hopeful Jacob Ng (13-0, 10) had been postponed.
The bout, which was expected to take place on March 7th in Australia but Ng has suffered an injury which was forced the bout do be delayed, for now.
Hosokawa shared the news on social media, and explained that the bout is just postponed, at least for now. The plan is now for the bout to take place in June or July.
This is, admittedly, disappointing news given how much we were looking forward to the bout, but with the bout being open to be rescheduled it's hard to complain too much...as long as it does get rescheduled.
Earlier today we were informed by Oliver Papas that former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (25-7-3, 12) [細川繁] would be returning to the ring on March 7th to take on unbeaten Australian hopeful Jacob Ng (13-0, 10). The bout, which will be in Australia, will be for a pair of minor titles, the WBO Oriental and IBF International Lightweight titles.
The contest will see Hosokawa fighting outside of Japan for the second time, following a 2013 clash with the then OPBF 140lb champion Min Wook Kim. Since that loss he has fought entirely in Japan going 9-3, claiming the Japanese title and faced off with the likes of Hiroki Okada and Koki Inoue. At the age of 38, in fact Hosokawa turns 39 later this year, it's hard to know what he has left, though he did look very good in November's win over Kosuke Arioka.
Ng is a 25 year old who has shown a lot of early promise and racked up 4 wins last year. Whilst Ng is certainly a promising Australian hopeful his biggest win to date is over the relatively limited Kaewfah Tor Buamas, back in November. On paper a win here would be his best so far, and he will be favoured against the experienced Japanese visitor.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (25-7-3, 12) [細川繁] put in an impressive cameo of a performance, as he stopped Kosuke Arioka (9-5-1, 8) [有岡康輔] inside a round, in a bout made at Lightweight.
The bout was Hosokawa's first since losing the Japanese title to Koki Inoue, and he made an immediate impression, dropping Arioki with a right hook after just a few seconds. Arioka showed plenty of fighting heart as he tried to get to his feet but was counted out whilst standing, after just 45 seconds.
Despite now being 39 years old Hosokawa showed there was a lot more life left in his legs, and the fighter himself admitted that he was still learning and evolving as a fighter. Interestingly his trainer seemed to suggest he could move down to Featherweight or even Super Bantamweight, though seemed to be doing so tongue in cheek.
Despite the jokey comments from his trainer Hosokawa himself seems likely to drop more weight and look to make an impact at Super Featherweight, where he could be a genuine force on the regional scene, with his eyes on title fighters at 130lbs.
As for Arioka this was a second straight loss inside the distance and it's hard to know where his career goes from here.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fans will be able to see former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battle against the limited but heavy handed Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔] in a Lightweight bout.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weight in, and both came in dead on the 135lb Lightweight limit.
For Hosokawa this will be his first bout since losing the Japanese title, 5lbs north, to Koki Inoue earlier this year. Despite dropping down in weight Hosokawa seemed strong and very comfortable at the weight. He didn't look like a man who had drained hard to make 135lbs but more like a man fighting at his natural weight. Surprisingly however it seems the original plan was for him to come down to 130lbs for his return!
As for Arioka this will be his first bout since being stopped by Masahiro Suzuki this past August. He sounded confident and hungry coming into this fight, stating that he was aiming to fight for a title next year. He was also significantly bigger than Hosokawa.
For fans outside of Tokyo wanting to watch this, it will be made available, in the coming days, on Boxing Raise.
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The Boxing Raise service, which we love despite it's sometimes awkward scheduling, have announced that in November they will be picking up 4 cards, including 2 very exciting live tournament shows and 2 tape delay recorded shows.
The first of the shows will be this Saturday's God's Left Bantamweight tournament show, featuring the God's Left semi final bouts between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉], and Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] against Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁]. The card also includes a Japanese title eliminator between Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] and Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也], and the ring return of former OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (14-1, 9) [小浦 翼].
The service will also live stream November 19th Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament on November 19th. This show will feature quarter final bouts for a Featherweight tournament as Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] takes on Japan's Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士], Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) [草野慎悟] meets Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3) [马强] and we get an excellent all Japanese bout between Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-1, 6) [渡部大介]. This card will also feature Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] against Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
As for the delay cards, Boxing Raise will be showing the November 17th and November 22nd cards.
The first of those two cards will see Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香], defending her OPBF female Minimumweight title against Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな], whilst the second will feature former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battling against Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔]
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