Earlier today on TV Osaka we got the chance to see a title double header from the EDION Arena Osaka, for free and right around the world.
The first of two title title bouts saw veteran WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (34-11-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] score his second defense, as he easily over-came former Japanese domestic amateur standout Koki Koshikawa (9-3, 6) [越川孝紀], who was fighting as a Middleweight for the first time.
From the off the 43 year old Nonaka looked the more relaxed and the more comfortable in the ring and was pretty much in control through out the bout. Koishikawa, to his credit, came to fight but he lacked the accuracy and tenacity needed to even test Nonaka.
Through out the bout the calm, accurate, relaxed boxed of Nonaka saw him landing at will on Koshikawa, who was left cut, bruised and beaten up through the middle portion of the fight. In the later stages Koshikawa had to pass several doctor's inspections due to his cuts and, whilst they weren't bad cuts no one would have complained had the ringside doctor said enough was enough, especially as Nonaka began landing so devastating straight left hands, at will, on the head of Koshikawa.
After 12 rounds we went to the score cards with two judges having this 119-109 to Nonaka and the third having it an alarming close 115-113 to the champion for the unanimous decision.
For Koshikawa it's almost impossible to know where he goes from this loss, especially given the early expectation. As for Nonaka, the focus seems to be on landing a world title fight sooner rather than later, but with his 44th birthday come later this year it'd be a huge surprise to see him land a major fight before his career comes to an end.
The second title fight on the show saw youngster Riku Kano (18-4-1, 9) [加納 陸] make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title as he stopped Takumi Sakae (22-4-1, 16) [榮拓海] in a really interesting bout.
Sakae got off to a good start, dropping Kano in round 2 of the bout, and again in round 4, as he seemed well on the way to scoring a notable upset. Sadly for the challenger however he couldn't finish off the champion and instead the body shots of Kano seemed to take the wind out of Sakae in rounds 6, 7 and 8.
Heading into round 9 it seemed the momentum was with Kano and he knew it as he continued to up his tempo against a tired and exhausted Sake, eventually forcing the referee to jump in and save the challenged, who seemed out on his feet.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka we'll see once touted youngster Riku Kano (17-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title for the first time, as he takes on Takumi Sakae (22-3-1, 16) [榮拓海].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 108lb limit with no issues at all.
On the scales the 23 year old champion was comfortably under the limit, coming in at around 107.8lb, and he looked in great shape. He explained that he lost weight more intelligently for this bout than he did for his previous bout, a win over Ryoki Hirai late last year, and that he was feeling better than he usually does at the weigh in. He seemed to be aware of Sakae's style, heart and determination and explained that he will focus on avoiding Sakae's style of fight.
Sakae on the other hand was even light on the scales, coming in at around 107l5lbs for the bout. Like Kano in looked in great shape, and really sounded up for this bout, explaining he was full of motivation. He went on to tell Boxmob.jp that he has done everything he need to to prepare, and it seemed clear that he was focusing on winning a decision to become the first title holder from the rather obscure Orio Boxing Gym.
For fans wanting to watch this one it will be streamed live on the TV Osaka Youtube channel.
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Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans will get a number of notable bouts. One of those will see WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-11-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending his title against Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6) [越川孝紀] in a bout that really should be regarded as a must win for both men.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, with both men making the 160lb limit with no issues.
On the scales the 43 year old Nonaka came in bang on the 160lb limit and he looked in amazing shape. It was hard to believe that he was a 43 year old who had been out of the ring for around 2 years. At the weigh in he stated he was in perfect condition for this bout and would be showing what he's been training. Notably a win here is expected to see him begin knocking on a potential world title bout, even at the age of 43.
Koshikawa looked a lot less impressive on the scales, though came in at the same weight as Noanaka, 160lbs dead on. He looked fleshy, and like a man who is naturally a Welterweight fighting at Middleweight. He explained that weight loss was difficult, but after making weight he did seem relaxed and began to take on a lot of water.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be aired live on TV Osaka's YouTube channel tomorrow, and will be one of two title fights on the show, which will promoted by Taisei Gym.
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Earlier today the Ohashi Gym announced that tey would be holding a show in November, set for November 11th at Korakuen Hall, and revealed a genuinely fantastic main event bout for the show pitting two former world title challengers against each other in a truly compelling match up!
The match up in question will see former WBC Bantamweight title challenger Takuma Inoue (14-1, 3) [井上拓真] dip his toes at the Super Bantamweight limit as he takes on former IBF Super Bantamweight world title challenger Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾], with the two men battling for the WBO Asia Pacific title at 122lbs.
For Inoue this will be his first bout at 122lbs and he'll know that a win against the talented, slippery, and sharp shooting Wake would help him move towards a world title fight in his new weight. He will however be totally dependent on his skills and boxing brain, and he's never looked like a power puncher at 118lbs and is likely to be even more feather fisted 4lbs north.
As for Wake this will be a great chance for him to re-establish himself as a contender following a 2019 loss to Jhunriel Ramonal, in which he was knocked out cold. He has scored a single win since that bout, stopping Shohei Kawashima, but this will be a much more significant test than that bout.
Whilst neither man has ever won a world title this is still a brilliant match up and one we are genuinely looking forward to, even if it is aroudn 4 months away! The lengthy wait for the bout should give both men time to get into perfect condition and we are expecting a very, very good bout when there two technically well schooled fighters face off for a major regional title.
Earlier today the Korakuen Hall played host to a joint promoted Watanabe and Dangan card that was short in terms of bouts, with just 5, though did have a number of very interesting match ups on it including the debut of a promising youngster, a very interesting looking regional title bout, a compelling 8 round chief support between unbeaten hopefuls, and a bout between two Hamaguchi's.
The show began with a 6 rounder at Bantamweight, with 24 year old debutant Kyotaro Yoshida (1-0) [吉田 京太郎] taking a unanimous decision win against the hard hitting, but limited, Hiroki Kinjo (5-2, 4) [金城 寛季]. Yoshida started well but got better as the bout went on, taking the power of Kinjo and firing back with better shots of his own, forcing Kinjo to respect him, and later give ground before being dropped in round 6. Credit to Kinjo for always trying to fight back, but he really was second best through out much of this bout. After 6 rounds the judges turned in scores of 59-54, and 58-55, twice, to give Yoshida the unanimous decision win.
In the second bout on the show we saw the battle of Hamaguchi's with Daiju Hamaguchi (5-5, 3) [濱口 大樹] coming out on top against Ryosei Hamaguchi (6-8, 2) [濱口 稜生]. Daiju started well, pressing the action and managed to drop his man with a big right hand. Ryosei beat the 10 count, but was left cut later in the round and his corner withdrew him before the start of second round, giving Daiju an opening round TKO win.
The third bout on the show was a very interesting match up between talented southpaws, as Fumiya Fuse (10-1, 1) [富施 郁哉] took a decision over JBC ranked foe Fuya Tomita (6-3, 2) [冨田 風弥]. On paper this was a really interesting match up as the men were 2017 and 2020 All Japan Rookie of the Year winners, and both were regarded as genuinely bright prospects heading into the bout. In the end however Fuse's ring IQ and higher level experience played a decisive role, as he out boxed, out pointed and out landed the less polished Tomita. After 6 rounds Fuse was a clear winner, taking a wide decision, though we suspect Tomita will actually improve on the back of this defeat.
The scorecards, for those interested, were 58-56, 59-57 and 60-54, all for Fuse.
The chief support bout was a fantastic match up between Shu Utsuki (9-0, 7) [宇津木 秀] and Ryo Nakai (2-1-1, 1) [中井 龍], and this one lived up to all expectations. From the off these two showed some nice boxing skills, before a Nakai dropped Utsuki in the opening round. Utsuki managed to recover, though was in a hole, and had to take risks, pressing more in round 2 and 3, with some fantastic body shots, trying to take the legs from Nakai. Nakai however wasn't there to be outdone and and fought back, picking up his own pace in rounds 4 and 5 as he looked to sniff out the Utsuki comeback.
Just as Nakai seemed to be getting on top of things Utsuki then changed things up, pressing more, getting inside and working the left side of Nakai's body, whilst also thudding home some great 1-2's. Nakai wasn't to be out done and got boxing on the move in round 7 before both men unloaded bombs on each other in the final round, sending the crowd into an eruption of applause.
Despite scoring the knockdown it wasn't enough for Nakai to get the decision, instead Utsuki took the win with scores of 76-75, twice, and 77-74. For Utsuki the future seems to be for him to move onto title bouts, though we dare say that this isn't a major set back for Nakai, who can certainly come again.
Then we got to much anticipated main event between WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (6-0, 5) [重岡銀次朗] and the hungry challenger Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-1, 3) [川満俊輝. On paper this looked like a brilliant match up, made even more compelling by the fact Shigeoka had been out of the ring for well over a year, and Kawamitsu had looked really good in his most recent bouts. Sadly however this was not the compelling test for Shigeoka we had expected.
From the opening moments Shigeoka closed the distance and began to hammer Kawamitsu, who tried to stand his ground and fire back. The entire first round was exhilarating toe to toe action, but it was not the style of fight that was going to favour Kawamitsu. In round 2 Shigeoka's power broke through, as he dropped Kawamitsu with a right hook. Kawamitsu beat the count but he was a wounded animal and Shigeoka smelled blood, going after him, claming picking his spots and then forcing the referee to save Kawamitsu after a straight left and a rook hook left Kawamitsu in no fit state to continue.
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