Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall got a very short card featuring just 3 bouts, due to the fact a couple of the originally scheduled bouts were cancelled.
The main event of the card was a bout for the unified OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles, as veteran Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-8-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸] looked to make his first defense of the belts. Sadly for Akiyama he would fail, suffering an 11th round stoppage loss to the hard hitting and determined Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-3, 10) [細川チャーリー忍], who recorded his biggest win to date.
The bout was the second between the two men, with the first having been a narrow decision win for Akiyama around 18 months ago in an 8 rounder. This time however there no need for judging with the bout failing to reach the final bell, with Hosokawa not risking another loss at the hands of the judges.
The bout started at a great pace with Akiyama looking to establish his jab and Hosokawa looking to get inside. It lead to some great back and forth action, though Akiyama was just doing that little bit more in the eyes of the judges, with two of them having the bout 39-37 to the champion, whilst the third judge had the bout even at 38-38.
In the middle rounds Hosokawa picked up the pace, and although he didn't take over the bout completely he did begin to break Akiyama down, with heavy shots as he controlled the pace. Akiyama was further set back with a head clash leaving him cut around the right eye. After 8 rounds, when the scores were announced again two of the judges had the bout even at 76-76, whilst the other judge now had Hosokawa in the lead, 77-75.
Hosokawa would ramp up the pace even more from round 9, fighting like a man who didn't want to let the judged get involve. Akiyama tried fighting back, and this lead to some incredible back and forth action, despite both looking exhausted. Hosokawa would get through with a solid body shot and a follow up attack forced the referee to jump in and save Akiyama.
With this win Hosokawa not only claims two regional titles but also sets up a potential down with national champion Kazuto Takesako (9-0, 9) [竹迫司登] for all the marbles on the regional and domestic scene. He also gains revenge for one of his losses and clearly eyes more gold, suggesting he was going to win a world title for his mother, who joined him in the ring after the bout. As for Akiyama this is probably the end of his career, given he turns 39 in October.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸] make his first defense of the title, as he takes on the heavy handed Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (10-3, 9) [細川チャーリー忍], in what will be the second meeting between the two men.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight, whilst looking in great shape and very serious for a potentially explosive rematch.
In their first meeting Akiyama took a narrow win over Hosokawa, and followed that up with his career defining title win last time out, stopping Koki Tyson in December 2017 for unified regional titles. On the scales today he was 159.4lbs which is heavier than he was in his title win, but lighter than he was in the first meeting with Hosokawa, in March 2017.
Hosokawa on the other hand was 159lbs, which is marginally lighter than he was against Akiyama, but is around his usual weight, which fluctuates between 158lbs and 160lbs. Interestingly he has scored 4 straight stoppage wins since losing to Akiyama 18 months ago.
Related- Regional champion Akiyama looks for a repeat against had hitting Hosokawa!
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Earlier today, Sunday, fight fans in Osaka saw the heavy handed Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] suffer a surprise defeat to Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸], with Akiyama ripping the OPBF Middleweight title from Tyson and claiming the WBO Asia Pacific title with a 5th round TKO.
The bout bout did have major controversy midway through, with Akiyama landing a late shot on Tyson, who was visibly wobbled by it, at the end of round 2. The foul from Akiyama brougfht about a 1-point deduction, though no further punishment was given to Akiayama and no significant extra recovery time was given to Tyson.
That controversy has seen some reports suggest that the WBO Asia Pacific official at the bout was unhappy at the fact Tyson was not given extra time to recover, and that no doctor had been sent to see if Tyson was fit to continue. It seemed that after the blows he was never really able to get back into the fight, and always seemed to be suffering from damage caused by the shots.
The JBC have stated that it was down to the referee to decide whether or not to extend the time between rounds and have a doctor look at the fighter, whilst the WBO seem to suggest that due to the failure to have a doctor look over the fighter they may regard the bout as a no contest.
One source has stated a decision will be made later today after the footage from the bout gets reviewed.
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Boxing is a rather unpredictable sport, and that was seen in Osaka today, as fans got a genuine shock result, and saw the OPBF Middleweight title being ripped out of the hands of Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] by the relatively limited Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸], in a bout that also saw Akiyama claim the previously vacant WBO Asia Pacific title.
Coming into the bout Tyson was looking for his third defense of the OPBF title, which he won in December 2016. He had looked solid in his two defense but today he really looked lost and confused as the 38 year old Akiyama took the fight to him. The aggression of Akiyama saw him being deducted a point in round 2, for punching after the bell, but made it clear that he wasn't there to make up the numbers. Akiyama shook Tyson in round 4, and although Tyson saw it out it was clear that Akiyama could hurt him.
After 4 rounds the judges scorecards were made public and Tyson was leading on one card and even on the other two, though it did seem like he was helped out by the deduction as without that he'd have been down on the cards. Going in to round 5 it seemed the scorecards offended Akiyama who pressed Tyson to the ropes early on, and went for the kill, dropping the champion for the first time. The aggression of Akiyama kept coming, and he dropped him twice more before the towel came in to save Tyson, who looked completely gone.
For Tyson the loss ends his current of form, which had seen him going 4-0-1, including his title win last year against Dwight Ritchie. As for Akiyama the win is his second this year, following a 3 fight losing run, and it's his first stoppage in more than 3 years!
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