Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans saw former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (26-8-1, 13) [川口 裕] hang up the gloves, as he took part in a retirement ceremony.
The fun to watch fighter from the Green Tsuda gym had debuted in 2014 and fought through to 2017, in an up and down career.
He lost on his debut, and suffer a second loss very early in his career, but battled back and developed into a pretty solid fighter. By around 2010 he had began to make a mark on the domestic picture, though would come up short in a exciting Japanese title bout with Kentaro Masuda in 2014. Around a year later he would narrowly beat Takahiro Yamamoto to become the OPBF Bantamweight champion.
Sadly for Kawaguchi his reign was a short one, losing in a rematch to Yamamoto just 4 months later. A second loss to Matsuda, as he again challenged for the Japanese title, essentially ended Kawaguchi's hope of winning another belt, and he would fight just twice more, ending with a draw against Hideo Sakamoto.
At today's event Kawaguchi thanks the team he had and revealed he was working in real estate, telling the fans to talk to him if they want a new home. It seems like he is enjoying his post-boxing life and the 32 year old may miss boxing, but has certainly found himself something positive to do.
Ealier today Japanese fans in Hirakata got the chance to see an intriguing show headlined by two men who simply couldn't afford a loss. And thankfully for both fighters, they managed to avoid defeat, fighting in an action packed draw.
Those fighters were Hideo Sakamoto (17-4-4, 5) [坂本 英生] and former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (26-8-1, 13) [川口 裕], who really fought like men who knew their careers were on the line.
Entering the bout Sakamoto was looking to redeem himself following 3 losses in his last 4, with the most recent being an opening round blow out defeat to Ryo Matsumoto. As for Kawaguchi he had lost 2 of his last 5, but his wins during that run really were unremarkable and low key affairs.
The bout saw two really evenly matched men both fight in pursuit of the win but neither looked comfortable with the other always having a response and something to fire back in what was a relatively exciting, yet messy, competitive contest.
After the 8 rounds neither man had really seperated themselves from the other and the result was the fairest, though both really did fight for the win.
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Earlier today the Green Tsuda gym held a press conference to announce Crash Boxing 12, which will be held in the city of in Hirakata on August 11th, and to speak about the upcoming Japanese title challenge of Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-3, 8) [奥本 貴之], who faces Japanese Super Flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai (27-7, 19) [船井 龍一] on July 23rd.
Whilst a lot of focus was put on Okumoto it may well have been school girl boxer Fuka Komura (4-0, 2) [小村 楓香] who stole attention once again as it was officially announced that she would feature on Crash Boxing 12 in a Japanese female title eliminator against Sarasa Ichimura (3-5-1) [一村 更紗].
Although Komura's appearance at the press confernece got plenty of attention it's worth noting the card is peppered with notable names. They include former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (26-8, 13) [川口 裕], Ryota Yada (13-4, 11) [矢田 良太] and the always fun to watch Ryuto Kyoguchi (15-2-1, 11) [京口 竜人], though none of those 3 have had their opponents announced as of yet.
Interestingly Ryuto Kyoguchi's brother, Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6) [京口 紘人], will headline the card where Okumoto takes on Funai,with Hiroto facing off with IBF Minimumweight champion Jose Argumedo (20-3-1, 12).
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The last 3 years have been tough for Japanese Bantamweight Yu Kawaguchi (26-8, 13) [川口 裕] who has twice lost narrow decisions in Japanese title fights and had a very short reign as the OPBF Bantamweight champion, before losing that title to Takahiro Yamamoto less than 4 months after winning it.
The most recent of those set backs was a split decision loss to Kentaro Masua last June, in a battle for the Japanese title, and since then it seems that Kawaguchi has been pondering his future.
Today that pondering came to an end as he took his frustrations out on a Thai foe, who showed some fighting spirit but took a bit of a hiding.
Kawaguchi showed some ring rust early but shook that off and began to clearly hurt the Thai in round 4, dropping him late in the round when the bell saved him. Sadly for the visitor he wasn't as lucky in round 5 and Kawaguchi quickly jumped on him and stopped him after just 36 seconds of the round.
It's unclear where Kawaguchi will be heading next in his career, but with his ability and style there will be openings for him going forward and hopefully he gets to face a more notable foe next time out.
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The past few days have seen numerous shows and bouts announced. The latest to be announced has come from Green Tsuda who announced "Crash Boxing Vol 11" earlier today, with the show set to take place on April 2nd at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
The full card wasn't announced but a number of bouts were, whilst other fighters were also confirmed for the card.
The main event of the show will see Japanese #2 ranked Super Flyweight Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之] battle against Filipino visitor Eranio Semillano (13-7-2, 4), with Semillano bringing an top 10 OPBF ranking into the ring with him.
In the chief support bout we'll see the touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] take on a yet to be named opponent, though Tanaka and his team have stated that the opponent will be a world ranked fighter with Tanaka looking to make a big statement on the show.
Another notable bout announced is a contest between Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] and former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (21-12-2, 19), with Lopez defending his OPBF Featherweight ranking.
Also confirmed for this show are former OPBF Bantamweight Yu Kawaguchi (25-8, 12) [川口 裕] and female fighter Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], though neither of those fighters has had their opponent for the show named as of yet.
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