Ozaki shines on debut, Ishida picks up win over stubborn Medura, Kano and Inoue give us 12 round thriller
Earlier today fights fans in Osaka has a really interesting card show casing a debutant, who took part in a cameo of sorts, along with a former world title challenger getting in some solid rounds and a brilliant bout for a regional title.
The first of those 3 notable bouts saw 19 year old former amateur standout Yuga Ozaki (1-0, 1) [尾崎 優日] quickly destroy Narathip Sungsut (5-9, 2), with devastating body work. The Thai was down twice in just over a minute as Ozaki kicked his career off in perfect fashion. Tougher tests will come for him, but the youngster looked like he had the "IT" factor here, and we expect to see him going a very long way over the next 10 or so years.
In the chief support bout we saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (31-3, 16) [石田匠] go 8 rounds with Filipino tough guy Alvin Medura (10-7, 7). Medura was dropped in round 2, from some vicious body shots, and it seemed like Ishida was going to get him out of these in the following rounds. Instead Medura showed his toughness, and recovered really well, though never managed to really be competitive, losing every round of the bout to the more skilled Ishida. After 8 rounds all 3 judges had this 80-71 and there was no real argument about those scores, with Medura's toughness and heart being his most notable asset in a bout that saw him come off second best throughout.
The main event made up for the uncompetitive action with Ozaki and Ishida, and gave us what may well be one of the best bouts of the weekend, as Riku Kano (20-4-1, 10) [加納 陸] narrowly over-came Yuga Inoue (13-3-1, 2) [井上夕雅] in a sensational high tempo 12 round war for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title. The men regularly found themselves trading blows, with Inoue's jab being his key weapon, and being a solid jab, whilst Kano picked spots for short counters, lovely body shots and flashy combinations. The bout was a back and forth thriller, and whilst neither fight ever looked badly hurt, both landed a lot of leather in a bout that really could have gone either way. After 12 rounds Kano took the decision 115-113, twice, and 116-112, though Inoue certainly made a case for deserving the bout himself. This really was a fantastic contest, that saw both men putting in arguably their best performances so far. The loss for Inoue isn't the end of the world, and we expect to see him bouncing back better, whilst Kano has proven himself as a solid Flyweight, and it's going to be very fun to see where these two go from this bout.
Taisei announces Riku Kano Vs Yuga Inoue, Ishida Vs Baldonado and Ozaki's debut
Earlier today Taisei Marumoto, the head of the Taesei Gym, announced his next show, which is set for September 3rd at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City. The card, From Mita to the World 19, is an interesting one, set to be streamed on Youtube and feature a number of notable Japanese fighters, including a great looking all Japanese main event for a regional title.
The headline bout, the aforementioned title bout, will see world ranked Flyweight contender Riku Kano (19-4-1, 10) [加納 陸] battle against Yuga Inoue (13-2-1, 2) [井上夕雅], with the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title up for grabs.
The bout will be the first serious test for Kano at 112lbs, after having fought for a world title at Minimumweight and winning a regional title at Light Flyweight, and a win here would likely help him move towards a WBO world title fight. As for Inoue the bout is a chance for him to add to his title collection, which includes the Japanese Youth Flyweight title, which he won last November, and for him to claim a world ranking.
As well as the interesting main event we also see several notable names on the show,. In the chief support bout we'll see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (30-3, 16) [石田 匠] take on Filipino visitor Ronnie Baldonado (15-3-1, 9), who looks to avoid a third straight loss.
The card will also feature the debut of 19 year old Yuga Ozaki (0-0) [尾崎 優日], who begins his professional campaign after going 32-8 in the amateur ranks and winning a silver medal at the Asian Junior Championships. In the opposite corner to Ozaki will be will be Thailand's Narathip Sungsut (5-8, 2), with the men clashing in a scheduled 6 rounder.
Earlier today the EDION Arena Osaka saw two former world title challengers in action as they looked to continue to move towards another major bout.
The first of the two former world title challengers in action was Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight Sho Ishida (30-3, 16) [石田 匠], who faced off with Filipino visitor Carlo Demecillo (15-6-1, 8). This bout was expected to be a complete mismatch, but surprisingly turned out to be a fairly interesting bout. From the opening round Demecillo looked surprisingly strong, tough and determined, putting Ishida under pressure through out the bout.
For the first 4 or 5 rounds the high guard, and crisp jab of Demecillo, gave Ishida real problems. He wasn't doing enough to win rounds consistently, but he was putting up a much, much better effort than anyone had expected. Sadly though Demecillo was using up a lot of energy and as the rounds went on he began to slow, allowing Ishida tom tag him consistently and begin to break him down. In round 8 Ishida finally put his foot on the gas when Demecillo was in the corner, and ended up forcing Demecillo to the canvas as some body shots. Demecillo got to his feet but was hurt again by body shots before the referee jumped in and saved the Filipino.
Following the bout Ishida spoke about how he couldn't end his career following his 2021 loss to Kosei Tanaka (16-1, 9) [田中恒成], and is instead pursuing another world title fight at either 115lbs or 118lbs and seems to be viewing a potential rematch with Tanaka as a real possibility in the future.
The second former world title challenger was Riku Kano (19-4-1, 10) [加納 陸], who headlined the show as he took on very limited Thai foe Sanchai Yotboon (7-5, 6) in a bout at Flyweight, as Kano tried out the new weight. Sadly the bout proved almost nothing at Kano battered the hapless Yotboon through out the first round, before stopping him in round 2. That round saw Kano battering Yotboon's body, dropping him twice and forcing the referee to stop the bout when Yotboon was taking shots without replying. By then the bout had already become ugly and horribly one sided.
After the bout Kano explained that he had been having a hard time making Light Flyweight and the move up in weight seems to be a smart one to get the best out of him. His team, including promoter Taisei Marumoto, are now expected to try and secure him a potential world title fight at 112lbs, perhaps even in an all Japanese bout against Junto Nakatani (23-0, 18) [中谷 潤人].
Also on this show as the B class protest of Yuga Ozaki [尾崎優日] who looked fantastic as he great great timing, speed and ring craft in a 3 round test. Although not a massive name, there is a lot of expectation on the 19 year old, and we expect to see him debut later this year on a Taisei promoted card.
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