Back in January we saw an announcement regarding a rematch between former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] and former world title challenger Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾]. The bout was announced on January 22nd, during a live stream on Boxing Raise, and was set for April 28th at Korakuen Hall.
It instantly seemed like a brilliant match up and something to look forward to in April, a month that had very little on the schedule.
Sadly however that bout has now been cancelled, with Oguni suffering an injury in training, and will not be available for the April date.
At the moment it's unclear what the plan is, though it seems like Wake will face a replacement opponent, or the bout will be pushed back, and rescheduled for a later date, with a different main event being planned for the show. One thing that does seem clear is that the show it's self will not be cancelled, just this match up.
The bout was an anticipated one, given their history. Around 8 years ago the then unheralded Wake upset Oguni, the then unbeaten OPBF Super Bantamweight champion, and began his rise towards an eventual world title fight. Sadly for Wake his world title fight saw him being battered by hard hitting Dominican Jonathan Guzman, in a bout for the IBF title.
Oguni rebuilt from his loss to Wake, ended up claiming the Japanese title then shocked us all by dethroning Guzman in his first defense, just months after Guzman had battered Wake and literally broken his face. Oguni's reign was, however, a short one losing to Ryosuke Iwasa in his first defense.
At the time of writing it's unclear how serious Oguni's injury is, though we want to wish him a speedy and full recovery.
Earlier today on the latest Dangan card, streamed live on Boxing Raise, we saw an announcement of a mouth watering bout set for April 28th.
The bout in question will be a rematch between former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] and former world title challenger Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾], in what genuinely looks like a sensational bit of match making.
The two men first clashed way back in 2013, when Oguni was the unbeaten OPBF Super Bantamweight champion. Oguni entered the bout looking to make his 4th defense of the Oriental title but was dominated by Wake, who stopped him in 10 rounds, ending the unbeaten streak of Oguni.
After that there had been various discussion of the two men having a rematch one day, but they went in different directions.
Since his loss to Oguni went on to claim the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, winning that belt in 2014, and later scored a massive upset at the end of 2016 to dethrone Jonathan Guzman and claim the IBF Super Bantamweight title. Sadly though his reign was a short one, losing in his first defense, to Ryosuke Iwasa before retiring. Like many in boxing his retirement was a short lived on and just 15 months later he was back in the ring, and is now 2-0 (1) since the loss to Iwasa.
Following his win over Oguni popular Wake managed to score 5 defenses of the OPBF title before losing to the aforementioned Jonathan Guzman in a battle for the then vacant IBF Super Bantamweight, suffering numerous knockdowns and severe facial damage in that loss. He bounced back well from that loss, winning the Japanese Super Bantamweight title in 2018, when he stopped Yusaku Kuga. He vacated that title to focus on getting a second world title shot, but those hopes were dashed when he suffered a massive KO loss to Jhunriel Ramonal in 2019. Since then he has fought once, stopping Shohei Kawashima.
For both men a loss here would be very hard to bounce back from, but from a fan perspective we are really looking forward to this one and have very high expectations of the match up, which should be an exciting technical battle.
Whilst this bout has been announced none of the other bouts on the show have been confirmed as of yet. Those other bouts will be confirmed over the coming weeks, and for those wanting to watch the event, the show will be made available over the Boxing Raise service.
Earlier today fight fans at the legendary Korakuen Hall, as well as those who subscribe to Boxing Raise, were able to see former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle against Thai foe Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-10, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.
On paper this looked like a mismatch in favour of the talented Japanese fighter. He had the better record, was naturally bigger and was more accomplished. In reality however Oguni didn't look good today at all.
The former world champion looked unsure of himself, backing off from the smaller man. Although Oguni did find a home for his jab, with regularity, there wasn't really a lot on it, and it didn't stop the smaller Thai from coming forward, marching his man down. Their was a lack of general success, at times, from Sukkasem, but he was the man trying to make the bout into a fight, and he really had success in rounds 3 and 4.
The Thai's biggest success came in round 4, when he dropped Oguni in what was a rather messy assault. Oguni wasn't hurt, but it did secure the Thai a 10-8 round, at a time when Oguni's shots looked really poor, with his straight right looking like he was just pushing the shot out.
Thankfully for Oguni he did do enough in the second half of the fight, mostly boxing and moving, to rack up the points and take a clear decision against the slower Thai. After 10 rounds Oguni got the decision with scores of 97-92, 97-93 and 96-93, though he really didn't look like a former world champion.
Despite the win this wasn't a performance that will worry any of the top Super Bantamweights and it's clear that Oguni is a long way from fighting the likes of Danny Roman, Rey Vargas, Emanuel Navarrete or Tomoki Kameda. As for Sukkasem this was another credible performance on the road and we wouldn't be surprised to see him back in a Japanese ring later this year.
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Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see former IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle against IBF top 10 ranked Bantamweight Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight.
At the weigh in Oguni looked the much bigger man, and that was shown in his weight. He was bang on the 122lb limit, and he looked big and strong at the weight. The Thai on the other hand was 121lb. Despite only being 1lb lighter the Thai looked significantly smaller, both in terms of height and natural size, and will clearly go into the bout as the under-dog.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available on demand on the Boxing Raise service.
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We've known since very early March that former IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國以載] would be in action on May 8th, in a 10 round bout. Until today however we weren't sure of who he would be facing.
Today his opponent was named as IBF top 10 ranked Bantamweight Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, from Thailand.
The Japanese former world champion will be fighting for the second time since losing the IBF title to Ryosuke Iwasa, way back in September 2017. The bout is a huge step up from his last outing, against limited Indonesian Arega Yunian, but should be a winnable bout if Oguni is 50% of the fighter he once was.
The 31 year old Thai is 1-7 outside of Thailand, and 22-2 at home, with losses in Japan to Yusaku Kuga and Kazuki Tanaka. Despite not being a world beater he does have a good IBF ranking and Oguni will certainly be wanting to take a win and a ranking of his own.
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