Earlier today Boxmob reported that former OPBF Light Middleweight champion Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7) [大石 豊] had opened a new boxing gym in Osaka.
The "Oishi Fitness and Boxing Gym", is for amateurs only, at least for the time being.
The focus of the gym appears to be youngsters, and it's located close to a high school and junior high school, with Oishi encouraging youngsters to turn up and use the gym's facilities.
At the moment it's only a small gym, but the hope seems to be to build it up and become a pro-boxing gym in 5 years time.
We want to wish Mr Oishi the best with this project, and it's great to see that he is staying busy in retirement following his loss to Ratchasi Sithsaithong in 2017.
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In November 2016 Japan's Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7) [大石 豊] defeated Takayuki Hosokawa in a career defining win, to claim the OPBF Light Middleweight title. His reign came ot an end the following April, when he suffered a 12th round TKO loss to Thai challenger Ratchasi Sithsaithong. Following the bout Oishi went to hospital where he was diagnosed as having suffered a intracerebral hemorrhage, an injury that forced him into retirement.
Since that bout with Ratchasi Oishi had been relative quiet, but it's now been revealed that he will be taking part in his retirement ceremony this coming Saturday at "Champ Fight 3".
In retirement Oishi now runs a restaurant, having opened it last summer.
In an exclusive interview with the excellent Boxmob.jp Oishi spoke about retirement, revealed that he is currently serving as a trainer at the Hiroki Ioka Gym, and was having fun in his training role.
For fans in Japan who want to see Oishi, and give him a send off, his retirement ceremony will be at the EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka on Saturday. For those who want to try the delicacy's from his restaurant that's located at 〒557-0003 Osaka Prefecture Osaka-shi Nishinari-ku 1-6-15 Tencha- Chatoya Northeast.
The interview - for paying members on boxmob, can be read here.
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A few hours ago we reported that Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7) [大石 豊] had lost the OPBF Light Middleweight title to determined Thai challenger Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6), who scored a shock 12th round TKO whilst a mile behind on the score cards.
We have now been informed that after the fight Oishi fell unconcious after the bout and was immediately rushed to hospital in Osaka.
Although he's woke up without the need for surgery we do understand that he's being given a really serious battery of tests before being released from the hospital. It does sound like the early signs are suggesting there is no major issue at the moment, but it's clear that no risks are being taken on Oishi's health at the moment.
The Japanese fighter had entered as a world ranked contender as well as the OPBF champion but will now be questioning his future in the sport, even if he does come back with a clean bill of health. A scare like this could well be the end for a fighter who is now 32.
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Earlier today fans in Osaka saw the OPBF Light Middleweight title change hands, with Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7) [大石 豊] losing the title in his first defense, against Thai challenger Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6), who helped rebuild pride in Thai boxing after a less than great week.
The Thai started well,claiming the first round whilst Oishi looked to ease his way into the contest. Realising that Ratchasi was better than his record suggested the champion looked to get things going in round 2 and managed to drop the challenger, securing a 10-8 round.
The success of Oishi built to more success as he took a the next few rounds and was comfortably up on all 3 cards after 4 rounds, leading 39-36 across the board.
The champion continued to show better skills through the middle rounds, with Ratchasi being deducted a point in round 7 for a series of fouls. That deduction essentially ended any hopes of Ratchasi winning a decision, and he was down by a long way on all 3 cards when they were announced after 8 rounds.
Although a mile behind Ratchasi began a fight back in the later stages, taking rounds 9,10 and 11 on two of the score cards. It was as if he still felt he had a chance to win, despite being a hole.
The fact back from Ratchasi refused to end and in round 12 he went all out. Remarkably Ratchasi's attack saw him stiffen the legs of Oishi and a follow up forced the referee the save the Japanese fighter from further punishment, ending his short reign.
Amazingly Oishi entered the bout ranked #5 by the IBF, with positions #1 and #2 vacant, and whilst he'll obviously lose that ranking it would be remarkable for the IBF to give a similar position to Ratchasi. For the Thai however this was a second notable win over a Japanese fighter, having beaten Cobra Suwa last year.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will be able to see OPBF Light Middleweight champion Yutaka Oishi (14-5, 7) [大石 豊] defending his title against Thai challenger Ratchasi Sithsaithong (7-3, 5), in about held at the EDION Arena Osaka.
Today, ahead of their bout the two men took part in their wiegh in, and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales champion, who holds a lofty ranking with the IBF, was bang on the limit of 154lbs. He looked in good shape and seems to be fully aware that whilst he's the favourite he will still need to in a good performance if he's looking to build on his 2016 upset win over Takayuki Hosokawa, with that win netting him the title and his world ranking.
The Thai challenger, who was dwarfed by the champion, waswell under the limit, coming in at around 153.25lbs. Despite being within 1lb of the limit he looked like he was significantly smaller than the champion, almost as if he was a fighting moving up several weights at once.
Sadly for those hoping to watch this bout it sadly doesn't appear to be getting aired anywhere, including the online service.
Oishi takes on Ratchasi in OPBF title defense!
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