Earlier this week we reported that Ohashi would be having a world title tirple header on December 30th at the Ariake Colosseum. The bouts for that show, headlined by the mouth watering clash between WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] and Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) [河野 公平], all look brilliant and today we had two more announced, both all Japanese bouts and both are genuinely brilliant bouts that coyuld have headlined a basic domestic card.
One of those will will see Noya's cousin Koki Inoue (5-0, 4) [浩樹井上], who takes a huge step up in class to take on Japanese ranked Lightweight Futoshi Usami (14-2-1, 11) [宇佐美 太志], who will be 26 months removed from his OPBF title fight with Msasayoshi Nakatani. On paper this is a great match up for Inoue, who has scarcely lost a round since turning professional and likely needs to face a serious opponent, like Usami to bring the best out of him.
The other will see former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (20-2, 11) [原隆二] battle against Japanese ranked Minimumweight Hiroya Yamamoto (10-4, 4) [山本 浩也], in what will be a must win for both if they are to continue their chase for title bouts. For Hara the bout wil be his second since he lost in 2015 to Katsunari Takayama, in a bout that came 11 months after a stoppage loss to Kosei Tanaka. For Yamamoto the bout follows a 2-3 run which has seen him come up short in 2 Japanese title fights and a WBC International title bout.
Whilst neither bout is expected to make it to TV, or if they are they will be on pay TV in Japan, both are intriguing assignments for the Ohashi fighters who are both expected to achieve big things during their career, and that's despite the setbacks that Hara has suffered so far.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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