Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had a genuinely brilliant show.
One of the notable bouts on the card saw former world title challenger Keita Obara (16-2-1, 14) [小原 佳太] return to the ring and go up against Indonesian foe Larry Siwu (24-8, 20) in a Welterweight bout. Obara took the win with a unanimous decision to claim his first career win to go the scheduled distance, with his only other decision being a technical win.
Following his win Obara made it clear he was looking to get a second world title fight.
Another notable veteran on the card was former 2-time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎]. Masuda made very light work of Filipino foe Romel Oliveros (8-4-1, 3), who was stopped inside a round. Following the win Masuds seemed to suggest his next target was an OPBF title fight, backing up a story that he has a deal to face Mark John Yap later in the year.
In a minor upset fans saw touted Watnabe gym prospect Motoki Osanai (1-1) [小山内幹] suffer an unexpected loss to the unbeaten Takeshi Kaneko (5-0-1) [かねこたけし], with Kaenko taking a very well earned decision over the former amateur stand out.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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