Last year we saw Japan's Hiroshige Osawa (31-4-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] suffer a stoppage loss as he took on WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, in what was a one sided beat down of the Japanese fighter. Today Osawa returned to the ring and showed few ill effects of that loss as he dominated world ranked Ecuadorian Julio Cortez (13-1, 11), inflciting Cortez' first defeat.
Osawa looked to control the bout with his jab early but Cortez responded with some solid counters. The chin of Osawa, which was proven against Valdez, saw him with stand the early counters and begin to make adjustments, closing the distance and hammering away with the more eye catching shots.
By the middle rounds Cortez was struggling to read the offense of Osawa, who was landing at will against a clearly slowing Cortez who began to look very sluggish. The Ecuadorian had began to get more and more frustrated and further hurt his chances at victory by being deducted a point for holding in round 9.
At the end of the 10 round bout there was no doubting the winner, with Osawa taking a unanimous decision with scores of 99-91, 99-90 and 99-89.
The win should help Osawa get back into the world rankings. Although a long way from getting a second world title shot this performance will certainly give Osawa's careera huge boost going forward.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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