This past Monday fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Satoshi Hosono (32-3-1, 21) [細野 悟] battle against Argentina's Jonathan Victor Barros (40-5-1, 22) in an IBF Featherweight world title eliminator. Sadly for Hosono he'd come up short, losing a very narrow split decision, to the Argentinian in what was a painful, rough and hard hitting bout that left both men showing the results of battle.
For Barros the damage will have been worth it, with the Argentinian now securing himself an IBF world title fight with Welshman Lee Selby, who was in attendance, with that bout being a worth while reward for such a hard hitting fight.
Sadly for Hosono things are less clear and the fighter, who received several stitches for a cut above his left eye, with the Ohashi fighter admitting that his future was unclear with some speculating that retirement will be around the corner for the exciting Japanese warrior.
Whilst nothing seems to be explicitly stated about his future it is hard to see where Hosono goes. He's proven to be better than domestic class, and wins over the likes of Takuya Watanabe and Akifumi Shimoda have proven that, but he's never been able to make the leap to being a world champion, coming up short in 3 world title bouts and Monday's eliminator. The likely outcome is that he may well have one more year left, with a sink or swim attitude, or he may bid the in ring competition a farewell and move into something like a training role, move away from the sport all together.
Hosono has been a professional since 2005 and has fought in 18 bouts during his career, between Japanese, OPBF and world level. Those bouts have taken a toll and given his pressure style, and thrilling fights with the likes of Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Rikiya Fukuhara and Masaki Sawanaga, he's a much older fighter than his 32 years of age.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi's blog)
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