It's not often that we get two very good cards on the same day in Japan but that's exactly what we had today as reason put on "Dangan84/Diamond Glove" and Mushima put on "You will be the champion II".
We'll start our results by looking at the reason card which was held at the Korakuen Hall and featured 6 bouts, including two OPBF title bouts.
The show kicked off with a contest between novices as Kazuki Sanpei (2-1) managed to overcome Takahisa Nagata (2-2) via a 4 round decision. This bout was the only 4 round contest on the show and was a shut out for Sanpei who has scored back to back victories following his debut defeat in February to Kazuki Umemura.
In the 8 round bouts we saw three very well matched contests.
One of those 8 rounders saw Ryutaro Taira (8-3-1, 3) claiming a split technical decision over Mikiya Ishikawa (8-5, 1) after the bout was called in the seventh round. The cards reflected a close contest with the widest of the cards favouring Ishikawa by a score of 68-65, whilst the others favoured Taira by a point scoring it 68-67 and 67-66 in his favour.
In a Super Featherweight contest Ryo Takenaka (8-2-1, 5) managed to overcome Filipino visitor Vergel Nebran (11-6-1, 7) via unanimous decision, though again the contest was close. Although Takenaka took the decision on all 3 cards they only had him winning 77-74, twice, and 77-75 indicating just a round or saw would have swing it to a draw.
The remaining 8 round contest saw Yuji Wauke (17-4-1, 8) over coming Yuichi Ideta (13-9-1, 7) with scores that suggested a single round swing would have brought a split draw.
In the first of the two title fights we saw the very highly regarded sharp shooter Shingo Wake (15-4-2, 8) successfully retaining his OPBF Super Bantamweight title with his third straight stoppage. Wake took out his over-matched Filipino challenger Jhunriel Ramonal (13-6-4, 7) part way through round 3. Although not a big puncher Wake's sharp shots cut both eyes of his challenger and he really does seem to have improved markedly in the last year or two.
Whilst the first of the OPBF title fights went the way many expected the second went against conventional wisdom with former world title holder Ryol Li Lee (20-4-2, 10) dropping his OPBF Featherweight title via decision to Hisashi Amagasa (25-4-2, 16). Although the fight was close, and featured an excellent sixth round from both men, all three judges sided with Amagasa who adds the OPBF title to his national title with his victory.
On the other card, which was at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka City, we saw the destructive best of Masao Nakamura (17-1, 17) who took just 100 seconds to defeat Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin (40-5-1, 22). This was the second high profile stoppage loss for Sakkreerin this year and may well be the end of his career.
As well as Nakamura's victory there were 6 other contests with the chief support bout being a 10 round split decision victory for Takayuki Hosokawa (24-10-3, 8) who narrowly over-came Thailand's Patomsuk Pathompothong (25-2-1, 16). Ranked #3 in Japan Hosokawa will feel very relieved at taking the victory here in a bout that saw the highly ranked Thai, who was #5 with the IBF at Light Welterweight, arguably denied his biggest career victory.
In the other notable bout we saw a minor upset as Kojiro Takada (12-6-3, 9) stopped the highly regarded Japanese-based Filipino Jerope Mercado (25-5-3, 9). Mercado, who has twice lost in Japanese Bantamweight titles fights and also recently challenged for the OPBF Bantamweight title was stopped in round 5 as he suffered his fourth loss in 5 contest, effectively leaving his career hanging by a thread.
The Takada/Jerope bout was one of two contests scheduled for 8 rounds. The other saw Tetsuya Nishinaga (11-7-1) taking a 7 round technical decision over Hirokazu Okajima (8-3-2, 4) in what could be considered a minor upset with Nishinaga having been stopped in his last 2 contests.
On the rest of the undercard we had two early blasts outs as Satoru Sugita (7-2-1, 5) stopped Weerayut Sithsaithong (0-1) in 83 seconds and Kaminoko Okamura Kentokid (2-0-1, 1) stopped Koji Nakamura (3-6) in the second round. These bouts were also joined by a split decision victory for Yosuke Taniguchi (2-1) who defeated Noboru Osato (1-1-2, 1) over 4 rounds.
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