Between 2005 and 2017 Japanese fighter Satoshi Hosono (33-4-1, 22) was a 3 time world title challenger who managed to become a 2-time Japanese national champion and an OPBF champion. The talented man from the Ohashi Gym may never have managed to win a world title, but no one ever had an easy time with him.
Whilst Hosono is now a somewhat forgotten fighter on the global scene he's still well remembered by Asian fight fans, and his bouts against the likes of Poonsawat Kratingdeanggym were certainly memorable and tough fights. Although he failed at the top he did manage notable wins against the likes of Hiroyuki Enoki, Takuya Watanabe and Akifumi Shimoda and is certainly a fighter who has become a bit over-looked following his retirement.
Today we give you 5 Midweek Facts about Satoshi Hosono as we trying to shine a light on someone who was a very solid contender for much of his 38 fight career.
1-Hosono's amateur record was 40-23 (20) and included a number of national titles as well as a bronze medal at the 2004 President's Cup in Indonesia.
2-Despite being a 2-time Japanese Featherweight champion and an OPBF Featherweight champion Hosono never beat a reigning champion for a title. Instead he won vacant titles to begin all 3 of his title reigns. Interestingly he never actually lost a title in the ring either, ending his 3 reigns by vacating.
3-During his career Hosono was known as "Bazooka" due to his power. Although not a huge 1-punch KO artist he was heavy handed fighter and managed to record a least 1 stoppage in every round from 1 to 10.
4-Prior to Hosono's bout with Chris John in 2013 Hosono changed lead trainer. He left long term trainer Koji Matsumoto and began to work with Shiro Sakuma, who had lead Keitaro Hoshino to a world title at the Hanagata Gym. Matsumoto remained part of the team however and is still one of the main trainers at the Ohashi Gym.
5-Hosono revealed his retirement in March 2019, when he announced he was retiring on his blog. His final bout had been more than a year earlier.
Thinking Out East
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