June 30th 2017-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (15-0, 11) vs Jheritz Chavez (7-1-2, 5)
Last year Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] faced off with the talented but under-rated Jheritz Chavez.
December 19th 2017-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (16-0, 11) vs Jason Pagara (40-2-1, 25)
Last year Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] faced off with Filipino veteran Jason Pagara.
May 7th 2018-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12) vs Ciso Morales (19-6-1, 12)
Earlier this week Japanese fight fans saw world ranked Light Welterweight hopeful Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] face off with Filipino foe Ciso Morales.
March 4th 2017- Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (14-0, 10) vs Rodel Wenceslao (11-13-1, 4)
Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw world ranked 140lb'der Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] battle against Filipino Rodel Wenceslao in what was a supposed to be a stay busy fight for Okada ahead of a regional title fight later in the year.
November 1st 2016-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (13-0, 10) vs Valentine Hosokawa (20-5-3, 9)
Earlier this week Japanese fans, and those who use boxingraise, saw Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] battle against Valentine Hosokawa [細川バレンタイン] in what was quite a controversial bout.
Note-This is a fan came version of the bout and not the boxingraise version.
March 25th 2013-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (4-0, 4) vs Ryoji Miyagi (7-3-1, 4)
Japan's hard hitting Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] moved into 6 round bouts in early 2013 as he took on Ryoji Miyagi [宮城 伶次].
September 28th 2012-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Okada (3-0, 3) Vs Suguru Suganuma (4-1)
Current Japanese 140lb champion Hiroki Okada [岡田 博喜] is a genuinely exciting puncher, as seen way back in his early fights, such as this one against Suguru Suganuma [菅沼 卓]
When a fighter has real power they tend to be able to capture the attention of fans and the media. When they can combine that power with skills and potential as well as a fan friendly style they really have the ability to be more than just a fan friendly fighter, they have the ability to be a champion.
One fighter who has shown that combination of skills, power and will to win is the heavy handed Hiroki Okada, the current Japanese Light Welterweight champion who began his career with 7 straight stoppages before getting his first title fight and finally being forced to hear the final bell.
Arguably the most impressive of those 7 stoppage victories came in Okada's 7th bout when he took on the experienced and durable Jaypee Ignacio of the Philippines. Ignacio had only been stopped twice in his previous 28 bouts and he had gone the distance with a veritable who's who of the Asian boxing scene including Akinori Watanabe, Terdsak Kokietgym, Adones Cabalquinto, Jimrex Jaca and Rey Labao. To describe Ignacio as a strong and tough opponent may be correct but it sells him short and he's one of the best journeymen in Asia.
Okada was stepping up in class for the fight but knew what he had to do to force a stoppage.and did it stopping Ignacio in the final round with an assault that forced the referee to save the tough and brave Filipino fighter.
Whilst some fans will likely say that this bout doesn't prove Okada's power it's fair to say that if the bout was allowed to go on then it could have gotten very nasty for Ignacio who was saved from a further 90 seconds of damage.
Since this fight Okada, as mentioned earlier, has become the Japanese champion and he will be defending his title in the coming week or so as he takes on Shamgar Koichi in what could be a genuinely thrilling bout between heavy handed and exciting fighters.
(Video courtesy of TV2NE1)
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