The Chief support to Lopez/Kambosos headliner was an interesting one, that showcased fresh new faces to an American audience as they fought at Madison Square Garden in the HULU Theater. South African boxer 🇿🇦Azinga Fuzile (15-2-0, 9KO) came into the contest ranked 2 by the IBF, while Japanese war machine 🇯🇵Kenichi Ogawa (26-1-1, 18KO) sat right behind at #3 by the same recognized sanctioning body.
With #1 IBF world contender 🇷🇺Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov unable to take part in this event due to an early injury suffered, Fuzile and Ogawa’s fight would be for the vacant red strap in the talented Super-Featherweight division.
Early on, Ogawa made the point very clear that he was physically too strong for Fuzile, who fought too negatively off the back foot, after feeling the heat that was behind the wicked right hand that Kenichi was firing, connecting with all night, and the overwhelming physical presence he was on the inside gave credence to the build.
Fuzile tried a few different tactics, but none worked enough to establish a sustained rhythm to capture momentum. He was hurt multiple times by the Japanese fighter, and was put down 3 times in the fight, including twice in the 12th and final round – the latter in the last few seconds where he was taking serious heaps of punishment.
Ogawa was very emotional after hearing his name follow “And the New!” uttered by Ring-Announcer David Diamante, and the supporting fans that took the plane ride from Japan to New York made their presence felt, as they witnessed one more of their own become an IBF world titlist.
He appears to have some personality, and quirkiness as well, that should go over well with fans back home, and all over, to pair with his walk you down, warrior based style. All in all, a very solid performance by Kenichi Ogawa, to pick up the Unanimous Decision victory, adding his name into the mix.