Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Sasaki vs Obara?
Jin Sasaki beat Keita Obara by technical knockout in the 3rd round on Saturday 8th April 2023 at Ariake Arena in Koto-Ku.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 147 pounds (10.5 stone or 66.7 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Kenshiro Teraji beating Anthony Olascuaga for the WBA Super World Light Flyweight and WBC World Light Flyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Kiko Martinez lost to Reiya Abe for the IBF World Featherweight belt and Takuma Inoue defeated Liborio Solis for the WBA World Bantamweight title.
Sasaki vs Obara stats
Back in April 2023, Jin Sasaki stepped into the ring with a record of 14 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.
Keita Obara made his way to the ring with a record of 26 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw.
Jin Sasaki was the younger man by 15 years, at 22 years old.
Obara had a height advantage of 1 inch over Sasaki.
Both Jin Sasaki & Keita Obara fought out of an orthodox stance.
Sasaki was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 15 less fights, and made his debut in 2018, 8 year later than Obara, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 104 less professional rounds, 63 to Obara's 167.
Jin Sasaki went into the fight ranked number 10 by the WBA and 11 by the WBO at welterweight.
Keita Obara was ranked number 8 by the WBO in the 147lb division.
Obara's last 2 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 6 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 years, 3 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.
What time did Sasaki vs Obara start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 AM UTC at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan, which was 4:00 AM EST or 1:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Sasaki vs Obara?
The fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.
What were the odds on Sasaki vs Obara?
Jin Sasaki was a 1/7 (-710) favourite going into the contest, while Keita Obara made his way into the ring at 4/1 (+400) with oddsmakers.