Shiro Against Koki Osaki & Ryu Hanaoka Against Tsubasa Official for October 15, 2022

Sep 12, 2022
Two title contenders will see action at the October RISE World Series event.

At a press conference held by RISE on September 9, it was announced that the promotion's No. 1 ranked Bantamweight (-55 kg) contender Shiro will face Koki Osaki at the RISE World Series 2022, which is expected to take place on October 15, 2022.

The pair was previously scheduled to face each other on September 23 in last year's 'DEAD OR ALIVE' Super Flyweight (-53kg) tournament. Osaki was forced to withdraw from the tournament however, as he missed weight by 3.2 kg. Although this fight has been scheduled to take place at 55 kg, Osaki hasn't fought below 55.5 kg since the previously mentioned weight miss.

Since then, Shiro has amassed a 2-2 record, during which he beat Koudai Hirayama and Rui Ebata, while also suffering losses to Kazane and in his most recent effort Masashi Kumura. Osaki meanwhile, has gone on a 3-0 undefeated run, which has earned him the No. 10 spot in the Featherweight division. Due to Shiro's high ranking in the Bantamweight division and Osaki's eight-fight undefeated run, the winner of this match-up could potentially face divisional champion, Masahiko Suzuki, in their next fight.


At the same press conference, it was also announced that the No. 2 ranked Super Flyweight (-53kg) contender Ryu Hanaoka would face No. 12 ranked Tsubasa (10-3-1, 6 KOs), in what is widely seen as a stay-busy fight for Hanaoka, while he waits for his showdown with the winner of the Kazuki Osaki versus Kazane.

Hanaoka, considered as one of Kickboxing's brightest prospects, enters the fight on an eleven-fight winning streak. This streak includes victories against Issei Ishii, Koudai Hirayama and Jin Mandokoro, who are all ranked as top ten Flyweights (53kg) in Beyond Kickboxing's October divisional rankings. Tsubasa, on the other hand, has amassed a 2-1 record inside the promotion, with his last fight being a second-round knockout of Soma Tameda at RISE 160 on July 29.

A victory here could solidify Hanaoka as the next in line for the title shot, while an upset win for Tsubasa could see him leapfrog the rankings. 


RISE WORLD SERIES 2022 Confirmed Fights

Kazuki Osaki vs. Kazane – RISE Super Flyweight Championship 

Shiro vs. Koki Osaki

Chanhyeong Lee vs. Kan Nakamura 

Taiju Shiratori vs. YA-MAN

Kensei Yamakawa vs. Haruto Yasumoto

Naoki vs. Chadd Collins

Taiga vs. Shota Okudaira

Ryu Hanaoka vs. Tsubasa

Ryujin Nasukawa vs. Ryotaro Yoshida 

Sho Ogawa vs. Kenta

Takumi Hoshi vs. Ryunosuke Ito

Retsu Sashida vs Shinnosuke Nagamatsu