Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan, Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, is one of the martial artists on the ONE Super Series card of “ONE: Beyond the Horizon.” Recently, the Japanese Muay Thai fighter shared some details of his training in preparation for his upcoming bout.
“There are two things I have been working on relentlessly in my training,” Ogasawara explained in an interview with ONE Championship. “One is to learn to utilize my reach better since I have been unsuccessful in doing so in my [previous fights]. The second is to fight with controlled aggression.”
According to Ogasawara, he used to approach his matches with too much aggression and paid the price for it. He shared, “Early in my career, I went out guns blazing in every fight, but paid the price by eating counters, and leaving myself open.”
“Since then, I have tended to go on the defensive, and struggle to pull the trigger in fights,” Ogasawara continued. “I want to change that, and strike the right balance between aggression and defense.”
On June 23, 2018, Ogasawara made his ONE Championship debut and it was nothing short of spectacular. He competed in ONE Super Series for the first time with Rui Botelho of Portugal as his opponent.
In the early moments of the bout, Ogasawara went through a bit of adversity but he managed to land a well-placed spinning back elbow in the second round that delivered a highlight-reel worthy knockout victory over his Portuguese opponent. Fresh off a successful maiden performance in ONE Championship, the Japanese fighter is looking to keep his momentum going.
On September 8, 2018, Ogasawara will face Hakim Hamech, 25, of Lyon, France in a Muay Thai bout in the strawweight division at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China. It marks the second ONE Championship bout of the Japanese contender, who is a former World Boxing Council Japan Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Champion.
Ogasawara holds a professional record of 15 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws. Here is a clip from his bout with Botelho: