The first two rounds were wonderfully competitive, with not much to separate the two men as they both looked to find the range for their jabs. After the competitive start Ono got the first real break through as he landed a corking left hook on Hisada, which dropped the champion. To his credit Hisada recovered his feet, and showed no ill effects, but it did secure Ono a 10-8 round. Whilst it was a good break through for Ono it did seem to strengthen Hisada's determination as he took the two following rounds. The drive of Hisada had seen him secure the lead on one card, 48-47, and was even on the other two, at 47-47, when the scores were announced after 5 rounds.
Hisada took control of the bout in the middle rounds as he uppsed the pace, something that Ono couldn't match. Ono looked for the bigger shots, looking to land another left hook, but was unable to land cleanly enough to score a second knockdown and instead Hisada had taken control. That was until round 10 when Hisada started to back up, almost giving up the round.
Despite losing the final round Hisada had done more than enough, taking the decision with scores of 96-93, twice, and 96-94.
Following the win Harada mentioned that he felt he was still improving but did want a world title fight. Given how the world title situation is at 108lbs it's hard to see which champion Hisada would be favoured against, but he certainly has got the desire to figth the best.
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