The bout in question saw the heavy handed Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-3-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] come up against under-rated southpaw Reiya Abe (13-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] and the two men didn't disappoint in their highly anticipated bout, though the contest did end up being more one sided than we'd have expected.
From the early stages Abe took control of the bout, using his southpaw stance to great effect and landing his jab and straight left hand regularly. Not only was Abe landing at will but his timing was excellent and he was punishing Tameda for every little mistake. In round 4 Tameda upped the pace, began to cut the distance and managed to have some success of his own. That success from Abe came at a price and Abe managed to find openings from combinations.
The success of Abe began to take it's toll on Tameda who was suffering facial damage that began to worsen and slowed Tameda, who was saved bv the referee in round 8.
The win for Abe is a huge one, and he was able to do in 8 rounds what Simpiwe Vetyeka had failed to do unable to do in 10 rounds. Sadly for Tameda it seems like a string of tough bouts has taken it's toll on him and he probably needs a hard rest before getting back into the ring. For Abe the win further enhances his reputation and is his 5th straight win, adding to recent victories against Ryo Hino, Shingo Kusano and Hikaru Marugame and he may well become of hidden gems of Japanese boxing.
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