The bout in question was the chief support bout to the Heavyweight contest and saw the Japanese Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (27-5-1, 7) defending his belt for the 6th time. Kato, who lost his OPBF belt earlier this year to Masayoshi Nakatani, was facing the hard hitting Yuhei Suzuki (14-4, 11).
The men had met before, fighting to a narrow close decision victory in favour of Kato. It was expected that this would be a similar affair with neither man managing to stop the other, or in fact if there was a stoppage it would be Suzuki scoring it.
Instead however it was Kato's power, strength, toughness and aggression that decided the bout. It seemed as if Kato knew he had started slowly against Nakatani and decided that that wouldn't happen again and instead traded blows with Suzuki. Every time the challenger landed something the champion fired back and seemed to do more damage.
Suzuki's limited success was shown on the score cards which were shown after 5 rounds and all favoured Kato, 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46. It was clear there and then that Suzuki needed to change something.
Unfortunately for the challenger things went from bad to worse as he was hurt in round 6 then stopped in round 7 as Kato recorded the 6th defence of his title.
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