The bout was supposed to be the first defense by Nobuyuki Shindo (17-4-1, 6) [新藤 寛之], who claimed the title earlier this year, but sadly for the lanky Shindo he was unable to over-come heavy handed mandatory challenger Toshio Arikawa (13-4, 11) [有川 稔男].
From the off Arikawa looked like a man with a point to prove and quickly dropped Shindo, who knew he had to rebuild. Although Shindo tried to fight back it always seemed like Arikawa's power was posing him problems and after 5 rounds the challenger was well up, with cards reading 48-46, twice, and 49-45 in favour of Arikawa.
Going in to the second half of the fight Shindo knew he had to over-come the deficit and tried to do so by upping his out put and using his speed. Sadly though it wasn't to be his day and Arikawa kept coming forward, and landing hard shots. In the final round those shots caused Shindo real issues and forced Shindo's team to throw in the towel to save their man.
For Shindo it ends a very short reign as the champion whilst Arikawa continues to surprise us all and has now scored 5 wins in a row, 4 by KO. This win is also a second big one in a row for Arikawa who had beaten Akinori Watanabe in his previous bout. Although limited his power is devastating as opponents seem to be finding out recently.
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