Whilst many of today's bouts at the Korakuen Hall went the way everyone expected there was one standout upset.
That upset saw former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-5-2, 5) [中山佳祐] coming up on the losing end of a majority decision against the unheralded Akio Furutani (8-4, 3) [古谷昭男].
The fight started well for Furutani, who got behind his jab in the opening round and found some space for his straight right hand. Nakayama managed to get going in round 2, but met real resistance from Furutani, who landed some eye catching body body blows.
As the bout went in to the middle rounds we saw more from Nakayama, but he always struggled to get Furutani's respect, as Furutani bound forward, looking to set the pace. The aggression of Furutani saw him walking onto some big head shots, but Nakayama rarely followed up after landing clean and was regularly forced to give ground.
Although looking the better pure boxer it wasn't until late in the bout that Nakayama managed to make that pay off, and by then he was in a bit of a hole, needing to do more than he was able to do. It was in the later stages that his experience over 12 rounds began to show, but it really was too little too late for the talented yet frustrating Nakayama.
After 8 rounders the judges scored this 77-75, twice, in favour of Furutani and one score of 76-76.
For Nakayama this sees him sliding to 1-3-1 over his last 5 bouts whilst Furutani has now reeled of 4 straight wins since a split decision loss to Yoshiki Minato in the 2018 Rookie of the Year .
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