Just moments ago fans had the chance to see former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (19-7-1, 12) [角谷 淳志] return to the ring, after more than a year out, and face off with unbeaten German Flyweight prospect Mirco Martin (13-0, 6) in Germany.
Kakutani was expected to put up little of a fight as the unbeaten man rolled on and moved towards bigger and better things. Kakutani however appeared to have not read the script.
The first round was a good one for Martin, who pressed well and backed up Kakutani. From then on however it seemed like the Japanese veteran more than held his own. It seemed like Kakutani was cautious in the first round but felt the power of Martin and realised he was going to have no issue with it. As a result he spent much of the felt being the one applying pressure, unloading combinations on the inside and making the touted Martin back off.
To his credit Martin seemed to know that he was being tested hard, and tried to show more to his game, boxing off the back foot and using his edge in foot speed to stay away from the Japanese fighter, but all too often he looked negative, scared and tired. As a result Kakutani seemed to be able to rack up rounds with his pressure, work rate and body shots. It wasn't that Kakutani was ever hurting Martin, but he seemed to be clearly out working him and regularly made Martin miss.
As we entered the final round it looked like it Kakutani was deserving of the win, and it even seemed like Martin knew it. The German threw some wild and reckless hayemakers, as if he knew he had to turn the fight around, and actually landed the two best shots of the fight. Overall though it didn't seem like he'd done enough in the final round to get the win, despite possibly taking the final round.
In the end we saw what an advantage fighting at home was, with Martin having his arm raised as the winner. A very fortunate winner. It's clear he won't be unbeaten for long if he doesn't improve markedly from this performance. As for Kakutani the old dog still has life in his career! He hadn't fought since a July 2017 loss to Tetsuya Hisada, but he hardly looked like a man who had been inactive and we're hoping we'll see him in the ring again following this very credible performance.
Tomorrow in Karlsruhe, Germany, fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (19-6-1, 12) [角谷 淳志] take on unbeaten German Flyweight prospect Mirco Martin (12-0, 6).
Sadly for the Japanese veteran he has been given next to no chance from Polish betting website STS, who have priced him as an 11.0 under-dog, the equivalent of a 10/1 or +1000 depending on which odds system you use.
Martin on the other hand has been priced as an unbackable favourite at 1.01, which is 1/100 or -10000.
Sadly there are no alternative markets on this bout.
Tomorrow fight fans will be able to see Atsushi Kakutani (19-6-1, 12) [角谷 淳志] return to the ring for the first time in over a year, as he faces unbeaten German Flyweight prospect Mirco Martin (12-0, 6).
A few moments ago the two men took part in their weigh in and from what we understand both men came under the agreed limit. Despite that the two fighters looked in totally different weight classes, with Kakutani towering over the unbeaten man.
Whilst we've not been informed of the specifics we do know that Martin was 200g's under the limit and there doesn't appear to have been any issues for either man.
As we reported yesterday the bout will be streamed live through the Baden-TV website, with the live feed available here.
(Image courtesy of Mirco Martin's facebook)
Back in August we reported that former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (19-6-1, 12) [角谷 淳志] would be returning to the ring on September 14th to face German Flyweight prospect Mirco Martin (12-0, 6) in Karlsruhe.
Now we've been informed that that bout will be shown on the Baden-TV live stream, which is reportedly going to show all the bouts on the card from 19:00 local time to midnight.
The unbeaten German is the is the current WBO European Flyweight champion and is one of the biggest hopes in German boxing. At 26 years old he is still very much a boxing prospect, but is already working his way into the world rankings, with a WBO #8 ranking, and a potential world title fight. Kakutani on the other is a former world and Japanese title challenger, but is very much on the back end of his career. He is 33 years old who hasn't fought since July 2017, when he was stopped in 8 rounds by Tetsuya Hisada.
The bout is set to be one of the main attractions, along with the WBO female Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Raja Amasheh (21-1-1, 4) and Peruvian challenger Linda Laura Lecca (13-3-2, 3) and is expected to be screened late in the broadcast.
For those interested the Baden-TV live stream is available here.
In July 2017 former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (19-6-1, 12) [角谷 淳志] lost in a Japanese title fight to Tetsuya Hisada [久田 哲也], since then he has been out of the ring. That break now looks like it will be over with Kakutani pencilled in to fight unbeaten German Flyweight prospect Mirco Martin (12-0, 6) on September 14th in Karlsruhe.
The 33 year old Kakutani is best known for his WBC Light Flyweight title bout with Adrian Hernandez from back in 2013, when he dropped Hernandez before being stopped in the 4th round. Since then he lost two Japanese title bouts, coming up short against Ken Shiro and Tetsuya Hisada, whilst scoring stoppage wins over a number of limited foes.
Martin is a rising hopeful who has scored a number of notable wins, including a decision over Filipino Robert Onggocan and a stoppage of former world title challenger Jose Antonio Jimenez. This is expected to be his 13th straight, but he will be up against someone who really can't afford a loss, and Kakutani will not be travelling to just roll over and lose.
For fans interested in watching this card it will be aired on Baden TV.
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