Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (18-2, 6) [内藤 律樹] fight as a fully blown Light Welterweight for the second time, and take on Chinese fighter Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (12-1-1, 5) in a key match up of a Japan Vs China show.
The bout looked like a mouth watering one on paper, when it was first announced, and became even more notable after the weigh in yesterday, when the two men came close to landing blows well before they had got into the ring.
In the ring the bout began with a technical side, with both men looking to establish thier jabs and win control of the ring. To begin with that seemed to suit Naito, who was quicker and seemed more intelligent with his footwork. As the bout went on however Naito began to slow and Baishanbo began to press, having more and more success with his pressure.
The pressure of the visitor saw him coming on really strong in the late rounds, but it wasn't enough to over-come the early success of the Japanese favoyurite, who took the deicison with scores of 77-75 and 77-76 in his favour, whilst the third judge had it 79-75 to Baishanbo, in what was a very close and competitive contest.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will see the second Japan Vs Dangan card. The main event of that card will see former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (17-2, 6) [内藤 律樹] take on unbeaten Chinese fighter Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (12-0-1, 5) in a mouth watering clash.
On paper the bout was a really good looking one, but today things got spicy as the men took part in a foul tempered, and very public, weigh in. In fact the two men almost came to blows during the weigh in which took place at the MLB Cafe Tokyo, and had to be held apart as tempers began to flare.
On the scales Naito was the heavier man, coming in at 140lbs, and looked in great shape for a man who had been fighting at 130lbs for much of his career. He was ripped and had clearly bulked up from his days down at the lower weight.
The Chinese visitor was well under the limit, at 138.5lbs, but looked the naturally bigger and stronger man. It is worth noting that he has come in at a career lowest, after having been as high as 150lbs.
The weigh in was the first by Dangan to be held in public and it seems like the promotional company are wanting to do them more often going forward, regarding today's as a success.
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At the Korakuen Hall today fight fans saw former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (17-2, 6) [内藤 律樹] fight as a Light Welterweight for the first time, and put on an impressive showing.
The talented Japanese fighter, who had been criticised at 130lbs for a lack of power and physical strength, dominated his over-matched Thai foe from the opening seconds and he looked to see off the visitor from very early on. He dropped the Thai early with a right hook to the body and from then on it it was only a matter of time.
The Thai would be dropped several moretimes before being saved part way throiugh round 2, in what was a statement performance from Naito. Sure it came against a poor foe, but the Japanese fighter showed the power, speed and aggression that some had was absent from some ofhis recent bouts.
After the bout Naito revealed his next bout has been planned, and thatwill see him return to the ring on October 20th at Dangan 198, a special Japan Vs China show at the Korakuen Hall, where he will face unbeaten Chinese hopeful Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (12-0-1, 5) in a really good looking match up!
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