Earlier today Japaese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Takuya Mizuno (14-1-1, 12) [水野拓哉] scored his second defense, as he stopped Daiki Maniwa (6-2-1, 4) [馬庭大樹 in the 6th round of their clash.
From the off Mizuno looked to set the pace but Maniwa's wasn't going to fold and rocked Mizuno in round 2, showing that the champion had to be respectful of the challengers's power. Sadly for Maniwa from there on it was down hill, as Mizuno moved up through the gears and gruadually upped the ante, wearing down the challenger with his pressure.
By the end of round 4 Maniwa looked to be fading quickly, with his movement slowing and his power fading. From then on it looked like it would only be a matter of time. Maniwa landed some desperation blows the following round but in round 6 the referee saved the challenger, who had taken a quite a bit of punishment by that point and looked well beat.
With the win Mizuno moves a step closer to fighting for the more senior Japanese title, and although he would still be regarded as the under-dog against the top domestic fighters he is improving fighter after fight.
For Maniwa he showed he is dangerous, but there is clearly work to be done and improvements to be made.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Kariya will get the chance to see a Japanese Youth title fight, as Takuya Mizuno (13-1-1, 11) [水野拓哉] defends his Super Bantamweight title against the little known Daiki Maniwa (6-1-1, 4).
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made weight for the bout, with both coming in comfortably under the 122lb limit.
The champion came in the heavier man, coming in around 121.75lbs, and looked in great shape whilst promising a clear win. This will be his second defense of the title, and he seemed somewhat unhappy at having scored split decisions in both his title win, against Ryota Ishida, and his first defense, against Yuki Iriguchi.
Maniwa on the other hand was around 121.5lbs and comes into this bout on a 6 fight winning streak, though his best ins have been against Yu Konomura and Masami Morisaki, so we're unclear how good he really is.
For fans with boxingraise, this bout will be featured on the subscription service, albeit on a delay basis, along with the full card.
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