Earlier today at the L-Theatre in Osaka fight fans had a small yet notable card.
The originally announced main event was an attractive looking match up between the in form Dynamic Kenji (10-3, 7 [木久健次] and talented youngster Naoto Iwai (5-2, 3) [岩井尚斗]. Sadly that bout was cancelled late on due to Kenji suffering an eye infection.
As a result of Kenji's medical issues the main event became a match up between Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] and Tricky Kumagai (9-9, 6) [熊谷直昭].
On paper this looked a mismatch, but as we know records don't tell us the whole story, and Kumgai lived up to his name, by being tricky.
Jogo looked the quicker fighter, and was sharp with his jab early on. Kumagai seemed to be fully aware he was the less skilled boxer, but looked to land the bigger shots, launching huge overhand rights early on. As the bout went on and Jogo slowed we saw Kumagai have more success, that success really came out very late in the bout, as a right hand dropped Jogo, just before the bell. It was too little too late for Kumgai, but the 10-8 round did make things very interesting on the score cards, which were 77-75, 76-75 and 76-76, giving Jogo the very thin majority decision win.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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