Akizuki made his debut in Thailand Thailand more than 3 years ago, fighting as a 16 year old under the watchful either of Taisei Marumoto. It was in Thailand that he scored his first 6 wins, 5 by stoppage, and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Bantamweight title. He had looked like someone to keep a real eye on, and showed his skills last time out by stopping Shun Ishibashi in 7 rounds, and moving into the OPBF top 10.
To begin today's bout Akizuki looked to show tha he was a technically capable fighter, and cut Kihisa early around the left eye. The cut saw Akizuki really take advantage and it looked like he was on the way to another win. Amazingly Kihisa used the facial damage to his advantage, concentrating more on his timing and accuracy as a result of the cut. In roudn 3 he began to counter Akizuki and dropped the teenager hard. A follow up attack forced the referee to stop the younger manand given him his first loss.
Whilst Akizuki will obviously be furstrated by the loss he showed the skills that are needed to go a long way and if his team work hard on his development there is a very bright future ahead for him. For Kihisa the win was a big surprise and should see him move into the OPBF rankings as a result.
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