The champion put pressure on the challenger early on, whilst Maeda looked to box behind his jab in a measured style. The challenger had some pretty good success in the first couple of rounds, and could well have just nicked both with his accurate and measured style. Sadly for Maeda his early success was undone in round 3 when he was dropped by Yoshino. Yoshino would then strengthen his grip on the bout and had taken control by the time the scores were announced at the end of round 5, with scores of 50-45 and 49-45, twice, in favour of the champion.
Maeda's upped the pace in round 6, after hearing the open scoring, and had his best round of the bout. Sadly though the energy and effort took it's toll and in round 7 Yoshino took control once again as he began to chip away at the resolve of a tiring Maeda.
In round 9 a tired Maeda was dropped for the second time, and was counted out. By that point he was a long behind on the scorecards, and even if he had recovered to his feet he would likely have gone down again, as he really was looking exhausted by the time of the stoppage.
With the win Yoshino moves a step closer to a really big fight, and showed that he can fight 9 rounds, perhaps suggesting that he's ready to move into an OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific title fight.
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