Fight fans in Hyogo may not have had the title action their Osakan counter parts had, but may have ended up getting the low key fight of the weekend.
The bout in question was the headline bout of Pegasus Super Fight Vol 57 and saw Japanese and OPBF ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (14-2, 8) [ジラフ麒麟 神田] engage in a short but thrilling contest with the heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-8, 7) [松坂拓哉].
The bout lasted just 162 seconds, with Kanda taking the opening round win by TKO. That however doesn't tell a fraction of the story of the bout, which featured 4 knockdowns!
Kanda scored the first knockdown, with a straight right hand only seconds into the bout. He would however end up down himself from a right hook soon after the bout restarted. He looked more embarrassed than hurt and would score another knockdown himself soon after getting back up, from another right hand. Kanda would then score his third knockdown, which promoted the referee to wave the bout off.
Despite the short bout the intense action gave the fans something memorable, and perhaps showed that Kanda isn't quite ready for a title fight.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Hyogo will see Japanese and OPBF ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (13-2, 7) [ジラフ麒麟 神田] battle against the limited but heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-7, 7) [松坂拓哉].
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales Kanda was 142.9lbs, and towered over his foe, who was 142.4lbs. Despite the weights being similar Kanda was 12cm, or 6", taller than Matsusaka.
The plan for Kanda is to fight for a title next year. He will however have to over-come Matsusaka and avoid the power of the shorter man if he he wants to advance to fighting for a belt in the new year.
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Yesterday in Kobe fight fans had the chance to see Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (10-2, 6) [神田亮] move a step closer to a title fight, as he stopped Tsunehiko Aitoku (4-6-1) [相德恒彦].
The bout was originally set to be the shows chief support bout, but became the main event after a training injury suffered by Ryoki Hirai (9-4-1, 4) [平井亮輝] forced him out of Japanese eliminator with Kenta Matsui (8-6, 1) [松井謙太], with Matsui now becoming the mandatory to the Japanese Minimumweight title.
Kanda used his height early on and managed to get his right hand into play with out too many issues. In the 4th round the right hand really connected sending Aitoku down, where he took the 10 count, and looked in genuine pain as he battled the count.
It's a worrying loss for Aitoku, who has now been stopped in 6 of 11 bouts and questions need to be asked as to what he can do going forward. For Kanda the win moves him on, but he needs to fight someone better to prepare for a title shot.
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