Earlier today fight fans around the globe saw two world title bouts from Osaka. Fans in the arena didn't just have those title bouts but also a pretty notable under-card with a number of significant fighters in actions.
The first of the bouts of note saw Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-1, 7) take a very good 6 round decision win over tough Filipino Neil John Tabanao (13-4, 9). The bout pitted two top 10 OPBF ranked contenders against each other and Atsumi certainly deserved the win, but was pushed hard with Tabanao looking to turn things around right through the final round.
The once touted Tatsuya Ikemizu (15-2, 6) [池水 達也] scored his second straight win as he over-came Thai visitor Nattakorn Sithjacknoi (0-1) with a very wide 8 round decision. The bout was scored 80-69, twice, and 80-68 with the Thai beind dropped, and deducted a point and basically looking toothless but tough through out.
The unbeaten Masayoshi Hashizume (13-0, 10) [橋詰 将義] made light work of his Thai foe, Chanchai Saithonggym (0-1), with a 4th round KO from a nasty right hook. It took just 3 rounds for former OPBF Bantamweight champion Takahiro Yamamoto (19-5, 16) [山本 隆寛] to see off Petchinsee Rongriangkilakorat (0-1), in what was Yamamoto's first bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Mark John Yap.
Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida (24-0, 13) [石田 匠] also scored a quick blow out, stopping diminutive Thai Patiporn Saithonggym (0-1) in 3 rounds. Ishida, ranked #1 by the WBA at Super Flyweight, will be expecting a world title fight in the near future and seems to have been doing little more than keeping the rust off with this performance.
There was also a stoppage win for 20 year old hopeful Hayate Ikuta (8-0, 4) [幾田 颯], who took 5 rounds to see off Chatphet Saithonggym (0-2).
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Osaka saw Japanese Light Middleweight champiuon Yuki Nonaka (31-8-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] record his 6th defense of the title, as he stopped fellow veteran Yosuke Kirima (23-7-2, 16) [切間 庸裕] in the 10th and final round of their bout.
The champion looked in control from the opening moments and never really looked back with Kirima always looking like he was chasing the bout, and his few moments of fleeting success were easily forgotten as Nonaka controlled the tempo and distance of the bout.
Kirima tried to change the bout but lacked the skills to do and never managed to get any sort of a foot hold in the contest as Nonaka continued to chip away en route to what looked liek a very clear decision win.
Despite looking like he was cruising to a near shut out win Nonaka managed to hurt Kirima in the final round, rocking Kirima to his knees and a follow up attack forced the referee to save the challenger who never in the contest.
On the under-card of the bout fans saw OPBF ranked Pablo Carrillo (20-4-1 12) score a 2nd round TKO win against over-matched Thai Jakaphan Saengthong (5-2, 5) and an 8th straight win for Hayate Ikuta (7-0, 3) [幾田 颯], who needed just 65 seconds to blow away Sarawut Sujarit (0-7).
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